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Killing Jesus

Jeff Scurlock —  January 22, 2014 — Leave a comment

Killing-Jesus

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My latest read is the book Killing Jesus by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard.

ISBN: 0805098542  305 Pages

The current Kindle price is $6.49 and the Amazon hardback price is $14.00

I read Killing Lincoln soon after it was released and enjoyed it very much and was very intrigued by this one, Killing Jesus.   It took me a while to read this book simply because it is so heavy with history, imagination and stories from scripture that I could only take a few pages at the time. Having said that I don’t want to leave you with the impression that it was boring. It was not boring.

The writers make no attempt to make this a Christian book. It is written purely as a historical account. I do have to say that the line is blurry between what is true historical fact and the imagination of the writers.  The absence of footnotes led me to believe that much was their imagination. That’s ok with me as long as it stays true to what the Bible does say.

For the preacher and teacher I would say that this book might help you be more creative when discussing the gospels in a sermon or teaching session. I’m sure many of us could use some creativity. LOL!

Remember this when reading this book. Bill O’Reilly is a Catholic and some of what you read will be from that perspective.

On a 1 – 10 rating I would give Killing Jesus an 8.

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In 2012 I wrote a book, The Eye of A Needle.  It was fun, hard, challenging, relaxing and more. The day came that the book was finished and uploaded to my self-publishing provider. I remember when the first hard copy arrived in the mail for me to proof. It was a dream come true.

This morning I opened my book in the Kindle app on my iPad and read the introduction. It encouraged me. I needed it. I thought that I would share these words from the introduction with you on this site.  It’s not an attempt to “bait” you into buying a book. As a matter of fact I have lowered the Kindle Version price to .99 cents.  You can also buy the paperback version from amazon.com. There is a link at the bottom of this post to amazon.   However I will make you this offer. If you want a paperback copy of my book I will give it to you.  Free! No cost. No Shipping and Handling.  I will pay for the book and the shipping to get it to you. All you have to do is request it in writing via snail mail.  Send it to me at 108 Florida Street, Brewton, AL 36426.  The reason I’m requiring you to ask by mail is that I want you to at least invest some effort in getting it. Email is too easy and it won’t mean as much to you. I will not use your address for a mailing list. It’s that easy.

Now, The Eye of A Needle, The Introduction

How many times in your life have you used the word impossible?  How many times have you thrown it out carelessly in a conversation as a way of avoiding even the slightest challenge?  Do we really stop and consider the power of our words when we throw them about like a plaything? The truth is, Words hold power.

Proverbs says, “Death and Life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat it’s fruit.”

Have you considered that when you tell your children “it can’t be done, that it’s impossible,” that your words may be killing a dream?  Proverbs says that “those who love it will eat its fruit.” Love what? Life or death!  Maybe we should really reconsider how we use the word “impossible’ and , when we do use it, to make sure we disclaim that statement with the following statement; “but with God all things are possible.”

Don’t tell your children that it’s impossible for them to make the team. Don’t speak negative about others’ dreams and aspirations. Don’t make it a habit of tearing down dreams with your words. Be a builder. Tell those around you that you believe in them and that you know that with their determination and God’s help that anything is possible.  If your initial response tends to be negative, hold your peace, think about what you are about to say and then speak faith. If someone is believing for something big, your encouragement maybe be invaluable to them.

If you’re the one with the dream, stay away from dream killers. Don’t listen to those who are negative or don’t believe in you. When they do get a negative word in, replace it with faith.

Impossible is defined by dictionary.com as “not possible; unable to be, exist, happen, etc.  Unable to be done, performed, effected, etc.k not to be done, endured, etc., with any degree of reason or propriety; and impossible situation. Utterly impracticable;”

In this book I’m going to use scripture and life stories that will rekindle the flames of your faith and remind you that nothing is impossible.  Nothing is impossible when determination is coupled together with faith.  Nothing is impossible when you say what you believe and believe what you say. When you live what you believe and put actions behind your words, nothing is impossible.

We should all be challenged. I am challenged as I write this book to believe more, to accomplish more.

I’m going to use words like “dream”, “big” and “possible” to describe that thing God is calling you to do or that thing you’ve always wanted to accomplish. It might not be literally impossible but it might be so BIG that it looks impossible. My point is this: Whether I use “possible,” dream” or “big” the outcome of your situation all depends on your determination, your faith and your confidence in God and the promises of His Word.

When someone tells you that it can’t happen, that you shouldn’t try with any reasonable expectation of success, or that it’s utterly impracticable, you tell them that in the Kingdom of God, nothing is impossible.

Those who say it’s impossible should get out of the way of those that are doing.

End of Introduction.

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I’ve just in the last few days finished what I believe to be the best and one of the most important books I’ve ever read. That’s right, THE BEST BOOK I HAVE EVER READ. The title, WRECKED, When A Broken World Slams into Your Comfortable Life, by Jeff Goins.

I must confess that I don’t know that much about Jeff Goins. I read the book because Michael Hyatt recommended it. I do know that Jeff is young. I’ve searched and searched for his actual ages and can’t find it but my best guest would be late twenties, maybe early thirties. I know that Jeff works for a mission’s organization that leads individuals on mission’s trips. I also know, now, that Jeff Goins is one of the most gifted writers I have ever read.

