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Bible Study: Meet Jesus, Son of God/Son of Man - John - Chapter 12

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the Gospel of John, although they are a bit better formatted than former efforts. 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 and encourages you through this material. I’m not sure of the condition of the world at the time of this publication. But at the time of its writing, fall 2009 through late spring 2010, things are looking increasingly bleak with the economy, health care and unemployment, there is a renewal and increase of racism, and godly principles of living being disregarded, there are floods in India, earthquake and tsunami in Samoa. Are these the first stages of birth pains? The last? God only knows. And He is very busy these days. Seek His wisdom. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming to deliver His people and judge the wicked… Stacey Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 12 of the

Learn the Bible in 24 Hours – Hour 21 – 1&2 Thessalonians

Chuck Missler’s eschatological summary is jam-packed with more fascinating facts than can be processed in the hour-long video teaching.   Lots of “ologies” are discussed.   We’re going to concentrate on one.   Eschatology is the study of the end times.   Dr. Missler has challenged his audience many times throughout this course that we are being plunged into a period of time that the Bible says more about than any other time period.   Verify it for yourself through study of God’s Word. Here’s another big word for you: hermeneutics.   It is the science of interpretation.   Eschatology is a test of our hermeneutics.   Do we take the Bible at face value?   Or do we consider it to be more allegorical?   Personally, I believe in an actual millennium.   I embrace the preposterous belief about the rapture of the church.   I believe the church must be raptured before the Man of Sin (anti-Christ) is revealed.   I believe that the rapture is imminent and that it will occur before the tribu

Way Back in the Gardenia Rows: Everyday God-Moments and the Recipes that Accompany Them by Kay Wheeler Moore

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: Kay Wheeler Moore and the book: Way Back in the Gardenia Rows: Everyday God-Moments and the Recipes that Accompany Them Hannibal Books (April 29, 2013) ***Special thanks to Jennifer Nelson, PR Specialist, Hannibal Books for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Kay Wheeler Moore is a Pulitzer-Prize nominee who stirred up her heirloom cornbread from "Way Back in the Country" and her t

Exploring Revelation: An Expository Commentary by John Phillips

Here is my review of this enlightening resource:   First of all, I would like to extend a heartfelt “Thank you” to John Phillips and his publisher for sending me a copy of "Exploring Revelation:  An Expository Commentary" 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.   “Exploring Revelation:   An Expository Commentary” by John Phillips is an easy-to-understand tool for interpreting Scripture.   The book of Revelation can be rather complicated to study.   But this commentary de-mystifies the passages of this apocalyptic book and brings greater understanding to the student. Based on the King James Version of the Bible, this commentary also helps me to get more out of the language of the King James (I recently switched to this version of the Bible to improve my vocabulary).   When I am in the market to purchase a commentary, I will definitely look to the

Bible Study: Meet Jesus, Son of God/Son of Man - John - Chapter 11

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the Gospel of John, although they are a bit better formatted than former efforts. 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 and encourages you through this material. I’m not sure of the condition of the world at the time of this publication. But at the time of its writing, fall 2009 through late spring 2010, things are looking increasingly bleak with the economy, health care and unemployment, there is a renewal and increase of racism, and godly principles of living being disregarded, there are floods in India, earthquake and tsunami in Samoa. Are these the first stages of birth pains? The last? God only knows. And He is very busy these days. Seek His wisdom. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming to deliver His people and judge the wicked… Stacey Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 11 of the

Learn the Bible in 24 Hours – Hour 20 – Hebrews, James, I & II Peter, I, II & III John, Jude

None of the eight Hebrew Christian Epistles was addressed to a church.   Hebrews addresses the Priesthood of Christ, the New Covenant and the challenge to move forward responsibly.   The Hall of Faith, Hebrews 11, gives me something new to think about every time I read it. James’ epistle to the 12 Tribes teaches that faith without works is dead.   Considering the author was one of Jesus’ half-brothers, I think that studying this epistle gives additional insight into the Lord.   I studied the book of James last year, and this was a nice refresher. Peter’s epistles are loaded with life lessons.   From obedience to vigilance in trial to growth to heresy, Peter covers a lot of ground in these two small letters.   A study of these epistles would definitely be life-changing.   I did study first Peter a while ago.   You can find my notes on this blog. The apostle John’s epistles are replete with symbolism and mystery.   I really enjoyed – and completely agree with – Chuck Missler

