Gems From Pastor Jim as of 7/17/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 25:18 Telling lies about others is as harmful as hitting them with an ax, wounding them with a sharp arrow.

There are a lot of ways one can physically hurt others. It is painful to watch what some people do to others. It should outrage us at the way others are treated. Perhaps you have been on the receiving end of being mistreated by others either physically or emotionally. Sadly, it is not uncommon. People who are lost have no problem taking their lostness out on others. There is no way to stop the madness apart from Christ. No imprisonment can keep evil people from being evil. It is the nature of the soul without Christ to be self-serving and cruel to those who they don’t want in their lives.

As painful as physical pain may be, wounding the heart is just as bad. Concocting lies about another can destroy the heart. It can cause someone to actually believe the lies being told. It can cause someone to foolishly seek revenge against the one spreading lies. It can ruin the reputation of others. It can create a mistrust in others towards the one being lied about. It can cause the one being lied about to no longer trust others. It can break one’s spirit and cause him to not even try any longer. It hurts deep within the soul to be on the receiving end of someone’s lies.

God commands us to always speak truthfully in love. Telling lies about anyone is never acceptable to God. It never accomplishes anything but destruction. When we talk about others we must always watch what we say. If we must say anything about another’s character, we must always know that what we say is absolute truth and not hearsay or just our opinion. If we have something negative to say, we should first go to the person and lovingly address the issue.

Telling lies is a spiritual issue. It indicates that the heart is not right with God. Only the truth must flow from the lips of the redeemed. Godly people never slander others. They are truth-bearers. And when the truth is shared, it’s only done in love so that restoration can take place.

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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Faith’s Checkbook: Word to Him Who Halts

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“I will save her that halteth”   (Zephaniah 3:19).

There are plenty of these lame ones, both male and female. You may meet “her that halteth” twenty times in an hour. They are in the right road and exceedingly anxious to run in it with diligence, but they are lame and make a sorry walk of it. On the heavenly road there are many cripples. It may be that they say in their hearts — What will become of us? Sin will overtake us; Satan will throw us down. Ready-to-halt is our name and our nature; the LORD can never make good soldiers of us, nor even nimble messengers to go on His errands. Well, well! He will save us, and that is no small thing. He says, “I will save her that halteth.” In saving us He will greatly glorify Himself. Everybody will ask — How came this lame woman to run the race and win the crown? And then the praise will all be given to almighty grace.

LORD, though I halt in faith, in prayer, in praise, in service, and in patience, save me, I beseech Thee! Only Thou canst save such a cripple as I am. LORD, let me not perish because I am among the hindmost, but gather up by Thy grace the slowest of Thy pilgrims — even me. Behold He hath said it shall be so, and therefore, like Jacob, prevailing in prayer, I go forward though my sinew be shrunk.

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Implicit Trust

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in Me, saith the LORD”   (Jeremiah 39:18).

Behold the protecting power of trust in God. The great men of Jerusalem fell by the sword, but poor Ebed-melech was secure, for his confidence was in Jehovah. Where else should a man trust but in his Maker? We are foolish when we prefer the creature to the Creator. Oh, that we could in all things live by faith, then should we be delivered in all time of danger! No one ever did trust in the LORD in vain, and no one ever shall.

The LORD saith, “I will surely deliver thee,” Mark the divine “surely.” Whatever else may be uncertain, God’s care of believers is sure. God Himself is the guardian of the gracious, Under His sacred wing there is safety even when every danger is abroad. Can we accept this promise as sure? Then in our present emergency we shall find that it stands fast. We hope to be delivered because we have friends, or because we are prudent, or because we can see hopeful signs; but none of these things are one-half so good as God’s simple “because thou hast put thy trust in me.” Dear reader, try this way, and, trying it, you will keep to it all your life. It is as sweet as it is sure.

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New Release – God: Accused or Excused

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by Tina Webb

My husband finished the second book of The God On Trial series entitled God: Accused or Excused. The series discusses whether God is responsible for everything bad that happens. 

As Christians, we can believe that God is distant, mean or arbitrary. We face situations that don’t make sense in light of the verse: God is love. God’s love is hard to see when the bills are unpaid or when relationships are in turmoil. God: Accused or Excused  discusses how we blame God for everything bad that happens because we have a belief that He is in control. However, is our view of control different that the way God functions? Yes.

When it comes to defining control, let’s ask ourselves if we truly believe God can prevent school shootings, war, drug abuse, disease, and famine. Christian doctrine uses the term sovereign to describe God’s hand in the affairs of mankind. Omnipresence suggests that God hovers over schools and homes, discerning the intents of a murderous heart ready to go on a shooting spree However, an improper understanding of God’s sovereignty can lead to viewing God as able to control the thoughts and actions of every human being and even nature itself; therefore, when we face hardship, we blame God. Even insurance companies allow for “acts of God”.

When a child dies or a stable job situation disintegrates, we usually harbor a subconscious level of anger towards God although our religious conditioning would have us deny it. We mull over the reasons he could possibly put us in this bad situation. Does he want to teach us a lesson? Did we sin?

