Sunday, December 11, 2011

Interview with debut author Zeke Lam

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Hello everyone! Today we have a special guest we are interviewing. Usually, we have only fiction authors on this blog, but I was asked to interview debut author Zeke Lam, whose nonfiction book "subMISSION: Heeding only His Voice," has recently been released. Zeke is the founder of SUBMISSION Ministries—a ministry devoted to seeing lost souls encounter God and live lives fully surrendered to the risen Christ. A graduate of Liberty University, Zeke’s deep passion for following Christ’s will has led him through many years of youth ministry and itinerant evangelism. Both of these experiences have enriched and fueled his desire to hand others the keys to a Christ-centered life. Zeke resides in Virginia with his beautiful wife, Kathleen, and a growing family of future world-changers.

Thank you so much for joining us Zeke and giving us the opportunity to hear about you and your new book.

1) Tell us a little about yourself and your journey so far.
I am 27 years old and have been married to my beautiful wife, Kathleen, for 6 years. We have three children (4, 2, and 2 months) that we love very much. I have ministered since the age of 18 as a youth minister and evangelist. In addition to this, I operate a small business which constructs ornamental concrete such as flower pots, bird baths, etc. I also help out with the family furniture business when time permits. We are passionate to see Christ glorified through our lives, and constantly seek to use our lives to share the Gospel. This has led our family all over the world. Our most recent “adventure” involved us literally driving to a town in Texas, renting an apartment, and seeking the Lord. Although we knew nobody or anything about the place, God gave us an entire church fellowship in 2 days! This turned into an incredible 7 month stay that is surely not finished yet.

2) What motivated you to write this book?
Compromise is way too commonplace today. I have seen it in the church, in families, and in my own life. If revival is to take place in or society, God’s people must be willing to operate with the level of obedience and submission God requires. Mixing our opinions with God’s commands or desires is the very recipe for disaster. If we will fully release ourselves to Jesus Christ, and be willing to follow Him the way He commands, a shift will take place in our society! Ultimately, shortcomings in my own life with regards to submission sparked this fire.

3) What do you hope this book accomplishes?
My hope and prayer is that Christians nationwide will be challenged to step into a realm of Scriptural obedience that will spark revival!

4) Did you learn anything (or did God show you anything) as you were writing?
I certainly experienced moments where I was convicted about the level of submission I lived under. God revealed to me the importance of denying any and all voices that seek to lure us from His presence. Submission to Him will position us for spiritual greatness!


5) Do you believe people struggle with the idea of "submission"? If so, why?
Yes, we all struggle with the idea of full submission. It means releasing our control and desires to the Lord. When we do not feel in control, it creates an emotion of insecurity. This insecurity is what makes us resists submission on many levels. When it comes to submitting to our Lord Jesus, we must reject these emotions, and faithfully surrender our lives.

6) Your subtitle mentions obeying only God's voice. What are some ways people can hear God's voice?
God desires to interact with us in ways we could never imagine. The Holy Spirit is very much alive and active, but the question is, will we allow ourselves to get in position to hear Him. He speaks through the Scriptures, His written word. He speaks to our hearts as we intimately seek Him daily through prayer and fasting. He can speak through people and situations around us. God is not limited to anything and can therefore speak any way He chooses. The only real issue is that which restricts and hinders us from hearing.

In Conclusion:
Zeke Lam suggests that the greatest challenge the Church is facing today is submission, or the lack thereof. It is not external forces that nullify the testimony of a Christ-centered believer, but rather the failure to humbly submit to the voice of the Lord. This book will help you to live a surrendered life abiding in Christ.
Learn how to submit your life wholeheartedly to the Lord so that you can dwell continually in the secret place—a place of intimacy, surrender and joy.


You can order Zeke’s book from Amazon (it would make a great Christmas gift)
and can find out more about him and his ministry at his


 







COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS:
We are on our last week of our Christmas giveaway. This week we are giving away a copy of Christmas Gifts, by Gail Gaymer Martin and Brenda Minton, along with a Taste of Home Bake sale cookbook filled with recipes for this holiday season. Yummy things to bake and give away this Christmas. These books would also make nice gifts. So please leave your comment and email and I will draw a winner Friday.

6 comments :

Susan said...

This sounds like an amazing book, hope I win it> Thanks for posting this interview.
Susan
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Salena Stormo said...

Hi Zeke! Best of luck with your book!



Salena
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kristen said...

This books sounds fantastic. Thanks so much for the interview. I'll be looking for this book! Thanks

Jackie said...

Hi Zeke, I think we all need to read your book. Thanks for sharing1
Jackie
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Marissa said...

Looks like a great recipe book!

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Merry said...

Interesting interview and the topic of submission to the Lord.
Please add me to the drawing. Thanks!
worthy2bpraised at gmail dot com