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Bob Lepine's Top 10 Book List

As seen in the January edition of our Update newsletter! 

FamilyLife's Bob Lepine offers his top picks for recommended reading -- books that he says have helped shaped his life.  Read why these books made his list:

1.  Knowing God by JI Packer.  The classic work from one of the great thinkers of our time.  Simple, yet profound.  The first book to take a new believer through.  

2.  The Prodigal God by Tim Keller.  Confronts the issue of the self righteous "older brother" who is most of us.

3.  Center Church by Tim Keller.  It's a textbook, but it ...

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There's No Such Thing as a Second-Class Christian

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IMPERFECTLY PERFECT

Do you ever feel the pressure to be perfect? Especially when it seems as if your imperfections are dancing around in the spotlight?

I came out of my most recent tougher season feeling as if I could have been better.  It was as if my eyes were opened to the ways in which I wasn't living into who the Lord had called me to be, and that spotlight shining on some of my darkest places left me feeling exposed.

Ron Deal from FamilyLife Blended led our staff devotions recently.  He talked about the disconnect we can feel ...

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Joy to the World

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Joy to the world, the Lord is come! Let earth receive her King...

"Joy to the World" -- one of the most beloved Christmas hymns of all time, but did you know? It wasn't written as a Christmas song?

A recent broadcast of "The Book" tells the story of how this song, which has been sung by generations during the holidays, was never intended to herald the nativity stories in the gospels.  English hymn writer, Isaac Watts, wrote this song for his work entitled "Psalms of David" in 1917.  The goal was to imitate the psalms rather than translate them ...

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Who is Jesus?

Who do you say Jesus is?  It is the question, isn't it?

In his Christmas Day message for "The Garlow Perspective," Jim Garlow says,

Homelessness.  World hunger.  Terrorism.  The economy.  What's the biggest issue of our time?  Of this season of the year?

"Who do you say that I am?" Jesus asks.  Until you know the answer to that question, you're not equipped to focus on all the other questions of life.

Until you're ready to answer Jesus' question, how will you ever answer the life questions of who you are, why you're here, and ...

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Trivia: "THINK YOU KNOW THE CHRISTMAS STORY?"

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1-Joseph was originally from which city?

         A-Bethlehem

         B-Nazareth

         C-Hebron

         D-Jerusalem


2-Which animals does Scripture indicate were present at Jesus' birth?

         A-Cows, sheep, goats

         B-Sheep and goats only

         C-Various barnyard animals

         D-None of the above


3-How did Joseph and Mary get to Bethlehem?

         A-Camel

         B-Donkey

         C-Joseph walked while Mary rode a donkey

         D-Who knows?


4-How many wise men came to see Jesus?

         A-3

         B-9

         C-12

         D-We don't know


5-Where did the wise men find Jesus?

         A-In a manger

         B-In Nazareth

         C-In a house

         D-None of the above


6-Who told Mary and Joseph to go to Bethlehem?

         A-Angel chorus

         B-Mary's ...

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Preprayer for the New Year

As we focus on the celebration of our Savior's birth this week, there's much in the world to remind us that darkness exists . . .  sadly, we experienced this here in Southern California in our own back yard as we watched the tragedy unfold in San Bernardino.

It's these conflicting thoughts of thick darkness and light, of encroaching evil and glory, which are on the mind of Anne Graham Lotz during these days before Christmas:

"Terrorist attacks in Paris, Colorado Springs, and San Bernardino have left us ashen-faced and horrified. Polarization within political parties, corruption at the highest levels ...

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