Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 73:26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.

Our health gives out on us. It is a part of being human. As we age different parts of our bodies begin to fail us and we suffer with aches and pains. As well, sometimes our spirit may fail us. We encounter situations in which our resolve to overcome grows weak. Sometimes our minds fail us and we find it harder and harder to remember things or figure them out. It’s just the way life is; we are all subject to it.

But, the good news is that God does not change. He is the same as He always has been. The same God who created all things by the power of His word, is the God whom we serve today. He can be depended on to be able to help us no matter how weak we may become or feel. The Lord will never grow weak or weary.

The Lord strengthens the heart of those who trust in Him. He forever will be ours when we trust in Him. We cannot trust our bodies, minds or our willpower to always be there for us, but we can always count on the Lord if we trust in Him. And the wonderful truth is, even if we utterly are unable to think or know anymore, if He is our God now He will be our God then. He never forsakes those who love and serve Him, even when they lose their ability to even comprehend Him anymore.

The Lord is our strength, both now and forever.
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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 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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Takes Two by Ada Brownell

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A few months ago Science News featured a study in Hungary that found dogs have long-term memory. I could have saved them the money and the trouble. We had a male poodle named Macho who remembered the vet’s office from the parking lot, even though he hadn’t been there for six months. He dragged the leash the wrong way with his brakes on when I headed for the door.

Macho could detect the future from what happened in the past when I started gathering up towels and doggie shampoo. He’d head for the hills–a spot on the couch under a pillow or anywhere, in an attempt to keep from taking a bath.

I haven’t been around many animals, but I’ve seen chickens who could recall how to peck a certain place and receive food, and I’ve seen all sorts of critters, bugs and slimy things that have memory. Then why, when a human gets old will a word or a name he knows as well as his own escape him?

One day I couldn’t think of the word “pretzel.” I ransacked my brain going through the alphabet but it wouldn’t come. In the middle of the night I woke and there it was. I had it!

Pretzel! No longer was it that little squiggly thing we deep fry and sprinkle with salt or cinnamon and sugar.

Am I developing Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia? How could I tell? But I’ve heard if you can’t remember something important and you know it, you’re probably safe.

One blessing I’ve discovered is when your memory doesn’t work, being married helps. For instance, we take off in the car, and one of us might point and say, “Where are you going? It’s that way.” Or one of us might yell, “Look out!” and prevent an accident.

Sometimes it takes two of us to prepare a meal. But being married comes in handiest when we’re talking. We fill in the blanks for each other when the other person can’t think of a name or word.

When God created marriage, he said “Two shall be one flesh” (Genesis 2:24).

I’ve discovered when you’re senior citizens, it takes two to be one.

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In case you’re worried about your memory, emerging evidence from the Alzheimer’s Association suggests there are steps we can take to help keep our brain healthier as we age.

“Mentally stimulating activities strengthen brain cells and the connections between them, and may even create new nerve cells,” a spokesman said. The Association and Mayo Clinic Staff http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/alzheimers-disease/DS00161/DSECTION=prevention both say we may be able to lower Alzheimer’s disease risk by reducing heart disease. Important factors that also may be involved include high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, excess weight and diabetes.

Mayo Clinic’s experts recommend those at high risk for dementia to engage in physical activity, cognitive stimulation, social engagement and a healthy diet. They also teach memory compensation strategies that help optimize daily function, even if brain changes progress.

Keeping active — physically, mentally and socially — may make your life more enjoyable and may also help reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, the experts add.

About the Author:

Ada Brownell

Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. She also is a veteran youth Christian education teacher. After moving to Missouri in her retirement, she continues to write books, free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers, and blogs with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. She is the author of six books. She is a member of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers.

She and her husband have five children, one in heaven, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com/Stick-to-Your-Soul-Encouragement
Ada Brownell Amazon Author page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06

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Cord of Three, Perfect Love by B. J. Robinson

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Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work: If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12

My blog is about my work-in-progress to be released this fall. I have to credit this beautiful site, http://www.godsknot.com/wedding-bible-verses/, with contributing to the idea for my book Cord of Three, Perfect Love. I also want to thank them for allowing me to use their site as inspiration and research for my novel. You will get the first glimpse of the cover, the prologue, and an excerpt.

