Monday, October 11, 2010

Be Available

The official word:

Timeless Wisdom from the Pastor’s Pastor

Dr. Warren Wiersbe’s BE series offers simple but not simplistic knowledge

The Old Testament contains vast riches of spiritual knowledge, and Dr. Warren Wiersbe mines the depths of that wisdom with straightforward clarity in David C Cook’s latest updates to the “BE” commentary series. Wiersbe carefully examines many aspects of the Old Testament and makes spiritual applications as Christians explore the lives of the Jewish people. The lives of God’s chosen people paint a picture of courage and bravery, despite their tendency to disobey, and the rulers and prophets of this time played a vital role in bringing God’s message to His people. Throughout these commentaries, God’s faithfulness to respond to cries of repentance provides strong examples of how He continues to lovingly lead His people.

Dr. Warren Wiersbe has devoted his life to the deep examination of God’s Word. He is an internationally known Bible teacher, former pastor of The Moody Church in Chicago, and the author of more than 150 books. The “BE” series is comprised of fifty titles and, with more than four million copies in print, has helped countless numbers of readers to better understand and apply God’s Word to their daily lives. Dr. Wiersbe’s commentaries combine historical explanations and thought-provoking questions with the unchanging truth of Scripture in such a way that Christians can easily grasp the relevance of the Old Testament.

· Be Available: Accepting the Challenge to Confront the Enemy—This is a study of the book of Judges and encourages people to be available, no matter how dark the day. Be available to trust God’s Word, yield to His Spirit, and do His bidding. (September 2010/ISBN: 978-1-4347-0048-3/199 pages)

Tricia's Take: 
I loved this book from the get-go, as it started with the premise that God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things - one of my favorite biblical truths.  This book was more than just a study on a book of the Bible, it included life application as well. (Something we don't always get in Old Testament bible studies.)  Dr. Wiersbe, as always, has wonderful insight and does not shy away from the tougher portions of the book, but attacks them head on and helps us to understand a little better. I love how he pulls out the theme of "Be Available" from the stories of these fallen men and women who agreed to serve God and who He then used to do powerful things.

It was a very dark time in the life of Israel.  As is repeated often in the book - there was no king at that time and everyone was doing what was right in their own eyes.  Rather than hide or isolate themselves, the judges chose to answer God's call to serve Him and His kingdom, even in dark and overwhelming circumstances.  What an example for us to follow today - to not be discouraged, but to bodly stand up and make a change.  (Thank you, as always, to the publisher for providing me with a review copy.)

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