“Can you believe he is wearing sandals to church?”
“I know, and did you see what she brought for potluck? Doesn’t she know better?”
“Tell me about it, and did you hear that the pastor supports the school board’s decision to hire another teacher? How ridiculous! The school doesn’t have the money!”
Sound familiar? Our church is often plagued with critical comments and a negative spirit. Instead of reaching out to those in the world, we criticize them. And if they do come to church, we are quick to point out their faults in an effort to help them “grow.” Of course, we aren’t any better with our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. We like to point out what we think other people are doing wrong. If we are to finish the work of spreading the gospel to the world, we must unite and cultivate the fruit of the Spirit. We must become like Jesus and banish our critical spirit and let the Holy Spirit develop a loving character in us.
Jim Hammer shares personal stories and insights from his own spiritual journey that has brought him Victory Over a Critical Spirit. This is a must read!
“Jim has given us a much-needed message. If we could each incorporate its principles into our lives we would bring a new peace and happiness into our families, the church, and the world.” June Strong, author of Project Sunlight and Song of Eve
“The toxic results of being judgmental are at the heart of why Christianity and its love message have not swept the world. I thank Jim for writing such a sensitive book and for his vulnerability. May God bless you and your Christian walk as you digest and grow in grace by reading this book.” Mike Ortel, president, Northern New England Conference
Jim Hammer has served as a lay pastor and head elder for twenty-five years. He wrote this book after witnessing the destruction of churches that entertain a critical spirit and the restoration of churches that adopt Christ’s character. He hopes that readers will “search their hearts to see if they are building their church up or tearing it down.”
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Posted by Unknown on 8th Jan 2013
Jim lives what he writes. I have known him many years and seen the fruit. This book is compact in length (to it's advantage--who would want to read a long book on a subject such as this one?)but powerful in message, due to the style of writing and personal examples to illustrate the message.
Posted by Sue Stangl on 7th Jan 2013
Jim is so right when he says it is hard for us to bridle our tounge. I find when I can bridle my tounge the thoughts are still there. This book opened my mind to a lot of soul searching and the need for much prayer. It opened my mind to many things I did not give thought to before. This is an excellent read for the one who knows they need cleansing from our Lord, today and always!