My Favorite Christian Devotionals and Study Resources

Besides the Bible, devotional and study books can be a great source of inspiration and encouragement. Some books just keep us on the right path theologically. Its great to receive encouragement from others.

 

February 2011

The Bible in 29 Seconds, an Animated Overview

The purpose of this video is to discover the God of Love and inspire people to get into the Bible and know Jesus Christ.

The text is: In the beginning God created the heavens and earth. God then created man in His image for His purpose and glory. Man disobeyed God which brought in sin, but God who loved the world sent His son, Jesus Christ who is God became man. He died on the cross for man’s sins, and was resurrected from the dead. Jesus gives eternal life to all those who believe in Him.

Written by Drew Haninger and first published on Nov 20, 2012 at YouTube.com/OliveTreeBible Posted on AnimatedFaith.com June 2, 2015

Understanding the Book of Revelation

So many people have tried to figure out this book of the Bible. The book of Revelation to many, but not all, is a total mystery clouded in symbols. The key to the whole book, at least one perspective of the book, is shown in the very first verse. The theme and focus of the book is actually so simple, but easy to miss. It’s a theme that hits almost every chapter of the book. It is the main character of the story of the book of Revelation.

Look at the first verse: “The Revelation of Jesus Christ…”. Could it actually be so simple? If you began to scan the book from this angle or perspective, you would notice that almost every chapter has something about Jesus Christ. Well maybe one exception, chapter 13 which is about the anti-Christ. Yes, there are many other ways to look at this book, but I think this is the most important and consistent way to see Revelation.

So now we have a research job to do, highlighting all verses with mentions of Jesus Christ whether directly or in symbolism.

In chapter one, there are many references to Jesus Christ. In the last chapter of the book of Revelation, Jesus is symbolized by the Lamb sitting on the throne. At this point in the book, God is fully in control and evil is pushed out.

Don’t forget, the book of Revelation is the best conclusion to the entire Bible of 66 books.

Drew Haninger July 16, 2019

Prophecy – History is God’s Story

History is God’s story, so no world or human event is a surprise to God. Timing and events are in His hands. Ultimately God will be in full control, but for a short time evil (the Devil) has a little freedom. Ultimately God will fully expressed through every human being, some happily in heaven, some in unhappiness.

Overview of Bible Prophecy
1. prophecy about the Lord’s first coming (happened 2000 years ago)
2. prophecy about the Lord’s second coming (future)
3. some Bible prophecy is about BOTH (Isaiah 9:6, and Daniel)
4. it seems there are more verses in the Bible about His second return, than the first.

In the Lord’s first coming, He came as a man (yet fully God and fully man) and as a lamb to be crucified on a cross for our sins, then rose from the dead and ascended to heaven.

In the Lord’s second coming He will come as a warrior to conquer an evil earth that does not represent God’s character. He will rule the earth from Jerusalem.

Most of the prophecy in the Bible is about Jesus Christ, but there is also some about Israel and the Church.

Some say one third of the Bible is Bible prophecy. There are over 2500 prophecies in the Bible. About 80 percent of those have already been fulfilled, and 20 percent are yet future.

Bible writers talked about prophecy the most: Jesus, Paul, Daniel, David, Ezekiel, Isaiah

Bible Overview, in connection with studying Prophecy

The two half’s of the Bible
* Old Testament with 39 books points to and promises Jesus Christ the Redeemer – Promises, Types, figures of Christ
* New Testament with 27 books is all about Jesus Christ, our redeemer – Fulfillment of all the promises and types of Christ

The first and the last books
* The book of Genesis — Beginnings
* God, man, garden, (devil comes in) sin, promise of a redeemer
* The book of Revelation – Conclusion
* God, man, a city (heaven), (devil cast out), sin forgiven, the redeemer on the throne

Some questions that come up:
1. Will the Lord come again – YES
2. Do we know when or the date – NO (even the Lord does not know, how could we know)
3. Will there be an anti-christ – YES, see Revelation 13
4. Do we know who it might be – NO

For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night — 1 Thessalonians 5:2

Fear Fear Not Mary — an Encouraging Christmas song

This is maybe a Christmas song, but it applies to all who sometimes in fear need to do something that is a little hard to do or maybe beyond what we normally would do.

