Tag: Bible

What is Black and White and Red All Over?

Novels. Short stories. Poetry. Mystery. Romance. Fiction. Non-fiction. Self-help.  Biographies.  There are a ton of books out there to read.  Do you like to read?

I love to read and if I find a particular author I really like, sometimes I read every single book they have published.  I think I have read every book in the Blossom Street series by Debbie Macomber.  I love reading books by speakers from Women of Faith such as Sheila Walsh, Lucy Swindoll and Marilyn Meberg.  I loved Lauren Jensen Walker’s Get Away Girls Series – especially Daring Chloe, and all of Tony Dungy’s books.  I couldn’t get enough of the Marble Cove Guidepost series books.

If it’s a Christmas “feel good” book, a biography of a favorite person or a book to help me be a better Christian, I have probably read it or have it on my shelf or list to read.

But there is one book that is black and white and red all over that I have not completely read all the way through and it bothers me.  And that’s the Bible.  I have read the New Testament all the way through several times and have started the Old Testament year after year but never made it through.  How embarrassing when I get to heaven if God asks me how I liked His book and I have to say I haven’t read it!!

It’s National Library Month, and I encourage you to go to the library and pick up a book or a magazine and take time to read and relax.  And over the next year, I hope you and I together can make it through the most important Book that is black and white and red all over (red signifying when Jesus spoke).  It would be a shame not to read the all-time #1 New York Times Best Seller; the non-fiction book that is a novel containing short stories of mystery, romance, poetry and biographies; the book that is THE BEST how-to book ever written but that tells you how to gain access to the writer for free and have Him available to you 24/7.

Wow!  Now I think that’s a book worth reading!

(See February 6th post for this weeks ideas for Make A Difference Month!)

There’s An App For That

We have become a SMART PHONE world!  Almost everyone you know has a smart phone – whether it is an iPhone®, or another brand of smart phone.  If you have a question, you can look it up on your smart phone.  Anywhere.  Anytime.

I still remember the days of rotary dial phones and phone cards in order to make a long distant call.  When I was in college, I didn’t talk to my parents but twice a week and I had to make it short calls because I only had so much time on my phone card.  Now people text, talk and face time.  We can reach anybody almost immediately at any given time.

There are so many apps you can download to your phone so that everything is just a “touch” away.  I asked my friend the other day if she knew what the price of gas was in town.  She said, “there’s an app for that.”  After a meeting I was in, someone said they were going out to start their car, and another person said, “I did that from my phone.  There’s an app for that.”
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Google It

You’ve seen the commercial where the girl says “it’s true.  I read it on the internet”.  Meaning the internet is all-knowing!!  People believe no matter what information you’re looking for, it can be found through Google.

We have the internet on our iphones, our ipads and our laptops.  Anytime we need directions or advice on any given topic, we have access to the answers at our fingertips.

How interesting it is that for years we have had the device with all the answers to life’s issues right at our fingertips but the world didn’t recognize it.  It’s called the Holy Bible.  Everything we need to know about how to live our life can be found in the scriptures.

Now I know that the Bible doesn’t have a GPS for directions to the nearest Texas Roadhouse or the latest sales flyer for Target stores.  But the good news is that the Bible, too has valuable information and it can also be found on the internet!!  www.holybible.com.

So the next time I am worrying about a life situation or wondering how to witness to my neighbor, I’ll just fire up the ole laptop ……….and Google It!  Because we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him – even Google!

Living the Life of Royals

I was just thinking about the world’s fascination with the British Royal Family.  We watch every move they make.  Tabloids report made-up information and “real media” report on the craziest of details – like what kind of jeans Kate Middleton is wearing to the park!

But we soak it all in.  We want to read more and more about the Royal family to see when they will have their next child and what they name it.  We want to see where they travel and what charities they support and the everyday people they help.  We want to know where they get their clothes and if they are available to “normal” people.

I admit that I am fascinated with the British Royal family as well.  I got up at 4 a.m. when I was in high school to watch Princess Diana come down the aisle with her magnificent wedding dress that included a 25-foot train.  I went to the display of Princess Diana’s life in Cincinnati a few months ago and I have picture books from her life showing all of her different hats and outfits and fun times with her sons.  I read the internet stories about Kate and Prince William and their fairytale lives.
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