CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 6/17/19

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 40:31. But those who wait on the LORD will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

This verse is cherished by many of us. The promise is that God’s favor will be upon those who wait on him. He will be with them and overwhelm them with freedom and strength in Him. The thought I want to dwell on for a few moments is the waiting. What does that mean for us today? A few things come to my mind.

When we wait before the Lord we don’t get ahead of Him. We don’t strike out on our own and wait for Him to catch up to us. We let Him do the leading. It’s like the Israelites of old as they wandered in the wilderness. They stayed in their camp until the Lord moved. Whenever He lifted His presence from the Tabernacle, they broke camp and followed Him. If He didn’t lead them anywhere different, they stayed put and occupied where they were at. We sometimes get anxious about things and start moving on our own. We need to learn to wait. Sometimes we get too confident of ourselves and start moving without God’s direction. We need to learn to wait.

When we wait on the Lord we spend time in fellowship with Him. We seek Him out just to be with Him. We linger in His presence just to enjoy Him. We spend time in the Word looking for Him. We spend time in prayer expecting to visit with Him.

When we wait, we make the Lord a priority in our lives. We value our time with Him and understand that our time with Him takes priority over everything else. We don’t rush our time or try to fit Him into our busy schedule. We understand that everything else must fit around our time with Him and if that means some things have to be set aside and perhaps not get done, so be it.

When we wait before the Lord, we linger until we know that our need for Him has been met. We linger as we bring to Him all the burdens of our heart. We linger until we have peace that all is well with our soul and our burdens are lifted. We linger with thanksgiving on our hearts for Him and all that we are so richly blessed with. We linger that we might praise Him, for He is worthy of all our praise. We understand that there is no greater need that we have than to wait on the Lord. Waiting on the Lord means that our hearts are in an attitude of worship while living in Him. Wait on the Lord and He WILL renew your strength.

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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by BJ Robinson

To let reader’s know what I’m working on, I’m reworking Romance Under the Oaks, a Christian historical romance. If you enjoy historical romance, in the meantime, The Belle and the Officer and the Azalea Plantation Series are available for great summer reads. All are inspirational.

Excerpt for Romance Under the Oaks

A grin as wide as the Mississippi split his face, and light danced in his merry brown eyes. “I’m so glad you like it. I knew you would. The look on your face is just what I’ve been waiting to see.” 

Celina smiled and gazed at the oak alley with the white-columned antebellum home behind it. “It’s so much more than I expected in a bayou. I love it.” She squealed with delight, like an excited child opening the best birthday gift she’d ever been given.  

“Yes, she’s impressive sitting back behind an avenue of oaks. Just wait until you view the river and the boats from her wide gallery.” The steamer docked at the landing, and Jacques held her hand as she descended. 

He kept her hand tucked in his as they strolled the shady path to the manor, and Celina’s heart fluttered. She was young and in loveThe trees made the home such a river belle with their emerald green leafy skirts. Spanish moss danced in the breeze off the Mississippi. 

It was a mild spring day. The sun smiled down and warmed her face. She sat beneath the ninth oak from the Big House and enjoyed the view of the Mississippi. Sunlight sparkled on the live oak leaves. The birds were so happy they sung in glory. The world was a beautiful place. His caramel eyes were warm and inviting. His fingers laced hers. They sat together underneath the ninth oak, the tree that would become their oak. 

In the shade of the oaks, it was cooler, and the magnificent white house showcased itself behind their branches. Jacques grinned and held out a wicker basket. “I thought this would be an ideal place for a picnic under the oaks.  

He spread a blanket over the ground, helped her sit down, and blessed the food. “Let’s eat, and then I’ll take you on a grand tour.” He pulled out cold fried chicken, rolls, and fruit, but Celina couldn’t take her eyes off the house. “Eat your lunch so you can see the inside. I think you’ll be just as thrilled.”  

“I’m sure I will. Today is turning out to be an exciting one.” 

“And it’s not over yet.” He grinned between bites of chicken breast. 

Celina ate and gazed at the surrounding woods. She had to admit it was a lovely setting, but she’d have no place to shop. She sighed. No doubt the woods were full of wild animals and the water full of alligators. 

Jacques took her hand and pulled her to her feet before he kissed her beneath the ninth tree from the Big House. She wrapped her arms around his neck and held him for dear life. Celina loved him with all her heart. 

