Merry Christmas

IMG_5782 copy“But when the time had fully come, God sent His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that we might have the full rights as sons. God sent the Spirit of His Son into hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba Father.” So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, God has made you also and heir.” ~Galatians 4:4-7

Good morning, brothers. We are on the count- down to Christmas and I wanted to thank you for joining this year on our journey as together we have been Living Courageously. We appreciate you checking in either via email or on the on-line blog version of Freedom Fighter.

I want to especially thank Chris Hughes, Juan Mendez, Pastor Bob Wood, Makala Doulos, Rob Russomano, and Graeme Wilson for their weekly blogs. They are a great blessing to many and I love these guys.

You might be looking for some last minute Christmas gifts, so I thought I would give you a few suggestions for this Christmas:

New Morning Mercies is a powerful devotional written by Dr. Paul David Tripp (Crossway). His writings will convict you, challenge you, cause you to run to the cross, and give you a greater understanding of God’s mercies and grace. This devotional is not for the faint of heart.

The Songs of Jesus is a brand new devotional by Pastor Tim Keller. It is a 365-daily devotional in the Psalms with a verses to read, a short devotional and a prayer. If you are a Tim Keller fan, this will bless your hearts. (Viking Press) Available on Kindle.

Daily Wisdom for Men –2016 Devotional Collection is a powerful new daily devotional that addresses issues that men face in their daily walk. It is leather-bound and very practical. (Barbour)

ESV Daily Reading Bible is a great tool for reading through the entire Bible based on the plan prepared by Robert Murray M’Cheyne. Text for each day are organized in sequence, ready for reflection and meditation. (Crossway)

Daily Light on the Daily Path is a morning and evening devotional of just Scriptures. I have been using this for over 25 years and I love it. This is a tool to use if you want to journal what God is teaching you through His word. It comes in KJV, NKJV and ESV. I like the leather bound version. It is also available on Kindle.

The Leadership Excellence Devotional was put together by Pat Williams, one of my favorite authors. Pat will walk you through biblical leadership principles that will encourage you in your ministry or professional life. It is leather-bound too. (Barbour) It is also available on Kindle.

Real Victory for Real Life (Volume 1 & 2) are two must have’s in your devotional library. They are compiled by some of the greatest preachers in America who have been speakers at America’s Keswick. Each day will also give you Scripture to read, so if you read them, you will read through the Bible in a year. You can order these from America’s Keswick for a special price of $10 each. Call 800-453-7942. Will even ship them for free.

2016 America’s Keswick Bible Reading Plan is now available online, or you can call us and we will mail it to you (and even for your church family). This year’s plan is based on our theme: Tommorrowland: Facing the Future with Confidence. You will read through Psalms 2.5 times and through the entire book of Proverbs 12 times.

A Quiet Place & Another Quiet Place – Artist-in-residence and Director of Program Ministries, Robert Hayes, has two amazing piano CD’s that will help start your day, or be a great way to just sit still before the Lord. Numerous medleys are woven together featuring praise and worship songs plus classic hymns. The cost is $15 each and you can order them by emailing Robert rhayes@americaskeswick.org.

Jesus Led Me All the Way – is a piano project that I recorded in memory of our granddaughter, Lindsay Bear Groen. This CD features hymns that designed to encourage your heart in God’s greatness and goodness. A great tool to use during your quiet time. $15 and you can order by emailing me @ bwelte@americaskeswick.org

In Times Like These is a CD collection of great hymns and praise songs recorded by a number of my friend: Neil Fichthorn, Dick Goodrich, Mark Goodrich, Kevin Botbyl, Candy Davison, and Robert & Joyce Hayes. These songs couldn’t be more timely in light of all that is going on in the world. $15 and you can order by emailing me @ bwelte@americaskeswick.org

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I trust that these resources will help you in your walk with the Lord. On behalf of the Freedom Fighter blog team, and America’s Keswick, Merry Christmas!

Written by Dr. Bill Welte is President/CEO of America’s Keswick. He has been married to his child sweetheart for 40+ years, and has three married kids, one that is engaged, and 10 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.

The Daily Bible Reading: Neh. 7-9, Luke 20:1-26

Think About This: “Jesus willingly entered the darkness so that we could live in the light of His presence forever.”  ~Paul David Tripp

This Week’s Verse to Memorize: Blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! They walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance. In Your name they rejoice all day long, And in Your righteousness they are exalted. ~Psalm 89:15-16 (NKJV)

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