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A Father’s Love
Genesis 3. It was a sad day. Adam and Eve just ate the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil God had told them not to eat from or even touch. Everything changed from then on. The fellowship God desired with the very people He created in His image was separated. It was no small matter and had to impact Adam and Eve’s hearts greatly, not to mention God’s.
My take on Genesis 3 has always been about how God drove them out from that point. And He did. But, you know what else He did? He showed His deep love for them. In their nakedness, which they had become acutely aware of, it says in Verse 21 that God made clothing for them. In His grief, He still cared for them.
The Lord God made clothing from skins for the man and his wife, and He clothed them.
Wow! In His anger and grief, God still had concern for His creation. It hasn’t changed today either in His love and passion for each of us. In fact, Romans 5:8 says “that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Mic drop.
Each time I read through God’s Word, something new sticks out — I’m in a different place in life, reading a different translation of the Bible or the Holy Spirit just highlights something significant. I’ve found there is so much more than the few Verses a pastor is sharing Sunday morning. Oftentimes, we hear the same passages of Scripture in Church. They’re great ones for sure, but it’s amazing on how much I was missing out on by not reading the Bible in its entirety. The world of God’s Word is a huge one.
Are you in God’s Word? Don’t wait — start the journey today! See some of the plans at the right. I know, sounds a bit formal to have a “plan,” but I find that’s what it takes to stick with it. The idea of picking up the Bible and reading cover to cover doesn’t always work. And, don’t worry if you start at the beginning of the year or mid March. My first time through was in September 😉 Whenever you begin, you will never regret it and I promise you it will change your heart as you begin to learn more and more about the God that desperately loves you.
Share where you’re at — if you’re just beginning or been in God’s Word for some time. I’d love to hear your story and how it’s impacting you!
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LifeWay sent me the Tony Evans Study Bible to review. Sadly, as I’m writing this, I learned that Tony lost his wife to cancer. Yesterday morning, Tony said, “Just before the sun came up this morning, the love of my life, Lois Irene Evans, transitioned from earth and watched her first sunrise from heaven.”
You’re likely familiar with Tony Evans or at least heard his name. He’s is one of our country’s most beloved pastors. He’s funny, but his message is usually poignant and get right to the heart of the matter. This study Bible is no different. I appreciated the thought and amount of work that must have gone into putting this together.
Here are my thoughts:
Each page is crammed-packed with study tips and tools.
Pages feature QR codes throughout you can use your smartphone camera to jump to a video lesson or devotional.
Questions and answers help in key moments throughout.
After reading, chances are there’s a deeper look in the notes at the bottom of the page.
Kingdom Living devotionals are interspersed throughout to bring the Scripture you’re reading to current life.
Truly inspirational, page-long devotionals are found frequently that again, make the passage you’re reading relevant to today’s faith journey.
Literally the last half inch of the Bible are packed with charts, definitions, etc. — pages geared to help equip you as you discover God.
And yes, there’s a plan in the back that shows you passages for reading each day to complete the Bible in one year. This plan has you going from Genesis straight through to Revelation. It’s a great plan with bite-sized readings each day. But, if this is your first time through God’s Word, you might find some books tough to read straight through. If that’s the case, you might use one of the readings in the sidebar that mix Old and New Testament each day. Note: in future times through, you might find those slower passages more relevant because now you know more about God’s heart, purpose and character
Plus, many, many more features throughout that make this a great resource to get the most out of your Bible reading.
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