Living in the bayou was going to be a challenge she hoped she could endure for the sake of the man she loved. He was so happy, and it showed. His face glowed. She couldn’t take the sunshine out of those pretty brown eyes. No way could she disappoint him. He’d worked three long, hard years to make this dream a reality. 

She clutched him like a life raft. He’d be her support. She let herself get lost in the waves of love and romance under the oaks. He gazed down into her eyes with love in his and whispered in her ear. “Let’s go see our dream house.” 

About the Author:

B. J. RobinsonB.J. Robinson is an Amazon bestselling author and writes sweet romance, historical romance, short stories, and contemporary romance for the Amazon Kindle in various genres to provide reader choice. A mother of five and grandmother of thirteen, she loves animals, flowers, and pets. Check out the selection of her work, at her Amazon page http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1458731934&sr=1-2-ent 

 

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CrossReads Book Spotlight:Smith Wigglesworth Understanding the True Grace of God

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Smith Wigglesworth

Understanding the True Grace of God

by Dr. Michael Yeager

Smith Wigglesworth Understanding the True Grace of God

Smith: I do not know of any greater words than those found in Romans 4:16, “Therefore it is of faith that it might be by GRACE.” GRACE is God’s benediction coming right down to you, and when you open the door to Him, that is as an act of faith. Christ does all you want and will fulfill all your desires. “It is of faith that it might be by GRACE.” You open the way for God to work as you believe His Word, and God will come in and supply your every need every step of the way.Doc Yeager: We need the grace of God that transforms people, and turns them into brand new people in Christ Jesus. It is not the people who are confessing their saved but living like the damned. It is not the people who are saying they love God but give no evidence or proof of their Love for Jesus. Let us not love in word only but in dead an action. Great grace was upon them all.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Quilt of Grace & Messages

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Quilt of Grace

by Joyce Brandt Williams

Quilt of Grace

Lillian Denbeigh’s wedding-ring-patterned “encouragement quilt,” a bridal shower gift from her mother’s missionary society friends, comes with their promise of daily prayers. And does Lillian ever need them!

The hardships encountered on the trek west are enough to make a girl question her faith—and her sanity. And Lillian does both. When her world falls apart, God’s grace (and her quilt) comes to the rescue—restoring her to life and love; giving her a future and a hope—Hope Orphanage.

Other Books by Joyce Brandt Williams
The Rose & The Ring
Book 1: Lady Rosamund
Book 2: Lady Katherine
Book 3: Lady Veronika
Book 4: Lady Alexandra
Book 5: Lady Constanzia
Book 6: Lady Mareska

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Messages

Poems and Short Stories to Live By

by Gail Pallotta

Messages

Find inspiration for our hectic times in these straight-forward poems for happy and sad days.
Find history, warmth and a touch of the paranormal in three stories.
Getting the Goat peeks into the early 1900’s when mountain life was tough. Does Mama’s advice hold true today?
In Stitches in Love Rose’s deep love for her grandmother motivates others to share their gifts. Does Rose reap her reward?
Robert Horner is tempted in The Stranger, but does he succumb to the lure?

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Conversation with God

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by CJ Peterson

Why is it that you park in the drive ways . . . and drive in the parkways? Why is it that when children are babies, we encourage them to ‘pass gas’ or ‘burp’, yet it’s unacceptable to do so when we hit our Jr. High age?

Why is it that when we’re walking, jogging, or even taking a shower, that is the only time we truly sit down and think things through? Why is it that we wait until things ‘hit the fan’, before we decide to do something about it?

Why is it that our Father has the immeasurable patience to put up with our antics . . . yet turn around a split second later looking to comfort us in our sorrows . . . doesn’t His patience EVER wear thin?

In looking at my life lately, I just sometimes wonder why He doesn’t just shake His beautiful head at me, and let me go off on my own. For some strangeand unknownreason to me, He still feels fit to want to ‘keep me out of trouble’ that always seems to find me! *shrugs with a grin*

I may have told you my story, and someday, I’m sure it may be one of my best sellers – if I ever get the guts to put it in print! The things that He has brought me through . . . the things He has saved me from . . . Heh! I feel reallybad for my guardian angel! I can see it now! He’s up in Heaven, talking to my Father . . .

Angel: “But Lord! My word! Have you SEEN what trouble she’s gotten into lately?!?”

