Hurricane Season 9/20/2019

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by B. J. Robinson

Psalms 91:4

He will cover you with his feathers, 

and under his wings you will find refuge;

Luke 21:11

There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

Matthew 24:7-8

Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 

There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are the beginning of birth pains.

Storms of life rage like hurricanes. As we enter the 2019 hurricane season, one can’t help but remember the hurricanes they’ve endured. In 2004, Florida had four back-to-back. Hurricane Irma was the last to rage through our neck of Florida woods. When storms roar in lifeweather or otherwise, ask God for help. A group of prayer warriors prayed that the hurricane would decrease in category and speed before it hit, and it did. If you put your faith and trust in Him, He will carry you through the storms with peace.

Being from Louisiana and becoming a Florida transplant, I’ve endured my share. Hurricanes happen often in Louisiana and Florida. I grew up with them, but until 2004, I had never seen four hit a state back to back. Hurricane Dorian is our latest, one that just seems to keep going and never give up. Once again, I thank God for decreasing the speed and the route. I never want to see a Category 5, especially after seeing what one did to parts of Florida when Hurricane Andrew hit and after seeing what Dorian done before packing her suitcase and traveling our coast, taking the coast all the way to Maine. God forbid.

In 2004, the year I lost my youngest sister, the heavens raged. Storm clouds covered the land and hurricanes blew in from the sea. That year, twelve blustery ones battered American shores. Ironically, the last, a storm named Lisa, my sister’s name, was tiny and non-threatening like her. It eventually faded out over land. On September 13, a summons came for Lisa. Sent on a mission, angels ferried another angel home. Lisa proved because of Christ, even in death, there’s hope when those she left behind were left with only memories and the hope of seeing her again in heaven.

Hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires engulf us more than normal along with our personal storms of life. IGod talking to us and telling us to be prepared by being ready? These events are birth pains, so as when a woman goes into labor, it isn’t long until the baby is born. Jesus is knocking at our doors. Invite Him into your hearts and homes and be prepared. Be ready. Pray continuously and don’t give up. Ask others to pray with you.

I pray for all those who have endured hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires. Remember to praise God and ask for His help. Ride out the storms in your life with Him. Keep the faith. Prayer works. 

 About the Author:

B. J. RobinsonB.J. Robinson An avid reader and passionate writer, one of her favorite genres is historical romance, and she writes bestselling inspirational romance, writing in various genres to provide reader choice. A mother of five and grandmother of thirteen, she loves animals and flowers and is also a fur-baby mom to a golden retriever named Honi and a husky named Cherokee. Her hope is to entertain by taking her readers on a continuous journey to other worlds while writing for God, giving Him all the glory, and reminding readers of the beautiful one yet to come. Robinson is a graduate of two Christian Writers Guild classes, a graduate of Long Ridge, and former member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Florida Writers Association (FWA).   

If you would like to check out the selection of her work, please check her Amazon page at http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1458731934&sr=1-2-ent

https://www.amazon.com/Siege-Azalea-Plantation-Book-ebook/dp/B018JOIFRI/ 

One of BJ’s bestselling books. 

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Don’t Give Up on Me

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Don’t Give Up on Me

(An Otter Bay Maine Novel)

by Jodi Artzberger

Don't Give Up on Me

No Greater Love (John 15:13)

Redemption changed him. Redemption calls her.

When Cragge Automotive Group’s heiress, Amanda Cragge is left for dead, the only man she’s ever loved finds her. As the threats continue, will she accept help from the man who left her eight years ago without explanation?

When Ryker Scott returns to Otter Bay, he is brought face to face with his past. He thought he could handle coming back but he might have been wrong. As a trained Army Ranger, he’s going to have to use his skills if he wants to keep the only woman he’s ever loved alive.

Will unforgiveness that has left Amanda bitter and alone and hurting, cause her to harden her heart towards Ryker and God?

Will their past become their future or will their futures be destroyed forever?

