In the shell game, three or more identical containers (which may be cups, shells, bottle caps, or anything else) are placed face-down on a surface. A small ball is placed beneath one of these containers so that it cannot be seen, and they are then shuffled by the operator in plain view. One or more players are invited to bet on which container holds the ball – typically, the operator offers to double the player’s stake if they guess correctly. Where the game is played honestly, the operator can win if he shuffles the containers in a way which the player cannot follow. In practice, however, the shell game is notorious for its use by confidence tricksters who will typically rig the game using sleight of hand to move or hide the ball during play and replace it as required.
Fraudulent shell games are also known for the use of psychological tricks to convince potential players of the legitimacy of the game – for example, by using shills or by allowing a player to win a few times before beginning the scam. As the game is almost always played dishonestly, it is typically regarded as a confidence trick and not as a legitimate game.
Brian Houston has released a BRAND NEW Book just in time for the start of the 2015 Hillsong Conference. It’s so refreshing to see Brian has been studying hard, and making a point of bringing out the important truths from the word of God. And look, its all ‘new’ material, that will serve God’s people, helping them in their walk and relationship with God.
‘At some point, everyone contemplates the “meaning of life.” All over the world, people are on a quest to find answers as they search for someone or something to believe in.’ – ‘For this I was Born’
“You see you were not only born with divine purpose and destiny but you were also called to live it abundantly.” – ‘Maxmise your life’
“Your life has a unique roadmap, a purpose all its own, distinct and matchless to any other individual on planet earth” – ‘Live Love Lead’
For This I Was Born: Aligning Your Vision to God’s Cause Paperback – April 8, 2008
At some point, everyone contemplates the “meaning of life.” All over the world, people are on a quest to find answers as they search for someone or something to believe in. In Brian Houston’s book, For This I Was Born, he says that to know the Cause of Christ is to understand why you were born, to know what you are living for, and to decide what you are prepared to die for. If you do not know the meaning of life, he says, you will never live a life of meaning. Houston desires that each of his readers come to know the cause of Christ. His Cause, he says, is the key that opens us to new places of vision, passion, strength, and reason for living.
How To Maximise Your Life
- 208 pages
- Publisher: Hillsong Music Australia (June 28, 2013)
‘How To Maximise Your Life’ is a compiled and revised edition of ‘the maximised life series’ by Brian Houston. First published as five separate books, this complete collection brings together several biblical truths for living with purpose, building intimate and meaningful relationships and finding the balance to healthy living and wholeness. Included in this revised edition:
- How To Live A Blessed Life
- How To Build Great Relationships
- How To Flourish In Life
- How To Make Wise Choices
- How To Live In Health & Wholeness
You were not only born with divine purpose and destiny but you were also called to live it abundantly. This book is about living your maximised life today!
Live Love Lead
304 pages, paperback. Available in Australia from 1 July. Available globally mid-September.
I see that Brian has managed to up the ante on the price of his ‘new’ material as well, charging another $10.00 more for a paperback.
The Shell Game is still being played today for money in many major cities around the world, usually at locations with a high tourist concentration (for example: New York, Chicago and Los Angeles, in the United States, and various European cities. The swindle is classified as a confidence trick game, and illegal to play for money in most countries.
Just not at Hillsong.
2 Peter 2:1-3 (KJV)
2 But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
2 And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of. 3 And through covetousness shall they with feigned words make merchandise of you: whose judgment now of a long time lingers not, and their damnation slumbers not.