Father: “Yes”, He replies calmly.

Angel: “I love, honor, and worship you, Lord . . . but I’m tired!! Can’t you send in one of the fresh recruits?”

Father: “Don’t you understand?” He shook His head, slightly perplexed – even though He already knew the answer.

Angel: “Understand what?”

Father: “Understand the future I have for her,” He simply said.

Angel: In wide-eyed exasperation, “But Lord!! She’s not going to make it!!”

Father: “That is precisely why I placed youover her as her guard. Don’t you understand that she is not only one of My daughters – she’s one of the Princesses of This Kingdom.”

Angel: “Yes sir, however, may I point out that she will be joining us a lotsooner than You planned at the rate she is going?”

Father: With a pleasant smile on His face, He chuckles.

Angel: “A thousand pardons, my Lord, but what are you laughing at?”

Father: “That you lady’s story has her ducking and running for cover. It has you chasing your tail to keep up with her.”

Angel: “That’s my point!”

Father: He leans forward, with His elbows on His knees, as he gently explains, “Don’t you see that she’s in My refining fire?”

Angel: “Then, You’d better keep a closer eye on her! She’s about to melt completely!”

Father: Shaking His head, He says, “What others have thrown away . . . what others have called ‘filthy’, ‘marred’, ‘useless’, ‘beyond help’ . . . I will use! To me, she is ‘priceless’, ‘pure’, ‘strong’, and will help many! That one woman, does have a purpose – as many of my children do. I don’t take them through the fire, just to set them aside. I take them through, so they can help others through.”

Angel: “I understand that, Lord, but she’s just about burnt out!”

Father: He shrugged at the simple solution. “Then, guide her to safety.”

Angel: “Is that possible?”

Father: “With Me? All things are possible!” He winked, with a smile.

Angel: “Then I will complete my mission!”

Father: “Go swiftly . . . and know that I will use her for great things!”

Angel: He bowed, before beginning to step away. Then he faltered, and looked up at The Father, and asked, “She will survive, right?”

Father: “There’s a reason she has gone through the fire so much. She isa survivor. She isstrong. She willdo great things for this Kingdom. Take care of her . . . and I will take care of the rest.”

Angel:He stood up straight. With renewed vigor, he saluted The Lord, and said, “Yes sir!” and he was gone.

. . . Is your angel tired? Worn out? Know that there is a reason for this! You WILL be used for good! You ARE strong!

Thank you so much for allowing me to be one of your bloggers! I really appreciate you and all you do!
God bless,

C.J. Peterson

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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It’s Broken…But God

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by Rebekah Beene

Funny but this morning I remember a time when one of my favorite vases was broken by one of my children. I was heart broken. Now I can say that I wish that was the most heart breaking thing I’ve ever endured. But we all know about broken hearts. Each of us has our own endurance and have overcome much. Your broken heart and mine might look different but broken is broken.

Oh beloved, you would love to be able to just pick up the pieces and put your broken heart back together again. But God wants you to know this morning that He will do that for you. It may never look like it once did, but with His hand of grace and mercy on any situation, you will know that He has touched your heart and given you fresh hope and a renewed desire to endure the breaking of your heart.

God also wants you to know that He will change the outcome one day. He hears your prayers, He sees your needs and He is partnering with you by Holy Spirit to renew, restore and refresh broken promises, broken relationships and broken dreams. It’s not time to give up, beloved, it’s time to hold on, for your Help comes from the Lord!

God loves you and He’s for you. Even in the 11th hour of your life, God is on time. Run to Him this morning, ask for a fresh infilling of Holy Spirit and an infusion of faith for your waiting. Hand Him your broken places and rejoice in your trust in Him. And live, beloved, in the Light of His restoration power for you.

Isaiah 61:7 Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.