Lights, Cowboy, Action by Lesley Ann McDaniel

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: Lesley Ann McDaniel and the book: Lights, Cowboy, Action Love Inspired (June 4, 2013) ***Special thanks to Lesley Ann McDaniel for sending me a review copy.*** ABOUT THE AUTHOR: LESLEY ANN MCDANIEL is a lifelong lover of words, animals, and musical theatre. Born in Missoula, Montana, she was one of the original Dwarfs in the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s inaugural production of “Snow White”, which is

Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter

More about Barefoot Summer Madison's heart has been closed for years. But one summer can change everything. In the years since her twin brother's tragic drowning, Madison has struggled with her ability to trust God--or anyone else, for that matter. It was her brother's dream to win the annual River Sail Regatta in their small harbor town of Chapel Springs, Indiana. And Madison's determined to honor his legacy by making his dream her own. Maybe then she can finally find closure. But learning to sail means learning to swim. And her instructor is Beckett O'Reilly, a man who already has two strikes against him in Madison's eyes. Being on the water terrifies Madison. But Beckett's calming presence and unwavering confidence eases her fear. And as much as she'd like to deny it, the chemistry between them is electrifying. As her feelings for him grow, a fledging faith begins to take root in her soul, as well. With Beckett, Madison feels alive for th

Bible Study: Meet Jesus, Son of God/Son of Man - John - Chapter 10

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes on the Gospel of John, although they are a bit better formatted than former efforts. 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 and encourages you through this material. I’m not sure of the condition of the world at the time of this publication. But at the time of its writing, fall 2009 through late spring 2010, things are looking increasingly bleak with the economy, health care and unemployment, there is a renewal and increase of racism, and godly principles of living being disregarded, there are floods in India, earthquake and tsunami in Samoa. Are these the first stages of birth pains? The last? God only knows. And He is very busy these days. Seek His wisdom. Encourage each other. Pray. Jesus is coming to deliver His people and judge the wicked… Stacey Take a few minutes to pray and savor chapter 10 of the

Learn the Bible in 24 Hours – Hour 19 – Pauline Epistles

Paul’s Church and Pastoral Epistles are presented with Dr. Missler’s typical fast-paced delivery.   We begin with an overview of Paul’s relationship with the Corinthian church and take away the trivia that first and second Corinthians are technically second and fourth Corinthians, respectively.   There are many life applications contained in these two letters regarding the foolishness of God, stewardship and many other subjects. The brief study of Galatians speaks of spiritual liberty and applies the fruit of the Spirit to a trio of conditions:   my heart, my neighbor and my God.   The slides say “fruits” of the Spirit, but Scripture is clear that it is fruit – singular. A quick tour through the prison epistles showcases Paul’s profound letter to the Ephesians regarding special relationships, revealing mysteries and spiritual warfare, including a brief look at the armor of God.   Philippians provides resources for suffering.   Colossians is loaded with doctrine and personal a

Deadly Devotion by Sandra Orchard

Deadly Devotion By Sandra Orchard   In the first installment in the Port Aster Secrets series, Deadly Devotion weaves a web of intrigue around the sleepy town of Port Aster and the death of a research scientist. While police believe it to be a suicide, evidence mounts that leads Kate Adams to believe it had to be murder.   Suspicions lead to danger as Kate struggles to uncover the truth.   Full of suspense, Deadly Devotion will keep readers guessing until the very end. Research scientists Kate Adams and her colleague Daisy are on the brink of a breakthrough for treating depression with herbal medicine when Daisy suddenly dies.   Kate knows that if it hadn’t been for Daisy’s mentorship, she wouldn’t have the job she loves or the faith she clings to.   So when police rule Daisy’s death a suicide, Kate is determined to unearth the truth. Former FBI agent Tom Parker finds it hard to adjust to life back in his hometown of Port Aster. Though an old buddy gives him a job