For the average person, this day and age aren't characterized by affluence or luxury. Many people across the country are experiencing trouble simply sustaining their way of life; the prices of basic necessities are on the rise and the bills keep rolling in. For some, a single medical emergency or work-related setback may throw off their financial well-being for months — or even years.
At Bethesda Senior Living Communities, we serve our residents with a mission of faith and share God's love with them by promoting time spent in prayer and Bible study. One of the most polarizing and fundamental titans of faith found in God's Word is Abraham. Beginning in Genesis 12, God calls Abraham (then Abram) to become the patriarch of "a great nation" through whom "all the peoples of the earth would be blessed" (Genesis 12:2-3). Shortly thereafter, Abraham relocates to Egypt, where the Lord plagues the Pharaoh for taking Abraham's wife as his own. In Chapter 15, God makes an eternal covenant with Abraham, promising to deliver his offspring from the enslavement and oppression that awaited them in a land that was not their own. Additionally, God promises the long-awaited son that Abraham and his wife, Sarah, had assumed they'd never be able to conceive.
The Bible is full of advice about money and wealth, and it tends to boil down to two major messages. First, God wants his children to be good stewards of all the things he has given them, including money. Second, those who have riches or any other type of blessing should consider how to serve others with some of those blessings.
Older adults are often vulnerable to financial abuse and scams. Memory difficulties and dementia can also make managing finances more challenging with age. Getting finances organized for older adults can make it easier to track the funds to prevent financial problems or for a trusted loved one to help manage money. Explore steps to help with organizing finances for older adults.
The number seven is found more times in the Bible than any other number. In addition to being directly associated with Creation, seven appears no less than 860 times throughout the Bible's seven major divisions. One of the many books in which the number is a recurring theme is the Gospel of John. Here's a closer look at the Gospel of John, why he specifically chose seven signs to illustrate Jesus's divine nature and their individual meanings.
The news surrounds seniors in this modern age. Entire television channels are dedicated to spreading information, and the latest headlines are just a tap or click away thanks to apps, social media and podcasts. Even looking for an email from a loved one offers the opportunity to check out current events across the globe.
At Bethesda Senior Living Communities, we encourage our residents to spend time in God's Word. Of all biblical books of prophecy, few are as enlightening, detailed and accurate as the book of Daniel. The multitude of predictions and vivid imagery found throughout the book's twelve short chapters foreshadow four centuries of major historical events and serve as a testimony of the Bible's accuracy, authority and truth. Here's an in-depth look at two of these prophecies and how history fulfilled them.
When talking about the minor prophets of the Old Testament, the common misconception is that the word "minor" denotes that these prophets are less noteworthy than their more well-known contemporaries. However, this is far from the case; despite the brevity of their books, the messages conveyed in their stories are just as powerful and important as those of prophets like Elijah, Isaiah and Jeremiah, and they may be good topics of study for a Bible group in your assisted living community. Here's a look at some of these lesser-known prophets and what you can learn from them.
Many seniors want to stay in their own homes as long as possible, but it often becomes challenging and even dangerous to live alone without support. While deciding to move to an assisted living community isn't easy, it's often a safe, comfortable choice for seniors. Find out how an assisted living community can help meet your physical, social and emotional needs to help you thrive.
The book of Psalms has stood the test of time over thousands of years for good reason. It beautifully depicts everything that Scripture has to offer believers. A book of poems, songs, prayer and prophecy, it contains some of the deepest expressions of raw emotion, pain, hopelessness and despair, and yet also the highest expressions of wonder, praise and thankfulness.