Recommended Reading: Leadership Promises

"Leadership Promises for Every Day: A Daily Devotional" by John C. Maxwell is a must have for anyone who believes that personal growth and leadership development is an intentional activity. That is John's 1st Law, of the "15 Laws of Personal Growth," i.e. "The Law of Intentionality." Personal growth, and leadership development, "doesn't happen by accident." And, John C. Maxwell is one of the top leadership coaches writing today. "Leadership Promises" is a collection of short snippets from … [Read more...]

Fortifying Faith’s Foundation

https://youtu.be/djcv4Xjsrqs This is John’s Purpose (John 20:30, 31). 7 signs (John 2:1-11; 4:46-54; 5:1-18; 6:1-15, 16-21; 9:1-41; 11:1-57). 7 “I Am” statements (John 6:35, 41, 48, 51; 8:12; 9:5; 10:7, 9; 10:11, 14; 11:25; 14:6; 15:1, 5). 7 “Dialogues” emphasize personal faith! … [Read more...]

A New Year Prayer

https://youtu.be/m_2vLSkvENI Psalm 31 is a beautiful expression of trust in God. David expresses his trust in God even in times of terrible trouble. He knew that, through trust in God’s provision and protection, that he would be triumphant over any trial. One commentator outlines Psalm 31 as the four seasons of the year.* Autumn (Ps. 31:1-8), “with its winds and gathering clouds, yet having sunlight and a golden fruitage even though the breath of death is everywhere.” Winter (Ps. … [Read more...]

Bible Review: NKJV Word Study Bible

I received a digital version of this Bible, so this review will not include any details about the physical binding of the Bible. The Nelson NKJV Word Study Bible includes very brief word studies of 1,700 key words throughout the Old and New Testament of the New King James text. The introduction says that there is at least one word study per chapter of the Bible with more in most chapters. There are 929 chapters in the Bible, so if you divide the 1,700 word studies evenly – which they do not … [Read more...]

Bible Marking – Good, Bad, and Ugly

I have learned a lot of lessons the hard way in my life. One of them, after damaging some of my favorite Bibles, is to be careful what I use to mark in my Bible. After a lot of trial and error - mostly error - I have found the best Bible markers to use for the health and happiness of me and my Bible. Pigma Micron Pens You can get them in sets: PIGMA Micron 01 Bible Note Pens, Set of 4 PIGMA Micron Inductive Bible Study Kit PIGMA Micron Bible Study Kit Or individually. Here's … [Read more...]

My Favorite Bibles

I get asked for Bible recommendations a lot. In this post, I'll go through a few of my favorite Bibles with links to where you can get more detailed information about them. A Note About Study Bibles: Generally speaking, I don't like Study Bibles. The designation, "Study Bible," usually refers to a Bible that has commentator's notes included with the text. Sometimes those notes are very good but sometimes they are very bad and misleading. It's very important to be careful with these kinds of … [Read more...]

Christ’s 40 Commandments by Renee Valverde Wagenblatt

"Christ's 40 Commandments" is a topical listing from the teachings of Jesus in the four Gospels. The "40 Commandments," as the topical listing is designated, is given variously in three sections: an alphabetical listing, a listing with one verse for each of the "Commandments" from Matthew, and a listing of the "Commandments" with a compilation of verses from the four Gospels. The bulk of the book is taken up with this third presentation. There is also a listing of the "Commandments" with … [Read more...]

What’s the difference between “Denomination” and “Non-Denominational”? What are you?

There are many false beliefs where is the true church ? Thank you for the GREAT question! It has become somewhat "trendy" for churches to claim that they are "non-denominational." This is part of the Community Church trend that started several years ago. However, most of those so-called Community Churches are simply denominations that have dropped the denominational name. They are still teaching and practicing, pretty much, the same things they did before they dropped the denominational … [Read more...]

Is The Bible For Everyone?

Jesus said, in what we call the great invitation, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matt. 11:28-30). While there are many lessons we can draw from that great text, the one most relevant to the question, “Is the Bible for everyone?,” is that Jesus said “all” could come to Him, “all” could … [Read more...]

That Which Never Changes

Mt 16:19 The Unchanging Principles of Heaven In this passage, Jesus refers to that which is bound and loosed in heaven. To bind means to enforce something as law, to restrict within legal bounds. To loose means to grant freedom in some aspect. Regarding those things which are bound: We know that it cannot be the customs of the early church because they have changed over the course of years and culture. We know that it cannot be restricted to the expression of law … [Read more...]