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HOW TO MAKE YOUR BIBLE COME ALIVE

APPRECIATE THE BOOK
The Christian’s life depends on his relationship with the Bible. Study it, believe it and apply it. Your desire to learn the Bible shows your value of the bible. Ps 119:89 The word of God is unchangeable, it’s settled in heaven, the bible is truth Ps 119:160. These are words chosen by God Himself. Many have given and are today giving their lives for the Bible. Its not a book that we need to dissect, question and debate. Its God’s plain message to us, we just need to study it believe it and proclaim it.

ASSIMILATE THE BOOK
The Word is powerful Heb 4:12 and life John 6:63 absorb it into your life ask God to teach you Ps 119:12 think about it mediate on it Ps 119:15-16 then put it into daily practice
Adrain Rogers said always read the bible with pen and paper in hand. If you are expecting to receive anything from God, you won’t forget it. Be prepared to write down a thought, question or an important point .

APPROPRIATE THE VALUE OF THE WORD
Just as with the physical if you only ate one or two meals a seek and no exercise you would be weak and unhealthy. It’s the same spiritually, you cannot be healthy with a couple meals and no personal exercise. Watching sports does not make you an athlete.

I have written this based on the Adrain Rogers legacy bible notes on Ps 119 and the hand out sheet from church last Sunday for study during the week.

Always rely on the simplicity of God’s Word, lest we are drawn away into false teachings

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Uniforms

I normally don’t agree with anything she writes but on this she hits a home run.

Uniforms and what they say about us
     By Susan Estrich in Lynchburg News and Advance 1-8-11
My little neighborhood sandwich shop was invaded today by a horde of high school students from a school I’d never heard of. The students were more diverse than the neighborhood.
If you’re being as honest as Juan Williams, under such circumstances you might expect to see little signs of concern — those side glances, women securing their handbags under the table — that you see from older people when a group of teenagers suddenly appears.
There was none of that. None. Part of the reason was that the teenagers happened to be well behaved.
But the real reason, I think, was the sweatshirts and T-shirts they all wore proclaiming their attendance at Paciflca Christian High School. Oh, yes, and collared shirts and tennis shirts and khaki shorts or skirts, with fashion accessories limited to the occasional scarf.
This is the uniform of the relatively new Christian high school around the corner, which has grown each year since it was founded just a few years ago. And it is big enough now to have enough seniors to be noticed at the sandwich shop.
A uniform says a lot. It communicates, immediately, that these are good kids, not gang kids, kids trying to get an education, not protect turf. The first thing Green Dot Public Schools (whose board I’m on) did when we took over Locke High School in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Watts was put the students in very similar uniforms. I joked with my son that if a gang ever wants to take over Brentwood, they should show up wearing Pacifica Christian sweaters. They would be treated with great courtesy.
Most of us have uniforms. The good ones — Hillary Clinton’s black suit, when she finally found it, with the rotating colored shirts—not only help you get dressed faster in the morning, but also convey to people who you are and what you want them to think of you.
A black suit says serious and smart; colored shirts say approachable and fun. Hillary. Baggy shorts hanging low and the rest say gang member. The only thing crazier than gang members dressing like gang members is kids who aren’t gang members trying to dress as if they are.
Bad uniforms — and they are everywhere today, from fifth-graders to young attorneys — send signals that are utterly inappropriate to the person, place or time. For example, 11-year-old “designer queen” sex pots. (No, I am not suggesting any excuse for pedophilia; only that if you don’t want your daughter to convey sexual signals, why dress her that way?)
I once asked one of the proverbial “other mothers” whose kid was far more stylishly dressed than I was (and I was doing better than usual that day) whether she agreed that how we dress our kids (or let them dress) is much more about values than about how much you can afford or the hottest styles. She found it a rather shocking notion.
The right uniform—a blue sweatshirt from a Christian school that upon further inspection inculcates the very values that good stereotyping would associate with an urban Protestant school — paves your way in the world, sending the right message about who you are.
The wrong one? In some parts, it can get you killed.
Estrich is a contributor to Fox News
and a law professor at the University of
Southern California.