Jeff Goins

He is gifted with words, yes but also with a message.  I downloaded WRECKED to the kindle app on my iPad and began reading immediately. The book didn’t’ grab me right away and I even laid it down for a few days after reading the first chapter. I kept thinking about that upside down turtle on the cover (what an awesome cover design) and the title. So, I picked it back up and read. By the time I finished chapter two I was totally hooked. I read this book in a couple of days.

I guess I should just say, read this book and then shut up. I can’t. I’m overwhelmed with the message and with the artistry of the words.

There is no way I can tell you what the book is about in a short blog and do it justice.

I thought that I would share a few quotes that I highlighted in my Kindle app. As I scrolled through them (and there were many) I knew that I couldn’t decide which ones I should use so I decided to use just one.

“We’ve believed a lie. We’ve been told life is about us. That if we work hard enough, save enough money, and buy enough stuff, we will eventually be happy. Many of us have done just that, and we are anything but happy.” Jeff Goins

EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS BOOK. If we can’t get everyone to do it lets try to get it’s message into the hands of teenagers and young adults who think life is about living with mom as long as possible, taking on no responsibility and being master of a gaming system. What Goins calls extended adolescence.

Who else needs to read this book you may ask. Pastors, leaders, parents, teachers, college professors, politicians, and just about anyone else.

 I hope my recommendation for this book is not over the top. It’s just seldom that a book moves me like this one did. I understand that if I give something a high recommendation to something and you don’t agree with me that in your eyes I loose some credibility. I do not however have any reservations about recommending this book.  Get the book today. It’s available at Amazon in paperback and Kindle Edition.

There are several links throughout this post that will lead you to this book. Go there now.

In the spirit of total openness, my site jeffscurlock.com is an  Amazon affiliate. That means that if you click on the link and buy this book that I will make a few cents in commission. This is not however why I am giving this book such a recommendation.  If you don’t want me to make .20 cents leave this site go to amazon.com and buy this book anyway.

ANOTHER LINK TO THE BOOK WRECKED BY JEFF GOINS.

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MY PROMISE TO YOU

Jeff Scurlock —  August 17, 2012 — Leave a comment

Today I’ve been thinking about the privilege of writing anything from a book to a blog and then having someone take the time to read it. I am extremely honored that you are here reading this post. I am also honored when you take the time and extra effort to share one of my post on social media. I want to make you a promise.

My promise to you is that I will always give my best to this blog. I will pray, research and anything else that needs to be done in order to produce a quality reading experience.

My promise to you is that I will never take lightly the fact that you visit this site and do my best to provide an experience that will give you entertainment, knowledge, resources and leave you thinking about what I have said.

As you may have noticed, I have also began a podcast. Episode number 1 is up and it’s purpose was two fold. Number 1 to learn how to do it and number two to introduce myself to those who don’t know me. My podcast will provide information, entertainment and enrichment. Some of the podcast will be recorded sitting at my desk. Others will be outtakes from messages I preach in the pulpit God has given me.

As I write for the blog I know that it will not always be perfect. Sometime there will be typo’s that slip by and grammatical errors that I didn’t catch. It’s not because I’m being sloppy and don’t care. Should I use and editor? One of my favorite bloggers is Michael Hyatt. He is the former CEO of Thomas Nelson Publishing. Surprisingly enough Michael’s advice is to not use an editor. Partly because a blog should be naturally yours even with mistakes and secondly because to do regular postings there just isn’t time to run everything through another person.

Having said that, I promise to you my best.

Thank you for being a part of my writing experience. I hope that it will always be a positive experience for you.

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I would like to recommend this book to you. It was written by Renee Shipp who was the editor of my book The Eye of A Needle. She is also a member and a hard worker at the church whereI am pastor. It is a precious book that your children will love to have read to them for many bedtimes to come.

Hayden, Papa and the Plum Tree

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Soul Print

jeffscurlock —  February 5, 2012 — Leave a comment

SOUL PRINT BY MARK BATTERSON

I’ve set a personal goal to read fifty-two books in this year of 2012. As of today, February 5 I have finished nine books.  Of those books my favorites so far are “Killing Lincoln” by Bill O’Reilly, “The Circle Maker” by Mark Batterson, “Change: Count on it” by Bill McDonald and “Weird” by Craig Groeschel.

I have also read some books that I didn’t care for but I live by the mantra “if you can’t say something good, don’t say anything at all”.

My favorite book so far this year is the book “Soul Print” by Mark Batterson.  First of all this book is a little smaller “trim size” and 183 pages so it’s not a long book. It’s also very easy reading. No hard plowing here.

This book helped me with me more than any other book I’ve read in a long time (except of course the Bible).

The theme of the book is your uniqueness. God made you and he made you unique. As the back cover says “There never has been and never will be anyone like you. But that isn’t a testament to you. It’s a testament to the God who created you.”  This book set me free in one important area, “the need to please people”. As a pastor I have found myself over the years driving myself into the ground trying to be all things to all people so that they would be please with me.  I know now that I really have only two to please, God and Felicia.

I encourage everyone to read this book. Find out what your soul print is.   GET YOUR COPY OF SOUL PRINT AT THIS LINK.