My Top 5 Posts from this Year (and My Favorites)

Plus the Top 5 of All Time

We love it when someone boils down the best into a chewable list. Trim away the fat and just serve us the meat and potatoes. (Don’t you wish preachers did that?) This post does.

My Top 5 Posts from this Year (and My Favorites)

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I’ve done a little boiling, trimming, and analyzing, and I found two groups of “Top 5” posts for you. As we close out 2015, I’ll share:

  • The top 5 posts from my blog this year
  • The top 5 of all time.

I’ll even give you my personal top 5 favorites from this year. Check them out.

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Make This the Year You Read the Bible

It's the best thing you can do to grow in your walk with God.

If you want to grow in your relationship with God, there’s one thing you can do that will make more difference than anything. Read the Bible. Here’s why.

Read the Bible with Me This Year

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Did you know? Research shows that someone who reads the Bible 4 or more times each week is:

  • 228% more likely to share their faith
  • 407% more likely to memorize scripture
  • 59% less likely to view pornography
  • 30% less likely to struggle with loneliness

Bottom line? A person who reads the Bible will have a life that looks different from one who doesn’t—even as a Christian. Perhaps this is why Peter wrote:

Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation (1 Peter 2:2).

I’ll be reading the Bible this next year. I urge you to join me!

Here are some easy ways you can do it.

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Merry Christmas

Today in the city of David there has been born for you a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. (Luke 2:11)

I’ll be taking it easy until next week, and I hope you do the same! Until then . . .

Merry Christmas from the Stiles home!

How You Can Read More Books Than Ever Before

5 Ways I've Found to Make Reading Easier and Faster

Most us would love to read more books if we could. Our problem, of course, is that precious commodity: TIME. To my surprise, however, I have found ways around that limitation.

How You Can Read More Books Than Ever Before

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For the past three years, I’ve done my best to read 50 books by the end of each year. Though I never meant to surpass that goal this year, to my surprise, I did.

Your life is busy—just like mine. So I’d like to share with you the 5 ways I use to read more books—and how you can too. I’ll even suggest 5 ways you can find some free books.

(If you’re curious, I’ll also share the books I read this year—all 65 of them—and tell you my favorites.)

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God’s Promises—How We Can Know They’re True

One sure way proves God has told us the truth.

When someone makes us a promise, it’s always best to give them the benefit of the doubt. Might as well believe them. Unless, of course, they have a history of fibbing to you.

God’s Promises—How We Can Know They’re True

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It happened again to me not long ago. A man I know shook my hand and said, “Let’s grab a coffee soon; I’ll call you.” I didn’t say it, but I wanted to reply: “No, you won’t. But thanks.” Does that ever happen for you? Honestly, it doesn’t take many times for someone to fail keeping a promise, and I lose confidence in the person.

The only way we can trust that people will keep their word is if they have kept their word.

The same is true of God’s promises.

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God Is With You Every Day

God Is With You Every Day (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2015)

Max Lucado’s new daily devotional offers a great affirmation of the book’s title: God is With You Every Day. These 365 readings include a weekly prayer and Scripture, followed by daily devotionals culled from several of Max’s books. Each devotion is brief enough to be read in a couple of minutes, offering an inspirational story or biblical insight written in Max’s inimitable style. Scriptural and topical indexes help make God is With You Every Day a handy resource for study and illustrations as well as a daily devotional. I recommend it.

I’m looking forward to talking with host, Susie Larson, about the topic of Waiting on God on the program, Live the Promise.

Listen to both parts of the interview below:

Date: December 11, 2015
Time: 3:00 PM and 11:00 PM Central
Appearance: Live the Promise
Outlet: Click to listen online.
Format: Radio

Free Online Course on the Gospel of John

Learn, get sharpened, and grow to become more effective for God.

Time for an early Christmas gift for you. This one comes wrapped in the inestimable blessing of insight and encouragement. And like all good gifts, it’s totally free.

Free Online Course for You on the Gospel of John

I’ve written to you recently on why being around smarter people is a good thing. Why? Because it’s important to get sharp and stay sharp as a tool in God’s hand. That only happens as we allow ourselves to be stretched, taught, and challenged by someone farther down the line than we are.

By the way, I am not the giver of this gift. In fact, I am one of the recipients.

This gift comes wrapped in the form of a free online course about one of the Bible’s best books—the Gospel of John—taught by one of Dallas Seminary’s finest teachers.

Here’s what you’ll get.

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