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Friday, December 7, 2012

I Will Give Him Praise


I have one of those Christmas coffee table books that I bring out each December and place on my coffee table, of course.

When reading through it again this season I had to really stop and ponder this quote by Max Lucado.

Mary didn’t know whether to give Him milk or give Him praise, but she gave Him both since He was, as near as she could figure, hungry and holy.

I tried to imagine what Mary had to be feeling and thinking as she held in her arms the God that held her very life in His. 

If you were her, how would you have responded knowing you were called to carry Jesus, Emmanuel God with us?

As sweet and precious as that moment had to be when Mary held Jesus, this quote made me realize we can have the same experience, not literally, but spiritually because although we may not hold Jesus in our arms, we do hold Him in our hearts.

33 years after giving birth to Jesus, His mother, Mary, let go of Jesus’ hand for a final time so that we could forever hold Him in our hearts. 

So I will give Him praise!!

Have yourself a Mary little Christmas,

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

One of my Fav Places

Information about the Chronological Bible is toward the end of this short post.

Today's Chronological Bible reading took place in Caesarea on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea.  It was one of my favorite places we visited on our Holy Land Trip.

We read in Acts 25 that Paul defended himself in front of King Agrippa, his sister Bernice and Festus along with many others in the auditorium.  This is the stage Paul stood on that day.



The center of the auditorium shown below is where the King, Festus and other important people were sitting.


Sometimes we forget that the things we read in scripture really did happen, and happened in locations still in existence today.

The Bible is not just a book of interesting stories, but a book of stories that can change your life.

If you would like to journey with the staff of CCA in reading the Chronological Bible with us in 2013 then you can click here to download your own Bible on a Kindle app or device, here to download on a Nook app or device, or here to order one to be delivered in time for us to begin January 1, 2013.

In addition to next year's reading, every day, Monday thru Friday, you will be able to read a blog post from one of our staff regarding that day's readings.

So, if you are ready for a new beginning, a deeper understanding of the Bible and a closer walk with God then I pray you will take this amazing adventure with us!