Part of this book is based upon a true story, that of meeting my first husband, the father of my four beautiful children. The way the couple meets is true as is the beginning of the book, but the story will change as it unfolds. We lost him to a heart attack at only thirty-nine, but his early influence on my life will remain all the days of my life. The setting of the wedding is the same. We were married in a small country Baptist Church that has grown so much since that time that it outgrew that small white clapboard building and became a brick one so much larger than the one we were married in on April 26, 1969.

Due to a Christian romance novel needing a happy ending, the outcome of this couple will be different than ours, so though the beginning is based on a true story of how my husband and I met, much of the novel is fiction to compose a suitable story for the genre. The wedding proposal is different as well, since ours did not take place on the church grounds. The purpose of my writing this story that is very close to my heart is for my

children and for the Lord to illustrate how a life that does not include Him will never be perfect. Invite Him to be a part of your wedding and life together to have a perfect love and a cord of three that is not easily broken.

Prologue

She was an old married woman now, no longer that innocent fifteen-year-old girl whose heart had thumped a mile a minute the night Andy picked her up from the skating-rink floor. Many years passed all too quickly, and their time together, their season was gone. Nothing left now, but the sweet memories of a much simpler life and young love, first love, their wedding in a small country Baptist church. Those memories were forever etched in her heart and as the pages of her life continued to turn, she returned to 1969, a Baptist Church, and a Louisiana country road.

Excerpt from Chapter Four

Louisiana, 1968-1969

One Sunday morning after services, Andy dropped to one knee in front of the church, and June gasped when he asked, “Will you be my wife?”

She peered at the red velvet box he placed in front of him. A smile lit her face. A beautiful diamond ring with diamond crosses on each side of the larger diamond winked at her. “Oh Andy, yes!”

He placed the ring on her left hand, picked her up, and spun her around in front of the church. Most of the congregation had left, but a few onlookers watched with smiles, shook their heads and whispered, “There’s nothing like young love.”

“Oh Andy, I can’t wait to show Mom my ring. It’s beautiful. I love it.”

He grinned and kissed her before he teased, “I hope you love me as much.”

“More.” She tiptoed up and slipped her arms around his neck, leaned into him and gave him a kiss to prove it.

He gently pushed her back and laughed. “Wow, honey, we’re in the front yard of the church. Can’t you wait? He teased her before taking her hand in his and leading June to his car.

She felt her cheeks grow hot. “I just wanted you to know how much I love you.”

“You’re red as an overripe strawberry from the base of your throat to the roots of your blonde hair, darlin’,” Andy drawled. “I love you, too.” He opened the door and helped her into the vehicle.

“Before I take you home, I want you to understand why I proposed at the church.” Andy took her small hands in his large ones and clasped them tightly, staring directly into her eyes. “Have you ever heard of God’s Knot?”

“No, but I assume you want God to be part of our marriage.”

“Yes, of course, but let me explain God’s Knot. Ecclesiastes 4:12 says, Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” This scripture demonstrates how important Christian companionship is. Two Christians bound together in Christ are stronger than the individuals themselves because God performs a miracle in their marriage and unites the couple with Him as one. The Cord of Three Strands is a symbol of a sacred union when God becomes part of the marriage. I want us to not only tie the knot as they say, but to tie God’s Knot when we get married.”

“Oh Andy, that’s so beautiful. I would love it, united in God.”

He smiled and squeezed her hands in his. “It boldly illustrates God’s design for marriage. The three strands are a symbol for uniting one man and one woman by God into a relationship, into marriage. Marriage takes three, and we can’t leave God out. He is the one who taught us to love. By keeping him at the center of our marriage, His love will continue to bind us together as one.” Andy lifted her chin and gazed deeply into June’s eyes. “I wanted to not only ask you to marry me today, but to also unite with God as part of our wedding ceremony, and I thought there was no better place to ask that of you than the Lord’s house, our church.”

