Introducing: The Books of the Bible

The Women of Faith Devotional Bible is a fabulous resource packed with stories, devotions, quotes, things to ponder . . . and all that is in addition to the actual text of the Scripture. One of our favorite features is the series of introductions, one for each book of the Bible. In 2013, we’re featuring a new introduction every week in our newsletter and on our blog. Over the course of a year and a bit (there are 66 books in the Bible and only 52 weeks in a year) we’ll go from Genesis to Revelation. In case you missed a week—or would like to review—we’ll gather all the intros here in one convenient place. Feel free to chime in on the discussion or leave a comment!

REVELATION: The Way Things Will Be

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The outline of the Book of Revelation is in the first chapter, nineteenth verse.  The author John tells us the book is about what he saw, the way things are, and the way things will be.  Most people do not find this a simple book to understand.  Maybe that’s why God promises a special blessing

JUDE: A Benediction

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Jude wrote to warn the church about false teachers.  In the “benediction” of his letter we find great comfort.  “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, who alone is wise, be glory and

2 JOHN: Focus on the Truth

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John wrote this letter to a woman of faith who was perhaps being indiscriminate in who she invited into her home to teach. It’s all about focusing on the truth.  What a great reminder!  God has given us His Word, and we can have confidence in what He says.  Everything must be tested by this

1 JOHN: So We Can Know

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First John contains a tiny verse that assures us of our salvation in Jesus Christ.  Don’t miss it in 1 John 5:13: “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.” That settles is for all of us.

2 PETER: It’s a Process

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Peter wants us, his readers, to understand the process in the Christian life. Maturity doesn’t just happen; it takes time and comes in stages. In the first chapter of this book, he begins to spell out what is required for spiritual growth. He cautions us to beware of false teachers, and he reminds us that

1 PETER – Hope for Us All

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Peter had walked with the Savior; he’s seen the risen Christ.  He was and experienced mature believer when he wrote this book, but he doesn’t deny the suffering believers face day after day.  He gives tremendous hope to us all. There’s no inference that we should not suffer, that we somehow deserve the suffering we

HEBREWS: Two Important Things

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Hebrews gives us two very important things. First, the emphasis of the book is the absolute superiority of Jesus Christ as our High Priest.  We need no one else or nothing else to give us complete assurance before the Father.  He delivers us to the throne of grace perfect and completely forgiven of all sin. 

PHILEMON: All About Grace

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Paul wrote letters to the churches and their leaders, but the Book of Philemon must have been just a postcard.  It is a very important part of Scripture, however – equally as important as anything else.  And it’s all about grace.  Paul wanted Philemon to extend grace to Onesimus.  We would do well to memorize

TITUS: Right to the Point

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In Titus 3:8, Paul gets right to the point of what it means to be a child of God.  He says, “This is a faithful saying, and these things I want you to affirm constantly, that those who have believed in God should be careful to maintain good works.  These things are good and profitable.”

2 TIMOTHY: Paul’s Final Words

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There is a portrait of the apostle Paul that hangs in the National Gallery in Washington D.C. Rembrandt painted it in the seventeenth century.  Here is Paul (as seen in the mind’s eye of the artist) – old, weathered, and worn out, sitting at a desk, working on a piece of parchment, quill in hand.