Monday, December 15, 2014

Wisdomantics - Board Game Review

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   I love board games.  I cherish those times of sitting around a table laughing and  having fun with a simple board game.  There is nothing that compares to it.  Last night we did just that.  We sat down and played Wisdomantics, the newest board game produced by Kingdom Games Enterprises.  
   "The description stated that Wisdomantics is an interactive DVD board game for players of various faiths who desire to gain the vast wisdom of King Solomon.  Wisdomantics utilizes the proverbs of Solomon and blends chance, knowledge, and strategy to create a fun experience while you learn."
   The game was fun.  It is basically a DVD with Bible verses that you must complete.  The object of the game is to build King Solomon's Temple with 8 gold tiles, 4 Cedar tiles, & 4 Cypress tiles.  The game board kind of had a Monopoly feel to it, including a space where you win lots of Blessing cards(that you can trade in for color tiles that you need to complete the Temple), and a jail space where you need a special get out of jail free card.  
   Overall, we had fun while learning verses of the Bible.  At this point, I have to give the downside of this game.  I'm a pastor.  I love the Bible.  I cherish it.  I love playing Christian games.  But this one got a little carried away with spaces like Prayer Request(where you stop and share a request) and Praise Report(where you give a testimony).  The concept of the game is fun and creative.  I will probably use the DVD (minus the board) for games at church, but I must admit that some of the game comes across as just a bit over-spiritualized.  Almost as if they were really trying too hard to make this a Christian game.  
   This type of game has potential, but I think the makers of it were stretching a little bit in their effort to make a game that Christians would enjoy.  Just because you're a Christian doesn't mean that you have to give a prayer request, testimony, and say Hallelujah every time you play a board game.  I do appreciate the opportunity to review this game, and look forward to what this company produces in the future.

God Bless,

Marcus

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Thirty Days in the Land with Jesus by Charles H. Dyer - Book Review

Have you ever wished that you go visit the Holy Land?  I have always wanted to, but that opportunity has never come about.  I guess I've always thought that being able to actually visit the sites where the Bible took place would really make the Bible come to life.  This devotional is probably as about as good as it gets without actually going there.   Over the course of 30 days, the author takes you on a journey through various passages of the Bible.  He goes into vivid detail about the scenery and the location while giving a good spiritual lesson for the day.  The great thing is that many times, something about the location where something took place actually makes a difference in the lesson itself.   Overall, I loved this little book.  It is very well written and very easy to read.  It has great lessons while encouraging you to actually  open your Bible and really study a particular passage.  I would encourage anyone to give this devotional a try.  It will encourage and bless you.
  I received this book free from Moody Publishing in exchange for my honest review.
God Bless, 
Marcus

Monday, October 27, 2014

Noah - A wordless picture book


Noah, by Mark Ludy, is a wordless picture book portraying the life of Noah.  It begins by showing the everyday life of Noah and his wife.  You the see the town, the people, Noah's work, his wife, his house and the moment when God speaks to Noah and tells him to build an ark because He is going to destroy the world with a flood.
   Page by page the story builds.  As a parent, it's very easy to tell your kids the story of Noah in your own words while the pictures bring that story to life.  The pictures are very vivid, almost jumping off the page.  They are colorful, detailed and high quality.
   The pages surrounding the flood give kids a good understanding of what it must have been like to have been there.  When you get to the pages showing the waters overtaking the towns and people, it's very easy to stop and explain to your kids the consequences of sin.  The end of the book shows the beautiful rainbow that God placed in the sky as a promise that He would never flood the earth again.
   Overall, I give this book a 5 star rating.  My 7 year old loved it.  He was mesmerized by the detail of the pictures.  It's a good book for families, teachers, and churches to have in their library.   I received this book in exchange for my honest review.  I received this book from Handlebar Publishing.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Persecuted: I Will Not Be Silent by Robin Parrish - Book Review

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 Persecuted is a fictional story of a pastor who refuses to give into a political force set on merging all religions to an umbrella organization operated by the Federal Government.  If you keep up with the daily news from around the United States, this story will feel like you are reading about something that is happening right now.  
Based on what could happen if America continues down this path of tolerance for all religions and lifestyles, this story hits a home run.  It is action packed, with everything from a manhunt to blackmail.  It covers the back rooms of Congress to the abuse of power by the President.  It is a great story, well written, and most needed in our day.  
It is a wake-up call to the church.  Satan is on a mission to destroy Christianity and morals in America.  We are not just in a decline, we are in a landslide of decay.  This book shows where things might end up should we keep moving in this direction.  
If you like politics, suspense, murder mysteries, manhunts, and action, you will love this book.  If you love God and America, you will enjoy the story, but you will finish with a sense of regret, sadness, and fear.  The author does a wonderful job of presenting the challenges that we as Christians face in this ever changing secular society we live in.  We need God.  We need revival. 
This is a great story that I hear is actually coming out as a movie in the near future. 


