Monday, June 15, 2020

Let's Talk About Joy

I'm over at the Pretty & Wise website today! We've been talking about joy all month and I've been STRUGGLING to just SBICAW(Sit Butt In Chair And Write) about this subject. I have written about JOY in the past on my blog in 2018 here: Where Is The Joy

That post took off in a crazy direction with pizza, a dream...the nighttime, 'what the heck was that about?' kind of dream...dream interpretation, and a bit of reflection about what God had placed in my hand to do. It's a whole thing...so. Follow the link in the previous paragraph if that has piqued your interest. 

Since that time I've done a lot of research on the subject of joy and happiness...and no they are not necessarily exclusive in their respective meanings. I used to think they were, but after pouring over scriptures about joy, digging into the original language with word studies, and reading numerous books written by many authors (some who are biblical scholars), I think differently now. But I digress...because when I finally sat down to work out this most recent article God steered me around that onto a different path...talk about rabbit trails. 



My article today, The Question of Joy,  has most certainly taken on an unexpected twist. Much of it is about Job's suffering, his questions, and God's answer. Not exactly where I expected to end up when I began writing an article about JOY. 

I hope you will go over and read the article...then click on the link at the bottom of the article that says 'community', because that is where we talk about 'all the things'. That is where the sisterhood takes place...those 'you too' moments that let you know that you are not alone in this world. 


Again...here's the link to the article over at Pretty & Wise: The Question of Joy  

See you there! 







Tuesday, May 5, 2020

I Still Believe: Movie Review and Giveaway

One love can change your life. One life can change the world. From the creators of I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, comes an inspiring love story for the ages. Rediscover the wonder of love in I STILL BELIEVE, based on the real-life story of chart-topping singer Jeremy Camp.

Movie info and review mashup...


I Still Believe, rated PG,  was released in Theaters earlier this year on March 13th but was rushed to video on demand(3/27/20) following theater shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. It's a shame because it is a beautiful film and I would have loved to have seen it on the big screen.

I don't know if you know much about Jeremy Camp. Before this movie, I just knew that I really enjoyed his music. I had not followed his story and vaguely remembered that his wife, Melissa,  had had ovarian cancer. Maybe I'm just getting old, but somehow I don't remember hearing the story of his loss. If you are a fan or have been to one of his concerts, you may already be familiar with the story...or parts of it that are covered in the movie. 

After having the opportunity to preview the movie, I now know, as they say...the rest of the story. A story that is both heartbreaking and hopeful. A story of love, faith, struggle, loss, heartbreak, redemption, and restoration. 

Jeremy's story is really Melissa's story. In the telling of her story, we are given a glimpse into the lives of two young people who  put their faith and trust in Jesus, who walk through the kind of trials that can wreck a person's faith, and yet are able to say as Job did, "Yet will I trust Him."

Just in case you, like me, have had your head in the sand and don't already know the full story, no worries...I don't want to spoil it for you so I will refrain from sharing it here. Suffice it to say...I am so glad that Jeremy has written his memoir so that it could be made into this truly inspiring film. 

At the beginning of the movie, there is a point where Jeremy asks Jean-Luc, lead singer of The Kry who later becomes his mentor, how to 'make it' in the music industry.   Jean-Luc replies, "It's not about making it. It's about what our songs give people." He goes on to tell him, "Write what you care about...what you're afraid of...the truth...write what you love."  As the movie progresses I realized that this is exactly what Jeremy has done...with his music and with his life. 

Here is a spotlight video with Jeremy on the making of the film. 



There is a message that shines brightly within Melissa and Jeremy's story.  Putting our faith and trust in Jesus does not mean we will bi-pass the trials and suffering in this life. Suffering is a refining fire. It not only tests our faith but shapes our character, and prepares us for the journey to a higher calling. 

