Best New Young Adult Books | April 2018

In this list, you will discover 6 of the best young adult novels that release during the month of April.

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Best New Books for Tweens and Preteens | April 2018

We’ve picked 9 middle grade books that we think are some of the best new books for preteens and tweens that release during the month of April.

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Best New Picture Books | April 2018

We have 14 of the best new picture books to share with you this month.

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Best New Board Books | April 2018

The 4 colorful new board books listed here are the titles we feel represent the best of April 2018. Ready. Set. Read!

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Lift Your Eyes Up

I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. — Psalm 121:1-2 NIV My 8 year-old son, Justin, and I were trailing behind my husband and other two 8 year-old sons (yes, triplets) on the beach bike path near

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About My Father’s Business

About My Father’s Business | Franklin Graham, Billy Graham

About My Father’s Business If you send them forward on their journey in a manner worthy of God, you will do well. — 3 John 6 I do not come as an emissary of my government or my nation, but as a citizen of the kingdom of God… as Christ’s ambassador… to preach the Gospel.

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Hebrews 11:6

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”

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Promise #121 – Tuesday May 1, 2018

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Job 33:4 (WEB)
The Spirit of God has made me,
and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
  

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May 1st One Year Bible Readings

Judges 13:1-14:20 ~ John 1:29-51 ~ Psalm 102:1-28 ~ Proverbs 14:15-16
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Old Testament – Today we begin reading four chapters about Samson, the last of the judges.  You’ll notice that the author of Judges often compares the story of Samson’s birth and life with the story of Israel.  Samson was a Nazirite, which meant he could drink no alcohol, could not cut his hair, and could have no contact with the dead.  I found it interesting that Samson’s mother was commanded by the angel in Judges 13 today to not drink any alcohol during her pregnancy.  Obviously this is important for health reasons, but also it seems it is important because Samson was a Nazirite – whose life began in his mother’s womb.  More info on Nazirite’s is at this link.

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Judges chapter 13 verses 19 & 20 are awesome to consider – “Then Manoah took a young goat and a grain offering and offered it on a rock as a sacrifice to the LORD. And as Manoah and his wife watched, the LORD did an amazing thing. As the flames from the altar shot up toward the sky, the angel of the LORD ascended in the fire. When Manoah and his wife saw this, they fell with their faces to the ground.”

Manoah

Interesting story today about Samson & the lion!  Pretty gross that he ate the honey made in the lion’s carcass on the way to his wedding!  🙂   You’ll note in our readings of Samson that he is drawn to Philistine women, which was against God’s law and the Philistine’s were Israel’s enemies then.  Hence, his parents did not approve of the marriage early in chapter 14.  Okay – back to the lion, and verses 5 & 6 – “As Samson and his parents were going down to Timnah, a young lion attacked Samson near the vineyards of Timnah. At that moment the Spirit of the LORD powerfully took control of him, and he ripped the lion’s jaws apart with his bare hands. He did it as easily as if it were a young goat. But he didn’t tell his father or mother about it.”

Samsonlion

New Testament – I absolutely love John chapter 1 verse 29 – “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look! There is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!”  Do you believe Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world?

Verses 45 & 46 I find so truthful, along with Nathanael’s reply being amusing – but mostly Nathanael’s reply demonstrates how very humble of a background Jesus came from – “Philip went off to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.” “Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from there?”  Are we ever like Nathanael – having preconceived notions about places or things or maybe even Jesus?  Can we leave our preconceived notions about things behind us and move forward in the spirit of truth, particularly when it comes to Jesus and who He is?

Bible.org’s commentary on John chapter 1 titled “The Witness of John” is at this link and commentary titled “The First Disciples” is at this link.

Psalms – Psalm 102 is a great reminder to us on the importance to pray. To bring our troubles to the Lord. Psalm 102 can also definitely be a comfort for us during a time of sorrow.  I love the reminder about God in verse 27 (which Hebrews also reminded us of today in the verses above…) – “But you are always the same; your years never end.” God does not change.  He is perfectly consistent.  We are oftentimes inconsistent.  But, our inconsistencies do not change God’s consistency.  He is always the same – yesterday, today, tomorrow and forever.  God is the one sure thing in life that you can count on – forever.

Proverbs – Proverbs chapter 14 verse 16 is a bit convicting for me – “The wise are cautious and avoid danger; fools plunge ahead with great confidence.”  As I look at my life I think that I often plunge ahead with great confidence…  and recently I was called out on this – wisely I think.  I do see the wisdom of being cautious and avoiding danger.  But, I also think that we shouldn’t avoid some risks of failure – particularly when it comes to God’s Kingdom work…  but…  I do see that it is foolish to plunge ahead only with great confidence.  We should only move forward with God. In addition to being convicted by this verse, I also found myself singing some Elvis when closing my Bible today…  “Wise men say, only fools rush in….”  🙂

Elvis

YouTube:  Psalm 102:27 in today’s readings reminded me of the Hillsong song “God of Ages:”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1U8Fj-Lgb4

Do you know our God of Ages? Click here to meet Him!

Please join us in memorizing and meditating on a verse of Scripture today: “The next day John saw Jesus coming toward him and said, “Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29 NIV

Prayer Point: Pray that Jesus has taken away your sins through your faith in his life, death on the cross for your sins, and his resurrection. Pray that you have repented from your sins and have left them at the Cross.

Comments from You & Questions of the Day:  Based on this Proverb reflection today, how about you?  Are you cautious and do you avoid danger?  (maybe too cautious sometimes?)  Or, do you plunge ahead with great confidence?  With too much confidence?  Is this foolish?  Also, what verses or insights stand out to you in today’s readings?  Please post up by clicking on the “Comments” link below!

God bless,
Mike

p.s. Download our monthly Small Group study notes for our One Year Bible readings at this link.

p.p.s. Download a schedule of our One Year Bible readings for the year in PDF format at this link.

p.p.p.s. I would greatly appreciate it if you would pray for this One Year Bible Blog ministry today. Thanks!

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Mark O’Connell Wins 2018 Wellcome Book Prize

The award is coming from inside The Millions!

Staff writer Mark O’Connell won the 2018 Wellcome Book Prize for his book, To Be A Machine: Adventures Among Cyborgs, Utopians, Hackers, and the Futurists Solving the Modest Problem of Death. The annual prize is given to new works of fiction or nonfiction regardless of genre whose “central theme that engages with some aspect with medicine, health, or illness.”

During an award ceremony tonight at Wellcome Collection, London, judge Edmund de Waal praised To Be a Machine as “a book that brings into focus timely issues about mortality, what it might mean to be a machine and what it truly means to be human.”

Bonus links: along with his writing on The Millions, you read our interview with O’Connell from last year.

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