Music in the Early Church

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by Mary C. Findley

lastsupperJesus and the disciples attended Jewish synagogues and temple worship. These services included stringed, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. The book of Psalms was the hymn book of the second temple. After finishing the Passover meal they sang a hymn, presumably not a Psalm, and presumably without instruments, before walking across the Kidron Valley to the garden of Gethsemane. Until forced out, first century Christians continued to worship in synagogues and follow Jewish customs.

Paul wrote to the new Gentile converts “Let the word of the Messiah inhabit you richly with wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and singing to God with thankfulness in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16 and “Then you will recite to one another psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; you will sing and make music to the Lord with your hearts,” Ephesians 5:19. This admonition was taken by some to mean antiphonal singing, with either two choirs or dividing the congregation into two parts and alternating the parts of the hymn or song.

Pliny the Younger wrote a letter to Trajan (61-113) about the proper punishment of Christians. “They had been accustomed to come together on a fixed day before daylight and to sing responsively a song to Christ as God.” (AD 112?)

Five times in the book of Revelation a song is sung in heaven; 5:9, 5:11, 14:1, 14:3, 15:3. Harps are played heaven. Revelation 5:8, 14:2, and 15:2. The musical instruments of Babylon are condemned, Revelation 18:22. Trumpets in heaven are sounded, but not used as musical instruments. Zechariah 9:14, Matthew 24:31, 1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Hebrews 12:19, Revelation 1:10, 4:1, 8:2, 6,7,8,10,12,13, 9:1,13,14

Justin the Martyr wrote (AD 155?) in his Apology to the Emperor Chapter 13 “to use [material possessions] for ourselves and those who need, and with gratitude to Him to offer thanks by invocations and hymns for our creation …”

“Chapter 41. The crucifixion predicted And again, in another prophecy, the Spirit of prophecy, through the same David, intimated that Christ, after He had been crucified, should reign, and spoke as follows: Sing to the Lord, all the earth, and day by day declare His salvation. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, to be feared above all the gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols of devils; but God made the heavens. Glory and praise are before His face, strength and glorying are in the habitation of His. Give Glory to the Lord, the Father everlasting. Receive grace, and enter His presence, and worship in His holy courts. Let all the earth before His face; let it be established, and not shaken. Let them rejoice among the nations. The Lord has reigned from the tree.”

Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus of Rome, approximately AD 235? “Then, rising up after supper, the children and virgins having prayed, they shall sing psalms. Then the deacon, holding the mixed cup of the offering, shall say a Hallelujah Psalm. Then, the presbyter having commanded, ‘And also such-and-such Psalms,’ after the bishop has offered the cup with the proper thanksgiving, all shall say “Hallelujah” as the Psalms are sung. And they shall say: We praise Him who is God most high; Glorified and praised is He, Then, when the Psalm is completed, he shall give thanks over the bread, and shall give the fragments to all the believers.”

Music had only two purposes in the earliest Church. It was used to instruct, build up, edify, believers. It was also used in direct address to God to worship God. There are no recorded instances of performing music to please those who listened. Performing music just to please the listeners has been condemned as a sin by thousands of pastors for over 1500 years. At the same time, music to glorify God is essential to worship in the Christian Church. The Spirit of the prophet must be controlled by the prophet and this includes music.
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Video Author Interview about Writing

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by Lisa M. Prysock

Hello friends!  I hope you enjoy this short interview about writing.  I look forward to answering more of these fun questions! 

Author Biography 

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock is an award-winning, bestselling, Christian and inspirational author of more than 11 novels.  She was born in Minnesota; raised in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio as a child; and as an adult, has lived in Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio again, and Florida, before settling in beautiful, rural Kentucky near many horse farms in the countryside bordering Louisville.  She and her husband of more than 20 years chose to make their home in Kentucky where the rich heritage, scenic area, local culture and history, along with her faith, are a constant source of inspiration for many of Lisa’s novels.  Together, they have five children, grown.   

