Sunday, January 27, 2013

Email Jesus Courses for Church Lenten Studies

Email Jesus is a forty-day Bible Study for use during Lent or at any other desired time of the year. Written and edited by Richard Davidson, its uniqueness lies in its delivery of daily reflections on Bible passages and exchanges of comments on those reflections by email, allowing participation by an unlimited number of people from anywhere in the world. It is truly church without walls. The various courses are available as eBooks, making it easy to download the forty individual lesson sheets and distribute them to those who will write reflections, well in advance of their due dates. The courses currently available are:
Course 1, Forty Questions from John's Gospel
Course 2, The Prayers of Jesus
Course 3, The Parables of Jesus
Course 4, God's Promises and the Beatitudes
Course 5, The Disturbing Sayings of Jesus
Course 6, The Acts of the Apostles
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Monday, January 21, 2013

The Secret of a Great Life

Many people have said that the secret of a great life can be found in the Bible. This turns away many folks who may not be religious and who under no conditions would consider becoming a Bible scholar. I'm going to make it easy for all of you. I say that the secret of a great life may be found in the first five words of the Bible! Do you think you can handle that much studying? The first five words are: In the beginning God created... The secret of a worthwhile life is to be like God and create. You may create anything that is in your sphere of interest, but to emulate God, your creation must be constructive rather than destructive. Further, this should not be a one-time thing! You have to try to be creative in every situation throughout your whole life. The one-great-joke-comedian doesn't make it. Neither does the inventor who had one great idea at age twenty, and then spends the rest of his life bragging about that invention, even when it becomes decades-old technology. Every day can contain at least a little creativity: a new recipe variation, whistling a made-up tune, a prayer aimed at a stranger, a neater arrangement for your room, a kind word for someone who feels depressed, a puzzle solved, a few sentences or paragraphs toward a new story or book. Center your thinking on creativity, and you will soon add some zing to your daily routines. It's not variety, but rather creativity that is the spice of life.