A Gospel centered story about the power of God’s love and redemption.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Don’t Play Church & My Name is Jealous

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Don’t Play Church

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by Dr. Shon Shree Lewis

Don't Play Church

Have you been trying to heal from church hurt and struggle, with trusting people in the church because of the hypocrisy or betrayal you or someone you know experienced from people in the church? This powerful book will empower you to forgive those who have spiritually wounded you in the church. God will strengthen you to move on with confidence with your purpose in life from him as you learn the importance of never putting your complete trust in people but solely in God. That’s because God is the supernatural power who gives you peace, favor, and prosperity to help you live free from past hurts as you enjoy your life to the fullest in God.

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My Name Is Jealous

God Loves You WIth An Everlasting Love

by Sheldon D. Newton

My Name Is Jealous

IMAGINE GOD VISITING YOUR HOUSE AND HOLDING A CONVERSATION WITH YOU THAT CHANGES YOUR LIFE FOREVER! Written in the first person as if God Himself was speaking to you personally, “My Name Is Jealous” shows the believer how to enter into intimacy with the Lord and walk with Him in faith, love and purity of heart, mind and body. You will be transformed as you experience His love for you and His great desire for you to know Him in a marvelous way. Jesus will become much more real to you. Based completely on scriptural principles the reader is taken on a journey of what it truly means to have a relationship with the Lord and walk in His favor and power in ever-increasing ways. Change from within shall occur as you feed upon the riches of His grace and understand more of His great love for you. You will be drawn into His Presence more and more as He reveals His great desire to be close to you every day. Get ready for an adventure with God. Your life will never be the same after reading this powerful devotional. Get your copy today!!!!!

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God’s Pumpkin Patch

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by C.J. Peterson

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the Gardener…” John 15:1

God’s pumpkin patch is full of pumpkins that are ripe and ready to harvest. He carefully picks each one at the proper time and carries them into the house to clean out. He washed off the dirt and mud from the garden to make sure the outside is clean. Then He cuts off the top, cleans out all of the things we are hiding within ourselves that we have hidden, yet they are things that will spoil us if it is not cleared out. When He is finished, he looks at the pumpkin to decide what plan He has for that particular pumpkin.

He sets up the table, and then tediously carves a work of art into the pumpkin. It’s painful as He smoothly moves over the face of the pumpkin. When He is finished with the carving, He picks a scented votive candle that complements the pumpkin, and then lights the candle.

His children ‘oooo’ and ‘ahhhh’ as they use the sense of sight to see the brightness of the light the Father has placed within the pumpkin, as well as how it shines through the stunning artwork that is the entire pumpkin. They inhale with their sense of smell the aromatic melody of the pumpkin scent as it blends with the nutmeg and cinnamon candle within it’s shell. They touch the beautiful carving in awe of what the Father has made of a simple pumpkin from His garden.

“It’s beautiful, Father!”

“Then take care of it,” the Father replies as He hands His angel the pumpkin. “Go and make sure it’s light shines in the world.”

“What happens if someone destroys the pumpkin?” The Angel apprehensively asked.

“Then bring it back to me, and I will make it another work of art. Each pumpkin in My garden has a purpose. I have made each one to be a light in this world for Me and to show My love to them.”

The Angel nods before He walks out of the Father’s house, to see hundreds of pumpkins with tiny candles that lit the path. It was then that the Angel understood how each light is used to help another, to light the path to the Father’s house.

We are created for a purpose…you are created for a purpose. Whatever has happened in your past, God can and will use you if you go to Him and allow Him to clean you and allow you to be a work of art for Him.

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About the Author:

