Thursday, August 31, 2017

God's Crime Scene for Kids by J. Warner Wallace PLUS GIVEAWAY

God's Crime Scene for Kids

by J. Warner Wallace

Children's Book / Resource

David C Cook




In this companion to Cold-Case Christianity for Kids, Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother's attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective's Academy. Along the way, they develop the skills needed to investigate the mystery and the evidence of God's existence. The cadets learn logical-thinking skills as they examine the contents of a mysterious box and the vast universe.

In God's Crime Scene for Kids, real-life detective J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason's mystery, and at the same time looks at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator. Ultimately, kids will learn how to make their own case for God's existence.


Join your children in learning how to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation with a real-life detective! In God's Crime Scene for Kids, J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason's mystery. Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother's attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective's Academy. Your kids will look at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator and ultimately learn how to make their own case for God's existence.

Help your kids become detectives who investigate creation for signs of God and His creativity by entering to win the Mystery Investigation Kit!


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 31. The winner will be announced September 1 on the Litfuse blog.

Give kids the tools to investigate the evidence of God
in His creation!

 Meet the Author


J. Warner Wallace is a cold-case homicide detective who has been featured on

Dateline, FOX News, and Court TV. A former atheist, he is the author of Cold-Case Christianity and God's Crime Scene. Wallace has a master's degree in theology and lives in California with his wife and four children.


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Here's my review of this wonderful, faith deepening tool:


First, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to J. Warner Wallace and his publisher for sending me a copy of "God's Crime Scene for Kids" to review for them. I am truly grateful for this generosity. I really appreciate the time, effort and expense it takes to make a reviewer copy available to me.
“God’s Crime Scene for Kids” by J. Warner Wallace is the next step in helping kids (and I must confess, this adult) understand why Christians believe what we believe.  This book will open the eyes of those with “blind faith” and reveal the evidence behind the soundness of creation.  The easy-to-read chapters help to develop logical thought processes while engaging the reader who is drawn into the book to help solve a mystery with the story’s main characters.

This book is filled with tools and challenges to build faith and sound reasoning techniques.  “God’s Crime Scene for Kids” is a great tool to help build a solid faith foundation for Children of God of all ages.  I’m sure I will read it many times myself and I can’t wait to share it with my grandson.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Guest Blogger: Tricia Goyer


How does humbling yourself change everything? From my personal experience, when I am humble, I have less conflict.  Still I struggle with this daily.  Today, we have award-winning author Tricia Goyer sharing her #walkitout story on my blog and promoting her new book "Walk It Out"!
 
 
 
 
 
How Humbling Yourself In Your Time of Need Changes Everything

by Tricia Goyer

 

            The other day I was cooking dinner when my six-year-old son rushed into the kitchen.

            Beads of sweat slid down his red face. “I’m so hot. You never get me anything to drink.”

            I stirred my spaghetti sauce with one hand as I turned to him. “Excuse me?”

            His voice rose in a full, high-pitched whine. “You never give me anything to drink!” He waved his hands and dropped to the floor.

            I took in a breath and then released in, telling myself to keep my voice steady, calm. “I’d be happy to get you a drink. I just need you to ask.”

            He kicked his foot against the floor. “But I want a drink now!”

            “I know you do.” I peered down at him. “And as soon as you ask the right way I’m happy to get some ice cold water.”

            And then my son stood, smiled up at me and asked so sweetly for a drink of water … NOT!

            Instead, he whined and fussed more. Finally, I asked him to leave the kitchen.

            You know what? He never did ask. In fact, he didn’t get anything to drink until fifteen minutes later when we were sitting down to dinner. He was so bent on complaining and whining—in feeding his discontent—he didn’t want to release his control in order to ask me for help. I would have gladly given him the drink he requested if only he asked in the right away.

 

Feeding Our Discontent

I wish I could say this is just a little kid issue, but I’ve been there myself. During my teen years I lived in that storm of discontent. I complained when things didn’t go my way. I worried. I fretted. I fought.

            I even took matters into my own hands when I found myself facing an unplanned pregnancy at age 15. My own fears and worries led me to a choice I now regret—I had an abortion.

