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The Importance of Godly Influence by Cathy Bryant

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Jesus answered and said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will thirst again; but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so I will not be thirsty nor come all the way here to draw. -John 4:13-15

One tiny drop plops against the glassy surface of a serene lake.

In the honeyed hue of a brilliant sunset we see a miracle take place atop the molten-gold waters. At first the ripple is so small we can barely detect it, but then it grows, bigger and wider, circling ever outward.

More drops join in, falling until the lake is stirred up. Changed. Impacted.

Now the ripples bounce off each other sending out even more vibrancy and life.

John 7:38

Such are our lives.

Yes, as individuals we may only be a tiny drop in this world of oceanic proportions, but each of us are drops that can make a difference. Stir things up. Bring about change.

And more importantly, impact our world for good and for God.

Oh, if ever this old world needing a positive impact, it is surely now!

And truthfully, that’s been a part of God’s plan since the serpent deceived Adam and Eve. How astounding that He uses even flawed and fallen people to bring us back to the garden and to Himself. May we be especially willing to be used by our heavenly Father to be those tiny drops that send out great ripples, which send waves of living water racing around the world.

I sense it. Do you? All around the world our God is working through His people, shining His light into the darkest nooks and crannies.

I’ve read reports that for the first time in years, government officials in China see the positive impact that Christianity has on their nation. As a result, restrictions and regulations are easing.

I’ve seen articles which enumerate hundreds of examples of once-Muslim people who’ve experienced visions and dreams and turned their lives over to Christ. What an astounding miracle!

And I sense those in the American church leaving behind complacency for fervent prayer that God would heal our land. I believe those prayers are being answered at this very moment in ways can’t fully comprehend.

World impact is happening, and it’s happening now!

By virtue of our relationship with Jesus, we are people of godly influence. We are vessels of living water. We can all impact our world in at least some small way for Him. And I for one cannot wait to see how God accomplishes His work through each of us.

Father God, how grateful we are for these front row seats to view the work You’re doing around the world. Lord, may we be both encouraged and emboldened to do all we can to influence and impact our world for You. Help us to stay connected to You, to unleash Your power through prayer, and set an example for others to follow. In the name of Jesus–who impacted our world like none other–we pray. Amen.

What are some ways in which you sense or see God using His people to impact the world for Him and His Kingdom? Share your answers in the comments.


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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 101:2-3 I will be careful to live a blameless life–when will you come to my aid? I will lead a life of integrity in my own home. I will refuse to look at anything vile and vulgar. I hate all crooked dealings; I will have nothing to do with them.

Are you willing to make this commitment to the Lord today? Are you willing to strive to live a blameless life, including in your home? We know that it is the right thing to do. God wants us to live righteously so we don’t suffer the consequences of sin. Jesus is the one who makes us righteous, so in order for us to become righteous and blameless, we must live in close relationship with him. We must make the commitment. We must determine in our hearts and minds that we are going to do it, that we are going to live under the lordship of Christ and let him make us right with God.

Living in Christ means we will lead a life of integrity. That is, that in all things we will be honest and dependable. It also means that we will take responsibility for what we allow into our hearts and minds, refusing to look at anything that is vile and vulgar. Do you turn away from those things which fall underneath this category? Do you avoid those things which influence you and stir up within you a desire to sin? It’s a real battle sometimes and it’s not an easy battle to win. Satan knows our weaknesses and never gives up trying to exploit them. We must always be aware of his tactics and be willing to resist him through the power of Christ within us. When we are being tempted, we turn to the Lord and ask him to help us be strong and resist.

Living in Christ also means that we despise dishonest dealings. We strive to treat others with respect and honor. We refuse to take advantage of others for personal gain. We refuse to compromise godliness for the sake of our comfort.

We must choose daily whom we will serve. Sometimes our choices put us into difficult or uncomfortable circumstances, but we must determine whom we will serve. Are you willing to commit yourself to serving the Lord completely? You cannot have it both ways and expect to remain right with God. He will not accept a half-hearted attempt to live a godly life. We must work hard at doing what is right before God. If it were easy, everybody would be doing it.

