Lift Him Up don't Pull Him Down: The eternal importance of never momentarily taking our Lord's name in vain.
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God, Jesus, Christ, and Jesus Christ are positive and loving names. Names that demand the highest regard of human respect our finite minds can conceive. These names should never be used as trash words. Yet, we trash them daily when we use The Name incorrectly in any unloving or unholy manner. This improper way of speech includes expressing pleasure while using their names in a common way; turning them into something so dirty, smelly or smashed, they are unrecognizable as the true deity they reveal. God is kept first in this book, anchored to the fact that His holy name should never be dishonored in any verbal or written form. Information is confirmed biblically and will help to clarify: Who the name of God is. What we are wrongly expressing by misusing His name. When it is appropriate to speak God’s name. Where the irreverent offenses are taking place. How we are desecrating the holiness of His name. Why we should stop all profane references.
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May 11, 2015I received a free PDF copy of Lift Him Up in exchange for a review. Lift Him Up is a great reminder that God is holy and deserving of our respect. Too often we're wont to focus solely on God's love without acknowledging His holiness. As Christians we should never cheapen the name of our Lord with a careless tongue. As Pedrow writes, "Our Lord is not common. And our hearts need to always embrace the right attitude when we speak His holy name.” Debra’s desire to lift up our Lord is a great reminder that God is awesome and we should speak of Him accordingly.
May 10, 2015Lift Him Up don't Pull Him Down is a great book for life long church goers and "baby Christians" alike. Debra presents the book with great creative detail that allows the reader to visualize the analogies she is using. "And that action of mocking God is akin to a school bully who tries to insult and overpower". Each chapter ends with basic review questions that allows the reader to give greater thought to the the topic at hand. Also helpful throughout the book are the dictionary definitions that help give the reader, especially the "baby Christian", a better understanding. Debra also pulls from many different versions of the Bible-helping to make the topic clear for all readers. My personal favorite part is when Debra gives the reader additional Bible verses to read and then follows up with a question about the verse. This allows the reader to open God's word and to seek for themselves the truth- not from any person's perspective- but from God's own... More > inspired word. I encourage you to grab, Lift Him Up don't Pull Him Down along with a Bible - you will be inspired.< Less
May 8, 2015I love this book. How many times have you heard someone say “Oh my G**" or read "OMG" in a text message? As a college student, I heard this all over my campus. I love how Debra commands that we take action because if we don't, God's name will be continually taken in vain - especially on college campuses. I can't wait to use this book for my small group Bible study. In "Lift Him Up don't Pull Him Down", you will learn the significance of God's name, why we should never take his name in vain, and how to stop our hurtful language. At the end of reading this Bible study book, I felt inspired to make a change and encourage others to make a change as well.
May 6, 2015Debra Pedrow has a personal passion and concern for the misuse of our God’s name. It has become commonplace to use some version of God’s name as a curse, exclamation, or simply in other “common” or disrespectful ways. Sadly, even believers can take God’s name lightly. In 7 chapters the author thoughtfully shares Scripture and personal stories expounding upon why God’s name should not be misused. She begins by talking about trash, literal garbage, ya know the junk we throw away. She compares this to the wrong use of God’s name. It is like we are spewing garbage from our mouth and treating God’s name like trash. This theme continues through the book. Here is an excerpt: “God, Jesus, Christ, and Jesus Christ are positive and loving names. Names that demand the highest regard of human respect our finite minds can conceive. These names should never be used as trash words. Yet, we trash them daily when we use The Name incorrectly in any unloving or unholy manner." (page 21) We might... More > only think of God’s name being misused as a curse or in anger, yet Debra points out that it can be misused in positive times as well. Are we using the name in worship/respect/thanks or in a common or light way that is not honoring to God? The book focuses on the 3rd commandment found in Exodus 20:7. In one chapter, she looks at the verse in multiple (12) versions of the Bible. Each verse says the same things but with slightly different words, and it is really interesting how the various translations help bring out a different nuance of this command. Debra also does a good job explaining the word YHWH in the Hebrew. While I thought the New Testament could have been given a bit more focus, Debra does bring in the New Testament as well, pointing out how the name of Jesus is one of power, truth, and authority. At least a couple times, the gospel or good news that we are saved by faith through Christ’s sacrifice for us on the cross is mentioned. It is not what we do, but what Jesus did for us. We can have full forgiveness for our sins, including misusing God’s name. The end of each chapter has questions for group discussion or personal reflection. If you are a reader, you could easily read this book in a couple hours. In a society where the misuse of God’s name has become commonplace, even among some Christians, the message of this book needs to be heard.< Less
May 4, 2015This book is extremely thought provoking and definitely shows us why our words are so important and how we can choose other effective ways of expressing ourselves without bringing down His Holy name. I love books that bring about change and this is one of those! The questions at the end of the chapters are probing and I would consider this an incredible tool for any bible study group or religous book club. I highly reccomend this book!
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- Debra Pedrow (Standard Copyright License)
- April 9, 2015
- Perfect-bound Paperback
- Interior Ink
- Black & white
- 0.56 lbs.
- Dimensions (inches)
- 5.83 wide x 8.26 tall
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