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Rediscovering The Ministry Of Blessing

by Russ Parker


Price: £9.99
Publisher:SPCK (Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge)
Published:February 2014

You sneeze and someone says, "Bless you!" It's a response that goes back to at least the 2nd century AD. "Bless", "Blessings", "Bless you" easily trip off the tongue and mostly don't mean very much to most people. However, the Bible teaches that blessing others is a unique ministry from God through his people for the good of others.

Russ Parker provides an in-depth but very readable examination of the ministry of blessing as set out in the Bible, through characters, events and teaching in both Old and New Testaments. He demonstrates how and why this ministry can be used in the daily life of the church today. For those willing to engage, a ministry of blessing others brings new experiences of God's blessings in both difficult and ordinary life situations.

This very practical book suggests ways whereby we can learn how to bless others and concludes with a section of blessing prayers for various occasions. A bibliography and maybe a scripture index would have been useful, but this is a thoroughly recommendable book to encourage the development of a ministry already familiar, or to step out into something new.  

Reviewer: Graham Wise   (10/06/14)
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