Friday, September 4, 2020

Five Things on Friday

Here are five things which are on my mind this week...

1) This song has been on heavy rotation this week: John Waller's As For Me and My House. It is featured in the movie Courageous:

2) This week I am reading The Battle Plan for Prayer: From Basic Training to Targeted Strategies by Alex and Stephen Kendrick. So far, it has been excellent and I will likely use it to prepare a sermon series on prayer for 2021. 

3) Each morning, I get up early and spend time in prayer and then daily Bible reading. I like to read the Bible all the way through each year. This year, I am reading through the NLT Parallel Study Bible which includes the very readable New Living Translation and study notes from both the NLT Study Bible and the Life Application Study Bible. What I have really enjoyed about using this Bible for my daily reading is the study notes which are focused on good exegesis and heavy on life application.

4) Last night, our family watched a new Christian movie called Selfie DadAt its heart, the Selfie Dad movie is an inspiring story about the power of the Bible told through humor and compassion. It will encourage you to take up a more disciplined reading of God's word.  

5) Finally this week, I bought a new Bible (yeah, I know I have too many already). It is the Every Man's Bible NLT Deluxe Explorer Edition. It bills itself as "the Bible for every battle every man faces!" This is a man’s type of Bible―straight talk about the challenges of life. Every Man’s Bible has thousands of notes on topics from work, sex, and competition to integrity and more and trusted advice from the pros, just for men. Every Man's Bible is written by the best-selling author of the Every Man's series, Steve Arterburn. I haven't used it extensively, but what I have seen so far is very good. I am looking at it closely because I'd like to recommend it to men in the church I serve if they are looking for a Bible geared towards men.