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Plagues - Old Testament? New? NOW!

In light of the promises listed in Exodus 5:6-8, why was all of the plaguing of Egypt necessary? God certainly could have softened pharaoh’s heart and freed Israel before the staff of God first touched the ground at pharaoh’s feet and began writhing like a serpent! Ultimately, we need to know that Our Lord is NOT frivolous! There is purpose and passionate love for His creation in everything He does! We need to take that on faith, and He will give us experience to back it up! So, what was His purpose? That is a tough question. I believe the answer has facets beyond human comprehension, but here are some of my thoughts: God won’t manipulate us. He gave us free will, and He expects us to use it! Preferably to choose Him! Each plague demonstrated God’s supremacy over an Egyptian deity. He wanted Egypt and Israel alike to know that HE IS GOD!!!!! If this period of history weren’t a major struggle, would it have been documented? Would Moses have been chosen and trained to work with God

Bible Study: Revelation - What Was, What Is, What Is To Come - Chapter 5

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material. Stacey Take a few minutes to savor Revelation Chapter 5. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations. 5:1 — scroll — see Ezekiel 2:9-10 and Isaiah 29:11. Right hand — where we put the tools we use. Writing on both sides — Why do you think there's writing on both sides? A lot to say? Seven seals — remember the number "7" means completeness and perfection. The seven seals indicate the importance of the scroll's contents. This is also an indication that this is a legal document according to Roman law. See Isaiah 29:11; Ezekiel 2:9-10; Daniel 12:4 (AMP) Only Jesus can open the scroll because God has given Him all rights to judgment. 5:2 — mighty

Questions for personal Bible study

When you get ready to do some Bible study on your own, what do you do? Buy a study guide? Pick up a blank notebook to write down questions and thoughts and make notes about what you learn? Or are you too intimidated to do Bible study on your own? Do you think that you're not disciplined enough...not knowledgable enough...don't have enough resources to succeed at this task? Grab a pen and some paper and your Bible. Take a seat. Here are some questions to ask yourself when you sit down to study the Bible: What patterns do you observe in the passage? How does this book relate to other books of the Bible? Other literary works? What cultural information relates to this passage? What similar experience have you had in your life? How can you personally relate to the passage? What life lessons are found in this passage? What is God telling you through this passage? What attributes of God do you see in the passage? How does this discovery change your relationship with Him?

REVIEW: Stepping Up by Beth Moore

What a wonderful Bible Study this is! Beth Moore’s “Stepping Up – a journey through the Psalms of Ascent” is a wonderful 7-week Bible study of Psalms 120 through 134. This workbook is an educational journey tying the Old Testament to the New by relating events of prophetic fulfillment from Jesus’ life with the ancient pilgrims who would sing these Psalms on the way to worship during the Jewish feasts of the Lord in Jerusalem. Then, through daily study and Beth’s wonderful lecture, these passages are linked to us modern day pilgrims who are journeying to the New Jerusalem (heaven). Two days worth of study is spent on each Psalm, offering a decent and rich overview. The video teaching is quintessential Beth – her loving, yet humorous delivery of the Word’s truth changes lives – and accompanies the written material beautifully. This should be on every women’s Bible study group calendar!

We're in This Boat Together by Dr. Camille Bishop

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Dr. Camille Bishop and the book: We’re in This Boat Together Authentic (August 14, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: In her thirty-year teaching career, Dr. Camille Bishop’s love for students and her penchant for adventure have taken her to classrooms all over the world. After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in math, Dr. Bishop began her career in the trenches as a secondary mathematics instructor in

Bible Study: Revelation - What Was, What Is, What Is To Come - Chapter 4

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material. Stacey Take a few minutes to savor Revelation Chapter 4. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations. 4 — see Isaiah 6:1-4 and Daniel 7 for other visions of the throne. 4:1 — after this — meta tauta — translates as "these things". see Revelation 1:19 "later". See also Revelation 7:1, 9; 9:12; 19:1. Door — Is Jesus the door to the kingdom since we can only get into heaven by going through Him? standing open — see Matthew 3:16 — heaven is opened after Jesus' baptism. Cool!!! See Revelation 3:7-8. Voice like a trumpet — there's that angel again. See Revelation 1:10-11. The words are again in red, indicating that this is Jesus speaking.

The Red Siren by M.L. Tyndall

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: M.L. Tyndall and the book: The Red Siren Barbour Publishing, Inc (January 2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Best-selling author of The Legacy of the King’s Pirates series, MaryLu Tyndall writes full time and makes her home with her husband, six children, and four cats on California’s coast. Her passion is to write page-turning, romantic adventures that not only entertain but expose Christians to their full potential in Christ. For more informatio

January CSFF Tour: D. Barkley Briggs, The Book of Names, first in the Legends of Karac Tor series

The Book of Names by D. Barkley Briggs Check out the author's blog , too. Here is my review of this amazing novel: First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to D. Barkley Briggs and his publisher for sending me a copy of The Book of Names to review for them. I have always been grateful for this generosity, but haven’t been very consistent in taking the time to thank them in a public forum. I really appreciate your time, effort and expense in making a reviewer copy available to me. Here is the review I posted for the blog tour back in August 2008. “The Book of Names” by D. Barkley Briggs is not what I expected. I’m not sure exactly what I expected when I cracked the cover. The title reminded me of one of those books you pick up when you’re expecting a baby so you can try to choose a name for your child that has some meaning. However, what I got was a wonderfully crafted fantasy read that transported me through a present-day portal into anoth

Bible Study: Revelation - What Was, What Is, What Is To Come - Chapter 3

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material. Stacey Take a few minutes to savor Revelation Chapter 3. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations. 3:1 — Jesus signs this letter "from the one who has the sevenfold Spirit of God and the seven stars" because they knew what the sevenfold Spirit of God is! What other reason might Jesus have for addressing the church in this way? Sardis, the magnificent capital of Lydia, was a wealthy city that began at a strategic mountaintop location, but when the population outgrew the area, they expanded to the valley below. The city was known for its dying and wool industry. They also had a flourishing carpet trade. Gold and silver coins were first minted here in t

Never Say Diet (TP Conv.) and The NSD Personal Fitness Trainer by

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Chantel Hobbs and the books: Never Say Diet WaterBrook Press; Reprint edition (December 16, 2008) and The Never Say Diet Personal Fitness Trainer WaterBrook Press (December 16, 2008) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Chantel Hobbs is a personal trainer, certified spinning instructor, and motivational speaker whose no-excuses approach to fitness has won her a grateful following across the country. The author of Never Say Diet, Chantel ho

The Bishop's Daughter by Tiffany L. Warren

It is time for a FIRST Wild Card Tour book review! If you wish to join the FIRST blog alliance, just click the button. We are a group of reviewers who tour Christian books. A Wild Card post includes a brief bio of the author and a full chapter from each book toured. The reason it is called a FIRST Wild Card Tour is that you never know if the book will be fiction, non~fiction, for young, or for old...or for somewhere in between! Enjoy your free peek into the book! You never know when I might play a wild card on you! Today's Wild Card author is: Tiffany L. Warren and the book: The Bishop's Daughter Grand Central Publishing (January 9, 2009) ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Tiffany L. Warren is a technology manager who lives in suburban Cleveland, Ohio with her husband and four children. She is also the author of the critically acclaimed novel, Farther Than I Meant to Go, Longer Than I Meant to Stay . Visit the author's website . Product Details: List Price: $13.99 Paperback: 304 pages