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Bible Reading

THOMAS ROAD BAPTIST CHURCH ONE YEAR BIBLE READING PLAN
READ THE SELECTED PASSAGES FOR EACH DAY. ADDITIONALLY, READ THE CHAPTER OF PROVERBS THAT MATCHES THE DATE OF EACH DAY

JAN 1: GEN 1-3; MATT 1
JAN 2: GEN 4-6; MATT 2
JAN 3: GEN 7-9; MATT 3
JAN 4: GEN 10-12; MATT 4
JAN 5: GEN 13-15; MATT 5:1-26
JAN 6: GEN 16-17; MATT 5:27-48
JAN 7: GEN 18-19; MATT 6:1-18
JAN 8: GEN 20-22; MATT 6:19-34
JAN 9: GEN 23-24; MATT 7
JAN 10: GEN 25-26; MATT 8:1-17
JAN 11: GEN 27-28; MATT 8:18-34
JAN 12: GEN 29-30; MATT 9:1-17
JAN 13: GEN 31-32; MATT 9:18-38
JAN 14: GEN 33-35; MATT 10:1-20
JAN 15: GEN 36-38; MATT 10:21-42
JAN 16: GEN 39-40; MATT 11
JAN 17: GEN 41-42; MATT 12:1-23
JAN 18: GEN 43-45; MATT 12:24-50
JAN 19: GEN 46-48; MATT 13:1-30
JAN 20: GEN 49-50; MATT 13:31-58
JAN 21: EX 1-3; MATT 14:1-21
JAN 22: Ex 4-6; MATT 14:22-36.
JAN 23: Ex 7-8; MATT 15:1-20
JAN 24: Ex 9-11; MATT 15:21-39
JAN 25: Ex 12-13; MATT 16 —
JAN 26: Ex 14-15; MATT 17
JAN 27: Ex 16-18; MATT 18:1-20
JAN 23. EX 19 20; MATT 18:21 35
JAN 29: EX 21-22; MATT 19
JAN 30: EX 23-24; MATT 20:1-16
JAN 31: EX 25-26; MATT 20:17-34
FEB 1: Ex 27-28; MATT 21:1-22
FEB 2: EX 29-30; MATT 21:23-46
FEB 3: EX 31-33; MATT 22: 1-22
FEB 4: EX 34-35; MATT 22:23-46
FEB 5: EX 36-38; MATT 23:1-22
FEB 6: EX 39-40; MATT 23:23-39
FEB 7: LEV 1-3; MATT 24:1-28
FEB 8: LEV 4-5; MATT 24:29-51
FEB 9: LEV 6-7; MATT 25.-1-30
FEB 10: LEV 8-10; MATT 25:31-46
FEB 11: LEV 11-12; MATT 26:1-25
FEB 12: LEV 13; MATT 26:26-50
FEB 13: LEV 14; MATT 26:51-75
FEB 14: LEV 15-16; MATT 27:1-26
FEB 15: LEV 17-18; MATT 27:27-50
FEB 16: LEV 19-20; MATT 27:51-66
FEB 17: LEV 21-22; MATT 28
FEB 18: LEV 23-24; MARK 1:1-22
FEB 19: LEV 25; MARK 1:23-45
FEB 20: LEV 26-27; MARK 2
FEB 21: NUM 1-2; MARK 3:1-19
FEB 22: NUM 3-4; MARK 3:20-35
FEB 23: NUM 5-6; MARK 4:1-20
FEB 24: NUM 7-8; MARK 4:21-41
FEB 25: NUM 9-11; MARK 5:1-20
FEB 26: NUM 12-14; MARK 5:21-43
FEB 27: NUM 15-16; MARK 6:1-29
FEB 28/29: NUM 17-19; MARK 6:30-56
MAR 1: NUM 20-22; MARK 7:1-13
MAR 2: NUM 23-25; MARK 7:14-37
MAR 3: NUM 26-28; MARK 8
MAR 4: NUM 29-31; MARK 9:1-29
MAR 5: NUM 32-34; MARK 9:30-50
