Jesus Our Perfect Hope 365 Devotional by Charles Stanley

Charles Stanley writes beautiful books. His 365 devotional book Jesus Our Perfect Hope is a wonderful book to read. In fact, I enjoyed this so much that I bought 40 copies of the devotional book and gave one to each of my volunteers at the Bible Café™ Ministry. It’s a prefect keepsake book.

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Here’s 3 reasons why I enjoy reading (and gifting) this devotional book.

First, Jesus Our Perfect Hope 365 Devotional by Charles Stanley is visually attractive. The outside cover is a soft imitation leather in a warm coffee color. It looks great sitting on the bedside table. Or next to a filled latte mug! The inside pages are visually attractive too. A warm bled of colors highlight quote boxes and daily words to ponder. I like feasting my eyes and heart on these daily truths. And, the book has a bookmark ribbon, which is very convenient and thoughtful for any reader.

Second, the book is rich in wisdom. After years of pastoring and studying the Scriptures, Charles Stanley has a classic voice. He’ll be remembered for his truth-telling stories, even when we don’t like them. He’ll be remembered for his unwavering devotional to God. These are evident in his literature writings, making this devotional book a timeless classic.

Third, this author is not shy about calling for godly repentance and obedience. Refreshing in a modern world. While I enjoy reading modern theologians, pastors, and authors too, sometimes its refreshment to go back to classics. Like Charles Surgeon. Or Charles Stanley.

Charles Stanley Quotes

“My hope is in Jesus because He lifts me up and transforms my life.” – Charles Stanley

“My hope is in Jesus because He satisfies my soul.” – Charles Stanley

“One of God’s great blessings in life is godly friends.” – Charles Stanley

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26 Bible Verses About Gardens

The Holy Bible has many verses about the garden. Discover Bible verses about the garden and the Creator. When you read Bible verses about the garden, you’ll learn that that “mother nature” is a New Age fallacy that does not exist! Because, the original garden was created by God.

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Bible Verses About Gardens

Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. (Genesis 2:1 NKJV)

Then the Lord God planted a garden in Eden in the east, and there he placed the man he had made. (Genesis 2:8 NLT)

The Lord God placed the man in the Garden of Eden to tend and watch over it. (Genesis 2:15 NLT)

So he said, “I heard Your voice in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; and I hid myself.”(Genesis 3:10 NKJV)

So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. (Genesis 3:23 NLT)

During the lifetime of Solomon, all of Judah and Israel lived in peace and safety. And from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south, each family had its own home and garden. (1 Kings 4:25 NLT)

The godless seem like a lush plant growing in the sunshine, its branches spreading across the garden. (Job 8:16 NLT)

As for man, his days are like grass; As a flower of the field, so he flourishes. (Psalm 103:15 NKJV)

I am a rose of Sharon, a lily of the valleys. (Song of Songs 2:1 NIV)

More Bible Verses About Gardens

Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land. (Song of Songs 2:12 NIV)

You who dwell in the gardens with friends in attendance, let me hear your voice! (Song of Songs 8:13 NIV)

I made gardens and parks, filling them with all kinds of fruit trees. (Ecclesiastes 2:5 NLT)

You will be like a great tree with withered leaves, like a garden without water. The strongest among you will disappear like straw; their evil deeds will be the spark that sets it on fire. They and their evil works will burn up together, and no one will be able to put out the fire. (Isaiah 1:30-31 NLT)

The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever. (Isaiah 40:8 NKJV)

The Lord will guide you continually, giving you water when you are dry and restoring your strength. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring. (Isaiah 58:11 NLT)

“Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce.” (Jeremiah 29:5 NLT)

Because I made this tree so beautiful, and gave it such magnificent foliage, it was the envy of all the other trees of Eden, the garden of God. (Ezekiel 31:9 NLT)

I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore. (Ezekiel 34:29 NKJV)

What Does the Bible Say About Gardens?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.” (Matthew 6:28-29 NIV)

Here is another illustration Jesus used: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed planted in a field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but it becomes the largest of garden plants; it grows into a tree, and birds come and make nests in its branches.” (Matthew 13:31-32 NLT)

The Prayer Garden: Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to the disciples, “Sit here while I go and pray over there.” Matthew 26:36 NKJV

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.” (John 15:1 NIV)

So Judas came to the garden, guiding a detachment of soldiers and some officials from the chief priests and the Pharisees. They were carrying torches, lanterns and weapons. Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?” (John 18:3-4 NIV)

