Friday, September 30, 2016

God’s Suffering Servant

Note from Jesus

Dear Follower,

The Father’s role for Me when I came to earth as the Son of God shocked many people. They expected a warrior or kingly ruler who would restore Israel to prominence and power among the nations of the world. Even my cousin and forerunner, John the Baptizer, had questions about whether I was the Messiah. So I reminded this great servant that I was doing the things that are in the description of the Messiah given by Isaiah (Isaiah 35:4-6):

John sent two of his disciples to ask the Lord, “Are You the Promised One, or shall we keep looking for someone else?”

They came to Jesus and asked their question exactly as directed by John the Baptist.

Before He answered John’s messengers, Jesus cured many from various diseases, health conditions, and evil spirits. He even caused many blind people to regain their sight.

Jesus (to John’s disciples):

Go and tell John what you’ve witnessed with your own eyes and ears: the blind are seeing again, the lame are walking again, the lepers are clean again, the deaf hear again, the dead live again, and good news is preached to the poor. Whoever is not offended by Me is blessed indeed.

(Luke 7:19-23)

I came to earth as the servant promised in Isaiah. I repeatedly tried to help people hear this truth about My identity; here are two examples of what I said about Myself:

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to liberate the lost.”

(Luke 19:10)

“You know that among the nations of the world the great ones lord it over the little people and act like tyrants. But that is not the way it will be among you. Whoever would be great among you must serve and minister. Whoever wants to be great among you must be slave of all. Even the Son of Man came not to be served but to be a servant — to offer His life as a ransom for others.”

(Mark 10:42-45)

In the second passage of Scripture below, My apostle Paul dealt with problems in the church in Philippi. He used My example and My role as the servant of the LORD to be the foundation of his teaching. My disciples in Philippi needed to have the same mind, the same attitude, as I displayed in honoring the Father when I accepted My role as a servant. I want you to remember My role, My willingness to honor God in that role. More than remembering, I want you to adopt this servant lifestyle as your own!

Verses to Live

As you read the following verses, ask the Holy Spirit to imprint My example on your heart. First, you will read Isaiah’s words of description for the LORD’s Suffering Servant. Then you will read Paul’s exhortation for My disciples to have this same attitude. As Paul wrote to the Philippians from prison, he wanted them to grasp fully that they must have this one mind as they lived in relationship with each other. I want you to have this same mind as you live in relationship with other believers!

Indeed, who would ever believe it?

Who would possibly accept what we’ve been told?

Who has witnessed the awesome power and plan of the Eternal in action?

Out of emptiness he came, like a tender shoot from rock-hard ground.

He didn’t look like anything or anyone of consequence —

he had no physical beauty to attract our attention.

So he was despised and forsaken by men,

this man of suffering, grief’s patient friend.

As if he was a person to avoid, we looked the other way;

he was despised, forsaken, and we took no notice of him.

Yet it was our suffering he carried,

our pain and distress, our sick-to-the-soul-ness.

We just figured that God had rejected him,

that God was the reason he hurt so badly.

But he was hurt because of us; he suffered so.

Our wrongdoing wounded and crushed him.

He endured the breaking that made us whole.

The injuries he suffered became our healing.

We all have wandered off, like shepherdless sheep,

scattered by our aimless striving and endless pursuits;

The Eternal One laid on him, this silent sufferer,

the sins of us all.

And in the face of such oppression and suffering — silence.

Not a word of protest, not a finger raised to stop it.

Like a sheep to a shearing, like a lamb to be slaughtered,

he went — oh so quietly, oh so willingly.

Oppressed and condemned, he was taken away.

From this generation, who was there to complain?

Who was there to cry “Foul”?

He was, after all, cut off from the land of the living,

Smacked and struck, not on his account,

because of how my people (my people!)

Disregarded the lines between right and wrong.

They snuffed out his life.

And when he was dead, he was buried with the disgraced

in borrowed space (among the rich),

Even though he did no wrong by word or deed.

Yet the Eternal One planned to crush him all along,

to bring him to grief, this innocent servant of God.

When he puts his life in sin’s dark place, in the pit of wrongdoing,

this servant of God will see his children and have his days prolonged.

For in His servant’s hand, the Eternal’s deepest desire will come to pass and flourish.

As a result of the trials and troubles that wrack his soul,

God’s servant will see light and be content

Because He knows, really understands, what it’s about; as God says,

“My just servant will justify countless others by taking on their punishment and bearing it away.

Because he exposed his very self —

laid bare his soul to the vicious grasping of death —

And was counted among the worst, I will count him among the best.

I will allot this one, My servant, a share in all that is of any value,

Because he took on himself the sin of many

and acted on behalf of those who broke My law.”


(Isaiah 53:1-12)

In other words, adopt the mind-set of Jesus the Anointed. Live with His attitude in your hearts. Remember:

Though He was in the form of God,

He chose not to cling to equality with God;

But He poured Himself out to fill a vessel brand new;

a servant in form

and a man indeed.

The very likeness of humanity,

He humbled Himself,

obedient to death —

a merciless death on the cross!

So God raised Him up to the highest place

and gave Him the name above all.

So when His name is called,

every knee will bow,

in heaven, on earth, and below.

And every tongue will confess

“Jesus, the Anointed One, is Lord,”

to the glory of God our Father!

(Philippians 2:6-11)

Response in Prayer

Lord God, thank You for Jesus as Your example of a servant. Jesus’ example is both convicting and inspiring. I pledge to honor Jesus by following His example as a servant. I ask for the power of the Holy Spirit to help me as I seek to follow Jesus’ example and not my own selfish desires. In Jesus’ name, I pray and ask for this grace. Amen.

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Isaiah 10:1-2 (10-01-16)

Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees, to deprive the poor of their rights and withhold justice from the oppressed of my people, making widows their prey and robbing the fatherless.

Isaiah 10:1-2 (NIV)

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

God wants us to be a generous and concerned people. We are not to be concerned about our “stuff” but the work of God and the needs of others, especially those who are powerless and can’t defend themselves.

My Prayer…

O Father of the fatherless, please increase my compassion and commitment to work for those who are forgotten, abused, disenfranchised, and pushed aside. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Life-giving Spirit (Oct 1st)

Verse

We follow this sequence in Scripture: The First Adam received life, the Last Adam is a life-giving Spirit.

