God's Favorite Place On Earth by Frank Viola
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Others Writing About Gods Favorite Place

Here are some of the other people writing about Frank Viola‘s new book God’s Favorite Place On Earth, which I wrote about in my last post. This post serves as a collection of links to other people’s say about the book. As you probably already know, you can get 25 gifts for ordering between May 1st and May 7th. Find out how at the book’s website.

I hope this helps. 🙂

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Fellow Bloggers, Writers

God’s Favorite Place On Earth

Frank Viola has just released his new book God’s Favorite Place on Earth and if you order the book between May 1st to May 7th, you will also receive 25 GIFTS from over 15 different authors.

Go to GodsFavoritePlace.com for information on how to order and easy instructions on how to get your 25 gifts.

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Recommendations

“In Frank Viola’s hands, the story of Lazarus—like Lazarus himself—once again comes to life. In a world where hope is battered and life can so easily beat down the human spirit, we are reminded once more of the possibility of becoming a host of Life.”
John Ortberg, pastor and author of Who Is This Man?

God’s Favorite Place on Earth realigned my heart toward Jesus and His mysterious, confounding, surprising, beautiful ways. It’s not often I learn something new when reading a book, but Frank Viola’s sharp storytelling and insightful interpretation made me hunger for more of the real Jesus.”
Mary DeMuth, author of Everything: What You Give

“God’s Favorite Place on Earth is the kind of book I’ve discovered I need to periodically find and read. Frank Viola’s pen and voice are consistently both penetrating and trustworthy. Beyond his invitingly beautiful writing skill—which makes reading a joy and a sight-seeing tour that brings God’s Word into 3-D when he relates narrative passages, I’m grateful for the depth of his themes.”
Pastor Jack Hayford, Chancellor of The King’s University, Los Angeles

“This is a masterfully engaging book that distills the vision of the Christian life into one focused quest: To be God’s favorite place on earth today. I recommend this little volume to all Christians and Christian leaders.”
Mark Batterson, New York Times bestselling author of The Circle Maker

“Combining masterful storytelling, historical knowledge, biblical insight and practical wisdom, Frank artfully uses the Gospels’ depiction of Lazarus and the small town of Bethany to lay out a beautiful and compelling vision of a God who longs to make every human heart and every church ‘His favorite place.’ This is a beautifully written, timely, prophetic work all would benefit from reading!”
Greg Boyd, pastor and author of Benefit of the Doubt

“A lot of people write books, Frank writes stories and in this one we once again see why he’s such a master. Honored to call him a friend, excited to call him an author I love to read.”
Jon Acuff, bestselling author of Start, Quitter, and Stuff Christians Like 

“Frank Viola surpasses himself in his best book yet—a work of serene, soaring magnificence. Part novel, part biography, part theology, part Bible study, Frank’s imaginative touch and command of prose haiku leaves the reader resolved more than ever to be a Bethany—God’s favorite place on earth.”
Leonard Sweet, Drew University, George Fox University, sermons.com

“Reading God’s Favorite Place on Earth by Frank Viola, my soul began to burn from Chapter One. To delve into Lazarus’ heart and thoughts … I received a beautiful glimpse into the life of Christ on earth. Lazarus’ stories make a perfect foundation for God’s truth, God’s intimacy. I can’t wait to share this book!”
Tricia Goyer, USA Today best-selling author of 35 books

“In spite of my Ph.D. in Theology, I had never considered the importance of Bethany in the life of Jesus.”
Phil Cooke, media consultant and author of Unique

“The best thing I can say about Frank Viola is this: When I read his books—and I read them all—I don’t think much about Frank Viola. I think about Jesus. And I learn to love Him more. This book is no different. Read it, and you’ll find yourself thinking, if you’re like me, ‘I knew Jesus was great, but… Wow!’ And that, at least from me, is as good as it gets.”
Brant Hansen, Radio personality and blogger 

See all 47 Recommendations at GodsFavoritePlace.com 

Sample Chapter

Check out the book sampler and share it with others: http://frankviola.org/GodsFavoritePlace.pdf

Video Trailer

Check out the short video trailer and share with friends: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RG_9TeE-BO8

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Quotes

Sharing Some Quotes – Part 2

Wanted to share some quotes again that I have stumbled upon recently.

Hope you will enjoy them!

Frank Viola, from his book “From Eternity to Here”:

“The burning intent of your God is that all of His living stones be built together with other living stones to form His house. Not for themselves, but for their Lord. To be the house of God, by God and for God.”

Milt Rodriguez:

“Christians are so fascinated with Christ’s second coming when they haven’t even fully comprehended His first coming!”

Joshua Tongol:

“If you don’t INTERPRET scripture through the LENS OF JESUS, you’re going to be very CONFUSED about who God is. You’ll read many stories that may seem to CONTRADICT Jesus’ life and teachings. Why? Because all of the characters in the Bible didn’t FULLY understand God. But when Jesus came on the scene He said, “Let me show you what God is REALLY like.” Why? Because He was God in the FLESH.”

James 1:19-20, ESV:

“Know this, my beloved brothers: let every person be quick to hear, slow to speak, slow to anger; for the anger of man does not produce the righteousness of God.”

