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Far From Home by Mabel Ninan 

As a Ministry Director I often receive requests to endorse Christian books, websites, and products. With limited time available, I choose carefully and pray before making any decision. Recently, author Mabel Ninan contacted me about her new book Far From Home by Mabel Ninan. Her topic sparked immediate interest. And I did not hesitate to “say yes” to her request. Once the manuscript arrived by electronic file, I poured a delicious latte and devoured the book.

Mabel is the story behind many women in my community near Silicon Valley, California. She takes off the veil of mystery and shares her experience. Quiet, soft spoken, and respectful of her new surroundings, Mabel feels unnoticeable. She experiences insignificance and frustration with her new surroundings.
Yet in her native land, Mable is powerful, well-respected, connected, and highly educated. Because of her husband’s job transfer, she leaves her value and identity in her native society. Then she seeks purpose in a foreign country.
Uprooted into the busyness of America, her story explores immigration as a “trailing spouse.” Her initial isolation and her struggle to regain importance are deeply internal. She struggles to connect. Even at the local coffee shop, where she is awakened by the rudeness of barista on duty.
Looking for her identity in a new culture, Mabel opens her Bible to discover a true identity in Christ. Powerful skeins (loosely coiled threads or yarn)  are woven into her testimony.
This is a must-read for merging of cultures into the Christian faith. How can we invite REVIVAL if we are not accepting the citizenship of ALL God’s people?

Mabel’s story invites me to examine my Mother-in-Law, an immigrant from the United Kingdom. In World War 2, she worked as a British decoder, New York runway model, and national security.
And my Great-Grandfather, an immigrant from Ireland who worked in the coal mines and later died of lung cancer.
Mabel’s story also reminds me of my neighbors next door, immigrants from Mexico and joyfully living as an uprooted family. Or my former boss, an app developer from the Ukraine who shares his Christian faith with a generous heart. Even my husband’s Silicon Valley IT department, where they celebrate all cultures and religions with weekly meal gatherings.
Instead of looking through the mini-blinds, shuttered windows, or over the rim of a Venti Latte… it’s time we take off American ambivalence and love our NEW neighbors.
Mable reached out to her Christian community with intentional vulnerability. She experienced the love and identity of Christ through Bible study groups, church attendance, and spiritual growth- Far From Home.

Far from Home: Discovering Your Identity as Foreigners on Earth by Mabel Ninan 

ENDORSEMENT FOR MABELS BOOK: Beautifully transparent, Mabel Ninan shares her personal insight from a unique experience of immigration. Yet the revelation of her modern history, is also a reflection of Biblical history when God moves. Inside the stories of uprooted people, we discover the heart of God. This book is a beautiful reminder of our citizenship in His kingdom.  – Christine Abraham, Founder & Executive Director Bible Café™ Ministries LLC


Explore the intersection between culture, identity, and faith in this new release from an earthly immigrant who gained a spiritual perspective.
What is my purpose? Why do I exist? A sense of self and belonging are two questions many of us struggle to answer.
And what if you are a foreigner in another land?
How does one adjust to a new culture? Discover their place in a new society?
For Mabel Ninan, born and raised in India and an immigrant in America shortly after marriage, the search for those answers sent her on a journey that led to an unexpected and exciting discovery.
God revealed she was not only an earthly immigrant but also a spiritual one, created with a unique calling to impact His kingdom. Mabel’s renewed perspective imbued her with joy and hope, urging her to share the message with others.
Drawing from her personal experiences and by examining the lives of biblical heroes, Mabel sheds light on what it means to live as a citizen of Heaven on earth. Far from Home will inspire you to:

  • Embrace your identity as a foreigner on earth.
  • Make your home with God.
  • Find community and common purpose with fellow sojourners.

Mabel’s story and book release:
Publisher: Iron Stream (July 12, 2022)

Measuring Our Sins

Bible Cafe™ Founder Christine Abraham explains how we “measure” sins and need the remedy of Jesus! #biblecafe
If you have attended my Bible Cafe™ groups, then you will see me illustrating the “measure of sin.” What I have learned after leading 100 online Bible studies is this: people measure one another based on their sins. And it frustrates me. Because of this, my life work is to disciple people to be more like Jesus and less like the hypocrites.

