The Big Giant Pickle Book Release by Sherry Chamblee

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I’d like to introduce to you my husband’s new children’s book, The Big Giant Pickle. This was a work of love, as he made it up to help our children pass the time on long car rides. They got into it in typical Chamblee fashion, chanting and cheering as he told the story.

Now we have finally gotten it illustrated and printed for other people’s kids to enjoy. Honestly, the parents will have fun reading it too.

The Big Giant Pickle is currently taking a tour of the United States. So far it’s seen the Grand Canyon in Arizona, abandoned Anasazi cliff dwellings of Colorado, and Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas.

Those are just a few of the highlights so far. If you’d like to follow along, please find us at You can also follow us on twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #Gr8USrdTrp and #BigGiantPickle.

The Big Giant Pickle

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Three Powerful Words by Naty Matos

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Before you read ahead, I want to give you the opportunity to think of three powerful words… Take your time, we’ll wait for you.

I can only imagine what three words you thought about. I can only guess that some thought “I love you” or the total opposite “I hate you” There’s no doubt that those are strong and powerful, but I have discovered that there’s a combination of three even more powerful than there, “I forgive you ”

If we’re honest with ourselves, we are not as forgiving as we would let others believe. We don’t measure the offenses of others the way Christ measures ours. Loving comes almost natural, either by blood lines or affinity with others. Hate is a strong feeling that comes from hurt and pain. So we don’t have to work hard on that.

The irony is that when we mess up we want our transgressions to be quickly forgiven and forgotten. When someone else commits the offense we are not as quick to forgive and even less to forget.

In my journey, I ran into the scriptures in Matthew that says “and forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against me” We tell God on almost a daily basis to forgive us as the same way we forgive others. Is that what we really want?

We justify saying, “but you don’t know what they did and how much pain that caused. Did you know that in the eyes of God a lie and a murder weight the same? A sin is a sin, the fact that others sin different than us doesn’t make they deserving of forgiveness. Forgiveness takes courage and a lot of soul searching. I’ve been in the experience of giving it to God one, two and multiple times and getting back to be reminded by the feelings of anger at any given trigger. But when you can finally say, “I forgive you” you receive freedom.

The other person may not care. They may not even receive it. That’s between them and God, but you will be out of the cage that had kept you prisoner while you lived in unforgiveness.

As an appreciation to all my readers I have kept the book “Growth Lessons” at 0.99 cents so that you can enjoy other devotionals and lessons that the Lord has showed me through my journey. Be blessed.

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 19:13 Keep me from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin.

Keep me from deliberate sins. When was the last time you prayed this prayer and meant it? Many of us scarcely give sinning a lot of thought. We know we do it and often just shrug it off as no big deal. We may in passing know we should not do certain things, but do not change our ways because we know God loves us, is forgiving and gracious, and will not abandon us when we do sin. We have gotten the notion that as long as we believe in what Jesus did for us and accept Him as our Savior we no longer have to be concerned about our sin problems. Such thinking is a distortion of God’s revealed truth.

God is holy and commands us to be holy. Without holiness we cannot be with God and he who is holy does not treat his sins lightly. He understands the affect sin has on the soul. He understands that God cannot have fellowship with a sin-infested soul. He understands the importance of confessing his sins before God and the need to strive to live a holy life and keep his heart pure before God.

A person who is serious about his soul asks the Lord to help him so that sin does not control him. The desire of his heart is that God will control him so that he will not deliberately sin against God.

There is no condemnation for those who take sin seriously and take a stand against it so it doesn’t take up residence in the heart. There is freedom from guilt and shame when we say no to sin. There is confidence that we are innocent before God. There is no fear of God’s judgment. There is peace and joy in the steps of those who guard their souls against sin. There is condemnation for those who don’t.