Lisa writes in the genres of both Historical Christian Romance and Contemporary Christian Romance novels, including a multi-author Western Christian Romance series, “Whispers in Wyoming.”  She is also the author of a devotional.  She enjoys sharing her faith through her writing. 

She has many interests, but a few of these include gardening, cooking, sketching, arts and crafts, sewing, crochet, cross stitch, scrapbooking, reading, swimming, walking, dollhouses, cats, horses, and butterflies.  She likes hats, boots, flip-flops, espadrilles, chocolate, coffee, tea, chocolate, the colors peach and purple, and everything old-fashioned.  She adopted the slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl” because of her love for classic, traditional, and old-fashioned everything.  When she isn’t writing, she can sometimes be found teaching herself piano and violin, but humorously finds the process “a bit slow and painful.”  A few of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.   

Her debut novel, an Inspirational Regency Romance, To Find a Duchess, released in 2011.  She released a two-book Victorian Coming of Age Christian Romance series, “The Victorian Christian Heritage Series,” comprised of Hannah’s Garden:  A Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody, shortly after.  The series is ideal for young adults but adults of all ages enjoy these clean and wholesome stories.  Then she released “The Lydia Collection,” a three book series consisting of books which do not intersect as a collection of Christian Historical Romance novels which can be read in any order and include, The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (Regency Romance), Protecting Miss Jenna (Antebellum Era Romance), and Persecution & Providence (a Mail Order Bride, Jane Austen-ish story from the 1870’s Pioneer Era).  

Lisa then released her first devotional, Arise Warrior Princess, a Bible study on the topic of the word arise found throughout the Bible (ideal for a devotional or Bible study group), followed by The Shoemaker, An Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Story.  Geneva: Garden of Joy, (Antebellum Era Romance), Volume 1 of the “Brides of Grace Hill Series,” released next, followed by Dreams of Sweetwater River (Western Contemporary Christian Romance) and Marry Me Katie, books 3 and 7 in the “Whispers in Wyoming” series with authors Danni Roan, Kari Trumbo, Rachel Skatvold, Kit Morgan, Tina Dee, and Caroline Clemmons.  She continues the joy and adventure of sharing her faith through her writing journey.  She is a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and LCW (Louisville Christian Writers).  Lisa’s books are clean and wholesome, inspirational, and family oriented.  She gives a generous portion of the proceeds to missions.    

You can find out more about this author at www.LisaPrysock.com.  She shares free recipes, devotionals, author video interviews, giveaways, blog posts, and much more at her author site, including an invitation to sign up for her free newsletter. 

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https://twitter.com/LPrysock  

www.LisaPrysock.com    

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We Receive as We Give

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy”   (Matthew 5:7).

It is not meet that the man who will not forgive should be forgiven, nor shall he who will not give to the poor have his own wants relieved. God will measure to us with our own bushels, and those who have been hard masters and hard creditors will find that the LORD will deal hardly with them. “He shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy.”

This day let us try to give and to forgive. Let us mind the two bears – bear and forbear. Let us be kind, gentle, and tender. Let us not put harsh constructions upon men’s conduct, nor drive hard bargains, nor pick foolish quarrels, nor be difficult to please. Surely we wish to be blessed, and we also want to obtain mercy: let us be merciful, that we may have mercy. Let us fulfill the condition, that we may earn the beatitude. Is it not a pleasant duty to be kind? Is there not much more sweetness in it than in being angry and ungenerous? Why, there is a blessedness in the thing itself! Moreover, the obtaining of mercy is a rich reward. What but sovereign grace could suggest such a promise as this’. We are merciful to our fellow mortal in pence, and the LORD forgives us “all the debt.”

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Gems From Pastor Jim as of 5/15/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 21:2 People may think they are doing what is right, but the LORD examines the heart.

We can easily fool ourselves. We develop certain perceptions of right and wrong and evaluate ourselves in light of our perceptions. But, unless our understanding is rooted in God’s Word, what we think may be right may very well be totally wrong. What is right and wrong is perceived differently by people depending on their upbringing and culture. What is right in one person’s eyes may be totally wrong in another’s.

