My apologies to Crayola

In this post I suggested that Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils should be reserved for coloring books. At the time I wrote that misguided review, all I could see was the inability to get a sharp point on them. However, I have totally changed my mind about Twistables since falling in love with these pens. Twistables are the perfect companion to the Pilot Frixion Erasable Gel Pens.

Marking key words is a major component of inductive Bible study. (If you are unfamiliar with inductive Bible study, click here to print out a free downloadable introduction.) Twistable Colored Pencils and the Pilot Frixion Gel Pens are the perfect match when marking the text. I use the gel pens to make a symbol over a word or phrase and then use the colored pencil to color it in. Both have no bleedthrough and both are erasable.

I’ve been studying the Bible inductively for 20 years. Having these pens and pencils in my pencil pouch make me feel like I can tackle any passage with confidence. No bleedthrough and erasable? Crayola Twistables Colored Pencils + Pilot Frixion Erasable Gel Pens = a Match Made in Heaven!

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It is no secret that divorce rates among Christians equal or exceed those of non-Christians.  According to Barna Research, there also isn’t much difference in thinking concerning absolute moral truth, the existence of a real devil, the means of salvation, or a host of other questions asked of believers and non-believers alike. It seems that the salt has indeed lost its saltiness (Matthew 5:13). God’s Word teaches that when you become a disciple of Jesus Christ, it affects the way that you live your life. You live like you belong to God.

Precept Ministries has a series called the 40 Minute Bible Study Series.  These books are 6-week inductive Bible studies which do not have homework and each lesson takes about 40 minutes to complete.  Living Like You Belong to God is one of the titles in this series. Written by Kay Arthur and husband/wife team David and BJ Lawson, this study calls those who call themselves disciples of Jesus Christ to a live a life of holiness.

Precept Camden is giving away a copy of Living Like You Belong to God signed by David and BJ Lawson! For your chance to win, just leave a comment on this post by midnight EST April 30, 2010. The winner will be chosen by a random number generator.

Crazy Love

A little over a year ago, my church enacted its plan to connect its members to one another through Community Groups  – small groups which meet in homes during the week for fellowship, prayer, games, food (of course!), and the Word of God. Not a new concept, I know. Although the purpose of our CG’s is not in-depth Bible study, we still want the Word of God to be a part of our time together. All of our CG’s do the same study at the same time. It really brings a cohesiveness to our church body and allows people from different groups to share what they are learning.

Our Community Group Pastor decided that the first book we would do as CG’s would be Crazy Love by Francis Chan. How did it go over? Overwhelmingly, undisputably, unanimously we LOVED it. Loved it. L-O-V-E-D’d it. We would marry it if we could. That’s how much we loved it. We CRAZY loved it.

Francis Chan is awesome. He reminds me of the Christians that I grew up watching, admiring, following. The kind of Christianity he talks about is the kind that was modeled to me at home and at church as I grew up in a wonderful community of faithful family and friends. For many, Crazy Love was a call to a higher walk with God. For me, it was a call back to the fundamental truths of the Christian walk. For you, it may be a little of both.

If you are in a small group, please get the books and the dvd and do this study together. If you aren’t in a small group, please read this book yourself. I think you’ll love it, too.

The Crazy Love book and dvd are available in the Precept Camden Store under Small Group Studies.

Coming Soon

The New Inductive Study Series from Precept

Precept Ministries International has some great new materials coming out in the next year. Click here to see the New Product Release Schedule. One of the most exciting new releases we can look forward to is the New Inductive Study Series on Ezekiel anticipated to come out in January 2011. This will complete that series of Bible studies. Inductive Bible studies of  all 66 books of the Bible will be contained in the 31 books in this series. Go here to see a complete listing of this series already out.

If

A few years ago I picked up a small book by Amy Carmichael called If. I had been introduced to the writings of Amy Carmichael through the ministry of Elisabeth Elliot who had been greatly influenced by her. She wrote an excellent biography about Amy and her 55-year ministry in Dohnavur, India, called A Chance to Die. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

But the book I want to tell you about is If. It is only 94 pages long, but it is one of the most powerful and convicting 94 pages you will ever read. Each page begins with the statement “If I. . .” and ends with the statement, “. . . then I know nothing of Calvary love.” She cuts to the motives of the heart with each statement testing the true depth of our love and comparing it to the love of Christ – the love which led Him to give His life at Calvary.

Here’s one: “If I covet any place on earth but the dust at the foot of the cross, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” That convicted this Navy wife on more than one occasion when faced with orders to change locations. How about this one: “If I take offense easily, if I am content to continue in a cool unfriendliness, though friendship be possible, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” Ouch. That hurts.

If you want a better understanding of Calvary love. . . If you want to hold your heart up to a mirror. . . If you aren’t afraid of the ugliness you may see there. . . If you want to love like Christ. . . then get If. Read one page per week. Contemplate it. Meditate on it. Then love with a Calvary kind of love.

If and A Chance to Die are both available in the Precept Camden Store in the right sidebar.