The Bookmark

I love this bookmark. I bought a pack years ago for a Sunday School class I was teaching. Read it, then read it again but change the word kid to adult, school to work, parents to kid and then apply it to your daily life.

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Old vs New

I’m sure you have heard the phrase “out with the old and in with the new”. That pertains to quite a few things: clothes, furniture, jobs, attitudes, etc. But does it pertain to the Bible? I have heard and read that the Old Testament is just that…Old…and that we should only read the New Testament. That what was before Jesus is just not so anymore. Have you heard that? Which do you read?  
Have you even considered what the Old Testament is about? Well we know it’s about creation and Noah’s Ark and a great story of Joseph and his technicolor dream coat and let’s not forget Jonah and the whale. But is that all it’s really about? I will admit the Old Testament is hard to read and understand but have you read it and suddenly realized “hey I think they are talking about the coming of Jesus the Messiah”?
To get a glimpse of this lets take a look at just a few verses in the Old Testament that points to Jesus.  
Isaiah 9:6 – For to us a child is born, to is a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Might God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 7:14 – Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
Micah 5:2 – But you, O Bethlehem Ephratah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days.
Head to the New Testament and check out the complete ancestral genealogy in Luke 3:23-38 which shows Jesus back to Adam. 
If you have access to a study Bible or concordance, these are great tools to research how the Old Testament points to Jesus.

Heroes

I was listening to the radio today and heard “Reckless Love” by Cory Asbury and thought of heroes. 
We all have a hero. Someone we admire. Someone we look up to. I have a few of them. Most of us have a favorite superhero. Mine is Captain America. Now superheroes are not real but they give us a sense of adventure and a sense of security. So what does this have to do with the song I was listening to? A few of the lines reminded me of what a superhero would do:
“There’s no shadow You won’t light up

Mountain You won’t climb up

Coming after me

There’s no wall You won’t kick down

Lie You won’t tear down

Coming after me”
See superheroes will go to great lengths to rescue and help someone. This is what Jesus does for us. He should be our biggest hero. He suffered for us on the cross. He loves us. He would do anything for us. Just as the chorus in this song says,
“Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God

Oh, it chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine

I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God, yeah”

The Messengers

Let me begin by saying that I am not a fast reader. Let me reiterate by saying it could take me 3-6 months to read a book, that’s one book. Now I have read some books in a month or less but it really depends on the content and if I follow it. I have a reading comprehension problem so I tend to need to look back to refresh my brain a bit so that adds a bit of time. Now with that said, I decided to read a three book series that I thought would take me through the summer or near Christmas to finish. Ummm, I was wrong. I purchased this series May 23 and received them early the next week. I finished all three, yes you read that right, all three in less than two weeks. Now that is a record. Ask my husband. He knows when a book has grabbed my attention because he watches the bookmark move swiftly through the book and then asks me if it was good. So back to the series. It’s called The Messengers by Lisa M Clark and I give it five out of five stars. Now I don’t write reviews and when someone asks me about a movie, tv show or book I tend to give more away than I should especially if I really really liked it. What I will tell you is the series is very exciting and had me anticipating the next page, next chapter and next book. In fact now I am sad the journey is over. I have included a link so you can read the synopsis. I know pretty lazy of me but I’m telling you I will give all the details away. Alright I will tell you one thing. It’s about a teen named Simon. I bet you are excited to read it now right? All kidding aside, I do recommend this book for teens to well 99. I’m tasking my son to read it this summer and my husband is reading book two. Enjoy!!!

https://www.cph.org/p-32668-the-messengers-series-set-of-3.aspx