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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

One Perfect Life...week 3

So its late...like super late.
Thankfully it is my off day, ha! Didn't have to go in to work yet I did have one sick child on my hands today. Thankfully this is my last week working outside of the home (hopefully for good).

So on to One Perfect Life.

This week we are reading Part III, which talks about John's ministry and the beginning of Jesus' ministry. 
I think many times we as believers think that because we have turned our lives over to Christ we aren't supposed to deal with any hard times. This is such futile thinking which will leave you disillusioned in the end. KNOW that once you turn your life over to Christ, the trials will hit a little harder, the tests will be more challenging, you WILL lose friends. These are not ifs, but whens because not everyone is interested in Christ. The bible shows that clearly. The Pharisees should have been the first to be glad and welcome Jesus. NOT so, they plotted to kill Him because He upset their status quo. Jesus didn't go with the flow. Jesus told it like it was. And no one, especially people comfortable in their sin, likes for someone to point out their sins and call them to repentance.

John's ministry was the forerunner to Jesus' ministry. John preached the Old Testament and prepared the hearts of the people. He baptized people with water so that when Jesus came they would be ready. John testified as to who Jesus is. John baptized Jesus, so if anyone knew Jesus' identity John knew. We need to be like John, pointing past our selves, past our blogs, past our ministries, straight to the Cross, straight to Jesus Christ. Because it is HE who saves, who delivers, who comforts, who gives eternal life. I cannot save the next person but I can point them to who can, my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I cannot save my children, so I point them to Jesus and teach them about Jesus so that they can know Jesus for themselves.

This is what we are called to do. Especially those of us with a platform which is everyone. You have a job, there's your platform. You have a husband & children, there's your platform. You have a blog, twitter, instagram, or facebook...there's your platform. 

Don't do anything for your self, for your selfish ambitions. (I have been guilty of this.)
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, (Philippians 2:3)
 Do everything for Christ, for His kingdom and glory.

Next week we will be reading part IV. Have you been following along? Have any questions or comments? If you're blogging as well, leave a link below so I can check it out!

Tell the truth and love immensely,

Friday, December 5, 2014

The Duck Commander Bible

Now I will admit, I LOVE getting new bibles. It gives me the butterflies when I get ready to read the Word of God in a new bible, I get to make new markings, it's almost like I'm reading the Word of God for the first time. 

So when I get the chance to read the Duck Commander Bible, I am over the moon as I admire Phil & Al Robertson for holding true to their beliefs in the Word of God regardless to any and everything.

That being said this bible gets 2 thumbs up! 5 stars!!

I enjoy the readings penned by Phil & Al that are included in the bible based on their five core values: faith, family, fellowship, forgiveness, and freedom. This is my first NKJV bible ever and I enjoy this version much more than I thought I would. There are not notes, which I did not expect as it is not a study bible. Without the notes, it leaves the font large enough for me to be able to read without my glasses on (yay!!!). I love the quality of the bible as the paper is not too thin where I would think I could rip the pages just from turning the pages.

I think what has set this bible apart from every other bible I own is that it feels personalized by Phil & Al Robertson. None of my other bibles has that personalized feel to it, like they put their stamp on their devotionals and articles (not the Word itself).

I recommend this as an every day bible, I've been reading it in conjunction with my NIV Essential Study Bible to have the different bible versions to flip back and forth with. I also read it as an everyday bible when I want the Word of God without the interpretations or notes of anyone else below it.

So I ask, what do you think?

Tell the truth and love immensely,

{FYI: I received this book in exchange for my HONEST opinion.}

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

One Perfect Life....Week 2

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving week and got to spend it with family, giving thanks to the Lord.
So here we are on week 3 of the One Perfect Life book study (part II, chapters 8-21). 
I love this part as it is the Beginning of the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

