ABOUT THE BOOK (272 pages):
Jesus never said "Seek first" about any pursuit or purpose except the kingdom of God.
But the church has essentially abandoned this central message, so that kingdom realities have become lost to us. Our neglect has been costly, because God's kingdom on earth—His cosmic initiative—has the authority and power to revolutionize our culture. This transformation occurs first within us and then around us, igniting the world with forgiveness, healings, miracles, righteousness, and peace.
The reason most people today do not seek the kingdom is that they have not seen it. Once they truly see it, they seek and follow the remarkable vision they have glimpsed. This is because discovering the kingdom is not just information but an adventure in revelation and transformation.
Well-known speaker and kingdom-seeker Jack Taylor invites us to be reintroduced to the kingdom of God and to experience the recovery of the kingdom gospel—leading to kingdom power, kingdom love, and the greatest kingdom harvest the world has ever seen.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jack R. Taylor is a name that has become synonymous with the Spirit-filled life and the message of the Kingdom of God. After almost seventeen years as pastor of the Castle Hills First Baptist Church, San Antonio, Texas, where God moved in revival to usher into the Kingdom over 2000 people in eighteen months, he has pursued an itinerant ministry which has lasted nearly 40 years. Jack Taylor preaches the Kingdom of heaven around the world through his books, recorded messages and speaking engagements. He is president of Dimensions Ministries and the spiritual father to hundreds connected to him through Sonslink, a ministry committed to modeling the Father/Son paradigm. He lives with his wife, Friede, near Melbourne, Florida and is a graduate of Hardin-Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He received an honorary Doctorate in 2011 from St. Thomas Christian College of Jacksonville, Florida.
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Jack R. Taylor is a Christian author and speaker. In this book, Cosmic Initiative, he speaks to the church about God's earthly kingdom, the cosmic initiative and how God's people are not looking for it any more. This occurrence first appears in each person, then it spreads throughout the world. In its path many positives are found, forgiveness, miracles, peace and more.
This is an interesting book that approaches a subject that many would choose to ignore, just as they would the cosmic initiative. I found it inspirational and informative. The book is broken down into three parts each of with then has several chapters within. The three parts are: Cultivating a Cosmic (Kingdom) View; Restoring the Kingdom; Seeking First the Kingdom.
I would recommend this book to new or old Christians as well as members of staff within a church.
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Here is the text of my blogged review:
Taylor begins with the all encompassing truth: the reality and centrality of God's Kingdom. “When we develop a kingdom mind-set, we comprehend God's ultimate purpose for humanity.” (28) He explores what the Kingdom is. “The Kingdom of God is the eternal rule of God over everything and everybody, everywhere, for all time and eternity.” (34) He calls God's purpose and plans for the Kingdom on earth God's cosmic initiative.
I appreciate that Taylor shares his own experiences, eighty plus years. He has a realistic understanding of the Kingdom, that it includes weakness and suffering, for example.
I like that he reminds us the Kingdom is a mystery, spiritual, eternal, and invisible. We must stop trying to figure it all out – stop trying to understand it all. We need to receive the Kingdom as an act of faith. He helps us understand how to align our lives to the Kingdom and how to prepare for the coming awakening.
I appreciate Taylor's teaching on the end times. He is beyond trying to figure out eschatology. He wants us to be busy advancing the Kingdom, not trying to discover the details and times of future events.
I recommend this book to those who want to align their lives to God's purpose, to the Kingdom. You will learn about the dynamics of the Kingdom and how to have a Kingdom mind-set.
Food for thought: “It is time for us to commit the remainder of our lives to the priority of earnestly seeking and finding God's Kingdom and His righteousness.” (163)
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Jack R. Taylor has been in ministry for more than sixty-five years. He believes his best years are yet to come. He attended Hardin-Simmons University and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, graduating with an M.Div. He pastored Castle Hills First Baptist Church in San Antonio for nearly seventeen years. He resigned as pastor in 1974 to pursue itinerant ministry, and for more than forty years has served as president of Dimensions Ministries, headquartered in Melbourne, Florida.
Whitaker House, 272 pages.
I received a complimentary copy of this book through The Book Club Network. My comments are an independent and honest review.
I completely agree with everything in this book. It has a great Kingdom message, one we really need to be aware of. It’s so easy to get wrapped up in now, what is in your face and forget that there is so much more going on around us.
Jack outlines everything very well, starting from the beginning and what God’s plan was and how it got all messed up. I know I often forget about forget about the bigger picture and there are so many more things at play then what my eye can see.
With all of the being said, I had a lot of trouble staying focused as I read, it just didn’t pull me in and keep me there. Even though it is a great message, for me the delivery didn’t hold my attention like I wanted (or needed) it to. Of course, that could just be me and someone else will totally get pulled in.
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This nonfiction book is packed with life-changing information. Jack Taylor shares about having a Kingdom view and working to bring God’s Kingdom about. I found much truth I want to consider and savor and live out. The middle portion of the book was not as powerful to me as the earlier and latter sections, but the entire book is worth reading and embracing in your life. I think it would make a great group study text with plenty to discuss. He also lists other helpful books as resources. I loved the part about those involved in the Nativity story when God’s Kingdom came to earth with the Word becoming flesh. Cosmic Initiative makes readers think about how they are or should be involved in God’s work and purpose. As Jesus taught His disciples to pray: “Thy Kingdom come,” let us embrace this God-given task. I received a copy from Book Fun Club. All opinions are my own.
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