The Silence of God: Sock It to Me!

The Silence of God: Sock It to Me!

by Gene Russell

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Overview

Is it ever easy to be a Christian? God is so silent. His silence leads to suffering by the Christian and the world. Why, Lord, are you silent? But learning to pray "Lord, sock it to me" may lead to three marks on steel. The permanence of these thoughts changed the author's attitude and action.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781641667234
Publisher: Book Venture Publishing LLC
Publication date: 08/24/2018
Pages: 172
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

I am qualified to write this book because living its content has been my story. The emphasis on the silence of God, "sock it to me" and "three marks on steel," are me. Those experiences alone would qualify me. However, having degrees from Baylor University (BA), Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MDiv), and Luther Rice Seminary (ThD) adds additional reasons. Having written and published other books-example, Let the Children Come In, used in seminary classes for years and numerous published articles. Working with people since youth has been the calling. Serving as pastor of numerous Baptist churches of all sizes in San Antonio, Dallas, Angleton, Houston and Nacogdoches have given me unusual exposure to their experiences, needs, and desires. Close to 6500 counseling sessions have resulted through the years with people from throughout the world. These sessions lasted twenty to forty minutes to an hour to two-four years in some cases. Being a part of the business world, Chairman of Planning and Economic in SW Houston , Rotary (thirty-one years perfect attendance), Lions Club, United Way, Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts district, regional and national, denominational and board of trustees/regents of several higher educational institutions have made me more knowledgeable. Being born in South Texas, living here most of life has given me a desire to travel. Thus, traveling throughout the world resulted in many mission, evangelistic and pleasure trips. These have greatly added to a greater understanding of the world and its people. Being disciplined to study and reading four hours daily have been a tremendous asset. The joy of being a father, husband, grandfather, and great grandfather have been quite meaningful.

Table of Contents

Contents


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...................................................................................xi


ABOUT THE AUTHOR...................................................................................xiii


HOW I GOT INTERESTED IN THE SUBJECT SILENCE OF GOD............xv


WHAT I WISH TO ACCOMPLISH IN THIS WRITING.............................xix


PART I: BASIC QUESTIONS IN UNDERSTANDING THE SILENCE OF GOD


ARE THERE TIMES WHEN GOD IS SILENT?.........3


IS THERE REALLY A GOD? WHO IS HE?........................13


WHAT WOULD CAUSE YOU TO BELIEVE IN THE EXISTENCE OF GOD? WHY NOT BELIEVE IN HIM?......31


WHAT DOES THE SILENCE OF GOD MEAN? WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME?....................................................39


WHAT DO “MARKS ON STEEL” HAVE TO DO WITH THE SILENCE OF GOD?....................................................49


WHY IS GOD OFTEN SILENT?.........................................55


DOES GOD’S SILENCE HAVE ANYTHING TO DO WITH EVIL?.........................................................................67


ASSUMING THERE IS A GOD, IS HE PERSONAL? WHY WOULD I NEED A PERSONAL GOD? SINCE HE IS PERSONAL, DOES HE GOVERN ONLY WHEN A DRASTIC NEED PRESENTS ITSELF, THAT IS, HE MERELY OBSERVES FROM A DISTANCE?.....................83



PART II:PERSONAL QUESTIONS FOR UNDERSTANDING THE SILENCE OF GOD


WILL GOD BE SILENT IN MY LIFE TOO? WHERE AM I WHEN HE IS SILENT?........................................................99


WHERE IS GOD WHEN HE IS SILENT?.......................101



PART III:THERE ARE PRESSING QUESTIONS IN UNDERSTANDING WHO I AM


WHEN GOD IS NOT SPEAKING TO ME AUDIBLY, HOW DOES HE SPEAK?...................................................109


WHAT BASIC THOUGHTS DO I NEED TO REMEMBER ABOUT GOD’S SILENCE?..........................113


WHAT WOULD CAUSE ME TO BELIEVE IN THE EXISTENCE OF THE GOD WHO IS OFTEN SILENT?....115


HOW CAN I BEGIN A LIFE WITH THIS GOD WHO IS SILENT?................................................................117


WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO TELL GOD “SOCK IT TO ME”?......................................................................................119


HOW DO THE SILENCE OF GOD AND “MARKS ON STEEL” CORRELATE?.......................................................121


PART II:AN EVEN MORE PERSONAL QUESTION


AGAIN, WILL GOD CONTINUE TO BE SILENT IN MY LIFE?....................................................................................133



BIBLIOGRAPHY .................................................................................................139


ENDNOTES .................................................................................................143

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nothing has ever been written quite like this book! Where is God when we really hurt? Isn't He supposed to help us? Why doesn't He eliminate the worst forms of evil and suffering? This is not a book of sermons. It is about life's experiences, both the author's and numerous others, as well as the world. What happens when we become desperate to hear His voice? "Sock it to me!?" Three marks on steel? Or is He really silent?