Psalm 51:12 Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

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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Verse of the Day and Devotion 6/7/2019

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Verse of the Day and Devotion

Christ must rule until God puts all enemies under his control.  – I Corinthians 15:25 ERV

Devotion

The Lord God rules and reigns over His Kingdom. Jesus Christ, so the Bible tells us, is presently seated at His right side. (Psalm 110:1; Mark 16:19) From this position of authority, Jesus rules and reigns as well. Indeed, He rules, reigns, and directs the war against all the enemies within the Kingdom. The Lord God says to Him, “If you ask, I will give you the nations. Everyone on earth will be yours. You will rule over them with great power. You will scatter your enemies like broken pieces of pottery.” (Psalm 2:8-9)

The war against the Kingdom’s enemies has been going on ever since Jesus ascended into Heaven and was seated at the Lord God’s right side. Who are the enemies specifically? The enemies are all those who are under the direction and control of Satan and his minions (Ephesians 6:12) and who rebel against the rule and reign of the Lord God and Jesus as a result. ‘”Why are the nations so angry? Why are the people making such foolish plans? Their kings and leaders join together to fight against the Lord and his chosen king. They say, “Let’s rebel against them. Let’s break free from them.”‘ (Psalm 2:1-3)

How long will this war go on? It will go on, as our verse for today says, until all the enemies are under Jesus’ control. Day by day, more and more, Jesus is taking control of the enemies. True, there have been set backs in the nearly two thousand years since He began to rule and reign. Nevertheless, the general trajectory of His fighting and warring has been victorious. The Church of Jesus Christ has been spreading over all the world and Satan’s rebellious regime of darkness has been beaten back. True, Satan will mount one last major rebellion against the Kingdom and the Church, but he will fail. He will fail, never to rise again. (Revelation 20:7-10)

If you are a Christian, then you are a participant in putting all the enemies of the Kingdom under Jesus Christ’s control. You are, like the well-known song says, a “Christian soldier.” Most of the time, of course, the battles are not actual military battles. Most of the time, the battles are relatively peaceful transitions away from the control that the regime of darkness has been illegally exercising in the various areas of the Kingdom.

However, even if the transitions are peaceful, you are a soldier and you must be ready to fight at any time.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight : 10 Investment Mistakes You Should Avoid as a Christian

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10 Investment Mistakes You Should Avoid as a Christian

How to Clear Your Debts and Payoff Your Mortgage in 5 years

by Samantha Smith

10 Investment Mistakes You Should Avoid as a Christian

Do you know as a Christian, you are called to be a good ADMINISTRATOR over money and wealth with which God has provided for you?

As a Christian, one of the mistakes you can make is to invest your hard earned money wrongly. Yes, It is great to make money and invest, but most importantly, you must never make investment mistakes that will ruin your financial status.

As a child of God who is constantly guided by the Holy Spirit, you should be wise enough to do or get things right when it comes to investing your hard earned money. 

Have YOU Ever thought of strategies you need to remain FINANCIALLY BUOYANT, and free from debts for a lifetime? When you can embrace working strategies; make difficult things simple, you will always make PROFITABLE decisions that will secure your FUTURE!

Proverbs 6:6-8 says, Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work, they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. New Living Translation (NLT)

When I was six, my friend Betty and I thought it would be entertaining to see what it means to play football outside the house. We started playing, and before we knew it, the ball fell inside a well. I was stunned and was like; if we don’t get this ball, my mother will be mad at me. I said, Betty, get the ball inside the well…I resolved by saying, “You can do it!

Before I had an opportunity to say any other word, Betty went flying inside the well, and before we knew it, she was drowning! I screamed at the top of my voice. Someone help me, PLEASE…. My friend is drowning! Luckily for me, an older friend was passing by… Immediately, he pulled off his shoes and stretched his hand. I don’t know what he did, but all I remember was that my older friend saved Betty. “Oops,” I said, giggling at my friend, who was slammed against the opposite wall. The Holy Spirit at work. “Was that cool?”

Poor little Betty looked at me with a bemused grin, and then she burst into tears. I can’t recollect what unfinished story we ultimately invented to cover up what we’d done, but I do remember precisely the experience taught me two significant things.

The first was, “ never jump inside a well you don’t know how deep it is.” The second was that while it’s necessary to learn from your own mistakes, it’s a better idea and a much safer one to learn from other people.

I recall all this because both these lessons are essential when you’re trying to decide how to invest. The truth is, when it comes to genuine investment, many of us act like four-year-olds jumping inside a well. 🙁 That is, we test ignorantly, and invariably making some terrible mistake that sends us rolling across the room in financial shock.

Throughout this Book, we’re going to focus on what I consider to be the ten most “demoralizing” mistakes that Christian investors should never make. I hope that as a result of analyzing other people’s mistakes, you’ll be able to avoid the unpleasant and expensive experience of having to make a mistake that will ruin YOU!

