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.
If you love beautiful video of the Holy Land, you’ll enjoy this music video by Michael W. Smith—filmed entirely in Israel.
The video is stunning and the message is even better.
The song comes from Michael’s album, The Passion: New Orleans.
As a busy blogger, I have little time for fussing and fidgeting with the back end of my blog. I prefer connecting the Bible and its lands to life rather than connecting my blog posts to my social media accounts. The first is exhilarating—and the second, exhausting.
That’s why I’ve decided to give CoSchedule a whirl.
An Editorial Calendar
CoSchedule is an editorial calendar that directly interfaces with my WordPress blog and allows me to schedule my social media posts featuring my new (and old) blog posts at the same time I write my post. I used to do this process with an app called Buffer, but it wasn’t as easy, convenient, or fast as CoSchedule.
(My CoSchedule calendar from March 2016)
When I traveled to Israel in March of 2016, I needed to write all my posts ahead of time. With CoSchedule, I not only could schedule the posts ahead of time, but I could plan out my social media posts as well. A few cool features in the calendar:
- I can drag and drop posts from day to day.
- I see the whole week or month at a glance. This allows me to fill in the holes with a post.
- CoSchedule has a cool feature that allows me to search for past posts and reschedule them.
- I have a single-user plan, which is pretty limited, but still allows me to integrate with WordPress, Evernote, Google Docs, Google Analytics and major social media tools like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Buffer, and even Google+ Pages.
Social Media Sharing
Another feature that’s marvelous is being able to schedule my social media posts at the same time I create my content; I get to schedule them before my content ever publishes. Huge time-saver.
(CoSchedule allows me to schedule Social Media shares when I create content)
CoSchedule offers a number of other features, some of which require an upgrade in your plan.
What I’d Love to See that I Don’t
As great as CoSchedule is, I’d love to see flexibility to customize the appearance and functionality of the calendar. Including:
- Because space is limited on my screen, I’d like to see only one social media account—which I can do—but I’d ALSO like somehow to save that view for the next time without having to manually change the view each time.
- Parts of the scheduling feature for social media posts are cumbersome. For example, to set a custom time for a social post, I have to click multiple times and type the time manually. Sometimes what I type is erased and I have to type it in again. A bit of a pain.
- I’d love the option of seeing more than a max of 6 weeks at a time on my calendar.
- When searching for past posts to reschedule, I can only search the most recent 500 posts. I have many more than that. And while I can paste the URL manually, that kind of defeats the purpose of CoSchedule’s convenience.
So far I’ve enjoyed the benefits more than I’ve felt the drag of the inconveniences. I look forward to seeing how CoSchedule allows me to stay productive.
How God’s Sovereignty Factors into Forgiving Others
In this video clip from a recent interview, I discuss with Colleen Swindoll Thompson how important it is to factor God’s sovereignty into forgiving others. I hope it encourages you.
To watch the whole interview, go here.
In this interview, I discuss Waiting on God with Colleen Swindoll Thompson, who serves as the Director of the Special Needs Ministry at Insight for Living Ministries.
Take a devotional break for a moment and watch the beautiful words of Isaiah come to life.
All of us like sheep have gone astray,
Each of us has turned to his own way;
But the LORD has caused the iniquity of us all
To fall on Him. —Isaiah 53:6
Sometimes I think God created particular creatures simply to provide potent metaphors He could use to teach us with. Picture yourself as one of these sheep—and the Lord as your shepherd.
We all have wandered. But the good news is our Good Shepherd sought us out—and died for our sins. Jesus Himself said:
If any man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the mountains and go and search for the one that is straying? —Matthew 18:12
(Video from SourceFlix.com)
It’s not enough that God uses bird migrations to remind us of the importance of Israel’s geography.
He also makes it beautiful.
I saw in the news this week an amazing video of the beautiful “murmuring” flight patterns of starlings as they migrated over Israel. (more…)
We don’t usually associate Jerusalem with snow. The good folks at SourceFlix.com have given us a beautiful and brief video of the recent snowfall in Jerusalem.
It’s a beautiful picture of God’s Word:
For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
And do not return there without watering the earth . . .
So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth;
It will not return to Me empty,
Without accomplishing what I desire,
And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. —Isaiah 55:10–11
This video by my friend, Dr. Charlie Dyer, affirms what I have experienced many times. Traveling to Israel is safe.
I know, I know . . . I watch the news as well. But think about it: if all we knew about America came from what we learned on the news, we would have a very distorted perspective.
- Think of a large city near you. For me, it’s Dallas. There are parts of Dallas I don’t go to. And yet, I travel to Dallas often, just as I have thousands of times. I’ve even lived there! Going is no problem if you know where to go—and where not to go.
- I have known and worked with Israel tour operators for more than 12 years. They have as their top priority your comfort and safety throughout your journey. Believe me, it is in the best interest of the travel company that you are safe! And you will be.
I have traveled to Israel 9 times in the last 14 years, and I have never felt unsafe. Not once.
I hope you’ll consider taking a trip to Israel. It will forever change how you read your Bible!