CJ PetersonI was raised in a Christian military home, but it was far from tranquil. Like many young people, I left home as soon as possible, and went my own way, thinking I knew better. To me anything was better than where I was. Unfortunately, some of the choices I made led me away from the Lord, and sometimes that path was a dangerous one.
God is faithful, even when His children are lost and wandering. When I needed Him most, the Lord was there for me. He led me out of that danger and into a new life…a life where I am loved and appreciated. He taught me what ‘real love’ is, and what it’s supposed to look like through my family and wonderful husband.
Who knew that “Prince Charming” actually existed? I hoped and prayed he was out there, and I found him! He is a 24 year Navy veteran and the love of my life! With his encouragement, I rediscovered the creativity I thought I had lost a long time ago, and have begun to publish the books I have written through the years. The words in these books helped me through my struggles, and my prayer is they will help others.
The way in which I write my Christian Books, is unique to say the least. I am a realistic Christian. People are people, they stumble, they fall, they trip, but God continues to dust us off, and set us back on the path again, if we just learn to trust in Him.
The challenges faced in my past give me a perspective on the realities of living the Christian life that some people may never see. There are times we wander away from God…there are times when we draw closer to Him. In our arrogance we think we can make it on our own. However, the One who made this world, and who made you, has the answers, and thankfully, He forgives our impudence and petulance and loves us through it all. God is a God of love, mercy, grace, and guidance. He loves us and only wants the best for us.
Those who have read my books, describe them as encouraging, frustrating, and a wonderful read all at the same time. The same character that could have you crying one minute, will have you cheering the next! One of my editors, stated that ‘she was so into the story, that she forgot to edit, and had to go back to do the editing’.
I pray you will enjoy my books as well!

While the stories are fiction, the journey is real.

Visit CJ’s websitehttp://cjpetersonwrites.com/

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CrossReads Weekly Devotionals: Gems From Pastor Jim 9/16/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 65:1 The LORD says, “People who never before inquired about me are now asking about me. I am being found by people who were not looking for me. To them I have said, ‘I am here!’ ”

If there ever was a time in history in which people are searching for God, it is now. Albeit, most are searching in all the wrong places; nevertheless, there is a real interest in God. Life’s events often trigger a search for God. When things happen that are out of anyone’s control or ability to change, God is looked to. Man looks for God when he is utterly helpless and in desperate need.

We must stay alert for those around us who are searching for God so that we can help them to discover the truth about God and not some counterfeit idea about Him. There are so many absurd things that are being said about God, how to reach Him, and how He affects human life. We must be grounded well in our own relationship with Him and in His Word so that we can help others avoid being sucked into the false teachings in the world and church.

Satan is a master teacher and deceiver. He convinces most of things that are not true about God. He begins by casting doubt in the mind about the absolute authority of God’s Word. He masterfully leads people away from the Word and interjects other perceptions of truth in the mind. He disguises untruth with the truth until the untruth prevails. He twists the Word, takes it out of context, ignores parts of it, adapts it, and alters it so that it is totally different than what it is. He makes it sound good and attractive so that those who are searching for God won’t find Him.

People looking for God need people who know the Truth and are able to lead them to Him. They need people who are not afraid to seize opportunities given to them to speak out for Him. They need people who are able to help them find the Lord. The Lord longs to have a relationship with those looking for Him. He cannot be found in the false teachings of the church. He cannot be found anywhere but through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. There is only one way to heaven where God is, and that is through Calvary.

People who never before were looking for God are now searching for Him. They are everywhere you are at. Ask the Lord to open your eyes to see those who are looking for Him. Ask Him to help you be the one to take them by the hand and lead them to Him. He is near and wants to be found. People need people like you and me to show and tell them the way to Him.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending 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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Market Your Books With Podcasts – Start your own Podcast

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by Russell Sherrard

I was first introduced to creating a podcast for various things. I listen/watch a tech show on the weekend and the host mentioned an app called Anchor.fm. 

I went to Anchor to check it out.

A few of Anchor’s best features:

UNLIMITED FREE HOSTING →

We don’t believe in charging creators to make or store their content. No storage limits, no trial period, no catch.

This one of the main reasons that I went with Anchor

ONE-CLICK DISTRIBUTION →

Make your podcast available everywhere people listen (including Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, and Spotify), with just one click.

This is another reason I went with Anchor.

MONETIZE YOUR PODCAST →

Get paid for your plays by beloved brands we’ll match with your show, or collect monthly payments from your listeners. Or both!

This is a good feature that I don’t have to worry about. It is taken care of for me

PODCAST WITH FRIENDS →

Record with guests or cohosts anywhere in the world, or collect voice messages from your listeners to include in your episodes.

This feature only works on “compatible” smart phones. I was told when I downloaded the app that my phone was incompatible. Not only that this feature only works on compatible phones.

STRAIGHTFORWARD ANALYTICS →

See at a glance how your podcast episodes are doing over time, so you can understand and grow your audience.

Good feature. Easy to read.

