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Fragrance of Life

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"How sweet Your Word is to my taste-sweeter than honey to my mouth." Psalm 119:103
"Your Word is a lamp for my feet and a light on my path." Psalm 119:105
"I have treasured Your Word in my Heart so that I may not sin against You." Psalm 119:11
All Scripture from CSB

Do you have a hunger and thirst for God's Word?
Is your Bible on a book shelf, or amongst your "other things" laying on your dresser? Maybe you keep your Bible in your car, ready and convenient for next Sunday. Maybe your Bible is in your closet, way up on the top shelf, behind all of the keep sake treasures you have collected in your life. Maybe you think often about reading the Bible but don't quit get around to doing it, after all you are really busy, you have good intentions.
Stop looking at Bible reading as a chore, or another thing to cross off your list of "to do things."
How are we going to know God, know what He is like, and what He wants to tell us, if we are no…

Bible Reading Challenge

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Home of Mary in Ephesus

Tomb of John the Apostle

Bible Reading Challenge, formally known as Wednesday's Challenge. Today I caught up on my daily Bible reading, I finished reading the Gospel of John and read the first chapter of Acts.

It has been said that in John's Gospel John is never visible (his name is never mentioned) but Jesus is always visible. John is the 4TH Gospel and the last that was written, it was written by the Apostle and also one of the 12 Disciples, John. It was written sometime between 80-100 A.D. John wrote this Gospel when he was living in Ephesus, in modern day Turkey. The reason for writing this Gospel is stated in John 20:31, "but these are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in His name." ESV John stresses that Jesus is the Son of God, He is also very much human, He gets tired, hungry, sad, loving and in pain. The Gospel is divided in to 4 parts; the prologue, signs, p…

Question Of The Week #12

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Question Of The Week#12 from Operation Read Bible http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com

"Do you ever find yourself conflicted when reading books, does your faith ever stand in the way of you enjoying other books - secular books? Do you try and read only Christian books? Do you read secular books regularly? Have you ever enjoyed a book but hesitated to share it with your Christian friends? Do you think you should judge a book critically looking through the lens of faith...or do you think that fiction is fiction and that it's just a story? When does entertaining become dangerous?"
Great questions Becky!

I have learned to take very seriously the images that I choose to replay in front of my eyes; I am a very visual person and I have a sensitive spirit, and it does not matter if it is a movie, or a book I am reading, I know I will be affected by what I have seen. I also do not want certain input toying around with my thinking, or inviting trouble especially in the erotic aven…

Update

My dad was sick and in the hospital, he is home now and feeling better; please give me a few day's to get "caught up" then I will be back posting.
I am reading "The Shack" by William P. Young, "Riding" by H.S. Cross, "The Six Miracles of Calvary" by William R. Nicholson, "Kept For The Master's Use" by Frances Ridley Havergal, "Evelina" by Fanny Burney, and "Mark of The Cross" by Judith Pella.

"The End Of Reason, A Response To The New Atheists"

"The End Of Reason, A Response To The New Atheists" by Ravi Zacharias

This book was written in response to recent atheist theme books written recently by:
Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins.
I have not read any of their books and will not, too many books, and too little time for me to spend reading trash. "Garbage in garbage out." I am aware that was a snotty remark, but I am being honest.
Ravi could have been a court room attorney, he has the ability to express himself and withholds no punches in his confrontations in answering some of the questions raised by atheists. Ravi has traveled all over the world in his international ministry. He speak from both a heart for and a knowledge of people from other religious belief's, this gives him an astuteness that not many in the Christian community have. His book is a clear and concise retort to atheists.
Many unbeliever's are in hopes that Christians will stay in the back corner and keep our mouths …

"Is That You God, A Taste Of Discerning The Voice Of God"

"Is That You God, A Taste Of Discerning The Voice Of God" by Priscilla Shirer

This mini book has 61 awesome pages on discerning and understanding God's voice. The book has 5 chapters and all of them were my favorite. The author gives great insight on distinguishing our conscience that we hear, from the voice of the Holy Spirit. She writes that we should always wait for confirmation in what we are hearing from God, we should ask Him for that confirmation.
I could quote and quote from this book, but I cannot; I wish I could memorize it, but will instead use it often for reference. I am though enticed to read more of her books and her Bible study.

"Deeper, Living In The Reality Of God's Love"

"Deeper, Living In The Reality Of God's Love" by Debbie Alsdorf

This book is written with deep insight on several issues that women deal with: divorce, caring for an elderly parent, the death of a parent, identity and self worth, fear, anger, friendship and support, and the feeling of not being able to measure up. In the book after each chapter there are great discussion questions that can be used for individual or group use.
At the beginning of each chapter the author uses many great quotes from other Christian author's.
"You have a God who hears you, the power of love behind you, the Holy Spirit with in you, and all of heaven ahead of you." Bob Coy
I enjoyed this book immensely, I have chosen it to be one of the books my Church will read for our book club this summer.

"The Beginner's Guide To The New Testament"

"The Beginner's Guide To The New Testament" by William Barclay

This is a small book but packed with information about every New Testament book. William Barclay was a master writer in Bible commentaries; you can read many other commentaries gaining information, then read Barclay's books and everything comes together, he clarifies and brings understanding to New Testament passages.
Barclay writes that "Luke is a scholar of the New Testament, careful investigation and research, an apologist for Christianity and a defender of the faith, a first century Church historian."
"Acts was written with political aim, historical aim and theological aim."
The letters of 1 and 2ND Timothy and Titus are now considered Pastoral letters, but in the beginning they were known as letters of affection.
My dad has the entire collection of William Barclay New Testament commentaries, also several other books written by Barclay, all of them are wonderful!

