Showing posts from December, 2014

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)

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

My reaction:  First, the Newsweek piece has an outdated Bible image.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

Moments Together for Couples: 365 Daily Devotions for Drawing Near to God & One Another
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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

Science Increasingly Makes the Case for God
The odds of life existing on another planet grow ever longer. Intelligent design, anyone?
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
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
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…

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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

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

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

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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What ever happened to Rob Bell, the pastor who questioned the gates of hell? Sarah Pulliam Bailey

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