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Happy Holidays: It's the Time of Year Where News Magazines Trash Christians and the Bible. Can Any Good Come from Reading and Responding to This? You Be the Judge (Yes, I Delight in the Irony of That Last Part)

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If you catch this on New Year's Eve 2014, great. Otherwise, I fear you will miss it

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What if...: How to Kill Worry and Anxiety Before They Kill You! [Kindle Edition]
The author, Caleb Suko, is a missionary to Ukraine





The Bible: So Misunderstood It's a Sin
BY KURT EICHENWALD / DECEMBER 23, 2014 6:54 AM EST


My reaction:  First, the Newsweek piece has an outdated Bible image. Ecclesiastes reads like very old English, Ecclefiaftes, for example.  Take a look at it yourself and see how unattractive it would be to read a book that you struggled to make out most of the words' pronunciations, let alone a script that is dis-inviting for modern eyes. 
Then, right out of the gate, Eichenwald delivers a broad-stroke characterization of Christians that would make straw men feel inadequate by comparison.  To believe the author, we spend all of our time angrily waving our Bibles at passing cars, spewing hate speech at homosexuals and worshiping granite depictions of the ten co…

Devotionals for the New Year: a Couple's Devotional , Bible Reading Plans for 2015

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Moments Together for Couples: 365 Daily Devotions for Drawing Near to God & One Another
What a great buy at $1.99 on the Kindle! Check your device to see if there is a deal for you (i.e. Vyrso, Kobe, etc.)
My review:  
Dennis and Barbara Rainey do an outstanding job with this devotional.  My wife and I have the hardback copy.  We have used it for years.  This devotional is one of our staple buys for a wedding gift to Christian couples.  
Each day of the year has a special devotional.  This is especially nice for the days that are missed since you aren't missing a regular flow if you don't get to that particular devotional segment this year. There is a verse at the top, the devotional, a point to discuss and then a suggested prayer.  I believe you will love this devotional and it will help you in your marriage.  
Bible reading plans posted on Beacon2Light previously that are still active (use the link below for the children's one). There are LOTS of great choices!
There are …

Science Makes the Case for a Designer, The Christmas Truce of World War One, a Root Language to the Indo-European Family of Languages Can Be Seen as Supportive of a Young Earth View

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Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God
The odds of life existing on another planet grow ever longer. Intelligent design, anyone?
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ERIC METAXASDec. 25, 2014 4:56 p.m. ET


Eric Metaxas' book on Miracles

A little late for this Christmas but I always loved this story. Perhaps you could file it away for next Christmas as a sermon, Sunday School or Bible study illustration.  Even your kids may marvel at the story next Christmas:

The Christmas Truce
THE PRINCE OF PEACE, THE DESIRE OF NATIONS
By: Eric Metaxas|Published: December 24, 2014 6:00 AM
Here is the ad that Eric Metaxas references that does a dramatization of that truce



Family Tree of Languages Has Roots in Anatolia, Biologists Say
By NICHOLAS WADE
Published: August 23, 2012

Beacon2Light: Check out the proposed dates for the beginnings of this root language. Sounds a lot closer to a biblical, literalist interpretation of Creation (and is helpful to the view of a Tower of Babel confounding of languages) just several thousand years ago …

How a Tear-Stained Christmas Can Be a Great Christmas: Suffering, Pain and the Holidays

“I hate Christmas.” I heard those words at a store recently. I think I was just as surprised as the man who was with the woman who said this.

My mind raced at the moment. Why? More than likely pain, loss or suffering experienced in a past Christmas season or on Christmas day even, perhaps even, a lifetime of pain was the reason.

I rejected the sentiment. Isn’t this a sinful reaction to real, legitimate suffering? How does one rise above our painful experiences to find joy in the anniversary of the loss of a loved one or abuse or . . . ?

Maybe theology is to blame. If God is real, then suffering eases or even disappears, right? Surely, if God could remove pain, and He is loving and compassionate, then isn’t it logical that those He loves wouldn’t feel its sting?

Jesus came into this world introducing pain. Did you ever think about that? Mary was fine without the angel’s announcement complicating matters. She was betrothed to Joseph, a good man, a godly man, one who would be th…

Free Kindle Book on Influential Christians of History, House of David Inscription Found, Saudi Arabia to Give Death Penalty for Bible Distribution? Taliban School Attack Kills Nearly 150, Arizona Teacher Mocks Jesus, Exodus: Gods and Kings Getting More Negative Reviews in Christendom than Noah? Most Americans Ok with "Enhanced Interrogation," Sydney Cafe Terror and Two Heroes, Romania's Revolution in 1989

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Daryl Aaron


House of David inscription, part of the “Assyria to Iberia at the Dawn of the Classical Age” exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
“the earliest extra-biblical reference to the House of David.”