Question Of The Week #11

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Question Of The Week #11 from Operation Read Bible http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com/ "Have you ever watched Vegie Tales? If yes do you have a favorite episode? A favorite character? A favorite song? Do you think it's good biblical fun? Or do you think its just silly and more a waste of time?" I am going to stumble and stumble on the questions for this week, because I have never watched a "Vegie Tale" episode. I am aware of them, I know that kids love them, I know that my 2 grandchildren love them, that is all. Heavy sigh!

Wednesday's Challenge

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It has rained all day, dark, dreary, windy and cold. I am not complaining, we need the rain desperately. I love the sound of the rain, it is soothing, calming. We have not had any thunder or lightening, just the constant steady fall and dripping of rain.
In my daily Bible readings I have moved in to the Gospel of John, reading John chapter 6 today.
In John chapter 4 is the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well. Jesus talked to her about "living water," the "living water" is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit comes to live in a person that has accepted and believed by faith in Jesus, as the Christ the Son of God. The Holy Spirit sets His seal on the believer as ownership. In this verse Jesus is using the term "living water," to represent the Holy Spirit as the quenching and satisfying indwelling of the Holy Spirit in a believer. We were created with a need deep within us to have fellowship with God, it is the Holy Spirit that lives within us that…

"Rock Harbor Series, Abomination"

Book four in the "Rock Harbor Series" is "Abomination" by Colleen Coble

A woman in trepidation is fleeing her attacker, she has been violently beaten, she is cut and bleeding, she has a young child with her. Bree Matthews and her young son find this woman and her young child walking on a deserted road, they offer to help in what appears to be a dire situation, and they drive her and the young child to their home. The young woman cannot remember her name, nor where she lives, nor her past, nor of the vicious attack. Bree and her husband Cade Matthews (both introduced in book one of Rock Harbor Series) work to help her find out who she is, and to protect her. The book from the beginning does not leave the reader to doze, the author keeps the reader on the edge to find out who the attacker is, what is the mystery of her past, and as the story unfolds the esoteric reason behind the attack.

Question Of The Week # 10

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Question Of The Week #10 from Operation Read Bible http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com/

Do you remember your first Bible? How old were you? When did you first begin reading the bible? Do you remember liking it? loving it? finding it too frustrating? too boring? too intimidating? Have your feelings changed through the years?

My first Bible was given to me and dated in the Bible 10-1-1967, I was 3 1/2. The Bible is the size of my hand, full of wonderful vivid color photo's. It has the New Testament only, published by Cambridge At The University Press. The binding and covers are in excellent condition, inside it appears that little Annette wrote on a few of the pages. My earliest memories of this Bible is that I was so proud of it, and now, I still love to look at the pictures, the familiarity of it is comforting. I do not remember when I first started reading the Bible, my parents took me to Sunday school from the very beginning of my life. I remember Bible drills, scripture memor…

Wednesday's Challenge

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Wednesday's Challenge is an update on my reading the Bible daily. I am taking part in a challenge to read the Bible through this year, from Operation Read Bible http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com
I finished reading Luke 22 today, I am nearing the crucifixion. Luke 19:41 "And when He drew near and saw the city, He wept over it." Do you weep over the lostness of people? Do you weep over the sadness that is weighing them down because of their lives? Last night I attended a Bible study taught by a very well known female Bible teacher and speaker. When the program was over I stood in line with several other women all of us for various reasons. My reason is that my dad had adamantly requested her autograph. While I stood in line I had an eye opening and life changing experience, I was impacted by the amount of hurting, crying women that looked so helpless, "like sheep without a shepherd." I heard no conversations, but I studied their facial expressions, their post…

Question Of The Week #9

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Question Of The Week #9, from Becky @ Operation Read Bible http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com

"Where do you go for comfort? When you're feeling sad? Anxious? Depressed? Out of sorts? Where do you turn when life has got you down? When you're feeling lost and disturbed to borrow a term from good-old-Wycliffe? Do you turn to God? Do you turn to your family? Your friends? To food? To chocolate? To exercise? To a book? A song? A Movie? Your teddy? These days do come to all of us, and it has always been interesting to me to see how different people cope, coping is an important skill after all! If and only if you feel comfortable sharing, answer a few of these questions I don't want to make anyone feel to exposed or vulnerable. But this is big, really big, and sharing ideas and thoughts could be helpful, you know..."

Once upon a time I had a lot of dependence on what others thought of me, their reaction, their acceptance of me, another words if they thought I was oka…

Fragrance of Life

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"But thanks be to God, who in Christ always leads us in triumphal procession, and through us spreads the fragrance of the knowledge of Him everywhere. For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing, to one a fragrance from death to death to the other a fragrance from life to life. Who is sufficient for these things?" 2 Corinthians 2:14-16 ESV

How seriously do you take the words that you publish on your blog?
Do you pray before you click the publish post button?
It is easy to take up a platform of speech on our own little piece of blogosphere. We can become enamored from the pride of being published and that people are actually reading what we have to write. This is toxic thinking.
Our focus as a Christian is to glorify Jesus Christ, not ourselves. We have a great tool at our finger tips, we have the ability to proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ, we can share what Christ has done in our lives, and we can share with a hu…