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Christian Books of the Week: Biographies/Commentaries 7/29/2022

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by Russell Sherrard

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 7/28/2022

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Verse of the DayJuly 28th, 2022

Scripture

The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. – Psalm 34:19 NLT

Devotion

In this world we have and will have troubles. King David says even the righteous person faces many troubles. And he would know, for he was a righteous man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14), and he faced many of them. Although we face troubles of all kinds, we may take comfort in the conviction that the Lord rescues us from them all.

How does God rescue us from them all?

First of all, God may rescue us by totally delivering us from our troubles in the here and now. The Bible is full of examples of the people of God being rescued from their troubles. Although Abraham and Sarah could not have children, God gave them a child in their old age (Genesis 21:1-7). When the Israelites were stuck between the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army, God parted the sea and let them cross on dry land (Exodus 14). When the Apostle Peter was in prison, the Lord sent an angel to free him (Acts 12:1-19).

Secondly, there is a sense in which God rescues us from our troubles by turning them from something that was meant by Satan to destroy us into something that actually benefits us. The Apostle Paul says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (Romans 8:28). God uses the troubles of Satan to make us more and more like Jesus (Romans 8:29). With those in Christ, trouble loses its significance as a destructive force, for “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Finally, God ultimately rescues us from our troubles in the next life. Sometimes the sick die, sometimes the lives of the persecuted are sacrificed, and sometimes, like the Apostle Paul, we live with a “thorn in the flesh” for all of our lives (2 Corinthians 12:7). If our faith does not see its breakthrough in this life, however, it will see it in the next life (Revelation 21:4).

Satan is the trouble-maker. His evil and illegitimate regime functions like a parasite within God’s very good earthly creation. That’s why we see troubles of many kinds.

Take heart, however, for the Lord comes to our rescue each time.

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Book Spotlight: Life Changing Bible Reading System 7/26/2022

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Life Changing Bible Reading System

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Life Changing Bible Reading System

The System
List 1 (89 days) Matthew, Mark, Luke, John
List 2 (187 days) Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy
List 3 (78 days) Romans, 1 & 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Phillippians, Colossians, Hebrews
List 4 (65 days) 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 & 2 Timothy, Titus, Philemon, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2, & 3 John, Jude, Revelation
List 5 (62 days) Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon
List 6 (150 days) Psalms
List 7 (31 days) Proverbs
List 8 (249 days) Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, 1 & 2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther
List 9 (250 days) Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi
List 10 (28 days) Acts

• Read one chapter from each list each day; in one sitting or two. At the end of a book; go to the next book. At the end of the list; start it again. Do it in the order given above.
• Read quickly (without “speed-reading”) in order to get the overall sense. Read as fast as you comfortably can with moderate retention. You’re not studying deeply or memorizing; shoot for 5- 6 minutes per chapter. At the end of a chapter, move immediately to the next list.
• GET THROUGH THE TEXT – no dawdling, back reading, looking up cross-references!
• There are different ‘kinds’ of reading: super-quick skimming, careful moderate-paced, studying the text, deep meditation. You should be between the first and second kind.
• Most people decrease their time spent and increase their retention after just two-three weeks! I now read and retain the entire text of Ma­tthew in 35 minutes, Romans in 20, Genesis in one hour!
• Don’t look up anything you ‘don’t get’ – real understanding will come through contextualizing by reading a LOT of scripture over time. Get through the text!
• If you miss a day or two – ok, get over it, then keep going. Don’t cover yourself in sackcloth and ashes and quit! Move the bookmarks along, to find your place(s) quickly next day. Heb 4:12&5:11-14; Eph 5:26&6:17; Col 3:16; 2 Tim 3:16; Ps 119; Ezra 8; Prov 3: 1-2, 10:14; Dan 1
• If you are wondering why you should read Acts (or Proverbs) all the way through every single month, then — you’ve just shown that you NEED to read them that often!
• The goal of this system is simple, and twofold: To know scripture, and to love and obey God more!