Report: Islamic Saudi Arabia Passes Law That May Impose Death Penalty on Bible Smugglers
December 16, 2014 | Filed under: Law & Government,Persecution,Top Stories,World | By: Heather Clark


Taliban storm school in Pakistan in revenge attack


The sad truth: more than 1,000 schools attacked by the Taliban in Pakistan in the past five yearsArizona Biology Teacher Mocks Jesus, Creationism, in Lecture Slide


Imagine the outcry if he mocked Mohammed or Islam. This is the modern, dysfunctional, hypocritical definition of tolerance.





O Ye of Little Faith
'EXODUS' GOES HEAVY ON THE ACTION, LIGHT ON THE SUPERNATURAL

By: Ruth Anderson|Published: December …

Christmas Story in First Person Re-telling, How a Pro-Exodus Film Review Convinced Me All the More Not to Watch It, Ebola Medical Professionals Get TIME's Person of the Year; Frank Wolf Named Daniel of the Year

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Touching Wonder: Recapturing the Awe of Christmas [Kindle Edition]  FREE for a limited time
John Blase

As summarized on Amazon:  This bold retelling of Luke 1–2, based on Eugene Peterson’s Message translation, reads like a novel and invites readers to experience the Nativity with fresh wonder.

To Eugene Peterson’s The Message Bible translation, John Blase adds his own storytelling voice, exploring the familiar events from multiple first-person viewpoints. What emerges is the intimate story of unlikely people—a frightened teenaged girl, a worried carpenter, a collection of senior citizens, a disillusioned young shepherd—meeting up with the divine as they bumble and stumble toward the realization that the little one just born is the One.

This retold story of Word made flesh invites readers to react appropriately—with eyes opened wide in wonder, jaws dropped in amazement, and hearts rejoicing. The beautiful design and Amanda Jolman’s lively line drawings make this book a fitting gift as well …

Leader of Pearl Harbor Attack Later Converted to Christ; One of the Doolittle Raiders Converts to Christ and Learns to Forgive

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Leader of Pearl Harbor Attack, Turned Christian Evangelist

By: Shane Morris|Published: December 8, 2014 5:25 PM
This Japanese military man had, as Bennett puts it, "embraced the God of his enemies."

"When I mention this to people," he told me, "nearly everyone is quite shocked, not only that it happened, but that [they've] never heard about it."

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From Vengeance to Forgiveness: Jake DeShazer's Extraordinary Journey


After the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, Corporal Jacob DeShazer became a man bent on revenge. As a bombardier in the Army Air Corps, he volunteered for a top secret mission and flew with the legendary Doolittle Ra…

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Love into Light: the Gospel, the Homosexual and the Church

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By its endorsements, this looks like a book you can trust. I bought one and I am looking forward to having a class discussion on it among our teens and young adults. 

Why Believe the Bible by John MacArthur

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The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes us by the Events in our Lives
 by Ravi Zacharias 
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Devotions for Advent: Meditations Based on Best-Loved Hymns by Morgan, Robert J.
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What ever happened to Rob Bell, the pastor who questioned the gates of hell? Sarah Pulliam Bailey


“If Christianity were outlawed and a mob amassed to burn Christian books, ‘The Zimzum of Love’ would not be at risk.”  part of, Florida pastor, Dave Harvey's review on the Gospel Coalition. 



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What Do You Think of Me? Why Do I Care? by Edward T. Welch - ends today! (also free on Barnes and Noble, CBD, Google Play, Kobo, Bookshout)
Peer pressure, codependency, shame, low self-esteem; these are just some of the words used to identify how people are controlled by others' opinions. Why is it so important to be liked? Why is rejection so traumatic?

Edward T. Welch's insightful, biblical answers to these questions show that freedom from others' opinions and genuine, loving relationships grow as we learn about ourselves, others, and God. This interactive book includes questions for individual or group study and is suitable for teenagers and young adults.
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Edward T. Welch, M.Div., Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). He has counseled for over twenty-five years and is the best-selling author of many books including When People Are Big and God Is Small;Addictions: A Banquet in the Grave; Blame…

Praying for Ferguson: Some Facts about the Situation to Inform Your Prayers

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New Item 12/06/14:
‘I Do It to Please God': Missouri Christian Cleans Up Ferguson Following Riots
An excerpt:  Terrence asked God, "What can I do?" and this is the response he believed he got from the Lord.

“It’s not just about white or black,” Williams stated. “It’s about all walks of life. I met people who wanted to shake my hand just to say thank you for cleaning up. I’ve met business owners that expressed to me how they felt… It’s just been an awesome experience and it’s just been amazing.”

He outlined, however, that although he has received much applause for his service to the community, he only seeks to please an audience of one.

“Everything that I do, I try to do it to please God,” Williams said. “Everything I do, I try to do it to make Him happy.”

