HEADING TO CANAAN

25 04 2019

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Genesis 11:31 (NKJV)
31 And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there.

Everyone seems to talk about Abram(ham) leaving his country to go to the land of Canaan. But I have never heard anyone speak of Tereh, his father. Was he called, also, to go to the land of Canaan? I believe so. But that’s just me. But he was headed to Canaan, too, but settled in Haran. What could have caused that? I really don’t know, but what gets to me is that he settled. He didn’t continue on to the plan.

What are we settling for? Has God called us to do something, but we are settling for something lesser? Are we settling to just be comfortable because the journey was too hard? These are some hard questions that even I am forced to answer. Let us not settle and go on with God.

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GET OUT OF THE BOAT

23 04 2019

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The Teacher told us to go across the sea. He said , “Go to the other side and I will meet you there.” How will He get there? And now there’s a storm brewing. The waves…oh, the waves! They are so big! We’re going to drown. “Get the pails, guys! We need to get the water out of the boat!”

Wait… What is that on the water? It’s…it’s a GHOST!!!!! Oh, no!

“Take courage, it is I! Do not be afraid!”

It’s the Master!

“Lord, if it is [really] You, command me to come to You on the water.”

And He said, “Come”. That’s it. Just come. Can I do it? Is it really possible – to walk on the water? If it’s really Jesus, I know I can.

So Peter steps out of the boat. The rest of the disciples are looking on with awe and fear. They just know that they just lost their mate. They try to stop him to no avail.

Peter keeps looking at Jesus and thinks…I’m walking on the water! Then a big wave slaps up against him. Oh no! Look at those waves? And then he begins to sink. “Raboni! Help!!!!” And then Jesus is right there grabbing Peter by the hand and helping him up.

“O you of little faith, why did you doubt?”

Then when they get back in the boat, the winds died down immediately. They all bow and worship Jesus. “Truly You are the Son of God!”

Are we keeping our eyes on Jesus or are we looking at the distractions around us? Let us be willing to ‘get out of the boat’ and keep our eyes on Jesus.

(Matthew 14)





PSALMS 37

16 02 2019

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Trust.  Delight.  Commit.  Three powerful words right here together.  And that represent what we must do.

We must trust our Lord explicitly.  He is our all in all. He will never fail us. He will never leave us.  He will always be there, no matter what we do.  I don’t know anyone else like that.

Delight in Him.  Be excited to be in His presence.  Want to do things for Him.

Commit to do whatever He wants us to do.  The benefits are all so much better if we do.

Life will be so much better if we lived by this Word.





GOD’S GOOD NEWS

10 01 2019

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This was a very good book, which does the stories Genesis to Revelation. I did not agree with all of Dr. Graham’s assessments of the scriptures, but we all have different interpretations of the Bible, which is why I gave it a 4-star. Other than that, it was very good. They said this was for 4-11 year olds. I would say that 4 year olds would not understand most of it. Also, I believe all pre-teens would enjoy this.

This had just about every “story” from the Bible. Scott Wakefield did an awesome job with the illustrations. They made the “stories” come alive.

 
Invite the children you love to experience God through powerful stories from the Bible. They will imagine the walls of water in the parted Red Sea, figure out why Joseph chose to forgive his brothers, read about a paralyzed man Jesus healed, and discover God’s exciting plan for their lives. Most of all, this Bible storybook helps children understand God’s incredible love for them. Each story is equipped with a takeaway devotion from Rev. Graham. The takeaways will help children focus on God’s Word, apply it to their lives, and begin walking with God and sharing the good news from an early age.
With Bible stories told in actual Bible text, this storybook teaches that God loves us, saves us from our sin, and invites us into a new life with Him. Each entry includes the wisdom of Billy Graham, who spent his life helping people all over the world understand and respond in faith to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ. The Bible tells us that God loves us, and that is good news!

billy graham

Billy Graham was an American evangelical Christian evangelist and an ordained Southern Baptist minister. Graham is best known for his evangelistic missions or “Crusades.” He believed God knew no borders or nationalities. Throughout his career, Graham preached to millions around the world. He met and prayed with every U. S. president from Dwight Eisenhower to Barack Obama.

Graham authored 34 books, including his memoir, Just As I Am. In 1983, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Ronald Reagan. In 1996, Graham and his wife, Ruth, received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award Congress can bestow on a private citizen.

scott wakefield

Scott Wakefield has worked as a freelance illustrator in children’s book illustration, serving national publishers such as Harper Collins, Sterling Publishing, Scholastic, and McGraw Hill. Scott is currently represented at the national level by Shannon & Associates. His portfolio can also be found at http://www.scottjwakefield.com. Although versatile with nearly any medium, much of Scott’s work is done in traditional media such as oil paint, ink, pastels, and acrylic, bringing richness and nostalgia to his unique style. Scott’s work demonstrates engaging characters, effective storytelling, and a strong sense of life and light. At home, Scott and his wife, Kori, enjoy the unique personalities of their five children, serving in their church, and family activities such as sidewalk chalk art and rock climbing.

God’s Good News became available for sale October 23, 2018.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for this review.

