Friday, January 8, 2016


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If I had thought ahead a little better, I would have posted this a week or two ago so you'd be ready for the New Year.  I know everyone is gung-ho to begin new habits on January 1, but it's never too late, right?   

We own most of these books and highly recommend any of them for solid Biblical truth.

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This one is a classic, but I've never used it before now.  It's my choice for this year.

Anything from John MacArthur...

Portraits of Devotion by Beth Moore

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If you prefer an electronic reader, your computer, or your phone, here are a few great online devotional resources to download. 

First 5 from Proverbs 31 Ministries-
I love this app!  It's quick and gets your thoughts headed in the right direction first thing in the morning.  The idea is to spend the first 5 minutes of your day focused on the Word- before you check Facebook or Instagram or your e-mail, really right when you open your eyes each morning.  Your phone is likely right by your bed, so it's easy to grab and use this app to concentrate on a few verses first thing.

Another web based tool, I enjoy following them on Instagram as well.

You Version- free online complete Bible to download for your reader or phone, it offers a wide variety of devotionals within it's system.

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If you'd like to concentrate on reading the entire Bible through in a year rather than shorter topical devotions, these are my favorite plans.  Remember, you don't have to start on January 1!! Start today and finish one year from today!

A great, straightforward resource that divides the Bible up into 365 sections.

The Daily Bible in Chronological Order-
This one is nice for a little bit of a different perspective.  The entire Bible is arranged in chronological rather than the traditional book order, so it's a little easier to put the pieces together of what happened when as you're reading.

You Version (digital)- In addition to the full Bible and devotions, they offer a fabulous yearly reading plan where you can choose your desired version and customize your preferences.  Great at keeping you on track, (and helping you catch up if and when you need to!).

It doesn't get any simpler than this little pamphlet that our Pastor hands out every year, it's the one I'm using right now.  There's a passage to read for morning and evening, or read it all in one sitting.  Let me know if you're interested in this one and I'll be happy to send you a free copy!

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  1. Lucky you- Upmost is in your signature green cover! ;)

  2. John MacArthur can't go wrong but Beth Moore? I suggest you do a little research on Beth Moore's teachings. I'm not sure she and Dr. MacArthur teach the same gospel.

    1. I have done several of Beth Moore's Bible studies, as well as multiple Kay Arthur and Priscilla Shirer studies, and Experiencing God among others and have not found anything in the studies I've done from Beth that is contrary to the Word. I will agree it is so important to always study the Word for yourself, though, instead of taking the teaching of any human- including John MacArthur- for absolute truth!

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  3. I've never had a John MacArthur devotional but I think I'll try one. Thanks for the recommendations.

    1. PS--Which one would you start with?

    2. Oh goodness, can't go wrong with any of them, but maybe Drawing Near?

  4. Oh this is such a great list Jennifer, thank you so much for posting! I am off to look into some of these.

  5. Thanks for this list of books and apps :) I have many books by John Macarthur - he really knows his stuff! I watched Beth Moore on youtube and something didn't sit right with me when i was listening to her. Could just be me though. Also, what do you think of the book Jesus Calling? I tend to stay away from anyone claiming that God has told them something. I thought all revelation was already given in scripture. Being as you're a pastors wife, I'm sure you have more insight than me on this subject. I'd love to hear your thoughts!

    Kristen :)

    1. I agree on Jesus Calling. Although I tried that one a few years ago, you're very right. I think it's one to be leery of and intentionally left it off of my list. Such a good reminder to be so careful with who and what we're reading!

      Oh, and just because I'm a minister's wife doesn't mean much, I'm on this journey along with everyone else! ;)

  6. So glad My utmost for his highest made your list! It is a true classic with truths that apply to all generations. It is very well loved in our family and even though I read it every year, it still teaches me with each passing day and speaks to exactly where GI'd has me. Have you ever tried "Mornings and Evenings" by Charles Spurgeon? Another tried and true classic that never leaves my nightstand. His words inspire me to love my saviour more every time I open it. Heart stor ring and inspiring!

    1. Oh, I didn't think about Spurgeon, I bet that one is great too! I haven't tried that one but I definitely will in the future!

  7. Thank you, Jennifer. I, too, think highly of John MacArthur and his teachings. I have the Oswald Chambers devotional book but haven't read it in a while. Thanks for the encouragement.

  8. Thanks so much for sharing these ~ much food for thought!


  9. I need to check some of this out! Thank you Jennifer!


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