God Bless,

Marcus

Activating the Power of the Cross by Tony Evans - Book Review

   I love reading his books and listening to sermons by Tony Evans.  As I always say, I never agree 100% with anybody.  But I do chew on the meat I find and spit out the bones.  Usually where Tony Evans is concerned, there is a lot of meat to chew on.  Activating the Power of the Cross is a small book that is full of great quotes that are encouraging to the Christian.  
  So for this review, I give you a few nuggets from the book:

   "If we leave out the cross, we are only left with the empty shell called religion."
"We have turned it into an emblem, good luck charm, or decoration rather than leverage the authority and ability that the cross grants.  Essentially, we have made the cross nothing more than a replica to induce guilt rather than what it is - the single greatest affirmation and demonstration of pure love."
"The problem that we face in our modern, contemporary Christian culture is that we have forgotten the purpose, the preeminence, and the power of the cross."
"It is dying to self that gives you the ability to truly live.  Jesus' life in you only comes when you willingly lay down your own life and submit to Him."
"As long as you are living for you, all that the cross has to offer will never be yours."

That is just a sample.  I encourage you to read this book and let it remind you of the true meaning of the cross.  I was given this book by Moody Press
in exchange for my honest review.

God Bless,

Marcus

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Signed, Sealed, Delivered





Marcus and I were happy to be able to preview an upcoming episode of the Hallmark Channel's new series Signed, Sealed, Delivered.  The series was described as ...

" a wonderful combination of romance, comedy and drama that follows the lives of four postal detectives who transform themselves into a team of detectives to track down intended recipients of undeliverable mail. Their missions take them out of the office where redirected letters and packages can save lives, solve crimes, reunite old loves and change futures by arriving late but somehow always on time. The team includes charming Oliver O’Toole (Eric Mabius), the group's leader is a man of faith who prayerfully approaches his work with the goal of making a difference in people's lives; new team member, Shane McInerney (Kristin Booth), a technophile who brings 21st century sensibility to the group; free-spirited, “girl next door” Rita Haywith (Crystal Lowe) who has a photographic memory; and lovable Norman Dorman (Geoff Gustafson), a master in conventional research methods."

We loved the mixture of mystery and romance that kept us both interested in the storyline through the whole episode!  We laughed and even blinked back a few tears. :-)  We also appreciated the values that were shared through the theme of this episode. We hope the whole series becomes available on DVD. 
Also available is a seven day Bible study from the American Bible Society that goes along with the theme of each week's episode.  You can sign up at  http://www.americanbible.org/features/signed-sealed-delivered

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

The War on Christmas by Bodie Hodge - book review

  Is there really a war on the Holiday that we know as Christmas?  Bodie Hodge breaks down the true meaning and the misconceptions about Christmas in this wonderful book produced by Answers in Genesis. 
  He begins with a detailed explanation of why Jesus came, and continues with a very detailed explanation of the name, origin, and timeline of the events surrounding Christ's birth.  I believe that Christians could learn from this, and I also believe it would be wonderful for non-Christians as well. 
   I believe the world is full of many people who have been misinformed through secular media and public school textbooks.  So many have no idea who Jesus really is and why He came.  They have no understanding of the true meaning of Christmas.  So I believe this book can serve as a great evangelistic tool to reach the world with the truth.
   Probably one of the most interesting sections of this well presented book is the section on the misconceptions of Christmas.  It's actually quite funny to read about the attempts to take Christ out of Christmas.  For the most part, unknown to those who are attempting to do so, they are actually putting Him back in it.  Things like X-mas really means Christmas, because X is actually the Greek symbol for Christ.  And Holiday literally means Holy Day. 
   There is so much in this book that I cannot begin to describe the depth of knowledge that is presented.  Overall, it's a great book for everyone.  I give it a 5 out of 5.  I received this book in return for my unbiased review.

God Bless,

Marcus