Friday, March 31, 2017

Daily Bible Verse 2 Timothy 2:11-13

2 Timothy 2:11-13 (NIV)

Here is a trustworthy saying:
If we died with him,
    we will also live with him;
if we endure,
    we will also reign with him.
If we disown him,
    he will also disown us;
if we are faithless,
    he remains faithful,
    for he cannot disown himself.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Daily Bible Verse Hebrews 1:1-3

Hebrews 1:1-3 (NIV)

In the past God spoke to our ancestors through the prophets
at many times and in various ways, 
but in these last days He has spoken to us by His Son, 
whom He appointed heir of all things, 
and through whom also He made the universe. 
The Son is the radiance of God’s glory 
and the exact representation of His being, 
sustaining all things by His powerful word. 
After He had provided purification for sins, 
He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty in heaven. 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Daily Bible Verse 1 Corinthians 15:1-4

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 (NIV)

Now, brothers and sisters, 
I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, 
which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 
By this gospel you are saved, 
if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you.
Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: 
that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures
that He was buried, 
that He was raised on the third day 
according to the Scriptures,

(Emphasis added by me.)

Book Launch: D M Paul

Dawn M. Paul is a local Dayton author who is releasing her second book, 
"Gnomeling: The Tales of Christian Tompta, Book 1
this Friday, March 31st
(she also created this cool companion coloring and activity book shown above)
She'll be celebrating the day by hosting a 
Virtual Book Launch on Facebook from 1-10 pm 
where she'll share readings and information about her new book, answer questions, etc., AND she'll be having some giveaways throughout the launch.
For more information, and to enter for a chance to win prizes, visit her event page on Facebook
Visit her website
Follow her on Twitter: @DMPPaul

I met Dawn at a writing workshop last Fall, and she is just a wonderful, delightful, inspiring person. Her first book: "You Are Forgiven - Testimony of a Stubborn Woman" was a heart-warming story, and a testimony to her faith. I highly recommend it!

See you Friday!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Daily Bible Verse 1 Corinthians 1:30-31

1 Corinthians 1:30-31 (NIV)

It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, 
who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, 
our righteousness, holiness and redemption. 
Therefore, as it is written: 
“Let the one who boasts boast in the Lord.”

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year - Week 12

I apologize to those of you who are following this weekly post; I didn't get last Sunday's list of daily Bible readings posted (as you probably noticed). So, I used it as a week to try to catch up with my personal Bible reading, although I'm still a little behind. I guess this means we're going to "Read the Bible in a Year and One Week" :)

This is another exciting week because we're reading through six different Chapters of the New Testament!

Week 12
Sunday, March 26             2 Thessalonians 3:1 - 1 Timothy 5:2
Monday, March 27            1 Timothy 5:3 - 2 Timothy 2:26
Tuesday, March 28            2 Timothy 3:1 - Philemon 3
Wednesday, March 29       Philemon 4 - Hebrews 4:16
Thursday, March 30          Hebrews 5:1 - 9:15
Friday, March 31               Hebrews 9:16 - 11:40
Saturday, April 1               Hebrews 12:1 - James 2:13

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Toruk - The First Flight

Toruk - The First Flight

Last night we went to the Nutter Center at Wright State University in Fairborn, Ohio to see the Cirque Du Soleil presentation of "Toruk - The First Flight," based on James Cameron's "Avatar". This is the prequel to the movie, but is just as spectacular and meaningful whether you've seen the movie or not.

The costumes and set designs were absolutely amazing, and flawlessly pulled us into the world of Pandora. Plants, props, lights, even performers oftentimes seemed to appear out of nowhere. We were transported to the five different tribes living on Pandora, and saw the people, animals, landscape, and rituals of each region. The performers and puppeteers did an outstanding job of acrobatics and showmanship; so much talent on one stage.

My favorite part of the show was the exciting and breathtaking conclusion when everyone and every part of Pandora came together. It's just something that is difficult to describe; you have to experience it.

If you have the opportunity, I encourage you to attend one of the six remaining performances:

Mar 23, 2017 (Thu) 7:30 PM
Mar 24, 2017 (Fri) 7:30 PM
Mar 25, 2017 (Sat) 4:00 PM
Mar 25, 2017 (Sat) 8:00 PM
Mar 26, 2017 (Sun) 1:00 PM
Mar 26, 2017 (Sun) 5:00 PM

I believe tickets range in price between $38 to $108 with discounts available for young children, people over $65, students and military. Check their website.

You can download their app (preferably before you go, as it was difficult to do at the event) to interact with the show on  a whole other level.

Note about accessibility at the Nutter Center: Keep in mind, there are approximately 21 rows of seats in each section with row 1 being closest to the stage. Each row is the equivalent of two steps (or maybe it's 3), so, if you're in row 1, you have approximately 42 steps to climb in order to go to the restrooms, buy a snack or swag, and to leave. There aren't intermediary levels to enter the arena.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year - Week 11

It doesn't take much to make me happy, this week's reading list is one of them. In this one week, we'll be reading from SIX different books of the New Testament: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians, 1 Thessalonians, and 2 Thessalonians! How cool is that?

(Personally, I'm still about two full weeks behind on reading, but when I get to this week, I'll be excited about it!)

Week 11
Sunday, March 12             Galatians 1:11 - 4:20
Monday, March 13            Galatians 4:21 - Ephesians 2:10
Tuesday, March 14            Ephesians 2:11 - 5:21
Wednesday, March 15       Ephesians 5:22 - Philippians 2:24
Thursday, March 16           Philippians 2:25 - Colossians 2:10
Friday, March 17               Colossians 2:11 - 1 Thessalonians 2:20
Saturday, March 18           1 Thessalonians 3:1 - 2 Thessalonians 2:17

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Read the Bible in a Year - Week 10

Week 10
Sunday, March 5            1 Corinthians 6:1-9:18
Monday, March 6           1 Corinthians 9:19-12:11
Tuesday, March 7           1 Corinthians 12:12-15:11
Wednesday, March 8      1 Corinthians 15:12- 2 Corinthians 1:14
Thursday, March 9          2 Corinthians 1:15-5:21
Friday, March 10             2 Corinthians 6:1-10:11
Saturday, March 11         2 Corinthians 10:12- Galatians 1:10