Dispel the Doubt: Eternity is Too Long to be Wrong!

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Writers are always asked, “What inspired you to write this book? What were you hoping to accomplish?” That was no different with this, my latest book and so I thought I’d share that with you all today.

Hell is for Real was written because I am deeply concerned about the present culture in America that seems to have adopted the attitude that everyone who dies goes to heaven. Many Americans, especially the Boomers, Busters, Mosaics, Millennials and of course the Gen-Xers, have bought into the idea that only Hitler, Stalin and other notorious murderers go to Hell. The rest of us, since we are really not too bad, go to Heaven.

To me and a number of others to whom I have spoken, this seemed to be the underlying message of the book and movie, Heaven is for Real, read and viewed by millions of Americans who grab anything that supports their universalistic view of the afterlife. Continue Reading →

What to do with Santa’s Stomach

stop signWhen I recently pulled up at a stop sign, I read it as the acronym: “STOP: Special Time Of Prayer.” So I decided from then then on to try and remember to have a special time of prayer for our nation every time I saw a stop sign. I not only need to pray for my nation, I need to be reminded to pray for my nation. It’s the same with Christmas. It’s a good reminder for me as to why I exist as a Christian and to what I should be doing. While some argue that Christmas is pagan, commercial, or even demonic, I use it (like the stop sign) as a reminder, that Jesus came into the world to save sinners, as well as a reminder to take every opportunity to preach the gospel to the lost.

They are the ones that need to hear its message.

I’m sure you know the story of the Good Samaritan. He’s the one that showed that he loved his neighbor as himself by tending to the needs of a stranger. His example should be the normal practice for human beings, but it’s not. This is evident when someone returns a wallet that is full of money or he gives his jacket to a homeless person on a cold day. Such kindness becomes instant and national news (especially around Christmas), and the fact that its newsworthy is a testimony of the rarity of human kindness. Continue Reading →

Christmas Traditions Around the World!

I’ve always been fascinated by Christmas… the sense of wonder the season creates and God’s precious gift… I’ve also come to love learning about the different customs celebrated around the world. I searched out just a few to share with you here. ENJOY!

BangladeshBangladesh: Bengali Christians celebrate Christmas day as Boro Din, or Great Day. Family and friends are greeted by saying Shubho Boro Din, or Greetings of the Great Day, and offer traditional sweets and pithas (traditional Bengali cakes).

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Bodie Hodge Speaks About The War on Christmas

139786707_aWorking at a publishing company means being surrounded by books. LOTS of books.
Have I mentioned that I love books?
I also love Christmas.

And as this Christmas approaches, I am understandably reminded of the first book that was shared with me when I was hired last November, The War on Christmas.  Written by Bodie Hodge of Answers in Genesis, it was, and still is, one of the most incredible books on Christmas I’ve ever read.   If you’ve ever had questions about the changes in Christmas traditions and beliefs throughout history, you would probably feel the same.  War on Christmas answered questions I didn’t even know I had and from the first time I picked it up, I wanted to know more. Recently I was finally granted an opportunity to ask Bodie Hodge a few of my many questions. Continue Reading →

Moms of Master Books Top 5 of 2014

Well ladies and gentlemen, another year has flown by and it’s December yet again. The Moms of Master Books and I would like to extend our gratitude to you all for your continued support. The team works very hard all year long reviewing a new book each month, sharing their work through blog posts and social media, and attending monthly parties all in an effort to share new Master Books products with you.  That’s a lot to do on top of their busy homeschool schedules but it’s all of you that make it worth it so we want to say THANK YOU.

Thank you for coming each month.
Thank you for sharing in the fun.
Thank you for spreading the word about Master Books!

Top-5-300x200As we do every year, we are taking a break for the month of December.  Instead of a party, these ladies are taking the time to share their Top 5 favorite products from all of 2014.  we hope that they’ll soon be joining your list of favorites too!

Whether you’re a veteran party attendee or you’re just learning about our monthly parties for the first time, you’ll want to watch closely on our Master Books Facebook page to see what new and exciting materials the Moms will be reviewing in 2015!

 

 

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It’s Black Friday all December Long!!!

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Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas shopping is front and center on your to-do list. Yes, yes I know, you swore you’d be done early this year but it just didn’t work out that way and now you’re looking around for great ideas.  Well Master Books wants to help!  We’ve put our heads together and come up with some incredible holiday bundles for you and your family.  There’s something for everyone!