This Christmas song is encouragement for those of us called to a special ministry like Joseph and Mary who brought forth Jesus. We are all called to express Jesus in a special way.

Don’t fear, just follow God. God will do wonders.

 Title:  Fear Fear Not Mary

Fear…Fear not Mary
You have favor with God
God will do wonders
Just follow God and fear not

Fear…Fear not Mary
You will conceive Jesus
The Savior, the Redeemer, the Messiah
Just follow God and fear not

Fear…Fear not Mary
He shall be great, Wonderful
Call His name Jesus
Just follow God and fear not

Fear…Fear not Mary
God will do wonderful things
Call His name Jesus
Just follow God and fear not

Just follow, follow, follow and fear not
Just follow, follow, follow and fear not
Just follow, follow, follow and fear not

11/21/2014 (c) AnimatedFaith and Drew Haninger

All Things Bright and Beautiful – 4k video – Church Hymn

Beautiful traditional hymn called: All Things Bright and Beautiful.  

This song was first published in 1848. Music arrangement and vocals by Julie Gaulke, see her web site at: JulieGaulkeMusic.com, the sheet music is available at: pianomomsheetmusic.weebly.com/all-things-bright-and-beautiful.html The scenery is by Drew Haninger and is from Kauai, Hawaii, Oregon and Washington state.

The Lyrics are:

All things bright and beautiful,
All creatures great and small,
All things wise and wonderful:
The Lord God made them all.

Each little flow’r that opens,
Each little bird that sings,
He made their glowing colors,
He made their tiny wings.

The purple-headed mountains,
The river running by,
The sunset and the morning
That brightens up the sky.

The cold wind in the winter,
The pleasant summer sun,
The ripe fruits in the garden,
He made them every one.

He gave us eyes to see them,
And lips that we might tell
How great is God Almighty,
Who has made all things well.

The original video is in 4k video.

All Things Bright and Beautiful

All Things Bright and Beautiful

Mar 15, 2016

Bethlehem Bethlehem, His Name Is Jesus – New Christmas Song

Enjoy this new Christmas song called: Bethlehem Bethlehem, His Name Is Jesus

Bethlehem, a town in ancient Biblical Israel where Jesus was born feels so small, but out of Bethlehem came Jesus the King, the Messiah.  This is based on Micah 5:2 which is a prophecy about the city of Bethlehem. The verse seems to indicate that the city felt too small and unimportant to do anything significant. But from this city came Jesus Christ. Jesus is King and Redeemer. This is the real meaning of Christmas.

Here are the beautiful words:

Title: Bethlehem Bethlehem, His name is Jesus

Bethlehem Bethlehem, I feel you are so small
Yet born in you a King, we call our Emmanuel
He shall be called Jesus, born of a virgin
His name is Jesus, our Savior, our Redeemer

Bethlehem Bethlehem, I feel you are so small
Yet born in you a Ruler, we call our King
He shall be great, He will rule forever
He shall be called the Son of the Highest

(bridge)

Bethlehem Bethlehem, I feel you are so small
Yet born in you Jesus, we call our Messiah
Jesus the Son of God, Jesus the Son of man
His name is Jesus, our Savior, our Redeemer

His name is Jesus
His name is Jesus
Jesus

updated Dec 29, 2014

Jesus Jesus … Born of Mary — a Christmas melody and song

Sing about Jesus, He is the real meaning of the Christmas season.

Here is a new Christmas song based on Isaiah 9:6 and the New Testament Christmas story as told in Luke and Matthew.

I hope you will enjoy this Christian song: Jesus Jesus, Born of Mary.

Title: Jesus Jesus…Born of Mary

He is a child
He is the mighty God
He is the Son of God
Jesus Jesus … Born of Mary

He is the Son of the Highest
He is The Lord God
He has the throne of David
Jesus Jesus … Born of Mary

He is King
He shall reign
He is Lord
Jesus Jesus … Born of Mary

He is King
He shall reign
He is Lord
Jesus Jesus … Born of Mary

Jesus Jesus … Born of Mary
Jesus Jesus … Born of Mary

(c) Drew Haninger and AnimatedFaith LLC

first published around Dec 1, 2014