If you are starting to think about your Christmas list, and gifts for loved ones, how about giving them a useful Christian book? And what could be more helpful and spiritually beneficial than a Daily Devotional? All of you who have been following this blog week by week know that last year I published STRENGTH FOR TODAY: A Daily Devotional Guide, that takes the reader all the way through the Old Testament in one year.
You will be glad to know I have purchased an inventory of about 35 of these books, at an author's discount. These books sell on Amazon and in bookstores for $44.95 but I can sell them directly to you for $35.00 plus $3 for shipping (total of $38.00). A copy of this volume would make a great gift for a pastor, Sunday School teacher, family member, missionary--any Christian who knows the value of spending time each day in the Word of God.
Recently a girl who grew up in my church in Western Maryland, years ago, contacted me and ordered three of these devotional books as Christmas gifts for her family members. It was encouraging to hear from her how much my Bible teaching ministry impacted her life, even as a child.
Here is a "Thanksgiving Message", an excerpt, straight out of this book (from Nov. 23):
"When Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house, and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. Daniel's prayer life was consistent. When he knew the King's writing was signed he still prayed, just as he had done every day before. Too often, we only go to God in prayer when we are in trouble. But observe here that he not only prayed, but he also gave thanks. Think of it! He gave thanks (even when threatened with death!). He didn't try to hide to save his life. He didn't protest to the king about the mistake the king made signing the decree. He didn't become bitter over his unfair situation, how he was mistreated by his co-workers. He didn't do any of that! He prayed and gave thanks. How could a man condemned to death in a lion's den give thanks?"
At this point, I list 3 things Daniel had to be thankful for even after his death-decree went into effect and he was headed for the lion's den. It amazes me how Daniel could give thanks to God in such a time as that, and how absolutely ungrateful our society is today, by way of contrast.
May the Lord grant you and your family a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving!
If you are interested in the book pictured above, you can Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to order the devotional: STRENGTH FOR TODAY.