New Women's Devotional Bible

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9780310936169: New Women's Devotional Bible

An all-new devotional Bible, the New Women’s Devotional Bible helps a new generation of Christian women apply God’s Word to their lives. It includes a full year of all-new devotions by women of God. Added features from its bestselling predecessor make this Bible more engaging, practical, and versatile. Features Include: * Complete text of the NIV---the most read, most trusted Bible translation * A full year of weekday and weekend devotions bring insight and inspiration. Also included are questions for reflection to help women apply God’s Word to life. * Devotions by well-known---and not-so-well-known women of God, including Joni Eareckson Tada, Elisabeth Elliot, Lynne Hybels, Anne Graham Lotz, and Katie Brazelton * Multiple reading plans for year-after-year use * Introductions for each book of the Bible * 500 callouts spotlighting key verses of the Bible for memorization and contemplation * Author index with biographical information on each contributor * Subject index to help you locate topics easily * Presentation page * Double-column format

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Genesis Every story has a beginning, a genesis. The beginning of God's story of his interactions with humanity is found in the very first words of the Bible. In the beginning God created. From the start God was present. He was at work. However, in the freshness of a new world where the first man and woman walked and talked with God, sin slithered in, marring creation forever. But the God who hung every star in place and laid every grain of sand upon the shore had, from the beginning, a plan. The whole of Scripture, and indeed the whole of history, is unveiled within the seeds of Genesis. It will be many years before we see the fruit of those seeds, but they are not years of dormancy. Throughout the world and within individual lives, God is actively working to redeem his creation. In Genesis we see him form covenants, bestow blessings, test faithfulness and turn evil intentions into a greater good---all for the purpose of one day redeeming the people he created in his image. It's a work that will continue until the end of time, but the beginnings for all of it are found in Genesis. The Beginning 1 In the be ginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 Now the earth was a form less and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. 3 And God said, 'Let there be light,' and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good, and he separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called t he light 'day,' and the darkness he called 'night.' And there was evening, and there was morning---the first day. 6 And God said, 'Let there be an expanse between the waters to sep a rate water from water.' 7 So God made the expanse and a 2 Or possibly became 1 Author: Moses. Audience: The people of Israel. Date: Between 1446 and 1406 B.C. Setting: The area called the Middle East today. Verse to Remember: In the beginning God . . . (1:1) 13 LOUIS SULLIVAN, the inventor of the modern skyscraper, said, 'The tall building . . . should be a proud and soaring thing that makes a powerful appeal to the architectural imagination.' Today, many women embody the same spirit of pride and selfsuffi ciency that is represented in the lofty towers that make up our cities. We focus on personal perfection. Many women seek the pinnacle of age-defying beauty through creams, procedures or surgeries. Some become obsessed with fashion or feel that they must conform to some media-driven image. Over time, it becomes easier and easier to build monuments to ourselves. After all, as the famous ad says, 'I'm worth it.' The builders of the tower of Babel shared a key aspect of Sullivan's vision of the tall building: pride. And they had one purpose: to build a name for themselves. They wanted to claim glory that rightly belonged to God---after all, they were worth it. The longing to climb higher than God didn't begin in Babel. Before time began Lucifer said, 'I will raise my throne above the stars of God' (Isaiah 14:13). It didn't end with Babel, either. The pyramids of Egypt proclaim the power of the rulers buried beneath them. Many lives were lost in the building of the pyramids, 'collateral damage' to the princes who built them. Often Egyptian slaves were killed when their masters died and were buried alongside them. But just as the Egyptian kings sacrificed everything to their own legacy, women often sacrifice the good of those around them for fleeting recognition, not to mention the humble spirit God desires. The rulers of ancient Egypt were not all-powerful---they died the deaths of mere men. Don't be deceived, your soul will not be saved by flawless skin or the perfect career any more than the towering mountains of stone raised over the mummies of kings saved them. What do you take pride in? What keeps you from glorifying God? Has your focus become self-absorbed? Have you become self-glorifying? The solution is simple: Whatever is keeping you from God, give it to him for his glory. Let your relationship with Jesus be the source of your significance. When you humble yourself before God, you'll be lifted up. Reaching for the Heavens R e a d : G e n e s i s 1 1 : 1 -- 9 Genesis 11:4 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.' reflection 1Name some of the towers you see others building around you that take glory away from God. What kinds of towers have you built? 2Have you ever taken credit for work when another person really deserved it, or has someone taken credit for work you have done? How did that feel? 3How do you think God feels when we take the credit for his work in our lives? RELATED READINGS Psalm 86:8--10; Proverbs 18:10--12; Matthew 23:12 'The one sole thing in myself in which I glory is that I see in myself nothing in which I can glory.' Catherine of Genoa The Heart of a Mother

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