Believe: Living the Story of the Bible to Become like Jesus

Believe: Living the Story of the Bible to Become like Jesus is a a selection of passages from the New International Version. The book is broken down into sections Think, Act, and Be and focuses on the basics of Christianity. The three sections break down into ‘What do I believe?’ ‘What should I do?’ and ‘Who am I becoming?’ from there they break down into chapters about God, Salvation, Humanity, Worship, Prayer, Offering time, Sharing my Faith, Hope, Patience, and Humility.

Each chapter is back to back passages and verses that support and teach about the theme of the chapter. This book is a good resource for someone that may be overwhelmed by reading the whole Bible but want to understand the basics of Christianity. Each chapter will focus on a main point and use verses and passages from different books in the Bible to support that point. I think that this book is a great resource for those looking to understand better what we believe with biblical evidence to why we believe it.

I recommend this book for anyone that is new to Christianity and even those who have been a Christian for years. It is a great reminder of why we believe what we believe.

I received this book complimentary from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Lumo Project: The Gospel of John #JohnOnNetflix

What I thought:

As of this past Monday you can now watch the Lumo Projects the Gospel of John on Netflix, and it is worth adding to your list. The Gospel of John is a full length film using the actual text from John without edits or changes. You can view the film in the King James Version, New International Version and it is also available in Spanish. The Lumo Project will eventually have all four Gospels available.

The Gospel of John is not your typical movie, it wasn’t created to sell out theaters, or adapted to please audiences, the script come directly from the Bible and the film is used to add to and give context to what is already written. The Gospel of John is a new way to experience the Bible by not only hearing the Word spoken but by seeing what it would have looked like during the time. This film will enhance what you have read by showing you what the world looked like when Jesus lived. This is specifically great for people that are visual learners because they can see what is happening along with the text. I really enjoyed this film and think that it will be an amazing resource for people and give them an entirely different experience when interacting with the Bible. I am excited to see the rest of the Gospels as they come to life through these films.

About the Film and Lumo Project:

FOUR GOSPELS. FOUR FILMS. ONE JESUS STORY. FOR EVERYONE.

A ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels.

The Lumo Project is a ground breaking, multi-language biblical film resource transforming the way we discover, study and engage with the life of Jesus through the four New Testament Gospels: redefining the standard of visual Biblical media. The Lumo Project presents four films – one for each Gospel account – that will revolutionise the way we all experience the story of Jesus and the world of First Century Palestine in which he lived.

THE GOSPEL OF JOHN

The Gospel of John takes the story of Jesus from John’s gospel with its own unique characteristics. For John, Jesus is the Word of God made human. John is clear that that when encounter Jesus, we encounter God.  The gospel writer points to the miracles (the ‘Signs’) and teachings as evidence of Jesus’ special relationship as the divine Son of God.

This full-length feature film about the life of Jesus takes the actual Gospel text as its script, word for word, unedited. Five years in the making, this epic production has been critically acclaimed by leading religious scholars as a unique and highly authentic telling of the Jesus story. Narrated by leading British actor David Harewood (‘Homeland’, ‘Blood Diamond’, ‘Merchant of Venice’) it is based on the latest theological, historical and archaeological research. With specially constructed sets and the extraordinarily authentic villages and countryside of rural Morocco, it immerses the viewer in the world of first century Palestine. 

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

For More Information:

Official Website: http://www.lumoproject.com

I was provided access to the Gospel of John in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

-Elle

 

Candle Bedtime Bible

By: Karen Williamson

Illustrated By: Christine Tappin

The Candle Bedtime Bible is a collection of 3, 5, and 10 minute long Bible stories for kids; each story is labelled by the length of time to help aid every parent before bedtime. These Bible stories are written in a way that makes the story easy to understand and is complimented by beautiful illustrations that correlate with each story. The print used in this book is large enough that beginner readers will also be able to enjoy the stories as they practice reading each night.

I enjoyed being able to use the Candle Bedtime Bible in the nursery at our church, the kids loved looking at the pictures and listening to the stories. This is a great book to have as an introduction to Bible stories for all young kids.

I received this book complimentary from Kregel Publications in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

The Wayfinding Bible: Helping you navigate God’s Word

Finding the right Bible is never an easy task, whenever roaming around a bookstore, I usually check out the Bible section to find the Bible that is right for me, I have a regular NIV Bible that is great for carrying around, but in the last year I was really on a search for a new Bible that would also provide extra information that included maps and context and some other details that didn’t require pulling out a concordance or google search.

The Wayfinding Bible is a NLT that has three ‘routes’ to choose from.

