Thursday, December 24, 2015

Book Review: NKJV Prophecy Study Bible, 2015 Edition

NKJV Prophecy Study Bible, 2015 Edition, is a refreshing take on the KJV. 

This bible highlights:
  • Easy read
  • Study bible
  • Terms
  • Scripture reference
  • Prophecy and Fulfillment
  • God's Promises

The bible opens with several pages of identify terms and scriptural rationale. There is a prophecy/fulfillment guide, this section is easy to follow no contains scriptural references. Mr. Hagee included a section that converts bible currency, weights and measures with today's equivalent, in an understandable way.  

Each book contains an outline with biblical promises, insights and evidence. The books contain a visual timeline and chart of prophecy. In this study bible, he provides an example of an issue with discussion points - the reader can follow these and continue further into the study.

This study book, gives a excellent commentary and focus on the various prophecies contained throughout the bible - as well as - the different rapture theories. 

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Book Review: God Is With You Every Day

God Is With You Everyday by Max Lucado is a new year-long devotional. The book is organized by weekly themes and the devotions which follow - have relevant examples and a focusing scripture.  This gem of a book would be a great addition to anyone's library, especially those who are always on the run! 

Subjects covered include: loss, insecurity, grace, faith and hope. 

This would be a great addition to a morning devotional or a mid-day reminder of God's faithfulness. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Glory Days...

Glory Days is a self help tool that gives a word-driven biblical perspective to modern day problems, dilemmas, and tragedies like trauma, illness, loss and grief. This tool kit is grounded with bible-based examples to help the reader overcome.

Max Lucado magically, pulls the reader into the story line! In this excerpt, he describes a way to address failure:

"Failures are fatal only if we fail to learn from them... Don't waste your failures by failing to learn from them... It's time to wise up."

Sunday, November 8, 2015

A Work In Progress...

I have just started the second nine-weeks as coordinator for a middle school alternative program and here is my simple summation of the 'alternative' school student:

They are just like any other middle school kid ~ Searching for themselves ~ Defining who they are  ~ Learning about limits, boundaries and crossroads. Except these kids are puzzling, severely at-risk, have criminal records and juvenile caseloads and define dysfunction.  

I stay up at night - strategizing and researching techniques to deal with their behavior, defiance, lack of empathy -  "I don't care" attitude. I am looking for ways to encourage my teachers and find classroom supports to re-mediate and engage each learner. 

My questions seem endless: How do we provide stability, fill in the gaps in their education, improve their character, provide community supports - and ensure their success? Is it feasible or realistic? 

I don't know. 

I do know that like myself, these kids are a "Work In Progress".  We may not be able to reach all of them in the short time they are with us, but we can plant seeds of hope, inspiration, change, self-love, community, and progress. I will love them till it hurts - and some days it does. 

I am thankful and reminded, that even in my dysfunction - God's love shines through. 

Look at how great a love the Father has given us that we should be called God’s children. And we are!  - 1 John 3:1

I'm hopeful, that my students will fight through the mess, anger, obstacles and strongholds that are currently a burden for them. I pray that they will heal - grow - and BLOOM!