T. Austin-Sparks from The On-High Calling Volume 1 – chapter 9:

“Looking to Jesus… (Hebrews 12:2 ESV)

There is a real touch of Paul in this Letter to the Hebrews – “Looking off unto Jesus.” Whoever actually wrote this Letter, the shadow of Paul is over it. His influence is everywhere. And certainly he was called upon to look off unto Jesus. Now that is a very vital lesson for us to learn. We have to do that again and again in our Christian life. If we get our eyes upon anything but the Lord Jesus we just go to pieces. Have all respect for God’s saints. I am not saying that you have to eye every servant of God with suspicion and be saying all the time: “Well, of course, he is not perfect, you know.” Give honor to whom honor is due, but never build your faith upon any man, however good he may be.

And as for ourselves – well, I think perhaps we are more tempted to look at ourselves than anything else! This is one of our real Christian exercises. We have continually to remove our eyes from ourselves and everything to do with ourselves. There is nothing more discouraging than this self of ours, and nothing more misleading. Our own judgments are all wrong, and so are our thoughts and ideas. They are not God’s thoughts. We must take our eyes off ourselves, but not look out into space and be vacant. “Look off unto Jesus,” and you know how that sentence is finished – “Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith.” Did you start this thing? Are you a Christian because you decided to be a Christian? Well, the Lord help you if that is so! No, He started this thing. Are you not glad that you can say: “It was the Lord who found me. It was the Lord who put His hand on me.” What He said is very true: “Ye did not choose Me, but I chose you” (John 15:16). He was the author of our faith, and it says that He is the finisher – He will finish it.”

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Quotes

Sharing Some Quotes – Part 1

This post was originally posted in Swedish now translated to English and slightly modified:

I found some golden quotes that I’d like to share like this, just passing by.

The first one is from our brother who is no longer with us, Theodore Austin-Sparks:

“‘The time is coming, yes, and has already come, when true worshippers will worship in spirit and in reality. Indeed, the Father looks for men who will worship Him like that.’ (John 4:23, Phillips)

Jesus said to the woman, “the hour cometh, and now is.” Then He dismissed the whole system that had existed up to that time. It was the whole system of Judaism according to the Old Testament. In one sentence, He dismissed the whole dispensation. And He introduced an altogether new order of things.

What did He mean? Because when He said the hour cometh, and now is, He did not mean literally just an hour and so many minutes. He meant that it was the first hour of the new day. With this hour an altogether new day has come. What is the new day? If you would have asked Jesus to put it into a short sentence, He would have said, “Well, I am here.” The hour is not just a matter of time but a matter of PERSON. The new dispensation is the dispensation of Jesus Christ. Christ is the new dispensation. “I am here,” He said. You go through that Gospel of John. He is centering everything in Himself. “I am the Way; I am the Truth; I am the Life; I am the Shepherd; I am the Vine; I am the Resurrection.” It is a Person. It is that which lies behind everything. Christianity is Christ. Christ is Christianity. That is where it all begins and it never departs from HIM. The development of the Christian life is only the development of Jesus Christ in the life.”
~ Theodore Austin-Sparks ~
“That They May All Be One, Even As We Are One” – Meeting 7

The second quote is about the popular subject of “discipleship” and how we as the church are a tool in together conforming to Christ’s image. Brother Milt Rodriguez puts it this way:

“True discipleship…[is] not a matter of being placed into a program of individual training of bible study, individual prayer, individual evangelism, and individual character development. Rather, it is the life transformation process of being practically conformed into His image. This is the out flowing of His community life. It is the fleshing out of the fellowship of the Godhead.”
Milt Rodriguez ~

Jon Zens has also made a statement about “discipleship” that goes like this:

“Our life is not about “making disciples,” “multiplying churches,” or “completing the Great Commission in our generation. Our life is Christ. Of course, Paul traveled around and endured many hardships for the Gospel’s sake. But his passion in life was not to be a “soul-winner,” to see a church planted in every city, or to envision millions of house churches covering the earth. He summed up his life’s passion with clarity: “for me to live is Christ . . . the love of Christ compels me . . . that I might know him and the fellowship of his sufferings.”
~ Jon Zens

Because the last two quotes were about discipleship I came to think about a few blog posts by Frank Viola that I also would like to quote.

The first one is called “Discipleship, Mission, and Church: A Plea to Learn Our History” and brings to attention different viewpoints on missions and discipleship that exist today. Here is an excerpt from the blog post:

“The other camp rightly understands that you cannot separate disciple-making from the ekklesia. You cannot separate the forming of people into full-pledged followers of Jesus and a living, breathing, vibrant community that gathers under His headship.

To put it another way, you can’t separate discipleship from the ekklesia anymore than you can separate child-rearing from the family. And you can’t separate the ekklesia from Jesus Himself, for it’s His very body.

I want you to imagine a saltwater fish. The fish can only survive in his natural habitat, which is the ocean. Why? Because the ocean surrounds the fish with everything it needs to live, breathe, and have its being.

The fish is also a dependent creature. Fish swim in schools.

Now consider a different image. Imagine that this fish is removed from the ocean and from its school and is thrown in someone’s backyard. People take turns spraying the fish with a water hose every 15 minutes. They also sprinkle salt on its body.

That’s an apt picture of modern discipleship.

Discipleship has been separated from the Christian’s native habitat (ekklesia) and it’s become a highly individualistic event. An individual discipler “disciples” an individual disciplee to become a better individual disciple.”

To end with something different than a quote I simply want to share a link to the other blog post, so here it is: “Reframing Discipleship”

Not so much my own words in this post, but hopefully, you who read this will be blessed in some way anyway.

Have you read any quotes that you want to share? Maybe thoughts to share as well? Or something else you want to say? Feel free to leave a comment. It is deeply appreciated.

Love in Christ,
// Daniel

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