The Present Principle [Book Review]

The Present PrincipleClaire Diaz-Ortiz’s book, The Present Principle, reads somewhat like Einstein’s theory of special relativity. Though an unfair comparison, what’s true of Einstein’s E=mc2 is true of Claire’s book: there’s a lot of potential represented in a small space.

Claire Diaz-Ortiz uses the word PRESENT in three ways:

  1. as a “gift” you give yourself
  2. as a dedicated time each morning
  3. as an acronym of how to “proactively organize” that time.

She lays out her thesis at the end of the book:

The Present Principle is about giving you a guiding framework for establishing a positive morning ritual that sets your day in the direction you want it to go. By waking in the mornings, and following seven simple steps to Pray, Read, Express, Schedule, Exercise, Nourish, and Track, you will be better able to make your day everything you want it to be (PDF edition, page 32).

Here’s a great takeaway from the book . . .

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8 Tips to Maximize Your Holy Land Tour

How to make your journey magnificent.

In my previous post, I offered some suggestions for how to prepare for a Holy Land Tour. After all, you’re investing a lot of money and significant time for this journey. It makes sense to prepare yourself beforehand so that you get the most from your experience in Israel.

8 Tips to Maximize Your Holy Land Tour

(Photo: Western Wall and Temple Mount, courtesy of Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

But after you arrive in Israel, there are a number of ways you can ensure you get the most from your Holy Land tour.

The following 8 tips include both practical and spiritual ways to maximize your experience every single day you’re there.

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5 Holy Land Blogs You Should Follow

If you regularly read my blog, it’s likely you share my interest in the Holy Land. Where biblical events took place are more than throwaway mentions in the pages of Scripture. Often, they have significant bearing on God’s participation in the lives of His people.

5 Holy Land Blogs You Should Follow

(Photo: Sunrise over Mount of Olives, courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

Unfortunately, because we’re unfamiliar with geography we often miss these nuggets. I have found a lot of help in several Holy Land blogs that open up the Bible’s lands to my understanding.

I want to share with you 5 of my favorite Holy Land blogs and provide you an easy way to follow them.

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The Problem of Evil and a God of Love

In a forgotten corner of the Hebrew Scriptures we find hope.

We live in a world where it seems God turns a deaf ear to pain and evil. Children hunger, immorality runs rampant, injustice occurs in the courts, and our loved ones die of cancer. All under the nose of an all-powerful God of love.

See no evil. Speak no evil. Hear no evil.

(Photo: See no evil. Speak no evil. Hear no evil.)

It feels as if He were a God of love and justice and power, He would and could remove all evil. As it is, evil remains. So do our feelings of confusion.

In a forgotten corner of the Hebrew Scriptures we catch a glimpse of this seeming contradiction with the problem of evil.

We also see its resolution.

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10 Free Christian E-Books for the Spiritual Life

And a few other resources for free e-books.

I’m always looking for a good source for free Christian e-books. A little searching yielded some great results I’ll share with you. If you have an iPad or Kindle or some other device (even a computer) that allows you to read e-books, you’ll want to take advantage of some great free titles.

ebooks offer great titles

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Amazon now sells more e-books than physical books. The advantage is that many classic titles on the spiritual life or Christianity are available dirt cheap—and some for free.

Often with free e-books, you get what you pay for. But if you’re willing to sift through the haystack, you’ll find some gems.

I did some digging and I’ve provided links to some great free Christian e-books—as well as how to search for others.

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Christian Apologetics Resources You Can Trust

Have you ever been asked a tough question about your faith? I sure have. Sometimes when Christians talk to people about God, or when people discover that we believe what the Bible says, they fire off a list of questions.

Good questions need good answers.

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Tough questions, like:

  • How can you say Jesus is the only way to God?
  • What about the person who’s never heard of Jesus?
  • How can the Bible be the Word of God when it was written by fallible men?
  • How can a good God allow such evil in the world?

These questions, and many others, can be hard to answer. If you’re not ready for these questions, they can eat your lunch– the sandwich, the candy bar, and the note from mom.

Here are some Christian apologetics resources you can trust.

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