Because I encounter this often, I wanted to share my understanding of the measurement of our sins. What does Jesus VIEW when He looks at sin? And I looked in the Bible to find the answer: is one sin worse than other?

Measuring Our Sins Video

What Does The Bible Say About Measuring Sin

Keep in Step with the Spirit

16 But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.
17 For the desires of the flesh are against the Spirit, and the desires of the Spirit are against the flesh, for these are opposed to each other, to keep you from doing the things you want to do.
18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
19 Now the works of the flesh are evident: sexual immorality, impurity, sensuality,
20 idolatry, sorcery, enmity, strife, jealousy, fits of anger, rivalries, dissensions, divisions,
21 envy, drunkenness, orgies, and things like these. I warn you, as I warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.
24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.
25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also keep in step with the Spirit.
26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (Galatians 5:16-26 ESV)

People today are measuring one another by their sin rather than their love- Christine Abraham

This reminds me of the hypocrites in the Bible. Some might call them Pharisees. These are people who use legal rules to create a religious spirit over their congregations.

What Happens When Sins Are Judged?

“Teacher,” they said to Jesus, “this woman was caught in the act of adultery. The law of Moses says to stone her. What do you say?” They were trying to trap him into saying something they could use against him, but Jesus stooped down and wrote in the dust with his finger. They kept demanding an answer, so he stood up again and said, “All right, but let the one who has never sinned throw the first stone!” Then he stooped down again and wrote in the dust. (John 8:4-8 NLT)
My friends, Jesus knows YOUR sin. Stop measuring others by what you did. Let Jesus be the Judge.
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14 Bible Verses About Hypocrites

Bible Verses About Hypocrites help us understand how we can be less like the world, and more like Jesus. When you look at Bible verses about hypocrites you will have a better understanding. But first, lets define the word hypocrite. In modern language this means a person who indulges in hypocrisy. We see in the modern dictionary that hypocrisy is the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one’s own behavior does not conform. This view helps us understand a modern application.

And now, lets look at the Bible meaning for hypocrite. This word appears 31 times in the King James Version. Yet when I was growing up in religious schools, I remember hearing this ALL the time. We used this word to correct one another when someone’s behavior did not align with our religious beliefs.
When we look at Job 13:16, the Hebrew word (H2611) means godless, profane, irreligious. That’s a bit different from our modern understanding. As we move into the New Testament, Luke 6:42 Greek (G5273) means an actor under an assumed character (stage-player). Now that makes more sense than our modern definition.

Bible Verses About Hypocrites

I do not sit with the deceitful, nor do I associate with hypocrites. (Psalm 26:4 NIV)
“Because of this, I will once again astound these hypocrites with amazing wonders. The wisdom of the wise will pass away, and the intelligence of the intelligent will disappear.” (Isaiah 29:14 NLT)
“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” (Matthew 6:2 NIV)
“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full.” (Matthew 6:16 NIV)

You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Matthew 7:5 NIV)

But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?” (Matthew 22:18 NIV)
“What sorrow awaits you teachers of religious law and you Pharisees. Hypocrites! For you shut the door of the Kingdom of Heaven in people’s faces. You won’t go in yourselves, and you don’t let others enter either.” (Matthew 23:13 NLT)
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside they are full of greed and self-indulgence. Blind Pharisee! First clean the inside of the cup and dish, and then the outside also will be clean.” (Matthew 23:25-26 NIV)
He replied, “Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you hypocrites; as it is written: “‘These people honor me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.” (Mark 7:6 NIV)
He also shall be my salvation: for an hypocrite shall not come before him. (Job 13:16 KJV)
“How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.” (Luke 6:42 NIV)
Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye. (Luke 6:42 KJV)
But Paul said to him, “God will slap you, you corrupt hypocrite! What kind of judge are you to break the law yourself by ordering me struck like that?” (Acts 23:3 NLT)
Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from the true faith; they will follow deceptive spirits and teachings that come from demons. These people are hypocrites and liars, and their consciences are dead. (1 Timothy 4:1-2 NLT)