As Melissa said, 
Suffering doesn't destroy faith, it refines it.
But you have a choice to make. Will you choose to walk through the fire trusting that He is walking with you?  When you are broken will you walk by faith? When you cannot see the journey ahead will you walk by faith...or will you just walk away?

I would encourage you to watch this movie. I sometimes avoid movies that make me cry. And yes, this movie made me cry. But I would watch again today if I still had access to the link that was provided to preview the movie...and I will watch it again when I get the movie. 

 I believe it will touch your heart and perhaps make you think a bit more deeply about your own life story...your loss, your doubts, your struggles, and your faith. And to know through it all...there is hope!

Official Movie Trailer

As of today's date, May 5th, I Still Believe is available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and digitally. You can get your copy here: I Still Believe Movie Website

Here's another  exclusive clip from the movie, courtesy of Lev3L


Here's the Giveaway...

  • FREE digital edition of I Still Believe**
  • I Still Believe pop socket(for your smartphone)
  • I Still Believe wristband
  • Exclusive Q&A with Jeremy Camp(via video)
***Prime Video or comparable(platform TBD)
    
Just leave a comment on the blog...below, and then come back here to the Rafflecopter entry form to do all the things to be entered in the contest.





Tuesday, April 28, 2020

CSB Life Essentials Study Bible: A Review & Giveaway

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. ~ Hebrews 4:12
I'm doing another giveaway on the blog this week! 

While I am not a 'giveaway blog', I do love getting resources into my reader's hands that will enrich their walk with the Lord. 

So, when the opportunity comes along to do a Study Bible giveaway, I just can't pass it up!



About the Study Bible



In the CSB Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible, renowned Bible teacher, Dr. Gene Getz guides readers through Scripture by
expounding on 1,500 life principles found throughout the Bible. 
Distilling these truths into life principles, Dr. Gene Getz helps leaders remember and apply the Bible's wisdom to everyday life. The CSB Life Essentials Study Bible integrates a multimedia digital study system with more than 250 hours of in-depth video teachings from Dr. Gene Getz on these essential life principles(accessed through smartphone-accessible QR codes). Questions follow each principle to inspire personal reflection or group discussion. A topical index and cross-references for all 1,500 life principles is included, and each book introduction provides a list of corresponding life principles found in that book. 
You can find more info as well as where to order at this link: 
CSB Life Essentials Study Bible
The CSB Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible features a highly readable, highly reliable text of the Christian Standard Bible (CSB).

The CSB stays as literal as possible to the Bible's original meaning, 
without sacrificing clarity, making it easier to engage with Scripture's life-transforming message and to share it with others. 
You can read more about this translation here: CSB


Features

  • Commentary and application questions on 1,500 life principles
  • 250 hours of free in-depth video teaching to accompany each life principle
  • Two-color interior design
  • Smyth-sewn bonding
  • Presentation page
  • Two-column text
  • Topical subheadings
  • Black-letter text
  • 9-point type
  • Textual footnotes 
  • Concordance
  • Full-color maps


About Gene Getz


Dr. Gene Getz is a graduate of Moody Bible Institute and Rocky Mountain College. He has earned advanced degrees from Wheaton Graduate School and New York University. He served as a professor at Moody and Dallas Theological Seminary and then became a church planting pastor, launching the Fellowship Bible Church movement. He is heard daily on radio in a 2-minute feature entitled "Bible Principles." Dr. Getz has also authored over 60 books.

Here is Dr. Getz... 


My Review

I'm a bit late getting this review out because I wanted to take a little
time to explore it on my own. So, using the copy the publisher has so graciously provided...I have been going through the book of Acts, while reading the life principles, and watching the correlating videos accessed with the QR code.  

I think that if you are looking for a typical Study Bible containing a plethora of research tools while using footnotes and sidebars to explain the text, this will fall short of your expectations.  