Are you willing to be amongst the few who really please the Lord? Are you willing to give of your best to the Lord, the best of your heart and mind?
C Through Marriage

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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 chaper 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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Forgive Them All by Sherry Chamblee

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We forgive the lost – but what about forgiving the saved?

We talk a lot about meeting the unbeliever where they are, not judging them by their past or even their present. And don’t get me wrong, I’m absolutely agreeing with that. How can the unsaved understand God’s grace if we – God’s people – won’t extend it to them, after all?

But I’d like to refocus for just a second on something else. When we say to love people despite their failures, sometimes we only apply that to those who just got saved, or those who messed up early or are still unbelievers.

The love of God – God’s grace from His people – should extend to everyone around us…those who messed up a long time ago, as well as those who have sinned against us now. Those who have been saved only a few minutes, but also those who have been saved for years and ‘ought to know better.’ The experienced mess up, too. They sin, they let their carnal flesh take over, they go astray.

I think we forgive easier when the Christian is young in the Lord. It’s harder when that Christian has been around awhile. Or when they do something that was a lack of discipline, or a show of poor character rather than something downright terrible. It’s easier to dismiss the person when we’ve decided they ought to know better by now.

Maybe it’s counterintuitive – maybe many people have experienced the opposite – that of being shunned for their past, or they’ve seen others be unforgiving toward someone who looks different than them. But I think if anything, that holds the danger of making us overreact the other direction – refusing to extend grace to those we see as older in Christ – those who are leaders, or are pillars of the church.

We’ve been told to forgive and extend grace to all. We want that grace extended to us, too, right?

Let’s not forget that grace goes to everyone. Not only the rebel, but also the straight-laced. Not only the ones living in outward sin, but those struggling with inner sins.

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Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

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How Not To Write A Blurb by Suzanne D Williams

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The blurb is the most important sales pitch of the book, the first thing a reader will see and form an opinion on next to the book cover. As a co-founder of, I’m required to read blurbs every day, and over time, have seen a number of common mistakes that always put up a red flag and, frankly, cause me to bypass a story.

Setting overdone plots aside (and I have a list of those, too), I’ll concentrate on the “don’ts” an author should definitely avoid to get readers’ attention.

“This story is about …” (Telling)

These four words will always cause me to move on. I am aware it’s a story, but if the author cannot be more creative than this one canned line, I have doubts that the story is worth my time. READ OTHER BLURBS to get hold of proper style, and don’t limit yourself to your two friends’ books. Look at the genre you are trying to represent, books with lots of positive reviews, and decide what first few words you want the reader to see. I’d also shy away from using the character’s name at the very beginning of the first sentence, though that isn’t always a huge negative for me.

“Lee is a …” (Passive tense overkill)

Believe it or not, I see people use passive tense throughout the entire blurb. “Lee is an assassin. Lee is sent to kill a seemingly harmless woman, but Lee is taken by her charms.” If you use a lot of passive tense in the blurb, then I assume you used it a lot in the story. This generally tells me the writer is immature (meaning new to writing). Also, it isn’t necessary to keep repeating the main character’s name. I got it the first time.

“1,500 words later” (Too long)

Do NOT repeat the entire storyline to me. Why would I read the book if you just told me how it ended? (Good general rule of thumb: The blurb should not take up the entire back cover of a 6”x9” paperback.) The purpose of the blurb is to give me a taste of the storyline and that means creating imagination in the reader’s mind. Leave the blurb on a note that makes the reader want to buy the book and find out what happens. Also, regarding length … if I see the blurb is so long, often, I don’t stop to read it at all. Concise is very important because readers will drift once they hit the one hundred word point.

“Dzedia from the planet Parmethria” (Unpronouceable names)

You’ve written a fantasy or sci-fi book, your planet and characters have unpronounceable names … first off, maybe you shouldn’t have done that to begin with … but I get it and have seen books of this nature where I actually want to read them. But too many authors slap the names in the blurb (usually within

the same sentence) and my brain checks out. BE CREATIVE. Spread the words out or write the blurb so that I get the sense of the story without choking on consonants.

