Saturday, April 23, 2011

Radical Together


Radical Together - David Platt
Radical Together: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God. This book spurs the body of Christ to work together to reach the unreached people groups of the world with the Gospel. Did you know that there are over 6,000 unreached people groups? The author, David Platt, talks about the importance of reaching the unreached almost as much as I do. I love that!




"How can we in the church best unleash the people of God in the Spirit of God with the Word of God for the glory of God in the world?" (p. 136) That's a great question and this book will help you start to answer it for yourself. So will the Radical Experiment which was in the first Radical book and was mentioned in the Conclusion of this one. Information and resources to help you do the year long experiment are here: http://www.radicalexperiment.org/home.html.

Radical Together was a very encouraging read. The zeal for God and His Word and His glory is unmistakable. The passion for fulfilling the Great Commission and alleviating the suffering of millions is so refreshing. The stories of real people making a real difference because of their love for God is inspiring. I recommend this book for everyone!

May we pray, read God's Word, give sacrificially, and go so that those who have never heard the name of Jesus may hear a clear Gospel presentation and so that the needs of the impoverished will be met.

Let's live radically...together.

To read the first chapter of Radical Together, click here.  To purchase the book, go here or here.


~I received this book for free from Waterbrook Multnomah Publishing Group in exchange for my honest review.
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Waiting



Waiting.  It's not fun.  "Hope deferred makes the heart sick." Proverbs 13:12a
Carrie guessed right.  I applied for a mission trip.  And I've been preparing ever since.

The thing is...I don't know if I'm accepted or not.  And there's no way to know when I'll know.  Too many girls have applied for this trip and so it looks like some won't make it. 

I know God has planted the burning desire to do overseas mission work in my heart.  Whether I'm meant to go on this particular trip or not remains to be seen.  I want to do God's will.  And it's gotten to the point where I just want to know one way or the other so I can know whether to pursue other options or not.

I've been trying to have faith and patience.  But to be honest, it's tough.  This constant uncertainty.  The unablity to form conrete plans for after graduation.  Not knowing if there will be enough time to raise funds even if I am accepted. 

So I'm waiting.  Because there's nothing I can do but wait.  However, there are things I can do while waiting.

"While I'm Waiting" by John Waller is such an encouraging, wonderful song! I found this video on YouTube:



I will move ahead bold and confident...taking every step in obedience.  While I'm waiting...I will serve You.  While I'm waiting...I will worship.  While I'm waiting, I will not faint.  I'll be running the race...even while I wait.  This song displays what it is like to actively wait upon the Lord.  It's not sitting around waiting for life to happen.  It is living for the Lord this day.  And the next day.  And the next.  It is running the race and serving and worshipping as a way of life...whether we particularly feel like it or not. Today is the day the Lord has made...let us rejoice and be glad in it!

I want to praise God for the blessings He has given me now...while I am waiting.  I want to be faithful in my studying and writing now...while I am waiting.  I want to persevere in learning Thai...while I am waiting.

What about you?  What are you waiting for?  What can you do while you wait?

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Friday, April 15, 2011

First Friday's Fave Five



Friday's Fave Five is hosted by Susanne at Living to Tell the Story.

My Fave Five for this week:

1. Receiving the Keys for Kids Devotional Booklet/Magazine (May/June Issue) with my devotional, "Mixed Up" published in it! :) 

2. My new prescription glasses with transition lenses.  They darken to become sunglasses when I'm out in the sun and lighten when I'm inside...it's like having two pairs of glasses in one!

3. My awesome aunt coming down today!  We all love her visits (and love her!).

4. Winning a $25 Amazon Gift Card from the Ultimate Blog Party.

5. Getting to review Radical Together by David Platt.  I'm not finished reading it yet but it's very good so far!

Friday, April 1, 2011

My First Blog Party Here + Ten Random Facts

Ultimate Blog Party 2011

Hi, my name is Alyssa Liljequist.  I'm not trying to be redundant...since I did post an introductory post not long ago.

However, my mom told me about the Ultimate Blog Party 2011 so I thought I'd join in. 

In a nutshell, this blog is me chronicling my adventure as I try to live out my God-given mission and share what I learn along the way.

To keep things fun and exciting, I'll share ten random facts about myself.
1. This video is my heartcry.
2. I can't stand peppermint or celery.
3. I like to work hard.
4. I've never flown on an airplane before. (But this may be the last time I'll be able to say that...)
5. I don't like loud music at all. Why hurt your eardrums?
6. I love people from all different cultures and it's cool that I get to be multi-ethnic.
7. I've learned (and am continuing to learn) Thai as my second language.
8. I hardly ever wear jewelry.  To me, it gets in the way of doing practical work.
9. I love filmmaking. You can view my videos here.
10. I've started an e-book business which (at this time) offers two e-books, Thanksgiving Stories for Children and Discovering Grace.

I enjoy meeting new people!  Please leave a comment so we can get to know each other :).