Glory Revealed


Bookshelf&Glory Revealed13 Sep 2007 01:55 pm

If i were writing this book, i think i might have started with preparation… probably just because preparation usually comes first… anyway… clearly David chose to close the book out with preparation for a reason and that’s fine… regardless, we’ve reached the end of the book and it’s been a fun journey, right?

This chapter’s about how the importance of someone affects the way we plan for their arrival… David uses the word pictures of a red carpet and refers to the passage where John the Baptist calls us to “prepare the way for the Lord”… i think that the point can be made in something as simple as cleaning up the house before a guest arrives or maybe clearing out your garden area before planting the seeds…

He goes on to share a story about waiting for the Queen to make an appearance in London and the ultimate disappointment of a full-blown preparation ending in a breif, non-lasting encounter… i remember standing at the gates of Buckingham Palace for a picture – still have that picture with a random Asian woman who decided to pose for us in it, too – and the flag was up, which apparently means that royalty is in the house… i stood around for a little bit hoping to catch a glimpse of them, but i quickly lost interest… I’ve also been in the general vicinity of the White House a number of times, but i don’t have too many exciting encounters with Presidents to talk about either…

Anyway, i relate to this concept most when i think of roller coasters… whenever i go on a roller coaster – you know the lines are always atrociously long – i spend the whole time leading up to the ride in anticipation, both eager and cautionary, because i never know what awaits me once i’m strapped into that contraption… then, after an hour or so of waiting in line, sweating, and anticipating this event, the ride lasts all of a minute or so and i don’t remember much about it 15 minutes later…

the point is that the anticipation is a testimony of the potential greatness of the ride/experience… Since being in the presence of God is the most exhilerating experience imaginable (extending far beyond our imagination), our anticipation for that – as well as our preparation – should be equally telling of our excitement, hence, reflective of God’s glory… and eternity is a lot longer than a roller coaster ride…

and with that, the book abruptly ends… Clearly David is leaving room for a sequel (or not), but perhaps this is a book re-reading and rehashing as life progresses… hope you enjoyed this discussion…

peace… love… bdg…


Glory Revealed by David Nasser is available in stores everywhere

for example:

CBD/ChristianBook.com
and
Amazon.com

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed04 Sep 2007 01:09 pm

Oh yeah, we’re still on this book too… i’m about ready to start up with two other books here on the bookshelf and i realized that i didn’t cover the last two chapters of this one… and good grief it’s already September now… so let’s talk about chapter 19, shall we?…

This chapter starts off with the tale of a brush with fame… David gets to meet Billy Graham, an icon in the religious world, and a personal hero… and he’s speechless… i’ve been there… and i felt pretty silly afterwards… it’s a story that’s easy to relate to, but it’s not the point of the chapter… the point is more that Billy Graham has served as an arrow pointing the masses in the direction of Christ…

Now i’ve mostly heard this description in reference to Rich Mullins… i mean, his biography is titled “An Arrow Pointing to Heaven“… but i suppose it’s a really great way to have your life described… what i find even more interesting in this chapter though is the question posed… “Are you getting in the way of pointing others to Christ?”…

For me, there’s no greater illustration of this than when Jesus visits Jericho and the chief tax collector wants to see Him… Zacchaeus was a wee little man, a wee little man was he… so we all know the story, Zacchaeus is short and he wants to see Jesus but, as the account says in Luke, “on account of the crowd he could not (ESV)”… now, who’s in the crowd?… well, that would be the followers of Jesus, the “believers,” the Jews, the religious folks, and yes, the curious kind – like Zacchaeus but perhaps a wee bit taller… i remember reading this passage and focusing on Zacchaeus’ height issues and the fact that he climbs up a tree to catch a glimpse of it, but one day it occurred to me that the “religious folks” of the time were selfishly denying Zacchaeus access to Jesus, denying him (as best as they could) the opportunity to become saved himself… and i wonder how many times i’ve done that…

i know that it’s human nature to be competitive and strive to get the best things for you and yours… but that’s not the way we’re supposed to act… left to ourselves, it’s not good enough to have something good, we have to make sure that no one else has that something good too, otherwise it’s not as “special”… this is the logic behind all the “limited edition” and “special release” versions of DVDs, CDs and such… we feel like we’re getting something that other people can’t get… and that’s selfish… that’s a broken arrow…

peace… love… bdg…


Glory Revealed by David Nasser is available in stores everywhere

for example:

CBD/ChristianBook.com
and
Amazon.com

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed27 Jul 2007 04:03 pm

Well, it’s been a while and this chapter has a lot to it… i think that David rasies more questions than he answers here, but it could just be me… the point he’s emphasizing does come through just fine, but for me, i’m left running off on tangents that have been briefly touched on, some even inadvertently… anyway…

building off of the back of the previous chapter’s illustration of his trip to the Masters and how the power of presence attracts a crowd, David contrasts that to the lack of attendance at church services across the country… this may sound rather brash, but i think David has answered his own question as he continues to ponder the success of The Masters without the presence of the “masters”… maybe people stopped coming to church because they stopped seeing Jesus there…

We’ve become so complacent in the church – so focused on the venue and the music and the pastor and the comfort and all of what should be ancillary aspects of a service – that maybe we stopped inviting God to His own house… i know that sounds very cynical and jaded, but it’s a possibility, at least in some instances… we’ve gotten so into the presentation that the message may have been lost long ago… and worship becomes a performance and the message becomes background noise or feel-good drivel…

To hear stories of the church abroad, and how the entire nations will come to a halt in order to accommodate a worship gathering, how people will walk for days to attend, and leave forever changed… well, that’s all a testament to the fact that the power hasn’t left God or the message… it’s just that we are so distracted that we miss it a lot of times…

now, i will have to disagree where David mentions that he thinks that if God were to perform healings and other miracles, that people would start showing back up to church… people asked Jesus for the same thing towards the end of His ministry and he replied that if people aren’t convinced by the sign of Jonah (His resurrection), then nothing else would convince them… He even mentioned that in the parable of Lazurus and the rich man…

i think, to be perfectly honest (and a bit blunt) that calling out for miracles is the lazy answer… it’s not on God’s shoulders to spread the Gospel on earth right now, it’s on ours… we’re living miracles – living examples of spiritual healing – and we’re the mouthpiece of God’s power… we’re the ones who are supposed to share the message with our neighbors and with the world… no gimmacks, no tricks, just us and the testimonies we live every day…

but what good it salt once it’s lost its saltiness?

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&general&Glory Revealed&news11 Jul 2007 11:06 am

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While previously the book was only available at Family Christian, FamilyChristian.com, and GloryRevealed.com, the book we’ve been discussing here for the last few months is now available at retail outlets everywhere…

For example, CBD/ChristianBook.com and Amazon.com

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed10 Jul 2007 04:52 pm

i’ve been to a golf tournament, and it wasn’t quite the experience that David describes here… granted, i wasn’t at the Masters, and i don’t think that Tiger Woods wasn’t in attendance… i believe it was the 1997 Canon Greater Hartford Open, which is now called the Traveller’s Championship, and Stewart Cink – a rookie – managed to beat out the popular David Duval to win… there were some powerful moments, for sure, but nothing quite as captivating as what has been described here…

I do get what David is talking about though… i once had a dream about Elvis and Jesus and, well, i suppose that’s a different story altogether… anyway, Jesus did draw a crowd… everywhere he went… people pressed him from all sides… much like they do to all the celebrities of today, but the difference is the result…

When people walked away from a physical encounter with Jesus… from being in His presence… they were completely changed… they walked away knowing that they’d experienced a power like none this earth could produce… when you walk away from meeting a celebrity, the buzz wears off, but after meeting Jesus… man, you’re never the same again…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed02 Jul 2007 05:09 pm

Well, i’ve got a bit of a sore throat, so i can’t say too much today…

Anyway, this chapter talks about the exclusive claims of Christ… specifically that you cannot be redeemed without going through Jesus… this is the key element of Christianity… and yet it’s such a controversial statement in a world that tries to avoid confrontation and remain “politically correct”…

now, speaking of exclusivity… i used to be the worst… if there was an exclusive version of something available – a limited edition or special version – whatever it was, i was drawn to it like a moth to a flame… i’m still that way to some extent when it comes to new soda flavors and such, but it’s pretty much gotten so far out of control that it doesn’t even make sense to try… kind of like how it’s near impossible to find “regular strength” medicine nowadays, it’s hard to find non-exclusive editions of music, movies, etc…

everyone wants to feel special and important, like they’re getting an inside deal… like they’re a VIP and they’ve managed to attain some level of status that surpasses that of those around them… and marketers know this and have made strong inroads to that end… however, while it’s hip and trendy to make exclusive claims about a product, it’s treated as blasphemy to make exclusive claims about salvation…

it doesn’t really add up… if you believe in a product wholeheartedly, you can say anything you want about it, but when you believe in Jesus wholeheartedly and repeat what He says in the Bible, it’s offensive and taboo… really though, the point is that no one else could’ve successfully bridged the gap between sin and redemption… and that in itself is pretty glorious…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed21 Jun 2007 05:16 pm