Furthermore, I will be talking more on paying off your mortgage. Forget all these crap stories you hear around. I will practically be telling you how to pay off your mortgage in less than 30 years. I will be exposing the working method that I guarantee will make you happy for a lifetime. Let me be frank with you, without discipline, nothing worthwhile is achievable.

Who told you; you can’t complete the paying off of your mortgage in 5-20 years? I will be giving you some practical strategy of paying it off in 5-20 years and rolling when on your bed at night.

 

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CrossReads Short Takes: WWHW, Why, What, How-To, What-If & Rich Mom – Poor Mom

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WWHW, Why, What, How-To, What-If

Easily Create a Book, Podcast, or

Online Course In Just a Few Easy-to-Follow Steps

by Robert Plank

WWHW Why What How-To, What-If

Do you hate writing and wish it was easier? Would podcasting, blogging, course creation, video creation, and presenting be even slightly easier if you had a step by step system to follow?

That’s why Robert Plank has created, just for you, WWHW, Why, What, How-To, What-If: Easily Create a Book, Podcast, or Online Course In Just a Few Easy-to-Follow Steps. In this concise but action-filled guide, you’ll discover:

– how to narrow down your life purpose in order to pursue your content creation and professional goals

– how to make better decisions and take more action (get more writing done every single day)

– the easy way to have fun when blogging or assembling books by helping others and following a template

– how to not only craft a message that appeals to different personality types, but position it in such a way that people read, watch, or listen until the very end

– how to avoid the usual pitfalls speakers and writers fall into when delivering information

– the exact thought process and blueprint I use to create a podcast episode in 5 minutes and a book in 24 hours (step by step instructions)

“WWHW” is a book created specifically for people who are tired of waiting for motivation to strike, who realize that willpower is unreliable and simply want to take action and get results with their writing and speaking. Claim your copy of Robert Plank’s “WWHW, Why, What, How-To, What-If: Easily Create a Book, Podcast, or Online Course In Just a Few Easy-to-Follow Steps” book today!

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Rich Mom – Poor Mom

How I made money?

by A Arter

Rich Mom - Poor Mom

This is a very controversial, brief simple book without long boring introductions, reveals to you how rich people keep you poor, exposing to you why money gurus never show you real ways to get rich. It also teaches you real tried methods to get our of poor – average person life. It shows you real methods rich people use to stay rich. How the author as well has changed his life from barely able to pay bills to a financially free person.

If you want to learn how to trade stocks properly without gambling or if you have tried many ways to get rich whether it is trading stocks, being an affiliate to some company or even other trials. This books is for you, it gives you the bottom line so you don’t keep searching more for “How can I make money” stuff online again. It will work as well on developing your thinking and the way you see life.

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Gems From Pastor Jim 6/4/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 40:25-26 “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One. Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out one after another, calling each by its name. And he counts them to see that none are lost or have strayed away.

Isaiah is writing to those who believe there is God. They have a somewhat good understanding that God can be known on a personal basis. They believe in God as the Creator of all things. He then challenges them to consider the magnitude of God. Is there anyone, or anything, that can come close to the greatness of God? Think about it for a moment.

God created all the stars of heaven. If not God, then where did they come from, a random occurrence in nature billions of years ago? Hardly. It stretches the limits of imagination to try and explain the universe without God as the source of it all. God created the stars, but not just the stars; He created all that exists. To comprehend such intelligence and power is beyond anyone’s ability to comprehend. Compare what man is capable of doing with what God has done and we are overwhelmed and driven to our knees in worship.

Not only has God created what we see, He has each star numbered and named. He knows exactly how long they have been and how long they shall be. God gives each star a lifespan, just like He does us. Each star has a specific reason for being and when it no longer is needed, it dies out. Think about it. We know that there are billions of stars in the universe. God knows each one and has personally identified each one. We will never be able to know the whys of their existence. All we can do is bow in awe before God who created them and holds them in their place for as long as they are needed.

Do you think that God is limited and cannot help you with whatever you face in life? Is God limited and unable to handle the spiritual needs of billions of people at the same time? Is there anything that is beyond God’s ability to handle? Of course not. It is utter foolishness to deny that God can help you with whatever you face in life. His abilities are incomprehensible, but very real. He is actively at work in all who will let 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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