I challenge you to pray this prayer of the Psalmist today and mean it. Your life with God depends on it.
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Words of Wisdom from Charles Haddon Spurgeon for August 18 Morning

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Words of Wisdom from Charles Haddon Spurgeon for August 18 Morning

“Strangers are come into the sanctuaries of the Lord’s house.” – Jeremiah 51:51

In this account the faces of the Lord’s people were covered with shame, for it was a terrible thing that men should intrude into the Holy Place reserved for the priests alone. Everywhere about us we see like cause for sorrow. How many ungodly men are now educating with the view of entering into the ministry! What a crying sin is that solemn lie by which our whole population is nominally comprehended in a National Church! How fearful it is that ordinances should be pressed upon the unconverted, and that among the more enlightened churches of our land there should be such laxity of discipline. If the thousands who will read this portion shall all take this matter before the Lord Jesus this day, he will interfere and avert the evil which else will come upon his Church. To adulterate the Church is to pollute a well, to pour water upon fire, to sow a fertile field with stones. May we all have grace to maintain in our own proper way the purity of the Church, as being an assembly of believers, and not a nation, an unsaved community of unconverted men.

Our zeal must, however, begin at home. Let us examine ourselves as to our right to eat at the Lord’s table. Let us see to it that we have on our wedding garment, lest we ourselves be intruders in the Lord’s sanctuaries. Many are called, but few are chosen; the way is narrow, and the gate is strait. O for grace to come to Jesus aright, with the faith of God’s elect. He who smote Uzzah for touching the ark is very jealous of his two ordinances; as a true believer I may approach them freely, as an alien I must not touch them lest I die. Heart searching is the duty of all who are baptized or come to the Lord’s table. “Search me, O God, and know my way, try me and know my heart.”
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What I love About Christians on the Fringe by Parker J. Cole

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In the past, I’ve made the statement that being the host of the Write Stuff show has been a rewarding experience. I cannot reiterate it enough. God has shown me how the diverse Christian family brings so much to the body of Christ.

And that includes the so-called ‘Fringe’ Christians or Christians on the Fringe.

The last several episodes of the Write Stuff we dealt with the Fourth Dimension, the nature of Angels, and more recently, Earth’s love affair with its neighbor Mars. The shows brought out a lot of things to consider as we evaluate what we think we know about God.

Christians on the fringe have what some may consider radical and unorthodox ideas about God. Let me make a statement here: Fringe Christians do not change the nature of God. They wholeheartedly accept scripture as the Word of God. They believe that salvation through Jesus Christ is the only way to God and many more ideas they hold as true and accurate. That is not the issue.

What some find odd is that these Christians push the envelope or completely obliterate it with new thoughts that mainstream, traditional Christianity have put forth. To some, they may be seen as people who are not completely stable.

However, here is what I have come to appreciate about Christians on the Fringe:

They tend to be able to reach a section of unbelievers that may not respond to traditional methods of evangelism. After all, in today’s time, not everyone is going to accept a gospel tract or go to church. Fringe Christians have a more organic way of reaching non-believers because of the very nature of their ideas.

They are dedicated to Bible study. They “eat” the word of God for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. They work at understanding exactly what the Bible says and its message to the world.

They ask questions and probe to seek a deeper relationship with God. They are not interested in a warm, tepid communion with a distant God. They want to be wrapped in His arms and in worship with Him. They ask because they are hungry to know more and more about the Creator. Just when they think they’ve learned all there is, something else comes up that floors them. They probe deeper and deeper because God is not staid. He is ever new, ever glorious.

They challenge us to be more than Christians by name but followers of Christ. There is a world dying, sick and terminal without an ounce of hope. Fringe Christians see the need and they take hold of the Great Commission and run with it.

This is not to say other Christians do not do the same. There are Christians who are just as dedicated as anyone else who do not live ‘on the fringe’. But I wanted to let you know that as you hear some of the things some of these Christian brothers and sisters say, don’t immediately dismiss it. Instead, research and see if some of the things being spoken are true.

I’ve linked the shows of interest here for you to listen. I’d love to get your thoughts.