            It wasn’t until years later, at age 17 when I was pregnant again, that things took a turn for the better. It’s then I humbled myself and turned to God. By this point I realized the whining, complaining, and acting out wasn’t getting me what I wanted or needed.

            At six months along, I wrapped my arms around my growing stomach and prayed, “Lord, if you can do anything with my life, please do.”

            God showed up big time. He not own gave me Himself (which is the best!), He has also led me on a journey where radical, and wonderful things, have happened. This has included marrying a wonderful Christian man, having two more kids, starting a crisis pregnancy center, mentoring teen moms, adopting seven more children, and writing over 70 books!

            God didn’t just offer me a cup of cool water when I asked. He opened the floodgates of blessing. But it took me humbling myself and seeking Jesus to meet my needs.

            This reminds me of a Scripture I was reading just this morning, “I called on your name, LORD, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: ‘Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.’ You came near when I called you, and you said, ‘Do not fear.’ You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life,” Lamentations 5:55-58.

            Mumbling, complaining and griping is easy, but they rob us of having our greatest needs met. Yet when we humble ourselves and turn to God, things will change for the better.

            When we call to the Lord, He hears us. When we turn to Him, He comes. When we call to Him, He reminds us that He is present and we have no reason to fear. When we place our needs in His court, Jesus redeems our life.

            It took a lot to humble me as a teen—two unplanned pregnancies in fact. Yet I’m thankful that I learned back then that when I turn to God He will meet my needs. He will meet them in more wonderful ways than I ever expected.

 

 

You can read more about how God can show up radically in your life in the book Walk It Out: The Radical Result of Living God’s Word One Step at a Time (http://amzn.to/2wi1Cwi).

 

If you pre-order Walk It Out before October 1, you’ll also receive 30 Days of Prayer as You Walk It Out FREE! Details here: http://www.triciagoyer.com/walk-it-out/

Monday, August 28, 2017

God's Crime Scene for Kids GIVEAWAY

Join your children in learning how to determine the most reasonable cause for everything we see in creation with a real-life detective! In God's Crime Scene for Kids, J. Warner Wallace shows kids ages 8 to 12 what skills are needed to solve Jason's mystery. Jason uncovers a mystery in his grandmother's attic. He and his friends, Hannah, Daniel and Jasmine, enlist the help of Detective Jeffries at the Jr. Detective's Academy. Your kids will look at evidence in the universe that demonstrates God is the creator and ultimately learn how to make their own case for God's existence.

Help your kids become detectives who investigate creation for signs of God and His creativity by entering to win the Mystery Investigation Kit!


One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on August 31. The winner will be announced September 1 on the Litfuse blog.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Homiletics: 2 Thessalonians 2


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.concerning coming of LJC&our being gatherd2Him, we ask u, brosis (1)

2.become easily unsettld/alarmd by teachg allegedly frm us-whethr by prophecy/wd of mouth/ltr (2a)

3.asserting day of L already cm (2B)

4.let any1 deceiv u, that day cm til rebellion occurs&man lawlssnss reveald,man doomed2destructn(3)

5.He’ll oppose&exalt self oer evrythg calld G or worshiped,sets self up in Gs temple,proclaim self2b G(4)

6.Don’t u remember when I w/u I tell you these things?(5)

 

7.now u know what is holding him back, so he revealed @ proper time(6)

8.secret pwr lawlssnss already @ wk;but 1 who holds it back will continue till he taken out of way(7)

9.then lawlss1 reveald, whom J will overthrow w/breath of mouth&destroy by splendor of His cming(8)

10.cming o lawlss1 in accordnc w/how Satan wrks: display o pwr thru signs/wonders that serve lie (9)

11.&all ways wickedness deceives those who perishing. Perish bec refuse2love truth&be saved(10)

12.4this reason G sends them powerful delusion so they believe lie(11)

13.so all will be condemned who believed truth but delighted in wickedness(12)

 

14.we ought alwys thk G4u,bec G chose u as 1stfruits2b savd thru sanctfyg wk o S& belief in truth(13)

15.He calld u2this thru our gospel, that u might share in glry of our LJC(14)

16.so, brosis,stand firm&hold fast2teachings we passed you by wd of mouth or letter(15)

17.May our LJC&G our Fr,Who lvd us&by grace gave eternal encouragement&good hope(16)

18.encourage your hearts&strengthen u in evry good deed&wd(17)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.The Day of the Lord (1-5)

Principle:  Judgment Day is coming.

