Thursday, January 24, 2013

Six Verses that Can Change your Life.

    Reading this book is like sitting with Mr. Barnett on a front porch and listening to him explain things. 
      Mr. Barnett explains that Scripture contains the promises of God, and these promises are our storm shelter in the storms of life. We want to be able to say with Habakkuk
"Yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior!" When hardship comes, we need to be Assured God loves us. When times of waiting for the unknown come, we need to be Patient. 
When times of sadness come like clouds, we need to Trust God.

When we feel like we will never laugh again, we need God's Joy. 
When times of pain and fear come, we need God's Courage, we need God's Peace.
     Mr. Barnett takes six verses of Scripture that speak to us of Joy, Patience, Courage, Trust, Assurance and Peace as the heart of his book, along with small town stories, wisdom, and more portions of God's word. He gives us Six Verses That Can Change Your Life.

   Studying these verses and making them our own truly can change our lives, because they are Scripture. God the Holy Spirit acts in us as Christians as we study Scripture: renewing our minds, changing our lives.
 As he looks at these verses Mr. Barnett gives us some gems of wisdom to think about.Here are a taste of quotes: "Don't wait for a storm to jolt you into awareness of God's grand gifts. Be aware. Be alert. Be grateful. Today notice the ordinary things- the things you usually take for granted. A patch of gorgeous green grass. A flower. A child's smile. Water."

 "Courage is rare because a sense of God's presence is rare."

"Fruit ripens slowly. Things change slowly. Wounds heal slowly. Impatience doesn't accelerate the ripening process or the healing process by a single hour."
'Psalm 27:14 is a good text to hang on to; "Wait for the LORD, be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD."
Look at the first four words-"Wait for the LORD."
Now look at the last four words: "Wait for the LORD."
In between those two "waits" is what we are advised to do in the meantime: Be strong and take heart!'
That is what I really enjoy in a book, being shown something about Scripture that I never noticed before!

This book would be a good nightstand read, a read to help you think about God's Word and to remind you to shelter in Him in life's storms. 
Sometimes serious, like when talking about heros, and sometimes funny, like when talking about computer crashes, Mr. Barnett has written a book that touches its readers. It has a friendly Southern feel to it, and that makes this book even better. I found myself identifying easily with his writing, and I was blessed to receive my copy of 6 Verses That Can Change Your Life from Mr. Barnett through

Joe Barnett is a Pastor and Author, and his writings have blessed many Christians. I am now one of them.

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