Category Archives: Biblical

Luke 2 | The Christmas Story

  

   Today is the day we celebrate the birth of Jesus.

   Each year I read through the Holy Bible. Although I use the New King James Text on occasion, my choice is — and always has been — the King James Text.

   Some years I get behind and don’t get finished on time, but it’s no shame to take longer than a year. The effort to read from beginning to end is worth everything.

   The point is to read the Bible… and the more I read, the more I understand – most of the time. There is much that I may never understand fully, but I keep reading!

   Today I’m not reviewing… today I am reading what I consider to be some of the most important verses written about the birth of Jesus – very pertinent verses to contemplate today…

 

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 Luke 2:1-14

1  And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

2  (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

3  And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.

4  And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:)

5  To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

6  And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.

7  And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

8  And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

9  And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.

10  And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.

11  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord.

12  And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.

13  And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

14  Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.

 

God bless you, today on Christmas Day, and always.

 

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Blogpost © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

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Berenstain Bears: The Very First Christmas | Jan & Mike Berenstain

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Berenstain Bears: The Very First Christmas, a Living Lights faith-based story, by Jan & Mike Berenstain.

Here is a brief synopsis:

Join the Bear cubs as they learn all about Jesus’ holy birth.

From the angel Gabriel’s announcement to Mary to the visit from the three wise men, join Mama, Papa, Brother, Sister, and Honey as they discover the story of the very first Christmas.

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

“Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.”
~Luke 2:11-12

My family was delighted to discover that the Berenstain Bear stories are a way of introducing – and encouraging – good character qualities. And in today’s world, good character qualities are unfortunately not the norm.

As a Christian family, we have a special appreciation for the Christian faith-based stories in the Living Lights series.

The Very First Christmas shares how God sent an angel to Mary, to give her the wonderful news that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus!

Most of us have already read the story of Jesus’ birth. Jan and Mike Berenstain use their wonderful Berenstain Bears to tell the story again – to their dear, little readers.

It will be a great addition to your family library. Be sure to pick up a copy soon for your family . . . and get a few extra copies to give as gifts.

This book will most definitely be a blessing to children (and parents) everywhere!

God bless you!

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Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel | Mike Berenstain

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, a Living Lights faith-based story, by Mike Berenstain.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the newest Berenstain Bears Living Lights book, The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, the cubs discover there’s more to angels than wings and flowing white robes!

It is almost Christmas and there is finally snow in Bear Country. Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear are ready for some winter fun! But when they can’t decide what kind of snowbear to build, Honey Bear’s snow angel gives the older cubs a great idea.

Soon the cubs have built a Christmas snow angel. Later, as they warm up with some hot cocoa, Mama and Papa give the cubs a little lesson about some very special angels and the work they do for God.

 

Don’t miss the newest Living Lights faith story about a Christmas Angel — by Mike Berenstain – Tweet this!

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”
~Psalm 91:11

My family was thrilled to discover a new Christmas story to add to the other stories we have. Living Lights Berenstain Bear books are a way of introducing – and encouraging – good character qualities. And in today’s world, good character qualities are unfortunately not the norm.

As a Christian family, we have a special appreciation for Christian faith-based stories in the Living Lights series.

The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel shares how God sent an angel to Mary, to give her the wonderful news that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus! He also sent angels to spread the good news to the shepherd in the fields — and to Joseph to warn him to flee to Egypt with Mary and Baby Jesus.

The story imparts some great news . . . that angels are sent to us to share good news, warn us of bad things coming, and for guidance and protection.

It will be a great addition to your family library. Be sure to pick up a copy soon for your family . . . and get a few extra copies to give as Christmas gifts.

This book will most definitely be a blessing to children (and parents) everywhere!

Happy Reading!

 

Join the Bear cubs as they learn about angels in The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel – Tweet this!

 

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

 

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year | Ace Collins

 


Today I am reviewing The Most Wonderful Time of the Year: A Countdown to Christmas, by Mike Berenstain.

Here is a brief synopsis:

For Christians worldwide, the month of December is filled with joy and wonder as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth.

There is no other time of the year that can compare to the Christmas season for both the young and young at heart.

From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies.

Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.

With this soon-to-be-cherished holiday devotional, best-selling author Ace Collins will capture your imagination and help to make each day of December more memorable and meaningful to you, and those you love, by shining a light on the real spirit of the season.

 

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year — by Ace Collins – Tweet this!

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

For my family, this is truly The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Mr. Collins’ book will make a great Christmas gift to a friend or family member. It has songs, devotions, scriptures, Christmas traditions, crafts, recipes and more activities to last you year after year. As a Christian family, we have a special appreciation for Christian faith-based stories — and The Most Wonderful Time of the Year doesn’t disappoint.

Merry Christmas!

 

Make this upcoming Christmas holiday a Christ-filled season of joy and wonder with the help of Ace Collins’ new devotional, The Most Wonderful Time of the Year. From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the Christmas season with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.

You can download a free sampler of The Most Wonderful Time of the Year by clicking here.

Join Ace’s Christmas festivities by entering to win the Magic of Christmas Prize Pack. Create new traditions this holiday season with your family and friends with the goodies included in the giveaway.

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One grand prize winner will receive:

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Enter today by clicking the icon below, but hurry! The giveaway ends on November 21. The winner will be announced November 22 on the Litfuse blog.

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{MORE ABOUT THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR}

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year (Abingdon, October 2016)

Celebrate 31 days of a Christ-filled Christmas season.

For Christians worldwide, the month of December is filled with joy and wonder as we anticipate the celebration of Christ’s birth. There is no other time of the year that can compare to the Christmas season for both the young and young at heart.

