Study with Sara-Be Courageous

And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.
Ephesian 6:17

One of my sons wanted to take classes in fencing. My first thought was, WHY?
I quickly learned a little about fencing, and that being, a very little about this sport. I comprehended even less. I did understand somewhat that in the broadest possible sense, fencing is the art of armed combat involving certain weapons directly manipulated by hand, rather than shot, or thrown. A number of weapons are used including the sword. I also learned that it is an Olympic sport.
The ‘sword’ of course interest me because of my study of God’s Word. For the Word instructs God’s people to use the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesian 6 opened to me in a very picturesque way as I watched with fear my son participate in this sport.

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Study with Sara-Seasons of Life

Are you grieving over the end of Summer?
Are you missing the joy of planning for Autumn?
Does the thought of Winter give you dread?
Does the Beauty of Spring make you sneeze?

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9 (NIV)

I love the month of July offering us the feeling of summer, the smells of the watermelons, cantaloupes, and the taste of fresh vegetables. The beaches are in full bloom for sun and fun.

It is so easy to relax and forget that I must stay steady with the planting of seeds for Autumn. For ‘due season’ will come and I want to see the pumpkins and the corn and other colorful and bountiful beauty that will even put a spring garden to shame.

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Bible Reading by Gary

I have been reading the Bible a lot recently. As a matter of fact since 2001 my goal has been to read through the Bible each year. In 2001, my daily checklist had more books and chapters unchecked and unread than read. In 2002, I made a seventy five percent completion of my goal. In 2003, I made it all the way through the Bible. I read the whole thing through from cover to cover. In 2004, I read the Bible through three times. In 2005, I’m on track to read it through two times.

Now this is not a totally new thing for me to read the Bible through. I had read it through before. One year, some years ago, I read the Bible through two times in about 45 days.

After reading the Bible this much you would think you would become a completely new person. I find that I have improved in some areas of my character, and I find much that much still needs improving, but I’m not a comple Continue reading “Bible Reading by Gary”