Sunday Salon #6
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Current Bible plans and projects: ESV Church History Bible: Proverbs 29-31. Psalms 139-150. 1 Samuel 21-31. 2 Samuel. 1 Kings. 2 Kings 1-2. Philippians. Colossians. Matthew 1-28. 1 Thessalonians. I finished up Psalms and Proverbs this week. I'll now be doing my Book of Common Prayer readings from those two books in the NRSV. I am still loving the ESV Church History Bible.  This was Jesus' reason for speaking to them in parables: they could not understand spiritual things, and therefore he gave them no naked doctrine, for then they would not have listened at all. They did not really se ..read more
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13. Be Thou My Vision
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Be Thou My Vision: A Liturgy for Daily Worship. Jonathan Gibson. 2021. [November/December] 352 pages. [Source: Review copy] First sentence: It may come as a surprise, but there is no explicit command in Scripture to have a time of worship each day, either as an individual or as a family. And yet it is a habit that every Christian believer or Christian family is encouraged to practice. The name of the habit may vary depending on one's Christian tradition or background--"devotion," "quiet time," or "personal or family worship"--but the basic elements of Bible reading and prayer are usually ..read more
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12. The Heidelberg Diary
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The Heidelberg Diary: Daily Devotions on the Heidelberg Catechism. William J Ouweneel. 2019. 768 pages. [Source: Library] First sentence: Q. What is your only comfort in life and in death? A. That I am no tmy own, but belong--body and soul, in life and in death--to my faithful Saviour, Jesus Christ. What a tremendous start for the catechism! We are not plunged right away into complex theological subjects, instead we are asked a very personal and very practical question. "Your" is singular here. You, Christian, what is your comfort? Whatever your sins, whatever your health condition, whatev ..read more
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11. Becoming Elisabeth Elliot
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Becoming Elisabeth Elliot. Ellen Vaughn. 2020. 320 pages. [Source: Library] First sentence: It was April 11, 1948 in Wheaton, Illinois, thirty miles west of Chicago. Jim Elliot was a junior at Wheaton College, a star wrestler, Greek major, poet, and jokester.  Becoming Elisabeth Elliot is...you guessed it...a biography of Elisabeth (Howard) Elliot. This biography doesn't cover her whole life. It is, I believe, perhaps a first volume in a two volume biography set.  (Perhaps. It certainly felt like that was the set up). This one touches briefly on her childhood years, and goes to ..read more
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10. Another Gospel?
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Another Gospel? A Lifelong Christian Seeks Truth In Response to Progressive Christianity. Alisa Childers. 2020. [October] 288 pages. [Source: Library] First sentence: The curve of the rocking chair arm dug into my hip as I held my restless toddler, singing a hymn into the darkness--darkness so thick it felt as if it were made of physical matter, choking the cries right out of my throat as I prayed to a God I wasn't sure was even there. "God, I know you're real," I whispered. "Please let me feel your presence. Please." Premise/plot: Alisa Childers writes of her experiences with progressive ..read more
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Sunday Salon #5
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Current Bible plans and projects: ESV Church History Bible (Daily Offices from the Book of Common Prayer). This week I read Psalms 107 - 138; Proverbs 22-28; Joshua 13-24; Judges 1-21; Ruth 1-4; 1 Samuel 1-20; Galatians 1-6; Mark 1-16; Ephesians 1-6. I am continuing to love this one. ESV Large Print Thinline Reference Bible. I finished this one this week and reviewed it. The books I read this week were Psalms 90-150. 1 Peter. 2 Peter. Proverbs. Gospel of John. 1 John. 2 John. 3 John. Jude. Revelation.  NRSV XL (Anglicized Catholic). This is the Bible I am now reading with th ..read more
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9. Come, Lord Jesus
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Come, Lord Jesus: Meditations on the Second Coming of Christ. John Piper. 2023. [January] 322 pages. [Source: Review copy] First sentence: The aim of this book is to help you love the second coming of Jesus Christ. The contents and title were inspired partly by the biblical prayers "Come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20) and "Our Lord, come! (1 Corinthians 16:22). But mainly the book was inspired by the heart affection beneath these prayers which Paul expressed in 2 Timothy 4:8: There is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that ..read more
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8. Seeking the Face of God: Nine Reflections on the Psalms
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Seeking the Face of God: Nine Reflections on the Psalms. 1957/1991/2005. 172 pages. [Source: Bought] First sentence: There can be no doubt at all but that the greatest matter confronting every man and woman born into this world is that which is put before us by this statement in Psalm 14. [Psalm 14:1] Nothing surely, can be more important than this question of our relationship to God. The book is a collection of nine sermons originally preached in 1957 by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. It was published in the UK in 1991 and the first American edition of this book was published in 2005. All nine s ..read more
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7. Stop Calling Me Beautiful
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Stop Calling Me Beautiful: Finding Soul-Deep Strength in a Skin-Deep World. Phylicia Masonheimer. 2020. [February] Harvest House. 208 pages. [Source: Review copy] First sentence: I attended my first Bible study when I was 16 years old. I came into the house clutching my copy of Beth Moore’s Believing God and spent the next sixteen weeknights glued to my pastor’s TV screen. ETA: While most of my review (below) will be reprinting my first review, I just have to add several things. I really loved this book the first time around. I am surprised (should I be???) that this is the review that co ..read more
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1. ESV Large Print Thinline (Brown, Top Grain)
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ESV Large Print Thinline Reference Bible. 2001/2016. God. 1232 pages. [Source: Gift] (ISBN: 9781433532788) First sentence: In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. Truth For Life Ministries offered this Bible recently for $35. It is a "top grain leather" thinline reference bible. If you can still get this Bible for that price, I highly recommend it.  I started this Bible on November 19, 2022 and finished it on January 24, 2023.  I love, love, love, love, love, crazy love and adore this Bible. I love the raised Bible hubs. I love the happy brown cover. I love th ..read more
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