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I have linked here to a book I wrote called “Hearts of the Fathers” about a troubled spirit’s journey into the afterlife. The book is inspired, in part, by the hundreds of near death experiences I’ve studied. But the idea for the book came to me when I a vivid image came to my mind. It was of a spirit, a lost soul, in a dark realm in the afterlife. Why was he there? Could he get out? What sort of temptations or habits might he face in his journey upward?

Writing the story was one of the great joys of my life and while I don’t claim it as direct revelation, I felt a distinct sense of guidance. It felt as if the plot/journey of the next chapter would come only as the current chapter closed. I couldn’t wait to see where my main character would end up!

Every once in a while I’m blindsided (and gratified) by someone approaching me to tell me how much the book has meant to them, how it has given them hope and broadened their perspective on what is possible. One such person said, “I’m not necessarily complimenting you. This book is wiser than you are.” Fair enough! I’m sharing the link here in case someone in this forum could enjoy and benefit from it. Although the journey is fictional, everything the main character encounters in the spirit world is inspired by the hundreds of NDE accounts I’ve read in my life. It also reflects my deep belief in the importance of family connections in the work of salvation. If you do read it, I’d love to hear what you think.

Thank you so much for your support! I love receiving emails from people who use bibledice in their daily devotion.

SJ Lawrence

What is Wrong with Bibledice?

I am aware that Bibledice hasn’t been working since at least this morning. My programmer tells me that the host no longer supports the older code with which this was written. He is working on getting it updated. I will keep you informed. Sorry for the inconvenience. i never saw this coming.   >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

Have Miracles Ceased?

Years ago, I was attending a book club. We were discussing an autobiography that was written in 2004. The book contained one miracle story after another. And not just nice feel good stories but true miracles that involved angels, healings, and God’s intervention.

One of the ladies made a comment that really surprised me. She said, “We don’t need miracles like this anymore because we don’t need proof of God. We already know he exists so we don’t need an angelic visitation in order to believe.” I could see her point. She was solid with God. But what about those struggling with their faith? What about the wounded? What about the seeker?

I for one had experienced miracles in my life and knew the power they had to bolster my faith. I reflected on this comment for a while. Okay, years. And I wondered, why don’t we have extraordinary miracles today? As I pondered this, I realized I was making an assumption. Maybe people do experience miracles today. Maybe miracles haven’t ceased. Maybe we just don’t talk about them enough. Maybe there isn’t a safe forum to share.

That’s why I’ve created the new FREE Wonders and Miracles podcast. A show dedicated to the miraculous moments in everyday lives. This podcast is a safe place to celebrate awe-inspiring true stories from regular people like you and me. People who have experienced something surprising and wonderful that is the work of a Divine Source.

In a world full of seemingly endless struggle, this podcast helps us become aware of and recognize God’s miracles in our lives. In Psalms 96:3-4  it states, “Declare his glory among the nations, his wonders among all people. For the LORD is great, and greatly to be praised.” Let’s celebrate wonders and miracles together. Because I believe, the more miracles we notice the more miracles happen.

Check out the links below to tune in. A new episode is posted each week on “Miracle Mondays.” See you soon!

Liza Lawrence

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Should Christians Meditate? Introducing a new course in Bible-based meditation

Dear BibleDice Friends:

I am excited to announce the release of my new video course, Meditation for Christians and offer the special discounted price of 9.99 for BibleDice users (normally 49.99).

You Can Fully Embrace the Benefits of Meditation While Staying True to Your Own Beliefs. Meditation is often misunderstood as either a non-spiritual mental health practice or a mysterious ritual belonging to Eastern religions. In fact,  Meditation, and the related practices of contemplative prayer and “lectio divina” have been part of Christianity from the beginning. This course covers the theory and practice of meditation in a Biblical or Christian worldview. Using key Biblical passages as your guide, you will learn how to cultivate greater peace and wisdom in your life as you impress the word of God deep into your heart and mind. For a sample of my guided meditations, visit my youtube channel.

Daily meditation is a powerful tool to transform our lives and cultivate greater peace and wisdom.  In our modern life, we are too often stressed out, over-scheduled, and unfocused. In fact, it seems life conspires to keep us in this state of unrest. However, Jesus Christ said, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” The spiritual life should not one of constant anxiety and fear and reactivity.

By the end of this course, you will: 

-Understand the basics of mindfulness meditation.