MAR 6: NUM 35-36; MARK 10:1-31
MAR 7: DEUT 1-3; MARK 10:32-52
MAR 8: DEUT 4-6; MARK 11:1-18
MAR 9: DEUT 7-9; MARK 11:19-33
MAR 10: DEUT 10-12; MARK 12:1-27
MAR 11: DEUT 13-15; MARK 12:28-44
MAR 12: DEUT 16-18; MARK 13:1-20
MAR 13: DEUT 19-21; MARK 13:21-37
MAR 14: DEUT 22-24; MARK 14:1-26
MAR 15: DEUT 25-27; MARK 14:27-53
MAR 16: DEUT 28-29; MARK 14:54-72
MAR 17: DEUT 30-31; MARK 15:1-25
MAR 18: DEUT 32-34; MARK 15:26-47
MAR 19: JOSH 1-3; MARK 16
MAR 20: JOSH 4-6; LUKE 1:1-20
MAR 21: JOSH 7-9; LUKE 1:21-38
MAR 22: JOSH 10-12; LUKE 1:39-56
MAR 23: JOSH 13-15; LUKE 1:57-80
MAR 24: JOSH 16-18; LUKE 2:1-24
MAR 25: JOSH 19-21; LUKE 2:25-52
MAR 26: JOSH 22-24; LUKE 3
MAR 27: JUD 1-3; LUKE 4:1-30
MAR 28: JUD 4-6; LUKE 4:31-44
MAR 29: JUD 7-8; LUKE 5:1-16
MAR30: JUD 9-10; LUKE 5:17-39
MAR 31: JUD 11-12; LUKE 6:1-26
APR 1: JUD 13-15; LUKE 6:27-49
APR 2: JUD 16-18; LUKE 7:1-30
APR 3: JUD 19-21; LUKE 7:31-50
APR 4: RUTH 1-4; LUKE 8:1-25
APR 5: ISAM 1-3; LUKE 8:26-56
APR6: ISAM 4-6; LUKE 9:1-17
APR 7: ISAM 7-9; LUKE 9:18-36
APRS: ISAM 10-12; LUKE 9:37-62
APR9: ISAM 13-14; LUKE 10:1-24
APR 10: ISAM 15-16; LUKE 10:25-42
APR 11: ISAM 17-18; LUKE 11:1-28
APR 12: ISAM 19-21; LUKE 11:29-54
APR 13: ISAM 22-24; LUKE 12:1-31
APR 14: ISAM 25-26; LUKE 12:32-59
APR 15: ISAM 27-29; LUKE 13:1-22
APR 16: ISAM 30-31; LUKE 13:23-35
APR 17: 2SAM 1-2; LUKE 14:1-24
APR 18: 2SAM 3-5; LUKE 14:25-35
APR 19: 2SAM 6-8; LUKE 15:1-10
APR20: 2SAM 9-11; LUKE 15:11-32
APR 21: 2SAM 12-13; LUKE 16
APR 22: 2SAM 14-15; LUKE 17:1-19
APR 23: 2SAM 16-18; LUKE 17:20-37
APR 24: 2SAM 19-20; LUKE 18:1-23
APR 25: 2SAM 21-22; LUKE 18:24-43
APR 26: 2SAM 23-24; LUKE 19:1-27
APR 27: IKING 1-2; LUKE 19:28-48
APR28: IKING 3-5; LUKE 20:1-26
APR29: IKING 6-7; LUKE 20:27-47
APR 30: IKING 8-9; LUKE 21:1-19
MAY 1: IKING 10-11; LUKE 21:20-38
MAY 2: IKING 12-13; LUKE 22:1-30
MAY 3: IKING 14-15; LUKE 22:31-46
MAY4: IKING 16-18; LUKE 22:47-71
MAY 5: IKING 19-20; LUKE 23:1-25
MAY 6: IKING 21-22; LUKE 23:26-56
MAY 7: 2KING 1-3; LUKE 24:1-35
MAY 8: 2KING 4-6; LUKE 24:36-53
MAY 9: 2KING 7-9; JOHN 1:1-28
MAY 10: 2KING 10-12; JOHN 1:29-51
MAY 11: 2KING 13-14; JOHN 2
MAY 12: 2KING 15-16; JOHN 3:1-18
