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Number of Pages: 244
Vendor: WestBow Press
Publication Date: 2016
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Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5A great Bible Study resource in understanding the differences between natural gifts and spiritual ones!August 24, 2016Heart2HeartVictorville, CAAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you have been a believer in Christ long enough, then you understand the meaning behind spiritual gifts. However if you're a lot like I am, you might be confused at what they are in comparison to natural abilities versus spiritual gifts. Is there a way to know for sure? Aren't they simply the same thing anyway? I mean as long as God gets the credit, does it really matter? You just might be as surprised as I was.
God, we know, is never changing. But has He changed when we look at what is happening not only in the world around us but more importantly what is happening inside the church and in the hearts of the believers? Is He ministering the grace of healing to His people today? Is He still a God of miracles? Is it possible that He would ever desire to withdraw His power and authority from the church? Why would He covenant with His church and then withdraw any part of His covenant? These questions and more drove Cho Larson, to search for these as if lost treasures. Ones that we might be missing because we believe we haven't lost them.
Christians are the branches of the Tree of Life, branches of the Vine, and we are to receive power given by the Holy Spirit, to take this Good News of Jesus Christ to every nation. But what does Christianity look like without Christ? "We become like dry vines or withered branches from the Tree of Life. We no longer receive our sustenance from the Vine. These shrunken offshoots hold to a form of godliness, but deny the power and are in danger of being cut off or burned. We are trying to please men rather than God and are not serving under the authority of Christ. We have abandoned the Spring of Living Water for a well we have dug by our own efforts." (pg. 36).
In Book 2 in the Kingdom Series, author Cho Larson, helps readers to search for and discover Treasures of the Kingdom. He outlines in perfect detail the mystery surrounding the gifts of the Spirit from our natural God-given talents. He showcases with Biblical scriptures, the way we can tap into the Spirit and discover who God has designed us to be and what role we can play in what God has ordained for us to do, not simply filling out a role in the church that needs to be filled. I love his questions for how we can tell if we are even in the right place within the church or ministry by his eye opening and truth revealing questions. By far, my favorite chapters are on natural gifts versus spiritual gifts. Now I believe I have the answers I have been searching for instead of looking for them on my own.
I received Treasures of the Kingdom by Cho Larson compliments of Westbow Press and the author, himself for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from a free copy of this book in exchange for my fair and unbiased opinion of the book. There is so much to be shared in this book, that this review would be much to long to read and explore, but if you question what God's spiritual gifts truly are, how the church is losing its way in these last days, and how to find out what God has called for you in your own spiritual walk, I would highly recommend this amazing resource to accompany in your own personal Bible Study or with others in a small or large group setting. I would give this one a 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Author: Cho Larson
Located in: Cottonwood, AZ 86326
Submitted: August 30, 2016
Tell us a little about yourself. Cho Larson lives in Northern Arizona and works as a freelance writer. His years of service in Christian education, church leadership, and teaching small study groups have prepared him to write on these topics with words that lead the reader into these great truths of Scripture.
What was your motivation behind this project? So many Christians today don't grasp the beauty and value of spiritual gifts at work in the church. Gifts of the Spirit are confused with God given natural gifts, and they are light years apart in both purpose and effect. My purpose is to shed the light of Scripture on this topic.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? My hope is that Christians will once again minister and serve in the strength and power of the Spirit, rather than relying on the strength of natural gifts alone.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? The research on this project was intense and in great depth. Like anyone who prayerfully digs deep into God's word, your life will change for good. These truths of Scripture brought me to repent of my tendency to attempt ministering and serving in my own strength, rather than the strength and power of the Spirit.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Dallas Willard, D.L. Moody, Dr. Wayne Grudem, Chuck Swindoll, and A.W. Tozer, as well as many other authors have impacted my work.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: This book is designed to work for personal study time and for group Bible studies. Each chapter ends with questions to help further your understanding of the chapter's topic.