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The Time I Accidentally Bought 25 Pounds of Flour

The Time I Accidentally Bought 25 Pounds of Flour is a laughable memory. Let me begin my story by sharing the backstory. During the recent pandemic, I thought I was getting a great price for a bag of flour. My same-day grocery store had flour in stock and my regular store was out of stock. Because I placed my order online, I was unaware of the physical size of the flour bag.

The price for Miller Milling All Purpose Flour seemed great at $9.35. Until the delivery arrived to my front porch. As my husband carried in the groceries, I heard a snickering laugh. And then with amusement, we both realize what I had done. In “saving money” I accidentally purchased a 25 pound bag of flour! Restaurant quality.
This became a challenging problem for two reasons. First, the 25 pound bag of flour was too large for my kitchen cabinets. What will I do with this beast? Second, we were in a quarantine and unable to entertain people at home. And so I needed to be creative with my 25 pound blunder.
Looking through my same-day bargains, I found 500 food prep gloves. It seemed they would now come in handy. Slipping my triple washed hands into the food gloves, I divided up my flour into gallon bags. Then I started asking neighbors if they need a bag of flour. Many said yes!
Wearing my protective face gear and putting food gloves on my hands, I carefully placed bags of flour on their porches. Then I sent everyone a text message and identified the white powder in the bag. Embarrassing, as I was just trying to solve a storage problem.
Two days later, I get a text from a neighbor. “We made cinnamon rolls today, do you want some?” Of course, I said yes!
One more day, another neighbor. “We made lemon scones today, can I put some in your mailbox?” Well, yes!
At this point I no longer had self-control over gluten (and inflammation). Pandemics will do this, I have since learned.
Soon I found myself baking my “pandemic bread” and delivering loaves to my neighbors. After a tree fell in a storm, I put pandemic bread on their porch. During a 2-day power outage, I delivered pandemic bread (baked in advance) to every neighbor for breakfast.
And when my college kid was driving back to her dorm, I placed three pandemic breads into her care package. According to her roomies, the home-baked bread was “fantastic!”

It was madness, this gift of bread!

When a neighbor called me “Florence Nightingale” for delivering bread to people in a storm, I knew I needed to stop. My reputation was exceeding my desire to make any more bread! And the gluten inflammation was making me swell up like a blowfish.
Finally, six months later, I used up my 25 pounds of flour. And so I humbled myself and bought a small 5 pound bag for my cupboard. Life seems to be returning to normal, again.

60 Bible Verses About Wealth

Bible Verses About Wealth are helpful. The Holy Bible is a handbook for living. People often wonder what the Bible says about wealth, prosperity, and money. This collection of Bible verses about wealth and money is useful information. Select a favorite verse and write it down. Memorize Bible verses about money, prosperity, and wealth. There are enough verses below, for you to read one a day (or two a day). Write them down in your planner or daily journal.

When you read the Bible verses about money and wealth, pay attention to WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, HOW and WHY. Make sure you read the verses in context. Open your Bible or a Bible app, and read the full passage.
Looking at 1 Samuel 2:7 the Hebrew word for wealthy (H6238) means to accumulate; chiefly (specifically) to grow (causatively, make) rich. This is important because we see that it was not sudden wealth, or a get rich quick wealth.
Move into the New Testament at Luke 12:21 and you find (G4147) means to be (or become) wealthy (literally or figuratively):—be increased with goods, (be made, wax) rich.

