Verse of the Day and Devotional 5/13/2021

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Verse of the Day

May 13th, 2021

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As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. – Isaiah 55:10-11 NIV

Devotion

Our father in heaven is the Lord God of heaven and earth. What He says goes. He speaks and things happen. By His creative Word He brought all things into being. By His providential Word He upholds, directs, and governs all things. His Word does not return to Him empty because it failed to achieve what He wanted it to achieve. Rather, it accomplishes what He sends it out to do.

What is true of God’s creative and providential Word is also true of His Word as written down in the Bible. It accomplishes what He wants to accomplish with it. What does God want to accomplish with the Bible? He wants to turn the world back to Him. He wants to tell people how they can get back into proper relationship to Him. Humankind fell into sin and became alienated from God. God had a plan to redeem the world through Jesus Christ and the Bible, in both its Old Testament and New Testament, tells us about that plan.

And God’s written word is not failing to achieve what He wants to achieve with it; it is not returning to Him empty. What began as a small movement in an obscure corner of the Roman Empire has advanced from there throughout the whole world. What began with a few people in an upper room in Jerusalem has advanced from there to include over two billion people. Jesus’ prophetic parables have come true. The small mustard seed has become the largest plant in the garden (Mark 4:30-32). The yeast has worked its way throughout the dough (Matthew 13:33). All of this is because God’s written Word has accomplished what it was intended to accomplish.

And God’s written Word will continue to achieve what He wants to achieve with it until the full number of people are brought into the church. All of us who read and hear the words of the Bible, who speak and proclaim the words of the Bible, participate in the accomplishment of its purpose.

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The title “Exodus” means “going out”. It records the great numerical growth of the Israelites during their enslavement and oppression in Egypt. Moses emerges to lead God’s people from slavery to the Promised Land of Caanan. At Mt. Sinai, God gave Moses the laws which will form the basis for the Covenant between God and the new nation of Israel. They are summarized in the Ten Commandments. The book concludes with a description of the worship centered around the Tabernacle and the Law of Moses.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 5/10/2021

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CrossMatt. 1:6 David was the father of Solomon (his mother was Bathsheba, the widow of Uriah).

I am so thankful today that God does not give up on us and that he brings good out of lives that are not so good. David messed up royal. He got caught up in his lust and it led to adultery and murder. He had it all, the blessings of God and the favor of man, yet it was not enough to keep him from sinning. He took his eyes off of God and let them fall on Bathsheba. What a mess he made of his life for a few fleeting moments of pleasure!

Yet, God is merciful and patient. He did not give up on David. He spoke to his heart and convicted David of his sin. David confessed his sin before God and sincerely sought God’s forgiveness. It was granted to him and God brought good out of the bad mess David had made of his life. David married Bathsheba and out of a relationship that began in adultery, a line of descendants came in which Jesus was born.

No matter what you may have done, or perhaps are now doing, God can clean up your mess and bring good out of it. He loves you and wants to bless you. Blessings flow from confession. God will not bless you as long as you harbor sin in your life. Read David’s prayer of confession in Psalm 51 and make it your own. You will be glad you did.

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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 chaper 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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Spurgeon’s Morning & Evening Devotionals Podcast & Bible in a Year Podcast 5/9/2021

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Organized by month, this devotional has a morning and evening meditation for every day of the year. Although these devotions are short in length, they are filled with spiritual goodness. In just a few sentences, Spurgeon is able to convey the wisdom of Scripture with eloquence and purpose. These daily messages provide Christians with the spiritual energy they need to begin and end each day. Spurgeon weaves a verse of Scripture into each devotion, helping readers draw deeper meaning out of the selected passages. This powerful devotional provides Christians with the spiritual nourishment required to strengthen their relationships with God. Readers will find themselves inspired by Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotionals.
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Prayer Request Board 5/8/2021

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I am forming an additional feature for Christian Nonfiction/Fiction Books … A Prayer Request Board. I looked at multiple groups on Facebook that billed themselves as prayer request groups and the biggest thing I saw was that the group was overwhelmed with nothing but prayer requests, sometimes as many as thousands and both you and I know some of them and to a degree a lot of them will fall through the cracks. I have set up a special email address, prayer_requests@sherrardsebookresellers.com. Please send your prayer request to this email address. Any prayer request that is posted to the group will be deleted. I don’t want the group to be overwhelmed with prayer requests and overrun the stated purpose of the group to discuss, promote and share your Clean Christian Nonfiction/Fiction Books and eBooks. Each week I will post in this announcement the prayer requests received in the last week. This way all group members can see all of the prayer requests and pray over one or more. These requests will remain in this space for one week at which time another group of prayer requests will be posted. So, Starting now, please send your prayer requests to prayer_requests@sherrardsebookresellers.com and starting next Saturday I will post the prayer requests from the previous week. In addition, This announcement will form a blog post that will be posted on Saturdays so this blog post will get to SherrardseBookResellers Newsletter which has mostly different eyes than this group has.

