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September 2006

So God's rest is there for people to enter.
—Hebrews 4:6, NLT

American culture applauds busy people. God doesn't. From the beginning of time, God understood our need for rest and provided an eternal solution—the principle of sabbath. read more

October 2006

But as for me and my family, we will serve the Lord.
—Joshua 24:15, NLT

Strong families are no accident! They don't just happen. They're the product of patience and hard work. read more

December 2006

I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you. All the families of the earth will be blessed through you.
—Genesis 12:3, NLT

What do you do with a family whose genealogy goes back 4,000 years, whose national roots reflect 2,000 years of history? The answer is, study and learn from them. read more

January 2007

I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God ... is calling us.
—Philippians 3:13-14

God is the God of new beginnings. In Scripture we find the word "beginning" mentioned more than 100 times. The first book of the Bible, Genesis, is known as the "book of beginnings." And the first verse of that book reads, "In the beginning." Think God is trying to tell us something? read more

February 2007

Then Elijah called to the people, 'Come over here!' They all crowded around him as he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been torn down.
—1 Kings 18:30, NLT

The altar is an important symbol in the kingdom of God. It's mentioned in both the Old Testament and the New Testament—more than 380 times in the entire Bible. read more

March 2007

There was a man named Job who lived in the land of Uz. He was blameless, a man of complete integrity. He feared God and stayed away from evil.
—Job 1:1, NLT

What can be learned from a biblical character who lived almost five millennia ago? A lot! read more

May 2007


God is all-powerful. Who is a teacher like him?

—Job 36:22, NLT

Since the beginning of time, mankind has been asking God questions. Most of them begin with one word: Why? read more

July 2007

Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God's glory.
—Romans 5:1-2, NLT

"Made right": Do you understand the scope and magnitude of those words? read more

August 2007

Therefore, since we have been made right in God's sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.
—Romans 5:1,3-4, NLT

Made right—two powerful words that have the ability to transform lives. Our being made right is the result of God's doing for us what we could never do for ourselves. It's known as the "great substitution." Scholars say it is the theme of the book of Romans. read more

September 2007

There were no blacksmiths in the land of Israel in those days. The Philistines wouldn't allow them for fear they would make swords and spears for the Hebrews. ... None of the people of Israel had a sword or spear, except for Saul and Jonathan.
—1 Samuel 13:19,22, NLT

The Philistines had finally dealt the Israelites a conquering blow. To keep God's people under subjection, the victors removed all the blacksmiths from the land, hoping to paralyze the nation of Israel. In an agricultural society such as the one they lived in, the effect was devastating. read more

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