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DINOSAUR DEVOTIONS

14 12 2018

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I absolutely loved this book!  Yes, this is for preteens, but even adults can learn so much from this!  There are many interesting facts about dinosaurs that I never knew.  I also did not know there were so many species of them.  Then Michelle Medlock Adams was able to put how that particular dinosaur was into life applications along with scripture.  Very well written.  I also was impressed with the illustrations by Denise Turu.  She was able to put a picture in your mind how that dinosaur really looked like.  Good job, ladies!

Dinosaur Devotions will help your middle grade children dig deeper into the Word while uncovering fascinating facts about dinosaurs! These 75 devotions also include segments like Dino Stats, Bible Excavation, Digging Deeper, Did You Know?, and Jurassic Journaling. Dinosaur Devotions blends fun dinosaur facts with a deeper understanding of God’s Word, making your child’s faith journey an extra fun adventure! 

Award-winning author Michelle Medlock Adams offers Dinosaur Devotions—a fun way to help your dinosaur-loving kids connect with God. These 75 devotions include bright, colorful illustrations and uncover facts about specific dinosaur species while providing spiritual insight and easy-to-understand takeaways that will encourage your children to take their faith to the next level! Your kids will also love segments like Dino Stats (a dinosaur’s measurements), Bible Excavation (a main Bible verse), Digging Deeper (self-reflection questions), Did You Know? (fun facts), and Jurassic Journaling (creative writing opportunities) that make this devotional interactive and even more memorable.

Michelle Medlock Adams

Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association.  Michelle is a published author of children’s books. Some of the published credits of Michelle Medlock Adams include What Is Halloween?, Jessica Simpson (Blue Banner Biographies), Sister for Sale: Biblical Values, Level 1 (I Can Read Books), and You Grow Girl! A Young Girl’s Guide to Becoming Beautiful and Healthy… Inside and Out (An Interactive Devotional).

Denise Turu

 

Denise Turu was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina.  She developed her art career in New York, London, Paris, Dublin and Barcelona.  She is an author and illustrator of several children books and graphic novels.  She currently lives in Barcelona and works worldwide.

Dinosaur Devotions became available for sale Oct. 16, 2018.

I received a copy of this book from the publishers for this review.

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ALWAYS IN GOD’S HANDS

26 11 2018

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Jonathan Edwards is one of the most respected early American theologians. In Always in God’s Hands, Owen Strachan recovers the real Jonathan Edwards—the thinker, the compassionate father, the courageous reformer—as opposed to the caricature of him that is often presented. Edwards believed God was ever-present in each of our lives, caring and encouraging us in every moment. In a moving letter to his daughter, he reminds her of that comforting truth by describing her as “always in God’s hands.”

Through daily quotes from Edwards’s letters and sermons, this inspirational devotional reveals the soaring theology and comforting spirituality of one of history’s most faithful and gifted pastors. With each meditation, compiler Owen Strachan offers refreshing and relevant insights, encouraging you in your walk with God.

I was very impressed with this devotional, which I would label as “deep”.  Being a Christian for 40 years, there were times I needed to digest this.  There are many good nuggets in here.  What was also nice, was getting to know Jonathan Edwards.  I had heard about him, but never really took the time to get to know the man – his thoughts, his words of wisdom.  What he wrote has made me grow deeper in my relationship with Christ.  

Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary and serves as a senior fellow of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood. In addition to being a contributing writer for the Gospel Coalition, he has written for The Atlantic, the Washington Post, OnFaith, First Things, Christianity Today, The Federalist, and the Scottish Bulletin of Evangelical Theology. Owen also regularly speaks to media outlets, including FOX News, the Hugh Hewitt Show, and the Eric Metaxas Show, and works as a research fellow of the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention. He is married and is the father of three children.

Always in God’s Hands came out for sale November 20, 2018

I received a copy of this book from the publisher for this review.

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THE HUNT FOR FAITH

22 08 2018

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God’s great outdoors is the perfect place to seek out His truths and to enjoy the beautiful world He created for you. Join outdoorsman and bestselling author Steve Chapman as he shares from some of his many hunting and fishing adventures and the spiritual lessons he’s learned along the way.

Each devotion features an engaging story, a key Scripture verse, a takeaway you can apply to your own spiritual life, and a prayer to help you make a deeper connection with God.

I did not realize this was a devotional until I got into it.  This would be a very good one for those hunters out there.  With there being 52 chapters, that would come out to 1 a week.  Steve Chapman tells about his hunting and fishing expeditions.  But what’s even better, is the lessons he learned about God and His Word through his experiences in hunting.  Yes, I would highly recommend this for any avid hunter out there.

Steve Chapman

Steve Chapman and his wife, Annie Chapman, are award-winning musicians who take their message of Christ-centered family to fans all over North America. Steve’s enthusiasm for Jesus, family, hunting, and humor shine in his books, including A Look at Life from a Deer Stand (nearly 300,000 copies sold), The Hunter’s Cookbook (with Annie Chapman), and Great Hunting Stories.

Do not confuse Steve Chapman with Steven Curtis Chapman.  They are two different people. 

I received a complimentary ebook from NetGalley for this review.

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