Monday, September 23, 2019

Letters from Jesus and #giveaway!!!!

About the Book

Book: Letters from Jesus

Author: Chris Palmer

Genre: Religion / Biblical Studies/History & Culture

Release Date: September 10, 2019

“In Revelation 2:2, Jesus tells the church in Ephesus something intimate—Google Street View intimate. He says, ‘I know your works’ (Oida ta erga sou). Four words don’t seem like much, but in the Greek, it packs a punch.… Jesus chooses the Greek word oida, which expresses total, comprehensive knowledge. It is intimate knowledge that comes from being up close and personal. This knowledge isn’t hazy on the details. It doesn’t struggle to remember. It preserves the particulars. In the mind’s eye, everything is sharp and clear, like a well-taken photograph.” —Chris Palmer

Letters from Jesus: Studies from the Seven Churches of Revelation explores Christ’s warnings to the seven most prominent churches in Asia Minor in the book of Revelation. These letters date back to 95 A.D., but they help us make a fascinating discovery about civilization: life hasn’t changed that much over the last two millennia.
Author Chris Palmer illustrates the truths contained in the Letters from Jesus using modern, everyday day examples. The host of the popular podcast Greek for the Week, he unpacks Greek words and phrases in these verses from Revelation with humor, joy, and biblical scholarship.

Why study Greek, even just a little bit? As Chris explains, looking at the New Testament in the original language in which it was written can offer us some beautiful insights into God’s Word. “It’s like reading the Bible in high definition,” he says. Also, “studying God’s Word in the original language forces us to approach it with reverence and awe, humbling ourselves to obey what it says, whether it’s something we want to hear or not.”

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 My thoughts (Reviewed by Marilyn Ridgway): Chris Palmer laid out a wonderful study with his latest release, Letters from Jesus: Studies from the Seven Churches of Revelation. His study of Greek and the relationship to the original words of the Bible brings great insight into how the scriptures relate to our current world situation in churches today. Even after studying Revelations in another Bible Study format, I found this one more appealing with the depth of how the Greek words apply to today.

Each letter written to the seven churches is divided into seven short chapters to read during the week. The chapters focus on a particular verse for that particular church with emphasis on some specific key words and the original Greek meaning. Palmer’s easy format for the study is enlightening and meaningful. Each study is concluded with a prayer for the week, activity for the week and additional scriptural passages to read. 

Each church letter is correlated to our world today. The Church at Ephesus-Studies on Love; The Church at Smyrna-Studies on Endurance; The Church at Pergamum-Studies on Worldview, The Church at Thyatira-Studies on Holiness; The Church at Sardis-Studies on the Holy Spirit, The Church at Philadelphia-Studies on Christian Living and the Church at Laodicea-Studies on Faithfulness. Each letter and study brought new awareness how easily Christian churches has allow societal or political thinking with the sin to enter churches today. As Palmer mention in the section, “Why Greek”, knowing the original Greek in the Bible is like reading it in high definition.

I went through this study at a faster pace by being on the book tour. However, I will be studying each letter and chapter in further depth in days ahead. This book is perfect for individual use, a Bible study group and will be beneficial for church leaders to heed the messages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and the publisher. I was under no obligation to write a positive review but I have expressed my own sincere thoughts.

About the Author

The Rev. Chris Palmer is the founder and pastor of Light of Today Church in Novi, Michigan, and founder of Chris Palmer Ministries. He is host of the popular podcast, Greek for the Week, seen on several Internet platforms.
Chris began in full-time ministry in 2006 and began to preach internationally in 2009, helping many congregations grow, flourish, and expand. His desire for missions is to train and educate pastors, encourage congregations, support the vision of local church, and show the love of God to the culture. He has done this successfully for a decade in over forty nations of the world in Europe, Africa, South America, Asia, and the Caribbean, working with both traditional churches and the underground/persecuted church.
Chris earned a B.A. in Pastoral Studies from North Central University and an M.A. in Exegetical Theology, magna cum laude, from Moody Theological Seminary. He is a sought-after Greek scholar for his ability to make God’s Word come alive in a unique way from the Greek. Chris is often invited to present Greek and hermeneutics workshops at Bible and ministry schools. He recently began working on his Ph.D. at University Wales, Bangor, in the area of Johannine Literature, particularly the book of Revelation.
His previous self-published books include Living as a Spirit: Hearing the Voice of God on Purpose, The 85 Questions You Ask When You Begin a Relationship with GodThe Believer’s Journey, and Escaping the Haunting Past: A Handbook for Deliverance.

More from Chris

Experience the Bible in high definition and learn some Greek with fun, easy lessons from pastor/scholar Chris Palmer.

Blog Stops

The Power of Words, September 15
Godly Book Reviews, September 17
My Devotional Thoughts, September 20
Mary Hake, September 21
Retrospective Spines, September 23
Texas Book-aholic, September 24
A Reader’s Brain, September 25
A Diva’s Heart, September 25
janicesbookreviews, September 26
Inklings and notions , September 27


To celebrate his tour, Chris is giving away a grand prize package of a $20 Starbucks gift card, copy of LETTERS FROM JESUS, copy of HEBREW WORD STUDY!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

1 comment:

Marilyn R. said...

Laura, thank you for spotlighting Letters From Jesus on your blog during the tour with my guest review. Blessings.