June lifted her chin further, reached up and pulled his face down to meet hers, and kissed him gently, then whispered, “Oh Andy, we will have a beautiful marriage ceremony with God as part of it and our partner in marriage for life. I love my ring, and my wedding proposal has to be the best one ever. I will say, ‘I do’ to both you and God the day we marry.

Andy bowed his head and kissed her tenderly on the lips before he whispered, “I knew I’d found the right girl when I picked you up from the floor of the skating rink. I knew it that first night we met. That’s why I yanked the steering wheel off in front of the drive-in, hoping Robert would come up front, but he didn’t fall for it.” Andy hugged her against him. “From the very first moment our eyes met, and we locked gazes, I knew. I’m an engaged man, and I can’t wait to tell the world.”

June laughed. “Me neither, and I love being an engaged woman.”

She held her ring up and watched it sparkle in the sunshine.

“How about April the 26’th?”

“It’s the first already. That doesn’t leave much time. You’re in a hurry.” June smiled and leaned against him.

“Yes, I am. I can’t wait to make you my wife. You’re already my world.” He started the engine and placed one arm around her shoulders before he pulled form the parking lot of the church.

She slid next to him on the bench seat and leaned her head on his shoulder, before placing one hand on his thigh, as he drove her home. It hadn’t been long ago, when she wouldn’t even sit by him. She’d come a long way. Now, she couldn’t get close enough. Together, they’d come a long way, and God would take them much further, all the way down that long winding road for their journey home to Him.

About the Author

B. J. RobinsonB. J. Robinson loves reading and writing. She pens various genres to provide choice for her readers. You’ll find romantic suspense, sweet contemporary romance, mystery, short stories, novellas, and full-length novels from which to choose when you check out her Amazon page. She’s an Amazon best-selling author with over twenty books. She writes from sunny Florida where she lives with her husband and pets, blessed with thirteen grandchildren. If you’d like to read Cord of Three, Perfect Love, watch for it to release this fall. In the meantime, you’ll find other books. Her newest one is The Officer and the Bell, a Christian historical romance. Visit her at: https://www.facebook.com/BJRobinsonHistoricalRomance, http://barbarajrobinson.blogspot.com, or at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBJRobinson

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The Hittite Series by Michael J. Findley

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The book of Genesis, post-flood to the death of Joseph, is the ice age. Michael Oard has done extensive work demonstrating that there was a single ice age immediately after the flood lasting about seven hundred years. For an introduction to this concept, the book Frozen In Time is available without charge as a series of .pdf documents on the answersingenesis.com website.

We wrote detailed, documented works on the establishment of religion, secular humanism, science, the results of secular humanism as an establishment of religion, creation, the origin of evil, the flood and the ice age. Critics complained that is was too long, too difficult to read, too many sources. So I removed all of the documentation, repetition, and restatement for clarity. No explanations for unusual words, nothing but basic assertions. This book is only about sixty pages and is called Disestablish.

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To some critics, it is still too difficult to read. So I wrote a series of novels about the Hittites. The first book begins just after the fall of the tower of Babel, and the Hittites cannot comprehend a foreign language. Abraham is a friend of Ephron. Sarah and Hagar are friends of Shelometh. Biblical events are woven into the story line.

The series shows a population explosion, rapid advances in technology, knowledge of world wide events, the ability to travel great distances, wars, the introduction of idolatry, the consequences of idolatry, and long life spans.

It describes tools, food, eating habits, clothing, travel, domestic animals, marriage customs, jewelery, slavery, trade, relationships between cities and cultures, money, hunting, and sailing.

One of the characters talks about his visit to Noah. Death is rare in the first three books. Death is part of warfare in the fourth book, but otherwise uncommon. Death is common in the fifth book, with most of the characters introduced in the first three books dying. Children are born to parents in the fifth book who were born in the fourth book.

There are complex relationships between brothers and sisters and empires. Slaves are as important as royalty. Kings make mistakes. Slaves save empires. Most of the characters are neither royalty nor slaves.

The setting is primarily Hattusha and Hebron. However, it ranges from the first cataract of the Nile, to Troy, to the Black Sea to the Tigris River, to Damascus. Building by stone is detailed, Life an a Phoenician ship is described, but most of the time they live either in a city or a tent.

