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Snowball Effect

3 Jan

I’ve always noticed that when I make a grand step toward God, He answers my gesture with all kinds of evidence that He noticed.  My commitment to God’s Word for this year produced a growing hunger today — but not for a grilled cheese sandwich or my favorite Doritos.  Instead, I was flooded with a hunger to delve into more of God’s Word.  I really love the Truth.  For instance, when I read a story about the Bible but the story doesn’t get the facts quite right, it bothers me a lot.  The pure Truth is a lot more interesting than altered story details produced by inattention.

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

For example, I read the story of Noah to Aubrianna out of her new Bible today, and the storyteller missed one of the most interesting things about Noah’s story.  It had never rained before — ever, in the history of the world — when he built the ark in the desert.  (When reading the story in a true translation of the Bible just now, I realized that it was through prior study that I learned this.)  So, anyway, Noah was trusting God for an event that had never taken place while being laughed at by the entire population of the world.  But because Noah was trusting in God and obeying Him explicitly, He was rewarded with life, not to mention that his family repopulated the earth!

I want to be sure and mention that part of the snowball effect I experienced today was better balance and productivity.  It was a full and satisfying day, and I do mean in the non-stomach type of way (which is progress).  Practically counting the hours until the new Bible arrives.  There’s no purchase that usually ever excites me as much as a new Bible, and that’s definitely true this time.

From my reading in Matthew today (virtually the same message Noah preached as he built the ark):

From then on Jesus began to preach, “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.[a]”

Matthew 4:17

New Living Translation (NLT)

 

 

Read Any Good Books Lately?

3 Apr

My favorite part of any home is the bookshelf.  I’m among that group which delights in the feel of a book, takes joy in opening a book’s pages, and relishes in devouring a well-written volume.  Words are so powerful that I consider it a privilege to make a living writing.  I have quite a few books, but there’s one book I have multiple copies of – the Bible, of course.

Cover of "The Everyday Life Bible: The Po...

Cover via Amazon

I actually don’t have a count on the number of Bibles I have.  My favorite kind of purchase, which may be obvious, is a new type of Bible that will add a new dimension to reading God’s Word.  Among my Bibles are:

  • The Everyday Life Bible (Amplified Bible featuring notes and commentary by Joyce Meyer).  This one is large and maroon colored bonded leather and still smells like a new book every time I open the pages, which is a direct answer to what may be an actual silly prayer.  Did God answer my prayer, or does everyone’s copy of this Bible perpetually smell like a new book?
  • The Legacy Study Bible, New King James Version, which Hank Hanegraaff is the General Editor of.  The appeal with this book is that there is plenty of room in the margins to write notes.  It’s black bonded leather.
  • The Daily Walk Bible, New Living Translation, include 365 devotional helps that guide readers through the entire Bible in one year.  I love this paperback volume because it gives nice insights about the daily Bible passages.
  • My favorite small, portable Bible is from Tyndale and it’s bonded leather in brown and has a little latch to close it, though my latch is almost severed from the book.
  • There are more, but I’ll share that my only leather Bible is the Charles F. Stanley Life Principles Daily Bible, NKJV.  The soft, supple leather binding is delicious to the touch, and the insights provided by Dr. Stanley are excellent.

Yes, the Bible is absolutely my favorite book and a daily read.  But I also very much enjoy reading other types of books, which I’ll share in a future post.

What’s your favorite Bible?  And if you don’t own your own Bible, let me know.  I have some spares!