MAY 13: 2KING 17-18; JOHN 3:19-36
MAY 14: 2KING 19-21; JOHN 4:1-30
MAY 15: 2KING 22-23; JOHN 4:31-54
MAY 16:2KING 24-25; JOHN 5:1-24
MAY 17: 1CHRON 1-3; JOHN 5:25-47
MAY 18:1CHRON 4-6; JOHN 6:1-21
MAY 19: 1CHRON 7-9; JOHN 6:22-44
MAY 20: 1CHRON 10-12; JOHN 6:45-71
MAY 21:1CHRON 13-15; JOHN 7:1-27
MAY 22:1CHRON 16-18; JOHN 7:28-53
MAY 23: 1CHRON 19-21; JOHN 8:1-27
MAY 24: ICHRON 22-24; JOHN 8:28-59
MAY 25: ICHRON 25-27; JOHN 9:1-23
MAY 26: ICHRON 28-29; JOHN 9:24-41
MAY 27: 2CHRON 1-3; JOHN 10:1-23
MAY 28: 2CHRON 4-6; JOHN 10:24-42
MAY 29: 2CHRON 7-9; JOHN 11:1-29
MAY 30: 2CHRON 10-12: JOHN 11:30-57
MAY 31: 2CHRON 13-14; JOHN 12:1-26
JUN 1:2CHRON 15-16; JOHN 12:27-50
JUN 2: 2CHRON 17-18; JOHN 13:1-20
JUN 3: 2CHRON 19-20; JOHN 13:21-38
JUN 4: 2CHRON 21-22; JOHN 14
JUN 5: 2CHRON 23-24; JOHN 15
JUN 6:2CHRON 25-27; JOHN 16
JUN 7: 2CHRON 28-29; JOHN 17
JUN 8: 2CHRON 30-31; JOHN 18:1-18
JUN 9: 2CHRON 32-33; JOHN 18:19-40
JUN 10: 2CHRON 34-36; JOHN 19:1-22
JUN 11: EZRA 1-2; JOHN 19:23-42
JUN 12: EZRA 3-5; JOHN 20
JUN 13: EZRA 6-8; JOHN 21
JUN 14: EZRA 9-10; ACTS 1
JUN 15: NEHEMIAH 1-3; ACTS 2:1-21
JUN 16: NEHEMIAH 4-6; ACTS 2:22-47
JUN 17: NEHEMIAH 7-9; ACTS 3
JUN 18: NEHEMIAH 10-11; ACTS 4:1-22
JUN 19: NEHEMIAH 12-13; ACTS 4:23-37
JUN 20: ESTHER 1-2; ACTS 5:1-21
JUN 21: ESTHER 3-5; ACTS 5:22-42
JUN 22: ESTHER 6-8; ACTS 6
JUN 23: ESTHER 9-10; ACTS 7:1-21
JUN 24: JOB 1-2; ACTS 7:22-43
JUN 25: JOB 3-4; ACTS 7:44-60
JUN 26: JOB 5-7; ACTS 8:1-25
JUN 27: JOB 8-10; ACTS 8:26-40
JUN 28: JOB 11-13; ACTS 9:1-21
JUN 29: JOB 14-16; ACTS 9:22-43
JUN 30: JOB 17-19; ACTS 10:1-23
JUL 1: JOB 20-21; ACTS 10:24-48
JUL 2: JOB 22-24; ACTS 11
UL 3: JOB 25-27; ACTS 12
JUL 4: JOB 28-29; ACTS 13:1-25
JUL 5: JOB 30-31; ACTS 13:26-52
JUL 6: JOB 32-33; ACTS 14
JUL 7: JOB 34-35; ACTS 15:1-21
JUL 8: JOB 36-37; ACTS 15:22-41
JUL 9: JOB 38-40; ACTS 16:1-21
JUL 10: JOB 41-42; ACTS 16:22-40
JUL 11: PS 1-3; ACTS 17:1-15
JUL 12: PS 4-6; ACTS 17:16-34
JUL 13: PS 7-9; ACTS 18
JUL 14: PS 10-12; ACTS 19:1-20
JUL 15: PS 13-15; ACTS 19:21-41
JUL 16: PS 16-17; ACTS 20:1-16
JUL 17: Ps 18-19; ACTS 20:17-38
JUL 18: PS 20-22; ACTS 21:1-17
JUL 19: PS 23-25; ACTS 21:18-40