The standard method of transportation was walking, though riding a camel or a horse was common. During the course of these stories, the wagon and chariot are invented, improved and used in warfare. Ships were common. Writing predates this series. However, at the beginning, writing was very difficult and almost unknown. By the end of the fifth book, reading is common, almost universal.

But the primary purpose was to make the stories interesting. Because, if no one reads them, they do not teach.

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 66:16-19 Come and listen, all you who fear God, and I will tell you what he did for me. For I cried out to him for help, praising him as I spoke. If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my LORD would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer.

Don’t you just love these verses? The Psalmist is inviting all who know the Lord to come and listen to his testimony. It is good for us to share with others what the Lord has done for us. I have fond memories of those times in my earlier walk with the Lord when we actually had testimony time in our worship services. It has been quite a while now since that has been done. I don’t really know why the church has gotten away from it. I know some churches still do it, but they are in the minority. It seems odd to me that we think we don’t need it anymore. If we can’t testify to what the Lord is doing in our lives before the body of Christ, how can we expect to do it in the world? If we don’t encourage one another by how the Lord is working in our midst, where are we going to find the encouragement we need to remain faithful? If we don’t allow time to praise the Lord for His working in our lives in church, when will we be given opportunity to thank and praise Him?

It is good for others to know that we found forgiveness at the throne of God’s mercy. It is good for others to know that we are not perfect and are in need of forgiveness. It is good for others to know that the Lord still is in the forgiving business. It is good for others to know that we all need to seek the Lord and confess our sins.

Note that the Psalmist said that if sin was not acknowledged and confessed, nothing would happen, there would be no forgiveness to proclaim. It is very important that we do not miss this truth. In order for our sins to be forgiven, they must be confessed before the Lord.

The church exists to edify those who are in Christ. We are to build one another up in faith and spur each other on to greater faith. What better way is there to do that than to acknowledge that the Lord is actively working in our lives to make us holy?

It is good food for the soul to share what the Lord has and is now doing in our lives. We must be witnesses for Him and the church is the perfect training ground for us. Let us not neglect talking about our Lord in His house.
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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 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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Take My Breath Away by Suzanne D. Williams

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Where did the idea for this story come from?

I wanted to write a romantic suspense for teens. Most of the ones I’ve seen out there I wouldn’t really like a young person to read. My goal has always been to produce young adult stories they can enjoy but parents don’t have to worry about. This made the suspense format more challenging, but in the end, enjoyable. I believe it will still keep the pages turning until the very end.

Tell us about the setting.

The story is set in the northwest, on the border between California and Oregon. Hannah Giselle grew up in San Francisco with her mom. Her dad, after a nasty divorce, moved into the mountains to take a Forest Ranger job. Her maternal grandmother also lives there.

Hannah’s love interest, Troy Lansing, grew up in that small town. He’s wanted to leave, see what else is out there, but has felt held back. Hannah changes how he sees himself, and as her world falls apart, he becomes the strength she needs to endure it.

Can we read a scene?

In this scene, Hannah has crashed her car into the back of Troy’s truck. He’s not the friendliest guy around:

He was taller than she expected, once up close, perhaps six-foot-one or so, and imposing. She put that down to his apparent unhappiness and therefore, partially dreaded what she had to say.

“Troy Lansing. Maura said you wanted to speak with me?”

He talked deep, like he sang, harmonic, almost.

Hannah stood to her feet, her nerves taking hold. “Yeah … I’m sorry to tell you this, but I … I had an accident. Outside?” She paused to inhale.

Why did this boy make her so nervous?

“My tire blew, not sure why, but I … I lost control and ran into a green pickup?” This last bit squeaked out too high-pitched, and embarrassment swamped her. She could, at least, sound confident and mature, not like a fifteen-year-old.

“You hit my truck?” He scowled, thick brows forming a line.

Hannah gulped, her throat dry. “I … guess? I’m really sorry. My dad …”

He blew out a breath, waving one arm outward. “Great. That’s all I need … for some … tourist … to come prancing in here …”

“Tourist?” Her anger sparked. “I admit I’ve never been here before, but …”

“There you go then,” he said.