1 Corinthians 15:45 msg


Thought

Adam needed God to breathe into him the breath of life. Jesus, the second Adam, triumphed over death and poured out the Spirit both at Pentecost (Acts 2) and also at our own conversion (Titus 3:3-7). Jesus breathed into us this new life! Jesus became our source of life, our freedom to find life, and our goal in life when he filled us with the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:17-18).


Prayer

Loving Father, thank you. Thank you for becoming present in our world in Jesus of Nazareth. Thank you for becoming present in my life through the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, please conform me to be more like Jesus each day, to the praise of God the Father. In the name of the Son of God I pray. Amen.

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Light that Burns Away Sin

Passage

Hebrews 12:29


Prayer

Dear Father, who dwells in indescribable light,Living God, consuming fire, burn the sin from my life. Purify my heart’s desire in the smelter of your holiness.I want to do your will, Father, so that whatever I do, in word or deed, it will be done in the name of the Lord Jesus.I give thanks to you, God, my Father, always for everything.In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Lasting Words – Mark 13:31

Key Passage

“The whole world, earth and sky, will be destroyed. But the words I have said will never be destroyed.”

— Mark 13:31 ERV (Read Full Text)


Key Thought

While heaven and earth will pass away, Jesus’ words—his promise to return along with all of his other promises—will be fulfilled. We can count on it because he is faithful and because we can see the track record of God in keeping his promises in the Old Testament. Jesus’ words are sure and can be trusted!


Prayer

Father, in a world of so many words that are used to “spin” so many answers and aid in so much communicational manipulation, I thank you for Jesus’ promises that are sure and trustworthy. Help me as I seek to build my life on your Son’s promises. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


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James 1:13-14 (10-01-16)

When tempted, no one should say, “God is tempting me.” For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone; but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed.

James 1:13-14 (NIV)

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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Finally in Rome!

Note from Jesus

Dear Disciple,

Paul finally arrived in Rome in the concluding chapter of Acts. As you have seen over the last several days of reading, the journey had been difficult. Paul first had to navigate his way through the Jewish and Roman legal systems. He then repeatedly had to avoid being murdered by his enemies. He had to survive the dangerous and brutal sea voyage that included a shipwreck. But he finally arrived in Rome just as I promised. Although under house arrest, Paul had the freedom to teach others about Me and the kingdom of God.

Notice several things from the verses that follow as Luke finishes his account of Paul’s journey to Rome.

First, when Paul met other believers upon arriving in Italy, they welcomed him and even accompanied him on his journey to Rome. Rather than being afraid to be identified with Paul as a prisoner of Rome, they shared hospitality and encouragement with Paul as he traveled. My first-century followers and their love for each other were described well in the book of Hebrews:

[T]hink back to the days after you were first enlightened and understood who Jesus was: when you endured all sorts of suffering in the name of the Lord, when people held you up for public scorn and ridicule, or when they abused your partners and companions in the faith. Remember how you had compassion for those in prison and how you cheerfully accepted the seizure of your possessions, knowing that you have a far greater and more enduring possession.

(Hebrews 10:32-34)

This hospitality and encouragement that came from the power of the Holy Spirit and an understanding of grace were unstoppable!

Second, Paul invited the Jewish leaders in Rome to come and visit him. He explained to them both the reason for his being imprisoned and also the good news of My coming. While these Jewish leaders had heard bad things about Paul, none of his accusers from Jerusalem or Asia Minor had come to Rome. Paul’s presence in Rome after his long sea voyage opened the door for him to share My salvation message with leaders and rulers. The absence of his accusers allowed for the hostile plans and murderous intentions of Paul’s Judean and Asian enemies to be thwarted. Behind all that happened, the Holy Spirit was working things out (Romans 8:28-29) for Paul to accomplish My purpose for him as an apostle.

Finally, while some Jewish people believed Paul’s message, others rejected it. Paul reminded his Jewish critics that I had called him to share this message of liberation and healing with his Jewish brothers and sisters first. Their rejection of that message meant it was time for him to extend the message and invitation of grace to non-Jewish peoples (Romans 1:16-17). Paul’s experience had shown him that many non-Jews would listen to this message and respond by becoming My disciples.

Luke was Paul’s physician and supportive friend. He accompanied Paul on many of his mission trips. When Luke chose an ending for the book of Acts, he closed his story of the early church and the ministries of Peter and Paul with a liberating truth.

With great confidence and with no hindrance, he [Paul] proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the ultimate authority — the Lord Jesus, God’s Anointed, the Liberating King.

Even though Paul was a prisoner, he had arrived in the capital city of the great Roman Empire. Despite his house arrest, Paul openly, powerfully, and effectively shared My good news of the kingdom of God and even some in Caesar’s household became My disciples (Philippians 4:21-22). By going to Rome, Paul had reached one of his primary goals. The gospel was advancing. Even when the Roman authorities turned against Christianity, the most powerful government in the world could not stop the spread of grace.

Verses to Live

Doctor Luke wrote Acts to trumpet one of the greatest of all surprises: the triumph of the message about Me. My early disciples proclaimed a crucified and resurrected Messiah from the out-of-the-way country of Israel and the insignificant region of Galilee. However, this message had spread like a wildfire across the Roman Empire in a mere three decades. Paul, initially an extremely zealous individual enemy of My movement, converted and became a passionate disciple. He traveled the northern part of the Mediterranean world sharing My story. Hearts and lives were changed. People from all sorts of countries, religious backgrounds, races, and social classes believed and became My disciples. The laws, roads, and stability of the Roman Empire helped pave the way for this rapid expansion of My movement. Even though Paul arrived in Rome as a prisoner, he was able to share My story “with no hindrance.”

Paul’s story, dear disciple, is your heritage. Read the last part of the account in Acts about Paul’s journey to Rome and his imprisonment there. As you finish Paul’s journey to Rome, I leave you with one question: What are you doing to encourage, support, and participate in the spread of the good news of the Father’s grace to your world?

