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The Unexpected Gift of Sadness

The book of Job is part of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament, along with Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. Job tells the story of a wealthy, successful man living in the land of Uz who had seven sons and three daughters. The story opens with an insight into Job’s character. When Job learned that his children may have inadvertently sinned, he offered sacrifices on their behalf—an example that Job was a righteous man who loved God.

In an unusual twist, an adversary (often thought of as Satan) approached God about Job. Satan claimed that the only reason Job was righteous and loved God was because Job had been successful and prosperous. If stripped of his possessions, Satan argued, Job wouldn’t be as faithful to God.

Out of this heavenly court scene would come an unforgettable test for Job whom, according to God’s command, Satan would be allowed to strip of all his material blessings.

At Satan’s request, Job would be allowed to lose everything—everything, said the Lord, except for his life.

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God Created Really Hot Sex

For me, this was by far the easiest week of the 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge during Lent.

If you’ve fallen behind, keep on going. You’re going to love Week Four’s reading. For a free download of the 40-Day Bible Reading Challenge, click here.

Covering the Books of Esther, Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs felt like a crash course in wisdom.

Through these books, I was reminded:  Continue Reading...


It’s almost time to check off Week Three of reading for the 40-Day Bible Challenge. Whether you’re reading the entire Bible or listening to an audiobible (free copies here!) during Lent, we’re excited you’re joining in. We never expected nearly 2000 people to download the free 40-Day Reading Guide in the first 24 hours. You can grab your copy by clicking here.

If you peek ahead at the reading guide, you’ll see that next week is almost completely poetry and wisdom literature.

The pages of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs may bring some of us a sigh of relief. Not too many unpronounceable names, unknown places, or foreign laws.

Others of us may feel dread toward the strange illusions, awkward sentence structure, and bizarre language. You may ask yourself, “If this is poetry, why doesn’t it rhyme?” Continue Reading...

variety artist

If you're looking for a job switch and have a hankering to be a variety artist, this flow chart is for you. Answer the questions, follow the lines, and discover your new career!

Do you have a More Funny than Wrong photo? If the answer is yes and the flow charts directs you so, send your picture in to Jessica(at)margaretfeinberg(dot)com and we'll post it on the blog! Check out our board of funny photos on Pinterest here. Maybe you'll find your next pin!

Wonderstruck by the Power of Your Prayers

Last week, I asked for your prayers—and you responded with encouraging emails, Facebook messages, and texts. We were beginning to film the Wonderstruck Bible Study with the crew from Lifeway in Banff, Canada, and on the night before the shooting my throat was sore, my sinuses runny, my glands swollen. The feverish feeling of uggh! settling in.

I didn’t know what to do. So I turned to you. And asked you to pray.

I stand in awe of the power of prayer. Continue Reading...