Celebrate 2023 With Us

Celebrate 2023 With Us

Win a study Bible, wall calendar, or membership to Bible Cafe™ University

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To celebrate the New Year 2023, we are giving away some Bible Cafe™ treats! We believe every year should begin with a commitment to study, connect, and grow. So we’re giving away a study Bible, wall calendars, and memberships to Bible Cafe™ University. Use the form below and enter your name. We’re excited to see you start the year 2023 with a commitment that leads to personal revival.

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Know Your Bible Devotions For Women

Know Your Bible For Women has inspired this one-year devotional, a collection of 365 daily readings that focus on key Scriptures in biblical order—from Genesis to Revelation. This devotional is easy to read and understand. Key themes from the Bible are explained and common questions are answered. Someone new to reading the Bible will appreciate the simplicity. Each devotion ends with a three sentence prayer.
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This devotional is different, because it does not begin with a personal story. Each day begins with a Bible story. “Know Your Bible Devotions For Women” is a good way to remember key themes and events. Each day starts with a question, offers evidence from Scripture, and ends with a prayer.
 
As a Bible teacher, I enjoyed these daily reminders about favorite Bible stories. Applying the Bible today is a key message throughout. This devotional also includes a Bible reading plan for a deeper experience. Readers of inductive study will appreciate the “who, what, where, when, how, and why” questions before each daily devotion.This devotional book would make a lovely gift.
I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this book from NetGalley and purchased a copy for my library.

Book Description

You want to know your Bible. . .
You
need to know your Bible. . .
You
can know your Bible.

Inspired by the 3-million-copy bestseller, Know Your Bible Devotions for Women provides a reading a day for an entire year. Each entry emphasizes an important verse of scripture, offering background, insight, and an encouraging takeaway.

Over the course of twelve months, you’ll get a fascinating overview of all 66 books in order—an excellent primer if you’re new to God’s Word, and a helpful refresher if you’re already familiar with scripture.

Know Your Bible Devotions for Women also includes a complete, 365-day Bible reading plan if you want to go beyond the devotionals themselves. It’s an encouraging resource for readers from the teen years and up.

Faith Still Moves Mountains by Harris Faulkner

Faith Still Moves Mountains by Harris Faulkner book review.
I still remember the time someone asked me “Does God ever answer your prayers?” She asked with a stone cold heart, expecting me to have no answers for her challenge. Without hesitation, I responded with stories of answered prayers. “Faith Still Moves Mountains” by Harris Faulkner is a book about answered prayers. Its a collection of eyewitness accounts, where faith has moved mountains.
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Each story in the book is carefully researched. The smallest details and eyewitness words add credibility to the testimony. Each story demonstrates faith, hope, and love. Next time someone asks “does God answer prayers?” I am giving them this amazing book.
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A Short Guide to Reading the Bible Better by George Guthrie. Book review.
A timely book for a generation of word users. As we write and speak words across social media, into the phone in the palm of our hand, or witha short video clip- do our words look more like the truth of God’s Word? Or do they look like the words of the world? A Short Guide to Reading the Bible Better by George Guthrie teaches us to mind our words and steward them as citizens of a holy kingdom.
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The Blessed Life by Kelly Minter

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Enjoyable humor is something we expect from the author. Reading The Blessed Life: A 90 Day Devotional Through the Miracles and Teachings of Jesus by Kelly Minter feels like Kelly is sitting across from us at the cafe table, with a hot latte in her hands, and a big smile on her face. She connects with her readers, makes us comfortable with her casualness, and then pierces us with a deep thought. She never leaves her reader without an opportunity for spiritual growth and transformation.
In this 90-day devotional journey, readers are gifted with the warmth of Kelly Minter’s personal stories. Page by page, I found myself thinking about how these stories help me understand and apply the Bible each day. In storytelling, we are more likely to connect ancient text with modern life.The Blessed Life: A 90 Day Devotional Through the Miracles and Teachings of Jesus by Kelly Minter is very good writing and storytelling.
Fans of Kelly Minter Bible studies will enjoy the depth of her devotional book. The 90-day format is a daily experience her readers will enjoy. Just like her other books, you’ll want to read it more than once. Or after 90 days, pass your book to the next person in your small group and share the blessed life with friends.
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Book Review. Absolutely Brilliant!
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Reading “40 Days. 40 Words. Easter Readings to Touch Your Heart” by Ken Petersen and Randy Petersen takes the 40 day focus off self, and places it back on Jesus. The authors explain, “In abstaining from a vice, we improve ourselves. But this understanding of abstaining at Lent has it all backward. In fact, as with many aspects of the Easter season, it’s not about us. It’s about Him. Jesus.”
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The devotional book 40 Days. 40 Words. Easter Readings to Touch Your Heart by Ken Petersen and Randy Petersen can be read anytime, but is specifically anchored to Easter with a Christian application. Highly recommend for new Believers, or anyone who wants a deeper understanding on the connection between the Bible and the traditional holiday celebration.
I can see myself buying 40 copies of this book! One for each of my ministry leaders. A Great gift for church volunteers. Once I started reading the book, I did not want to put it down. Its fantastic!
I received an Advanced Reader Copy through Netgalley.

I Believe by Thom Rainer

A Helpful Resource for Lukewarm Believers… or those new to the faith. I Believe: A Concise Guide to the Essentials of the Christian Faith by Thom Rainer, book review.