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 7/25/2022

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CrossPs. 26:1 Declare me innocent, O LORD, for I have acted with integrity. I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.

The Lord does not condemn those who act with integrity of heart. We may not always get it right, but if we do what we do wanting to do what is right, God understands and honors our heart’s intent. He knows we are not perfect and does not hold that against us.

Now if we deliberately don’t do what is right, that’s another story altogether. There is accountability for those sins we deliberately sin against God. We are held responsible for willful sin. If you are a child of God and deliberately sin, are you not being spiteful towards Christ? It is defiance and should God let you get away with it? Of course not.

There is no condemnation for those who have an unwavering trust in the Lord. This means that we don’t fall into the trap of relying on our own wisdom or understanding or that of others. We turn to the Lord and listen to what He says. We acknowledge Him in all we do. We seek to obey Him because we love Him.

When our hearts are firmly set on the Lord, we know all is well with our souls and there is a peace that governs our lives that holds us steady and makes us strong. Satan may try to cast doubt on our souls but we stand firm because God declares us innocent. It matters not what Satan thinks or what people think; it only matters what God thinks about us.

Live with integrity of heart, trust in the Lord without wavering, and all things will be well with your soul both now and forever.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Christian Books of the Week: Biographies/Autobiographies 7/22/2022

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by Russell Sherrard

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 7/21/2022

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Verse of the DayJuly 21st, 2022

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For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him. – John 3:17 ESV

Devotion

The average American will tell you that their favorite season is summer. They love the bright sun, the green grass and the long warm evenings. Equally divided are the people whose favorite time of year is either spring or autumn. Spring brings a host of new buds on the trees, fragrant flowers, and gentle afternoon showers. Autumn ushers in crisp, cool mornings, golden leaves, and hot apple cider. Few are those who proclaim winter as the best time of the year. I think they have a secret that the rest of us may be missing.

January exists as a new beginning, a fresh chance to do things right this time, and a way of signifying the inauguration of a clean slate. We have all had our share of victories through the last year. Unfortunately, in our humanness, we have also made many mistakes. Some of our mistakes have caused problems beyond our ability to fix and will cause negative consequences for many years to come. Now what?

Thank Heaven for Jesus! John 3:17 tells us that “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through Him.” Jesus offers us a fresh beginning, a new hope, an abundant life. 2021 will not be 2020. No one is doomed to repeat the same mistakes! Seize this chance to let the Holy Spirit control your actions, your thoughts and your future. At this point, all of 2021 is available. January offers the best opportunity all year to make the required personal changes to “get it right this time.”

Bountiful are the stories of people who are insatiably drawn to success through material wealth, celebrity status, or athletic achievement. Often, the battles which are fought to claim such success are riddled with agonizing stress and family neglect. Perhaps the course that we have charted for ourselves isn’t the course that was designed for us at all. If we are truly following God’s will for our lives, then maybe things wouldn’t be quite so difficult.

Now is your chance: make a commitment to let Jesus guide your life. Today, humble yourself before the Lord and earnestly seek His forgiveness for previous sins, then forget about them! Today, change your lifestyle to completely omit the sins that prevent you from fully walking with the Lord. Today, abandon the desires that you were never meant to have. Become a January person, and let yesterday’s failures dissolve with the past! Let Jesus cover your mistakes and shape your future. Let Him be King and watch how much better your life will flow.

Thank God for new beginnings. Thank God for January.

By Steven Hicks, Bible League International staff, Alabama, U.S.

