Lincoln’s Proclamation of Thanksgiving

Abraham LincolnWashington, DCOctober 3, 1863An excerpt from Abraham Lincoln’s Thanksgiving Day proclamation.I do therefore invite my fellow-citizens…to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next as a day of thanksgiving and praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings they do also…commend to His tender care all those who have b … [Read more...]

The Grass is Greener for Good Stewards

Sometimes it’s tempting to think about the life we’re working toward. We can’t wait until _____________ (fill in the blank). That something could be school, a better job, a bigger paycheck, a newer car or house, or better health.Don’t get me wrong, these things can motivate us sometimes when we feel overwhelmed, and can help to stay on track.  But when the ‘next phase’ is all that we think about, we risk losing sight of what we have in front of us. Is the grass always greener? The idea that … [Read more...]

10 Places You Can Get a Free Bible

The Bible gives hope, changes lives, and encourages people each and every day.  The Word of God is living and active and still applies to us today.The Bible says in Galatians 1:8: But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! If you are new to Christianity, understand that the only true word of God is the Bible itself.  No other books are needed to support the truth in the Bible.  If anyone tries to su … [Read more...]

50 Bible Verses About Faith: A Hebrews Chapter 11 Bible Study

Our small group is doing a Bible study on Hebrews and this week was Hebrews 11, the faith chapter.  Most people turn to this chapter when they’re looking for bible verse about faith.  Just the first verse in Hebrews chapter 11 gives us a great definition to help us understand the answer to the question, what is faith?Now faith is being sure of what you hope for and certain of what you do not see. - Hebrews 11:1Bible Study on Hebrews Chapter 11: The Faith ChapterThere are quite a few Bible v … [Read more...]

Free Resources to Help You Seek the Lord

In 1 Chronicles 16:11 NASB we are called to "Seek the Lord and His strength; Seek His face continually."Here are four resources that I've been using to try to do this. And the best part about each of them is that they're free.1. Blue Letter BibleI like BlueLetterBible.org because as I read a passage of Scripture, I'll usually come across a word whose meaning is not so clear to me. Fortunately, the Blue Letter Bible has a concordance and Hebrew/Greek lexicon linked to each verse. This … [Read more...]

Obedience to the Lord is a Good Thing!

When you see or hear the word “obedience,” what picture comes to your mind? Do you think about the relationship between a child and a parent? An employee and a boss? Student and teacher? Do you see this obedience done with a spirit of willingness? Or is it done grudgingly?I’m sure there are many instances when obedience is done happily. But in my experience, obedience is more often done with a spirit of hesitancy.More specifically, I’m referring to us ourselves as followers of Christ, and … [Read more...]

How I Memorized Over 500 Bible Verses in One Year

When it comes to memorizing scripture, the Psalmist put it best in Psalm 119:11 I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against thee.That’s just one of hundreds of Bible memory verses that many children memorize in Sunday school.  It’s still a scripture that has stuck with me throughout the years along with many others.In my high school years, I gave up sports for a different activity – Bible Quiz.  For those who have never heard of Bible Quiz, it’s an activity in the A … [Read more...]

Go to The Ant You Sluggard

“Go to the ant, you sluggard; consider its ways and be wise!”  Proverbs 6:6Ouch!  Talk about an insulting verse.  I’m a human being, and my intelligence is being compared to an ant?! :)This is one of those verses that people love to quote, but hate to hear.  The truth is that most of us could afford to be reminded of these verses every now and then.Making Goals Like an AntEvery time the New Year comes around, you can almost count on these two items to make it to most people’s resoluti … [Read more...]

The Story of Oil, Gold, and Chapter 13 Bankruptcy

Two college roommates graduated and each started on their career paths.  One became a successful business owner and made a good income while the other was much less successful and could barely hold a job for more than a year at a time.The two of them hadn’t seen each other for twenty years and ended up crossing paths at a café, so they had lunch together.  During their meal, the successful business owner shared how he had grown his business and had become well off financially.  The ‘less … [Read more...]

The Grass is Greener for Good Stewards

Sometimes it’s tempting to think about the life we’re working toward. We can’t wait until _____________ (fill in the blank). That something could be school, a better job, a bigger paycheck, a newer car or house, or better health.  Don’t get me wrong, these things can motivate us sometimes when we feel overwhelmed, and can help to stay on track.  But when the ‘next phase’ is all that we think about, we risk losing sight of what we have in front of us.The idea that the grass is always greener o … [Read more...]