Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The God Pocket

As we enter the final lap of the Christmas season, it seems an appropriate time to post a review of Bruce Wilkinson’s new book, The God Pocket.

I was first introduced to the idea of the God pocket in Wilkinson’s book, You Were Born For This, and it was honestly the best part of that book.  I remember thinking that he could have just left off everything else and just wrote a book on the God Pocket, and he did.

The God Pocket is essentially a special pocket or place in your wallet or purse where you set aside money for God’s purposes, and you do not give it or spend it without the Holy Spirit’s leading.  I’m sure many of you have had the experience where money has seemed to come out of nowhere from a stranger or a friend right when you needed it as an answer to prayer.  The God Pocket essentially puts you in the place of being on the other side of that scenario and being the answer to someone else’s prayer. 

The book is full of God Pocket stories that people sent in after reading You Were Born For This.  I found myself crying a lot while reading them.

The only downside is if you’ve read the first book, you don’t need to read this one.  Conversely, if you haven’t read You Were Born For This, you can skip it and pick this one up.

I highly recommend the book.  My wife and I have started our own God Pocket and have used it a couple of times.  It’s as much a blessing to the giver as the receiver; in fact as Jesus taught “It is more blessed to give than receive” (Acts 20:35).

I received a copy of the book from the publisher for review.  All opinions are my own.

Featured Non Profit

This month a Christian non-profit that is worthy of support is being featured every post until Christmas.  The criteria for being featured are that they bring glory to God, they are financially accountable, and finally they must have a mission that includes one of the following: reach the lost, empower believers, or help those in need in the name of Jesus Christ.

Today’s featured non profit is The Salvation Army.

In terms of giving and helping people in need, there is probably no more recognizable Christian organization than The Salvation Army. Their mission as an international movement, an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church, has a message based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.

I couldn’t even begin to list the services provided by the Salvation Army in the name of Jesus Christ, but the Salvation Army helped nearly 30 million people just this year.  All these things cost money, so the next time you see someone ringing a bell at a storefront, give more than your spare change.  You can also donate online by following this link.

See the video below for a glimpse of what the Salvation Army does in the name of Jesus Christ:

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