If there’s one thing that i control, it’s…. nothing… this actually reminds me of… oh, right… the interview i just posted with Bethany Dillon… how funny… i’m sitting here thinking about how this all sounds familiar and duh, i just cleaned up that interview and posted it…

The point is pretty clear, and this is a shorter chapter because, well, perhaps it’s easier to understand and less enjoyable to talk about, but our inadequacies prove over and over again that we need God, who is actually able to hold everything together and control everything… that shows off more of His glory… and in order not to belabor the point, that’s about it…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed18 Jun 2007 05:17 pm

Well here’s something new… who’d ever have expected a chapter about prophesy to also include Jim Carrey and the movie Dumb and Dumber? i can’t say that i’m a fan of the film to be honest – much of Jim Carrey’s humor makes me grimace – but the point is well made for the chapter… hope in the midst of great odds requires a lot of faith and perhaps a bit of mental deficiency…

faith in a sure thing though, should be really easy, yet, as David points out, despite many many unimaginably accurate prophesies recorded in the Bible, many of us still have a hard time putting our faith in the Word of God… it’s pretty silly actually… i mean, when it’s right there in front of you, how could you demand more evidence?

When God’s always right, you have to give Him props, right?

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed13 Jun 2007 04:01 pm

first off, i have to mention that i have google alerts set to tell me when people on the web are talking about me, so it doesn’t take me too long to find out about such things… anyway…

This chapter is a rather serious look at the cross and, after pointing out our natural tendancies towards egotism, David flips it on its head by inserting a personal touch (mad-libs style) to the account of Jesus’ crucifixion… it’s a pretty eye-opening experience to consider that not only could it have been me getting scourged and mocked and beaten and hung up on the cross, but that it should have been me… and you and all of us…

but, here’s what really gets me… all that was terrible and painful and i can’t imagine the amount of anguish involved with the crucifixion… but that was just the beginning…

i mean, that was just the physical aspect of death… and we all know that there’s more to life than this present physical realm… and if, as Paul says, the riches of this world are doodoo compared to the riches of eternity in Heaven, then one can only assume (and i emphasize assume) that the pain and suffering that we can experience here while on earth represent but a fraction of the intensity of pain and suffering that comprise an eternity in Hell, right?…

and our punishment… the result of our sins… is Hell… so Jesus had to endure that as well… He had to or else He wouldn’t have been taking our place… i mean, if you owe someone a million bucks, i can come in with a $100 bill and expect to pay off your debt, right? if i’m gonna help, i have to pay the full amount…

(yes, i know there are some companies that manage to make money from buying off debt at a reduced rate, but then they collect from the other party or… well, it’s complicated and it’s not what i’m talking about)…

Anyway… it’s important to realize the full extent of the sacrifice to appreciate it… and as David points out, it’s more than just an annual thing… we’re called to take up our cross daily and follow Him… not just on Easter, not just on Christmas and Easter, not just on Sundays, daily…

peace… love… bdg…

Bookshelf&Glory Revealed31 May 2007 10:35 pm

i just recently watched the Superbowl again… i had it stored on my DVR and watched it as i pulled it down onto a DVD… (sounds fancy i suppose)… anyway, besides being a great game and all, it really struck me again during the post game commentary how much respect everyone has for both coaches…

Lovie Smith of the Bears offered viewers a remarkable example of losing with grace and dignity… so much so that he clearly didn’t lose even though his team didn’t win the game…

and Tony Dungy of the Colts… wow… complete humility… and it’s amazing to watch… completely captivating to see this behavior from one of the biggest platforms available in the country… it’s remarkable…

this chapter talks about remembering God in the good times… letting our victories glorify Him and the difficulties we face in doing just that… it’s easier to remember Him in the hard times when we want something…

peace… love… bdg…

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