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A Modern Day Moses (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          The angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed. So Moses said, "I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up." The LORD said, "I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite." ~ Exodus 3:2-3, 7-8

Who You Are


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable--if there is any moral excellence and if there is any praise--dwell on these things. ~ Philippians 4:8, Holman Christian Standard

          I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, and my soul knows it very well. ~ Psalm 139:14

A Christian Stephen King


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Reader, when I give this book review you will understand why on the back of the book someone says of it, "Not for the faint-hearted." Samuel Parker's latest book is one heart rending thrill of a suspense ride. My overall assessment of Parker's Coldwater is simply this: Parker is the Christian version of Stephen King for Christian books. I didn't think I would have nightmares considering the overall arch of the book is bent toward the Christian mindset of redemption and mercy, but don't let that fool you.

Being Holy


By Benjamin H. Liles

          For God has not called us to uncleanness, but to holiness...While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear. ~ 1 Thessalonians 4:7, 1 Peter 3:2

Holding the Fort (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I love history as well as westerns. But when an author like Regina Jennings melds history, westerns, and romance together--anything can go. And boy does this book go. Allow me to explain tis point and where I'm about to go. From the beginning of the book I was hooked by Regina's writing and her style. She starts off with, "The fumes of the gaslights at the foot of the stage protected Louisa Bell from the most noxious odors of her audience." And that's the only text of the book you'll get from me.

You Have a Purpose


By Benjamin H. Liles

          "'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope'" (Jeremiah 29:11, New American Standard). This is a partial message God gave to message concerning Israel's being in exile in Babylon. If we look fully at why God is saying what He is concerning Israel and her future, we need to understand that Israel as a nation was corrupt and needed a serious heart change.

Vince Antonucci's Restore (Book Review)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          Where do I begin talking about a book that talks about receiving help and becoming the child of God that no longer lives to sin? I don't feel adequate enough to do so because while I live to the best of my ability to live and enjoy life as God intends for me, I still sin. It's not a willful act for me to just be all, "Yes, I will still sin and do it joyously to receive God's grace." No, that's not me. Paul said this: "We all lived among them at one time in the cravings of our flesh, indulging its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature children of wrath" (Ephesians 2:3).

Understanding the Exodus

Hebrews 11:29 says, "By faith they passed through 
the Red Sea as though they were passing through 
dry land; and the Egyptians, when they attempted
it, were drowned."

By Benjamin H. Liles

          When I start this, I want to quickly say and add on that Moses was a fore-runner of Jesus Christ. When people think about the word "Deliverer," a lot of people say rather fast, "Jesus of Nazareth." What do you say? Do you say, "Moses?" Or do you say, "Joshua?" I want to focus on what happened during the Exodus, not under the time of Joshua. Joshua is important, but I want to look at the man who came before Joshua, Moses.

Looking at Sin (from Idolatry, Lust, Anger, and Jealousy)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          There are things in my life I have done, said, lived out, possibly planned and carried out, and even do that I never on intending to do. Paul said this, "For what I am doing, I do not understand; for I am not practicing what I? would like to do, but I am doing the very thing I hate" (Romans 7:15, New American Standard). Have you ever woken up after doing this "one thing" you said you wouldn't do and find out you've done exactly that? I know I have. If you ever had the thought, "I will not get angry. I will not give into this being mad for no reason. I know if I do it will be bad." And then yet you do it, and the next day you wake up, even though you apologized for it you still feel bad over it. Is that God reprimanding you for the sin, or is that now guilt which the enemy uses on you?

The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I know I sometimes tell you, the reader, that I don't always love romance novels. But there are times where the romance is done extremely well. This is one of those times. It's set within the confines of the American revolution, when British America got fed up with not being represented well or even given a fair voice within the British government. It made for a lot of nasty business between Britain's colonial America in the later part of the 18th century.

Why I Post Bible Studies and Explain the Bible


By Benjamin H. Liles

          For me, I never had a strong mentor at work in my life. Sure, I have my dad, a man I greatly value and love getting his views and opinions on. But, when it came down to meeting other people, men that I admire and wanted to learn from, it was as if they vanished. Sure, I met certain men who were strong, competent and knowing. Of these I can list a few I am proud to say "I know this one." It's men like Richard Garriot: him and his brother started Origin while they were younger and brought us games like Ultima.

Love Mercy


By Benjamin H. Liles

          It says a great deal when we are able to do as Christ commands. He said this, "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:17-19).