Christy
Discover the "I AM" Statements of Jesus

Discover the “I AM” Statements of Jesus

I am experimenting with a new, casual style of Bible guide. I have a prototype for you to download. The content is basic because I was more interested in playing with a new style. I like the concept, in general. I’m sure I’ll fine-tune it over time. Yes, I drew the images (except for the cover).

Use the arrow in the upper right corner to pop up the document. Then use the icons at the top to print or save it, if you wish.

 

Christy
You Mean That Isn't in the Bible?: 10 Popular Beliefs That Simply Aren't True by David A. Rich

You Mean That Isn’t in the Bible?: 10 Popular Beliefs That Simply Aren’t True by David A. Rich

Author David A. Rich makes some great points in You Mean That Isn’t in the Bible?, but he also chases a lot of rabbits along the way. At first I found this frustrating, wondering when he would get to something related to the chapter title, but either I got used to his style or he improved as the book went on. But that’s my style preference and I know others like a lot of life examples.

Don’t get me wrong, though. I found myself heartily agreeing with most of the main points and I wish more Christians could grasp them.

Ten False Beliefs

  • Belief 1: There Are Many Roads to Heaven
  • Belief 2: When We Die, We Become Angels
  • Belief 3: God Helps Those Who Help Themselves
  • Belief 4: God Wants You to Be Rich
  • Belief 5: Christians Aren’t Perfect, Just Forgiven
  • Belief 6: We Are God’s Co-Pilots
  • Belief 7: Pray Hard and God Will Answer
  • Belief 8: God and Satan Are Battling It Out
  • Belief 9: God Is Not a Micromanager
  • Belief 10: Everyone Has Their Own Free Will

Book Quotes

“I like to say that we’re either trying or trusting. If we’re trying out of our own self-effort, then we’re not trusting. If we’re trusting, there’s no need to try and please God through self-effort.”

“Scripture says that God does indeed help, but only if we ‘wait.’ Waiting is not working. It is not helping, but rather trusting.”

“Church, for many, has become the spiritual equivalent to our judicial system. Church convicts us of our sings, informs us of our punishment, and sends us home on house arrest to try to do better and report back in one week.”

“Paul clears it up by saying that he is not doing the sin. Sin still dwells in his flesh, but HE is not his flesh.”

“God is in charge of all things, and Satan is not going to wreck God’s plans.”

“One would think that if Satan was indeed God’s nemesis, Satan would not listen to God’s commands. Satan might go along with God when he was with Him, but then do as he pleased. I would think that if there was really a battle between God and Satan, Satan would seize every opportunity to win the battle. I would think that if Satan was out to defeat God’s plan, he would have harmed Job physically the first time and would have killed him the second time. He surely would not have listened to God.”

“Satan is not running amuck; he is controlled by God, and his end has already been determined. We know he has already been defeated.”

“Don’t think for a moment that every body part has to be completely healthy and working the way everyone thinks it should to have a purpose in serving God. Some of the most shining examples of God’s grace and love can be found in people with what the world would call disabilities.”

“Smile and agree to disagree, and rest assured God has them right where He wants them.”

“We don’t need to live wondering if we’ve made the right decisions to live FOR Jesus—He will live THROUGH us.”

–David A Rich, You Mean That Isn’t in the Bible?

 


You Mean That Isn’t in the Bible?

10 Popular Beliefs That Simply Aren’t True

David A. Rich

2008

160 pages

 

 


 

Christy
Thirteen of the Spookiest Things in the Bible

Thirteen of the Spookiest Things in the Bible

Some Christians choose not to celebrate Halloween, for whatever reasons, but I would like to suggest a different approach. During this season when people like to be scared and they have a heightened interest in the supernatural, why not embrace those themes in the Bible?

The Bible is full of spooky, horrifying, gruesome, and gross things. You want monsters? The Bible has the biggest and best monsters you can imagine. You want supernatural? The Bible astounds with supernatural. Let’s use this opportunity to embrace the fun atmosphere of the season of scary things but point people toward the Bible.

My aim is to start producing PDF eBooks that will help people see the Bible in a fun new way. Sharable content like this might reach a Christian who thinks the Bible is boring or a not-yet Christian who might take a look at something like this and get exposure to the God of the Bible. Only God knows what could happen after that.

Please enjoy this eBook and feel free to share it with others.