However, the Life Essentials Study Bible was designed with a different purpose in mind.  The goal is to point out the life principles found throughout God's Word.  These are principles that we, as God's children, are to live out daily. You will find throughout this bible that as a life principle is introduced within the context of a particular scriptural passage it will be clearly explained with notes about related passages...as it allows scripture to interpret scripture. A Reflection and Response question is provided at the end of each life principle teaching to enable you to apply these lasting biblical truths in any number of real-life situations. If you want to go a bit more in-depth in the study of that passage, you need to use the QR code to listen to Dr. Getz teaching on video(each video is around 10 minutes...some longer). 

I especially appreciate the Life Essentials Study Bible APP that is available to use...so that if you are preparing a lesson for a speaking engagement,  a sermon, or teaching a class you will be able to look up a principle that you are teaching on within the Principle Finder Topics page and see all the teachings and scriptures associated with that principle. Or, you can even pull up correlating principles on a particular passage you are teaching from. 

I think this will be a very useful tool in my bible study resource library. 

If you are looking for a resource to encourage you in your walk with the Lord and give you direction for life in a very practical way, I believe you will love this Life Essentials Study Bible. 

Giveaway

You can win your own copy of the CSB Life Essentials Interactive Study Bible, in hardcover, as pictured in my review above (a $44.99 Retail Value)! 
Just leave a comment on the blog...below, and then come back here to the Rafflecopter to do all the things to be entered in the contest.

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Note: only US bloggers and giveaway winners are eligible due to publisher shipping limitations outside of the US as well as a later global product release date. Contest runs through May 6, 2020. A copy will be mailed out to the winner via the publisher at the end of this campaign
Per LEV3L contest rules: followers can only sign up for one giveaway within this campaign
#LifeEssentialsL3

Monday, April 20, 2020

The Waiting Room

It was the first time in weeks that I was not able to be in the room with my son. So there I was sitting in the waiting room. WAITING…



There were more seats than there were people and that was a good thing. There I sat, unaccustomed to just sitting and waiting to go in to see him. I had been with him since the first day he entered the first hospital. Just how many days before? I couldn't even remember. 

This was the 4th hospital in a series of transfers...

To continue reading this article, head over to this link:  The Waiting Room.

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My article is a featured article on the Pretty & Wise website this week. I would love for you to head over there to finish reading the article and then visit the community board. And here's a link where we gather and talk about all the things...Community 

A prayer for you...


Father,
I ask that you make yourself known to my friend in the midst of these uncertain times. Give her your peace...the peace that doesn't always make sense in the midst of the crazy going on all around us.

Help us all to take advantage of this time of slowing down and listen to You...through Your word...through Your gentle prompting throughout our days. Help us to see those who are suffering, and to know how we can reach out to those within our own circle of friends and family.  

I thank you, LORD, that You are good and that You work all things for the good of those who love You, and You work it all for your glory. I am comforted in the truth of these words...Your Word. 

I ask that You work through it all and in all for Your will to be accomplished...in the precious name of Jesus, Amen. 

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7



Monday, April 6, 2020

Let It Go: When Dreams Are Derailed

Every young mother has dreams for her children. 


As we hold that newborn babe in our arms, we begin to see the potential in this tiny human being…one made in the image and likeness of our Creator God. We wonder if that baby girl will grow up to be a carbon copy of her mommy or will she accomplish so much more than her mama had ever dreamed? We see our sons and are in awe that this little man will grow up to be a man perhaps like his father, even having a wife and children of his own someday. We have visions of tea parties, t-ball, and prom dates. But more than anything, I believe we mothers just want our babies to grow into happy, healthy adults.

I was that young mother so many years ago...

To continue reading this article, head over to this link: Pretty & Wise: Let It Go       _____________________________________________________ 

Before you head over, I want to share a few things about this new website!

I have the joy and privilege to be one of the six contributors to this brand new website and today is launch day! 


