Monthly Archives: April 2011

Familiar with the lyrebird bird?

A parrot is able to imitate words and phrases, but the Lyrebird is able to mimic virtually any sound it hears.  These sounds include things like chainsaws, car engines, car alarms, fire alarms, rifle shots, a camera shutter, mill whistles, barking dogs, explosions, musical instruments, etc. Check out this amazing creature here:  http://bit.ly/bnEsgp

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A.B. Simpson, The Christ in the Bible Commentary

Has anyone used “The Christ in the Bible Commentary by A.B. Simpson?  If so, would you recommend this commentary and what would say are the strengths and weaknesses of this material?  Have you used The Christ in the Bible Commentary for sermon material or a VBS program?

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A Johnny Cash Bible?!

Yes, there is a Bible associated with Johnny Cash.  This Bible is just the New Testament and it is in an audio format.

If you love God, the Bible, and long to hear the voice of Johnny Cash, the “Johnny Cash Bible” might be just the thing for you.

The following summary, plus other details not included in this post, may be found at:  http://countrymusic.about.com/cs/johnnycash/a/bljcashbible.htm.

“Cash reads the New Testament with devout humility, with no embellishment. He speaks clearly and plainly, with the odd trace of his Arkansas accent giving the whole a rich, comfortable feeling (with the odd pronunciation of “Pontius” and the very Southern “nekkid”), which draws the listener in, as though we’re right there with him, perhaps sitting in a warm cabin on a winter night listening gathered around the rocking chair while being read to.”

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A very useful church tool for any size congregation

http://www.caringbridge.org is a web resource that may be useful to your family or fellow Christians where you worship.

As stated on this site’s home page:  “CaringBridge provides free websites that connect people experiencing a significant health challenge to family and friends, making each health journey easier. CaringBridge is powered by generous donors.

CaringBridge websites offer a personal and private space to communicate and show support, saving time and emotional energy when health matters most. The websites are easy to create and use. Authors add health updates and photos to share their story while visitors leave messages of love, hope and compassion in the guestbook.”

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This story about Jesus is probably not in your Bible

The following story is from “I Infancy,” one of the Apocryphal Gospels.  The Apocryphal Gospels make several false claims about the Lord and here is a prime example of what they say:

1. And Joseph, wherever he went in the city, took the Lord Jesus with him where he was sent for to work to make gates, or milk-pails, or sieves, or boxes; the Lord Jesus was with him wherever he went.  2.  And as often as Joseph had anything in his work to make longer or shorter, or wider, or narrower, the Lord Jesus would stretch his hands towards it.  3.  And presently it became as Joseph would have it.  4.  So that he had no need to finish anything with his own hands, for he was not very skillful at his carpenter’s trade.  5.  On a certain time the King of Jerusalem sent for him and said, I would have you make me a throne of the same dimensions with that place in which I commonly sit.  6.  Joseph obeyed and without delay began the work, and continued two years in the king’s palace before he finished it.  7.  And when he came to fix it in its place, he found it lacked two spans on each side of the appointed measure.  8.  Which, when the king saw, he was very angry with Joseph; 9.  And Joseph, afraid of the king’s anger, went to bed without his supper, not taking anything to eat.  10.  Then the Lord Jesus asked him what he was afraid of.  11.  Joseph replied, Because I have lost my labor in the work which I have been about these two years.  12.  Jesus said to him, Fear not, neither be cast down; 13.  Lay hold on one side of the throne, as I will the other, and we will bring it to its exact dimensions.  14.  And when Joseph had done as the Lord Jesus said, and each of them had with strength drawn his side, the throne obeyed, and was brought to the proper dimensions of the place:  15.  Which miracle when they who stood by saw, they were astonished, praised God.

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www.walkthru.org for preachers and Bible teachers

Have you seen or used the “book by book” PowerPoint presentation from www.walkthru.org?  This program provides an interesting graphic for every book of the Bible with a short statement or key word that sums up each book of the Bible

Of all the teaching tools I have seen over the years, this is among the very best.  Others who were in the assembly where I saw this material presented were just as impressed.  In fact, the speaker who used this material was deluged with requests on where this information could be purchased.

Take a moment to vote in this www.walkthru.org review:

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2 Cor. 1:3-4

     The following quote comes from Kim Sherer:
 
     “One night while my young son, Ryan, was sleeping, a storm began brewing outside.  After a loud clap of thunder, I heard him wake up so I headed toward his room to comfort him.  He asked me to stay with him until he fell asleep.  As I lay there I realized he hadn’t asked me to make the storm go away, but to stay with him.  How many times, I wondered, have I asked God to take away the storms of life, when instead I need to ask him to stay with me and help me weather them more peacefully?”
 
     What a beautiful thought!
 
     “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4).
 
     Father, we do indeed pray for your comforting presence in the storms of our lives.  As much as we might desire for the storms to go away, it is much important to us that you remain with us and see us through the storms.  Thank you for your assurance that you will do that for us.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Alan Smith

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