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Diane Stortz. I Am: 40 Reasons to Trust God.  Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishing Company, February 2nd 2016.  224 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Looking for a devotional Bible stories book you can read to your kids?  I like this particular book because this is a children’s Bible story book based upon God’s titles found in the Word of God. There are forty chapters in the book with each covering a different title.  The subtitle for the book is “40 Reasons to Trust God” and of course God’s title reveal His character and attributes which are reasons why we can trust God.  I enjoyed reading this book to my children and also my children enjoyed it when I read it to them.  They would often ask me to keep on reading to the next chapter as part of our nightly reading routine before they go to sleep.

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This is from my daily Greek exercise of sight reading a few days ago, courtesy of Vincent S Artale Jr.

Our text is Galatians 1:8.  Here’s my translation:

 ἀλλὰ καὶ ἐὰν ἡμεῖς ἢ ἄγγελος ἐξ οὐρανοῦ εὐαγγελίζηται ὑμῖν
But if we or an angel from heaven evangelizes to you

παρʼ ὃ εὐηγγελισάμεθα ὑμῖν ἀνάθεμα ἔστω
against the gospel to you let them be accursed

Here are some observations:

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Psalm 23

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You have anointed my head with oil; My cup overflows. 6 Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Purpose: Today we shall see the three seasons in our lives in which Christ is our shepherd so that we would trust in Him and have Him as our Shepherd today.

The Lord is my shepherd during ordinary times (v.1-3)

The Lord is my shepherd during difficult times (v.4-5)

The Lord is my shepherd for eternity (v.6)

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Brandon D. Crowe. Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, August 16th, 2013. 32 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

This booklet is part of the series “Christian Answers to Hard Questions” published by Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing.  As the title for this particular work suggests this booklet looks at the question “Was Jesus Really Born of a Virgin?”  The author Brandon D. Crowe who presently serves as an Associate Professor of New Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary.  Crowe has written this helpful resource that is accessible for the layman.

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: At his baptism, did God address Jesus directly?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes

“and a voice came out of the heavens: “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”” ( Mark 1:11)

“and the Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove, and a voice came out of heaven, “You are My beloved Son, in You I am well-pleased.”” (Luke 3:22)

No, God addressed those who witnessed his baptism.

“and behold, a voice out of the heavens said, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well-pleased.”” (Matthew 3:17)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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In our sinful nature when we oppose one extreme we often be imbalance and become the opposite other extreme.  Last week I wrote, “In opposing Pharisees, do not become a Sadducee.”  I also want to address the opposite problem: In opposing Sadducees we can become a Pharisee.

But first what is a Sadducee?

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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: Did Jesus go to heaven after he died but before his ascension?

Here are the two answers which the skeptic believes shows a Bible contradiction:

Yes, Jesus went to heaven on the day of his death.

“And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!” 43 And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise.”” (Luke 23:42-43)

No, Jesus remained on earth after his death until his ascension.

“Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’”” (John 20:17)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

Here’s a closer look at whether or not there is a contradiction:

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