Pretty & Wise was founded by my daughter, Lyndsay Terry, and is based on this verse: 
How wonderful it is to be wise, to analyze and interpret things. Wisdom lights up the person's face, softening its harshness.               Ecclesiastes 8:1  
And so she has brought us together to connect with you. We are a collective of women...speakers, writers, mothers, pastors, friends, ministry leaders...who are passionately pursuing relationship with Jesus Christ. We've been changed by Him, and continue to seek to go deeper with Him. Because of that, our mission is to...
dig through scripture, share our testimonies, and gain some wisdom from the word together so that we can live the Word bravely and boldly as women of God.
In order to create a platform that nurtures community among the readers/visitors, Pretty & Wise has a unique feature that I absolutely love: 

Here's how it works:
Go over to Community page and sign up, create your account and put your face on there so we know who we're taking to and then go join in on the conversations. 

After reading an article on the blog you can click on the link to go over to the community page related to that article. The author of the article posts a related scripture and questions to spur on a conversation from the readers in the Pretty & Wise community.  

Anyone who comes directly to the community page can join in on any of these conversations. I love this! We are able to respond to the questions, respond to people's questions/replies, and just join in on the conversation...encouraging one another. This is what brings us together in a community of sisterhood.


We need these kinds of conversations in order to know that we are not alone. That moment when we read someone else's reply and think, "Yes! Me Too!" That is the moment that connects us! Connection is so important for true community to happen. 

There is so much more over at Pretty & Wise to encourage you. I hope that you will join us for some laughs, some tears, and some serious sisterhood.
...and let us run the race with endurance that God has set before us.  Hebrews 12:1b

The women at Pretty & Wise want to cheer you on to keep running that race with everything you've got, girl!

I will continue to write here at Captive Heart. Come back soon!

Don't forget to head over and read my article here: Pretty & Wise: Let It Go







OH...and if you have not already done so, head over to the facebook page and enter to win the launch day giveaway!

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

CSB Tony Evans Study Bible Giveaway, Part 2!

Okay...I just finished doing a giveaway for the new Tony Evans Study Bible. And I thought I would be writing just a regular blog post on the subject of Thanksgiving and being grateful right about now.

But...as the saying goes...the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.

So I will spend the rest of my week with family, being thankful for said family and pondering the many reasons I have to live a life of gratitude.

In the meantime, I'm running another quick giveaway as I have been blessed with the opportunity to bless someone once again with a copy of the new Tony Evens Study Bible. So many of you entered that last giveaway and I'm so pleased that you have one more chance to win.


I wrote a blog post and review about the Study Bible here: Tony Evans Study Bible: A Giveaway and Review 

So go check it out and if you want a chance to win come back to this post to leave a comment and enter on the rafflecopter below.

Giveaway

You can win your own copy of the CSB Tony Evans Study Bible in the Black/Brown Leather Touch Edition, as pictured in my review (a $69.99 Retail Value)! 
 Just leave a comment on this blog below and then come back to the Rafflecopter here to do all the things to be entered in the contest:
a Rafflecopter giveaway


Note: only US bloggers and giveaway winners are eligible due to publisher shipping limitations outside of the US as well as a later global product release date. Contest runs through December 6, 2019. A copy will be mailed out to the winner via the publisher at the end of this campaign. #TonyEvansStudyBibleL3

I hope that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Tony Evans Study Bible: A Review and Giveaway!

It's time for another giveaway! 

Well, not really time for one but since Tony Evans is a favorite of both myself and the hubs, I couldn't pass by this opportunity. And since I have a short time frame in which to run this giveaway let's get going.


About Tony Evans


Dr. Tony Evans is one of the most influential church leaders of our time and has been studying and preaching the Gospel for over 50 years. He serves as senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, TX, and founder of The Urban Alternative, a ministry that promotes a kingdom agenda philosophy designed to enable people to live all of life underneath the comprehensive rule of God.

His preaching can be heard on broadcasts airing on over 1,400 radio outlets and in over 130 countries, reaching millions each week. 

