Item description for Godcast: Transforming Encounters with God; Bylines by Media Journalist and Pastor by Dan Betzer...
Overview With discernment and an eye for finding scriptural relevance in daily life, Dan Betzer presents a powerful collection of observation and insight from his beloved "Byline" radio program. With over 60 years of media and ministry experience. Betzer has inspired, challenged, and provoked deeper reflection on the power of faith in our lives, and the opportunities to learn and share with others. Each short "godcast" also includes a scriptural reference and a simple prayer. Not the typical "inspirational devotional" you find in many books, Betzer goes beyond the mundane and encourages the reader to do the same.
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Studio: New Leaf Publishing Group
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.4" Width: 5.4" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2008
Publisher New Leaf Press/Master Books
ISBN 0892216891 ISBN13 9780892216895
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More About Dan Betzer
Dan Betzer is the author of more than twenty books and serves as senior pastor at First Assembly of God in Fort Myers, Florida. He and his wife, Darlene, have seen exhilarating growth in their church. Initially attracting a few hundred people, the church now attracts six thousand attendees to worship services at the church and on the Web. Betzer has shared his remarkable blend of humor and Bible teaching with audiences of adults and youth via six hundred TV and radio stations in the US and worldwide. A national executive with the Assemblies of God, Betzer and his wife have four children.
About the Foreword Author
Scott Temple is the director of the Office of Ethnic Relations of The General Council of the Assemblies of God. As such he serves as the advisor with 21 language/ethnic fellowship networks in the development of a strong ethnic strategy. He also serves as a co-commissioner on the Assemblies of God Commission on Ethnicity. Previously Scott Temple served as director of Intercultural Ministries from 2003-09. He and his wife, Susan, have five children. They currently reside in Springfield, Missouri.
Reviews - What do customers think about Godcast: Transforming Encounters with God?
User-friendly layout... Jan 3, 2009
I really liked the way this inspiring devotional book is laid out. The author draws upon his years of experience in a variety of roles to share lessons that God has taught him. It is an easy book to pick up for just a tidbit or two if that's all you have time for, but it is also easy to get drawn in and keep turning the pages!
A Good Way to Begin Your Day Dec 9, 2008
Drawing from his many years of service as a pastor, author, and admired speaker for Revivaltime and Byline radio, Dan Betzer has combined some of his most thought-provoking insights into a devotional book for readers to savor over and over.
Bible scriptures and spiritual thoughts come to life for me when a speaker or writer is able to use current events and real-life issues as object lessons which helps me to relate God's Word to my everyday surroundings. Dan Betzer pools stories and observations from over his 60 years of ministry into easy-to-read devotions or godcasts about life, the church, culture, and the bible.
I like to add variety to my morning devotion time by reading different books every morning. Well if you're like me and crave variety but might want to finish one devotional before beginning another, the godcasts are formatted three different ways. This offered me something fresh and new to look at every day I picked up the book. I particularly appreciated the prayers at the end of each godcast where the author pinpoints the needs and desires we should be taking to God.
If you are on the look out to add a little variety to your devotions, check out Godcast: Transforming Encounters with God.
Inspiring and Fun to Read Nov 19, 2008
"Godcast" is a most interesting collection of observations and insights by media journalist, author and pastor Dan Betzer collected during his 7 years hosting his "Bylines" radio program. His one-page reflections on the power of faith in people's lives are inspiring and challenging. "Godcast" is an easy read, it's a book you can pick up for couple of minutes or a couple of hours and still come away having spent your time well. Great for gifts.
Transforming, no; devotional, ok; recommend, not really. Nov 6, 2008
Each devotion in Godcast begins with a verse and ends with a prayer. In between will be thoughts and anecdotes with a point, usually related to church or Christian living. The articles are not deep, or set on expositing Scripture. Its strength is application. Generally this is a good book, though lighter than my preference. And there were some frequent points that made me frustrated.
This book could be summed up with the following oft-repeated statements:
God has given us all the resources: physical, mental, spiritual, monetary to do what He wants us to.
The only critic who matters is the One with nail prints in his hands.
You must tithe.
Get involved in missions: if you can't go overseas, then pray and pay for people to go overseas.
The first statement is the real value of this book. My favorite of the one-page chapters all dealt with the bigness of God, freeing me to depend on His grace.
But the third and fourth statements, which I'm not kidding, show up word for word about every fifteen pages, bother me. I know that there is a large segment of Christianity that believes tithing is still God's plan. But it just isn't in the Bible. The Old Testament is filled with descriptions of the tithe, and rules about tithing. Malachi is the last book of the Old Testament, written to the Jews. It calls the people thieves for not bringing God's tithe into the storehouse. Malachi wrote for Jews, under the law, with 400 plus years to go before the law was fulfilled and the new wine of the covenant was poured into new wineskins. The author of Godcast claims that the church is the New Testament equivalent to the "storehouse," because from thence we get spiritual nourishment. He goes so far as to say that donations to other ministries cannot be counted as a tithe. (He's a pastor of a huge church with lots of staff and a multi-million dollar building.) Each prayer on these chapters is unobjectionable, asking for a spirit of faith and giving and that God would give us wisdom to use His resources for His purposes. I am all for giving, and was both blessed and challenged by his admonitions to a lifestyle embracing sacrifice.
Associated with this emphasis on regular, budgeted tithing to a single local church are some typical mega-church priorities with which I disagree: large congregations (in the thousands), expensive buildings, seeker conformed methods (A disturbing chapter is on needing bait as fishers of men, but the bait isn't Jesus and life and salvation; it's coffee!), professional staff, overly-planned and programmed worship services. In a denomination like Assemblies of God, with its emphasis on the Holy Spirit, it is strange to me that they want to keep so much out of His control and fitted into a mold of traditional church structure. On a positive note, the priority of his ministries seems to be people more than things or organizations.
Missions is obviously something to which every Christian is called, but we are not necessarily called to the easy task of being a missionary of supply. Mr. Betzer is from the Assemblies of God, and I've been raised more or less in the Baptist tradition, but where I come from, we're not given the excuse of saying that we send missionaries, but don't have to preach the gospel ourselves. There is just as much a mission field here in America as there is internationally, and so if you are not called to go overseas, you have a huge work here in your own city. I believe that Mr. Betzer lives this way, though his lingo is misleading.
One other large concern to me is the focus on works and human responsibility. If we do not preach the gospel to our friend, God is unable to save him. If we fail to take our children to Sunday school, their lives will not be set on a godly course, and they will miss their calling. Such are a few of the points made in this book.
To end on a better note, one of the chapters I read on election day was about Abraham Lincoln, and encouraged us to pray for our government, whether we agree with it or not. How appropriate. You can never pray too much, nor trust God too much.