JUL 20; PS 26-28; ACTS 22
JUL 21: PS 29-30; ACTS 23:1-15
JUL 22: PS 31-32; ACTS 23:16-35
JUL 23: PS 33-34; ACTS 24
JUL 24: PS 35-36; ACTS 25
JUL 25: PS 37-39; ACTS 26
JUL 26: PS 40-42; ACTS 27:1-26
JUL 27: PS 43-45; ACTS 27:27-44
JUL 28: PS 46-48; ACTS 28
JUL 29: PS 49-50; ROM 1
JUL 30: PS 51-53; ROM 2
JUL 31: PS 54-56; ROM 3
AUG1;PS57-59;ROM4
AUG 2: PS 60-62; ROM 5
AUG 3: PS 63-65; ROM 6
AUG 4: Ps 66-67; ROM 7
AUG 5: Ps 68-69; ROM 8:1-21
AUG 6: PS 70-71; ROM 8:22-39
AUG 7: Ps 72-73; ROM 9:1-15
AUG 8: PS 74-76; ROM 9:16-33
AUG 9: PS 77-78; ROM 10
AUG 10: PS 79-80; ROM 11:1-18
AUG 11: PS 81-83; ROM 11:19-36
AUG 12: Ps 84-86; ROM 12
AUG 13: Ps 87-88; ROM 13
AUG 14: PS 89-90; ROM 14
AUG 15: PS 91-93; ROM 15:1-13
AUG 16: PS 94-96; ROM 15:14-33
AUG 17: PS 97-99; ROM 16
AUG 18: PS 100-102; IGOR 1
AUG 19: PS 103-104; 1COR2
AUG 20: PS 105-106; 1COR3
AUG 21: PS 107-109; 1COR4
AUG 22: PS 110-112; 1COR5
AUG 23: PS 113-115; 1COR6
AUG 24: PS 116-118; 1COR 7:1-19
AUG 25: PS 119:1-88; IGOR 7:20-40
AUG 26: PS 119:89-176; 1COR8
AUG 27: PS 120-122; 1COR9
AUG 28: PS 123-125; IGOR 10:1-18
AUG 29: PS 126-128; 1COR 10:19-33
AUG 30: PS 129-131; IGOR 11:1-16
AUG 31: PS 132-134; 1COR 11:17-34
SEP 1: PS 135-136; 1COR12
SEP 2: PS 137-139; 1COR13
SEP 3: PS 140-142; 1COR 14:1-20
SEP 4: PS 143-145; 1COR 14:21-40
SEP 5: PS 146-147; IGOR 15:1-28
SEP 6: PS 148-150; IGOR 15:29-58
SEP 7: PROV 1-2; 1COR16
SEP 8: PROV 3-5; 2COR1
SEP 9: PROV 6-7; 2COR2
SEP 10: PROV 8-9; 2COR 3
SEP 11: PROV 10-12; 2COR4
SEP 12: PROV 13-15; 2COR 5
SEP 13: PROV 16-18; 2COR6
SEP 14: PROV 19-21; 2COR7
SEP 15: PROV 22-24; 2COR8
SEP 16: PROV 25-26; 2COR9
SEP 17: PROV 27-29; 2COR 10
SEP 18: PROV 30-31; 2COR 11:1-15
SEP 19: ECC 1-3; 2COR 11:16-33
SEP 20: ECC 4-6; 2COR12
SEP 21: ECC 7-9; 2COR13
SEP 22: ECC 10-12; GAL 1
SEP 23: SONG 1-3; GAL 2
SEP 24: SONG 4-5; GAL 3
SEP 25: SONG 6-8; GAL 4
SEP 26: IS 1-2; GAL 5
SEP 27: IS 3-4; GAL 6
SEP 28: IS 5-6; EPH 1
SEP 29: IS 7-8; EPH 2
SEP 30: IS 9-10; EPH 3
OCT 1: IS 11-13; EPH 4
OCT 2: IS 14-16; EPH 5:1-16
OCT 3: IS 17-19; EPH 5:17-33
OCT 4: IS 20-22; EPH 6
OCT 5: IS 23-25; PHIL 1
OCT 6: IS 26-27; PHIL 2
OCT 7: IS 28-29; PHIL 3
