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Bible’s Most Asked Question #1: Does Jonah actually gets swallowed by a whale?

Jonah getting swallowed by a whale is often ridiculed by people who can’t simply get behind the fact that God is all-powerful and can humble us in ways He sees fit, people who think the story is a myth and by people who don’t understand the symbolic meaning of this incident. Jonah spent three days in the fish’s belly; yes, this ties into Jesus spending three days and three nights in the earth’s belly. This is something I’ll get into later on, but if the story of Jesus isn’t true, then the story of Jonas is false.

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Back to the origin of this post. 

In primary school, we had a Religious Instructions class where all the faiths came together as one. There was one song that went: I don’t want to be like Jonah. To be swallowed by a whale. Down to Ninevah I must go. When my Savior tells me so…

I loved that song! Until I started studying the Bible and discovering the truth. So did Jonah get swallowed by a whale? Let’s consult our Bible:

Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

Jonah 1:17

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Jonah gets swallowed by a GREAT FISH. Not by a whale, not by a mermaid, not by the Loch Ness monster, but by a great fish. This is why it’s important to read and study the Bible. Little details like these are very important.

May God continue to bless and guide you as you seek to enrich your spiritual life.

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The Bible: an introduction

People question me about the Bible. They want to know how to study it, which book to start reading from, why it is important to keep the Sabbath etc. I’ve decided to start a new segment under Bible Study/Trivia ‘Most Asked Bible Questions’ which I’ll likely schedule for future Sabbaths. 

Today, I want to introduce the Bible. So what is the Bible?

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The Bible is the inspired written Word of God and a guide for life. It is filled with warnings, encouragement, and promises aplenty. It is the world’s bestselling book of all time and also the most widely distributed book. It has been translated into over 2000 languages and it is the only book in which God reveals Himself personally. It is more than a storybook. It tells us how to live in according to God’s Word and it also tells us the consequences we’ll pay if we sin. 

The Bible has 66 books: 39 in the Old Testament; 27 in the New. 

The Old Testament begins with the Torah or the books of Moses (Genesis to Deuteronomy), following the historical (Judges to Nehemiah), poetic/wisdom (Job and the Song of Solomon) and the prophetic (Isaiah to Malachi). The New Testament opens with the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), Acts, the Pauline Epistles (Romans through Hebrews), the Epistles (James to 3 John) and Revelation. 

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There are stories which tell of love, hope, faith, betrayal, adventures, sacrifice, and miracles. We learn of the wisest King who ever lived (Solomon) and his greatest weakness (women). We learn about courage when David goes up against the giant Goliath. We learn about faith in God through Abraham. We learn about self-sacrificial love when Jesus Christ gave his life for us. 

Inspired by the Holy Spirit and authored by God, the Holy Bible has withstood the test of time. It enriches lives as we continue to “taste and see that the Lord is good.” (Psalm 34:8)

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“Have you ever seen the devil face to face?”

Short Story #22
My first Christian Fiction.
Well, sort of.

“God does take too long to answer prayers,” he fussed behind the now frowning Frenchman in the coffee line. “Maybe if I see the face of God, I’ll believe in Him. It must be easier to believe in the devil.”

That was it.

Marcus turns to look at the grumbling man behind him. The man’s face was beaten with weathered lines crisscrossing from the left to right, a visible scar on the chin. He wore a baseball jersey tucked neatly into black dress pants, his hair unkempt.

“Have you ever seen the devil face to face?” Marcus calmly asked.

The man scrutinized him with hard cold blue eyes. “No, but…”

“Did the devil ever came to you in the flesh and proclaim, “Here, I am, Satan, Lord of Darkness now believe?” Did he died for your sins?”

“Are you crazy?”

Marcus didn’t let the petty insult faze him. “The same faith that you instill in a wicked being without seeing him face to face, why can’t you instill that faith in the Most High above?”

He had the attention of the people and the barista now.

“We might have seen depictions of what the devil looks like, but he did not offer you eternal life. It is easier to believe in the devil because entertainment tells you to given that it’s there for a distraction. That’s why it’s hard for you to believe that a Higher Force exists. 

“Who do you think created nature? Man? Where do you think your talent comes from? What is that little blessing called? A miracle and the devil cannot bless you with one. What he does is lie to you and provide a temporary relief to your living situations. Don’t let the wickedness of this world deceive you. Just as it is easy for you to believe that the devil exists, then, it is easy for you to believe that God does indeed exist. Now, if you excuse me, I have a coffee to purchase. Have a blessed day.”

The man stood daunted for a while coming to grip with what had just taken place. Maybe the Frenchman was right. Maybe he needed to reevaluate his perspective on life and have a little faith sometimes.

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I really wanted to post a new story today. Although I have tons of new material, I am not ready to share them as yet. I found this one while going through a notebook. It was written last year, but I never got around to typing it up until now. I don’t write Christian Fiction so this was a pleasant surprise when I first scribbled down the words on paper and it takes place in a coffee shop. I look forward to writing more stories such as these. 

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Blog plans for 2018

Okay, so, it’s janvier 01st aka Page 1 of 365 days.

For the past few months, I’ve been thinking of the direction I want to take La Petit Muse in for 2018. It’s still going to be a pretty random-no-genre-attached blog, but there are some things that I want to add and some that I want to take away. Two of those things might be Poetry Wednesday and Writing Wisdom Wednesday. They may make way for Midweek Mystery and Fairytale Friday/Origins. Also, whenever I plan to write a specific topic, I tend to stray away from it, so there’ll be no more monthly planning. I still have topics from Social Media Week to complete, so I’ll try to do so by February.