God has clearly set the standard for our understanding. He leaves no doubt or confusion on how we should live. He spells out exactly how godly people should act and think. He makes it clear what happens when we don’t listen to Him. No matter what we may think, God’s Word is the standard we must live by. We don’t get to choose what is right and wrong. God is holy and He alone determines who is able to be in His presence.

The wisdom and insight of man is skewed. We are influenced by our sinful nature. We fall short of what is right in God’s eyes. We tend to evaluate rightness in such a way that it is convenient for us. We tend to not go beyond our comfort zone. We set standards that we can live with and make us feel good about ourselves.

But, the Lord examines the heart. He is not influenced by what we think. He knows whether or not we are living by His standards. He sees beyond what others see; He sees more than what we see of ourselves. The Lord is not fooled by the right things we do and say. He examines the heart and knows the motives that drive us. He knows whether or not we are sincerely trying to please Him. He knows whether or not we are striving to live life His way.

Are you comfortable with what God knows about you? He sees what is in your heart. He is holding you up to the standards of His Word. He will hold you accountable for how well you live by His standards. Can you honestly say that you are living life God’s way today?

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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One of the Most Important Things We Will Ever Do

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by Precarious Yates

It’s one of the basic concepts of Christianity and one of the most important things we can ever do, yet often it’s neglected and it’s more difficult than we consider. Forgiveness. Forgiving those who’ve wronged us or mistreated us.

Jesus considered forgiveness so important that it’s one of the few conditionals. If we don’t forgive others, our Father in Heaven won’t forgive us (Matthew 6:15). That’s sounds pretty harsh when someone has repeatedly hurt us in horrible ways. That person should be judged, right?

But sometimes, forgiveness isn’t as much for them as it is for you.

When we harbor unforgiveness, when we lick our wounds, these wounds fester and grow bitterness.

Bitterness. Baggage. Hurts we can’t let go of. Soul wounds we wear as merit badges. These things age us. They take away from our natural, God-given beauty. Sometimes you can just tell by looking at a person that they’ve worn bitterness for way too long.

Sometimes I can see it in my own face. And then I know I have to address it. Because unforgiveness and bitterness are like a cancer.

They’re not just a cancer on our psyche. They can sometimes cause real cancer to grow in our bodies.

Any time someone causes us offense, they inflict a wound on our souls. Some of those wounds are tiny nicks, like annoying paper cuts. Sometimes they are gaping lacerations.

These issues can show up in our writing in some insidious ways. If I have been hurt and I haven’t forgiven that hurt, I tend to climb up on my soap box and start preaching.

And who likes preaching in novels?

As I said earlier, the issue of forgiveness is at least as much for us as for the person who wronged us.

I wrestled with some big questions of forgiveness while writing the coming of age novel How Shall We Love?, which came out in 2013. In this book, a teen girl named Cori is devistated by her parents’ divorce, and other things that happen after. She spirals into self-destruction, even after she has a personal encounter with God.

What is the main issue that triggers Cori’s downward spiral? Unforgiveness. In her journey toward healing, she has to identify specific hurts, be brutally honest about the fact that they hurt, and then forgive her parents for these things. And she also has to forgive herself. Her parents weren’t perfect, and she wasn’t perfect, but once she forgave them, and forgave herself, she could love them and herself freely.

One of the secrets to truly forgiving the people who wronged us is full honesty about what happened. When we say something like, “Yes, this person violated me when I was a child, and I started to lash out at every man I met because of it,” and we admit that the hurt was real, we know what it is that needs forgiving. And we can ask God for grace to fill in the gaps when extending forgiveness feels impossible.

Yesterday, we celebrated Mother’s Day. There isn’t a mother out there who hasn’t made at least one big mistake at some point in her children’s lives. Some have made so many that the child or children couldn’t possibly list them all. If you’re one of those mothers, and I know I have made a trillion mistakes as a mom, forgive yourself. If that was your mother, be honest about it, and then extend the forgiveness that will free you.

