One of the things I wasn't looking forward to when moving to a big city in Italy was not being able to see trees from my window, but this little tuft of leaves peeks over the rooftop and is visible from my bed when I wake.
I feel like it's God's greeting to me: "Good morning, love! I know what you want, I know what you need, and I will take care of both."
I've spent 15+ years in ministry, and I've noticed a problem:
people who say they believe the Bible haven't actually read it, and people who don't believe the Bible don't want to read it. My response to both groups is this: YOU ARE MISSING OUT! Why? Because the Bible is the best proven source for life-changing joy and peace. And since it's misquoted and misrepresented all the time, you need to actually read it yourself in order to know if you do/don't agree with it or do/don't want to read it.
When I mention this, it usually surfaces at least one of these 10 barriers that prevent folks from completing it. Do you relate to any of these?
10 Reasons Most People Don't Read the Bible, Refuted
1. I'm not religious.
The Bible is the best-selling book of all time. Jesus has been hailed by secular sources as the most influential person to ever walk on the earth. Most people, even those who don't worship God, agree that Jesus was a good person with a …
2019 update: This is one of my most shared posts. I've updated the links and added a section for middle school/high school as our kids have grown. If you don't know this about me already, I don't make any profit from this site. There are no ads of any kind. This is purely a labor of love for you who are reading. This is a list of ideas and resources for you as you desire to focus on Christ during the Christmas Season. You will see that these are free and simple, but you can amp them up according to your capacity and personality. (If you'd like a beautifully written perspective on why, see this op article from the NYTimes.) The best activities are not the ones loved just by the children, but the ones loved by both children and parents. Your enthusiasm and follow-through matter! What everyone else is doing on Pinterest doesn't matter!
It's not too late or complicated to incorporate something into your Christmas season. That's why I'm including many options ba…
Want to stay connected and share moments with Facebook friends but not get overwhelmed or frustrated by controversy?
Facebook is the space where our connections are based on
friendships, whereas other platforms can be
more relationally removed and driven by subject—you follow accounts that
feature your interests or inspirations, whether food, travel, world issues,
self-improvement, etc. The average person on facebook (the exceptions being
celebrities and business owners) interacts with a wide variety of people from real life—former
classmates, extended family, co-workers, people in your community,
people from your former community. These dynamics create a unique online
experience, which is what keeps people coming back for more, but also what can
turn people off.
Some things to keep in mind in this unique Facebook setting
regarding controversial conversations: 1. These online conversations do matter, and they actually can
persuade people’s opinions. Research shows that this is esp. t…