RECORD FROM ANYWHERE →

Anchor’s mobile apps, iPad app, and desktop platform make it easy to capture audio anywhere, anytime.

Again, does not work on incompatible phones. I found an alternative. Use freeconferencecall.com Works better than the app and your recording can be up to 6 hours in length.

Despite some shortcomings of the app I decided to create my own podcast. It is called Ask the Author Podcast.

Listen to the NEW Ask the Author Podcast.
This podcast conducts candid and insightful interviews with Christian Independent Authors. Ever wanted to know what your favorite authors favorite food is? Want to know what your favorite author does in his/her spare time? You’ll find the answer here each week. Our Interview this week is with Sherry Chamblee. Click on the link to hear the Podcast. https://anchor.fm/russell-sherrard #podcast #audio #listen
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I have created 3 episodes so far and am enjoying it immensely. You can too!
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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Speak Out

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Speak Out

Releasing the Power of Declaring Prayer

by Kathy DeGraw

Speak Out

Do you long for your prayers to pack more of a PUNCH against the enemy? If you have ever felt inadequate in this area, YOU ARE NOT ALONE, and there is something you can do about it.

In her book, Speak Out, author Kathy DeGraw assures you that because the HOLY SPIRIT co-labors with you, you cannot fail when you pray.

DeGraw teaches you how to decree and declare, and also answers these questions:

  • What is the difference between praying in your mind silently and declaring out of your mouth?
  • How can decreeing and declaring increase your faith?
  • What is the benefit of praying in tongues?

After you read Speak Out, feel empowered through verbal prayer to take the authoritative mantle Jesus gave you and BREAK DOWN STRONGHOLDS IN YOUR LIFE.

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CrossReads Short Takes: The Snakeman Of Sneyd End & Your Sin Will Find You Out

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The Snakeman Of Sneyd End

by Ray Burston

The Snakeman Of Sneyd End

By the summer of 1969 the ‘Swinging Sixties’ has barely touched Sneyd End in the English Midlands.

Instead, while Neil Armstrong is walking on the Moon and The Beatles are recording ‘Abbey Road’, the good folk of this grimy, industrial town are trying to make sense of a series of unexplained disappearances amongst the pupils of the local high school.

One man declares he has the answer: Brian Danks is an eccentric zoologist who has made a name for himself on account of his dogged campaign to save the town’s railway from closure. It’s been an obsession that has won him few friends, and one or two powerful enemies.

So who will listen now when he tries to warn the people of Sneyd End about the monstrous killer in their midst?

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Your Sin Will Find You Out

(The Frank Hollander Mysteries Book 1)

by Jay Tepe

Your Sin Will Find You Out

A dream-come-true turns into a nightmare…

When Frank Hollander moves his family from a small Illinois town to Milstot, a suburb of Chicago, it seems like a lifelong dream come true. They move into a beautiful old house, the boyhood home of Chicago’s most powerful business mogul – Leonard Kingsley.

While moving in Frank discovers a hidden room in the attic above the garage and in that room evidence of a terrible crime. Could it be connected to a thirty-year-old cold murder case? Frank, with the help of a local police detective and a new friend with CIA connections, starts poking around to solve the case. As the evidence piles up, could the police be closing in on the real killer? Or could there be more powerful forces at work pulling the strings?

Even when wheels turn slowly God is in control…

As Frank is trying to get his family settled into their new life, the horrible history of the house is revealed. Can God really use him to help right the wrongs done so long ago? All he can do is constantly be in prayer for the case to be solved and God’s will to be done. Things aren’t resolved as quickly or as simply as he’d like and it is in that realization that he learns that life is run on God’s timetable – not his. Frank comes to have a deeper appreciation for just how much God loves us all – even those who commit terrible crimes against others.

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Trust His Heart

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by Sherry Chamblee

I have always found one of my most difficult trials to be when my home situation is in flux again. So whenever we’ve moved, I’ve felt that instability as abject terror. It’s something deeper than just worry and stress from changing schedules and changing environments. It comes from a fear that I won’t have anywhere to go – that something will fall through and we’ll be left abandoned and alone on the side of a road somewhere.  

