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The Character Builder’s Bible Goes Deeper Into the Stories

When teaching kids about the Bible, it’s easy to lose focus of the character of the people. This is where The Character Builder's Bible: 60 Character-Building Stories from the Bible comes in. This thick, hardcover book packed with 60 Bible stories containing illustrations, definitions, and memory verses. It’s perfect for showing our kids that God’s Word is relevant to their lives.

Who’s your favorite character in the Bible? It’s a simple and innocent question. I do, however, find myself often getting frustrated at that question. When we ask it, it’s sort of like asking who you favorite character of a popular movie or television show is. When we say “character,” it insinuates a make of fiction. Moreover, it doesn’t actually get to the real point of the question: why are they your favorite? When I teach my kids about the Bible, and the people of it, I want to teach them the character of the people. I want them to know […]

An Adventure with Christ that Brings the Bible to Life

David Gregory’s book, Open is a very cool little book that brings parts of scripture to life through a relatable narrative packed with adventure.

David Gregory’s book, “Open” is a very cool little book that brings parts of scripture to life through relatable narrative that’s packed with adventure. Because I got a complimentary copy from Tyndale, I wanted to share my thoughts here. Only a few pages in and I was wondering about some really important questions. Questions like: In short, if you’ve ever felt like you’re just going through the motions; that you’re reading the Bible and don’t know why; that your prayers aren’t getting received, Open will balance your spiritual walk and restore your relationship with God. The Adventure Begins In Peculiar Places and Ways In Open, Emma makes a […]

Want to Rise up? Give up YOUR Kingdom!

I don’t like to talk about myself, but I love to tell my story because it’s really God’s story. I’m blessed to play a role in it. I became a Christian in 1995 after graduating high school. I spent the next ten years or so trying to figure out “how to be better at being a Christian.” I went to church, but I kept church at arm’s length because I feared letting go of myself. It wasn’t until I started engaging in church and truly studying the Word that I began to organically grow into my being in Christ. Along […]

Stories: The Heart of 1Glories

I really need to sit down and write out my testimony that sparked this idea. It’s been in my head for a long time. I’m sure it looks to many observers that I’m merely just “making another blog” but there really is a more inspired purpose. In due time, I promise. For now, let me provide a bit of an appetizer. It comes following an N.D. Wilson post I read over at Desiring God called “Stories are Soul Food: Don’t Let Your Children Hunger”. In that post, he opines… Bible-believing Christians frequently have a deep mistrust of fiction. In particular, […]