One of the servants of the high priest, a relative of him whose ear Peter cut off, said, “Did I not see you in the garden with Him?” (John 18:26 NKJV)

The place of crucifixion was near a garden, where there was a new tomb, never used before. (John 19:41 NLT)

He asked her, “Woman, why are you crying? Who is it you are looking for?” Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.” (John 20:15 NIV)

Bible Copyrights For This Article

New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

13 Bible Verses About Pruning

Pruning in the Bible is often a metaphor. And so, many people are curious about Bible Verses About Pruning. What does the Bible say about pruning? Maybe you’re heard the verse about the “Gardner and the Vine?” Yet, there are a few more veerses in the Bible about pruning. Let’s take a look at them.

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Bible Verses About Pruning

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. (John 15:2 NKJV)

You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. (John 15:3-4 NLT)

He will settle disputes among the nations and provide arbitration for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plows and their spears into pruning knives. Nation will not take up the sword against nation, and they will never again train for war. (Isaiah 2:4 CSB)

For before the harvest, when the blossoming is over and the blossom becomes a ripening grape, he will cut off the shoots with a pruning knife, and tear away and remove the branches. (Isaiah 18:5 CSB)

I will make it a wasteland, neither pruned nor cultivated, and briers and thorns will grow there. I will command the clouds not to rain on it. (Isaiah 5:6 NIV)

Beat your plows into swords and your pruning knives into spears. Let even the weakling say, “I am a warrior.” (Joel 3:10 CSB)

He will settle disputes among many peoples and provide arbitration for strong nations that are far away. They will beat their swords into plows and their spears into pruning knives. Nation will not take up the sword against nation, and they will never again train for war. (Micah 4:3 CSB)

Bible Verses About Pruning Weeds

They speak mere words, taking false oaths while making covenants. So lawsuits break out like poisonous weeds in the furrows of a field. (Hosea 10:4 CSB)

 But while people were sleeping, his enemy came, sowed weeds among the wheat, and left. (Matthew 13:25 CSB)

 “‘No,’ he said. ‘When you pull up the weeds, you might also uproot the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest. At harvest time I’ll tell the reapers: Gather the weeds first and tie them in bundles to burn them, but collect the wheat in my barn.’” (Matthew 13:29-30 CSB)

The field is the world; and the good seed—these are the children of the kingdom. The weeds are the children of the evil one. (Matthew 13:38 CSB)

Therefore, just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. (Matthew 13:40 CSB)

Bible Copyrights For This Article

New King James Version (NKJV) Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

New International Version (NIV) Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

The Christian Standard Bible (CSB). Copyright © 2017 by Holman Bible Publishers. Used by permission. Christian Standard Bible®, and CSB® are federally registered trademarks of Holman Bible Publishers, all rights reserved.

 

Study Bible Giveaway

Whenever someone asks what I want to receive as a gift my first answer is always “A New Study Bible!” Words of the Bible come alive when turning the pages of my study Bible. One of my favorites is the CSB Spurgeon Study Bible. This month I want to gift the same Bible to someone in my online community.

If you are reading this today, I am inviting you to participate in a giveaway. A brand-new copy of the CSB Spurgeon Study Bible-just like mine- is sitting beside me. I will be shipping this helpful study Bible to one winner (USA only) at the end of the month.

Each day when I read my CSB Spurgeon Study Bible I will remember that you’re reading it too! It’s a beautiful gift.

One of my favorite Bibles is the CSB Spurgeon Study Bible.

Charles Spurgeon is known as the “Prince of Preachers.” His preaching reached over 10 million people in his lifetime. His written sermons have impacted millions more. The CSB Spurgeon Study Bible features thousands of excerpts from Spurgeon’s sermons. With editing by Alistair Begg, the richness of the Prince of Preachers’ insights is brought into your daily Bible study.

Fans of Charles Spurgeon books or Spurgeon Christian devotionals will like this Bible. It is a remarkable resource—as if you were sitting alongside Charles Spurgeon. The CSB Spurgeon Study Bible is ideal whether you are preparing for future Bible studies or daily readings.

Features of the study Bible include

  • Introductory Biography of Charles Spurgeon
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  • Extracted sermon illustrations placed on the same page as the associated biblical text
  • Sermon notes and outlines in Spurgeon’s handwriting
  • Popular “Spurgeon Quotables” inserted throughout the Bible
  • Book introductions with book overviews in Spurgeon’s own words
  • Topical subheadings, Two-column text, Concordance, Presentation Page
  • Full-color maps, and more.