The Problem with Angels–write-stuff–852014

Romancing the Red Planet–write-stuff–8122014

The Fourth Dimension–write-stuff–7-15-2014

In all things, “Let brotherly love continue”. Hebrews 13:1

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The Power of Words by Lynn Mosher

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Lynn Mosher

The power of words.

Words create images in our mind
and transport us to another place
and another time.

Words confuse and words amuse.
Words weave their stories
and sometimes rhyme.

Words transport us into places scary or fun.
Words ferry us into a misty world of escape
with thrills of mystery and intrigue.

Words evoke emotions with tears or rage.
Words hide us in their sheltered places.
Or chariot us to heaven’s throne.

The power of words…
unveil – shield
protect – satisfy.

create – exhort
admonish – counsel.

Words come in a flash of power.
When the Holy strikes
or a fit of flesh arises.

Words doled out as a balm
offer soothing encouragement
to the one receiving them.

Words wielded as a weapon
injure the human heart,
wounding deeper than a surgeon’s scalpel.

As a balm or a weapon,
both cling and linger
in that secret heart place.

Words sit. Dormant.
to be awakened.

Once aroused,
some swirl about
as on the outskirts of a storm.

Others bring on
the coveted calm
as after the storm has passed.

Some words drizzle
like a summer mist.
Filling only a thimble.

Other words cascade,
as spilling from a waterfall.
Exceeding a vast ocean.

“My heart bursts its banks, spilling beauty and goodness.
I pour it out in a poem to the king,
shaping the river into words.” (Ps. 45:1 Msg)

“For out of the abundance
of the heart
the mouth speaks.” (Matt. 12:34 NKJV)

Speaks like a river of living matter,
stagnate with words that afflict,
words that sting and breed contempt.

Another river surges,
brimming with words that heal,
gushing with words that give life.

“Words kill, words give life;
they’re either poison or fruit –
you choose.” (Prov. 18:21 Msg)

Words build in cadence
to crescendo
on eternity’s doorstep.

“On the day of judgment men will have to give account
for every idle (inoperative, nonworking) word they speak…
…Your words now reflect your fate then: either you will be justified by them
or you will be condemned.” (Matt. 12:36 Amp, Matt. 12:37 TLB)

God says of His Word…
“These instructions are not mere words –
they are your life!” (Deut. 32:47a NLT)

Therefore, choose words…
Choose words of life.

Fill your mind “with beautiful words for the king…”
Use your “voice as a writer would use pen and ink.”
(Ps. 45:1 CEV)

I am still learning the power of words.
Learning to choose carefully.
To choose life-giving words.

What about you?

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CrossReads Book Blast for Becca Fisher

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Amish Romance 40 Book Boxed Set
By Becca Fisher

About the Book:

This collection features 40 Amish Romance stories by Becca Fisher including:

The Amish Wedding Series
Rebecca Lapp has her life back together after a tough break up. She’s found a new man and is finally happy once again. But when her ex comes back into town wanting her back, Rebecca will be forced to make a decision that will change her life forever.

The Chasing Heaven Series
Hannah Bieler’s wedding is more than just cause for celebration. It gets her sisters wondering when they will get married, who they’ll fall in love with, or whether God has other plans for them entirely. But it becomes clear that although the Amish are simple people, their love lives are anything but.

The Let Love In Series
When Jenna loses her husband in a horrible accident, she never thinks she can love again. But she suddenly finds herself a single Amish mother and knows that her children need a father figure in their lives. So when a handsome stranger rides into town a year later and takes a liking to Jenna, she has to decide if she can ever let love in again, or risk losing a man that could bring her happiness.

The If I Stayed Series
Hannah and Sadie Miller have always been desperate to explore the world. So when rumspringa comes, they want to go to the big city. But are the sisters willing to risk losing everything that’s important to them when their parents insist that they stay in Lancaster?