In chapter 8, the history of Jesus Christ is introduced, this is seen in Scripture from the perspective of the apostles. Chapters 9 & 10 are the lineage of Jesus Christ showing how he descended from the House of David via Joseph and Mary yet through different sons of David (Joseph is from David via Solomon and Mary is from David via Nathan).
Chapters 11-13 shows how John the Baptist was foretold through Scripture, his birth announced to his father, as well as the birth of Jesus announced to his earthly parents.
It's amazing how John the Baptist and Jesus Christ are actually cousins through their mothers yet after their birth they are rarely ever seen in that context. Maybe because they had different upbringings and ministries, and Jesus moved around a lot as a child.
The later chapters is part II are in regards to Jesus being born and the circumstances around his birth. I'm sure many of you have heard of the story of Jesus' birth, how there was a star, HIS star, that shined so brightly above where he was born that it drew the Magi from their country to visit him as they knew of Hebrew Scripture and knew what that star represented. Jesus' birth was also announced to a field of shepherds as they were watching over their flock. 
As I was reading a night or so ago, this stood out to me that of everyone God could have announced Jesus Christ's (the Messiah, the Savior of humanity) birth to any group of people, to any king or dignitary...God chose a group of shepherds. And then it made sense! The shepherds were the perfect people to announce Jesus' birth to as Jesus would eventually become the shepherd by which all people would be watched over and protected and provided through. While here on earth we have shepherds in the form of pastors and ministers, our ultimate omnipresent shepherd is Jesus Christ. He is the one that calls the earthly shepherds to take their place, to take on the responsibility of physically looking after His people on earth.
Towards the end of part II is the warnings to Joseph to protect Jesus and Mary by taking them to Egypt, which also fulfilled Scripture (Matthew 2:15 & Hosea 11:1) concerning the life of Jesus Christ.
The last chapter of part II is where I see that children are never too young to develop a relationship with God. At 12 years old, Jesus stayed behind (after Passover) at the Temple learning from and fellowshipping with the priests at the temple. This amazes me because when Joseph & Mary comes to look for Jesus, He tells them didn't you know I had to be about my father's business? (my paraphrase of the KJV). At 12! Jesus knew His identity as God's Son, as the Messiah. He knew He needed to be in God's house to learn & fellowship with the priests there.
That is what I want for my children, to be about the Father's business from a young age! To know that the Lord is and will use them as vessels for His glory in His kingdom. Amen!

What say you? Is there anything that stood out to you? 

Did you blog about this week's reading? {Let me know so I can come read your posts!}

FYI: I will be posting a review of the Duck Commander Bible (NKJV) in a few days...eek!! Love this bible!

-Tell the truth & Love immensely!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

She is We

I am working to build a team of mentors to work with a team of mentees so that no woman can say she didn't have anyone who isn't there for her, someone who WILL push her to be more than just a product of her environment, someone who WILL help her be accountable in her relationship with Christ, and someone who WILL be a prayer partner. At some point we all need this, whether we are the mentor or the mentee. Share this with the women in your life, who may need someone or can lend their time to someone.

The goal of She is We (facebook page here) is to help women who need a mentor find a godly mentor who will do more than talk to them but also go before God for them. It is also to be an example of Titus 2:3-5  Likewise, teach the older women to be reverent in the way they live, not to be slanderers or addicted to much wine, but to teach what is good. 4 Then they can urge the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5 to be self-controlled and pure, to be busy at home, to be kind, and to be subject to their husbands, so that no one will malign the word of God.

When we as women take up the call to be a Titus 2 woman to the next woman who is trying to become a better person, we fulfill our duty to love and aid our neighbor. When we take the time to love on another person, we ourselves are loved on by them. God loves when we love on others, when we show His unconditional love to others. 

So I implore you to direct the young women in your lives to apply here to become a mentee. I implore you, if you feel that you have the time, the love, the patience, and the strength to be a mentor to apply as well so that we can pair mentors with mentees. 
You can apply here.

We will do great things together.
Tell the truth and love immensely,

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

One Perfect Life- week 1

The introduction to One Perfect Life by John MacArthur is an introduction to this blended harmony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. In Part I, Anticipating the Lord Jesus Christ, the different passages of the bible that refers to the later coming of Jesus Christ. Chapter One is entitled Jesus Christ- the Preexistent Creator and Savior. It weaves together Scripture from different books of the bible that establishes the fact that Christ existed long before He was born to the virgin Mary. Then the next chapter entails "the fall." Chapter 3 then entails the curse that God pronounced as a result of the serpent's deception of Adam and Eve. Chapter 4, I love because it is entails through Scripture why we need Jesus Christ, why we need a Savior. Chapter 5 entails through Scripture how Jesus Christ is the promised seed of Abraham. Chapters 6 & 7 give a description of Jesus Christ as the prophet and king, the Israelites had been waiting for and as the suffering servant that he needed to be in order for Jesus Christ to truly understand us as flawed human beings.

One thing I love about the first part of One Perfect Life is the fact that it does not just pull from the Gospels but from all over the Bible as it relates to each Chapter. In some chapters you will see Scripture from Genesis next to Scripture from Hebrews. 

So far I am truly enjoying reading this harmony of the Gospel.

For those of you reading along, what do you think thus far? If you've blogged about it, then please leave a link below so I can check it out!!!

Friday, November 14, 2014

God's Great Creation

The most recent children's book we've received is God's Great Creation (published by Zondervan). It tells the story of the creation and of Adam & Eve and the fall in Genesis. I loved it and so did my children who chose it as one of their reading books while on the road from Florida to Illinois.

This story is accurate yet it easy for young readers, like my 7 year old, to read and understand. I love the vibrant pictures and the fact that it did not "sugar coat" Adam and Eve's disobedience nor their consequences. God's Great Creation is a companion book to the Adventure Bible so if the illustrations look familiar that's why.

I seriously look forward to new books in this series!