2.Holding Back the Man of Lawlessness (6-12)

Principle: The power of lawlessness is at work, but restrained.

3.Thankful, Called and Encouraged (13-17)

Principle:  Belief in the gospel makes us family.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Paul declares coming judgment, lawlessness at work and believers’ encouragement.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK The Holy Spirit living in the people of God is restraining the power of lawlessness and believers need to encourage each other through the lawlessness already at work.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.How would you respond to encourage someone who thought Jesus’ second coming had already passed?

2.What do you do and say to share the truth of Christ and the gospel with non-believers?

3.For whom are you thankful because you have seen God’s sanctifying work on display in them and how will you encourage them in their walk this week?

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Walk It Out by Tricia Goyer

Walk It Out

Discover the Adventure of Following Jesus – One Step at a Time

Whether believers realize it or not, God intended for them to do what the Bible says: adopt the orphan, take the gospel into all the world, and care for the needy. These are mandates that point believers down the path of true living and eternal life.
In Walk It Out, Tricia Goyer demonstrates to women that walking out the mandates of Scripture allows God to spark passion and mission within them.
Sometimes those steps are easy, but many times they require a move outside of what feels safe or secure. When women stop focusing on their own dreams and purposes, and instead focus on God’s dreams and purposes, everything changes.
Pre-Order a copy here:
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Take the Walk it Out quiz here and find out how close you are to fulfilling your life purpose!

Praise for Walk it Out

Tricia Goyer lives a life that will challenge readers to step up and walk out faith in our homes, communities, and the world, and ultimately experience all the joy promised when we are in His will and doing His work. 
Francine Rivers, New York Times bestselling author of more than thirty novels, including Redeeming Love
I didn’t get past the introduction of Walk It Out before my heart was moved and soul shaken by the words of an everyday woman who decided to just want God. I hope hundreds of thousands of people read this book. It’s that important. Tricia Goyer truly walks out every word of this true story turned guidebook of the surrendered Jesus life. May deep call to deep and move us all to such obedience. Gratefully, I endorse this powerful book.
Lisa Whittle, speaker, author of I Want God and Put Your Warrior Boots On

Preorder Walk it Out and submit your receipt before October 1, 2017 to receive 30 Days of Prayer as You Walk it Out FREE!


 

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Homiletics: 2 Thessalonians 1


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.Paul,Silas,Tim2church Thess in G our Fr & LJC; grace&peace2u frm G the Fr&LJC(1-2)

2.we ought always thk G4u,bros&sis,bec ur faith growing more&more&lv u have4 1anotr increasg(3)

3.T4,among G’s churches we boast re:ur persevrnc&faith in all persecutions/trials u enduring(4)

4.this=evidence G’s judgmt=rt& as result u counted worthy of kingdom of G4which u suffering(5)

 

5.G is just: He will pay back trouble 2 those who trouble u(6)

6.&gv relief2u who troubld&us; this happen when LJ revealed from hvn in blazing fire w/pwrfl angels(7)

7.He will punish those who do not know G& don’t obey gospel of LJ(8)

8.They’ll b punishd w/evrlastg destruction&shut out frm presenc of L&frm glry of His might(9)

9.on day He cm2b glrfd in His ppl&2b marvld@among who bel; this incl u bc u beld our testmny 2u(10)

 

10.w/this in mind we constantly pray4u that G make u worthy of His calling(11a)

11.& that by His pwr He bring2fruition ur evry desire4goodness&ur evry deed prompted by faith(11b)

12.we pray this so name of our LJ be glrfd in u&u in Him according2grace of our G&LJC(12)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Worthy of the Kingdom of God

Principle: God gives His people faith to persevere in persecution and trial.