OCT 8: IS 30-31; PHIL 4
OCT 9: IS 32-33; COL 1
OCT 10: IS 34-36; COL 2
OCT 11: IS 37-38; COL 3
OCT 12: is 39-40; COL 4
OCT 13: IS 41-42; 1THESS 1
OCT 14: Is 43-44; 1THESS 2
OCT IS: IS 45-46; 1THESS 3
OCT 16: IS 47-49; 1THESS 4
OCT 17: IS 50-52; 1THESS 5
OCT 18: IS 53-55; 2THESS 1
OCT 19: IS 56-58; 2THESS 2
OCT 20: IS 59-61; 2THESS 3
OCT21:IS62-64;1TIM1
OCT 22: IS 65-66; 1TIM 2
OCT 23: JER1-2; 1TIM 3
OCT 24: JER 3-5; 1TIM 4
OCT 25: JER 6-8; 1TIM 5
OCT26:JER9-11;1TIM6
OCT 27: JER 12-14; 2TIM 1
OCT 28: JER 15-17; 2TIM 2
OCT 29: JER 18-19; 2TiM 3
OCT 30: JER 20-21; 2TIM 4
OCT 31: JER 22-23; TITUS 1
Nov 1: JER 24-26; TITUS 2
NOV 2: JER 27-29; TITUS 3
NOV 3: JER 30-31; PHILEMON
NOV 4: JER 32-33; HEB 1
Nov 5: JER 34-36; HEB 2
Nov 6: JER 37-39; HEB 3
Nov 7: JER 40-42; HEB 4
NOV 8: JER 43-45; HEB 5
Nov 9: JER 46-47; HEB 6
Nov 10: JER 48-49; HEB 7
NOV 11: JER 50; HEB 8
NOV 12: JER 51-52; HEB 9
NOV 13: LAM 1-2; HEB 10:1-18
NOV 14: LAM 3-5; HEB 10:19-39
NOV 15: EZEK1-2; HEB 11:1-19
NOV 16: EZEK 3-4; HEB 11:20-40
NOV 17: EZEK 5-7; HEB 12
Nov 18: EZEK 8-10; HEB 13
Nov 19: EZEK 11-13; JAMES 1
NOV 20: EZEK 14-15; JAMES 2
NOV 21: EZEK 16-17; JAMES 3
Nov 22: EZEK 18-19; JAMES 4
NOV 23: EZEK 20-21; JAMES 5
NOV 24: EZEK 22-23; 1PET 1
NOV 25: EZEK 24-26; 1PET 2
NOV 26: EZEK 27-29; 1PET 3
Nov 27: EZEK 30-32; IPET 4
NOV 28: EZEK33-34; IPET 5
NOV 29: EZEK 35-36; 2PET 1
NOV 30: EZEK 37-39; 2PET 2
DEC 1: EZEK 40-41; 2PET 3
DEC 2: EZEK 42-44; 1JOHN 1
DEC 3: EZEK 45-46; 1JOHN 2
DEC 4: EZEK 47-48; 1JOHN 3
DEC 5: DAN 1-2; 1JOHN 4
DEC 6: DAN 3-4; 1JOHN 5
DEC 7: DAN 5-7; 2JOHN
DEC 8: DAN 8-10; 3JOHN
DEC 9: DAN 11-12; JUDE
DEC 10: HOSEA 1-4; REV 1
DEC 11: HOSEA 5-8; REV 2
DEC 12: HOSEA 9-11; REV 3
DEC 13: HOSEA 12-14; REV 4
DEC 14: JOEL; REV 5
DEC 15: AMOS 1-3; REV 6
DEC 16: AMOS 4-6; REV 7
DEC 17: AMOS 7-9; REV 8
DEC 18: OBADIAH; REV 9
DEC 19: JONAH; REV 10
DEC 20: MICAH 1-3; REV 11
DEC 21: MICAH 4-5; REV 12
DEC 22: MICAH 6-7; REV 13
DEC 23: NAHUM; REV 14
DEC 24: HABAKKUK; REV 15
DEC 25: ZEPHANIAH; REV 16
DEC 26: HAGGAI; REV 17
DEC 27: ZECH 1-4; REV 18
DEC 28: ZECH 5-8; REV 19
DEC 29: ZECH 9-12; REV 20
DEC 30: ZECH 13-14; REV 21
DEC 31: MALACHI; REV 22