We [Paul and his companions] set sail from Malta and stopped first at Syracuse. After three days, we weighed anchor and came to Rhegium. We waited there a day, and then a south wind sprang up and sped us to Puteoli. We found some believers there, and they invited us to stay with them for seven days. Then we reached Rome. The believers from Rome heard we were coming, so they traveled out to meet us at the Forum of Appius and Three Taverns. Paul thanked God and felt encouraged to see them. Once inside the city, Paul lived under house arrest by himself, with only one soldier to guard him. Three days after his arrival, he called together the local Jewish leaders.

Paul:

Brothers, although I committed no wrong against our Jewish people or our ancestral customs, I was arrested in Jerusalem and handed over to the Romans. The Romans examined me and wanted to set me free because I had committed no capital offense. But my Jewish opponents objected, so I had to appeal to the emperor — even though I had no charges against me and had filed no charges against my nation. I wanted to gather you together and explain all this to you. I want you to understand that it is because of Israel’s hope that I am bound with this chain.

Jewish Leaders:

We haven’t received letters from Judea about you, and no visiting brother has reported anything or said anything negative about you. So we are interested in hearing your viewpoint on the sect you represent. The only thing we know about it is that people everywhere speak against it.

They scheduled a day to meet again, and a large number came to his lodging. From morning until evening, he explained his message to them — giving his account of the kingdom of God, trying to convince them about Jesus from the Law of Moses and the Prophets’ writings. Some were convinced, but others refused to believe.

Paul (adding as they left in disagreement):

The Holy Spirit rightly spoke to your ancestors through the prophet Isaiah: Go to this people and say, “You certainly do hear, but you will never understand; you certainly do see, but you will never have insight. Make their hearts hard, their ears deaf, and their eyes blind. Otherwise, they would look and see, listen and hear, understand and repent, and be healed.” So let it be known to you that God’s liberation, God’s healing, has been sent to the outsiders, and they will listen.

Then the local Jewish leaders left Paul to discuss all he had told them. For two full years, he lived there in Rome, paying all his own expenses, receiving all who came to him. With great confidence and with no hindrance, he proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the ultimate authority — the Lord Jesus, God’s Anointed, the Liberating King.

(Acts 28:12-31)

Response in Prayer

Father, I confess that I sometimes find myself discouraged about the health and vitality of Christianity in my time and in my culture. With the persecution and martyrdom of believers in some parts of the world and the secularization of my own culture, I am concerned about the future of Jesus’ church. Forgive me for both my discouragement and my lack of faith. Having journeyed through the book of Acts, I am reminded that You are at work in our world, the Spirit is empowering the spread of the good news, and Jesus is still leading His church. Today, dear Father, I commit to encouraging, supporting, and participating in efforts to share the message of Jesus and to grow Your kingdom. So I continue my prayer today with the words of Jesus, My Savior and Lord. This is the prayer of my heart. “Our Father in heaven, let Your name remain holy. Bring about Your kingdom. Manifest Your will here on earth, as it is manifest in heaven.” Do this, dear Father, in me and through me I pray. Amen.


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Light that Exposes Sin

Passage

Hebrews 12:29


Prayer

Dear Father, who dwells in indescribable light,I want to love the Light. Your verdict is: Light has come into the world, but men loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil.They hate the light because they are afraid they will be exposed. As for me, Lord God, I come into your Light, to your Son, that my sinfulness can be exposed and expunged through him.Because I want to live by the truth, I come into your light, so that it may be clearly seen that my conversion, my conviction, and my conformity to Jesus have been wrought in you.In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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Then You Will Know! (Sep 30th)

Verse

[God said through Ezekiel,] “I will put my Spirit in you and you will live, and I will settle you in your own land. Then you will know that I the LORD have spoken, and I have done it, declares the LORD.”

Ezekiel 37:14 tniv


Thought

The coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost (Acts 2) and in our own conversion (Acts 2:38-39; Titus 3:3-7), is a reminder that God promised to fill us with himself, his Holy Presence, the Spirit. He keeps his word. And the gift of the Spirit is an ongoing reminder that the LORD has spoken and done it, for our good out of his grace.


Prayer

Almighty LORD, Father of mercy and God of all grace, thank you for filling me with your Spirit to remind me that you have spoken and kept your word to us. Give me a deeper appreciation of your promises and a more passionate anticipation of their fulfillment. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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This Generation – Mark 13:30

Key Passage

“I tell you the truth. All these things will happen while people of this time are still living.”

— Mark 13:30 ERV (Read Full Text)


Key Thought

There are many ways this statement has been interpreted: (1) Some understand this to mean that all of Mark 13 is referring to the destruction of Jerusalem—which occurred in the Jewish war with Rome in A.D. 66-70. (2) Others see it to mean that all these events happened in the first generation of believers and that we have been on the edge of Jesus’ return ever since. (3) Some even declare that Jesus was wrong and this promise wasn’t fulfilled. (4) Others even claimed that Jesus returned and many Christians missed him. While I believe the second is the more probable (and the third and fourth seem ludicrous to me), the point is that Jesus’ own word, his assurance, stands behind his promised return. He has triumphed over death once through his resurrection. He will triumph a second and final time completely, when he returns and destroys death and brings immortality to life. And the unfolding of this promise begins at any moment!


Prayer

Father, give me faith to believe that your Son’s return is always imminent! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


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Nehemiah 9:30 (09-30-16)

For many years you were patient with them. By your Spirit you admonished them through your prophets. Yet they paid no attention, so you handed them over to the neighboring peoples.

Nehemiah 9:30 (NIV)

Thoughts on Today’s Verse…

God has spoken repeatedly to his people through the prophets who spoke as they were inspired by the Holy Spirit of God. But so often, these people ignored their voice and abandoned their God. Let’s not let the same thing be said of us!

My Prayer…

Sovereign LORD and Abba Father, I praise you! Please never let me ever outlive my love for you or my heart’s desire to be obedient and pleasing to you! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Revelation 22:14 (09-30-16)

Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.

Revelation 22:14 (NIV)

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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Researchers Reveal Parents of Successful Children Have These Things In Common

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Most parents want to raise their children in a way that allows success. The word “success” is one that is relatively subjective; it means different things to different people. For instructional purposes, we’ll define success as: exhibition of a positive character that assists a person with achieving their goals.