Tell the truth and love immensely always,

{FYI: this book was sent to me for free in exchange for my honest review.}

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

One Perfect Life Schedule!

Here is the Schedule for the One Perfect Life by John MacArthur Book Study!

I look forward to learning and sharing about our Lord Jesus Christ with each of you!

{Above is the video to accompany the book release.}

I am so looking forward to reading this book, sharing what I've learned and you all sharing what you've learned. On Facebook you can join this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/lovinggodgreatly/

-Tell the truth and love immensely,

Monday, November 10, 2014

Finally Settled

Hi everyone! *waves hand*

We are finally feeling settled in.......here in the south suburbs of Chicago. For those of you who don't know our family was originally from the Chicago area and we decided to move back this November after being in Central Florida for the last three years. 
I will admit I already miss my warm weather winters and being able to wear flip flops and shorts in November. However I enjoy being around family and skating (we are avid roller-skaters).

 At the moment, I have been reading through a NIV Once a Day bible. Totally enjoy being able to read a bit each day from the Old Testament and from the New Testament along with Psalms and Proverbs.

NIV Once-A-Day Bible for Leaders

This is the specific bible that my hubby and I are both reading from. Soon I should have a copy of the Duck Commander Bible in my hands and I cannot wait to dig into it. I have read great reviews of it.

So for the bible study... is going to be a book study on Jesus Christ.
I would like to read through Jesus' life using "One Perfect Life" By John MacArthur. Amazon has the book for as low as $17 plus s&h. Grace to you (gty.org) has the book for $15 (with free shipping), And Christianbook.com has the book for $20. The best deal of the three is Grace to You (gty.org). I will post as I read through the book, starting next Monday. I hope you can join me.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Weekly Bible Study

For the last couple of months I have not been able to get to church considering I have been working on Sunday (I trust the Lord to work this out in my favor soon).

So I thought to maybe start a group bible study, either via Anymeeting (free to use). My goal with this is to allow people from different areas of the country/world to be able to come together once or twice a week to learn God's Word together. We can share our "gleanings" from what we've read and stay in fellowship with each other.

I am giving an open invitation to my readers. Come study the bible with me.
If you are interested please email: kris@kristindaniellebush.com

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Book to Open My Eyes

Every so often I will take the time to indulge in a fiction novel. Recently I was offered the opportunity to read a fiction novel by D.J. Williams, "The Disillusioned." This book does two things in the overall course of the story it challenges it's reader to care about people they've never met and it challenges what we truly believe and how we carry out our faith in God. This novel is about a family tragedy that sends two brothers on a chase to honor their deceased mother's will. However in doing so these brothers entangle themselves in one of the largest most heinous human trafficking rings in Africa.  Mind you they are the children of one of America's most beloved preachers and their mother committed suicide.
This story was beyond engrossing.  I read the entire novel in 1 day. It beckoned to figure out to aid in the cause to stop human trafficking. I recommend this book especially if you know you want a really good read that's worth reading. It's suspenseful and eye opening to what people around the world are dealing with. 
An interview with the author, DJ Williams:

What was your inspiration behind the novel?
I was coming out of a difficult year both personally and professionally. Two unexpected deaths in my family only thirty days apart. A business venture that ended shortly after. For months I wondered what was happening. At the time, I didn't know that this season would change the direction of my life. I didn't understand until a few years later when I started writing. I kept that part of my life private from everyone except for my wife. No on knew I was writing a novel. After a few false starts in trying to find my characters and plot, I struck on something that pushed the story forward. I never expected the twists and turns that followed. I guess you could say that I discovered the story in The Disillusioned along the journey. The deeper I immersed myself, the more I knew it would involve a social cause. I spoke with friends who are involved in the fight against human trafficking and it became clear that it needed to be part of the story.

2. What do you hope readers will take from reading this novel?
The Disillusioned is for anyone who cares about fixing what is wrong in the world, and its for anyone who loves adventure. It's convicting, eye-opening, suspenseful, mysterious, and thrilling all at the same time. It's for anyone driven by compassion for a suffering world, and for anyone willing to be convicted to be more than what they are. My hope is that the characters will move readers out of the comfort of their homes, churches, and work places to make a difference whether it be here in the U.S. or somewhere else in the world. If the story can shed a light on the fight against the two billion dollar industry of human trafficking, and move people to action then I've accomplished what I hoped to accomplish when I started writing the story.

3. Is there another book in the works that fans can look forward to?
I'm a few months away from finishing my next novel. I don't want to give too much away, but here's a brief synopsis:

When Jake Harris is hired to ghostwrite a memoir he unlocks Pandora's box. From the grave, a remarkable story from the twenties about a controversial evangelist leads Jake down a road toward solving the murder of a friend, uncovering a secret society that has operated in the shadows for nearly a century, and the truth about a past he cannot remember.
I know it's vague, but I'll be able to share more once the novel is finished. You can always find more information at www.djwilliamsbooks.com