Bible Reading for the Passion Week

This week is known as the Passion Week, the final days and events leading to the crucifixion of the Son of God, Jesus Christ. Something I have not done before that I plan on doing this year is reading the events chronologically as they happened during the last week of Jesus’ life before the cross.

I have found two Bible reading plans that may help you as you begin this week. One is a suggestion for you personally and one may work for your family.

Family Bible-Reading Plan: Continue reading

Product Review: TV Guardian

Back in October of last year our family purchased a TV Guardian. I have found it to be such a help to our family that I thought I would do a product review on the blog to be a help to our church families.

What is a TV Guardian?

A TV Guardian is a small, DVD player sized box that you connect to your TV or cable box. Depending on the strictness of the settings you choose, the TV Guardian mutes your TV of foul language using

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What Defines You?

John 17:14-16 I have given them thy word; and the world hath hated them, because they are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. I pray not that thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world.

What defines you?

A paraphrase of the final verse reads; “They are no more defined by the world than I am defined by the world.”  

What’s the big deal?  Everybody thinks that way!

But, everyone talks that way!  Everyone texts that way!  Everyone’s seen it!  Everyone does it!   Jesus speaks to that type of thinking here.  No: everyone who is godless talks that way.  Everyone who is godless texts that way.  Everyone who is godless visits those sites. Everyone who is godless watches those shows.  Everyone who is godless treats their parents and authorities that way!  What a radical difference in thinking! 

Here is the big deal!  Christians are defined by God’s thoughts.

Jesus says, that Word of God makes the radical difference.  When we receive the “Word” we no longer join the world’s ways because we think godless thoughts.  Instead of being defined by the world we were redefined according to the very words (or thoughts) of God. 

At salvation, we exchanged our plans for a good and loving God (who has better plans).  Now, we have been given, the good plan of God for mankind (the gospel).   Our purpose is to fulfill His purpose: bringing men to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.    But it won’t be easy…

Jesus prayed for you.  You were going to need it!

Jesus was telling his followers to expect the same animosity that he experienced.  In fact, Jesus prayed for you, not to remove you from these difficulties but that amidst them, you would not fall to the ever present godless thinking of your age.  Jesus asked the Father to help you endure the temptation of ungodly (or  “godless”) thinking.   

Someone has already endured it!

 I am not defined by this world:  This was the basis of his prayer.  Jesus endured every temptation of godless thinking in the exact same manner that you or I would.  By depending on the Father, he not only to provide the perfection we needed in order to be with Christ, but also reminds us that it is possible for any Christian who is living dependent on the Father to be defined by God’s thoughts rather than the thoughts of this world.

So, what has defined you this week?  What will define you today?

Day 5: Consider His Glory – Praise Emphasis Week

Philippians 2:5-11  Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:  Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God:  But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:  And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherfore, God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:  that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;  And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. 

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Free Friday Give-Away

The Herbster Evangelistic Team have just released their latest recording, a children’s cd, titled Come, Children Join to Sing. We had Mike and Mark Herbster for revival meetings in 2008. We look forward the next time we host them for revival meetings. Their latest recording is described on their website:

The Herbster Cousins sing some of the great hymns of the faith.  Songs include: I Sing the Mighty Power of God, All Things Bright and Beautiful, Holy, Holy, Holy, Great is Thy Faithfulness, Our Great Savior, Here is Love, This is My Father’s World and many others.

In order to enter to win your free copy of Come, Children Join to Sing, simply do two things: 1) state why you should win a children’s hymns CD in the comments section, and 2) either tweet it below (if you have a twitter account) or put a link to on your Facebook wall to www.bethellife.wordpress.com (you’re on the honor system)

If you don’t have a Facebook or Twitter account simply make a comment and we’ll let you enter the contest.

Family Resources on the Internet

There are many advantages to living in the Information Age. One of them is the ability to access information regarding a wide assortment of topics that are a help to the Christian and Christian family. Here are some links that will be a help to you and your family:

Children

Kids 4 Truth is an interactive, Christian website for kids. From coloring pages to Bible stories, my kids enjoy the animated videos, called dynamations. These short videos effectively communicate essential Christian truths for children in relevant, entertaining yet biblical manner.

 

Wonder Zone is another interactive website that your kids will enjoy. Animated Bible stories, games, daily devotions and many other activities your kids will enjoy.

 

Answers in Genesis for Kids If you’re children have questions about evolution vs. creationism. Check out Answers in Genesis for Kids. They have a unique and interesting way to teach biblical truth in a way that children enjoy. Continue reading

Finishing the Year Right

Well, Christmas is over. No doubt, by now, some Christmas toys have broke. You may have already returned a few gifts and you’re wondering when you’re going to take down the Christmas tree.New Year’s is just a few days away. In the middle of days off, the holidays and putting away Christmas decorations I want to give a few thoughts on finishing 2010 the right way.

  1. Spend some time reflecting on the blessings of 2010. Praise God for provisions, personal spiritual growth, family, friendships, Jesus.
  2. Spend some time reflecting on the failures of 2010. At times this can be painful. Don’t meditate on the failures as some sort of penance, but rather to understand why those failures came about. Was it a character flaw, a communication failure, selfishness?
  3. Don’t wait until January 1 to start reading your Bible. Continue reading