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Take My Breath Away

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This time she felt it, the luxury of his voice suffusing her chest, and the sound combined with the warmth of his arms, the pointed pressure of his chin on the top of her head, served to romance her.

She’d fall hard and fast for him if she’d let it. But the pain of her mom’s betrayal and what still lay unsaid with her dad stopped her, and instead, she teetered on the edge, her mind warring with the daydream spun around her.

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Her mom and dad’s divorce, although it was years ago, still causes friction in nineteen-year-old Hannah Giselle’s life, friction she hopes two weeks alone with her dad in the northern California mountains will help begin to heal.

But her mom’s resentment seems to follow her there, taking a firm grip in the secrets which soon come to light. Her dad had a fiancée she knew nothing about, a lovely woman whose unresolved disappearance quickly turns her already troubled world upside down.

She finds comfort in the arms of handsome local, Troy Lansing. He’s stronger than he knows and, despite his personal doubts, the steady hand she needs. Especially when yet one more revelation tears her life apart.

A clean, romantic suspense for young adults by best-selling author, SUZANNE D. WILLIAMS.

About the Author:

Suzanne D. Williams

Best-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit http://suzanne-williams-photography.blogspot.com/ or link with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/scw1217.

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The Trembling Heart  by Christopher Shennan

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But to this one I will look,

To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.  (Isaiah 66:2b – NASB)

I read of a Scottish preacher during the Reformation period of the church who was about to be burned at the stake for his Biblical preaching.

Asked if he wanted to say a final word before the flame was lighted, he declared,“I stand here ready to give my life for Christ with far less fear than ever I had when mounting the pulpit to declare the Word of God.”

What was he saying? Was he being flippant in the face of death? Was his declaration an act of bravado denying he felt any fear at all?

No. He admitted to some fear of death; he just wanted his hearers to know he had a fear that was greater than the fear of death. He trembled at the possibility he may have taken God’s Word lightly, or that he had not treated it with the respect it deserved. He did not want to offend God by adding or taking away from it, or in misinterpreting it. He held it in such high regard as the message of a loving God to lost sinners, he was afraid to misrepresent it – a fear that overshadowed any fear of death he might have been feeling.

Would that more modern preachers approached God’s Word, the Bible, in that way. Would that the lukewarm climate of the present-day church would be invaded with this kind of Godly fear. We may yet see a revival before the awesome coming of our Lord.

The Trembling Heart

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“But to this one I will look,

To him who is humble and contrite of spirit, and who trembles at My word.  (Isaiah 66:2b – NASB)

Give me a heart that trembles

At the entrance of Thy Word;

Give me a life that follows

At the slightest whisper heard.

If there’s a doubt in reading

What the meaning of it is,

Give me the lips for pleading

To know what the answer is.

Give me a mind anointed;

Give me a heart on fire.

Give me the Spirit’s wooing

To keep my feet from mire.

Sometimes a fond persuasion

Takes root in the human mind;

If it differs from Thy thinking’

Grant that I be not blind.

Oh for a heart that trembles’

Oh for a heart that finds,

That the simplest word God’s spoken

Is above mere human minds.

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The Other Side of Temptation by Parker J. Cole

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Recently, I heard I song by Kevin Levar called Your Destiny. It is a wonderful, yet powerful song about how one’s destiny, as ordained by God, is too important to give up for anything. The song is an example of sermon to a catchy beat I’m sure every one of us can relate to.

There’s a lyric to the song that resonates within me. It’s a simple verse that says,

“Waiting on the other side of temptation…”

That simple lyric got me to thinking hard. What is waiting on the other side of temptation?

After all, temptation lures us because we want it so bad. Whether it’s another man, another woman, money, drugs, a euphoric high from some addictive bad habit, we want that because of the pleasure we receive from it. Temptations are more or less temporary pleasures rooted in our sinful nature. For myself, I’ll never be tempted to drink alcohol because that’s nothing something that gives me pleasure; however, if you set a nice, soft, chewy chocolate chip cookie in front of me, I’ll succumb. If you set twelve of them in front of me, I may eat the whole pack.