“Since I was a little kid, I always knew that my life had a calling,” he stated. “I want to be able to go out there and spread positive information and help those that may be in danger. So, from the age of seven, I se…

Websightings: Free Shipping on Orders before Dec. 4 with CBD, 40% off VeggieTales and Free Shipping, Putin's Chess Game with Finland and Sweden, Benghazi Report May Impact Presidential Race, Human Rights Campaign's Homosexual Founder Charged with Abuse of Boy

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THE UKRAINIAN WAR
Putin Targets the Scandinavians
ANDREW A. MICHTA




Benghazi consulate attack: Report clears US response

The inquiry by the Republican-run House Intelligence Committee also said there was no intelligence failure and no delay in sending a CIA rescue team. My note:  this removes a serio…

A Great Thanksgiving Read for You and Your Family

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Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving
[Kindle Edition] Eric Metaxas (Author)

Print Price: $6.99
Kindle Price: $1.99 (save $5.00 off of regular Kindle price)


My review:  A delightful and heart-breaking story about a child's journey from his peaceful tribe in what is now Massachusetts to being taken hostage and sold into slavery. Follow Squanto from those innocent early days in America to Spain where he is sold as a slave and then to England where he is able to return home. See God's providence in placing Squanto into the hands of Christians who treated him well and understood his desire to return home. Read how God used him back in his homeland to help settlers escaping persecution in Europe survive in an unfamiliar new land. A great Thanksgiving day read for you and your family.

For those concerned about how it appears on the Kindle, I read it on my Kindle for PC with no problems. Everything was right where it belonged and the story flowed nicely.

Websightings: Vicious and Bloody Attack Kills 4 Jews Praying in Their Jerusalem Synagogue, Speaking to Your Boys about Kardashian, Russian Ministries Changes Its Name, Holiday Stories and Single Parent Encouragement

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Jerusalem Terror Attack Leaves 4 Jews Dead, 8 Seriously Wounded and the 2 Palestinian Attackers Dead

Utilizing a pistol and meat cleaver, two Palestinians committed an act of vicious and murderous hatred on a prayer gathering of 25 in a Jewish synagogue in Jerusalem.

The amount of blood at the scene gives a sense of the terror and the atrocity committed there. 
Word is that this in the pre-1967 portion of Jerusalem, not what the Palestinians often call "occupied" Jerusalem.

Fifth person dies
Abbas condemns (but calls for end to Jewish provocations)
Hamas justifies, applauds and calls for more
(source)
Palestinians Celebrate in Gaza with treats in the streets

The 4 Killed Were Rabbis, 3 with dual US Citizenship and the 4th with British-Israeli citizenship
4 Widows and 24 fatherless with one act of terror


Russian Ministries Becomes Mission Eurasia
outspoken ministry in the Ukrainian conflict changes its name to avoid confusion as to its allegiance/mission
5 Things I Plan To Tell My Teen…

Free Kindle e-book (a devotional for your family), another on evidence for God's existence and a third on whether the Bible is homophobic, genocidal and racist both for 99 cents each.

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Old Story New: Ten-Minute Devotions to Draw Your Family to God
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Marty Machowski
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Marty Machowski has done it again! This book, along with the earlier Old Testament devotional book, Long Story Short, is another masterful devotional book for families. It is simple without being shallow. It is theologically robust without being pedantic. It is comprehensive without being overwhelming. Best of all, it is doable for busy parents with children. -- Dr. Tedd Tripp, Pastor; conference speaker; best-selling author of Shepherding a Child's Heart


Does God Exist? 
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William Lane Craig 68 pages for 99 cents Philosophical and scientific evidence for God


Is the Bible Sexist, Racist, Homophobic, and Genocidal? [Kindle Edition]
Jonathan Morrow (Author)
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Length: 31 pages
a short but important read for engaging in our culture
By the way, this is just a chapter of his ll chapter book en…

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Dangerous Calling: Confronting the Unique Challenges of Pastoral Ministry [Kindle Edition]
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A Free Grace Primer [Kindle Edition] Zane Hodges (Author)

3 books in 1, 524 pages for a mere 99 cents Original price was almost $10.00. Not sure if this is a limited time offer. Whether you agree with Hodges, this is a great deal. As one reviewer noted, he is known to be fair and gracious to those with whom he disagrees, something he didn't often receive in return

Romans: Deliverance from Wrath[Kindle Edition] Zane Hodges 99 cents for a commentary on Romans Description on Amazon: Since the time of Luther, Paul’s epistle to the Romans has been understood as an evangelistic letter, where salvation was understood as a synonym for justification.

But Zane Hodges understands the letter differently. He sees a difference between justification and salvation, between eternal destiny and eternal rewards. Those who are justified still need to be …