“Angle instead of Angel” (Misspellings)

Yes, people misspell words in the blurb. Please, please have someone edit it for you. I assume your book will also have misspellings and probably grammar mistakes as well if I find them in the blurb.

Here’s a handful of other things worth mentioning in your blurb:

If you have questionable content (the characters have an illicit affair, your MC is a vampire, etc.) put it in the blurb. This saves people buying the book, returning it, and leaving you a one-star review because they were surprised. PEOPLE DO NOT LIKE SURPRISES when it involves money they’re spending.

Along that same line, also mention cliffhangers (for some reason people hate not knowing there is one). Be sure somewhere the book shows the length of the story (on the cover, in page count, etc.). There are haters who will rate short stories low just because they are short (and sometimes even when they knew it was short and downloaded it anyway).

If the story has “clean content” but is not labeled blatantly “Christian” it’s worth mentioning (or if it doesn’t and needs an age warning, please include it). If it’s “YA” or “New Adult” (a label I personally dislike, and don’t get me started on why) it’s worth mentioning … and in books for children as well. Parents also dislike buying chapter books, expecting a picture book.

Lastly, offer a summary at the end. “This is book 1 of 3 …” if it’s a series. You can sell the next book by mentioning this book is the first or second. You can also mention genre or style of writing in your summary. “This is a fun action adventure,” or “A wild sci-fi tale ….” This gives a flavor for the story and takes the guessing away. You (usually) won’t get a buyer who’s into fantasy, but bought your mystery novel by mistake.

In short, always assume readers are dumb and crotchety, present the best side of your story, and make those three or four paragraphs the best ones you’ve ever written. Blurbs matter to readers AND to promotional sites. Take it from someone who is both.

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Let It Go by Parker J Cole

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I was probably in the minority of people who didn’t get the all the hoopla about Disney’s movie ‘Frozen’ and it’s titular song “Let it Go.” Gosh, I really do hate that song. Every time I hear it, I run away. During the Christmas holiday, my hubby’s nephew and niece had that ridiculous Ella doll belting out the song. I raced into the other room as fast as possible.

So why am I using the title of a song I hate for this post?

The song was about being true to yourself, and letting go of a façade. Yet, ‘letting it go’ for me has been about releasing all my cares and problems to the Lord.

Last month, I wrote how 2015 was my year of self-inflicted wounds. Lacerated by my own disobedience, I had to crawl back to God to fix it. This year, I’m learning to do the opposite of the Frozen song – I don’t want to be true to me anymore.

Now, let’s be clear. Accomplishing my goals is being true to me. I want to be able to write more books, have my show become more popular and find ways to help authors as I can. But what I mean is that I don’t want to be obedient to my flesh anymore. I’ve tried that and let me tell you, I’m still healing from those wounds. I want to let it all go, from the need to control my life to forgiving others who have wronged me to falling deeper into the word of God. 2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.

For the New Year, I want to be the new creature God has called me to be and stop acting as if the past can hold me hostage anymore. So in that regard, I’m happily letting go of me and holding fast to the Lord’s hand.

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Parker J. ColeParker J. Cole is a writer and radio show host who spends most of her time reading, knitting, writing, cooking, and concocting new ideas for stories. Her first novel, Dark Cherub, won Best of Spring Reading 2013 from eMediaCampaigns. She lives in Michigan with her husband and beloved dog Sarah.

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Gems From Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 100:4-5 Enter his gates with thanksgiving; go into his courts with praise. Give thanks to him and bless his name. For the LORD is good. His unfailing love continues to each generation.

Attitude is everything. How and why we approach God matters. If we constantly approach Him with our complaints or problems, it robs us of the fellowship we need with Him. We come to Him to solve our problems because He is our problem solver, but when He is nothing more than that to us, we lose the joy of living in fellowship with Him. Instead of focusing on what is not right in our world, we must learn to focus on the Lord and who He is.

Worship involves adoration. We must learn to focus on God for who He is and not just on what He does. We must learn to appreciate the Lord in His majestic glory. We must discover the Lord in His holy love. We must rediscover the Lord, our God, as absolute holiness and goodness. We must learn how to approach God with no agenda other than to worship Him. We must learn how to enjoy the time we spend in the presence of God.

