The Journey is your GPS for the Bible. The problem is solved. The riddle is deciphered. Like a trusted guide, Ken makes complex concepts simple and masterfully unpacks the Bible's greatest mysteries. He provides a sure foundation upon which to build a lifetime of insight.--Francis Anfuso
I have just read a book entitled "The Journey"written by Kenneth L. Birks. I have known my friend, Ken Birks, for 38 years. He is a man of absolute integrity. He is a diligent student of the Bible. He is a Holy Spirit filled teacher. This book contains many total scriptures plus many scriptures referred to and are identified at the bottom of the pages. In short, this book is based on the Bible. I believe that Ken is also an example of what he has written in this book. I recommend this book to individuals, to small group leaders, to pastors, to churches, to Bible schools, and to seminaries. "The Journey" will help make disciples out of believers. --Richard C. Benjamin Sr., Pastor/retired
I have always believed that the life God lays out for us isa journey--a path to follow and an adventure where Jesus is in the lead. This book shows that Invisible Journey and how it opens up before us...--Eileen Coia
The Journey by author and Pastor Ken Birks is certainly an inspired guide to "discovering the invisible path." This book is a practical writing that sheds light on the Christian path from the experience of someone (Ken) who is walking The Journey he has written about. It is a constructive scriptural explanation for every day Christian guidance in an easily understandable format and could also serve as a source for Bible study groups in that it includes the bible study questions already. Easy to read, well organized and most of all, filled with the timeless truth of scripture to keep climbing the heavenly path! --Steve-JG
I want to thank you for writing this book!! I think Pastor Anfuso is right in the foreword of this book. You truly know how to explain the "Word" so the lay person and unknowledgeable can understand. As I read what you wrote, something almost magical happens to me. I think the Holy Spirit works through you to me and offers me what I seek. I spent 4-5 hours last night reading the acknowledgements, the forward, and the 1st chapter. It gave me the peace I sought, it lightened my load, as if Jesus himself was helping me to take His yoke, and lightening my walk. I now think I can have the confidence to lay more aside my burdens that I carry, and permanently cast them aside. I feel and know this, because of the "Word," with the assistance of your book.--Brian
Shaped by the Word & the Invisible Path
After returning home from Vietnam in 1971, I became a lost and wandering soul riding freight trains and hitchhiking throughout the US and Canada looking for adventure in all the wrong places.
At the end of this period in 1974, after four years as a heavy drug user, including pot, LSD and heroin, I surrendered my life to the Lord. I'd lost touch with reality. Jesus now became my new reality as I began immersing myself in God's Word. I was totally mesmerized by it, spending hours on end reading and studying the Bible.
As a new Christian, I was given the book, "The Cost of Discipleship" by Dietrich Bonhoeffer. While reading, I came across a chapter challenging readers from the passage in Isaiah about being the one whom the Lord would send.
Isaiah 6:8 says, Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying: "Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?" Then I said, "Here am I! Send me."
As I read this over 40 years ago, the presence of the Lord came over me very strongly. At that moment, I knelt down and prayed, "I will go! Send me." It was a very powerful defining and kairos moment in which I sensed total consecration unto the Lord. Shortly after, God opened the doors for me to travel to Alaska and begin Bible College.
There should be a time in all our lives after we've tasted of the Lord's goodness and counted the cost, that we make a commitment to follow Him wholeheartedly as a faithful disciple.
John 8:31-32 says, If you continue in my word, you are my disciples indeed; 32and you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
Attending Bible College was one of the greatest periods in my life. Sitting at the feet of Jesus and learning His Word was a delight to my soul. I literally fell in love with Jesus by falling in love with His Word--something that still sustains me to this day. My life was being shaped by His Word and the invisible path I was now on.
During this season, I was involved in all kinds of evangelistic endeavors, from witnessing on the streets, and in bars, to picking up hitchhikers and ministering in the local jail in Anchorage on a weekly basis while working part-time in a Sears Warehouse.
One day while on the job repairing bicycles, I had an epiphany. I had an overwhelming sense that the very reason I was there was because of the steps of faith I had taken. I realized I was in a kingdom realm that had transcended the earthly realm. My life was being shaped by the invisible path.
This was another defining moment in my life as I realized God was confirming I was on the right path that would lead me into a deep discovery of who He is and what He had in store for me.
Another time, I was riding on one of the many bicycle trails throughout Anchorage when I heard in my spirit, the Lord yell, "Kenny!" (That's what family members called me.)
He then said, "What about him?" ...drawing my attention to a passed out drunk, with his bottle lying next to him.
Immediately following that incident, I was invited to begin teaching a weekly Bible Study at the local Rescue Mission, preaching to many in the same condition as the man passed out in the park.
The opportunity to teach would prove very beneficial in the days ahead. The pastor of the church plant I later joined in Chico, CA asked me to preach during the weekly Wednesday evening services. Without those prior experiences, I wouldn't have been sufficiently prepared when God allowed me to become the senior pastor of a church in Roseville for twelve years.
Because we serve a God who sees into the future, He can set up the experiences, yet-to-be-revealed for future purposes. Though the path may seem invisible to us, it's always visible to Him as He leads and guides us through each adventure.
My book, "The Journey - Discovering the Invisible Path" is all about what I'veqlearned throughout my Christian walk on how to discover the invisible path.
May God bless you all as you discover the invisible path awaiting you!