I’m very excited about offering a book drawing (and DVD) for one of the many books written by Erica Wiggenhorn: Unexplainable Jesus: Rediscovering the God You Thought You Knew.
Unexplainable Jesus is an 8 week Bible study of Luke about the life of Jesus. I have been using it for my daily Bible study and I’ve learned so much. Erica has the wonderful gift of researching and finding unique ideas we may not have thought of. Studying her book has enlarged my knowledge and touched my heart about knowing Jesus more deeply and intimately. Isn’t that what we all want?
Read below to learn how to enter the drawing to win a copy of her book and a DVD set of her teaching Unexplainable Jesus.
Here’s an excerpt from her book.
Something from Nothing
by Erica Wiggenhorn
I slammed the phone down in frustration. No matter how many times I vowed not to get upset or practiced my responses ahead of time, the conversation always seemed to end the same way- my feelings got hurt, propelling me toward anger. That hopeless feeling that I would never get past this unhealthy pattern erupted in tears. They welled up inside from the moment I first said, “Hello,” and heard the familiar voice on the other end of the line.
Sometimes there are circumstances or relationships in this life where we feel like we are striving and spinning our wheels with every ounce of energy we’ve got, only to go nowhere or circle back to the same bad place we sought so hard to escape. Jesus’ disciples certainly had those days.
In Luke 5, Jesus shows up in the morning after Peter, Andrew, James and John have experienced an exhausting night of fishing, with nothing to show for their hard labor. No fish meant nothing to sell, which meant no money for that day. Tired and defeated, these fishermen gathered their nets to wait until nightfall and give it another go. Jesus tells Peter to let down his net right now. Peter reluctantly concedes.
I can so relate to Peter’s response here. “If you say so, Jesus, I’ll do it,” but not really expecting anything worthwhile to come from my obedience.
How often do I pray about something or say I trust God, but continue to fret with worry or concoct plans in my head to try and secure the outcome I so desperately desire?
An Unexplainable Something
But Jesus does something unexplainable. When Peter attempts to pull the net back up out of the water, it is so full of fish, he has to ask the others to come help him. Immediately, Peter falls on his face before Jesus and exclaims, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord.”
These professional fishermen in Galilee knew you caught fish at night in the Sea of Galilee. No one in their right mind tried to catch fish during the day, it was a waste of time. I don’t think Peter expected a miracle. He certainly didn’t respond like someone who had just witnessed Jesus do what he had been anticipating all along.
It got me thinking. What if Peter’s nothing was so that Jesus could come along and do something? What if our effort, resulting in nothing, was Jesus’ plan to show up and do something unexplainable?
Have you ever had a circumstance, situation or relationship in your life where you felt like you were laboring your heart out with little to no result?
What kind of hope would it bring you to realize that your nothing was so that Jesus could come and do something unexplainable?
Maybe the very thing that feels like a no-win, no-way-out situation, is the very thing Jesus steps into and says to us, “I am the God who makes something from nothing–just trust me.”
Thank you Erica. I’m very challenged and inspired by your words.
Here’s more information about Unexplainable Jesus which features:
- in-depth study of Luke (40 lessons over 8 weeks)
- historical and cultural insights
- soul-searching questions
- access to extensive online resources
Step into the streets of Jerusalem and encounter the Jewish Rabbi who turned the world upside down. After rediscovering Jesus on the pages of the book of Luke—or maybe discovering Him for the very first time—you’ll see there is no other plan, goal, ambition, or Person worth following but Jesus.
You can enter the drawing by making a comment on my blog post on my website: I’ll draw the winner the evening of Monday, January 13, 2020. Only USA addresses can win. UPDATE: Laurie is the winner of the drawing. Congratulations!
Erica is the founder of Every Life Ministries, bringing the truths of Scripture to transform lives. She teaches in various local and national venues and serves on the women’s ministry leadership team for her church. She’s also taught women in the Arizona State Prison system, and overseas. She loves to bring God’s Word through Bible teaching, conferences, seminars and retreats. A graduate of Azusa Pacific University, Erica lives in Phoenix with her husband, Jonathan, and their two children, Eliana and Nathan.