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Book Spotlight: One Year Bible World English Version 7/19/2022

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One Year Bible

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One Year Bible World English Version

This is a one year Bible. The Bible is divided into 366 sections. Each section is one day. I you keep up with it and read it every day, by the end of the year you will have read the entire Bible. I have included a “Table of Contents” as part of this book. Each day has a link, and With just 2 clicks from the Table of Contents you can get to any day in the entire book. If you are at a point where there is not a link to a day, you can always click or press the Menu and a pop-up menu will appear in which you can go to the Cover, Table of Contents, or Go to the Beginning. Choosing either of these options to navigate to certain portions of the book. This book is optimized for Text-to-Speech. However, TTS only works for the Kindle Touch, Kindle Keyboard (K3) and Kindle DX. That, however, does not prevent you from enjoying this book. You will just have to read it yourself. Now, as for the Kindle Fire, it has been commonly thought that the Fire does not have TTS. But I have found a way to implement TTS on the Fire. But it is very primitive and tedious and does not work on Kindle Books. The files that it reads have to be in pure text format. If you would like to know how to implement it on the Fire please email me and I will show you. One note of interest, the Kindle Fire was shipped with a TTS engine installed so this leads me to believe that eventually Amazon will implement full TTS at a later date. We shall see.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 7/18/2022

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CrossPs. 25:10 The Lord leads with unfailing love and faithfulness all those who keep his covenant and obey his decrees.

Many of us today believe that once we are saved, the rest is up to God. We can rest and not worry about it if we sin because grace covers our sins. Yet, the Word declares over and over again that we have an active role to play in our salvation. We must keep His covenant and decrees. We must obey the Lord. We must not allow sin to take hold of us. We must work out our salvation. Transformation takes place at Calvary that is life changing. We get rid of our sinful ways of living and take on the righteous living of Christ. The fact that we are indeed saved is seen in how we live.

If we don’t allow this transformation to take hold of our souls, we have no right to expect God to continue to pour out His love on us and faithfully keep us safe from sin and its consequences. For a believer to continue to freely sin is a mockery of what Jesus did for us at Calvary. The Lord is our righteousness and holiness from God and He cannot dwell in a sinner’s heart.

Our works cannot save us nor can they keep us safe in the arms of Jesus, but they are an essential part of our Christian walk. Our obedience and submission to Christ is measured by what we do and don’t do. The meat and bones of holiness is our living.

The Lord never fails to lead His children faithfully in love. He will never take us in a direction that will lead us away from Him. He will never ask us to do anything that He knows we can’t do or is not best for us. He will never stop working in us and on us as we walk humbly before Him. The Lord always has His children on His mind and heart. He will never leave or forsake those walking with Him.

The Lord will lead us, but He won’t drag us against our will.

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Christian Books of the Week: Biographies/Autobiographies 7/15/2022

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 7/14/2022

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Verse of the DayJuly 14th, 2022

Scripture

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. – 1 Corinthians 15:58 NKJV

Devotion

At the end of Chapter 15 of 1 Corinthians, the Apostle Paul proclaimed to the church at Corinth the glory of their final destiny. He proclaimed to them that the “corruptible must put on incorruption” and the “mortal must put on immortality.” He proclaimed to them that when this happens “Death is swallowed up in victory.” And all of this is because we have the ultimate “victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:53-57).

Given the glory of our ultimate victory through Christ, Paul exhorted the church in our verse for today to do three things:

First of all, they should remain steadfast and immovable. It was part of Paul’s practice in all the churches to warn them that “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution” (2 Timothy 3:12), and that “after my departure savage wolves will come in among you, not sparing the flock” (Acts 20:29). Despite all of this, the church should stand fast in the faith.

Second, the church should always abound in the work of the Lord. The persecution and the savage wolves will be sent by Satan for the very purpose of stopping this work. Nevertheless, the church should stay steadfast and immovable and abound in every work. That is, they should not just do some work, they should do an overabundance of work. The church should do all they can to advance and enhance the Kingdom of God.

Finally, the church should know that their labor will not be in vain. Despite the persecution and the savage wolves, the work of the church will go forth and be successful. Jesus’ prophecy that the church will be His witness “to the ends of the earth” will come true (Acts 1:8). Further, if the church will remain steadfast and immovable and abound in the work of the Lord, they will reap Jesus’ promise of “a hundredfold now in this time” and His promise of “everlasting life” (Mark 10:30).

There may be persecutions and savage wolves that have pushed you to the point of giving up your work. Remain steadfast and immovable, for that work is not done in vain.

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