Be More Than A Christian began as weekly devotional text messages to the members of Disciples Tabernacle Church with added thoughts of the Bible, the Holy Spirit, and experiences of Pastor Oscar Walker. Overtime, these devotional were transitioned to emails due to the abundance of information. The devotions included in this book are revelations and illuminations given to Pastor Walker by the Holy Spirit. These 52 devotions focus on 52 aspects of our journey with the Lord. A thought and a devotion for each week of the year. Pastor Walker believes devotions are mediation books. Something written in these devotions may lead you into prayer; however, the goal of this book is to lead you into meditation.
Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. (Psalm 1:1-2).
One important problem among believers today who call themselves Christians is their poor witness in the world. They present a weak commitment to living by the precepts and teachings of Christ and the Apostles.
But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. (James 1:22-23).
My thoughts: I liked how this devotional has a slightly different format than what I am used to, since it is set up to be a once a week devotion. I see the pros and cons of that, since I liked that it gave me something to think about for the week, and didn't get over whelming or redundant with having a devotional every day. But, it can also be hard to remember to set apart time once a week, when it's not a daily habit. I think it would be a great devotional for a small group or Sunday school to go through. I appreciated the scripture verses that are paired with stories from the author's life experiences. This is a wonderful, unique devotional to pick up!
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About the Author
Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Pastor Oscar Walker has been in ministry for over 30 years and is the founding pastor of Disciples Tabernacle Church in Houston, Texas. Prior to becoming a full-time pastor, Pastor Walker worked 35 years in the airline industry and for several years as a high school teacher.
Pastor Walker surrendered to the call of ministry in April 1997 and has been running for the Lord ever since. In 2000, Disciples Tabernacle Church was founded and has birthed ministries, such as Ministers Training College, to help equip leaders and ministers for ministry work. Pastor Walker’s call is to make disciples who continue to make other disciples following his influence and his primary ministry assignment is to teach God’s people how to have a personal relationship with Him through faith in His Son Jesus Christ.
Pastor Walker has been married to his wife, Joyce, for 54 years and has 3 daughters, 2 granddaughters, 2 grandsons, and 4 great granddaughters. His hobbies are auto mechanics, reading, gardening, and fishing. Now he tends to, “God’s garden”, and is a, “fisher of men.”
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Need to connect with God on a deeper level? Want to have a relationship with Christ that is beyond the surface level? Be More Than A Christian, Be A Disciple was born out a desire to help fellow believers develop a deeper relationship with Christ through studying His Word and applying biblical principles to our everyday lives. Originally, the devotions in the book were weekly devotionals sent to our church membership for encouragement throughout the week. Over the years, the devotionals became a path to grow in your relationship with Christ and now a book. Each month focuses on an aspect of your relationship with Christ and each week takes you step by step through how to mature in your belief and faith. From the beginning of the year, starting fresh and focusing on Christ, through the middle of the year learning about the power of prayer and trusting God, to the end of the year setting your eyes on your destiny, the devotions are meant to spur your fervor and thirst for knowledge about Christ. My prayer is this book inspires you to be more than a Christian but a devoted disciple of Christ.
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