Book Review :: 12 faith journeys of the minor prophets – by Nathan Jones & Steve Howell

Book Review by Terry James

No more relevant prophecy is in view at this moment in history than is that issued by one of the minor prophets.

Zechariah spoke God’s forewarning into this very hour, I’m convinced.

“The burden of the word of the LORD for Israel, saith the LORD, which stretcheth forth the heavens, and layeth the foundation of the earth, and formeth the spirit of man within him. Behold, I will make Jerusalem a cup of trembling unto all the people round about, when they shall be in the siege both against Judah and against Jerusalem. And in that day will I make Jerusalem a burdensome stone for all people: all that burden themselves with it shall be cut in pieces, though all the people of the earth be gathered together against it.” (Zech 12: 1-3)

Perhaps the greatest proof that our God is one hundred percent worthy of trust is wrapped up in the prophecies He has given—prophecies that always come to pass. We can have absolute faith in Him to keep His promises, because His prophecies never fail.

God promised a deliverer from sin and death brought about by man’s fall in Genesis 3:15. Jesus, the second member of the Godhead, stepped into flesh and onto the planet at precisely the time God chose. Jesus rode into Jerusalem to offer Himself, first as Israel’s Messiah then as the sacrificial Lamb that takes away the sins of the world, exactly at the appointed time in history.

The Lord Promised, through many foretellings, that His Son will return to rescue believers—first at the Rapture of the Church, then at the conclusion of the final war called Armageddon.

We see all of those final prophecies shaping now, at this very moment, with Israel at the center of fearful things to come.

The words of Zechariah, one of the “minor” prophets, as they have come to be termed, are echoing in siren-like forewarning. The nation Israel is threatened on all sides while at the center of world-controversy. That controversy is generated by the Satanic hatred made starkly evident by forces arrayed against the tiny Jewish state. The majority of countries within the United Nations are doing just as Zechariah foretold. These are “burdening” themselves with Jerusalem and Israel. They are trying to force Israel to conform to their wishes—to give up land for so-called “peace.”

Another of the minor prophets, Joel, foresaw the catastrophic result of what the U.N. and nations of the world are demanding of Israel at this very moment.

“I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land.” (Joel 3:2)

Nathan Jones and Steve Howell have written a masterful work on the minor prophets and their contribution to the proof of why we can have unwavering faith in almighty God.

The authors bring to light, in a way I have never thoroughly considered, these great men of God, their histories and their prophecies.  12 faith journeys of the minor prophets is a brilliant study about these servants of the Lord, who I believe, have been unfairly relegated, semantically speaking, to a “minor” status-role in God’s forewarning of things to come. They are, in truth, anything but “minor,” and Jones and Howell bring out through this volume the place of honor they rightly deserve. But, as those men of old would have it, should they be able to say so, the authors of this book affirm that it is the God of Heaven who receives all honor and glory in considering their ancient work on His behalf.

Nathan and Steve point out beautifully through their presentation that when your faith is challenged, these twelve men have answers that will give strength and discernment.

Gain a richer, deeper, and lasting faith in God as you travel along with the minor prophets on their own personal faith journeys. Join Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi as they explore the realities of a faith that can withstand loss, injustice, confusion, guilt, and so much more.

These twelve messengers of God learned trust and obedience in the midst of great challenges. As a result, they discovered confidence, reliance, credibility, belief, and trust—discoveries that are still exciting and applicable to us today!

Their lessons and their faith in God can be yours. Are you ready for a faith journey with the minor prophets?

You need this book as a cornerstone of your study. I highly recommend it, especially as we anticipate the troubled, although exciting days ahead. —While we look up for our redemption, Jesus Christ is drawing nearer by the moment!

Book Review :: The Morality of Evolution – by Dr. Roland Schutz

Book Review by Terry James

morality-evolutionThe theory of evolution could be defined as the most destructive deception foisted on humanity by the father of lies. Satan uses evolution to look directly  into our eyes—as Lucifer did in Eden— and say with a raised, snakely eyebrow, “…Yea, hath God said?…”

The Morality of Evolution: How the Theory of Evolution changed our understanding of Right and Wrong presents one of the most powerful, yet brief and easy to comprehend studies on how this deception has broughtAmerica and the world to the present level of confusion. It gives spiritually-attuned prognosis for where things are headed in a near-future time-frame. Yet this volume of spare, concise words indicates succinctly that the God of Heaven remains in complete control despite the current chaos and advanced stage of societal and cultural decay.

Most all of us are confronted with unusually taxing challenges at one time or the other within our lifetimes. Perhaps no other of life’s chosen endeavors present such challenges as does that of those who are genuine, Holy Spirit-called, Christian pastors.

Their battles involve, most frequently, elements fraught not just with physical problems to be resolved, but even more so with spiritual matters of the soul-wrenching sort. Such was a confrontation that had to be met by the pastor whose book is the subject of this review.

The Lord of Heaven uses such steel-on-steel moments to produce spiritual works for His kingdom. This book is one such work that resulted from Dr. Roland Schutz’s meeting with a young man doing something the author says “… that was not legally wrong but was morally questionable.”

That evolution has thoroughly saturated, thus corrupted, America’s educational atmosphere cannot be denied. The meeting the author had with his visitor to his office illustrates this fact beyond all doubt.

Dr. Schutz describes his young visitor’s unmistakable victimization by the evil of evolution.

The author says, “His response to my objections [to the young man’s wrong-doing] was something like this:

“’Many of the teachings of the church regarding morality are out of date. Consider the rapid change in science and technology over the past 200 years, and how much more we know. The old standards of the church have not kept up with the times. Not only have we evolved scientifically, we have evolved to the point where we don’t need the outdated rules and traditions of the past. Our old understanding of God and what he wants us to do is out of date.'”

The author, like so many Christian counselors in this evolution-polluted culture, has heard this argument in one form or the other over recent years. “Yea, hath God said?” is a question symptomatic of the young having been bitten by the old serpent and injected with the venom of unbelief that condemns the soul to eternity apart from God.

In writing The Morality of Evolution: How the Theory of Evolution changed our understanding of Right and Wrong, Roland Schutz has determined to confront the lie of evolution head-on. This diminutive in size yet dynamic treatment of this abject evil doctrine of the devil that is bent on deconstructing any and all vestiges of godly morality within our nation’s family life and beyond is, in my view, an essential tool in combating our most dangerous enemy.

The author offers clear and personally applicable instructions from God’s word—the Bible—on how to take on the fiery darts of the principalities and powers against whom we struggle. Always, Jesus Christ is at the center of his most profound thinking on these critical matters.

Our children and grandchildren are at great risk. This is a book that will quickly and thoroughly bring you up to date on the challenges we face and provide God’s answers so needed as we face the days, months and years just ahead. I wholeheartedly recommend you read it and absorb the godly wisdom, thus the protective advice it contains.