The Essential Journey to Bethlehem Free eBook for Advent

Scripture Union USA has a new free eBook that with 26 Bible readings that take you through Advent. Spend just a few minutes each day following the Bible’s story of Jesus’ birth. The Essential Journey to Bethlehem provides you with one short scripture reading each day followed by a reflection question or two designed to help you see how God promised the world a Savior and then kept that promise.
"The Essential Journey to Bethlehem is the latest in SU’s Essential series, joining the popular Essential 100 (E100), and the Essential Jesus bible reading programs." (From Scripture Union's news post titled Take The Essential Journey to Bethlehem this Advent.
The Essential Journey to Bethlehem is not only and eBook but also available in other popular digital formats like Facebook & Twitter. You can also follow along with a daily email.

Francis Chan says You Could Die Today

Two hearts
Francis Chan gave Chapter 2 of his "Crazy Love" book this title "You Might Not Finish this Chapter". I am currently reading the book and he begins this chapter writing "You could die before you finish reading this chapter".

He goes on to point out that we to easily view each day as just another normal day.
"On the average day, we don't consider God very much. On the average day, we forget that our life truly is a vapor.

But there is nothing normal about today. Just think about everything that must function properly just for you to survive. For example your kidneys..."
He reminds us what James wrote in his letter:
What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. (James 4:14)
It is quite remarkable to really think about our own physical existence and just how

Tim Keller Makes a Case for the Resurrection of Jesus

Tim Keller

Easter is coming and I have been thinking about the Resurrection of Christ.

Here is an extended quote from an article Tim Keller wrote titled "A Case for the Resurrection" in the magazine Relevant. It was subtitled: "Author and pastor Tim Keller on why Christ's Resurrection is more than just a story."
The resurrection was as inconceivable for the first disciples, as impossible for them to believe, as it is for many of us today. Granted, their reasons would have been different from ours. The Greeks did not believe in resurrection; in the Greek worldview, the afterlife was liberation of the soul from the body. For them, resurrection would never be part of life after death. As for the Jews, some of them believed in a future general resurrection when the entire world would be renewed, but they had no concept of an individual rising from the dead. The people of Jesus’ day were not predisposed to believe in resurrection any more than we are.

Celsus, a Greek philosopher who lived in the second century A.D., was highly antagonistic to Christianity and wrote a number of works listing arguments against it. One of the arguments he believed most telling went like this: Christianity can’t be true, because the written accounts of the resurrection are based on the testimony of women—and we all know women are hysterical. And many of Celsus’ readers agreed: For them, that was a major problem. In ancient societies, as you know, women were marginalized, and the testimony of women was never given much credence.

Do you see what that means? If Mark and the Christians were making up these stories to get their movement off the ground, they would never have written women into the story as the first eyewitnesses to Jesus’ empty tomb. The only possible reason for the presence of women in these accounts is that they really were present and reported what they saw. The stone has been rolled away, the tomb is empty and an angel declares that Jesus is risen.
Read more at the Relevant magazine website.

Easter is a great time to begin the E100 Bible Reading Challenge.

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