Suggested Books to read this year.

My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers
The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren
Building Dynamic Faith by Jerry Falwell
The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer
Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis
The Complete Works of EM. Bounds on Prayer
Rees Howells, Intercessor by Norman Grubb
Knowing God by J.I. Packer
The Hiding Place by Come Ten Boom
With Christ in the School of Prayer by Andrew Murray
Born Again by Charles W. Colson
God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew
Through Gates of Splendor by Elisabeth Elliott
The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel

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The First Debate

The First Debate
   Genesis 3

Eve enters in a discussion with one who is intellectually above her, one who knows how to win debates, is clever, crafty and appealing.  There are highly educated teachers who look and sound good but teach false doctrines. I know that there are many people with whom I could lose a debate over doctrinal truths of the Scriptures, but that would not change the truth. Eve has the truth but will lose the debate and pay the price.
This could be an example for us, we don’t need to debate the Word of God, just proclaim it.

To begin the debate Satan just throws out a question “hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden” Gen 3:1. He presents this question to get Eve to begin to question/think what did God really say. She answers the question correctly (vs. 2-3) but didn’t stop with just what God said. She continues her answer adding “neither shall ye touch it”. She expanded what God said, while it might be good not even to touch, look at or even be near the tree. All of these could put one in the area near temptation, that may be good to do, but it’s not what God said. Once we add to or change what God actually says we are on dangerous ground.  Satan again takes the lead (vs. 4) with God did not mean that you would really die, though that is what He said. He now leads Eve to question what God meant with what He said in lieu of just accepting His word. Satan is claiming to know what God meant, that you can’t take God’s Word literally. Like all false teachers they change what God says to what they say He meant. They claim to have greater knowledge which they use to impress  and lead many astray.

Now He openly attacks God’s character and motives (vs 5) . Satan has won the debate, Eve has now set aside from her mind what God had said.  Ignoring all she is now focused on the forbidden fruit. It would satisfy her physical hunger, it looked exceptionally good to the eyes, it offered great benefits of knowledge and position. She had been led to set aside the simple command
of God, do not eat of this tree.

The coming tragedy was now determined, there would be no turning back. Eve would step over the line, Adam would follow with eyes wide open but blinded. Their disobedience  in following  Satan’s false teaching would have a disastrous effect on all to follow. They would try to cover and hide their sin , but it was too late. The act had been completed. It all started with the question “did God really mean what He said”?

Both Eve and Satan modified the actual words of God.  We all must guard against letting our preferences take the place of or expand what god actually says in any area of life. That can be difficult because  it may take me outside of my comfort zone.  The bottom line is we must know what the Word of God, that is  the Bible we hold in our hand, says then believe and trust it.

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