The Amish Christmas Series
Joshua Zook and Sadie Miller have been dancing around their feelings for months. But just as Joshua works up the nerve to admit how much he cares for Sadie, he realizes that he may be too late to win Sadie’s heart.


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“Whisper If You Have To” My Most Personal Story Yet by Staci Stallings

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Staci Stallings

Some of you know me or know of me. Others may never have heard the name Staci Stallings until this very minute, and that’s okay. In fact, part of me likes not being known—a lot. One thing I do know is this: my readers probably know me better than most people who have ever met me in person—they just don’t know how well they really know me.

In my writing, the “real me” that I don’t show many people in real life often comes out. Many times that happens in very subtle ways that most people would never catch, and that’s good for me because although I’m not the mysterious type, I don’t normally shout from the rooftops who I am and why—except in my writing if you know how to read between the lines.

In real life, it takes very little for me to choose to help you. However, it takes moving the Grand Canyon for me to feel comfortable enough with you to really let you in to my world.

That is why my newest fiction release “Whisper If You Have To” is such a step off the sheer side of an emotional cliff for me. When this book came up in my heart and spirit to write, I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to be that real, even on paper, even if no one else would ever read it. I didn’t want to “go there.”

Trying not to spoil it, “Whisper” is about a young girl who, although she has different talents than I did, is very similar to me when I was that age. She is driven by forces she doesn’t really see or understand. She is constantly trying to be “enough” and knowing she will never measure up. She pushes herself harder than anyone should ever be pushed and then berates herself for not doing and being enough.

Worse, she has a secret that her family literally moved from their previous home to avoid and move on from. It is in that secret that readers will come to know many things about me and my heart. The details are different, but I have lived through what Alison has gone through in the book.

In fact, there are a couple of points in the book that her confessions and “going there” are as much me as her. The fear, the confusion, the not knowing where to go from here—those thoughts are my thoughts, those feelings are my feelings. And that scares me more than you can ever know.

When I first wrote this book, I gave it to two very, very close friends to read telling them that they were probably the only two people on the planet who would ever read it. They read it and loved it, but couldn’t understand why I wouldn’t want to put it out. That’s an easy one to explain.

It’s because I don’t want to let anyone in that far… especially people who might take my heart and twist it because the book doesn’t fit their preconceived notions about how this type of story should go. The details are different, but many things in the story are exactly how things “went” when I was dragged through this very same fire.

I cannot tell you more as that would spoil the story, but I will tell you… this one was hard to write. Many tears went into every page. I will also tell you that this one was even harder to publish, and I do so even now with great fear and trembling, and praying that others will be gentle with me because my heart is still very fragile in this area.

This one is me, and only because God is giving me the courage to reach out to help others going through this same fire that I am even willing to put it out there. It’s in His hands now as it probably always was. I just hope that in your hands it gives God the space to teach you to love on a deeper level as the events in my own life did me.
Copyright 2014, Staci Stallings

Staci Stallings, the author of this article, is a #1 Best Selling Christian Romance author. Her new book “Whisper If You Have To” can be found for Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook.
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The Refuge by Sherry Chamblee

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When do we provide a refuge for our kids?

I know my answer as mom tends to be whenever the child feels threatened or afraid, or just bad. But is that the right answer?

This might shock you, but I’m going to say no, that isn’t always the right answer.

I’m going to put it into context for us. A parent should not provide refuge for a child against discipline.

We might say, Well, of course….but let’s look at it in a situation.

When dad disciplines your child, do you let the child run to mom for that comfort to get over the ‘trauma’ of discipline? Then you’ve just provided your child the wrong kind of refuge. If your child is running to the other parent after discipline, then they are looking to you for support AGAINST that discipline – it’s basically a form of rebellion still, and whichever of you did the disciplining still has a job to do.

Of course I’m talking about the correct type of loving discipline, not harmful. If your spouse is harming your child and calling it ‘discipline’, then you need to protect yourself and the children, get out, and get counselling. But that situation is not what we’re talking about here.