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This book anchors to the Scriptures as the source for foundational beliefs and doctrines. It will be a good handbook for small group Bible study, especially in nondenominational congregations where members seek unity or understanding on their differences. The author acknowledges differences in denominations.

In one chapter Rainer writes, “Some scholars treat the Ascension as its own unique doctrine. Others see it as the continuation and culmination of the Resurrection.” After pointing out the difference,he elaborates with Scripture to explain his point of reference.
Sometimes Ranier calls out beliefs for being unbiblical. Especially in regards to an overemphasis of the Holy Spirit in some churches. I Believe: A Concise Guide to the Essentials of the Christian Faith by Thom Rainer takes the middle ground position in regards to the Holy Spirit. Generally, the author respects differences, such as Revelation interpretation.
The book flows freely in thought and is easy to understand. Key words are defined and explained, such as the differences between atheism, universalism, pluralism, inclusivism, and exclusivism.
Each chapter in I Believe: A Concise Guide to the Essentials of the Christian Faith by Thom Rainer ends with three questions, but these are not personal application or reflection questions. This would be a helpful conversation for small groups. Each chapter could inspire a Sunday sermon, helpful for preachers and pastors.
A very good resource book.
Highly recommend this.
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Christmas Changes Everything by Elisa Morgan

Let this Christmas change you! These words from author Elisa Morgan are perfectly written as a clue to the overall theme of the book. Christmas Changes Everything by Elisa Morgan is unlike any advent book or Christmas study book. It’s a well-crafted masterpiece.

One of the things I enjoyed most about this book is the tapestry of the characters. Elisa Morgan takes each person in the Christmas story and shows her readers how the characters are relevant today. Now when I think of the manger scene under my tree or the Christmas Village on my shelf, I am reminded of how the birth of Jesus changed these people. It’s a more beautiful scene than I first imagined.

Another thing I enjoyed about the book Christmas Changes Everything are the “change point” prompts at the end of each chapter. These reflection questions are helpful for today.

Finally, that last chapter was like unwrapping a beautiful gift. If you select a focus word for the year or decide to meditate on a specific keyword from Scripture, you’ll find a list waiting in the afterword chapter. It’s brilliant!

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As a Christmas Bible study, read two chapters a week and you’ll have a 5-week study for your group. Most Christmas studies are 25-day Advent studies and so I like the depth and content of this character theme study. Each person has a place in the Christmas story- and so do you!

Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis. 

Summer is a perfect time for sweet tea, iced coffees, and great books. Being outdoors in the garden, at the lake, or by a pool…it seems I always have a book beside me for entertainment. This week during my vacation, I read Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis.

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If you are reading my Twitter posts, Facebook posts, or newsletter… then you saw me quoting from this C. S. Lewis book. Many of the letters in the book were fascinating. Since I was captivated by the book, I would encourage my friends by sharing highlights and book notes.

What I enjoyed most about Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis was the raw truthfulness of this popular author. Rather than writing words to publish in a book, he wrote personal letters to his friends.

The recipient of these letters was a needy, complaining, and often irritating woman. Yer Mr. Lewis would gently push back and correct her behavior. His response when she provoked him was the role of a professor. Yet he shows endurance in praying for this lady and continued to answer her mail.

Inside these letters, I found pieces of the biography of Mr. Lewis. He writes about war, the monarchy, church division, finding and marrying his wife, and much more. This book is captivating to read.

Quotes From Letters to an American Lady by C. S. Lewis.

“How awful it must have been for poor Lazarus who had actually died, got it all over, and then was brought back—to go through it all, I suppose, a few years later. I think he, not St. Stephen, ought really to be celebrated as the first martyr.” -C. S. Lewis

“The precious alabaster box which one must break over the Holy Feet is one’s heart.” – C. S. Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My Crazy Devotional Adventure

My crazy devotional adventure started with an answered prayer. Each year for 40 days, I challenge myself and deepen my faith. And so, I remember praying “God, what do you want me to give up for the next 40 days.” Maybe you have prayed this too?

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Expecting the usual coffee, sugar, or food answer… I was frustrated when my heart tugged with an answer I did not like. It felt like the answer was to read daily devotionals. Then I prayed for discernment on which devotional to read, and I did not like the answer: “Ten per day.”

The rebellious child inside my heart immediately disagreed. And so, I tried to negotiate myself out of this crazy adventure. I wanted a traditional 40 day fast and not something weird. But the more I wanted to fast from sugar or bread, the stronger the conviction was to read devotional books,

Read 10 Devotions a Day For the Next 40 Days

My threshold for boredom and attention to busyness were bookends of complaint. These thoughts were persistent. Yet sitting in the quiet place of my prayer room, it was not negotiable. I knew I would now read a total of 400 devotions. Ugh.

After the first week, I noticed the words in these ten books were blurring together. They were not feeding my soul or guiding my day. Although I selected different authors and themes, my reading became routine. Boring.

The remedy was to split my books into two stacks of five, then read five in the morning and five more in the evening. It was a bit easier. But I wrestled with reasoning “why” I was on this crazy adventure.

After my 40 days were complete, I archived the ten devotional books back onto my bookshelf. It was a strange calling, and yet I faithfully obeyed.

“This is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: ‘Write in a book all the words I have spoken to you.” -Jeremiah 30:2 NIV

Now, years later, I am blissfully writing my own devotional books. Perhaps, God had a plan and a purpose.

He was teaching me sentence structure, format, emotion, and message. What an amazing Father, to know my every need.

Be Blessed!