Forgiveness really does free us. It frees us to receive God’s forgiveness. It frees us to smile genuine smiles and reclaim our God-given beauty. It frees our writing from the pitfall of preaching. It frees our hearts to experience profound joy again.

Is there someone you need to forgive? Maybe it’s even a person who left an angry and venomous comment on a political post. Maybe it’s a person who is writing erotica and making 10k a week. Maybe it’s the person who flaunts about having it all together when we’re falling apart. Maybe it’s the person who behaves like a narcissist with you and constantly wears you down until you lose your cool. Maybe it’s yourself. Whoever it is, let the forgiveness flow. Let God’s grace and joy fill the empty spaces. Then pick up your pen (or keyboard) and write from a clean well! Because our world needs those kinds of stories!

God bless you! 

Sarah Smith

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Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their big dogs. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms, praying and reading. She holds a Masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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A Review Revisited: Expert Witness

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by Paula Rose

This review originally appeared on Books-N-Reviews by Paula Rose on Publishers Marketplace. 

Publisher: Love Inspired Suspense | Published: September 1, 2015 | Format: Format: eBook and Paperback (224 pages) | ASIN: B00TXCFGTG and ISBN: 9780373446957 | Origin: Purchase

Expert Witness 

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Thoughts:

In EXPERT WITNESS, author Rachel Dylan starts off with jarring suspense when she puts you on a deadly path where danger is never far away!

Crime and career mix in Sydney Berry’s life, but inside a courtroom, her testimony has been on target until this case. Now, Kevin Diaz is about to make her personal past and present collide with tarnished badges to litter the corridors of justice with deadly encounters.

Sydney must face all she wants to keep hidden. Will her strength implode once the fear comes again?

While US Marshal Max Preston is about to protect his first witness, his years inside the FBI shield him from being considered green. His background is about to meet his new career through a flood of bullets and a deep desire to keep his witness out of reach of the East River gang.

Time isn’t kind to his mission, as this gang seems to know his next move before he even does. Moreover, it doesn’t take long before Max realizes the only person he can trust right now is this witness, but he doesn’t expect to admire her strength.

Sure, she’s had secrets, but they come out quick in this danger. However, what secrets do other law enforcement types have to keep the crime racket one step ahead of him?

***This opinion is my own.***

Preview:

Sydney Berry is a sketch artist testifying in a murder trial, and it’s not just any murder trial. Kevin Diaz has been all over the news as a respected businessman and is not as dirty as some of his relatives, but the witness that Sydney sketches from describes him perfectly. Even Sydney marvels over how much her sketch looks like him. 

This sketch has been the subject of court arguments over its inclusion into evidence and about her testimony giving credibility to the witness. When all is allowed into the case, something else must keep Kevin Diaz out of jail since Sydney has hooked him for sure.

The defense paints a target on her to minimize and discredit Sydney, but someone has this target in the crosshairs and is ready to make her go silent, forever.

Meanwhile, US Marshal Max Preston arrives a little late onto the scene, but he connects the dots showing Sydney Berry is in danger that she can’t see coming. Her resistance to being under guard doesn’t last long once shots ring out in front of the courthouse minutes after she exits. 

His reflexes kick into gear as he pushes her down saving them both.

The meat of her testimony would come the next time she takes the stand, and thugs are going to do what they can to prevent her from opening her mouth. They are willing to take out the witness and anyone around her.

At least, all will be quiet once they get to the safe house. However, not far from the safe house another assassination attempt makes his job almost impossible. Soon, Max realizes the funny thing about our digital age. Information remains only as safe as the people are with access to it, and when someone changes their colors, they don’t exactly announce it.

The next attack comes, and Max’s trust level is nonexistent with his new unit leaving him to reach back into his FBI contacts.

