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Book Review: Salvation Accomplished By The Son The Work Of Christ by Robert A. Peterson

"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it." John 1:1-5 ESV

The Word is logos and "it conveys the notion of divine self-expression or speech and has a rich OT background. God's Word is effective: God speaks, and things come in to being, and by speech he relates personally to his people." ESV Study Bible Crossway, study notes, page 2019.
God has expressed himself through and in his Son Jesus. Jesus is "the Word that became flesh and dwelt among us." John 1:14 ESV

This begins our study of Salvation Accomplished By The Son the Work of Christ!

The introduction is an important starting point on what the author calls, "our journey." I love it that he invited us; we are …

The Sunday Salon

Good Sunday to you!
I've had a busy past week with my dad that lives with me and I care for. He has had a large boil on his chin. I took him to an urgent care clinic last week, they lanced it, bandaged it up, and dad is on 2 antibiotics. This morning it looks much much better and we are both relieved.
Pray he will continue with good recovery.

During the past week, and I'm still reading along in Professor Grant Horner's Bible Reading System, although I've read ahead in some books of the Bible.

Currently I've read through:
Genesis 29
Judges 5
Psalm 29
Isaiah 29
Mark 1
1 Corinthians 12

The books of the Bible I finished reading during the past week:
Joshua (24 chapters) on January 24
Job (42 chapters) on January 29
Proverbs (31 chapters) on January 29
Ecclesiastes (12 chapters) on January 29
Song of Solomon (8 chapters) on January 29
Matthew (28 chapters) on January 29
Acts (28 chapters) on January 29
James (5 chapters) on January 21
1 Peter (5 chapters) on January…

Book Review: Not In The Heart by Chris Fabry

This is the fourth book I've read of Chris Fabry's. In each of his books (all well-written) his main character's are "different," even controversial, certainly
stimulating, and leaves the reader long after the book is finished still thinking and pondering them. Not In The Heart is in line with my before hand statement.
Truman Wiley is not a likable character, and that's an understatement. He has a lengthy list of character traits that are intolerable. He is not a malicious character. He is lost. He is like a sheep without a shepherd. Please read Matthew 9:36 and John 10. Truman is addicted to gambling. In this spiraling out of control addiction he has just about lost everything he'd had. Truman's teenage son Aiden is in the hospital with a sick heart. He is waiting for a heart transplant. The donor is Terrelle Conley, a man on death row that proclaims he is innocent. Truman has an older daughter Abigail. Abigail is a wounded little bird, yet veils it…

Book Review: A Passion Redeemed, The Daughters of Boston Book 2 by Julie Lessman

Charity O'Connor is the main character in A Passion Redeemed. She is a young woman, just barely out of her teens. Most of her family has emigrated to Boston in America. Charity has stayed in Dublin, Ireland with her grandmother. The time period is on the cusp of World War I 1918-1919. Charity has an older sister Faith. Charity and Faith have had a difficult relationship since they were young children, and since book one in this series they are not speaking. Charity is bold, careless, demanding, calculating, manipulative, passionate, voracious, fiery, temperamental, does not think but reacts, and beautiful. She has set her goal, and throughout this book it is the thrust, of marrying Mitch Dennehy. Mitch is a more mature aged man, a journalist, a man that has a past history of loving women a little too much. Mitch understands his weakness, especially for Charity, he fights his lust and desire, but his fire is rekindled in her presence. Charity uses this reaction to her advantage ev…

Book Review: Never The Same, The Untold Story of One Soldier's Personal Encounter With a Suicide Bomber by B.C. Fleming

"Because we believe in a cause higher than self, we chose to serve our country fully understanding that this service could result in our death. Few who have never served their country will ever understand a soldier's heart." General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

B.C. Fleming or Brian, made the decision to enlist in the Army during his senior year in high school. After high school graduation, he was in basic training in Georgia, then sent to South Korea for his first duty station with the 2nd Infantry Division----Second To None!

He "served as a machine gunner in a Mechanized Infantry platoon. Brian felt that this period of training shaped his life." After he "returned back to the United States he was assigned to 10th Mountain Division, 4th Brigade at Fort Polk, Louisiana and was in a Scout/Sniper Platoon as a Team Leader." Brian shares his training with the 10th Mountain Division. He shares how he met and fell in love with his wife Jamie. Shortly after their…

The Sunday Salon

Yes, I know I am writing this on Monday morning, but yesterday got away from me before I had a chance to finish The Sunday Salon post.