 

Thirteen of the Spookiest Things in the Bible

 

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Christy
Coloring improved my mental health

How Coloring a Creative Journaling Bible Has Improved My Mental Health

Coloring intricate designs with random patterns forces me to make decisions about which color to use for each element and how they will all work together. The more I do it, the more decisive I have become. Where I once spent a long time thinking about the implications of each color choice, I spend less and less time worrying about the outcome and making a decision. Sometimes the result isn’t what I had hoped and I wish I would have chosen a different color, but I realize it’s not the end of the world.

The unexpected benefit of coloring has been that I’m finding it easier to make decisions in other areas of my life. The analyzing, paralyzing fear of making the wrong choice and “ruining” my project has given way to greater confidence and decisiveness. I learned from coloring that even if the results of my choices are not what I wished, it’s not the end of the world. I can live with it. I can choose a different color next time. I can try a different combination. I can make a decision because it really doesn’t matter.

Of course, coloring Bible verses has the spiritual dimension, too. As I’m coloring, I’m filling my mind with God’s Word by meditating on the words for longer amounts of time. It’s been reassuring to my broken spirit. Coloring God’s Word has been soothing and calming my anxious mind. I believe it helped me come out of depression and enjoy a prolonged “up” cycle.

I’m using the NLT Inspire Bible for Creative Journaling by Tyndale. It has more than 400 images to color in the margins or full-pages. Even though I’ve been coloring daily all summer, there are plenty of pages to color still. And the margins without images are lined for notes.

I knew I would enjoy this Bible, but I never expected the ways it would benefit my mental health. I’m more than thrilled at how God has used this Bible to help me with recovery.

Here’s a sampling of some of my Bible pages:

 

Available from Amazon

Available from Christianbook.com

NLT Inspire Bible: The Bible for Creative Journaling, Teal
By Tyndale HouseInspire is a new single-column, wide-margin New Living Translation Bible that will be a cherished resource for creative art journaling. It is the first Bible of its kind—with over 400 beautiful line-art illustrations spread throughout the Bible. Full-page and partial-page Scripture art is attractively displayed throughout the Bible, and the illustrations can be colored in to make each Bible unique, colorful, and customizable.

Every page of Scripture has two-inch-wide margins, with either Scripture line-art or ruled space for writing notes and reflections, or to draw and create. The generous font (8.65) ensures optimal readability, and quality cream Bible paper is great for creative art journaling. Inspire is the only single-column, wide-margin Bible available in the popular New Living Translation, and it is designed uniquely to appeal to art-journaling and adult coloring book enthusiasts.

Features

  • Complete text of the New Living Translation Bible
  • A lovely, teal imitation leather over hardboard, with beautifully-designed full-color page edges
  • A matching ribbon marker
  • An elastic band closure
  • 2"-wide margins for personal reflections and creative art journaling
  • Over 400 designed Scripture verses that can be colored in, with index
  • Single-column text layout
  • Readable black-letter text throughout
  • Presentation page for gift-giving
  • Presented in a beautiful gift box
  • Generous 8.65-point text size
  • 8.25" x 6.25" x 2.00"
Christy
Inspire NLT Bible

Right-Brained Folks Will Love This Bible

If you’ve read my book, Sweeter Than Chocolate, you’ll know I devote a whole chapter to right-brained approaches to the Bible (and a whole chapter to left-brained approaches). So I’m glad to see the Christian community embracing these differences finally. There has been a growing movement of Bible journaling in which people draw, doodle, and color in their Bible.

Right-brainers have always colored, or even color-coded, their Bibles. And a little bit of color makes even left-brain study methods more interesting for right-brained folks.

This week, I received my Inspire NLT Bible, which I fondly refer to as “my coloring Bible.” It’s a compact size but it contains more than 400 illustrations of Bible verses to color. And look at the beautiful page edges done in butterflies and floral designs.

 

 

Inspire NLT Bible

 

Every page has a wide margin, which contains either a Bible verse illustration or lines for making study notes.

 

Inspire NLT Bible

 

Some of the illustrations are quite simple.

 

Inspire NLT Bible

 

Some of the illustrations are quite intricate and occasionally fill an entire page

 

Inspire NLT Bible

 

. . . or  even fill a two-page spread where there is extra space at the end of a book.

 

Inspire NLT Bible

 

Other illustrations give you visual ways to remember verses.

