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From Moses being taken in by Pharaoh’s daughter to Joseph’s relationship with Jesus, the theme of adoption is evident throughout scripture. In Romans 8:15 the Apostle Paul talks about the spiritual side of adoption when he says, “For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
Something powerful happens when we physically demonstrate the love of God through adoption and spiritually grab a hold of it’s implications for our own lives. The truth of adoption is absolutely life changing and eternity shaping!
Check out the video below to see how one family has said ‘yes’ to adoption.
This week we highlight the New English Translation (NET) of the Bible for use within The Bible Study App.
The NET Bible®, a modern translation of the Bible based entirely on the original languages, has been updated and revised, and is now available as the First Edition. It is noted to be accurate, readable and elegant, and includes a limited sample of the translator notes from the original Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek texts, as well as limited references to scholarly works. The unparalleled detail in these notes unlocks the riches of the Bible’s truth from entirely new perspectives.
Add it to your account by clicking HERE.
Did you know that you can change the scrolling setting for The Bible Study App on your Android or iOS mobile device?
There are two options:
- Flick Scrolling (up/down)
- Page Scrolling (left/right)
Here’s how you can change between the two.
Then tap ‘Advanced Settings‘ and select ‘Scrolling Settings‘.
From there you can select which text scrolling option you prefer to use in The Bible Study App.
If preachers were to jot down a short list of the things they don’t love to preach about, you would probably see “tithing” near the top of every list. Giving is integral to a life of faith, but some pastors and teachers are afraid that talking about it will come off as self-serving.
For those of you who would like a little help introducing this sensitive topic, look no further. SermonSpice is offering a short, upbeat video download for FREE that talks about what tithing is and why it’s important. It’s a great way to introduce a sermon
on the topic, or to play before the offering.
Tragedy, no matter what it looks like, always stirs up a wide range of emotions. In tough circumstances, grief, confusion, and anger swirl about and as believers in Jesus it’s in these times that our foundation is revealed. When there are more questions than answers and it’s hard to see through the dense mist of pain, what lens will we choose to see the present circumstances through?
Whether it’s the events of 9/11 or yesterday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon, there becomes a swirling commentary in the media that causes our perspective to shift quickly from emotion to emotion. It’s in these moments that we need the ‘anchor for our soul’ that Hebrews 6:19 talks about.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a follower of Jesus in North Korea or the United States, the message of the Cross of Jesus Christ is at odds with the message of the culture and the result is often hardship. In John 16:33, Jesus knew hardship would soon be reality for his disciples and so he says, “I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” Jesus was preparing his disciples for the reality of hardship but also promising them that if they remained in him they would not only have peace but they would also have victory!
This morning I was drawn to read Psalm 17 which is entitled, In The Shadow of Your Wings, a prayer of David. I encourage you to read the whole thing yourself but here are the opening two verses:
Hear a just cause, O Lord; attend to my cry!
Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!
From your presence let my vindication come!
Let your eyes behold the right!
As the psalmist continues his lament over hardship he stays firmly anchored to what he knows of the character of God. He knows these things because he has heard the stories of God’s working in the past and has experienced them in the present. And so in verse 6 he can confidently say, “I call upon you, for you will answer me, O God;” His understanding of God’s character, God’s very nature is his anchor during the present times of hardship as he anticipates the faithfulness of God in the future.
As we process the reality of what happened yesterday in Boston and encounter new trials and hardships in the future, it’s important that we remember that God always hears and answers our prayers. So let’s pray through our pain and confusion knowing that God hears us and will answer. Let’s pray also for justice and righteousness knowing that God hears us and will answer. Through prayer our perspective for seeing and reacting to our present circumstance becomes anchored in our God who is faithful.
Our God who has always heard us and who always answers.
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The latest update of The Bible Study App for iOS includes a new option to download from a large list of reading plans. You can choose a reading plan on topics such as marriage or forgiveness or that examine books of the Bible or specific people found in scripture. Plans vary in length also, from as short as 5 days to as long as a year. Here’s how you access them:
Tap on the ‘My Stuff Icon and select Reading Plans.
At the bottom of the pre-installed Reading Plans tap on the ‘Get More Reading Plans’ button. You’ll now see a list of reading plans that are available to download.
Once you tap the install button the reading plan will be available to start. More reading plans will be available in the future so make and sure and check the downloadable reading plans from time to time.