Archive for August 2015

“The Last Con” by Zachary Bartels

August 23, 2015

Page. Turner.

It has been a long time since I’ve read a book like “The Last Con,” by Zachary Bartels.

This adventure reminds me of “The DaVinci Code” and “The Sting” rolled into one, only better.

The story begins with a guy (Fletcher) who has been released from prison after serving seven years for trying to steal a historic religious relic going on a mission trip with his wife and daughter in an effort to get closer to them and show he really did have a life changing encounter with Christ while locked up.

I’m not going to ruin any of the story for you, but I found myself disliking him at times, cheering for him at times, in fear for him most of the time.

I kept thinking, “Well, I didn’t see that coming!”

This was a great read and I intend to read more by this author – I hope his other works are this good because he has set the standard pretty high for himself with this one.

HIGHLY recommend this book!

Thomas Nelson provides a free copy of these books for review through their “Booklook Blogger” Program ; however, I am not required to give a positive review of the book.



August 6, 2015

“looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” – Hebrews 12:2

Several folks from our church are conducting a basketball/missions camp in Western Pennsylvania this week.

On Monday a little girl about 5 showed up. She is as cute as a button and always has a big smile on her face. As she watched the older kids, she decided, she too, wanted to make some of these basketball shots.

She took the ball and, smiling at her sister, threw the ball into the air, completely missing the backboard, rim, and anything else of solid matter. She got the ball again, looked at her brother with a big grin, and launched the ball into space, where it remained until gravity pulled it back to the ground.

I am no basketball expert, but I called her to me and pointed to the front of the rim, I told her watch right there when shooting the ball. And, lo and behold, the next shot hit the rim!

We then fine-tuned our focus point, and we have watched this little girl make shot after shot this week, even beating a few older kids in a game of “HORSE.”

She just needed to focus on the right thing.

This is true in our lives as well. The verse above tells us we are not to look to others for their approval, we are not to look at the things of the world, but we are to focus on Christ, the One who began a work in us and will see it through to the finish.

My prayer for us this week is that we will indeed keep our eyes on the One who died for us, that we might live for Him.