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Christian Books of the Week: Evangelism 12/31/2021

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by Russell Sherrard

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 12/30/2021

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Verse of the Day

December 30, 2021

Scripture

When the water in the skin was gone, she put the child under one of the bushes. Then she went and sat down opposite him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot, for she said, ‘Let me not look on the death of the child.’ And as she sat opposite him, she lifted up her voice and wept. – Genesis 21:15-16 ESV

Devotion

Take a moment to read the first 21 verses of Genesis 21. Sometimes we get the impression that people who trust Christ, read their Bibles, pray, and attend church live calm and peaceful lives amid the turmoil around them. But the biblical data really does not support that conclusion. Like Sarah, Abraham, Hagar, and Ishmael, we find our lives in a constant test of stressful choices. Many of these force us back to total dependence on God. And such is the life of faith.

With Isaac’s birth came laughter that had not permeated through the tents of Abraham for years. Laughter is a theme carried throughout this eventful baby shower. In fact, Isaac’s name means ‘laughter’ in Hebrew. This indeed was a time of rejoicing for everyone. But quickly, rejoicing turned to mocking (v. 9). Ishmael may have been mocking as a result of an older sibling, adolescent mentality, but it is also possible that he was old enough to realize that all his hopes of inheritance were dashed because of Isaac’s birth. That, along with so much other baggage in the tense relationship between Sarah, Abraham, and Hagar, made Sarah’s demand for Abraham to “Cast out this slave woman with her son…” such a stinging rebuke and an unspeakable grievance on Abraham’s part. Under God’s direction, Abraham sent Hagar and their son Ismael away, and she departed and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba (v 14).

And so, we come to the two verses in our verse for today. Hagar and Ishmael’s physical resources are used up with no foreseen possibility of replenishment. Their emotions are depleted. Their thoughts and actions portray attitudes of complete defeat. There are no words from either of them, only wails and weeping from both. What we are left with is the reality that, during periods of pleasantness, rejection and trouble rear their ugly heads, and we are left wondering how we got there!

The rest of the story tells us God provided bountiful resources that met Hagar and Ishmael where they were. There is God’s presence. He hears their cries for help (Ishmael’s name means ‘God hears’ in Hebrew). He even calls Hagar by her name! There is God’s peace. He knows how each of them are feeling and calls for them to “fear not.” There is God’s provision. He calls for Hagar to “look up” and see the well provided for refreshment. All of this means He will sustain His promise toward them.

This story is not shared as a nicety of how God worked in the past, but as a marker for how we can respond when up against the troubles of this life. Through our faith we affirm the presence of God, we rest in the peace He gives through His Word, and we ask and seek His provision for the resources needed to carry us through. The pathway of such faith is not easy, but in faith we believe it is bountifully available.

By Bill Niblette, Ph.D., Bible League International Staff, Pennsylvania, U.S.

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Book Spotlight: Interactive Romans Road King James Version Kindle Version 12/28/2021

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Interactive Romans Road

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Interactive Romans Road KJV

Interactive Romans Road – King James Version

Long Ago, when the Roman Empire was at the height of its glory, a common saying was “All Roads Lead to Rome.” I want to tell you about a very special road — a road that existed then and still exists now. This road, now almost 2,000 years old, has never led to Rome. Yet, strangely enough, it is called the Romans Road.

This takes the reader to selected passages in the Book of Romans in the Bible to explain the plan of Salvation. This is the ideal way to share the gospel using your Kindle. The reader can also read the entire book of Romans un-interrupted.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 12/27/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossMatt. 14:25-29a About three o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water. When the disciples saw him, they screamed in terror, thinking he was a ghost. But Jesus spoke to them at once, “It’s all right,” he said, “I am here! Don’t be afraid.” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you by walking on water. “All right, come.” Jesus said.

Has life ever frightened you, really frightened you? Usually we get scared the most when the unexpected happens and we think we are in danger. Circumstances can really overwhelm us. We get ourselves into situations that we can’t handle and we imagine the worst. We don’t see any way that it can be good and we get scared of what might happen. It causes us to pull back or run away from our circumstances.

Yet, there is Jesus. For those of us who know Him, there is nothing to fear. His very presence reassures the soul and calms our fears. When we fix our thoughts and hearts on Him, there is a peace that takes over and enables us to put things in their proper perspective. Instead of seeing the bad that might be, we see the good that is.

When we fixate on the Lord, we begin to see ourselves as able to do what we thought was impossible. We no longer fear what is going on around us, we step out boldly where we have never stepped before. No matter how stormy things may be, with our eyes fixated on Jesus we can handle them. It’s when we take our eyes off the Lord and look at the storms and what we are trying to do that we begin to sink and drown.

Jesus bids you to step out into the stormy waters and take His hand. Trust Him and you will overcome. You can do it because the Lord says you can.

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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: Evangelism 12/24/2021

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Verse of the Day and Devotion 12/23/2021

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December 23, 2021

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God is my strength and power, And He makes my way perfect. – 2 Samuel 22:33 NKJV

Devotion

Our verse for today is part of a song of praise and thanksgiving that David wrote early in his reign over Israel. The song is almost identical to Psalm 18. God delivered David from his many enemies, including King Saul, and the surrounding pagan nations. He trusted God that the promise of his anointing by the prophet Samuel would come to fulfillment and the moment had finally arrived. His heart, as a result, was full of gratitude to God.

God had been David’s strength and power. During the time between his anointing by Samuel and its complete fulfillment at the time of our verse of the day, David had gone through many trials, troubles, and tribulations. During it all, God had been his strength and power. God gave him what he needed to prevail over everything that had come against him. God had also been his strong fortress. God protected David from every attack of his enemies. Rather than writing a song in praise of all his accomplishments, David knew that all the praise, glory, and honor belonged to God.

