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Glorifying the God who walked among us. The blog of Renae Adelsberger.

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God-Breathed in Context
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Podcast Review: Raising them in His Image
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Book Review: 90 Days with a Heart like His
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Prone to Wonder
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A Season of Promises Fulfilled: Mighty Names

God-Breathed in Context

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In our Sunday School class for middle school girls, we have been studying how to study the Bible. The Lord has blessed us with two fruitful weeks of study as the girls have learned basic facts about the Bible’s history as well as its physical layout. We’ve practiced using not only our table of contents but also our concordance.

We put our newly learned Bible studying lessons into practice with 2 Timothy 3:16-17 and the Lord taught me a couple awesome facts about the text that I had not previously noticed.

Looking just at 2 Timothy 3:16-17 we asked,

What is the purpose of Scripture?

Verse 16 teaches us that it is “profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, [and] for training in righteousness.” God’s Word has the power to encourage us but we may not feel encouraged through absolutely every passage and reading. Some days, God’s Word will convict us of our sin and call us into action.

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Podcast Review: Raising them in His Image

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Do you listen to podcasts? If you are not familiar with the term “podcast,” they can be defined as a digital recording of a a radio show, or similar audio medium, that you can download or stream with a device that connects to the internet.

For those of you with iPhones, all you have to do is click the podcast button on your screen and you have instant access to millions of hours of free content.

This month, I am recommending the following podcast for you from the Gospel Coalition, dated December 15, 2014. It is titled, “Raise Them in His Image, Not Yours.”

I’m going to go ahead and give you a summary of this podcast because it had a tremendous wealth of wisdom packed into about 7  minutes.

If focuses on this question:

What is the most paradigm shifting moment you have had as a mom? Here are the three responses recorded.

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Book Review: 90 Days with a Heart like His

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As 2014 came to a close, I needed a Bible study to get me in the word personally. Ever since I attended a Christian-based university, I have believed that a person’s quiet time should not be the same passage that they are reading for homework, studying for a paper, or researching for a sermon. I do well with personal goals so I decided to start this study because it had a reading plan, thought, and prayer for every day. I love that.

There is a video that goes along with the study that I did not watch, so I cannot speak for the video portion.

On a physical, non-spiritual note, this book is HUGE! It’s 437 pages long and a beast to haul around with you. So this book took a permanent home in my car and I read and reflected on Scripture every day on my lunch break. I don’t know about you, but by 12:30, I need more Scripture in my life to make it through the afternoon with a Christ-like attitude.

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Prone to Wonder

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“You do know that wonder and wander are two different words, right?”

I found myself asking my  husband that question after listening to him preach one night. He kept saying that the Israelites were wondering in the desert.

At this point, you’re either saying, “Amen, sister!” or you are completely lost. For those of you who are lost, here’s a quick lifelong grammar lesson.

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A Season of Promises Fulfilled: Mighty Names

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For a child will be born for us,
a son will be given to us,
and the government will be on His shoulders.
He will be named
Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,
Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.
Isaiah 9:6

I vividly remember being the kid who got mad every time I saw “X-mas” rather than “Christmas.” I felt as though, accidently or not, people were taking Christ out of Christmas.

Many years later, I was sitting in Biblical Greek class in college and learned about the “chi rhos” (pronounced “keye ross”). The early church used the first two letters of “Christos” (translated as “Christ”) to create a symbol to represent the name of Jesus.

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“X-mas” can still mean “Christmas,” though if you don’t want to be mistaken for taking Christ out of Christmas, it’s probably better to go ahead and write out His full name.

As the energy and excitement of Christmas begins to fade, let’s be reminded that we celebrate the birth of our God in human form. He truly is the Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, and Prince of Peace.

Happy (almost) New Year!

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