The Honor of Reading the Bible
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The Honor of Reading the Bible

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This weekly newsletter will share my favorite things from around the web, books, articles, and random observations.

Hello friends. Happy Friday.
I recently heard someone discuss an encounter with a fellow Christian who did not understand why reading God's Word daily was important.

At first, they tried to talk through the idea of learning more about God and even appealed to their self-centeredness by saying it made them a better person.

Some people used to be hunted down for reading the Bible. They would risk their lives just to have a Bible in their home. They would memorize as much of it as possible to have God's Word still when the paper was burned. The person telling the story finally said, "Look. If for no other reason, read in honor of them."

Wow. That shook me. Throughout history, people have willingly given their lives rather than surrender their Bibles. William Tyndale was burned alive for daring to translate the Bible into English.

This week, when we think about skipping our time with God, remember those who gave everything so we could hold our Bibles. We have an amazing legacy.

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Thank you for sharing our new Facebook group. People are starting to join, and we now have over 80 people! Thank you for sharing God's Word with me. The goal is to give us a place to share ideas and insights, ask questions, and more. Click here to join the discussion.

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As a possible Facebook Group Administrator, I need someone who likes engaging with people about the Bible. If this is your thing, email me here.

๐ŸŽง The Bible Breakdown Podcast>>>

The more we dig, the more we find. To get acquainted with the Book of Numbers read a quick Introduction to The Book of Numbers.

My favorite episode this week: Numbers 26.
Faithfulness pays off. I cannot imagine how difficult it must have been for Joshua and Caleb to watch everyone from their generation die in the wilderness. It must have been hard to wonder if God would be faithful or if they would be next.
It can feel like that sometimes. God promises to walk with us through every dark season, and we wonder if He really will. Joshua and Caleb teach us that God will always be faithful even if the road is long.โ€ฌโ€ฌ Listen to it here.

To all my RLC family...

1- Baptism Sunday is This Weekend! If you have been baptized at RLC, wear your baptism shirt! If you want to know more about baptism, it's not too late! ย 

2- Real Men. The next Real Men event is tomorrow. We need to know if you are coming.

2023, Let's grow DEEP and let God determine how HIGH!

๐Ÿ’ช From My Blog This Week>>>

Never Be Ashamed. This is a video from my blog about one of the most amazing moments in my life. I had the privilege of being a small part of the amazing story of a friend from high school. The lesson I took away is never to be ashamed of Jesus. You never know what it will lead to. Let's talk about it.

Matthew 7:7-12... We Walk With God. Last Sunday, we discussed how Jesus knows the difficulties of walking together. He has no intention of us walking with each other alone. He walks close beside us. Here is the commentary on some extra pieces that didn't make it into the message. ย 
Here is a link to the commentary.
Let's grow together.

๐Ÿคฃ Fun. Impossible Moments in Sports. About this time of year, I start missing football. I don't have anything against baseball or any other sport. I just really enjoy football. The following link has many different sports and is an overall fun video for all sports fans. Link.

๐Ÿง” Men Only- Big George Foreman: The Night I Met Jesus Christ. I wanted to show this one again. I had no idea how massively talented George Foreman was. The fact this monster of a man came to Christ is awesome. Link.

๐Ÿง Mental Health- How I Stopped Overthinking. This is an interesting video about how to move forward when we want to sit and overthink. My favorite phrase was, "fear is my compass." Link

๐Ÿง Most Interesting- Safe Spaces and the Coddling of the American Student. This is an interview by a college dean with a message for us all. Perhaps you would prefer to avoid his passion but listen to his message. We must stop protecting our kids from the world and help them grow tougher skin by having more challenging experiences in suitable spaces. Highly recommended. Link.

๐Ÿ•บCulture- Engaging with Culture on Abortion With Courage, Truth & Mercy with Francis Chan. Link.

๐Ÿ“šBible Study- SOAP Bible Study Method. Bible Breakdown Extra.

๐Ÿ“– Apologetics-How to be a $1 Apologist with J. Warner Wallace. This is a call to everyone to realize we need to know what we believe and why. J. Warner Wallace helps us realize it's possible. We don't have to be an expert. We just need to consistently move forward and grow. Link.

๐Ÿ˜ฎ Testimony- Rosaria Butterfield. I have been acquainted with this lady for over a year now. Her testimony is amazing. My favorite aspect is that she was invited into the home of someone who did not agree with her lifestyle, didn't hide it, and didn't reject her. I have repeatedly heard that those who truly love someone will not hide the truth without malice. Link.

๐Ÿ˜ฎ Powerful Sermon- Jesus, Gener Dysphoria and the Transgender Movement. Someone passed this sermon to me this week. It is really good. Highly recommended. We have no choice but to talk more about these topics. Link.

๐ŸŽง Song of the Week- Here Again (Rheva Henry)

๐Ÿ“šBook of the Week- Pray First. Pastor Chris Hodges has been a "mentor from afar" for a long time. He is a fantastic preacher and an even better author. Warning. If you read this book, you will immediately hunger to pray. It will cause you to change your schedule so you can have more time to devote to your time with God. Link.

โœ๏ธ Quote of the Week

Faith, don't come in a bushel basket, Missy. It comes one step at a time. Decide to trust Him for one little thing today, and before you know it, you find out He's so trustworthy you be putting your whole life in His hands. โ€”LYNN AUSTIN

๐Ÿคช Dad Joke of the week

Why didnโ€™t the skeleton cross the road? He didnโ€™t have the guts.

๐Ÿ˜‚ Funniest meme of the week

Have a great week!