We’re talking loving, correct discipline.

Let me add, too…if your child is still looking for comfort after discipline, then your discipline isn’t finished. Correct discipline ends with the child being happier than they were before the discipline. Why? Because their relationship with that parent is restored. Correct discipline ends in forgiveness. They don’t need comfort from the other parent when forgiveness and restoration has happened.

So what do you do if your child is running to you as the ‘other’ parent? You gently take them by the shoulders, point them at your spouse, and say they still have some business to attend to with that parent. They need to ask the disciplining parent for forgiveness. You aren’t doing them any favors by loving and hugging on them right then yourself. You’d only cement in their mind that they were UNFAIRLY disciplined. Yes, that’s what you’re telling your child, and your child has just successfully pitted his parents against each other. Don’t fall for it.

Don’t be providing a refuge to your child against proper discipline.

Second, don’t provide a refuge against natural consequences of disobedience (short of physical harm, of course.)
This also counts for me as the natural consequence of just impolite behavior.

So, let’s look at this in light of the way we react to God.

When God allows something in our life that we don’t understand, don’t enjoy, something that gets us downright angry, what do we do? Do we look to other people for comfort (commiseration, justification of our actions, etc.)

Or do we go back to God, humble ourselves, and quietly ask what He’d have us to learn?

I know half the time I’m guilty of wandering around with questions in my head, or complaining to friends, when instead I should be doing just this – talking to God about it.

Let God be your refuge, even from the things He Himself has allowed in your life.

p.s. In light of this post being a little about parenting, I’d like to share my husband’s new children’s book, The Big Giant Pickle.

It can be found on Amazon, and coming in September, will be available in print, as well.

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Conflict of the Ages Book Release by Mary C. Findley

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Conflict of the Ages Parts I-III Teacher Edition

Science, History, Literature reunited. Eyewitness testimony and the real scientific method. Read ancient manuscripts, search the world, and discover truth instead of buying into preconceptions. When did time begin? Who are the Sons of God? Did ancient Establishments of Religion construct cultural controls and make man a god? Rediscover the Worldwide Flood and the truth about the Ice Age.

It’s tough, but you need this exhaustive worldwide study of evidence, investigation, and exalting the Scriptures as the ultimate authority. There was one eyewitness to the beginning of the universe. It might surprise you to know how much of His truth has been preserved, and how many struggle today to put that truth in the hands of teachers and students.

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The Conflict of the Ages Part One The Scientific History of Origins Student

The Conflict of the Ages is a Multi-Part exploration of History, Science and ancient Literature. This first installment covers the concepts of God, time, Creation, physics, cosmology, and specifics about each day of Creation. We make comparisons with ancient sources to see where they agree with the Scriptural account. We reference classic and modern scientific views, exposing errors, preconceptions, presuppositions and falsehoods taught as fact by the mainstream scientific community. God is the first witness and the Bible the first eyewitness account of beginnings and origins.Other ancient documents contain at least some truths and parallel accounts.
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The Conflict of the Ages Part II Student: The Origin of Evil in the World that Was

God made everything “very good”, so how did evil come into being? Is “original sin” real or just a myth? Could man talk to animals? There might be myths around the world that echo the creation story, but did ancient people believe in the fall of angels? What does “their eyes were opened” really mean?

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The Conflict of the Ages III Student: They Deliberately Forgot: The Flood and the Ice Age

The worldwide Flood is one of the most discounted records in the Scriptures. Yet it is supported around the world by historical accounts. Take a look at feasibility studies on the safety and the stocking of the Ark.

The Geologic Column ought to prove that fossils reveal the age of the earth. They show progression from simple to complex organisms over millions of years. But do they? Take a look at “living fossils.” Meet the extinct creature found only in the “oldest” layers but more complex than “later” life forms. Consider the real conditions that surrounded the Flood and the Ice Age.

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