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2 Corinthians 4:18
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

Luke 24:31
Suddenly, their eyes were opened, and they recognized him.

Matthew 20:32-34
Jesus stopped and called them. ‘What do you want Me to do for you?’ He asked. ‘Lord,’ they answered, ‘we want our sight.’ Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed Him.

We have the tendency to have tunnel vision in our walk.
We like to stare straight ahead.
We look at our circumstances and let them define our destiny.
We look at our problems and let them cripple us.
Like the men on the road to Emmaus, we can commune with God and yet never even be aware who He is.
Like the blind men we need a touch from Jesus to see clearly.

I want to see the way HE sees…

Ascent from Darkness
How Satan’s Soldier Became God’s Warrior
By:Michael Leehan

I recently got this book from the Blogging for Books program with Thomas Nelson. I did not know what to expect, but judging from it’s description I had I feeling I would be in for a wild ride. Crazy enough the day I received the book I went to the ER for a false alarm and had to sit in a bed with an IV for almost 6 hours. That is where I started the book. The next morning I woke up and neglected the things I needed to do and had it finished in 2 more hours. I could not put this book down.

I have read many books on the occult, satanists, and spiritual warfare, but something about this book was different. The way Michael told his story was riveting and also disturbing. It is a true story of a man whose life spirals into utter turmoil when he rejects Christ and literally sells his soul to Satan. Michael goes through a journey of torment from demons, satanic rituals, killings, drugs, sex and everything in-between. The devil tells him to destroy the church by infiltrating it, sleeping with the women and confusing the men. The book takes us through his whole life and how he handled those issues and that later he is instructed by Satan to kill pastor of, Craig Groeschell.

In the end there is redemption and Christ turns everything on it’s head.

At the risk of this review acting as a spoiler I don’t want to go far into describing this story. I LOVED IT. There are so many instances that really had me think harder about the spiritual realm that I had not before. The fact that when he tried to destroy churches he could not be in the room during worship really floored me because it was a testament to how powerful our praise really is.

Then his transformation…WOW! Now that was just amazing how God showed himself and the battles he could see.

I think if you can handle some disturbing “images” that everybody should read this book. We need a reminder of how great the transforming power of Christ is. We need to remember that there is another world that we don’t spend enough time thinking about. We need to be focused on the battle daily. Go read this book!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

At 12:01am on 1 August 1981 MTV aired it’s first video with “Video Killed the Radio Star“, by the British synthpop/New Wave group The Buggles. It marked the end of radio as we knew it and brought an era of video. Like every season of change we as people rebel against it as well as beg for it to come back once we have lost it. It is amazing to me now that we LOVE Pandora radio and online streaming audio and in the last 10 years MTV scarcely even shows a video. There is always a generational shift back and forth.

A few years ago when Twitter and Facebook came out it marked and era of micro-blogging that quickly dissolved the smaller community of blogs. It was one of the reasons I stopped blogging for a while. I was no longer able to commune with people on my site. I could only talk with others in 140 characters or less. The larger blogs like Randy Elrod’s, Carlos Whittaker’s, and others of course could maintain it’s community. The super small bloggers who just used it as a diary also maintained. It was the guys like me and conner byrd (worship city), Fred mckinnon, Mudpuppy and a good 40 other bloggers I can think of that took a hit. Now I don’t mean they took a hit in traffic because that was never the point. They lost their voice, their influence, their community, and amazingly enough even friendships. It may sound like I’m being overly dramatic, but I think we have lost something in our lives. We have lost great insight from amazing bloggers because we are too busy to read more than 140 characters. I love to learn from my peers and have developed many friendships through blogging.

Just like the paradox with MTV and pandora I am hearing rumblings from old friends returning back to blogging Like I did last week.

So here is my petition: It was never about the hits. It was about the community. I know we all crave that again so I ask…What is stopping you from starting back up with blogging? What is stopping you from firing up google reader and using it like you did 3 years ago? Use twitter (I love it myself). Use Facebook (extremely powerful). Return to blogging folks because nothing compares to sharing a complete thought, your life, and your faith with others and in 141+ words.