Sneaky Little Girl

Is doctrine divisive? What is the connection between duty and delight? How is our behavior connected to our doctrine? Listen to Rebecca Stark, the author of The Good Portion: God, discuss the answers to these questions on the Women’s Hope podcast and find out what a sneaky little girl she was.

Rebecca loves theology and wants everyone to love it as much as she does. Her enthusiasm comes through in this podcast and in her down-to-earth writing about the deep truths of God.

In addition to reading The Good Portion: God you can read Rebecca’s writing at Rebecca Writes and Out of the Ordinary.  

Every Age Can Delight in Doctrine

At The Good Portion Books we delight in the doctrines of God because knowing God is what we were created for. God reveals himself to us through the pages of Scripture so that we can know him. This is true no matter how young or old we are.

We’ve written our series to encourage women to immerse themselves in the depths of Christian doctrine for the enjoyment of knowing God. Women from 12 to 112 will benefit from our books. But you can never start too young on the quest to know God. That’s why we want to recommend a new book for toddlers and preschoolers by Bethany Darwin, the former children’s ministry director of the United Christian Church of Dubai. It’s called Sing and Play Big Bible Truths, and it covers many of the doctrines that we cover in The Good Portion Series.

In Sing and Play Big Bible Truths you’ll find songs, stories with hand motions, games and activities, short Bible verses, themed snacks, and simple arts and crafts all working together to reinforce big Bible truths—doctrine. With chapters like “The Bible is God’s word,” “God is good,” and “Jesus died on the cross,” your child will be a theologian in no time.

Order Sing and Play Big Bible Truths and get weighty truth into the minds and hearts of your little ones.  

Isolated But Not Alone

The week of March 16, 2020, our church was told we couldn’t gather. The same week, my U.S. university-attending daughters bought tickets to Dubai and arrived home the day before the airports shut down. (We loved having the girls home!) After they arrived, only one of us could leave the house at a time with a permit once every three days. At first it was fun, but it’s not easy having five adults locked down in the same house 24/7 with online school in session at various hours of the day and night.

Of course, all of us hoped that things would turn around soon. But then the cancelations started rolling in: retreats, conferences, graduation ceremonies, summer abroad programs, internships, training, and a language immersion capstone year. All of our plans were canceled with a slew of emails.

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In Memory of Arlene Elizabeth Manning

A dear sister went to be with the Lord last week. It was an honor to know her. She loved people, and she loved God’s word. We grieve, but we grieve with hope. Arlene is now with her Savior face to face.

Here are the words one sister spoke at the memorial service about the valuable lessons she learned from Arlene:

by Lina Charlene Niyubahwe

I met Arlene sometime last year at Thursday night Bible study. Her features reminded me of my mom with her big smile and warm and motherly voice, so I went and introduced myself. She was curious to know what my mother was like and from there our friendship began.

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Looking for a Gospel Opening? Ask About Their Tattoo.

Erin Wheeler, future author of The Good Portion: The Church, counsels us to respond to other people’s stories with the greatest story the world has ever known.

“I like your ink,” I say casually as I walk past the woman in my exercise class. “Thanks,” she mumbles, eyeing me with that look.

It’s the look people give when someone notices their tattoo. They wonder if the person really means the compliment, or if they just happened to notice their purposely and permanently pigmented skin.

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Fruit

Romans 6:20-23

Have you ever picked up an entertainment magazine in the checkout line or watched an interview with someone who is rich and famous? Broken marriages, repeated rehab, estranged children, living without reference to God. No desire for him. No delight in him. Sin and self reign. With all the designer clothes, magnificent homes and extravagant vacations, there is still no lasting joy. It seems that the more of the world a person has, the more miserable he or she seems to be. One famous actor said, “I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.”

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