Of all the people in a child’s life, the parents are most influential. A good parent aims to keep their children out of trouble, respect others, and lead productive, happy lives. The methods that a parent uses are often subject to individual preferences, but there is indeed a series of traits parents exemplify that translates to success for the child.

Sources used as references for this article predominantly consist of high-tier academic institutions (e.g. Duke University, University of California, University of Michigan), and draws information from rigorous experimental studies. This method was chosen to minimize the bias that exists pertaining to the complex topics of parenting and intelligence.

That said…

Here are 8 traits of parents that raise successful children:

1. They have high expectations.

Put simply: degree of expectation has a tremendous effect on childhood performance. The University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) concluded: “Parents who saw college in their child’s future seemed to manage their child toward that goal irrespective of their income and other assets.” In other words, money doesn’t matter nearly as much as motivation.

The result: 96 percent of children that scored the highest on standardized tests had parents that were adamant about them attending college.

2. They teach responsibility early on.

Children may not appreciate being given chores…not yet anyways. However, there exists a correlation between degree of responsibility assumed during childhood and success. The simplest reason is that, by giving the child a sense of ownership over something (e.g. chores, babysitting, helping others, etc.), instills work ethic and a responsible mindset – two important attributes for success.

3. They teach basic social skills.

Research shows a direct correlation between kindergarten-age social skills and degree of achievement reached during age years 25+. Kristen Shubert, a program director at the Robert Wood Johnson foundation, states: “This study shows that helping children develop social and emotional skills is one of the most important things we can do to prepare them for a healthy future.”

4. Family relationships are healthy.

University of Illinois professor, Robert Hughes Jr., states that children living in high-conflict households have a propensity to perform worse than children living in emotionally-healthy households. Children of single-parent households that are nonconflictual also collectively perform at higher standards than conflictual two-parent households.

5. They’ve achieved academic success.

A 2014 study undertaken at the University of Michigan, researchers examined the reading and math achievements of children born to parents with various levels of educational attainment. Children with parents that had completed high school or college were more likely to reciprocate that success; while children born to adolescent mothers with limited education were likely to underachieve.

6. The cherish the child/parent relationship.

This one goes without saying, but the degree to which a child is nurtured by their parents can have a significant impact on success. One study concludes: “…early maternal sensitivity predicts social skills and academic achievement through mid-adolescence…with…enduring effects of social competence (effectiveness of romantic engagement) and academic competence (educational attainment) during adulthood.”

7. They are less stressed.

Ken Nomaguchi, a sociologist at Bowling Green University, states “Mothers’ stress, especially when mothers are stressed because of the juggling with work and trying to find time with kids, that may actually be affecting their kids poorly.”  Psychologists attribute this to a phenomenon called emotional contagion – an enigmatic ability to sense and “catch” the emotions of another person.

When a parent is stressed, it can negatively impact their children’s success.

Related article: 8 Parenting Behaviors That Keep Children From Being Successful

8. They preach the importance of effort.

Although genetics is believed to play an important role in determining intelligence, parents of successful children preach effort more than smarts. Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck posits that children and adults think about success in one of two ways: a “fixed mindset” or “growth mindset.” Simply put, a growth mindset emphasizes effort in overcoming challenges; while a fixed mindset teaches innate intelligence, character and creative ability are determined and unmalleable.

Parents of successful kids overwhelmingly preach a growth mindset.

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Monday, September 26, 2016

Instagram September 26, 2016 at 12:48PM


TAKE IT TO JESUS – MEN’S CHRISTIAN T SHIRTS
Our Men’s Christian T Shirts “Take It To Jesus”, is one of our most popular screen printed designs. First of all it is featured on a men’s unisex 100% ring spun cotton t-shirt. Secondly and most of all the shirts are super soft and last a long time.

TAKE IT TO JESUSEphesians 1:7 – In Him we have redemption through His blood, the #forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of His grace

#Proverbs 3:5-6 – #Trust in the #LORD with all your heart And do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He will make your paths straight.

REGULAR VS RING-SPUN COTTON: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
The processes for creating regular cotton and ring-spun cotton are totally different. Regular cotton is made from soft vegetable fibers that are twisted together to make yarn, which is then woven to make material. Ring spun cotton, on the other hand, is completely different. As a result Ring-spun yarn is made by twisting and thinning the cotton strands to make a very fine, strong, soft rope of cotton fibers.

HOW TO MEASURE CHEST
With arms down at sides, measure around the upper body, finally under arms and over the fullest part of the chest.

SIZE SHIRT / CHEST
——————
Small = 35″ – 37″
Medium = 38″ – 40″
Large = 41″ – 43″
1X-Large = 44″ – 46″

First of all, we know it is hard to know what is the best size to purchase.
Therefore if you are in between sizes, we suggest that you select the larger size.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS:
Machine wash cold, inside out with like colors. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low. Do not iron.

ORDERING:
If you have any questions or need to get a variety of shirts/sizes, we will be more than happy to help you.

SHIPPING (United States):
We ship same day (if not the next) therefore it can be delivered in about 2-5 business days.

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“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.”
‭‭#Isaiah‬ ‭43:2‬ ‭#NIV‬‬
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Sunday, September 25, 2016

Instagram September 25, 2016 at 08:23AM


FORGIVE: DEFINED – CHRISTIAN T SHIRT
Our Christian T Shirt “Forgive: Defined”, is one of our most popular screen printed designs. First of all it is featured on a men’s unisex 100% ring spun cotton t-shirt. Secondly and most of all the shirts are super soft and last a long time.

#FORGIVE : #DEFINED
1. #Matthew 6:14 – For if you forgive others when they #sin against you, your heavenly #Father will also forgive you.

2. #Mark 11:25 – “And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” 3. #Colossians 3:13 – Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a #grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.

REGULAR VS RING-SPUN COTTON: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
The processes for creating regular #cotton and ring-spun cotton are totally different. Regular cotton is made from soft vegetable fibers that are twisted together to make yarn, which is then woven to make material. #ringspun cotton, on the other hand, is completely different. As a result Ring-spun yarn is made by twisting and thinning the cotton strands to make a very fine, strong, soft rope of cotton fibers.

