Free Holiday E-book from Family Life (Ministry of Cru), Daily Advent Devotionals

Prepare for the Christmas season

With useful tips and ideas, biblical reminders, and encouragement to view Christmas from a heavenly perspective, Celebrate Christmas covers a wide range of topics to help you prepare for the Christmas season, including:
Managing expectations
Dealing with in-laws/extended family
Offering hope for those who grieve at Christmas
Reducing (or avoiding!) holiday stressors
Finding ways to serve Jesus by serving others
And more

This Christmas season, spend time with your family and loved ones focusing on what’s important—worshiping the Savior, helping others, and enjoying the blessings God has given you.

Celebrate Christmas, a free e-book from Family Life 

Advent Devotional 
Come, Let Us Adore Him: A Daily Advent Devotional

Kindle Edition
Hardcover $16.19

The Dawning of Indestructible Joy: Daily Readings for Advent  Kindle Edition  $3.99   Paperback $7.99 by John Piper

Puerto Rico Needs an Apology, a Huge Investment in Help and a Reason to Believe This Will Never Be Our Response Again

While areas of Texas and Florida impacted by hurricanes were back on their feet within weeks to a few months, Puerto Rico still languishes a year later. Surely a superpower of our abilities could have done better regardless of the logistics of handling a crisis on the island. Thankfully, there were many who helped. Below you will see some of those described. 

I would also encourage you to pay attention to the areas recently impacted by Hurricane Florence. Here is the page from Samaritan's Purse if you would like to help. 

Puerto Rico revisited, nearly one year after the hurricane

Puerto Rico: 3,000 Churches Damaged, Fewer Christians Left to Rebuild
Attendance drops as 400,000 island residents move to the mainland.

Christian Aid Ministries

Samaritan’s Purse Provides Aid to 351,000 Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico (Press Release)

FCA SERVES PUERTO RICO WITH HURRICANE MARIA RELIEF When disaster hit Puerto Rico, Ricky Ufret engaged FCA in helping bring relief and clean drinking water …

Help! My Church’s First-time Visitors Aren’t Coming Back for Future Visits

If the title of this review is the lament of your church, then this book is for you and help is on the way. Thom Rainer, president and CEO of LifeWay Christian Resources, wrote this book based on information received from hundreds of first-time guests who visited Bible-believing churches. He asked why the guests didn’t return after their first visit. Rainer then listed their top ten responses. This book is a wake-up call to churches who feel that they are friendly churches but may not realize that a first-time visitor may draw the opposite conclusion. This book will help churches see things from the viewpoint of a first-time visitor and improve your church’s appeal to those looking for a house of worship to make their spiritual home.

Did you know that opting out of a certain method of getting your name out there or doing it poorly may result in your church not even getting a chance at 7 out of 10 potential visitors? In other words, a large majority of visitors may not even consider yo…

Ingenuity, Daring and More Than a Few Good Men Helped to Win the War of Independence: a Book Review

Angels in the Sky: How a Band of Volunteer Airmen Saved the New State of Israelis a great book I would recommend. If you love history, love Israel and marvel at the miracle of the Jewish nation’s rebirth and successful fight for survival, this book is for you. It is an especially appropriate read as we near the 70th anniversary of Israel’s independence.
It was only a few years after the Holocaust when the Jews declared their independence on May 14, 1948. The modern state of Israel was born. However, five neighbors were determined to defeat the new country and the balances were weighed heavily against her. One of the reasons for this was that each of those nations had well-equipped militaries while Israel did not and international law forbade the importation of arms and able bodied men into the area of conflict. However, Jews and Gentiles, many of whom fought in World War II, volunteered to be the fledgling air force of the new Jewish state. Amazing efforts were brought to bear to find …

Websightings: Free and Great Priced E-books

Free Warren Wiersbe's Exodus from his Bible study seriesAmazon also on Google Play, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook and Faithlife

Jim Burns and Doug Fields' Getting Ready for Marriage for $2.99Amazon also on Google Play, iBooks, Barnes and Noble, Christianbook and Faithlife

It's Not My Fault: The No-Excuse Plan for Overcoming Life's Obstacles for $4.99Amazon  also in hardcover from as low as 25 cents
Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah for 99 cents Amazon Note: look for other Edersheim works for 99 cents when you click on the link

Billy Graham: Biographies, articles of note, Billy Graham library and his memorial service

Billy Graham: A guidestar for preachers, as well as millions of followers

America's Pastor: Billy Graham and the Shaping of a Nation by Dr. Grant Wacker, Duke Divinity School

Just As I Am: The Autobiography of Billy Graham
by Billy Graham
I read this after I borrowed it from our local library years ago. It is a very good read.

The Billy Graham Library

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s invocation at Madison Square Garden Crusade in 1957 

Russell Moore on Billy Graham's Life and Influence

A Farewell to Billy Graham, pt. 1 of his memorial service (above)

A Farewell to Billy Graham, pt. 2 of his memorial service (above)

Go inside the story of an unlikely messenger who touched the world with the message of Christ. "Billy Graham: An Extraordinary Journey" airs Sunday, March 4 at 7 p.m. ET on Fox.

Valentine Deals and Ideas

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Even though he was born without arms or legs, Nick Vujicic created a "ridiculously good life." But after dating disappointments and a failed relationship, he reached his mid-twenties worried that he would never find a woman to love him and share his life. Then Nick met Kanae and everything changed. But even with undeniable chemistry, they would have to navigate twists and turns worthy of a romantic comedy before becoming "one" in marriage. In Love Without Limits Nick and Kanae tell how they improbably found each other, fell in love, and then fought to overcome skepticism from others about their relationship. Filled with practical insights that will benefit any couple, this inspiring book describes a godly courtship and the early years of the Vujicics' marriage and parenting journey.

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With astonishing vulnerability that engages readers from the first page, John a…