 

Inspire NLT Bible

 

The first page of each book is done more elaborately.

 

Inspire NLT Bible

 

And sometimes, instead of a verse, there is a beautiful key word to color.

 

Inspire NLT Bible

 

And because I couldn’t stop taking photos of my beautiful Bible, here are a couple more:

 

Inspire NLT Bible

 

Inspire NLT Bible

 

I am really excited about this Bible. Not only will it be fun to color while I meditate on the Word, but as I use the Bible, I’ll be able to enjoy the colored pictures. I’ll start remembering “that verse was on the page with the butterfly” because that’s how visual learners are.

If you or someone you know would be interested in a “coloring Bible” then please check it out. I have included links to Amazon and ChristianBook.com.

413743: NLT Inspire Bible: The Bible for Creative Journaling, Teal NLT Inspire Bible: The Bible for Creative Journaling, Teal
By Tyndale House

Inspire is a new single-column, wide-margin New Living Translation Bible that will be a cherished resource for creative art journaling. It is the first Bible of its kind,with over 400 beautiful line-art illustrations spread throughout the Bible. Full-page and partial-page Scripture art is attractively displayed throughout the Bible, and the illustrations can be colored in to make each Bible unique, colorful, and customizable.

Every page of Scripture has two-inch-wide margins, with either Scripture line-art or ruled space for writing notes and reflections, or to draw and create. The generous font (8.65) ensures optimal readability, and quality cream Bible paper is great for creative art journaling. Inspire is the only single-column, wide-margin Bible available in the popular New Living Translation, and it is designed uniquely to appeal to art-journaling and adult coloring book enthusiasts.

Features

  • Complete text of the New Living Translation Bible
  • A lovely, teal imitation leather over hardboard, with beautifully-designed full-color page edges
  • A matching ribbon marker
  • An elastic band closure
  • 2″-wide margins for personal reflections and creative art journaling
  • Over 400 designed Scripture verses that can be colored in, with index
  • Single-column text layout
  • Readable black-letter text throughout
  • Presentation page for gift-giving
  • Presented in a beautiful gift box
  • Generous 8.65-point text size
  • 8.25″ x 6.25″ x 2.00″
Christy
What questions do you have about mental illness and the Bible?

What Questions Do You Have about Mental Illness and the Bible?

Because I have a mental illness, I’ve spent time on many different Christian sites looking at the “help” they offer and it is downright shameful the types of responses Christians give about mental illness. From what I’ve seen, the last place I’d want to go for support for my mental illness is a church. I’m becoming increasingly confident that my ministry is to provide positive, grace-filled resources for people affected by mental illness.

As a first step, I’m compiling a list of frequently asked questions. I’m carefully answering each question with positive, grace-filled answers from the Bible or credible sources in the mental health industry.

This is where I need your help.

I have compiled a list of questions based on common misconceptions I’ve seen online, but I know I’m not covering everything. I’ve only scratched the surface. So take a moment to look at some sample questions I’ve assembled on the list below and then respond in the comments with other questions you’d like to see answered (for yourself or someone else).

  • What is mental illness? What causes mental illness?
  • What are some common mental illnesses?
  • Are all people with mental illness dangerous criminals?
  • What is the prevalence of mental illness?
  • Can Christians have a mental illness?
  • Who suffers from mental illness?
  • Is mental illness a sin?
  • Is mental illness a lack of faith?
  • Is mental illness demon possession?
  • Are the mentally ill merely people with unsolved personal problems?
  • Is seeking medical treatment for mental illness a sin or a lack of faith?
  • Is seeking medical treatment for mental illness ill advised?
  • Shouldn’t people with mental illness be institutionalized?
  • Can people with mental illness work?
  • What should I say to someone with a mental illness?
  • Does the Bible describe people with mental illness?
  • Does the Bible mention specific mental illnesses?
  • Does the Bible offer words of hope to people with mental illness?
  • Is suicide a sin? Will someone go to hell for committing suicide?
  • Did anyone in the Bible commit suicide besides Judas?
  • What help and hope does the Bible offer to someone considering suicide?
  • How can I cope with the perceived disgrace of having a mental illness?
  • How can Christians help the mentally ill?
  • How can the church help the mentally ill?

What other questions do you have about mental illness?

Please share your questions in the comments section or message me privately.