Perhaps it’s because they’re tiny, or perceived as less interesting than the much-read Major Prophets, poetic books, Gospels, and the longer epistles of Apostle Paul, but these 7 books rarely get any love. If you rarely ever (or never!) read these books, then perhaps this is the year you should plan to read with an open heart and listen to what God is saying. Check them out HERE.
Last year, 221 followers of Christ voted in a poll I tweeted: “Where do you need to improve the most in 2017 by God’s grace?” Of that number, 39% voted prayer, 38% Bible reading/study, 15% life application, and 8% service/ministry.
I can certainly relate with the desire to pray more and pray better. Prayer is our lifeline to God, and all through Jesus’ life on earth, we see Him model the praying life.
Reading the Bible with The LA Family (LA- Learn & Apply) has been one of the most rewarding, life-changing experiences for me. Here are just 5 reasons I recommend it:
One: Food is better enjoyed with family, and this applies to spiritual food as well. You’d be hard pressed to find a more vibrant, loving, awesome family to read God’s Word with than The LA Family.
Two: The LA Family devotional rocks! As short as the devotional pieces are, they are rich, well-written, and applicable to real life. Then there’s the good ol’ memory verse we thought we left behind in Children’s Sunday School; seriously underrated, I tell you!
Three: Wonderful new friends! As a person whose real wealth is in people, I have The LA Family to thank for a couple of the dearest I now have in my life. Reading God’s Word with grounded, authentic, real and caring brethren has led to more blessings than I could have imagined.
Four: You read the Bible more when you read with The LA Family. When we were children we read one or two verses daily and that was okay, but as we grow in the Lord we need to build our muscles, and that requires taking in more. Are you grown enough to read one or two chapters of the Bible every day? You can’t know unless you try. Join us.
Five: You’ll grow by sharing. Yes, everyone in The LA Family gets to share what they learn from God’s Word, and that not only gives you a chance to be a blessing to others, the very process of preparing the “meal” (or small chops as the case may be) blesses you and causes you to grow, too.
Esther is one of my favourite books of the Bible, and if you’ve ever taken time to read it, this won’t sound strange to you at all.
Esther was a Jewish girl who was not only an orphan but also a displaced person- a slave in foreign Persia along with her fellow Israelites. Her older cousin Mordecai raised her, and together they submitted themselves to be used by God, bringing about a great deliverance for Israel.
It’s a short book you can finish in one evening. Here are 6 parts of the story that fill me with joy, wonder and worship.
The Bible has something to say about most, if not all the challenges that we face. Anger is a strong emotion that we are all familiar with, and scriptures are by no means silent on it. What does the Bible say about temper and managing anger? Continue reading…
We all know the story of how Esau lost his birthright; you can read it in Genesis 25:27-34.
Jacob did not steal Esau’s birthright, nor was it given to him. It was sold to him — he bought it.
How did Jacob manage to get such a bargain? He negotiated well while Esau negotiated very, very poorly. Here are a few lessons we can learn from what happened between them. Continue reading…
Are you waiting on God for something? I am, and last week I found this message from a precious old friend that reminded me of what the waiting of true faith really is:
“Faith, like Love, is an ACTION VERB. The waiting of true Faith is not some passive relaxing and ‘looking out’ for the blessing, but a fervent PRESSING into the promise, with repeated VERBAL declarations of that which we have prayed and believed.
It also implies a conscious and diligent preservation of a state of moral and spiritual purity, and clarity between the desert and the palace, as well as a violent and aggressive resistance of the enemy, of temptation, satanic bargains, distractions, fainting, double-mindedness, doubt and unbelief.”
Selah…pause, think deeply on this.
Stand in faith.
Growing up, my worst fear was marrying the wrong man.
Haaaay God! I feared the thing more than the apocalypse. I never said anything about it to anyone because I wasn’t sure they’d get why a teenager should be worried about such a faraway thing, but it was a very real fear for me. Of course we know that a failed marriage, though traumatizing, is not the end of the world, but in my teenage mind, marriage to the wrong person was the end of one’s life. As far as I was concerned, it was all downhill from there, a nightmare from which one could never wake up. Then one day… Read more
I still have the journal I kept when I was a younger woman. I recently decided to go over it, and I made some interesting discoveries.
My essence, thankfully, is still the same, and I still have the precious friendships that I cherished 10, 20 years ago. Yet, in the midst of so much to be grateful for, I experienced some bittersweet emotions as I read through accounts of unrequited love, betrayal, new love, and hopes for the future.
If, somehow, I could reach out to the woman I was then, these are the words I would say…Read more
“What shall I bring to the Lord, the God of heaven, when I come to worship Him? Shall I bring the best calves to burn as offerings to Him?
Will the Lord be pleased if I bring Him thousands of sheep or endless streams of olive oil? Shall I offer Him my first-born child to pay for my sins?
No, the Lord has told us what is good. What He requires of us is this: to do what is just, to show constant love, and to live in humble fellowship with our God.”
-Micah 6: 6-8
Not every time “Sow a worthy seed! Give an offering that will move God!” Sometimes give Him what He actually wants.