Author Bio:

Author Paula Rose brings an “average” family into extraordinary situations, brushes with life-size strokes of reality, adding just a touch of humor, and coats with suspense inside Christian fiction. Paula’s research gives readers a panoramic view from law enforcement and lends to character authenticity. She enjoys writing in the romantic suspense, suspense, and mystery genres, but when she’s not writing, Paula Rose is reading or playing amateur photographer. Member of ACFW. 2015 Genesis Contest judge. NetGalley member. 2014 Grace Awards judge.

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Send Your Young Teen to Camp

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by Mary L. Hamilton

Looking for something to keep your tween or young teen reading this summer? Send them to camp. Rustic Knoll Bible Camp, that is. 

They’ll meet some great friends, like Brady, the kid whose mom dropped him off at camp and said she didn’t want him anymore. Or Steven, the blind camper who knows what rejection feels like and befriends Brady. And Claire, Steven’s spunky friend who doesn’t back down from a challenge. Oh, and don’t forget to include Taylor, the camp bully who has his own story in Book 2. 

The camp staff is a wise and quirky team of characters, from Nurse Willie who would rather be fishing and wears a hat decorated with lures to Zeke, the camp director who accompanies his sermons with hand-drawn illustrations. There’s also Janie, the cook and substitute mom, and her husband, Roberto, the camp handyman, as well as some amazing counselors. 

Hear No Evil, Book 1 is Brady’s story where he struggles to understand his mom’s sudden rejection. But when he learns Mom may be in danger, he risks everything to help her. 

In Speak No Evil, Book 2, Taylor knows having his little sister at camp will be a pain. He just doesn’t realize how deep the pain will go. 

The third book, See No Evil, finds Steven struggling with a secret sin. But is it even possible for a blind kid to have a problem with pornography? (Although there is nothing graphic or explicit in this book, the subject matter may make it more appropriate for ages 13 and up, depending on the maturity level of the student reader.)  

Written with boys in mind, these books have enough action and adventure to interest your young male reader, and just enough romance to satisfy girls (without making the boys gag!). Each book conveys a solid Christian message in an entertaining way that kids find interesting without being preachy. 

The Rustic Knoll Bible Camp Collection combines all three e-books in one volume. These stories make camp so real you can smell the campfire. No bug spray needed! 

Purchase link: http://amzn.to/2GpycQ0 

 Rustic Knoll Bible Camp Collection

Bio:

Mary L. HamiltonAward-winning author Mary L. Hamilton grew up at a youth camp in Wisconsin, much like the setting for her Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series. Her experiences during twenty years of living at the camp, as well as people she knew there, inspired many of the events and situations in her novels. To find out more, visit Mary at https://www.maryhamiltonbooks.com

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Gems From Pastor Jim as of 5/8/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 20:27 The LORD’s searchlight penetrates the human spirit, exposing every hidden motive.

Here is a truth we must get. There is nothing in the soul of man that is not seen and known by the Lord. Nothing. He knows all the sin that gets in and stays. He knows how bright or dark the soul may be. He knows everything there is to know about what makes me say and do what I do. He knows the worthiness of my soul and whether or not I am fit for heaven. He knows what drives me. He knows not only what I do and say, but what I plan on doing. There is nothing that the Lord does not see and know about me.

How does this make you feel? Are you okay with what the Lord knows about you? Are you at peace knowing that He isn’t finding anything there that is not okay with him?

If you are uncomfortable with the thought that God knows your every little hidden secret, you need to have a little talk with Jesus. Tell Him what he already knows. Tell Him the sin you have tried to hide or ignore. Tell Him the sinful thoughts you may have. Tell Him everything you can think of that may not please Him. Then, ask the Lord to forgive you for harboring sin in your soul. His promise is that when you do that, He will forgive you and cleanse your soul from all unrighteousness. He will do it, but not without your co-operation and permission.