I just love that his preaching honors the Word of God over the word of man. He has the ability to communicate the profound truths of God's Word through practical teaching and application. 


About the Study Bible

The Tony Evans Study Bible includes extensive study notes and other ancillary resources carefully crafted and curated by Dr. Tony Evans as General Editor and adapted from his sermons, teachings, and writings. These features are strategically placed alongside the biblical text to explain God’s Word in a fresh way. Applying these truths will empower readers to have transformed lives that then transfer the values of the kingdom of God to others.

Features


  • Elegant design
  • Study notes crafted from Tony Evans sermons and writings
  • 40 inspirational articles
  • 50 “Lessons on Kingdom Living,”
  • 60 "Questions & Answers"
  • 40 “Hope Words”
  • 120+ personal application questions
  • Digital links to over 150 videos of devotionals, sermons, and teaching from Dr. Evans
  • Page-edge cross-reference system
  • Black-letter text
  • Presentation page
  • Introductory front matter
  • Special back matter section with key definitions, theological and doctrinal charts, and other study helps
  • Concordance
  • Bible reading plans. 3 year and 1year plans
  • Full-color maps
Review
I have to say that I really love this study Bible. I've had been pouring over its contents since I received it from the publisher, thinking that this would be a great study Bible for the hubs. But this is not a study Bible for men only. It is for everyone. 

In the Introduction, it says, "This study Bible is based on a simple yet profound biblical worldview: the glory of God through the advancement of His kingdom. This is the unifying theme of scripture from Genesis to Revelation."  And with this study Bible Dr. Evans endeavors to "help us study the Scripture with a kingdom mindset, seeking to identify God's rule over every area of our life." 

There are some unique features in this Bible that I have not seen in other study Bibles. One such feature is the "Hope Words" placed throughout this Bible. They are such encouraging words to encounter as you are reading through a passage of scripture. They are set apart in a simple but decorative box and say such things as, "Stop focusing on what you can't do. Start focusing on what God can do." This particular one was placed in Pauls' letter to the Ephesians at the end of chapter 3...after his prayer for the Ephesians. Beautiful.  Or in John among the verses where Jesus is praying for His disciples, "God calls us to go against the grain when the grain is going against God. Be in the world, not of the world."  

Another unique feature is the digital links to video devotionals and teachings from Dr. Evans. They are QR codes that you can scan with your phone or iPad and they take you to the videos. And yes, I have watched a few of the videos and they contain such good scriptural teaching designed to enhance your study experience by helping you dive deeper into a topic or providing encouragement in your study. There are also links to videos that take you to video introductions to each book of the Bible as well as Overview videos of both the Old and New Testament found in the front material, "How to Study the Bible" section. So you not only have the written intro that you would expect in a study Bible, you have video teaching to get you into the study. You will love it! 

There are multiple covers available for this cover: 

  • Hardcover
  • Black/Brown Leather Touch
  • Black Genuine Leather
  • British Tan Leather Touch
  • Purple Leather Touch
You can view these covers and more about the Tony Evans Study Bible at this link: https://csbtonyevansstudybible.com

I'm giving away the Black/Brown Leather Touch edition. It's a beautiful cover with feels like butter, soft leather. I'm thinking I will give my personal copy to the hubs and then save up to get the purple cover for myself. I'm not a huge purple color fan, but this one looks to be a lovely lavender. 


Giveaway

You can win your own copy of the CSB Tony Evans Study Bible in the Black/Brown Leather Touch Edition, as pictured in my review (a $69.99 Retail Value)! 
 Just leave a comment on the blog below and then come back to the Rafflecopter here to do all the things to be entered in the contest:
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Note: only US bloggers and giveaway winners are eligible due to publisher shipping limitations outside of the US as well as a later global product release date. Contest runs through November 18, 2019. A copy will be mailed out to the winner via the publisher at the end of this campaign. #TonyEvansStudyBibleL3