The CSB Spurgeon Study Bible features the highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible® (CSB). The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible’s original meaning without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture’s life-transforming message and to share it with others.

 

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Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another if anyone has a grievance against another. Just as the Lord has forgiven you, so you are also to forgive. Above all, put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity. Colossians 3:12-14 CSB

Charles Spurgeon Sermons and Study Bible

I’ve been listening to Charles Spurgeon’s sermons and reading his published works. I found his books on Amazon, his spoken sermons on Spotify, and written sermons on the internet. The man is quite fascinating and so is the CSB Spurgeon Study Bible! I remind myself of the original CONTEXT of his teachings. What was happening in the world? Where was he preaching? How was his audience responding? These are the important reminders when I study a historical theologian such as Charles Spurgeon.

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And let the peace of Christ, to which you were also called in one body, rule your hearts. And be thankful. Colossians 3:15 CBS

 

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2022 Summer Bible Study

We’re excited to begin another summer of FREE study at the Bible Cafe™. We’re expecting more than 2,000 participants for the free Revelation Bible study. As a reminder, you will want the book Revelation: The Smart Guide to the Bible by Daymond Duck. Our Introduction week begins the week of July 11, 2022, where you’ll meet your leaders and make small group friends. Grab a book and show up for a free virtual small group at the Bible Cafe™- everyone is welcome!

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With so many women participating in the 2022 summer Bible study, we know you’ll have many questions. So here’s a summary of the most common questions we receive before starting  an online Bible study:

2022 Summer Bible Study with Virtual Small Groups

What if my book has not arrived yet?
You can download the book in Kindle format and get instant access. No waiting for a delivery truck.

What should I be reading in the book?
Each week you’ll read three easy chapters.

What Bible translation should I use?
If you look at the first inside page of your study book, with copyright information, you’ll see that the author is using the New King James Version (NKJV) for this study. Use any Bible you prefer. We recommend using an online Bible app, such as Biblegateway.com or YouVersion.com if you’d like to use the same translation as the book author, or examine a passage in multiple translations (NIV, ESV, NLT, for example).

Do we need to answer the questions each week? Where do I find them?

We have prepared ten discussion questions for each small group conversation. Christine Abraham will send you these questions by email when you REGISTER for updates.

When and where do the small groups meet?
To see the schedule of small groups, register for this study. We will send you the discussion schedule by email. FREE groups are meeting on Facebook- in a private group.

Who is my small group leader?

She will introduce herself to the group as soon as all the women have joined the study. You will have a leader and a co-leader, both are there to facilitate the discussion and pray for you.

Can I attend more than one small group?

Yes, you can attend as many small groups as you like. For example, if you miss your regular group on Tuesday, feel free to attend another group during the week so you will not fall behind.

2022 Summer Bible Study

What time and where do we meet?
We meet many times during the week- mornings, afternoons, and evenings.

Can my friends see what I post in the Facebook group?
The settings for the Facebook group are private. The comments will appear in your timeline and only you will see them. Remember though, if you have a friend in the same Facebook group, she will see what you

Do I need to participate in the group discussions?
It is beneficial to your study and spiritual growth when you participate. The enemy of God will convince you that your words don’t matter. We know from leading several online Bible studies that women who participate in group discussions are more likely to finish their studies. And so, the women who do not participate in the small groups are most likely to drop out and not complete the study.

Do I need the book to participate?
Yes, it is recommended for this study. Our discussions are based on the weekly reading assignment from Revelation: The Smart Guide to the Bible

What if I need to go on vacation during this study?
Bring your book and Bible with you.

What if I fall behind in my reading?
Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to help you get back on track. Don’t quit just because you are behind or feel disappointed in yourself. Reach out to your small group for support and encouragement. They will cheer you on, all the way to the finish line!

What if I have spiritual warfare while trying to do this Bible study?
You will have spiritual warfare, it’s almost guaranteed. As you draw closer to the LORD, Satan will do his best to put a wedge between you and your study. We know that Scripture is armor against the enemy…so he will distract, discourage and deceive you during this study. We encourage you to pray with your small groups and ask others to intercede. Post a prayer request in our group. We have a designated team of women who will be praying for you.

Welcome to online Bible study!