This also might be my last year for blogging, so I want to make the most out of it. 🙂

New Direction

This year, we’re going to talk mostly about God, books, and writing. We’re going to be open to controversial topics. We’re going to talk about gods and goddesses. Origins. Fairytales. Mysteries. Haul books. We’re going to cover the Bible – book to book – in depth, something that I started doing last year, but did not get around to posting on the blog. 

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I love blogging and consider it a passion, rather than a hobby, but this year, I would not be blogging daily, I would be scheduling a lot and taking lots of time off. Well, hopefully.

New Theme

I’ve been looking for a new theme since last July or so, but I haven’t met none that I like quite yet, so hopefully, WordPress gets fresher themes this year. However, before the week is out, I’ll try to choose one.

Back to the Past

I don’t watch TV shows or movies like I used to, but this year, I want to start the back to the past challenge, something that I’ve been given to do since 2016. Basically, I have to watch some TV shows and movies from my past and see if I feel the same way about them. I already chose three shows I used to love. As for the movies, I’ll just try to finish the Tom Cruise Challenge. I want to get that over and done with, so I’ll try to watch one movie every two-three weeks.

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Challenge for janvier

This is a 30 day book challenge! Try it out! Paste to FB, Blog it or write it out by hand!

What better way to kick off the monthly challenge than looking back at books I’ve read? I’ll be doing this challenge with Tammy. ❤

Blessed janvier to all.

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Day 20: Favorite romance book

My least favorite genre. However, I’ll have to go with James Patterson’s Sundays at Tiffany’s. When my sister loaned me this book telling me that I must read it, I thought I wouldn’t like it because it was a romance and I didn’t care if JP was the author. 

I read it and ended up liking it, but didn’t bother to watch the movie.

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The Bible: Resources and meditation

Today, we’re going to look at resources that can aid in your Bible study and why it’s important to meditate on His Word.

Resources

*The Bible. Readers are encouraged to compare different versions of each text of the Bible. I have a King James Version (KJV), but I also enjoy comparing texts with the New International Version (NIV). Online Bibles are extremely useful.

* Biblical dictionaries. This is an excellent resource to have. It allows you to discover meanings of words and reference events, names, places etc. Word searches may include the original Greek and Hebrew word with meaning. I have a Bible dictionary as an app on my phone and it’s helpful when it comes to getting the pronunciation of names right.

* A notebook. Have pen and paper at your disposal for you can never tell what God is going to reveal to you while reading/studying His word.

*Commentaries. Bible commentaries are extremely helpful as they interpret and explain biblical text verse by verse. It helps us to better understand the meaning of biblical texts.

*Concordances. This is an alphabetical listing of phrases and words found in the Bible and it cross-references verses. 

One can also consider other resources such as lexicons, maps, and guides. 

Meditation

Take time to meditate on the passages that you’ve read whether day or night (Joshua 1:8) or in your bed (Psalm 4:4). Meditating helps us to fix our eyes upon Him (Psalm 119:15), to understand His way and not ours (Psalm 119:27) and to remember all that God has done for us from the beginning of time to now (Psalm 143:5). Meditating also helps us to take our eyes off the world (1 John 2:15) and to delight in God’s Word (Psalm 1:2). 

T.R. Noble of Inside Cup wrote a wonderful post on how we can meditate on scripture and I recommend checking it out.

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Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2

Contine to read, study, understand, apply, share, and pray the truth of scripture. God bless.

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Phobia Challenge: N

It’s Friday and you know what time it is. 🙂

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Nebulaphobia – Fear of fog/clouds

Necrophobia – Fear of death/dead bodies

Nelophobia/Hyelophobia – Fear of glass

Neophobia – Fear of new things (not willing to break from routine)

Nephophobia – Fear of clouds

Noctiphobia – Fear of the night/darkness

Nomatophobia – Fear of names (This phobia is also related to Onomatophobia)

Nosemaphobia – Fear of becoming ill

Nosocomephobia – Fear of hospitals

Nosophobia – Fear of contracting a disease (HIV, cancer, heart diseases etc.)

Nostophobia – Fear of returning home

Novercaphobia – Fear of your step-mother

Nucleomituphobia – Fear of nuclear weapons

Numerophobia/Arithmophobia – Fear of numbers (I thought this was fear was known as Mathematics, though. 😉)

Nyctohylophobia – Fear of dark wooded areas/forests at nights

Nyctophobia – Fear of the dark/night

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Day 19: Favorite book turned into a movie

A few posts back, I mentioned that if I watch the movie I won’t read the book and vice versa. Let’s see if I can list a few books.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett

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When I first read this book, I told my friend that it would make a good movie. Two years later, a movie came out and I enjoyed it. Octavia Spencer was splendid and Viola Davis ran away with my heart and emotions. Legend has it that I am still looking for it up to this day. 😉

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The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas

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I am certain that by now, you’re tired of seeing this book pop up, but it was a huge part of my childhood! There are countless versions of this book in movie format, but the 1993 adaptation will always have my heart. 

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The Firm by John Grisham

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I love this book! It was the book that introduced me to this law thrilling author and I couldn’t put it down. Lots of twists and turns as we read about crooked attorneys and great main character development.

This was the book that started it all for Grisham and with Tom Cruise starring in the film adaptation only put the icing on the cake for the author. About the movie? Rien à dire.

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50 Foods #21: Cassoulet

Origin: Languedoc
Date: 1355
Type: Meat and bean stew

I did some research on the Cassoulet for my food project a few years ago. Food history is really interesting! The Cassoulet is said to be from Languedoc, a former province of France. Who would’ve thought that a simple meat and bean stew from the French countryside would become a huge thing in restaurants worldwide? This dish can also be cooked with duck and pork sausages. One can buy canned Cassoulet in France in groceries and supermarkets.

Would I eat it?: Yes, I’ll eat the chicken Cassoulet. 🙂

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