HOW TO MEASURE CHEST
With arms down at sides, measure around the upper body, finally under arms and over the fullest part of the chest.

SIZE SHIRT / CHEST
——————
Small = 35″ – 37″
Medium = 38″ – 40″
Large = 41″ – 43″
1X-Large = 44″ – 46″

First of all, we know it is hard to know what is the best size to purchase.
Therefore if you are in between sizes, we suggest that you select the larger size.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS:
Machine wash cold, inside out with like colors. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low. Do not iron.

ORDERING:
If you have any questions or need to get a variety of shirts/sizes, we will be more than happy to help you

SHIPPING (United States):
We ship same day (if not the next) therefore it can be delivered in about 2-5 business days.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING:
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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Instagram September 24, 2016 at 06:02PM


“Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. Do everything in love.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭16:13-14‬ ‭NIV‬‬
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Instagram September 24, 2016 at 04:49PM


ANCHORED SOUL – LADIES CHRISTIAN T SHIRT
Our Ladies Christian T Shirt “Anchored Soul”, is one of our most popular screen printed designs. First of all it is featured on a ladies 100% ring spun cotton t-shirt. Secondly and most of all the shirts are super soft and last a long time.

#ANCHORED #SOUL
#Hebrews 6:19-20 (NIV) We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf

REGULAR VS RING-SPUN COTTON: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?
The processes for creating regular cotton and ring-spun cotton are totally different. Regular cotton is made from soft vegetable fibers that are twisted together to make yarn, which is then woven to make material. Ring spun cotton, on the other hand, is completely different. As a result Ring-spun yarn is made by twisting and thinning the cotton strands to make a very fine, strong, soft rope of cotton fibers.

HOW TO MEASURE BUST
With arms down at sides, measure around the upper body, under arms and around the fullest part of the bust.

SIZE SHIRT / BUST
——————
Option / Size / Bust
Small = 4/6 = 35″ – 36″
Medium = 8/10 = 37″ – 38″
Large = 12/14 = 39″ – 41″
X-Large = 16/18 = 42″ – 44″

First of all, we know it is hard to know what is the best size to purchase.
Therefore if you are in between sizes, we suggest that you select the larger size.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS:
Machine wash cold, inside out with like colors. Only non-chlorine bleach when needed. Tumble dry low. Do not iron.

ORDERING:
If you have any questions or need to get a variety of shirts/sizes, we will be more than happy to help you.

SHIPPING (UNITED STATES):
We ship same day (if not the next) therefore it can be delivered in about 2-5 business days.

INTERNATIONAL SHIPPING:
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We have already shipped to Australia, Europe, Canada, etc.. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us for more details.

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Judges 1 King James Bible

Judges 1

King James Bible

Old Testament

1 Now after the death of Joshua it came to pass, that the children of Israel asked the LORD, saying, Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them?
2 And the LORD said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand.
3 And Judah said unto Simeon his brother, Come up with me into my lot, that we may fight against the Canaanites; and I likewise will go with thee into thy lot. So Simeon went with him.
4 And Judah went up; and the LORD delivered the Canaanites and the Perizzites into their hand: and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men.
5 And they found Adoni-bezek in Bezek: and they fought against him, and they slew the Canaanites and the Perizzites.
6 But Adoni-bezek fled; and they pursued after him, and caught him, and cut off his thumbs and his great toes.
7 And Adoni-bezek said, Threescore and ten kings, having their thumbs and their great toes cut off, gathered their meat under my table: as I have done, so God hath requited me. And they brought him to Jerusalem, and there he died.
8 Now the children of Judah had fought against Jerusalem, and had taken it, and smitten it with the edge of the sword, and set the city on fire.
9 And afterward the children of Judah went down to fight against the Canaanites, that dwelt in the mountain, and in the south, and in the valley.
10 And Judah went against the Canaanites that dwelt in Hebron: (now the name of Hebron before was Kirjath-arba:) and they slew Sheshai, and Ahiman, and Talmai.
11 And from thence he went against the inhabitants of Debir: and the name of Debir before was Kirjath-sepher:
12 And Caleb said, He that smiteth Kirjath-sepher, and taketh it, to him will I give Achsah my daughter to wife.
13 And Othniel the son of Kenaz, Caleb’s younger brother, took it: and he gave him Achsah his daughter to wife.
14 And it came to pass, when she came to him, that she moved him to ask of her father a field: and she lighted from off her ass; and Caleb said unto her, What wilt thou?
15 And she said unto him, Give me a blessing: for thou hast given me a south land; give me also springs of water. And Caleb gave her the upper springs and the nether springs.
16 And the children of the Kenite, Moses’ father in law, went up out of the city of palm trees with the children of Judah into the wilderness of Judah, which lieth in the south of Arad; and they went and dwelt among the people.
17 And Judah went with Simeon his brother, and they slew the Canaanites that inhabited Zephath, and utterly destroyed it. And the name of the city was called Hormah.
18 Also Judah took Gaza with the coast thereof, and Askelon with the coast thereof, and Ekron with the coast thereof.
19 And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out the inhabitants of the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.
20 And they gave Hebron unto Caleb, as Moses said: and he expelled thence the three sons of Anak.
21 And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem unto this day.
22 And the house of Joseph, they also went up against Bethel: and the LORD was with them.
23 And the house of Joseph sent to descry Bethel. (Now the name of the city before was Luz.)
24 And the spies saw a man come forth out of the city, and they said unto him, Shew us, we pray thee, the entrance into the city, and we will shew thee mercy.
25 And when he shewed them the entrance into the city, they smote the city with the edge of the sword; but they let go the man and all his family.
26 And the man went into the land of the Hittites, and built a city, and called the name thereof Luz: which is the name thereof unto this day.
27 Neither did Manasseh drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shean and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.
28 And it came to pass, when Israel was strong, that they put the Canaanites to tribute, and did not utterly drive them out.
29 Neither did Ephraim drive out the Canaanites that dwelt in Gezer; but the Canaanites dwelt in Gezer among them.
30 Neither did Zebulun drive out the inhabitants of Kitron, nor the inhabitants of Nahalol; but the Canaanites dwelt among them, and became tributaries.
31 Neither did Asher drive out the inhabitants of Accho, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob:
32 But the Asherites dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: for they did not drive them out.
33 Neither did Naphtali drive out the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh, nor the inhabitants of Beth-anath; but he dwelt among the Canaanites, the inhabitants of the land: nevertheless the inhabitants of Beth-shemesh and of Beth-anath became tributaries unto them.
34 And the Amorites forced the children of Dan into the mountain: for they would not suffer them to come down to the valley:
35 But the Amorites would dwell in mount Heres in Aijalon, and in Shaalbim: yet the hand of the house of Joseph prevailed, so that they became tributaries.
36 And the coast of the Amorites was from the going up to Akrabbim, from the rock, and upward.