Bible Verses About Wealth

When Isaac planted his crops that year, he harvested a hundred times more grain than he planted, for the Lord blessed him. He became a very rich man, and his wealth continued to grow. (Genesis 26:12-13 NLT)
“Please listen to me,” Laban replied. “I have become wealthy, for the Lord has blessed me because of you.” (Genesis 30:27 NLT)
Rachel and Leah responded, “That’s fine with us! We won’t inherit any of our father’s wealth anyway. He has reduced our rights to those of foreign women. And after he sold us, he wasted the money you paid him for us. All the wealth God has given you from our father legally belongs to us and our children. So go ahead and do whatever God has told you.” (Genesis 31:14-16 NLT)
“Every Israelite woman will ask for articles of silver and gold and fine clothing from her Egyptian neighbors and from the foreign women in their houses. You will dress your sons and daughters with these, stripping the Egyptians of their wealth.” (Exodus 3:22 NLT)
He did all this so you would never say to yourself, ‘I have achieved this wealth with my own strength and energy.’ Remember the Lord your God. He is the one who gives you power to be successful, in order to fulfill the covenant he confirmed to your ancestors with an oath. (Deuteronomy 8:17-18 NLT)
The king must not take many wives for himself, because they will turn his heart away from the Lord. And he must not accumulate large amounts of wealth in silver and gold for himself. (Deuteronomy 17:17 NLT)
Now there was a wealthy and influential man in Bethlehem named Boaz, who was a relative of Naomi’s husband, Elimelech. (Ruth 2:1 NLT)

The Lord sends poverty and wealth; he humbles and he exalts. (1 Samuel 2:7 NIV)

There was a wealthy, influential man named Kish from the tribe of Benjamin. He was the son of Abiel, son of Zeror, son of Becorath, son of Aphiah, of the tribe of Benjamin. His son Saul was the most handsome man in Israel—head and shoulders taller than anyone else in the land. (1 Samuel 9:1-2 NLT)

Bible Verses About Money and Wealth

Moreover, I will give you what you have not asked for—both wealth and honor —so that in your lifetime you will have no equal among kings. (1 Kings 3:13 NIV)
One day Elisha went to the town of Shunem. A wealthy woman lived there, and she urged him to come to her home for a meal. After that, whenever he passed that way, he would stop there for something to eat. (2 Kings 4:8 NLT)
Wealth and honor come from you; you are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all. (1 Chronicles 29:12 NIV)
Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. (1 Chronicles 29:12 NLT)
He died at a ripe old age, having enjoyed long life, wealth, and honor. Then his son Solomon ruled in his place. (1 Chronicles 29:28 NLT)
The weight of gold that came to Solomon yearly was six hundred and sixty-six talents of gold.. (2 Chronicles 9:13 NKJV)
He built many towns and acquired vast flocks and herds, for God had given him great wealth. (2 Chronicles 32:29 NLT)
The hungry devour their harvest, even when it is guarded by brambles. The thirsty pant after their wealth. (Job 5:5 NLT)
The wicked go to bed rich but wake to find that all their wealth is gone. (Job 27:19 NLT)

But watch out, or you may be seduced by wealth. Don’t let yourself be bribed into sin. (Job 36:18 NLT)

Could all your wealth or all your mighty efforts keep you from distress? (Job 36:19 NLT)
“We belong to the same family as those who are wealthy, and our children are just like theirs. Yet we must sell our children into slavery just to get enough money to live. We have already sold some of our daughters, and we are helpless to do anything about it, for our fields and vineyards are already mortgaged to others.” (Nehemiah 5:5 NLT)

What Does the Bible Say About Wealth, Prosperity, and Money?

Better the little that the righteous have than the wealth of many wicked; for the power of the wicked will be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous. (Psalm 37:16-17 NIV)
We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. (Psalm 39:6 NLT)
The princess of Tyre will shower you with gifts. The wealthy will beg your favor. (Psalm 45:12 NLT)
Those who are wise must finally die, just like the foolish and senseless, leaving all their wealth behind. (Psalm 49:10 NLT)
People who have wealth but lack understanding are like the beasts that perish. (Psalm 49:20 NIV)
Don’t make your living by extortion or put your hope in stealing. And if your wealth increases, don’t make it the center of your life. (Psalm 62:10 NLT)
Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine. (Proverbs 3:9-10 NIV)
Honor the Lord with your wealth and with the best part of everything you produce. (Proverbs 3:9 NLT)
With me are riches and honor, enduring wealth and prosperity. (Proverbs 8:18 NIV)
Those who love me inherit wealth. I will fill their treasuries. (Proverbs 8:21 NLT)

