Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
The Ride of a Lifetime
I chose this book based on a brief description:
Once he rode for gold-buckle dreams. Now ride with Lucas McCade as he scouts the back trails over the rolling hills of Oklahoma and encounters the paths of the powers of darkness. It promises to be the ride of a lifetime!
I wasn't exactly sure what to expect, but figured it would be a good Christian fiction read. As it turns out, it was a good read, but not at all what I expected. Rather than simply a story about Lucas McCade and his experiences as a new believer in Christ, this book also brings to light Satanic forces that are at work as they attempt to destroy a large church that Lucas and his family have recently begun to attend. The first look at the church made me smile because it portrayed a "typical" large church with lots of small group activities, no altar calls or spiritual growth, and a pastor more concerned about offending someone than preaching the Word.
This book is definitely not for everyone as there are scenes that involve a human sacrifice, casting out demons in the name of Jesus Christ, Satanic power being demonstrated (by stopping a moving bullet), and angelic warriors arriving in response to prayer. I, however, truly enjoyed the book as it reminds me of the spiritual warfare that is going on around us at all times.
Here's a thought provoking quote from one of the occult members in the book:
Let's just say that evil can sit right beside them on those church pews, and they don't even know it. Everybody is so distracted with things in the world, and honestly, most people can't even comprehend why their God would love them anyway. Most churchgoers are more worried about where they're going to eat Sunday dinner than they are about the things of your God.
Wow - I never want to be one of those Christians who gets so distracted with the things of the world that I worry more about what's for lunch than growing in my relationship with the Lord.