Simply put the lures are something individually catered to who we are. It could be drug addiction, porn addiction, fornication, sexual deviance, adultery, gluttony (greediness), the love of money, the love of power and control. Whatever that is, there are events and devices that will tempt us to partake of the glowing, flashy rotted fruit.

Yet, on the other side of temptation, that’s the real reward. On the other side of drug addiction is the freedom to be your own person not controlled by a substance. On the other side of porn addiction, is a spouse God has given you to delve into become ‘one flesh’ unencumbered by a computer screen. On the other side of fornication is self-control. On the other side of sexual deviance is a wholesome relationship blessed by God. On the other side of adultery is faithfulness. On the other side of gluttony is generosity. On the other of control is service. On the other side temptation is the true reward God has for you – a life abundantly blessed through obedience to Him. In my book, The Other Man, I deal with a topic a lot of church people feel uncomfortable about – possibly because many of us among the saints have thoughts adultery and fornication. Perhaps we’ve even taken a bite of that rotted fruit that shines so bright. Thankfully, God gave us a way out. Even if we succumb, on the other side of temptation is redemption through Christ Jesus. In other words, we don’t have to stay on this side of temptation. The glorious reward is on the other side of it.

I’ll leave with the lyric from an old, by familiar hymn. Be blessed.

“Yield not to temptation for yielding is sin.

Each victory will help you, some other to win.”

About the Author:

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.

Visit her site at http://www.ParkerJCole.com

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Gems From Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 66:18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart, my Lord would not have listened. But God did listen! He paid attention to my prayer.

God always hears the confession of a sincere soul. He lovingly waits for us to confess our sin. He longs for us to have pure hearts. He always forgives those who humble themselves before Him in repentance.

It is also true that the Lord does not hear us when we pray if we don’t confess our sins. No matter how emotionally we pray, it’s all in vain if we don’t have a repentant heart. We may pray and pray, but without a repentant heart it is a waste of time and energy.

There is great joy in those who know God has heard their prayers and are forgiven. There is no greater joy on earth or heaven than forgiven sins. Not even the angels of heaven know what it is like for a soul to be forgiven for sin. Oh, what a wondrous thought; God hears our prayers and forgives us for our sins!

If it seems like God pays no attention to your prayers, you need to examine your soul and see if there might be a sin problem you have that you need to confess. Sin is not always the root cause of why we feel like our prayers are not being heard, but it often is. May our prayer always be for the Lord to examine our hearts and see if there be any wicked ways in us. May we always approach Him with pure hearts. If we do, God will pay attention to our prayers and answer them.
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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Listen to God by Rebekah Beene

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In a Women’s meeting in 1983, I went up for prayer and to see if God had “anything for me”.  The woman of God who was praying for people spoke over my life. She said these words:  “You will write books. You can go to the bank on it. Rivers of living water will flow from your belly…”

I went home to my three small children and told my hubby about it.  I was 26 years old. I told no one else and we literally forgot all about that encounter as we raised children and grew in the Lord.

In 2006 I began writing for fun and didn’t see the hand of God on what I was doing. But I kept writing and God began to speak. I joined social media and someone wanted me to friend them. I just wanted to have the social page as mine to find old friends and distant family. Finally I said to Him, “Okay God I give this (social media page) to You. You do whatever you want with it.”

He did just what I asked Him to do. Every day I ask Him what His people need to hear and He speaks. As long as He leads I will write. I am merely the typist to the Lord.

Oh beloved, God will bless your life to with every bit you give Him. It’s quite simple. Ask Him to use you in whatever area you are in, give Him your sphere of influence and make Him your main passion. He will write through you, He will compose through you, He will give you songs in the night for hurting hearts. He will take ordinary and make it extraordinary. He will take the natural and put His supernatural mark on it. Praying for you, that you will know what a great and awesome God we serve and that you will see His hand everywhere you go. It’s a wonderful life to live in the Light of His Magnificent Word!

Psalm 89:15 How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance.

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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