Start reading Biblical inspired Christian books this year

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Start reading fundamental Biblical inspired books this year,

and feel the change within by the end of the year…

As your life is enriched through reading good Christian books this year, may you be reminded of John 10: 7, 8 &10:

 Then sayde Jesus unto them agayne: ….

I am the dore ….

I cam that they myght have lyfe,

and have yt more aboundantly.

 The Good News was just as clear in William Tyndale’s pioneering NT translation of 1526 (above) as it is now – despite spelling differences!

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Is it boring to be a Christian?

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John 3:16

There are many misconceptions about the Christian life, and one is that it is boring. The truth is the Christian life is where we find true joy and lasting peace, hope and contentment. These things, like all good and perfect things, come from God (James 1:17). The difficulty is that, if you’re not a believer in Christ, you truly don’t know what you’re missing.

This is not to say that the Christian life is easy. One writer describes growing in the Christian faith as being “on a never-ending downward escalator. In order to grow we have to turn around and sprint up the escalator putting up with perturbed looks from everyone else who is gradually moving downward.” Christ never deluded anyone into thinking it would be easy to follow Him (see Matthew 10:34-39). It’s not easy, but the hardships help prevent boredom.

Those who believe the Christian life is boring have never taken God’s invitation to “taste and see that the LORD is good” (Psalm 34:8). Instead, they selfishly pursue whatever they think will make them “not bored” or happy or content. The problem is, the things of this world are temporary and can never truly satisfy. The Bible tells us that sowing to please our sinful nature will surely lead to destruction (Galatians 6:8). King Solomon, the wisest and richest person who ever lived, had everything a person could possibly want. He said, “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure” (Ecclesiastes 2:10). Solomon had it all, but he concluded that it was “meaningless” and likened it to “chasing after the wind” (v. 11). In other words, he had everything this world had to offer, and he was bored.

Sometimes, a new Christian is surprised that his new life is not “more exciting,” as if the Christian life is supposed to be a thrill-a-minute extravaganza. No life is that. Boredom is something we must all overcome. Everyone stands in line at the grocery store, gets caught in traffic, or is given jobs he’d rather not do.

Part of the problem may be how “boredom” is defined. Is it a lack of excitement? Nothing can stimulate perpetual exhilaration. Is it inactivity? If so, then the key is to find something to do. Is it uninterest? If so, the key is to be more curious. Is it a lack of “fun”? In that case, “fun” needs to be defined, since “fun” is itself a highly subjective concept.

Some people assume that being a Christian is boring because they’ve heard that Christians have to give up all the “fun” things in life. It’s true that Christians give up some things, but it’s not the fun. Christians give up their sin, their self-destructive behavior, their addictions, their negative attitudes and their ignorance of God. In return, they receive “righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). They “live as children of light” in a dark world (Ephesians 5:8). The mistakes of their past no longer have a stronghold in their lives. They no longer live for themselves but for the One who died for them. They serve others and make a difference (Romans 14:7; Philippians 2:4). They are becoming everything that God created them to be. It is virtually impossible to be bored in such a life.

The only thing in this world that has eternal value is a relationship with Jesus Christ. A growing, committed Christian will find that life is never boring. There’s always another step of faith to take, another relationship to build, another person to serve.

Is the Christian life supposed to be “boring”? Absolutely not. Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full” (John 10:10).

Source: GotQuestions.org

Angels’ Carol by J. Rutter

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Have you heard the sound of the angel voices ringing out so sweetly, singing out so clear?
Have you seen the star shining out so brightly as a sign from God that Christ the Lord is here?

He will bring new light to a world in darkness, Like a star shining in the skies above;
He will bring new hope to the waiting nations when he comes to reign in purity and love.
Let the earth rejoice at the Saviour’s coming; Let the heavens answer with the joyful morn:
Gloria in excelsis Deo, Gloria in excelsis Deo!
Taken from The Incarnation in the Gospels by D.M. Doriani, P.G. Ryken & R.D. Phillips. Published by P&R Publishing. 

What do you know about ‘chance’ in the Bible?

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There is very little reference to “chance” in the Bible. When it is referred to, the thought is usually of an extent that lies outside human control, not God’s. The ancient idea of a god or goddess of Chance is all but completely absent.

One example of “chance” in the Bible occurs in the book of Ruth. This relates how Ruth began gleaning in a field belonging to Boaz (2:2-3) and how this eventually led to her being married to him, and bearing Obed, the grandfather of David (4:13-17). The writer describes Ruth’s choice of Boaz’s field as “chance” (2:3), but presents the whole episode as being under God’s hand (2:20) and in His purposes (4:18-22). Also note Jesus’ genealogical table in Mathew 1:1-17, especially verses 5-6.

Another example is the practise of seeking God’s guidance by casting lots. (e.g. Joshua 18-19 and Acts 1:15-26). According to Proverbs, “The lot is cast into the lap, but its very decision is from the LORD” (16:33). The “Urim and Thummim” carried by the high priest (Exodus 28:30, Leviticus 8:8 and Numbers 27:21) were probably used like lots. Also note 1 Samuel 14:36-43.

P.G. Nelson in God’s Control over the Universe.

Atheists reveal their views with billboards

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As the Christmas season approaches in the United States, a group of non-believers in the California capital are planning to erect billboards explaining why they are atheists in hopes of bringing broader visibility to their lack of religious faith.
The 55 billboards that will soon dot the Sacramento landscape will feature pictures of local residents and slogans such as “Good without God”, and follow similar campaigns in other in other major U.S. cities in recent years.
The billboards that went up in Sacramento on the day after Thanksgiving are part of the increasingly loud arguments between many deeply religious Christians, whose faith has informed U.S. conservative politics for a generation, and a vocal cohort of secular, often younger voters who want to keep religion out of public life.
The Wisconsin-based Freedom from Religion Foundation, which sponsored the adverts, also plans to place a large version of the letter “A” for atheism, in Chicago’s Daley Plaza, the site of an annual Christmas display.
Reuters, December 5, 2013.
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Brothers and sisters in our Lord Jesus Christ, let us pray that the Holy Spirit open their minds for the truth of the True Gospel before it is too late for them. For Jesus Himself said, “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32 NKJV).