When we focus on the Lord for who He is, we swell up with thanksgiving and praise. God is not far removed from us! He became flesh and dwelt for a while amongst us. He took upon himself our sin and shame, our condemnation before God, and made us into children of God. The Lord has not left us alone to fend for ourselves in our quest for God. He gave us His Spirit, his Word, and His children to help us. The Lord has poured into our lives His goodness and love. We are never outside the security of His love.

Let us pause right now and give the Lord, our God, our thanksgiving and praise. Let us thank Him and bless His holy name. Feast on the richness of His nearness, love, and grace. The Lord is our faithful lover. The Lord chose to love us before we were ever conceived. There has never been born anyone who has not been loved by God.

Let us set aside for a moment all of our concerns and burdens and worship the Lord for who He is. He is perfect love, holiness and goodness all in one. Enter into His gates and praise His holy name.
C Through Marriage

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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 chaper 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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Danger – Lion on the Loose by Christopher Shennan

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Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour… (1 Peter 5:8 – AKJV)

Sometimes Christians act as if the devil has gone on vacation, and they can let down their guard; they can breathe a sigh of relief and experience a period of freedom from the devil’s involvement in their affairs.

Of course Christians do not do this consciously; they merely slip into a state of mind in which they are not as alert to the dangers as they normally would be. It is just like a normally alert driver who gets behind the wheel after consuming a fair amount of wine. He may feel alert, perfectly able to control the vehicle through the busy streets on his way home.

The wine, however, as exerted a subtle influence on his brain; his ability to judge distances have been impaired and his response times are not as rapid as he thinks they are.

The Greek word the apostle Peter used for “sober” literally means to abstain from wine, but it may not be wine that robs us of spiritual alertness; it could merely be a state of mind we have slipped into. We may just not have been as diligent in the study of Scripture as usual. The busyness of life has caused us to neglect our devotional life and we are not walking as closely with our Lords as is our habit. Like wine, this state of mind and heart impairs our ability to navigate the dangerous situations that confront us all.

Peter tells us the devil is roaming about for just such an opportunity to catch us unawares, and his intention is not a game. He is not just out to surprise us like in a game of hide-and seek. His intention is to devour us. Like a lion devours its prey, the devil wants to remove us from the battlefield – make us of no consequence in the battle for truth, and unable to fight the good fight of faith, as the apostle Paul was able to do.

The word “vigilant” means simply to stay awake to the dangers all around us and ready to respond to the slightest indication of the enemy’s presence.

When I was in the army and on guard duty, I remember sneaking into the storeroom to steal just a few moment of sleep to relieve the boredom of the many hours of inactivity. Such behaviour could be disastrous to your walk with the Lord.

The Devil’s on the Loose

(© Sunday 10th January 2016 – by Christopher Shennan)

Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour… (1 Peter 5:8 – AKJV)

The devil’s on the loose, my Lord,

And I need your free Grace to stay

Awake and alert to danger –

Lest he cause me to go astray.

My heart still hungers for you, Lord;

It seeks your mercy and Your Grace,

But at times I feel so weary

That I fear I will lose the race.

I’m not always alert to danger

From that enemy of souls,

And I’m afraid I’ll fall asleep

While he pursues his evil goals.

Like a lion he roams about,

Devouring the unwary few,

But my only hope of safety,

Is seeking my safety in You.

Keep me sober and awake, Lord,

The dangers are out and about;’

Stay close beside me always.

In You I’m going to win – no doubt.

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Matt’s Story by Patricia PacJac Carroll

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Matt's StoryHave you ever had a dream or goal that you thought was just about to come to fruition only to have it wiped away? InMatt’s Story, that is what Matt Logan is dealing with. But God does have a way of working things out to good even when we see no way it can happen. Matt’s Story is a tale of hope and faith set in the background of the Old West in Texas. Settle back with a cup of hot chocolate and a good clean read and enjoy Matt’s Story.


Hannah opened her eyes.

