Does a seed of There is more to life than this live in all of us? I wonder.
Years ago, I grabbed hold of Ephesians 3:20-21: Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
I wanted to believe it, to see God actually do more than I could ask or imagine in me and through me. But, like all of us, I struggled with doubt. After all, I’m just me, and I know all my failures, shortcomings, and tendencies to chose wrongly.
And more than I can imagine? Really? After all, I am a fiction author. I can imagine quite a lot.
I’m a huge believer in the potential of people, and I want to do all I can to encourage people to step-up and be everything He [God] has called them to be. ~Brian Houston
There Is More: Description from Amazon
Founder and Global Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church and author of LIVE LOVE LEAD shows how, with God’s power, you can believe and achieve a life that exceeds every earthly expectation. When you surrender control and follow God’s guidance, you become empowered and equipped to do the impossible, reach higher, and go further than you could have ever imagined–giving Him all the glory.
By building our lives around godly principles, surrounding ourselves with wisdom, and living for a cause greater than ourselves, we can effectively live out God’s purposes and have an enduring impact. As Brian Houston has personally discovered, when we depend on Jesus as the source for our identity, our lives can be a lasting legacy that maximize the gifts He has given each of us as unique individuals.
There is More is for anyone who wants to be challenged to live with expectancy. Ephesians 3 is a call to release the immeasurable potential within you and the exceeding, abundant, and above plans and purposes of a Holy God that are beyond your greatest imagination. “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen” (Ephesians 3:20-21).
My Thoughts about the Book
I believe that the ability to dream is one of God’s greatest gifts. ~Brian Houston, There Is More
The central verse for this book definitely called to me. Ephesians 3:20 is one of my favorites, and one I use to spur me on, to encourage me with I get tired or disenchanted.
I’ve come far over the years, battling myself, my heart, and my mind to accept and believe those verses more and more, but I also recognize that I need to guard against apathy. To continue to push forward to believe even more, to look for greater things.
Brian Houston’s book supports my efforts to be ever more mindful of the things of God, His power in my life, and His willingness to fulfill Ephesians 3:20-21 in me and around me. Pastor Houston cheers me on, asking me to think bigger and then providing examples from his years of ministry that what I’m hoping for isn’t outside God’s ability.
The Bottom Line – 5 stars
If you need encouragement or a fresh dose of the grand possibilities awaiting you, this is an excellent choice. It is easy to read yet doesn’t skimp on the amazing achievements that God is working through others.
You can do it! Grab hold of those outlandish dreams that God planted deep in your heart and hang on for the ride of your life.
I dare you to dream big, scary, and outrageous dreams—the kind that would make other people laugh if only they knew. ~Brian Houston, There Is More
About the Author
For over 40 years, Global Founder and Senior Pastor of Hillsong Church, Pastor Brian Houston, has endeavoured to preach to people’s Mondays’ and not just their Sundays. Meaning, his life and leadership is all about empowering people to fulfill their unique purpose and calling – taking the principles that they learn in church and enabling them to outwork these practical lessons in their home, workplace and relationships. He is a sought after teacher and speaker, and his greatest joy is to watch others flourish in their business, ministry and family life through being connected to a healthy local church and the Word of God.
Learn more at BrianHouston.com.
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