-Be able to practice the specific practice Christian or Biblical meditation.

-Understand the ancient practice of “lectio divina” or “divine reading” of scripture.

-Use a Biblical approach to “mindfulness” and “non-attachment” to be less reactive and fearful.

-Feel a greater sense of peace and devotion to God as you begin to meditate.

FREE BONUS: Get started right away with 8 free guided meditations from my popular YouTube channel, Meditations on the Mount. These downloadable MP3 files comprise the complete collection of my CD, Meditations on the Mount, an $8 value.

I am not anybody’s guru and I don’t claim any special enlightenment. However, I have been practicing and teaching meditation for about 10 years, to school groups and community organizations. I have learned a few things along the way and am eager guide you in learning a practice that has been a blessing in my life! For a free preview of the course, please click here


SJ Lawrence, Creator of and Meditations on the Mount


Below are a few of the comments from my YouTube channel and Amazon regarding my guided meditations, which reflect the method taught in this course:

“I could feel my entire body so relaxed, careful, and as if I was floating, all anxiety and tension gone and I was able to feel where love was lacking a little bit in certain relationships and I will strive to love more. Gods presence is great in this meditation I feel physically and mentally changed. Thank you!” – Amy Leak

“All your meditations are wonderful and brought so much peace into my life. Blessings to you.” Michely Deana

“You have the most beautiful voice and presence. Thank you for doing what you do. Your meditations are so centering, uplifting and transforming.” -Christine Clear

“Very nice. Soothing background music and such a soothing voice of the narrator. I love listening to Scripture being read. A great way to de-stress and focus on God’s Word.” -Amazon Review

Biblical Serendipity: The right verse at the right time

An interesting feature of spiritual autobiography throughout Christian history is the number of times someone, while grappling with a dilemma or pouring their heart out to God, feels inspired to open the Bible and read the first verse their eyes come to. Maybe the earliest and most notable of these moments is the story of St. Augustine’s conversion to Christianity as related in Confessions.  Having explored and experimented with the various philosophies of his day, he increasingly felt drawn to Christianity, becoming convinced it was God’s truth, but still unable to fully commit himself to the faith.

One day as Augustine paced in his garden at Milan, torn by indecision and inner turmoil, he heard a child’s voice say, “Tolle, lege. Tolle lege” Pick up and read. Pick up and read. Going to “the book of the apostle [Paul],” Augustine writes, “I seized it, opened it and in silence read the first passage on which my eyes lit: ‘Not in riots and drunken parties, not in eroticism and indecencies, not in strife and rivalry, but put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for the flesh in its lusts’ (Rom. 13: 13-14). Upon reading this passage, Augustine reports “All the shadow of doubts were dispelled” (153).

I think of this and other similar moments as a kind of divinely serendipitous reading. And it was with such moments in mind that I created With no advertising and zero promotion, the website is now used by thousands of Bible readers from around the world.

Obviously this serendipity doesn’t happen every time you open (or click) the Bible. Yet there are those times when you just know the passage you get is more than coincidence. Maybe it’s a feeling. Maybe the scripture is just too specific to your situation. I have had several such moments with Bibledice as well as the hard copy Bible. Many of these have been profound and personal, but I want to relate a lighthearted one here.

My wife and I had been arguing over ridiculous things—nothing serious; it was just one of those days.  I despairingly sat at the computer and thought I’d go to Bibledice and see if the Lord had any insight. I wondered if I would get some admonition like “Husbands love your wives as Christ loved his Church” (Eph. :25). I clicked the button and instead got this:

“It is better to dwell in a corner of the housetop, than with a brawling woman in a wide house.” Proverbs 21:9

I blinked, and then read it again. Then I laughed. It was like God and I were sharing an inside joke. It broke the gloom and lightened the mood. My wife also got a good laugh out of it and I don’t doubt that if she clicked for a scripture she might have gotten some proverb about a foolish man.

Obviously it would be easy to get carried away with reading too much meaning into every “roll” of biblebice. But I do believe some are messages meant for us specifically during specific times in life. I have received touching emails from users who attest to this fact. As Proverbs 16:33 says, “We may throw the dice, but the LORD determines how they fall” (New Living Translation).

Which brings me to my last point. Regular or even casual users of Bibledice have their Bibledice stories, moments when the right verse came at the right time. I would like to share your experience in the comments section of this post. If you want me to post if for you, email your Bibledice story to

SJ Lawrence