Ken-HamKen Ham fan anyone? By far the biggest savings of them all, this is a bundle that will provide hours of Christian reading for the entire family!  We’ve included everything from the Answers Book for Kids series and the New Answers Book series for adults to original classics like Already Gone, and Raising Godly Children in an Ungodly World. To complete your family apologetics collection, we’ve thrown in a FREE Henry Morris Study Bible.  Have constant access to the thoughts and interpretations of Henry Madison Morris, the man so many of us recognize as the father of the modern creation science movement. Continue Reading →

Announcing the Master Books 2015 Scholarship Essay Contest!

scholarship_blog_image_2015Well ladies and gentlemen, the halfway mark for the school year is fast-approaching and as always, juniors and seniors all across the country are getting prepared to send off their college applications.  As we all know, the costs affiliated with higher education continue to rise and students need every opportunity to lift some of that burden.

Here at Master Books, we are fully dedicated to the success of the students in our homeschool community. To demonstrate that commitment, we are once again committing to come alongside one lucky homeschool student through our annual $3000 Master Books Scholarship Essay Contest.

As in previous years, Master Books will award $3000 to the writer of the winning essay to apply to the costs of tuition and university-provided room and board.  New this year, Master Books has also decided to make their entire digital library available to  the first five runners-up. Entries will be accepted from January 1, 2015 through April 15, 2015.  That’s not that far off so if you have a high school junior  or senior getting ready to head off to college, have them  log on to www.nlpg.com/scholarship for full details!

Days to Remember: The Pilgrims

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“Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia” (1 Pet. 1:1).

These “strangers” to whom Peter wrote his two epistles were actually “pilgrims.” He used the same Greek word (parepidemos) in 1 Peter 2:11: “Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts.” The word means a resident foreigner, and its only other New Testament usage is in Hebrews 11:13, speaking of the ancient patriarchs, who “confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”

DTR_Pilgrims3We give honor on Thanksgiving Day to the American “pilgrims,” as they called themselves (thinking of these very verses), who left their homelands in order better to serve God in a foreign land. The “pilgrims” to whom Peter was writing likewise had been “scattered abroad” for their faith (note Acts 8:4).

For that matter, every born-again believer in the Lord Jesus Christ is really just a pilgrim here on earth, ambassadors for Christ in a foreign land. “For our conversation is in heaven” (Phil. 3:20). That is, we are citizens of heaven (the Greek word translated “conversation” in this verse is politeuma, meaning “a community” or “citizenship”), and are here only for a time to serve our Lord until He calls us home.

While we are here, we may endure many trials and sorrows, just as did those Massachusetts pilgrims, but He nevertheless supplies our needs — just as He did for them — and we ought to abound in thanksgiving, as they did. Continue Reading →

November Facebook Party – MMB are Playing with the Animals!

 

44 Animals of the Bible Cover 7x7God once told Job that animals are important to Him, and that they are a big part of His creation.

He watches when the doe gives birth to her fawn.
He makes the leopard swift to hunt its prey.
He commands eagles to soar.

God cares for the animals and He wants us to do the same. They represent the beauty and uniqueness of this world He has designed.  From the exotic ibex to the more commonly-known tortoise, these and the other wonderful creatures of this book will delight children and parents as they explore various representations in Scripture!

Each beautifully illustrated page highlights one special animal from the Bible providing detailed information about what it was, how it looked, important cultural information to help you understand it’s importance at that time and so much more! With 44 Animals of the Bible you and your children will have a rare opportunity to make connections between the historic world of the Bible and our world today!

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Six Ways to Get an Unspeakable Joy

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The celebration of Thanksgiving was originally set aside as a day to thank God for His provision, but for many it’s become like the ever popular “moment of silence.” Years ago when there was a national tragedy, people didn’t become momentarily silent as a sign of respect. They prayed. That was the normal thing to do. It was also once normal to have God at the center of Thanksgiving. As Christians we should celebrate Thanksgiving every day, but for some a thankful heart can wane.

depressed_comfortRecently I received the following question from an Associate Pastor. He said, “The last couple of months something has happened to me on the inside. I don’t know what it is but I have lost all desire for ministry. I still pray daily and read the Word, but things of ministry have no interest to me. I just cannot seem to stir myself back up. Any advice you think may help?” Continue Reading →