2.God is Just and will be Glorified

Principle: God is the just Judge Who will deliver both relief and punishment.

3.Constantly Praying

Principle: God is glorified in His people through grace.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Paul opens second Thessalonian letter with thankfulness, encouragement, promised prayer.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK Perseverance through persecution and trial glorifies Christ and the body of Christ should be encouraging and praying for each other as we endure.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1. How might you boast about a brother or sister in Christ as they persevere through suffering?

2. Who do you know is in jeopardy of being punished with everlasting destruction and how will you share your faith in Christ with them this week?

3. How will you pray for those in leadership and those you lead this week?  How do you want to be prayed for in your mission right now?

Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook!

DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE COMIC BOOKS? HOW ABOUT SUPER HEROES?

Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!

 
< br /> Parents!

David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ChristianBook.com to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).

 

The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST.  Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.

{THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE}

Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action! The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God’s redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God’s miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God’s promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family’s place in God’s incredible story and together put your faith into action! Interactive features include:
  • Fifteen key episodes from God’s Word—each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.
  • Short and easy readings—for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.
  • Life, Faith, Action! features—conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.
  • Hall of Fame visual index—the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.
Learn more and purchase a copy here.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Homiletics: 1 Thessalonians 5



Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.now about times&dates we need 2write4u know day of L come like thief in night(1-2)

2.while ppl saying:”peace&safety”, destruction come suddenly as labor on preg. Wm&they escape(3)

3.U in dkness that this day surprise u like thief;u children of light/day; we belong2nite/dkness(4-5)

4.lets be lk others:asleep,lets b awake/sober;4those who sleep,sleep@nite;those who drunk,@nite(6-7)

5.since we belong2day, lets be sober, putting on faith/love as breastplate&hope of salv as helmet(8)

6.4G appoint us to suffer wrath but2 rec’v salv thru LJC(9)

7.He died4us that,whether we awake or asleep, we may live together w/Him(10)

8.T4 encourage 1another,build ea other up as u r doing(11)

 

9.now we ask u2acknowldg those who wk hd among u,who care4u in L& admonish u(12)

10.hold them in highest regard in lv bec of their wk, live in peace w/ea other(13)

11.we urge u warn idle&disruptive,encourage disheartnd,help weak,b patient w/evry1(14)

12.mk sure nobody pays bk wrong4wrong,always strive2do good4ea other&evry1(15)

13.rejoice always, pray continually,give thx in all circumstc;this Gs will4u in Christ(16-18)

14.quench Spirit,treat prophcies w/contempt; test em all,hold onto good; reject evry kind of evil(19-22)

 

15.may G of peace sanctify u thru&thru;may whole spirit,soul,body be kept blameless@cming of LJC(23)

16.the one who calls u is faithful&will do it(24)

17.Bros&sis, pray4us;greet all Gs ppl w/holy kiss(25-26)

18.i charge u b4L2have this ltr read2all bros/sis(27)

19.grace of LJC be w/u(28)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Darkness and Light (1-11)

Principle:  Every person is either in darkness or in the Light.

2.Final Instructions (12-22)

Principle:  God’s people should support and encourage each other and everyone.

3.In Closing (23-28)

Principle:  God faithfully works to sanctify His people.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Paul closes the first Thessalonians’ letter with encouragement and instruction.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK God’s Word offers specific, helpful and practical advice for living the Christian life.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.What evidence do you have that you are a child of the light or a child of the darkness?  If you’re a child of the darkness, do you want to be a child of the light?  If you do, please contact me.

2.Verses 12-22 give us specific ways to live for Christ while we wait for His return.  Which of these things can you cooperate with God in developing and improving and how is He leading you to do that?

3.God works to sanctify His people daily, making us look more like Christ.  How have you experienced His faithfulness as He accomplishes His will in your life?

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Super Hero Kids Giveaway with David C Cook!

DOES YOUR CHILD LOVE COMIC BOOKS? HOW ABOUT SUPER HEROES?

Now is your chance to have DC and Marvel illustrator Sergio Cariello make your child's dream come true!


Parents!