Don’t let another moment slip by without getting rid of all the baggage of sin that holds you down. Let the Lord purify your soul and give you a renewed since of his peace, joy, and love. The Lord is waiting for you. Is there anything more important for you to do right now than to let the Lord take away your sin? He is faithful and just and will forgive you for whatever sin He finds in your heart if you will confess it and ask Him to forgive you. Do it now while He is speaking to you.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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God Is Here For You

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by Rebekah Beene

One year ago today (the 5th of May) we began to realize that a back problem was actually a stroke. We had trusted the doctors and were seeking help for this back problem. But upon the second trip to the emergency room we were sent to Little Rock. While there the full-blown effects of what was really wrong began to surface. It was terrifying, upsetting and unbelievable.

This anniversary is also the anniversary of choices. I will be the first to say I had always counted on my hubby to take care of problems – both big and small. And he was very good at it. But this day I had to face it – this was beyond us being able to take care of it, either one of us. So, I did the only thing I could do – I ran to the Father and asked Him for help.

Thankfully this anniversary is not celebrated in terror or sorrow. It’s actually a blessed day. We faced the giant, we stood our ground, we fell into the Father’s arms and He sent help from the sanctuary. Over the last year we have seen amazing things happen. From a big toe beginning to move again (exponential y’all) to my hubby returning to work full time – God has been with us. He has given us an opportunity to retrace our steps and return a portion of time to us. Redeeming the time. He has given me the most precious gift – more time with the love of my life. We didn’t know in the beginning if we would ever be here a year later. But all along the way He was faithful to help with the fear, to silence the tears, to hide us in the shelter of Himself – our Rock.

Oh beloved, whatever you are facing, whatever the prognosis, whatever the sorrow – God is here for you. You might not want to celebrate the event, but you can celebrate the Lord! You aren’t alone in your troubles. You don’t have to figure out what to do, how to fix it or where to go for assistance. God will bring it to you. He will put angels in your path, instruct other human beings regarding your care and even change the circumstances completely. And even when He doesn’t do exactly what you want Him to do, He is still your best hope for a future and peace. He doesn’t make mistakes like mere humans do, nor is He bound by any earthly system.

You are not the sum of your sickness, sorrow, pain or despair. God is with you. He’s not even a breath away. You don’t have to drag yourself into His presence or hope He doesn’t refuse to see you. He delights in you. He looks for you to seek Him about it all. And most of all – He wants you to trust Him in the dark because He is your Light.

God loves you and He’s for you. Put your trust issues in His hands. Ask Him for the moon. Place the outcomes in His hands and know that you are here for a purpose, called and chosen to live fully engulfed in His presence as you walk in the Light of His wonderful, amazing, supernatural care for you.

Psalm 18:2 The LORD is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my rock and my Redeemer.

Psalm 28:7 The LORD is my strength and shield. I trust him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving!

Palm 59:17 O my Strength, to you I sing praises, for you, O God, are my refuge, the God who shows me unfailing love.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
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Faith’s Checkbook: Victory in Reverses

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Rejoice not against me, O mine enemy: when I fall, I shall arise; when I sit in darkness, the LORD shall be a light unto me”   (Micah 7:8).

This may express the feelings of a man or woman downtrodden and oppressed. Our enemy may put out our light for a season. There is sure hope for us in the LORD; and if we are trusting in Him and holding fast our integrity, our season of downcasting and darkness will soon be over. The insults of the foe are only for a moment. The LORD will soon turn their laughter into lamentation and our sighing into singing.

What if the great enemy of souls should for a while triumph over us, as he has triumphed over better men than we are; yet let us take heart, for we shall overcome him before long. We shall rise from our fall, for our God has not fallen, and He will lift us up. We shall not abide in darkness, although for the moment we sit in it; for our LORD is the fountain of light, and He will soon bring us a joyful day. Let us not despair or even doubt. One turn of the wheel, and the lowest will be at the top. Woe unto those who laugh now, for they shall mourn and weep when their boasting is turned into everlasting contempt. But blessed are all holy mourners, for they shall be divinely comforted.

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