Judges 1 King James Bible

Old Testament

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Joshua 1 King James Bible

Joshua 1

King James Bible

Old Testament

1 Now after the death of Moses the servant of the LORD it came to pass, that the LORD spake unto Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ minister, saying,
2 Moses my servant is dead; now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, thou, and all this people, unto the land which I do give to them, even to the children of Israel.
3 Every place that the sole of your foot shall tread upon, that have I given unto you, as I said unto Moses.
4 From the wilderness and this Lebanon even unto the great river, the river Euphrates, all the land of the Hittites, and unto the great sea toward the going down of the sun, shall be your coast.
5 There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them.
7 Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest.
8 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.
9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
10 Then Joshua commanded the officers of the people, saying,
11 Pass through the host, and command the people, saying, Prepare you victuals; for within three days ye shall pass over this Jordan, to go in to possess the land, which the LORD your God giveth you to possess it.
12 And to the Reubenites, and to the Gadites, and to half the tribe of Manasseh, spake Joshua, saying,
13 Remember the word which Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, saying, The LORD your God hath given you rest, and hath given you this land.
14 Your wives, your little ones, and your cattle, shall remain in the land which Moses gave you on this side Jordan; but ye shall pass before your brethren armed, all the mighty men of valour, and help them;
15 Until the LORD have given your brethren rest, as he hath given you, and they also have possessed the land which the LORD your God giveth them: then ye shall return unto the land of your possession, and enjoy it, which Moses the LORD’s servant gave you on this side Jordan toward the sunrising.
16 And they answered Joshua, saying, All that thou commandest us we will do, and whithersoever thou sendest us, we will go.
17 According as we hearkened unto Moses in all things, so will we hearken unto thee: only the LORD thy God be with thee, as he was with Moses.
18 Whosoever he be that doth rebel against thy commandment, and will not hearken unto thy words in all that thou commandest him, he shall be put to death: only be strong and of a good courage.

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Deuteronomy 1 King James Bible

Deuteronomy 1

King James Bible

Old Testament

1 These be the words which Moses spake unto all Israel on this side Jordan in the wilderness, in the plain over against the Red sea, between Paran, and Tophel, and Laban, and Hazeroth, and Dizahab.
2 (There are eleven days’ journey from Horeb by the way of mount Seir unto Kadesh-barnea.)
3 And it came to pass in the fortieth year, in the eleventh month, on the first day of the month, that Moses spake unto the children of Israel, according unto all that the LORD had given him in commandment unto them;
4 After he had slain Sihon the king of the Amorites, which dwelt in Heshbon, and Og the king of Bashan, which dwelt at Astaroth in Edrei:
5 On this side Jordan, in the land of Moab, began Moses to declare this law, saying,
6 The LORD our God spake unto us in Horeb, saying, Ye have dwelt long enough in this mount:
7 Turn you, and take your journey, and go to the mount of the Amorites, and unto all the places nigh thereunto, in the plain, in the hills, and in the vale, and in the south, and by the sea side, to the land of the Canaanites, and unto Lebanon, unto the great river, the river Euphrates.
8 Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.
9 And I spake unto you at that time, saying, I am not able to bear you myself alone:
10 The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.
11 (The LORD God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!)
12 How can I myself alone bear your cumbrance, and your burden, and your strife?
13 Take you wise men, and understanding, and known among your tribes, and I will make them rulers over you.
14 And ye answered me, and said, The thing which thou hast spoken is good for us to do.
15 So I took the chief of your tribes, wise men, and known, and made them heads over you, captains over thousands, and captains over hundreds, and captains over fifties, and captains over tens, and officers among your tribes.
16 And I charged your judges at that time, saying, Hear the causes between your brethren, and judge righteously between every man and his brother, and the stranger that is with him.
17 Ye shall not respect persons in judgment; but ye shall hear the small as well as the great; ye shall not be afraid of the face of man; for the judgment is God’s: and the cause that is too hard for you, bring it unto me, and I will hear it.
18 And I commanded you at that time all the things which ye should do.
19 And when we departed from Horeb, we went through all that great and terrible wilderness, which ye saw by the way of the mountain of the Amorites, as the LORD our God commanded us; and we came to Kadesh-barnea.
20 And I said unto you, Ye are come unto the mountain of the Amorites, which the LORD our God doth give unto us.
21 Behold, the LORD thy God hath set the land before thee: go up and possess it, as the LORD God of thy fathers hath said unto thee; fear not, neither be discouraged.
22 And ye came near unto me every one of you, and said, We will send men before us, and they shall search us out the land, and bring us word again by what way we must go up, and into what cities we shall come.
23 And the saying pleased me well: and I took twelve men of you, one of a tribe:
24 And they turned and went up into the mountain, and came unto the valley of Eshcol, and searched it out.
25 And they took of the fruit of the land in their hands, and brought it down unto us, and brought us word again, and said, It is a good land which the LORD our God doth give us.
26 Notwithstanding ye would not go up, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD your God:
27 And ye murmured in your tents, and said, Because the LORD hated us, he hath brought us forth out of the land of Egypt, to deliver us into the hand of the Amorites, to destroy us.
28 Whither shall we go up? our brethren have discouraged our heart, saying, The people is greater and taller than we; the cities are great and walled up to heaven; and moreover we have seen the sons of the Anakims there.
29 Then I said unto you, Dread not, neither be afraid of them.
30 The LORD your God which goeth before you, he shall fight for you, according to all that he did for you in Egypt before your eyes;
31 And in the wilderness, where thou hast seen how that the LORD thy God bare thee, as a man doth bear his son, in all the way that ye went, until ye came into this place.
32 Yet in this thing ye did not believe the LORD your God,
33 Who went in the way before you, to search you out a place to pitch your tents in, in fire by night, to shew you by what way ye should go, and in a cloud by day.
34 And the LORD heard the voice of your words, and was wroth, and sware, saying,
35 Surely there shall not one of these men of this evil generation see that good land, which I sware to give unto your fathers,
36 Save Caleb the son of Jephunneh; he shall see it, and to him will I give the land that he hath trodden upon, and to his children, because he hath wholly followed the LORD.
37 Also the LORD was angry with me for your sakes, saying, Thou also shalt not go in thither.
38 But Joshua the son of Nun, which standeth before thee, he shall go in thither: encourage him: for he shall cause Israel to inherit it.
39 Moreover your little ones, which ye said should be a prey, and your children, which in that day had no knowledge between good and evil, they shall go in thither, and unto them will I give it, and they shall possess it.
40 But as for you, turn you, and take your journey into the wilderness by the way of the Red sea.
41 Then ye answered and said unto me, We have sinned against the LORD, we will go up and fight, according to all that the LORD our God commanded us. And when ye had girded on every man his weapons of war, ye were ready to go up into the hill.
42 And the LORD said unto me, Say unto them, Go not up, neither fight; for I am not among you; lest ye be smitten before your enemies.
43 So I spake unto you; and ye would not hear, but rebelled against the commandment of the LORD, and went presumptuously up into the hill.
44 And the Amorites, which dwelt in that mountain, came out against you, and chased you, as bees do, and destroyed you in Seir, even unto Hormah.
45 And ye returned and wept before the LORD; but the LORD would not hearken to your voice, nor give ear unto you.
46 So ye abode in Kadesh many days, according unto the days that ye abode there.