Instead of blaming God for our personal hardships and tragedies, I invite you to study the scriptures that Doug presents in this book. There are reasons for our tragedies that go beyond the natural eye and the reasons are outside of God’s control.

In other words, evil is real.

“You were the anointed cherubYou were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. (Ezekiel 28:14-15 NKJV)

Iniquity preceded Adam and Eve’s existence. Usually referred to as sin, iniquity brought chaos to the heavenly angelic realm and devastation to our planet. A sin-affected Earth was never our Creator’s intention.  Abba’s Lament is my fictional account of Ezekiel 28 for readers who enjoy reading fantasy novels.

I believe God is whispering to us: “I set up natural and supernatural laws. If I broke them, I’d be a lawbreaker. I released control of the Earth to mankind. The first man had the authority to permit or forbid but he bowed to evil. So I had to find a way through mankind to destroy evil. Mankind would have to put the devil in his place. I’m waiting for my followers to receive the fullness of the Cross, which defeated evil. My human representatives are My hands and feet to heal and restore.” (Genesis 1-3, Psalm 115:16, Romans 8:18-22)

When it came to premature death, Jesus resurrected all who came to him. When it came to civil systems, Jesus highlighted the corruption so that his followers would understand that nothing will change unless a person’s heart is changed. Your irritating co-workers need a heart change. The spouse who left you needs a heart change. The murderous teen who was bullied needs a heart healed by a revelation of Jesus Christ. When it comes to heftier tragedies like premature death or famine, our ability to function in Jesus Christ’s level of faith is key. Six loaves of bread can feed thousands. Diseases can be cured. Miracles are supposed to happen daily. (Mark 6: 33-44, Luke 8:40-56)

Blaming God is understandable when we don’t have all the facts. But understanding God’s heart and intents takes him off the hook and propels us into living a life where we function as God’s hands and feet to heal and restore.


Doug’s website, myFather’scrown, reveals the greatness of God’s love as a father. “We all are born with a father, but some of us never know them. They can just be a name on a birth certificate. I want to teach people how to know God, not just memorize facts about him.” Doug’s first book, “I Was Framed, Signed, God”, has been well received and the sequel, God: Accused or Excused was released March 18, 2018. 

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Gems From Pastor Jim as of July 10th, 2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 24:19-20 Do not fret because of evildoers; don’t envy the wicked. For the evil have no future; their light will be snuffed out.

The world promotes evil. For the most part, evil people run the world. They rise to the top of most fields. They are portrayed as people to be looked up to and admired for what they do. We glamorize them and overlook their personal failures. We separate their public lives from their private lives. For the most part we don’t care what they do in private as long as we like what we see in their public persona.

If we are not careful, we envy their successes in life. We long to be able to walk in their shoes. We dream about what it might be like to be in the limelight. We fail to remember that what we see is disillusional. Things aren’t as they seem to be. Earth’s successes mean nothing when it comes to eternity. There is no future for evildoers. They have no hope of escaping hell. When their lives have run their course, they are soon forgotten. They are buried and remembered by only those closest to them.

But, the lives of the righteous live on. When the righteous die they are ushered into the presence of the Lord. They lives are lived on in the lives of those they touch on earth. They impact the world for generations to come as the seed they sow keep reproducing new seed.

Do not fret because of evildoers. Live life in Christ and trust in His Word. Only in Christ will you find help and hope. Only in Him do you find what the wicked are looking for. Only in Him is there peace and contentment. The more you invest your life in Christ, the happier you will be in life. Surround yourself with godly people. Be thankful for what Christ has done for us and what He is doing in you. Do not long for the successes of the wicked. Fix your eyes upon Jesus, the author and finisher of our salvation and your life will be blessed.

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.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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Book Spotlight: Karina’s Journey – 3 book series

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by Patricia Bell

Karina's Journey

For fifteen-year-old Karina Murberry, Life is about to change. When her drug dealing mother lands in jail, she finds herself sleeping on a park bench. What’s a girl to do? Just as she’s resolved herself to the idea of entering a group home full of bully’s and cockroaches, her principal discovers a mysterious emergency contact in her file. 

Without any discussion, she is shipped off to a small town away from everyone she’s ever known. And If learning she has an estranged Aunt and Grandmother wasn’t bad enough, Karina must now contend with an Uncle who is younger than her- and not so nice either. 

After overhearing a phone conversation between her aunt and grandmother, Karina suspects that her father, the guy her mother said left them stranded when she was two, could be in this very town. Armed with determination, sharp wit, and her new bestie, Amy, they begin an investigation. 

After all the lies her mother told her, Karina is on a quest to uncover the truth. Along the way, she uncovers long held secrets, experiences real friendships, and for the first time in her life realizes what it means to go from house to home. 

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Faith’s Checkbook: He Always Listens

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer”   (Psalm 6:9).

The experience here recorded is mine. I can set to my seal that God is true. In very wonderful ways He has answered the prayers of His servant many and many a time. Yes, and He is hearing my present supplication, and He is not turning away His ear from me. Blessed be His holy name!