I’ve had this come up in my life over and over again, and I’ve struggled to not meet it with fear and let that fear rule me. I’ve often given in to panic, tried to micromanage each situation, and gotten short with my family throughout the process.

Well I find myself in that situation once again. The future is unsure, I can’t see the next thing coming right now, but I can hear it like a train in the night bearing down on us.  

Yet this time … this time I want to trust God without reservation. I want to stand still, hearing the noise of something coming, and yet know that God has this and all will be exactly as He wishes – no matter what that is. I far too often make resolutions silently, in my heart, without stating them out loud. But not this time. This time I will speak it out that I will trust God. I will write it down that I will trust God. I will spread it abroad to anyone who listens that I will trust God in this matter.

I cannot see His plan right now, but I can see His heart, and God’s heart is to only do us good and not evil all of our days. Whatever His good looks like, I can and will rest assured that it will be for His glory, and not for His dishonor.

Jeremiah 29:11 

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

Not only is God thinking of me, paying attention to me, but He also has thoughts toward me. Think of that difference for a second. Isn’t that more than wonderful? He thinks of you and me as individuals and He has thoughts directed toward us as persons. As individuals. And those thoughts are of peace, not evil. God is not plotting evil things to do to us, to me, but He is plotting out ways to bring peace between us. He has peaceful thoughts about me. About you too.  

And He will be my expected end. He will bring it to pass, whatever His plan is, it will be His doing and it will be glorious. 

Why should I expect a life of ease? That’s not right. Why should I panic and fear, trying to manage everything for my own greatest comfort? That’s not right. The peace of God is above physical stress, physical discomfort, and even physical pain.  

God’s peace transcends all of that, and it is this peace that guides His thoughts about me and you. 

So today, when you’re faced with something that you’ve always struggled with, turn to God and tell Him you WILL be standing with Him – you WILL trust Him – you WILL purposely see His hand in whatever comes to pass, and you will trust His Heart that He has thoughts of peace towards you.

About the Author:

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.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

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Because of Jesus, Believers Carry With Them Priceless Cargo

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by Rebekah Beene

The other day we were driving down the interstate and a uhaul truck passed us. That’s not unusual but what we saw next we had never seen before. It was pulling a Tesla. I don’t know why but I thought that was just a little odd. An average uhaul carrying a very unusual, quite expensive car.  I took a picture of it.  This morning I notice the words on the back of the truck – “15’ Super Mover”.

Oh beloved, did you know? Have you heard?  Because of Jesus, believers carry with them priceless cargo. Holy Spirit cannot be purchased but if it could none of us could afford Him.  But because He is a gift even though we are average humans in the flesh, we become Super Movers!

God wants you to know this morning that in your own right you aren’t enough.  You just aren’t.  Neither am I.  No one is enough. No one is worthy.   No one has the credentials in the natural. But when covered by the Blood, bought with a price, and sealed and filled with Holy Spirit everything changes! You aren’t who you used to be.  It’s important to know that people may still see you outwardly as who you were, but there is Dunamis power working within you. It doesn’t matter to God who you were, it’s about who you are in Christ, that He desires to teach you!

God also wants you to know that while you weren’t enough, He has made you more than enough. Enough to live for Christ. Enough to die to self. Enough to withstand outward pressures. Enough to hold your own in trials.    Enough to leap over the walls of confinement this world has.  Enough to hide God’s Word in your heart.  Enough to make right decisions. Enough to say yes to every move God wants to make. Enough to be forgiven when you mess up.  Enough to withstand the worst heartaches.  Enough to change the atmosphere when you enter a room. All because your heart is changed and your mind is being renewed by the glory you carry within you!

God loves you and He’s for you.  You’re not just an object of perfection or imperfection – whichever way you see yourself. It’s not about you. It’s about the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, and your Maker.  Run to Him this morning and ask Him for more insight into your true worth, more wisdom to walk in His precepts and more fire to shake the ground you take back from the enemy. And live, beloved, as who God made you to be – a child full of the wisdom, power and love of God as you walk into this day!

1 Corinthians 1:18 The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.

I Corinthians 4:20  For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.

Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

I Corinthians 6:19-20 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.

I John 4:4 You are from God, little children, and have overcome them; because greater is He who is in you than he who is in the world

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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