From December to New Year’s Eve, reawaken the wonder, joy, and magic that is Christmas with daily scripture and inspirational readings of stories behind popular Christmas traditions, carols and movies. Enjoy a wealth of fun activities to help make the most of the season, including heartwarming holiday recipes and homemade gift ideas.

With this soon-to-be-cherished holiday devotional, best-selling author Ace Collins will capture your imagination and help to make each day of December more memorable and meaningful to you, and those you love, by shining a light on the real spirit of the season.

Learn more and purchase a copy.

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{MORE ABOUT ACE COLLINS}

Ace Collins is the best-selling and award-winning author of more than 60 titles, including “The Stories Behind The Best-Loved Songs of Christmas,” “Darkness Before Dawn,” and “Lassie: A Dog’s Life.” Ace frequently speaks across the country and on radio and has appeared on national television shows, including “Good Morning America,” “The Today Show,” “CNN,” “Fox and Friends,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Early Show” and more. When not writing, he works as a magazine editor and graphic designer, as well as host for a charity organization radio and television broadcast. Ace and his wife, Kathy, are based in Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Find out more about Ace at http://acecollins.com.

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional | Mike Berenstain

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional, a Living Lights faith-based story, by Mike Berenstain.

Here is a brief synopsis:

The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional is perfect for little cubs settling down for a good night’s sleep. Including a devotion for each day with a reflection, Scripture, and a Bear Prayer for the End of Day from Brother, Sister, and even Honey Bear, these 90 reflections on simple Christian truths such as God loves us, love one another, be courageous and kind, and much more are the peaceful way to end a busy day.

Bear Country friends will be featured throughout in simple artwork from the Living Lights brand..

 

Don’t miss the newest Living Lights Bedtime Devotional — by Mike Berenstain – Tweet this!

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

My grandchildren were delighted to view the new Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional . . . it’s the perfect addition to our family library — and a perfect choice for my granddaughter to read from each evening before she hops into bed (like brother and sister bear).

As a Christian family, we have a special appreciation for Christian faith-based stories in the Living Lights series.

The Berenstain Bears Bedtime Devotional shares many wonderful bedtime devotionals — 90 to be exact — enough for an entire season. We’ll be starting it for the winter season and we’re looking forward to our evening devotions, especially my granddaughter, who loves to read.

This is a great addition to your family library. Be sure to pick up a copy soon for your family . . . and get a few extra copies to give as Christmas gifts.

This book will most definitely be a blessing to children (and parents) everywhere!

Happy Reading!

 

 

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel | Mike Berenstain

 

 

Today I am reviewing The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, a Living Lights faith-based story, by Mike Berenstain.

Here is a brief synopsis:

In the newest Berenstain Bears Living Lights book, The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel, the cubs discover there’s more to angels than wings and flowing white robes!

It is almost Christmas and there is finally snow in Bear Country. Brother, Sister, and Honey Bear are ready for some winter fun! But when they can’t decide what kind of snowbear to build, Honey Bear’s snow angel gives the older cubs a great idea.

Soon the cubs have built a Christmas snow angel. Later, as they warm up with some hot cocoa, Mama and Papa give the cubs a little lesson about some very special angels and the work they do for God.

 

Don’t miss the newest Living Lights faith story about a Christmas Angel — by Mike Berenstain – Tweet this!

 

 

MY THOUGHTS:

“For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways.”
~Psalm 91:11

My family was thrilled to discover a new Christmas story to add to the other stories we have. Living Lights Berenstain Bear books are a way of introducing – and encouraging – good character qualities. And in today’s world, good character qualities are unfortunately not the norm.

As a Christian family, we have a special appreciation for Christian faith-based stories in the Living Lights series.

The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel shares how God sent an angel to Mary, to give her the wonderful news that she had been chosen to be the mother of Jesus! He also sent angels to spread the good news to the shepherd in the fields — and to Joseph to warn him to flee to Egypt with Mary and Baby Jesus.

The story imparts some great news . . . that angels are sent to us to share good news, warn us of bad things coming, and for guidance and protection.

It will be a great addition to your family library. Be sure to pick up a copy soon for your family . . . and get a few extra copies to give as Christmas gifts.

This book will most definitely be a blessing to children (and parents) everywhere!

Happy Reading!

 

Join the Bear cubs as they learn about angels in The Berenstain Bears and the Christmas Angel – Tweet this!

 

Merry Christmas!

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

 

Pocket Prayers for Military Life | Max Lucado

 

Today I am reviewing Pocket Prayers for Military Life  by Max Lucado and Mark Mynheir.


Here is a brief synopsis:

Daily life for those in the military and their loved ones at home can be filled with rapid change, fear, and uncertainty.

For those bravely sacrificing for our country, bestselling author, Max Lucado, offers words of hope, pointing them to the Source of faith and courage.

Pocket Prayers for the Military contains forty scriptures and guided prayers that will help readers face the unique challenges of military life with courage and faith.

 

MY THOUGHTS:

Max Lucado writes with humor, compassion, and respect. He speaks of the Bible, the disciples and how they asked Jesus to teach them to pray.

Then Max, with the help of Mark Mynheir, has chosen 40 Bible passages, and written out 40 specific prayers — especially for those who have chosen a military life.

After reading through the prayers and writing my review, I placed this book on my shelf — waiting to see who the Lord wants me to present it to. And there it will stay, until the right person appears.

When I do, I hope these prayers are as special to them — as they are to me.

Happy Reading!

God Bless You!

Review © 2016 DJ Mynatt

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