But it is good for me to draw near to God… Psalm 73:28a

Love Me

author Posted by: Mike on date Jun 21st, 2017 | filed Filed under: Bible Study, God

I love GodThe phrase, “love me” occurs nine times in the Bible.  This first time it occurs is in the account of Jacob and his wives. In this account, Jacob is tricked into marrying Leah when he really loved her younger sister Rachel. The Bible tells us in Genesis 29:30 that Jacob loved Rachel more than Leah. Because of this we read:

And when the LORD saw that Leah was hated, he opened her womb: but Rachel was barren. – Genesis 29:31 (KJV)

There is one thing that Leah wanted from her husband, Jacob – that he would love her.

(Genesis 29:32) “And Leah conceived, and bare a son, and she called his name Reuben: for she said, Surely the LORD hath looked upon my affliction; now therefore my husband will love me.”

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New Feature! Monday Memory Verse

author Posted by: Mike on date Feb 17th, 2017 | filed Filed under: Monday Memory Verse

I am publishing a new feature on Close to Jesus called “Monday Memory Verse.” This will help all of us memorize scripture on a regular basis.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. – Psalm 119:11 (KJV)

Each Monday, come to the website and get the verse for the week and memorize it.  Practice it throughout the week until you have it perfect – word for word, including the scripture reference. Every four weeks or so, we will have a review round where you won’t memorize a new verse, but will review several verses you have memorized already.

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How to Read Your Bible

author Posted by: Mike on date Feb 9th, 2014 | filed Filed under: Bible Study, Bible Versions

The most important daily discipline for a Christian is that they read their Bible. It is also the most important thing to do for someone seeking the truth. If you think about it, the Bible contains the very words of God for man.

All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works. — II Timothy 4:16-17 (KJV)

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Proverbs of Sheep and Goats

author Posted by: Mike on date May 21st, 2006 | filed Filed under: Bible Study

Years of prayer were answered recently when God moved me and my family. We have had a long-standing desire to live in the country and God finally made it possible. He did it in a way that totally surprised us and in a way that has blessed us beyond measure. This article is not about answered prayer, but about some interesting things we have learned on our farm. Read more »