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Happy Thanksgiving!

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The Apple of Your Eye

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Over the past week, November 17th through 23rd, I read:
Psalms chapters 124, 125, 126, 127, 128, 129, 130, 131, 132, 133, 134, 135, 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143, 144, 145, 146, 147, 148, 149, 150. This completes the challenge hosted by Becky @
http://operationreadbible.blogspot.com

Also read: 1 Corinthians chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. Scripture read from ESV.
2 Corinthians chapter 1. Scripture read from ESV.

"Then I saw a new sky (heaven) and a new earth, for the former sky and the former earth had passed away (vanished), and there no longer existed any sea. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, all arrayed like a bride beautified and adorned for her husband; Then I heard a mighty voice from the throne and I perceived its distinct words, saying, See! The abode of God is with men, and He will live (encamp, tent) among them; and they shall be His people, and God shall personally be with them and …

[Review] The Finished Work of Christ: The Truth of Romans 1-8 by Francis A. Schaeffer

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Title: The Finished Work of Christ: The Truth of Romans 1-8
Author: Francis A. Schaeffer
Publisher: Crossway September 30, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: Frances Schaeffer teaches from the first eight chapters of Romans.
Format: Hardcover
Age: Adult
Pages: 240
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Crossway for purpose of review.

I'm often amazed at some books who have more publicity than others. The Finished Work of Christ is a diamond among a sea of books. 

In The Finished Work of Christ, Francis Schaeffer teaches from the first eight chapters of Romans. These were originally recorded teachings that have now been published. I'm anxious to read the next book which will be the other half of Romans, chapters nine through sixteen. The key verses for this section of Romans is found in Romans 1:16-17, "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of…

The Apple of Your Eye

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"The Apple of Your Eye" is the new title of my weekly postings of Bible reading.
The title is from Proverbs 7:2
"Keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye;" The past week I read Romans chapters 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. From the English Standard Version also known as the ESV.

Also, working my way through Psalms with a challenge hosted by Becky at Operation Actually Read Bible. The goal is to read through Psalms during the month of November--with the emphasis of thanksgiving to the Lord.
This past week I read Psalms chapters 76, 77, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92, 93, 94, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110.
All Scripture read from the ESV.

For the twelfth time this year I read Revelation. This final time was read from the large print Amplified Version. All twenty-two chapters were read.

A Gospel Presentation by Steve Lawson:

[Review] Sober Mercies by Heather Kopp

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Title: Sober Mercies
Author: Heather Kopp
Publisher: Jericho Books May 7, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction, memoir
Theme: Christian author strives for sobriety and healing from past.
Format: Hardcover
Age: Adult
Pages: 224
Rating: 5 Stars
Source: Free copy from Jericho Books for the purpose of review on this blog and at The Christian Manifesto.

Link for review at The Christian Manifesto.

I've never read a book that is as transparent, raw, in my face with conviction, as Sober Mercies. Weeks after reading this book I'm pulled back to the memory of it. I'm reminded of a deep insight Kopp wrote, or a wretched moment she shared from her life, or something she expressed that stirred in my mind things from the past. Heather Kopp is a Christian, author, wife, mother, alcoholic. She spent twelve years as an out of control, yet carefully trying to stifle and hide, alcoholism. The mask she wore began to crack, she no longer had the energy required to keep up the pace in hiding the alcohol…

Weekly Readings, November 3rd Through 9th 2013

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Yesterday was a "mile stone." I reached 1000 posts for this blog!
I want to thank all of you for your support, readership, prayers.
Marching onwards to another 1000 posts!

The past two days I've been hard at work on what I call "blog maintenance".  I tweak my two blogs often, but at the end of each year heavy grooming is done. You've probably noticed several changes. If any blogging friends have been left out from the Blogroll, please contact me at: bellevieanne@gmail.com. The sources and links given will hopefully be of help.
Last year when Bible reading updates were posted it was entitled, "Sunday Salon". Later the heading was changed to simply, "Weekly Readings". I'm looking for a new title, reading the Bible is not just any type of weekly reading, nor a Sunday Salon. The following words I'm thinking of using for my new title and I'd like input from you?
DecreeRefugeThe WordFortressThe Enduring WordThe WayLogos Or maybe n…

Blue Shutters- This Momma's House: Blog View: A Well- Watered Garden & Impressions In...

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Blue Shutters- This Momma's House: Blog View: A Well- Watered Garden & Impressions In...: Today we have a two-fer! Yay. Two great blogs with one woman behind the scenes. It is my pleasure to introduce to you Annette, the author be...

[Review] God Is Able by Priscilla Shirer

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Title: God Is Able
Author: Priscilla Shirer
Publisher: BH Publishing Group in October 2013
Genre: Non-fiction
Theme: "Nothing is impossible with God."
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781433681912
Age: Adult
Pages: 176
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Free copy from Icon Media Group and BH Publishing Group.


Author bio: http://www.bhpublishinggroup.com/authors/authors.asp?a=Shirer_Priscilla

Summary:
I've had close friends read Priscilla Shirer's books and taken part in her Bible studies, but I'm late in coming to the banquet table (so to speak). She has a spark of enthusiasm that is part cheerleader and a whole lot of passion for Jesus Christ.

Shirer begins with addressing what all humans have at some point in their life-a behemoth of a problem they cannot "fix or solve". She compels the reader to confess it and say it aloud. Then in the following pages she proves God is able to handle any and all problems. The focal passage is from Ephesians 3:20-21,
"Now to him w…

[Review] Doing Time With Charlie by Kay Page

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Title: Doing Time With Charlie
Author: Kay Page
Publisher: Deep River Books, October 3, 2013
Genre: Non-fiction, Memoir
Theme: Woman begins a relationship through a pen-pal program with a man in prison.
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 978-1937756956
Age: Adult
Pages: 192
Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Free copy from Deep River Books and Bring It On Communications, Tell Us The Truth Reviews.

Link @ Tell Us The Truth Reviews: http://www.tellusthetruthreviews.com/dt_catalog/doing-time-with-charlie/

Book Website: http://www.doingtimewithcharlie.org/

Summary:
Kay began writing to a prisoner named Charlie Page, an inmate at the Maine State Prison. She hoped her church would begin a new mission project ministering to prison inmates. A prison pen-pal could be a link to begin this ministry. Through letters Kay began a deeper bond, one she had not anticipated. Their blossoming relationship revealed many surprises to Kay.
Charlie's honesty about his crime. Prison system, its culture and language.A pre…

Weekly Readings: October 24 Through November 2, 2013

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This past week I read:
Acts: chapters 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28. From the ESV Study Bible by Crossway.
From J.B. Phillips Translation I read Revelation for the 11th time this year: chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 9, 20, 21, 22.
On November 1, I began reading from Psalms for the Treasury of Truth Reading Challenge.
So far I've read Psalms 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. All Scripture from the Gospel Transformation Study Bible ESV by Crossway.

I love this song! Medicine for my soul.