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Monday, September 19, 2016

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Sunday, September 18, 2016

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Numbers 1 King James Bible

Numbers 1

King James Bible

Old Testament

1 And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, in the tabernacle of the congregation, on the first day of the second month, in the second year after they were come out of the land of Egypt, saying,
2 Take ye the sum of all the congregation of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers, with the number of their names, every male by their polls;
3 From twenty years old and upward, all that are able to go forth to war in Israel: thou and Aaron shall number them by their armies.
4 And with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers.
5 And these are the names of the men that shall stand with you: of the tribe of Reuben; Elizur the son of Shedeur.
6 Of Simeon; Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai.
7 Of Judah; Nahshon the son of Amminadab.
8 Of Issachar; Nethaneel the son of Zuar.
9 Of Zebulun; Eliab the son of Helon.
10 Of the children of Joseph: of Ephraim; Elishama the son of Ammihud: of Manasseh; Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur.
11 Of Benjamin; Abidan the son of Gideoni.
12 Of Dan; Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.
13 Of Asher; Pagiel the son of Ocran.
14 Of Gad; Eliasaph the son of Deuel.
15 Of Naphtali; Ahira the son of Enan.
16 These were the renowned of the congregation, princes of the tribes of their fathers, heads of thousands in Israel.
17 And Moses and Aaron took these men which are expressed by their names:
18 And they assembled all the congregation together on the first day of the second month, and they declared their pedigrees after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, by their polls.
19 As the LORD commanded Moses, so he numbered them in the wilderness of Sinai.
20 And the children of Reuben, Israel’s eldest son, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
21 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Reuben, were forty and six thousand and five hundred.
22 Of the children of Simeon, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, those that were numbered of them, according to the number of the names, by their polls, every male from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
23 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Simeon, were fifty and nine thousand and three hundred.
24 Of the children of Gad, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
25 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Gad, were forty and five thousand six hundred and fifty.
26 Of the children of Judah, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
27 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Judah, were threescore and fourteen thousand and six hundred.
28 Of the children of Issachar, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
29 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Issachar, were fifty and four thousand and four hundred.
30 Of the children of Zebulun, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
31 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Zebulun, were fifty and seven thousand and four hundred.
32 Of the children of Joseph, namely, of the children of Ephraim, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
33 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Ephraim, were forty thousand and five hundred.
34 Of the children of Manasseh, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
35 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Manasseh, were thirty and two thousand and two hundred.
36 Of the children of Benjamin, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
37 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Benjamin, were thirty and five thousand and four hundred.
38 Of the children of Dan, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
39 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Dan, were threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.
40 Of the children of Asher, by their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
41 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Asher, were forty and one thousand and five hundred.
42 Of the children of Naphtali, throughout their generations, after their families, by the house of their fathers, according to the number of the names, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war;
43 Those that were numbered of them, even of the tribe of Naphtali, were fifty and three thousand and four hundred.
44 These are those that were numbered, which Moses and Aaron numbered, and the princes of Israel, being twelve men: each one was for the house of his fathers.
45 So were all those that were numbered of the children of Israel, by the house of their fathers, from twenty years old and upward, all that were able to go forth to war in Israel;
46 Even all they that were numbered were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.
47 But the Levites after the tribe of their fathers were not numbered among them.
48 For the LORD had spoken unto Moses, saying,
49 Only thou shalt not number the tribe of Levi, neither take the sum of them among the children of Israel:
50 But thou shalt appoint the Levites over the tabernacle of testimony, and over all the vessels thereof, and over all things that belong to it: they shall bear the tabernacle, and all the vessels thereof; and they shall minister unto it, and shall encamp round about the tabernacle.
51 And when the tabernacle setteth forward, the Levites shall take it down: and when the tabernacle is to be pitched, the Levites shall set it up: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
52 And the children of Israel shall pitch their tents, every man by his own camp, and every man by his own standard, throughout their hosts.
53 But the Levites shall pitch round about the tabernacle of testimony, that there be no wrath upon the congregation of the children of Israel: and the Levites shall keep the charge of the tabernacle of testimony.
54 And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses, so did they.