And God had made his way perfect. One translation of our verse of the day says, “and keeps my way secure” (NIV). During the period of his ascent to the throne, God had made David’s way sure and true. There were many obstacles in the way that could have side-tracked him or stopped his progression, but God cleared the path and made the way plain to him. God also made his way secure. God had made sure that the pathway David took to the top was one that would not fail or lead him astray.

Every one of us is on a journey like David. We are moving from the promise of God’s call on our lives to the point of its fulfillment. There are many obstacles and difficulties along the way. If we trust in God, then we can count on Him being our strength and power; a strong fortress to protect us from every form of opposition.

And we can count on God to make our way perfect.

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Book Spotlight: Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version Kindle Version 12/21/2021

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Interactive Romans Road

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Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version

Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version

The World English Version of the Holy Bible. Now with superior navigation of any Bible in the Kindle store. I have included a “Table of Contents” as part of this book. Each verse of the entire Bible has a link. With just 3 clicks from the Table of Contents you can get to any verse in the entire Bible. If you are at a point where there is not a link to a verse, you can always push the cursor wheel on the Kindle 1 or the 5-way on the Kindle 2&3 and a pop-up menu will appear in which you can go to the “Cover”, “Table of Contents”, or “Go to the Beginning”. Choose either of these options to navigate to certain portions of the book. In addition, the words of Jesus are in red.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems from Pastor Jim 12/20/2021

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CrossMatt. 13:11-12 Then he explained to them, “You have been permitted to understand the secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven, but others have not. To those who are open to my teaching, more understanding will be given, and they will have an abundance of knowledge. But to those who are not listening, even what they have will be taken away from them.”

Not every child of God gets it. In fact, most don’t seem to get it at all. Most seem to be content with very little understanding to the deeper things of faith. Most do not dig very deep into God’s Word on their own. Their Bible knowledge is confined to what they may learn from Sunday School or a Sunday sermon. If they are really ambitious, they may even learn some things from a group Bible study. But, few believers are students of God’s Word on their own so they miss out on much of the deeper truths of the Word.

In order to learn the things God wants us to know, we must be open to what He wants to teach us. We must want to learn before we will learn. The more open we are to learning, the more we will learn and understand. Spiritual growth and maturity only happens when understanding takes place. The more we grasp of God’s Word, the more God gives us. There is no shortcut to spiritual growth. We must desire to learn and put in the time and effort to learn.

Jesus made a very sobering statement in this passage today. He said that if we are not listening, what we do have will be taken away from us. We may hear what God is saying, but if we aren’t paying attention to it, we will lose what understanding we have. Is He saying that we will lose the faith we have if we don’t listen to Him? Maybe. Remember, He is speaking to His disciples here.

The key point is that we must not get the idea that learning is an option for the believer; it is an absolute necessity. If we are not learning, we are dying. We will never survive spiritually if we are not listening to what God is saying and seeking to understand and live it. We cannot remain faithful on our own; we must avail ourselves of all the resources God provides for us that we can.

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 – Disabilities/Evangelism 12/17/2021

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Verse of the Day and Devotional 12/16/2021

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Verse of the Day

December 16, 2021

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Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. – 1 John 4:8 ERV

Devotion

I read a story of an interesting experience that happened in a church. One Sunday morning, parishioners quickly ushered themselves to a special service. Excitement was in the air and was apparent in the animated conversations amongst them. Nods, hugs, and greetings were happily exchanged as the congregation took their seats to begin the service. The worship team took the stage, and wow, the worship this morning sounded different, more powerful than services in recent past.

After the congregation took their seats, the lead elder of the church continued with the program. A certain man walked into the church and sat down at the back. He was welcomed with cold stares from members seated near him. People even moved away and sat elsewhere. He looked disheveled, hair unkempt under a dirty hat and he carried with him an unpleasant odor so strong that those near him held handkerchiefs to their noses.

Shortly after, an announcement was made from the pulpit, “It is now my privilege to welcome our new pastor on to the podium.” Whispers filled the air again, necks craned as people turned to look where the elder motioned his hand. The disheveled looking man stood up and gingerly walked to the podium. He was welcomed with a hug to the amazement of the congregation.

In John 15:12 Jesus says, “‘This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you.'” Jesus was speaking to His disciples shortly before He was taken to be crucified, and these words carried a lot of weight. Jesus was reminding the disciples how He lived His life as an example for them to follow. In His dealings with people, He did not discriminate or look down on anyone that came to Him, regardless of their societal position.

It was love in action. Jesus represented God, who’s character is love. God’s very nature is love. Our verse for today alludes to the fact, that a person that loves, shows it by action. It implies that a person must make a conscious choice to love or not to love. Therefore, he who refuses to love does not know God. He who chooses to love knows God because love is the very nature of God. When we love, as believers, we reflect the very nature of who God is. We are being Christians when we love one another and this speaks of a relationship with the Lord. It does not matter who it is, where he or she comes from, or their standing in society, we ought to love them.

Now, back to the story of the church. The new pastor introduced himself to the congregation amid sobs that emanated from the rear of the church. The entire congregation was in tears. The pastor was in tears, too. They were convicted in their hearts of their sin. Repentance and prayers of forgiveness to the Lord and to the pastor rang through the air.

There was healing that day in the church, and the worship and praise was on another level. As a result of this experience, that church established an outreach ministry to the less fortunate in their community and a revival broke out. The love of God was seen in the actions from the members to the community and many souls were saved. The church had to start more services to accommodate their growing numbers. Praise the Lord!

When did you last demonstrate the love of God to those around you? Take a step today and show the hurting world the love of God.

By Felix Wandera, Bible League International staff, Kenya

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