David C Cook is proud to introduce the newest book in the Action Bible collection: The Action Storybook Bible (coming October 2017). Pre-order The Action Storybook Bible from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or ChristianBook.com to reserve your copy today. Plus click the graphic below to enter to have a chance to win an illustration of your child as a super hero by Action Bible artist Sergio Cariello (who has also illustrated comics for DC and Marvel!).


The giveaway is open until September 11, 2017, 5:00pm MST. Your entry must be received by then to be eligible. Five winners will be chosen at random from eligible entrants.

{THE ACTION STORYBOOK BIBLE}

Families see the Bible in motion and put their faith into action! The Action Storybook Bible invites families with young children to explore God's redemptive story together. An entry point into the world of The Action Bible, it tells of the amazing creation story, powerful kings who reigned over ancient Israel, God's miraculous gift of eternal life through Jesus, and more! God's promise for the world is displayed throughout every page. Discover your family's place in God's incredible story and together put your faith into action! Interactive features include:
  • Fifteen key episodes from God's Word-each one loaded with several stories along with over 350 brand-new illustrations throughout.
  • Short and easy readings-for children ages eight and under with rich, colorful images.
  • Life, Faith, Action! features-conclude every episode and invite families to talk about how God moves in the stories, how to see God in life today, how to put faith into action, and how to easily talk to God with a suggested prayer.
  • Hall of Fame visual index-the place to look up favorite Bible characters by discovering their icon connections and finding them in the stories.
Learn more and purchase a copy here.

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Homiletics: 1 Thessalonians 4


Content (not sentence, direct verbiage from Scripture, fit on one line):

1.we instructd u how2live2pls G,as in fact ur living(1a)

2.now we ask/urge u in LJ 2do this more&more(1b)

3.4u know what instructions we gave u by authority of LJ(2)

4.it is G’s will u b sanctified: that u avoid sexual immorality(3)

5.that ea of u should learn2ctrl ur body in a way that is holy and honorable(4)

6.not in passionate lust like pagans, who know G(5)

7.in this matter no1 should wrong/take advantage of bro or sis(6a)

8.The L will punish all who commit such sins as we told u&warned u b4(6b)

9.4 G did call us 2b impure, but 2 live holy life(7)

10.T4, any1 who rejects this instruction reject human being but G, who gives u HS(8)

 

11.now about ur lv4 1anothr we need2write u, u been taught by G 2lv ea other(9)

12.in fact, u do lv all G’s fam thru Macedonia; yet we urge u 2do so more&more(10)

13.&2make it ur ambition 2lead quiet life: mind ur own bus & wk w/ur hands as we told u(11)

14.so ur daily life may win respect of outsiders&so u dependent on anybody(12)

15.we want u be uninformed re:those who sleep in death,so u grieve lk rest o mankind who hv hope(13)

16.4we bel J died&rose again&so we bel G will bring w/J those who fallen asleep in Him(14)

17.Accordg2L’s Wd,we tell u we who still alive,left till cming o L, precede those who fallen asleep(15)

18.4L Himself will cm dn frm Hvn w/loud cmd, voice o archangel&trumpet call&dead in C rise 1st(16)

19.after,we who still alive caught up together w/them in clouds to meet L in the air so we b w/L 4evr(17)

20.T4 encourage 1anothr w/these wds(18)

 

Divisions (run-on sentence OK, direct verbiage from Scripture/Principles are Aims for each Division):

1.Living to please God (1-8)

Principle: Becoming more like Christ glorifies God.

2.Loving one another (9-18)

Principle: Becoming more like Christ enables us to love others.

 

Subject Sentence (10-word sentence with proper structure showing exactly where you are in Scripture):

Paul instructs Thessalonians about pleasing God through living and loving.

 

Aim (“To Cause My Audience To…” Know, See, etc.):

TCMATK A believer’s transformation into Christ-likeness pleases God and brings Him glory.

 

Application (not yes or no question.  Meant to bring about life change):

1.In what areas has Christ been working on your sanctification and how are you encouraged by His training you so personally?

2.How has your love for others changed since Jesus came into your life and what changes are you looking forward to in this area in the future?