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The Sunday Salon--On Holiday Break

I'm on holiday break all of this week. There will be no posts.
Behind the scenes I have my grandchildren with me all week, other family is expected later.
Starting Wednesday I'll be preparing/cooking/baking for the big Thanksgiving Day meal.

A friend sent me this short poem that I'll pass on to you.

"For howling winds that make me bend
And make me stronger in the end,
I thank you, Lord."

Blissful Thanksgiving!

National Bible Week--November 20-27 and Featuring The Common English Bible--Plus a Chance For a Free Copy!

During National Bible Week November 20-27 I am featuring on my blog The Common English Bible.

The National Bible Association--Encouraging Everyone to Read Their Bible!

Common English Bible Link:

Facebook Group:

For a verse comparison with other Bible translations:

Background information on Common English Bible:

Example Scripture from the Common English Bible:
"The Son is the image of the invisible God,
the one who is first over all creation,
Because all things were created by him:
both in the heavens and on the earth,
the things that are visible and the things that are invisible.
Whether they are thrones or powers,
or rulers or authorities,
all things were created through him and for…

Book Review: The House of Hope, God's love for the abandoned orphans of China by Elisabeth Gifford, Foreword by Steven Curtis Chapman

"It is not how much we do, but how much love we put in the doing. It is not how much we give, but how much love we put in the giving." Mother Teresa
The House of Hope is truly a love story! A love story not in the romantic sense, but in the most beautiful and perfect definition of love there is, agape love. The foundation and meaning of the Greek word agape, is in God and His love for us. As His children we are to love others with the love He has loved us with.
"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another. By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." John 13:34-35 ESV
"Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13 ESV
"Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.&quo…

The Sunday Salon

I've been sick the past couple of weeks with a bad cold, did not completely forget The Sunday Salon posts, I just didn't feel well.

Today is The International Day of Pray For The Persecuted Church
See also Open Doors website.

I completed the goal that I committed to back in January 2011 of reading Romans 10 times in 10 different translations. The last translation I read was from was The Amplified Bible. The Amplified Bible gives the full meaning of original Greek and Hebrew. It makes for long descriptive verses and lengthier reading.
Also finished Philippians and Colossians in my Bible readings, from the NIV. This was the second time to read them this year.
Also in BSF during the past week I read Acts chapter 15 and Galatians chapters 1 and 2 in the NIV.
BSF has covered since early September the first 15 chapters of Acts. Next week we'll be going over Hebrews chapters 1 and 2. The study is The Acts of the Apostles so we are not only studying Acts but other New Testament …

Book Review: The Clouds Roll Away, A Raleigh Harmon Novel Book #3 by Sibella Giorello

"Lifting my face to the cold, I offered up the words. Simple words, known by heart. But they carried the power of dynamite. They were words about daily bread." page 175

Raleigh Harmon is a forensic geologist with the FBI and currently back in her hometown of Richmond, Virginia. Raleigh faces difficult relationships with an old boyfriend, mother, sister, and boss. Raleigh is a stoic character. Often her thoughts and dialogue is written in monotone short sentences, with little staccato. Yet, there are moments when the authors prose (from the thoughts of Raleigh) is written beautifully, for example:
"The ancient elms crystallized and frost crocheted the birches in to lace doilies." page 1
Raleigh seems to categorize her life, transforming when need be in to a stoic business like just the facts detective. She also can transform in to a sensitive caring passionate person.
She notices every detail: counting steps, what type of firearm a person has, height and weight an…

Book Review: Radical, Taking Back Your Faith From The American Dream by David Platt

"I have one desire now-to live a life of reckless abandon for the Lord, putting all my energy and strength in to it." Ed McCully from Through Gates of Splendor
I've had this book in the TBR stack for quite some time, not because I did not want to read it, other books kept pushing it back. Finally I finished reading it yesterday, great book! I've noticed this book has gotten big press or advertising coverage. It is a New York Times bestseller. Many of my Christian friends I've heard chatting about it.

David Platt has written a bestseller I believe because it is a straightforward energy packing push for American Christians to get out of their comfortable chair and live the life we were meant to live IN CHRIST. David Platt explains that the American dream has been to have the "best" in a house, or car, or material possessions we can attain. Added in to this I will state that for the American culture more is considered better. Never mind if you can't a…

Book Review: Lit! A Christian Guide To Reading Books by Tony Reinke

"Scripture is the ultimate grid by which we read every book...we read imperfect books in light of the perfect book." page 26

I enjoyed reading this book, I took 9 pages of notes!
The author makes it quite clear that "the Bible for a Christian should be the number one book read."
He states that Scripture is the only inspired Word of God. But, there is man-made literature that can be inspiring. It is direly important the type of information that we feed our minds, because our minds are a product of what we put in. The author points out that we live in a "graphic society." We are blasted visually with colorful entertaining pictures that can steer us away from the black ink on white pages in a book. Even in magazines and newspapers words are surrounded by enticing photographs.
"The world of sight, the world of the eye, cannot take us beyond what is shown. Because sight can only go so far, it takes words and thought to give the real truth and meaning beh…