The Flyover Route – This is a chronological overview of the events of the Bible

The Direct Route – This route helps you to gain a full perspective of the entire Bible and how everything fits together and can be completed in less than a year

The Scenic Route – This is a deeper look at God’s Word throughout the Bible

No matter which path you choose to take there is tons of additional information that helps you to understand the context with which you are reading. Each book of the Bible has an introduction that says more about the book, what was happening in the area when the book was written, the introductions also shows you how each book points towards Jesus.

The top of each page is clearly labelled to help you stay on the route you choose, with each route you will receive an introduction to the passage, after reading the section you can continue on to the observation point and the exploration point both of which will help you to dig deeper into the information you just read.

Throughout each book you will finding sections of additional information, full colored maps to give you an idea of what the area looked like, timelines of lineage (which prove helpful when reading numerous verses on the descendants).

I chose to read the Flyover Route, which gave a great overview of the Bible chronologically and is packed full of information, it is a great place to start especially for those that want to get an understanding of the Bible and gives them a good starting point that they can than go back and read one of the more detailed routes. The flyover route gave a lot of great details without being overwhelming and is great for any individual that it reading the Bible for the first time or gives a fresh glimpse for someone that has read it for years.

The Wayfinding Bible is a great Bible for everyone, with a beautiful layout that adds to your daily readings rather than distracting with too much information, with three different routes to take if you aren’t sure where to start or to use as your everyday Bible. The coloring of the maps and highlighting of supplemental information is very helpful. I highly recommend this Bible for anyone searching for something a little different than your regular Bible. This Bible does not change the text of the Word it only enhances with additional information that helps you understand what is happening contextually.

I received this Bible from Tyndale House Publishers in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

-Elle

Bogged down by books

I never thought I would say. Never believed I would get to the point where I thought that maybe I was reading to much. Recently, I’ve been receiving a lot of Devotionals and Bible Studies to review, books about trusting God, facing fears, discovering your purpose, closer looks at women of the Bible, a guide to reading the Bible, a book on prayer. I surround myself with these books hoping that they will bring me closer to God, thinking that they will help me to understand more, to comprehend what I am reading more.

The other night as I was reading I realized that these books aren’t the answer. I often times turn to books when I am confused or want to know more about a subject, but the thing is I’ve been turning to the wrong books. Instead of seeking answers from other authors I need to take that time to turn my Bible for the answers.

Growing up I was always told that during lent I was supposed to give something up, I had never understood this as a child, and since we have just begun the season of Lent, the days prior I saw numerous people making statements of giving up social media, of turning off facebook for the time being. I haven’t given up anything for a few years now, but this year I am giving up books. That is that until the end of Lent, when I want to read I will be turning to my Bible rather than some other source.

Now as a disclaimer to saying that, you will still be seeing book reviews, and I will follow through on the books that I have committed to reading for reviews, or for a small group, but beyond those books I will not be adding anything new to my pile until after Lent. So instead of picking up the latest fiction novel I will be picking up my Bible more and using the Bible as my guide for the answers I am seeking.

-Elle

52 Weeks 52 Verses: National Day of Prayer

” Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains.Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

Colossians 4:2-6

 

Today is the National Day of Prayer, lets join together and pray for our families, friends, and enemies. Pray for our country, our leaders, and our communities. Pray for those in need. Pray for the widows and the orphans. Lets prayer for one another.

If you have a specific Prayer Request Comment here or send an e-mail.

How can I pray for you?

-Elle

 

 

One Year through the Bible

I’ve always tried to read through the Bible from beginning to end, it just always became overwhelming (Especially once you hit Leviticus and Numbers!)   A friend of mine has mentioned having the same problem so we decided that we are going to help one another to be accountable.

Below is a link to the Reading Plan we are using, it is broken down my days/genres rather than trying to read from beginning to end and we want to invite you to join us!

Into Thy Word Bible Reading Plan

If you would like to join us in this challenge please leave a comment below so we can be praying for you, if you want a weekly e-mail of the Verse breakdown send an e-mail to OrganicShoes@gmail.com and every Saturday we will send a list for the next week!

Hope you can join us! God Bless!

 

Today we are starting in the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 1-2

 

-Elle

 

 

Have you ever read through the whole Bible? How did it change your relationship with God? What was the most challenging part? Did you have a reading plan or just work from beginning to end?

When are we called to lead?: 1 Peter Graduated Blog Tour Week 9

It’s been 9 weeks since starting this inductive Bible Study on 1 Peter by Sue Edwards, and wow have I learned a lot. Sometimes we get so caught up in our lives and what we have to get done that we read the Bible to check it off our list, to get another thing done and don’t think twice about. This Bible study has reminded me to slow down and really consider what we are being taught, and how to apply them to our lives daily.

Week 9 covers the final chapter of 1 Peter, chapter 5 which is aimed at speaking to the elders and the young people, and also touches a lot on leadership and how one can help the other.

