Are You Just Watching Previews?

— 1 Timothy 4:13

“Most Christians are like people who watch previews of a movie constantly.  Somebody is explaining to me what the movie is about.  So, I feel like I’ve watched it, but I never did.  I know the story line, but I haven’t been caught up in the story itself.  So, let’s watch the movie … Reading the entire Bible takes about 80 hours.  So, if you do about an hour or two per week, you very comfortably finish the book every year.”

 — Bill Hwang

Small Group Scriptures (Reach In)

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Ecclesiastes 4:12
Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.  A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.

Matthew 7:12
So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.

2 Peter 1:5-7
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love.

Proverbs 27:17
As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another.

Ecclesiastes 4:9
Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor.

1 Thessalonians 3:12
May the Lord make your love increase and overflow for each other and for everyone else, just as ours does for you.

Proverbs 17:17
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity.

Ecclesiastes 4:10
If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.

Hebrews 10:24-25
And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 2not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another— and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Matthew 18:20
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them.

Acts 2:42-47
All the believers were together and had everything in common.  They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need.  Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people.  And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.

Ephesians 4:15-16
Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ. From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.

Acts 5:42
Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Messiah.

John 13:34-35
A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.  By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.

Galatians 6:1-2
Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted. Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.

1 John 4:11-13
Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.  No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.  This is how we know that we live in him and he in us: He has given us of his Spirit.

Hebrews 3:12-14
See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.  But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness.  We have come to share in Christ, if indeed we hold our original conviction firmly to the very end.

Psalm 133:1
How good and pleasant it is when God’s people live together in unity!

Israel – The Trip Of A Lifetime June 17-27, 2014

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Walk in the footsteps of Jesus. Experience a sunrise over the Sea of Galilee.  Visit ongoing archeological sites.  See the breathtaking vista from the top of Masada.  Take a boat ride out on the Sea of Galilee. Enjoy a quiet moment in the Garden of Gethsemane.  See desolate mountains, sparkling springs, ancient cities.

And blend each day of travel with a 140 page customized devotional guide that I have written that combines the sites of the day with the stories from scripture.

Whether you have been a Christian a few days or for many decades, this will be a life-changing, unforgettable experience.  Space is limited so reserve a spot soon.

June 17-27, 2014 – Fly roundtrip from Dallas, Texas to Tel Aviv, Israel.

For more information contact:

Bob Chisholm at 972-233-2392
chisholm@prestoncrest.org

or Fowler Tours at 1-800-747-5670

or http://lnkd.in/qfwjjh 

A Bible App With A Mission

If you have an iphone, and if you have friends who speak other languages, lots of languages, and if you want to share the Bible with them, then visit Bible.is.

The YouTube demo clip does a great job explaining how this is an app for reading, listening and sharing the Scriptures.  It’s also good for your own reading and listening experience.

It was created by Faith Comes By Hearing, a ministry I’ve been very acquainted with for more than 20 years. They are the world’s foremost Audio Bible ministry, with over 500 translations made for over 450 languages. And they’ve been doing this for over 35 years, so yes, they know what they’re doing and they’re very committed to it.

I know there are a lot of Bible apps out there … good ones.  But check this one out.  It’s free.

Oh … it’s also made for Android.