Numbers 1 King James Bible

Old Testament

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Exodus 1 King James Bible

Exodus 1

King James Bible

Old Testament

1 Now these are the names of the children of Israel, which came into Egypt; every man and his household came with Jacob.
2 Reuben, Simeon, Levi, and Judah,
3 Issachar, Zebulun, and Benjamin,
4 Dan, and Naphtali, Gad, and Asher.
5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls: for Joseph was in Egypt already.
6 And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.
7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
10 Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land.
11 Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses.
12 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.
13 And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour:
14 And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in morter, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour.
15 And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah:
16 And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live.
17 But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.
18 And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive?
19 And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them.
20 Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty.
21 And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses.
22 And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.

Exodus 1 King James Bible

Old Testament

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Damascus Countdown

Damascus Countdown

by Joel C. Rosenberg

Book Review

Joel C. Rosenberg has a knack for creating edge of your seat thrillers that you can’t put down until you find out what happens in the end. “Damascus Countdown” is no different. The third installment of Rosenberg’s “Twelfth Imam” series picks up where the last book left off in dramatic fashion. The reader is instantly sucked into the events transpiring in the Middle East and in the life of CIA operative David Shirazi. Here is a quick summary from the publisher:

“All eyes are on the Middle East. Israel has successfully launched a first strike on Iran, taking out all of their nuclear sites and six of their nuclear warheads and causing The Twelfth Imam to order a full-scale retaliation. U.S. President William Jackson threatens to support a U.N. Security Council resolution condemning the Jewish State for unprovoked and unwarranted acts of aggression.

Meanwhile, CIA operative David Shirazi has infiltrated the Iranian regime and intercepted information indicating that two Iranian nuclear warheads survived the attack and have been moved to a secure and undisclosed location. In danger not only from the ongoing missile strikes on Iran but also from the increasingly hostile and suspicious governments of multiple countries, David and his team are in a race against time to find the remaining nuclear warheads before disaster strikes.”

Filled with interesting characters and intense action, Rosenberg’s books are always quite riveting. I would recommend this book and the entire series to anyone interested political thrillers written in a way that weave Biblical themes together with modern day, albeit very frightening, scenarios. At 480 pages, it’s not exactly a quick read, but it will keep your attention through the duration. As is the case for all of Joel Rosenberg’s fiction, when the book ended, it left me wanting more.

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from Tyndale in exchange for an honest review.

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Friday, September 16, 2016

A Stitch in Crime

A Stitch in Crime

by Cathy Elliott

Book Review

“A Stitch in Crime”, by Cathy Elliott, is a cozy mystery novel centered around a historical quilt. The main character, Thea, has accepted an assignment to act as co-chairperson for her town’s first quilt show and related activities. To Thea’s dismay, strange things keep happening and the police end up being called to come to every event she’s in charge of. Meanwhile, her so-called best friend is treating her horribly and some of the people who are supposed to be helping her with all of the events keep disappearing.

I enjoyed “A Stitch in Crime” and found the mystery to be very unpredictable up until the very end of the book. The characters were very believable and Elliot’s writing style makes them jump right off the page. I could picture much of the interpersonal drama happening at any quilt guild, not just the fictional “Quilt-Without-Guilt” guild described in the book.
As I always enjoy books from the “Quilts of Love” series, this one did not disappoint. I love mysteries and the quilting community so this book was right up my literary alley.

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues

The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues

by Cindy Vincent

Book Review

“The Case of the Jewel Covered Cat Statues”, by Cindy Vincent, is a really cute book for young readers. It is based on a pair of cat detectives who have assigned themselves to the duty of protecting their family and their mom’s antique business. No matter what drama unfolds, the cat detectives immerse themselves into the details of the mystery. They are smart and determined cats with special investigative talents that sometimes get them into trouble. But even when they get into trouble, their hearts are in the right place which makes this story so heartwarming for kids and adults as well. The action/adventure element of the book is continuous, and there is never a dull moment. I like how each chapter is akin to an episode of a cartoon, where you can’t wait to tune in next time to see what happens.

I would recommend this book to be read aloud to elementary school kids. It is written for the younger set, but the length of the book (242 pages) might bog down the young reader if an adult isn’t there to make it exciting and interactive. The cats are very lovable, and would definitely entice young kids to find out what happens at the end of the book. I think the cover art could be changed to look a little more mainstream and you’d have a real winner of a book.

Disclaimer: I received this book from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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Hope Crossing

Hope Crossing

by Cindy Woodsman

Book Review

Cindy Woodsmall is one of my favorite Amish Fiction writers, so it’s not a surprise that I really enjoyed this book. It is comprised of “The Complete Ada’s House Trilogy” and includes three full length novels. It’s quite a weighty paperback to lug around! But it’s worth it because you get three great books to read in one. The three novels are titled, “The Hope of Refuge“, “The Bridge of Peace“, and “The Harvest of Grace.”

The characters’ stories are continued through each novel with the addition of new characters along the way. They are likable although each has their own issues to deal with, and they draw the reader in pretty quickly. Even though there are three different novels, you may end up reading them all as one because you can’t wait to see what happens next. Throughout each book, themes of grace, faith and hope abound. If you are a fan of Amish fiction, you should definitely give this one a try. If you can set aside an entire weekend and read the whole thing, I imagine that would be perfect!

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Blogging for Books in exchange for an honest review.

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Beyond All Dreams

Beyond All Dreams

by Elizabeth Camden

Book Review

“Beyond All Dreams” by Elizabeth Camden is a fantastic book. It’s one of those books that you mention to other people when they ask you if you have read any good books lately. Not only is it a wonderful story, it is expertly written in a way that makes you feel like you’ve read a classic when you’re finished. Needless to say I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical fiction.

Now for the synopsis. The main character, Anna O’Brien is a map librarian at the Library of Congress, which, by the way, sounds like an amazing job. She stumbles across some mysterious information when researching a ship that disappeared at sea, but when she brings it up to the people in charge of such things, she is met with anger and harsh words, and sent on her way without any answers. Meanwhile, Congressman Luke Callahan, a lover of libraries and an admirer of Anna, finds himself in his own scandal. In an effort to get his mind off of his own problems, he agrees to help Anna solve her mystery, but end up finding way more than he bargained for.

As I mentioned above, you should read this book. It is so enjoyable, so well written, I cannot recommend it highly enough. Read it. 🙂

Disclaimer: I received this book for free from Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review.

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