I feel that very often we hear about leadership, we’re asked to step up into a position, to become a leader, to help out those younger than us. Sometimes I feel the church (I use this term loosely, and refer more to is always searching for leaders to take on more responsibility, to be a role model to the younger generations.

I often forget that sometimes being asked to lead does not mean I should say yes, that sometimes I am just not read to lead, or God is does not want me to lead at the time, or in that position. Sometimes we get over our heads and lead because it sounds like a good opportunity or we like to be in charge, or we feel obligated too but when asked we need to take a step back and prayerfully consider each opportunity, and sometimes as Patsy Clairmont likes to put it we need to respond with a ‘Holy No.’ A no we cannot do that at this time.

1 Peter 5:2-3 reminds us that being a leader does not give us the right to lord over others, but its to set an example.

“Be shepherds of God’s flock that is under your care, watching over them—not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;  not lording it over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock. And when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that will never fade away.”

 

This is an especially hard lesson for me, I’m not very good at saying no. And by not very good I mean not at all. I don’t like disappointing others, I want people to know they can count on me, but sometimes saying yes is detrimental to not only myself spiritually but also to those I am leading. So before saying yes, take a step back and consider where God is leading you, and if what you are being asked is in His plans for you.

-Elle

 

The 1 Peter: Finding Encouragement in Troubling Times was provided to me complimentary from Kregel Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This is an inductive Bible Study by Sue Edwards.

52 Weeks:52 Verses Week 2

Week 2: Isaiah 41:8-10

“But you, Israel, are my servant. You’re Jacob, my first choice, descendants of my good friend Abraham. I pulled you in from all over the world, called you in from every dark corner of the earth, Telling you, ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side. I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”

 Isaiah 41:8-10 (Message)

I have always loved this verse. Especially in the message translation, the words have always been so powerful. Numerous times throughout the Old and New Testament we are told not to fear. 

This past weekend I was planning to talk to someone about stepping down from a volunteer position, I had been considering it for a few weeks now and had talked it over with a friend. I had come to realize that my heart wasn’t in it, and that without me really wanting to be a part of the team I was more detrimental but helpful.  For the last few months I have made excuses to my friend of reasons I could not quit (even though I really felt I needed too) They don’t have enough people, I can’t leave that all to them, maybe when someone else steps up, maybe when so-and-so is trained. Yet, he continued to remind me that it was not my responsibility to fill my own position, that I couldn’t keep doing something my heart wasn’t in.

So last week I texted and set up a time to chat over the weekend, and as I started to explain I wimped out. I made excuses for why I sent my text instead of what was really on my mind. And than I had to tell my friend that I wimped out and that’s when it hit me.

I am afraid.

I am afraid of letting people down, of not doing the right thing, or not being able to help. I’ve let fear control my decisions and everything I do. From the smallest of things, although half the time my excuses sound really good, that is all they are excuses.

This week I am focusing on that fear and reminding myself how many times God has called us not to fear. He always has our backs and no matter what He will not reject us.

-Elle

Week 2: Isaiah 41:8-10

“But you, Israel, are my servant. You’re Jacob, my first choice, descendants of my good friend Abraham. I pulled you in from all over the world, called you in from every dark corner of the earth, Telling you, ‘You’re my servant, serving on my side. I’ve picked you. I haven’t dropped you.’ Don’t panic. I’m with you. There’s no need to fear for I’m your God. I’ll give you strength. I’ll help you. I’ll hold you steady, keep a firm grip on you.”

 -Isaiah 41:8-10 (Message)

I have always loved this verse. Especially in the message translation, the words have always been so powerful. Numerous times throughout the Old and New Testament we are told not to fear. 

This past weekend I was planning to talk to someone about stepping down from a volunteer position, I had been considering it for a few weeks now and had talked it over with a friend. I had come to realize that my heart wasn’t in it, and that without me really wanting to be a part of the team I was more detrimental but helpful.  For the last few months I have made excuses to my friend of reasons I could not quit (even though I really felt I needed too) They don’t have enough people, I can’t leave that all to them, maybe when someone else steps up, maybe when so-and-so is trained. Yet, he continued to remind me that it was not my responsibility to fill my own position, that I couldn’t keep doing something my heart wasn’t in.

So last week I texted and set up a time to chat over the weekend, and as I started to explain I wimped out. I made excuses for why I sent my text instead of what was really on my mind. And than I had to tell my friend that I wimped out and that’s when it hit me.

I am afraid.

I am afraid of letting people down, of not doing the right thing, or not being able to help. I’ve let fear control my decisions and everything I do. From the smallest of things, although half the time my excuses sound really good, that is all they are excuses.

This week I am focusing on that fear and reminding myself how many times God has called us not to fear. He always has our backs and no matter what He will not reject us.

-Elle