I had the honor of playing guitar for Paige Brumley as she sang, “When Love Was Slain” (by Riddle and Yates), on July 27, 2014, at Stonebriar Community Church. Paige set the recording to pictures she took from Maui.

It’s a beautiful reminder of the hope that awaits us in glory!

The good folks at SourceFlix have produced another fascinating and educational video, explaining with history and archaeology the location of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.

Micah predicted it centuries before it occurred:

But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity. —Micah 5:2

A God who can tell the future also knows your future. Trust Him today with what concerns you.

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I have saved 5 brand new audio resources (plus my newest audiobook) to offer you at a significant discount for this Black Friday sale. From lessons from Bible lands to questions about why a good God allows evil, you’ll get something worth hearing that will encourage you today!

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Must-Have Resources for Bible Lands Study

I've boiled down an essential list for you.

Not everybody can travel to Israel. But everyone can benefit from including Bible lands in their personal Bible study. You just need some good tools.

Tabernacle model and courtyard

(Photo: Tabernacle Model. Courtesy of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands)

I have discovered that including Bible lands in my study has given me more understanding of the Bible than I ever imagined. The benefits of including Bible lands in the study of Scripture are available to everyone.

Many people have asked what resources I recommend. So I’ve created what I consider a must-have list. These are the tools I reach for first when I study—those resources that have proven most helpful to me for years.

I’ll give you the full list, and then I’ll suggest which ones to get first.

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The good folks at SourceFlix.com have created a simple video explaining the history of the Temple Mount. If you’d like a quick summary of this significant place in the Bible and history, you owe it to yourself to watch this video. It is well done.

If you’d like more on the Temple Mount, check out this post.

Free Online Course on the Gospel of John

Learn, get sharpened, and grow to become more effective for God.

Time for an early Christmas gift for you. This one comes wrapped in the inestimable blessing of insight and encouragement. And like all good gifts, it’s totally free.

Free Online Course for You on the Gospel of John

I’ve written to you recently on why being around smarter people is a good thing. Why? Because it’s important to get sharp and stay sharp as a tool in God’s hand. That only happens as we allow ourselves to be stretched, taught, and challenged by someone farther down the line than we are.

By the way, I am not the giver of this gift. In fact, I am one of the recipients.

This gift comes wrapped in the form of a free online course about one of the Bible’s best books—the Gospel of John—taught by one of Dallas Seminary’s finest teachers.

Here’s what you’ll get.

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Take a devotional break for a moment and watch the beautiful words of Isaiah come to life.

All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him. —Isaiah 53:6

Sometimes I think God created particular creatures simply to provide potent metaphors He could use to teach us with. Picture yourself as one of these sheep—and the Lord as your shepherd.

We all have wandered. But the good news is our Good Shepherd sought us out—and died for our sins. Jesus Himself said:

If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? —Matthew 18:12

Question: How does seeing these words visually help you internalize their truths? To leave a comment, just click here.

(Video from SourceFlix.com)

The mustard plant in Israel grows to a height of 10-12 feet, but it has one of the smallest seeds.

Jesus compared the mustard seed to God’s coming kingdom:

The kingdom of God . . . is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil, yet when it is sown, grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants. —Mark 4:30-32

Compared to the large weeds in our daily world, God’s program seems like a mustard seed—small, insignificant, and ineffective.

But God’s plan is progressing in spite of its seeming insignificance now.

When we feel discouraged at the slowness and secrecy of God’s plan, remember the truth Jesus revealed. What seems small and insignificant now will become the largest of all kingdoms one day.

Keep going. Don’t give up. We have a future with God. (Tweet that.)

The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever. —Revelation 11:15

Question: What helps you look beyond today to tomorrow? To leave a comment, just click here.

Video from SourceFlix.com.