For the past two years I’ve used CoSchedule to help market my blog posts. At first, honestly, I doubted the benefits of spending money each month to do what I could do myself. But I quickly realized that time is worth more than money when I was spending up to 30 minutes a day scheduling posts and re-posts on social media. As a busy blogger, I have little time for fussing with the back end of my blog. I prefer writing and putting marketing on autopilot.

So much so, I’ve also started this year sharing inspirational photos and quotes. 

CoSchedule has helped me do that. Here’s how.

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Whenever I visit the holocaust museum in Jerusalem I like walking down the “Row of Righteous Gentiles.” It’s a great reminder of the one thing we need in order for God to use us.

This quick video will tell you what it is.

Tell me what you think: What are some reasons you struggle to let God use you? To leave a comment, just click here.

I walked by the Church of the Primacy of Peter yesterday—beside the Sea of Galilee—one of my favorite places in all Israel. Why so special? Because here Jesus said something to Peter we all need to hear when we’ve blown it. Watch the video. 

Tell me what you think: What encourages you most when you blow it? To leave a comment, just click here.

I always enjoy going to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. The Western Wall is no exception. In this quick video I share one of major reasons coming to the Wall is so exciting. It reminds me of a hope that also will encourage you. 

Check it out! 

Tell me what you think: What is your greatest hope? To leave a comment, just click here.

We visited Tel Dan today, a place that always reminds me that the quick-and-easy path isn’t always the best. And when it urges us to compromise God’s will, it never is the best path.

Watch this short video for an encouraging reminder.

Tell me what you think: What shortcuts to faithfulness do you see most often in our lives? To leave a comment, just click here.

I’m currently in Israel, helping to lead a couple of tours—and also to video LOTS more content for Walking the Bible Lands. Here is some footage I shot Monday morning over ancient Joppa, where a resistant Jonah and a convinced Peter set off to share God’s Word with Gentiles.

I’m convinced that Joppa’s greatest export was God’s compassion—to us!

Tell me what you think: What comes to mind when you think of Joppa?  To leave a comment, just click here.

For years I have enjoyed using the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands for personal study, as well as for most photos of Bible lands on my blog. Only recently have I seen a collection that takes the magnificent photos from this collection to the next level. 

The same producers have just released the Photo Companion to the Bible, with the Gospels as their first collection. After looking through it at key places in the gospels where I had questions about a location, I found those questions answered, explained, and illustrated in such detail! 

Just watch the video above to see what I mean. 

The Photo Companion to the Bible provides digital photographs through PowerPoint presentations (I view them in Keynote) that illustrate the Gospels verse by verse. In fact, every chapter is illustrated with between 40–230 photographs.

Here are a few of the features: 

  • Completely a digital download for instant access (with option to get the DVD too)
  • New aerial photographs of Galilee and Jerusalem 
  • Detailed markings of routes that Jesus traveled 
  • Annotations explaining image selection and background 
  • Free lifetime updates
  • Generous copyright permissions 
  • Satisfaction guaranteed

As a Bible teacher, this collection has instantly become an indispensable resource to me. I wouldn’t consider teaching the Gospels without first referring to this collection. 

Photo Companion to the Bible

I’m impressed, to say the least, so much so that I urge you get this resource. With the money-back guarantee, you take no risk.

(By the way, I wasn’t asked to write a review, nor do I make anything off your purchase. I simply believe in this product enough to recommend it to you.) 

The low introductory price lasts only through tomorrow (August 21). So take advantage of the offer

I had the honor of playing guitar for Paige Brumley as she sang, “When Love Was Slain” (by Riddle and Yates), on July 27, 2014, at Stonebriar Community Church. Paige set the recording to pictures she took from Maui.

It’s a beautiful reminder of the hope that awaits us in glory!

The good folks at SourceFlix have produced another fascinating and educational video, explaining with history and archaeology the location of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem.

Micah predicted it centuries before it occurred:

But as for you, Bethlehem Ephrathah,
Too little to be among the clans of Judah,
From you One will go forth for Me to be ruler in Israel.
His goings forth are from long ago,
From the days of eternity. —Micah 5:2

A God who can tell the future also knows your future. Trust Him today with what concerns you.