What then? Why, for certain the promise which lies sleeping in the psalmist’s believing confidence is also mine. Let me grasp it by the hand of faith: “The LORD will receive my prayer.” He will accept it, think of it, and grant it in the way and time which His loving wisdom judges to be best. I bring my poor prayer in my hand to the great King, and He gives me audience and graciously receives my petition. My enemies will not listen to me, but my LORD will. They ridicule my tearful prayers, but my LORD does not; He receives my prayer into His ear and His heart.

What a reception this is for a poor sinner! We receive Jesus, and then the LORD receives us and our prayers for His Son’s sake. Blessed be that dear name which franks our prayers so that they freely pass even within the golden gates. LORD, teach me to pray, since Thou hearest my prayers.

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Faith’s CheckBook: The Word, Necessary Food

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God”   (Matthew 4:4).

If God so willed it we could live without bread, even as Jesus did for forty days; but we could not live without His Word. By that Word we were created, and by it alone can we be kept in being, for he sustaineth all things by the Word of His power. Bread is a second cause; the LORD Himself is the first source of our sustenance. He can work without the second cause as well as with it; and we must not tie Him down to one mode of operation. Let us not be too eager after the visible, but let us look to the invisible God. We have heard believers say that in deep poverty, when bread ran short, their appetites became short, too; and to others, when common supplies failed, the LORD has sent in unexpected help.

But we must have the Word of the LORD. With this alone we can withstand the devil. Take this from us, and our enemy will have us in his power, for we shall soon faint. Our souls need food, and there is none for them outside of the Word of the LORD. All the books and all the preachers in the world cannot furnish us a single meal: it is only the Word from the mouth of God that can fill the mouth of a believer. LORD, evermore give us this bread. We prize it above royal dainties.

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Gems From Pastor Jim as of 7/3/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 24:12 Don’t try to avoid responsibility by saying you didn’t know about it. For God knows all hearts, and he sees you. He keeps watch over your soul, and he knows you knew! And he will judge all people according to what they have done.

Ignorance is no excuse. We cannot avoid being held responsible for obeying God because we may not know all there is to know. God holds us responsible for how we live by what we know. He knows the heart and why we do what we do. No one escapes His notice.

There is nothing in your heart that God does not know about. Nothing. You may not be open and honest with others about you, but you cannot hide from God. He knows not only what is in you, He knows how and why it got there. If there is something there for Him to see, it is because you have not confessed it and repented of it. He has not forgiven you and will hold you accountable for it.

You cannot fool God. He knows what you know. He knows when you disobey His revealed truth to you. He will not let you get away with it. He judges us for what we have done.

How about it? Do you have unconfessed sin in your heart? He knows about it. It is not okay with God and He will hold you responsible for your sins. You have two choices to make. You can confess your sins to Him today, or you can let God deal with you on Judgment Day. Would you rather let Him deal with you now while you can still live in Him, or do you want to wait until you no longer have a chance to repent?

You cannot take a neutral stand. By not repenting of your sins today, you are rejecting the Lord. And, all who reject the Lord face an eternity in hell. Are you prepared to face the possibility that you could die today with unconfessed sin in your heart?

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.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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The Big Makeover

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by Rebekah Beene

Our house is about to undergo a makeover. Within the next couple of weeks it’s not going to look like it does right now. Big changes are going to happen. We’ve prayed and planned and now it’s all happening. And the best thing about it is we don’t have to do the work! It’s all going to be done for us!

Oh beloved, aren’t we blessed? We’ve undergone a makeover in our lives. While once we were in need of more than a facelift, big changes have happened in our lives. You and I didn’t have to make ourselves better – we couldn’t have done it. God sent Someone to do it all for us – Jesus!

God wants to remind you this morning that this life of faith is not just a façade. It’s the real thing. At just the right time the Lord has changed everything. You didn’t even have to pay for the changes. It was all done for you – through the precious atonement of Christ. His changes last for a lifetime. Your life is being perfected by the One who knows you best and loves you most! You were chosen to be redeemed – thoroughly restored and even more than that – made brand new! The enemy may tell you that you’re still dealing with the old you, but you aren’t the sum of who you were before Christ. There is always a change when someone gives their life to the Lord and you, beloved, are changed completely! God calls you special in His sight – He is blessed by His own work. He even has posted a sign on your heart that you are His property. He will guide you, keep you, watch over you and keep you safe always!

God loves you and He’s for you. Remember whose you are! Remember who did the work in you. Remind yourself that the Word has made changes no man can undo. Think of your blessings that all your life has been bought and paid for by the One who puts the stars in orbit! Run to Him this morning and thank Him for His unspeakable gift! And when you boast about the work done in your life, you can give all the credit to Jesus! And walk as a living epistle in the Light of His wonder working power!

2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.

Colossians 1:21- 22 And although you were formerly alienated and hostile in mind, engaged in evil deeds, yet He has now reconciled you in His fleshly body through death, in order to present you before Him holy and blameless and beyond reproach

Ephesians 5:27 and to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without stain or wrinkle or any such blemish, but holy and blameless.

Titus 3:5 He saved us, not on the basis of deeds which we have done in righteousness, but according to His mercy, by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit

Isaiah 62:3 The LORD will hold you in his hand for all to see–a splendid crown in the hand of God.

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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