So, how is your year going? (That’s not our important question. Please read on.)
As the winter and spring months draw to a close, everyone would agree that the sunshine and warm weather of summer is greatly welcomed. You’re probably already preparing for the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, but we urge you to take a minute to reflect on what is past so you can enter into summer with a fresh new perspective.
January through May
Some will consider the work of their hands. Others their financial gains or losses. Some will think about a growing family. Still, others think of a shrinking family. Some will reflect on improving health and increasing strength, while others sadly experience declining health or even sickness or terminal disease.
Whatever your circumstances, we urge you to look forward with hope and joy, with confidence in God and trust in Jesus. In all things, we are to give thanks to our God. He is in control over everything and He has a purpose and plan for anything that happens in our lives. We know He uses everything to build us up, even those things that trouble or afflict us.
Catch Your Breath
(The important question is coming. Please read on.)
Today, we ask you to slow down, pause, and take inventory of your life. Determine to direct your path in the months to come. How you “set” your mind will influence every minute of every day from June until December. You are making memories. What will they be? (No, that’s not our important question either. Please read on.)
Setting your mind is about re-“focusing” your eyes of Christ (or deliberately maintaining your focus if you’ve been diligent about that). As I wrote in my first book, Why the Butterfly ~ A Book About Rightly Remembering, we should always remember that:
“Our lives move in the direction of our most dominant thoughts”
Where your thoughts go, your eyes and your heart will follow. It’s also said, where your eyes go, your thoughts will follow. That’s also true, but it’s much more possible for us to control our thoughts than it is to control our eyes. We live in a very visually stimulating world, much of which is ungodly. We often see such things without intention or because we were unable to avoid them and we must turn our eyes away. We are even more able to control the direction of our thoughts. With the power of the Holy Spirit, we are able to take “every thought captive to the obedience of Christ” (2 Cor 10:5) and the primary way in which we do that is by renewing our minds in God’s Word and restoring our souls in communion with God (prayer).
Summer is Here
So as May draws to a close and the “door” of summer opens, ask yourself, “what will summer be like? Will it be a time of rest, relaxation, restoration, refreshment, and renewal?” We encourage you to make time for God. Certainly, have fun this summer, but always make time to grow in your knowledge of God and His Word and to deepen and strengthen your relationship with Him.
So now for our important question for you. It’s not about the past. It’s about the future.
What Books Will You Be Reading This Summer?
It’s probably not surprising that we have 66 suggestions! for you! Of course, we are speaking of the Books of the Bible, from Genesis to Revelation. It’s always fun to have a good book for summer reading, but always make time for the Lord’s 66 good books.
Perhaps you are thinking, where do I start???
To help you select your summer reading, we offer you an overview, outline, charts, and short videos on each of the 66 books. These resources will give you a general understanding of what each book is about. Read and watch, then choose one, two, three, or many for your summer reading.
A great way idea for summer reading that will help you better understand the message of the Bible is to begin by reading the overviews and outlines, reviewing the charts, and watching the videos, for EVERY book in the Bible. Review all 66! This will give you an understanding of the metanarrative* of the Bible. (*metanarrative — that’s a big word that simply means an overarching account or interpretation of events and circumstances that provide a pattern or structure for people’s beliefs and gives meaning to their experiences.)
For Additional Summer Reading…
Catch up on Got Questions? articles that you might have missed. Here’s a list of all the Got Questions? since the beginning of 2018.
What are the “I Will ” Statements of Satan, God, and Jesus?
Did John the Baptist Doubt?
Is God Fulfilling All Things? The Parable of the Fig Tree (Matt 24) and Israel’s 70th Birthday
What Will Heaven Be Like? And, What’s Missing in Heaven?
How Many Other People in the Bible Were Resurrected from Death?
Was Jesus Crucified on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?
What’s the Crimson (or Scarlet) Worm? A Remez In Psalm 22?
Is Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” a Christian Song?
Who Am I? Am I Really Made in the Image of God?
Is There a Remez in Psalm 23? Are Names of God in the Psalm?
What Should Christians Think About Facebook?
What is the Prophetic Meaning of the Ensigns of the Camps of Israel?
What’s the Amazing Remez in the Book of Numbers?
Where Is Mount Sinai?
In Case You Missed It: Top Ten “Got Questions?” from 2017
Renew your mind in the knowledge of God’s Word and receive His wisdom. Enjoy your summer and KEEP LOOKING UP, lift up your head, for our redemption draws nigh (Luke 21:28).
Be Ready Always...
to give a reason for the Hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15). When you can’t share the gospel with your words, share it by leaving tracts that tell people about God's grace.
When leaving a tract, always be diligent to pray about the short gospel message. Pray that it be found by someone who is in need of Jesus’ saving grace, and pray that the person will have a tender heart and open ears to receive the gift Jesus desires to give them.
By the power of the Holy Spirit, even a small tract can help in turning a broken sinner from darkness to light.
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The Top Ten from 2018
- JESUS WEPT. Why? And…it’s not the shortest verse in the Bible!
- The GATE OF THE YEAR: A Message to a Troubled Nation
- TWO WOMEN—Two Stories—Two Songs
- “LAUGHTER is the Best Medicine” Who Said That?
- The WIZARD OF OZ and God
- Following the Good, Great, and Chief SHEPHERD
- The best EULOGY to remember a father!
- ISRAEL Celebrates 70 YEARS As A Nation & the Significance for Christians
- HELLO DARKNESS, My Old Friend: The Sounds of Silence
- CHARLIE BROWN THEOLOGY
Our Ministry’s Two Favorite Articles from 2018:
Facing Terminal Cancer with Hope & Joy
When the Battle is Lost but the Victory is Won — Saying Goodbye to a Friend
- The Meaning of NUMBERS in the Bible?
- The Meaning of COLORS in the Bible?
- Is my TATTOOa sin?
- What do the 12 stones UNDER the JORDANRiver mean? (Joshua 4)
- What Does It Mean toTASTE & SEE That God Is Good? (Psalm 34)
- Where did OT Saints go at death?ABRAHAM'S BOSOM? Where was that?
- Why Does the LGBT Use God’s Rainbow For Its Flag?
- Should we call HIS NAME Jesus?Or Yahweh?Or Yeshua?
- Jesus said, I NEVER KNEW YOU. Why?
- CanJEWS go to HEAVENwithout knowing Jesus?
Other Popular Questions:
- Is Satan’s Real Name LUCIFER? Or Should We Call Him Satan?
- If BAPTIZED as an Infant, Do I Need to Be Baptized Again?
- Was Jesus CRUCIFIED on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday?
- Why Is PRAYER Important?
- Is There a Hidden Message in Revelation 7?
- What is the Significance of the Wise Men's THREE GIFTS?
- Is It a Sin to Drink ALCOHOL?
- What Did Jesus Say About HEAVEN (and HELL)?
- Is SUICIDE an Unforgivable Sin?