Friday, December 18, 2009

Christmas Gift Suggestions

I would like to congratulate Mark Whitaker and the choir for a job well done on our Christmas Cantata! I praise God for the joy and leadership our choir provides our worship services! I am also proud of everyone digging deep to give sacrificially to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering. We now have a total of $9,240! Let's get to our goal of $10,000.

As we are only a few days away from Christmas, I would like to encourage you to consider some spiritual growth gifts this year! These suggestions have not changed much at all from my list last year, and I would still encourage you to invest in them.

Bro. Dave's Gift Suggestions for Christmas: Bibles:

1) The ESV Study Bible – This is my favorite Study Bible ever. I am addicted to this Bible, and you will be too. It simply explains the text and has over 200 maps and charts. If I had the money to do so, I would buy everyone in church a copy of this incredible Study Bible.

2) The Archeological Study Bible – This Bible does an incredible job linking the pages of scripture with the wealth of archeological evidence. It opens a completely new viewpoint on the text of scripture and provides many fascinating articles.

3) The Apologetic Study Bible – This Bible does a good job answering all of the hard questions that people have had about Christianity. If you are someone who has hard questions, or would like to know how to better answer other people's questions, you owe it to yourself to get this one.

4) Other good study bibles that will help you understand God's word better are the Life Application Study Bible, the John Macarthur Study Bible, and the Nelson Study Bible.

For Children – These first two are books that I have recommended earlier this year.

1) The Big Picture Story Bible, by David Helm. With full-page illustrations and an incredible overview of the whole Bible, this has been a favorite in the Crowe house.

2) The Jesus Storybook Bible, by Sally Lloyd-Jones. Shows how Jesus is in every story of the Bible. Does a great job highlighting where He is in the Old Testament.

3) The Child's Story Bible, by Catherine F. Vos. The wife of a Biblical Theology professor at Yale wrote this Bible in the 1920's. Vos took her husbands notes and wrote them out for Children. Though not as well illustrated as the others, its literary style is engaging for kids and full of rich theological truths.

May God bless you with a wonderful Christmas!

- Bro. Dave

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