Lazy hands make for poverty, but diligent hands bring wealth. (Proverbs 10:4 NIV)

The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, without painful toil for it. (Proverbs 10:22 NIV)
Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. (Proverbs 11:24 NLT)
Wealth gained by dishonesty will be diminished, But he who gathers by labor will increase. (Proverbs 13:11 NKJV)
Wealth from get-rich-quick schemes quickly disappears; wealth from hard work grows over time. (Proverbs 13:11 NLT)
One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing; another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth. (Proverbs 13:7 NIV)
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children, but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous. (Proverbs 13:22 NIV)

Verses in the Bible That Talk About Wealth

Good people leave an inheritance to their grandchildren, but the sinner’s wealth passes to the godly. (Proverbs 13:22 NLT)
Wealth attracts many friends, but even the closest friend of the poor person deserts them. (Proverbs 19:4 NIV)
Houses and wealth are inherited from parents, but a prudent wife is from the Lord. (Proverbs 19:14 NIV)

The wise have wealth and luxury, but fools spend whatever they get. (Proverbs 21:20 NLT)

Don’t wear yourself out trying to get rich. Be wise enough to know when to quit. In the blink of an eye wealth disappears, for it will sprout wings and fly away like an eagle. Don’t eat with people who are stingy; don’t desire their delicacies. (Proverbs 23:4-6 NLT)
Whoever loves wisdom makes his father rejoice, But a companion of harlots wastes his wealth. (Proverbs 29:3 NKJV)
Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless. (Ecclesiastes 5:10 NIV)
Those who love money will never have enough. How meaningless to think that wealth brings true happiness! (Ecclesiastes 5:10 NLT)
The more you have, the more people come to help you spend it. So what good is wealth—except perhaps to watch it slip through your fingers! (Ecclesiastes 5:11 NLT)
And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past. (Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 NLT)
I have observed something else under the sun. The fastest runner doesn’t always win the race, and the strongest warrior doesn’t always win the battle. The wise sometimes go hungry, and the skillful are not necessarily wealthy. And those who are educated don’t always lead successful lives. It is all decided by chance, by being in the right place at the right time. (Ecclesiastes 9:11 NLT)
You are proud of your fertile valleys, but they will soon be ruined. You trusted in your wealth, you rebellious daughter, and thought no one could ever harm you.(Jeremiah 49:4 NLT)
With your wisdom and understanding you have amassed great wealth— gold and silver for your treasuries. Yes, your wisdom has made you very rich, and your riches have made you very proud. (Ezekiel 28:4-5 NLT)
They have betrayed the honor of the Lord, bearing children that are not his. Now their false religion will devour them along with their wealth. (Hosea 5:7 NLT)
“On the very day I punish Israel for its sins, I will destroy the pagan altars at Bethel. The horns of the altar will be cut off and fall to the ground. And I will destroy the beautiful homes of the wealthy— their winter mansions and their summer houses, too— all their palaces filled with ivory,” says the Lord. (Amos 3:14-15 NLT)
The rich among you have become wealthy through extortion and violence. Your citizens are so used to lying that their tongues can no longer tell the truth. (Micah 6:12 NLT)
The seed that fell among the thorns represents those who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life and the lure of wealth, so no fruit is produced. (Matthew 13:22 NLT)
The seed that fell among the thorns represents others who hear God’s word, but all too quickly the message is crowded out by the worries of this life, the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things, so no fruit is produced. (Mark 4:18-19 NLT)
“Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.” (Luke 12:21 NLT)

And if you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? (Luke 16:11 NLT)

Remember, dear brothers and sisters, that few of you were wise in the world’s eyes or powerful or wealthy when God called you. Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful. (1 Corinthians 1:26-27 NLT)
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. (1 Timothy 6:6-8 NLT)
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