Two men were talking near her, but she didn’t hear Gunther’s voice. She lay still and listened. The older one had a gruff voice. He was a hard man but honest. The younger one, the one she first saw, he was kind and gentle, but there was a strength and sadness in him.

She relaxed. They weren’t outlaws. In her spirit, she knew that. Her pain lessened. She pushed down on the straw mattress and sat up. The cabin spun. She closed her eyes and rested. Thirsty, she cleared her throat. “Could I have a drink?”

The two men jumped up.

The younger one grabbed a cup and his canteen before rushing to her. He poured the water and then handed the tin cup to her. “Here. Take it easy.”

The water cooled her parched throat. With a nod, she handed the cup back to him. “More, please.”

The second cup helped her strength return. “Thank you. My husband?” Hannah saw the truth on their faces. He was gone. Poor Gunther, life had turned so sourly upon him. She prayed he’d seen the savior’s face at his last breath.

“Sorry ma’am. He was dead.” The younger man spoke, looking sadder than she felt.

She stared at him, trying to feel, to cry. “I think I need to lie down.”

He jumped to help support her and eased her down gently. “Best thing for you. We’ll be here. Call out if you need anything.”

She looked into his brown eyes and nodded. Yes, she could trust this one. She was so tired. Gunther was gone. She should cry, but the tears wouldn’t come. Maybe after she rested she could give Gunther the sorrow and grief she owed him.

As she closed her eyes, Gunther’s image didn’t fill her mind. It was the kind face of the strong, gentle man with the brown eyes. She didn’t even know his name.


Matt stared at Big John and cringed. His uncle had that lecturing look.

Big John stood. “One thing you don’t want to do is bounce to another woman after losing one. She was married to a man and lost him. You owe her nothing. You don’t even know her.”

Matt matched the big man’s glare. “I just want her to have a chance. You’re right, I don’t know her. I just want to get her to a doctor, not like I asked her to marry me.”

“Yeah, just keep it that way. Females can be awful needy when they’re on their own. This farm doesn’t look like it’s worth a thing. She’s likely destitute. You just make sure she doesn’t get her claws in you.”

“Her name is Hannah. She’s not like that. You just worry about yourself. Worry about becoming a grumpy, old man.”

Big John guffawed and slapped his knee. “Well, young Matt, you and me have a lot in common. I’d say we were cut from the same cloth. You watch out that you don’t become a grumpy, young man.”

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Patricia PacJac Carroll~ I am a writer, Christian first, and blessed beyond my imagination. I live in the Dallas-Ft Worth area of Texas with my wonderful treasure of a husband, my spoiled dog, Jacs, and my awesome grown son, Josh. Did I say I was blessed? The PacJac is from my initials and my husbands. I wouldn’t be able to write if it weren’t for him.I love adventure and the open road. The stories of the western era have always been a favorite of mine. I enjoy writing, and my goal is to write stories readers will enjoy.

Hope you are enjoying the series ~ Mail Order Brides of Hickory Stick. I’ll have a new series this year set in Montana – Solomon’s Valley ~ First book is The Feud.

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The Overcomer by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

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Morning and EveningTo him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (Revelation 2:7)

No man may turn his back in the day of battle or refuse to go to the holy war. We must fight if we would reign, and we must carry on the warfare till we overcome every enemy, or else this promise is not for us, since it is only for “him that overcometh.” We are to overcome the false prophets who have come into the world and all the evils which accompany their teaching. We are to overcome our own faintness of heart and tendency to decline from our first love. Read the whole of the Spirit’s word to the church at Ephesus.

If by grace we win the day, as we shall if we truly follow our conquering Leader, then we shall be admitted to the very center of the paradise of God and shall be permitted to pass by the cherub and his flaming sword and come to that guarded tree, whereof if a man eat, he shall live forever. We shall thus escape that endless death which is the doom of sin and gain that everlasting life which is the seal of innocence, the outgrowth of immortal principles of Godlike holiness. Come, my heart, pluck up courage! To flee the conflict will be to lose the joys of the new and better Eden; to fight unto victory is to walk with God in paradise.

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