Yesterday I finished day 22 on the Professor Horner's Bible Reading System. I'm not new to daily reading through the Bible in a year, and I was not looking to do something different other than the same way I was comfortable with in reading the Bible. Yet, I'd heard about this system on Tim Challies blog, as well as on Facebook, so I thought I'd give it a try. For the first 18 days I thought this system was okay, I persevered onward trying to keep my commitment. Reading from 10 different places in the Bible seemed to be too much. But an interesting thing happened about day 18, I really had grown to like this system! I have to admit I was surprised by my change of heart. There is something extra special about saturating my mind and spirit with 10 different chapters of Bible readings. I also have noticed how often what I read in 1 chapter …

Book Review: Chasing Mona Lisa by Tricia Goyer and Mike Yorkey

In Book One, The Swiss Courier, the reader was introduced to Gabi Mueller and Eric Hofstadler. They work for the Swiss OSS
(Office of Strategic Services) as agents. Gabi's father is American and her mother is Swiss. Gabi and her family have made Switzerland their home. During World War II Switzerland remained neutral. American forces worked with the OSS as an espionage intelligence group---a forerunner of the CIA.  In the Swiss Courier Gabi and Eric meet and develop strong feelings for each other while working a case.
In Chasing Mona Lisa, Gabi and Eric, are sent to Paris, France in August 1944, in order to stop a German heist of stealing a valuable piece of artwork, the famous Mona Lisa painting. Many pieces of artwork had already been stolen and taken back to Germany. 
In Chasing Mona Lisa we are also introduced to other characters: Bernard Rousseau a French resistance fighter, and Colette Perriard that works at the Louvre. Bernard and Colette are a couple. Also, Antoine Celes…

The Sunday Salon

Good Sunday Morning to you!
Today was day 15 of Professor Grant Horner's Bible Reading System. Currently, and according to the plan I'm reading in at 10 different places in the Bible, I have read so far: Genesis the first 15 chapters, Joshua the first 15 chapters, Job first 15 chapters, Psalm first 15 chapters, Proverbs the first 15 chapters, Isaiah also the first 15 chapters, Matthew first 15 chapters, Acts first 15 chapters, and Romans first 15 chapters. I've completed 1 and 2 Thessalonian, and 1 Timothy. I read ahead and finished 2 Timothy, Titus and Philemon.
I've also finished reading Hebrews. This is the first time completed for this year. I plan to read through Hebrews once every month in 2012, for total of 12 times, all in different translations.
All the above readings have been in the Common English Bible.
Are you familiar with the Common English Bible version? The three Bibles I use most often are the NIV Study Bible (2008 edition), ESV Study Bible, NASB St…

Book Review: Deliver Me From Evil, Freedom Series Book 1 by Kathi Macias

Today is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day--January 11, 2012

Abolition: the act or process of abolishing or being abolished.
Abolitionist: one who favors the abolition of a practice or institution, esp. of capital punishment or slavery.
Slave: a person who is the legal property of another or others and is bound to absolute obedience; a human chattel. A drudge; a person working very hard. A helpless victim of some dominating influence.
Slavery, bondage, captivity, servitude, imprisonment, confinement, duress, oppression, repression, subjugation, domination, yoke, restraint, fetters, shackles, chains, bonds, irons.
Definitions from Oxford Pocket American Dictionary of Current English
and The Synonym Finder J. I. Rodale

UNICEF "reports that across the world, there are over one million children entering the sex trade every year and that approximately 30 million children have lost their childhood through sexual exploitation over the past 30 years." Quote from Lisa L…

The Sunday Salon

Good Sunday morning to you!
If you are new to my blog, The Sunday Salon, is a post where I give my readers an update on the previous weeks Bible reading.
It is also a keen way for me to be accountable.
Through Becky @ Operation Actually Read Bible she is hosting a Perpetual Bible Reading Challenge, and Operation Deepen Faith Challenge.
A few links for more information:
I have committed to reading through the whole Bible this year, reading Hebrews 12 times in 12 different translations, and in reading all of the New Testament during the week before Easter. 

I am doing something a little different in 2012. Instead of making a list of all of the OT and NT books, and as I read them they are crossed off my list. I stumbled across, through Tim Challies website, a new …