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Christian Books of the Week: Marriage 5/7/2021

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 5/6/2021

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Verse of the Day

May 6th, 2021

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How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver! – Proverbs 16:16 NIV

Devotion

In our country we have an old question: Is it better to have or to know? Everyone agrees that to know is the best.

During my years as chaplain at prison ministry in Albania, many times I worked with groups that had no interest at all in any form for religious studies, so I started looking for things that would attract them. I talked about the man like no other man, a man that became the most reached and influential of all times: Solomon.

My group members started reading the chapters on wisdom and we had a competition on memorizing most of those verses. After the winners were announced, one of the winners of the competition approached me very upset. I thought he wasn’t happy with his prize. He handed me a piece of paper with a very short sentence: “You are too late for me.” I looked at him and said, “I’m right on time. Not my time or your time, but God’s time.”

I believe using Gods wisdom is treasure that we barely use. We all make the same mistakes, trying to use the wisdom we get from our education, family, experiences, and professional life before the wisdom of God. What a mistake! Every earthly experience is valuable, and God uses them in our daily lives. But to build our lives based on the wisdom of God would transform every single detail of our character.

The world has wisdom and stills seeks for it, just like those prisoners. They wanted that wisdom that made a man a great man like no other. We are God’s children. We are called to change a lost world! It’s not too late to seek wisdom from the Lord. Ask for wisdom today!

By Erion Cuni, Bible League International staff, Albania, U.S.

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Does evangelism and witnessing make you uncomfortable? If so, you’re about to be set free … or maybe you’ll become even more uncomfortable.

Using irony, satire, and humor, Jeremy Myers writes Adventures in Fishing for Men as an allegorical story about a man’s quest to become a world-famous fisherman–without ever catching any fish.

As an allegory about evangelism, this book is not about fishing, but about fishing for men.

While a few of the stories are from the author’s own life, all of the stories portray the general Christian approach to evangelism. As you read Adventures in Fishing for Men, you will see yourself in many of the stories, and will either be set free from some of the strange methods of modern evangelistic practices, or you will become upset at how your cherished traditions are being portrayed. But these were the two ways people responded to the parables of Jesus as well.

The nameless fisherman of this book serves as a mirror to all who read of his adventures, shining a light on how far Christianity has strayed from the example set by Jesus.

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Book Spotlight: Genesis: Book of Beginnings (Journey Through the Bible 1) $2.99 Kindle Version 5/4/2021

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Genesis: Book of Beginnings

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Genesis: Book of Beginnings

Genesis: Book of Beginnings

 

This book is a Bible Study of the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for this study is the King James Version (KJV). This Book is the first book in the Series entitled Journey Through the Bible.

This book is a Study Guide for the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for the study is the King James Version (KJV). It is fitting that we should start with Genesis, which is the book of Beginnings. Genesis: The Book of Beginnings is the first book in this series of Journey Through the Bible.

Genesis means “the beginning” and it is a book of beginnings. It records the creation of the world and the beginning of the nation of Israel. Chapters 12-50 focus on one man, Abraham, and his descendants. Abraham, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob are called the patriarchs of Israel. Jacob’s twelve sons are the beginnings of the twelve tribes of Israel. Through Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons, the whole family settles in Egypt.

The word Genesis means origin or creation. Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, is a book of beginnings. It has been said that every major doctrine has its seed or beginning in Genesis. For example, the material universe, the human race, sin, the promise of the Messiah, languages and the Hebrew nation all have their beginnings in the book of Genesis. For this reason Genesis is called the seed pot of the whole Bible. Every great fact, truth and revelation is found in this book in germ form. The book of Genesis is essential to the understanding of all the other books of the Bible.

Moses wrote the book of Genesis about 1500 years before Christ. Moses received the oracles directly from God. They were not handed down by word-of-mouth (Acts 7: 37, 38). God can just as easily tell a person the past as he can the future. The book Genesis covers a time period of nearly 2500 years, from the Creation to the journey of Israel into Egypt.

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