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Monday, March 29, 2010

God's Promises Fulfilled

Do you have a special verse that you cling to when life gets hard? Do you sometimes need to be reminded that God HASN'T forgotten you and that He DOES keep His promises? That was stated unequivocally in today's reading - but, like an infomercial, WAIT! There's more!

Today Wendy challenged everyone to post their favorite promise of God at the top of their comments. As of right now, more than 20 verses have been posted, with more coming in all the time. Wendy also linked two websites that are full of His promises to her comment section. If you're one of those card-carryin' Bible verse-readin' ladies, don't miss this chance to see a wealth of God's promises all on one place - no searching or concordance necessary. :-)

Wendy also requested prayer for the P31 family. Melissa Taylor's mother's funeral was today, and there have been three other deaths in recent weeks, as well as job loss and health issues. The Executive Director's best friend's son is also in need of prayer - he's an eight-month-old baby named Gabriel with a brain tumor behind his ear. His parents are Chris and Rhonda. Please remember them in your prayer time.

Don't forget that tomorrow we'll be meeting to discuss 'A Can of Peas' at Isabelle's at 8 PM! Diana, if you read this, I haven't forgotten you - I'm just not done yet. Having trouble focusing my eyes with all of this pollen floating around ... off to try again.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

"The Chronological Guide to the Bible" published by Thomas Nelson

The Chronological Guide to the Bible walks the reader through the Bible book by book. Each section contains historical information pertaining to the events of that book, as well as a timeline and summary of the book's individual background.

The Chronological Guide to the Bible definitely adds a great deal of background information to Biblical reading. Timelines, summaries, further information, commentary style, help fill in the full picture of what each particular Biblical era looked like. The information seems reputable and I have seen no disagreements with Scripture.

With that said, I was disappointed with how short each section is. The Bible does have 66 books, but each related section is only 3-4 pages in this guide. In addition, while there are sometimes pictures of particular items being explained, there are no maps of the changing borders boundaries, or travels taken at any time. Being able to see how this part of the world changed during Biblical times would have enhanced this book greatly.

The Chronological Guide itself is of very high quality. With thick, glossy pages and full color illustrations, the book is beautiful.

This book would be a wonderful addition for a new Christian or for someone trying to read through the Bible for the first time.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC's 16 CFR, Part 255.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Reading It Daily

I've heard recently that several of you have gotten a bit behind with your reading. No, I'm not complaining - I know how easy it is for that to happen! - but Wendy talks about it today in her video. She gives a little pep talk and shares about why she thinks it's so important to be reading His word each day - and even to keep a copy with you at all times. Be sure to check out her blog and watch her video!

Also, if you've ever wondered why we no longer follow the OT dietary guidelines, that's been heavily commented on since Tuesday. Today Wendy talks about that in her blog, too, and the comments continue. If you've got pork tendencies and you're not sure about them, be sure to check it out!

I hope that all of you are feeling better! Since we had to miss again, may I propose something? If you have prayer requests, could you go ahead and forward them on? I'd hate for us to miss prayer time for those who need it. Thanks!

See you next Tuesday at Isabelle's!

Monday, March 1, 2010

The Verdict is In ...

and we're meeting for dinner next Tuesday - March 9th! We'll meet at my house at 6:30 for dinner and some girly fun time with Betsy Durand, a very wise seminary grad who's agreed to let us pepper her with our questions from the Old Testament. Looking ahead, we'll have read Genesis, Exodus, Job, Leviticus, some of Chronicles, and lots of Numbers by that time. Make a list of any questions you may have and come ready to solve some of those ancient mysteries ... well, maybe not, but I'm sure Betsy will be able to shed lots of light on them, at the very least.

Oh, and bring your appetites! :-)

That means that tomorrow, March 2nd, we will meet at 8 PM at Isabelle's to discuss what we're reading about right now. See you there!