Context Is So Important

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by Sherry Chamblee

The “rules” at school say zero tolerance for guns. So a kindergartner gets suspended because he bit his pop-tart into the shape of a gun? Lack of context.

Rules can only address specific situations. That’s why God gave us a discerning mind, the ability to see beyond just the rules and into the context.

Back when Jesus was on earth, He and His disciples walked through a cornfield and plucked some corn to eat. The Pharisees condemned them for doing this because they’d decided that picking an ear of corn on the Sabbath was “work”, and God said not to work on the Sabbath.  

These men had no context.  

God never intended the Sabbath to be a burden, but for it to be a time of peace, rest, relaxation. A time to reflect on God and to worship Him. But not a time to be so burdened and worried over breaking a man-made definition of “work” that there would be no rest at all.

When I was about 12 years old, I once had the father of a good friend of mine call me a rebel, and he stopped letting his daughter hang out with me because of it. His proof I was a rebel was that I wore pants. That’s it. This man had no insight into my walk with God. He had no idea what I was like, because he barely knew me. He’d just picked an issue and decided that if I didn’t line up with him, then I must be rebellious. 

I honestly was not a rebel at that point in my life. In fact, I was more on the side of being an obnoxious rule-follower. 

He didn’t take time to see the truth. He used one arbitrary measurement, and decided that I didn’t fit his view of “proper”, and so I was a rebel in his eyes.

Funny thing is, as an adult I now only wear dresses. And guess what? People are still judging me. I’ve had some people think I was a Pharisee simply because of what they see me wear all the time. There have been some who judge me for this, assuming that I judge them for what they’re wearing.  They consider me to be a Pharisee, a legalistic standards-worshipper who judges harshly anyone who disagrees with me.  

I strive not to be that. I’ve found that with God’s help, I can maintain my own standard without judging yours.

But I share all that to point out that no matter which side of the “standards aisle” I was on, people took me out of context.

And we do that a whole lot nowadays.  

We need to stop and see the people around us. See them for who they are. See the hurts they have in their life. See them as the ones who Jesus came to earth to save. See them as people who need to hear the Gospel first, not as people who need to be “fixed” first. See each other as people who have flaws, and fail, and are no worse off than we are ourselves.

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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The Destiny Trilogy

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by Cris Pasqueralle

The Destiny Trilogy

by Cris Pasqueralle

The Destiny Trilogy

From Book 1: On the day of their thirteenth birthdays, twins Jack and Maddie Austin receive a special gift from their wizard relative Uncle Benny: two necklaces, along with a note shrouded in secrecy. The celebration is interrupted by three intruders, led by the evil being Tardon, who kidnaps the twin’s parents. Uncle Benny manages to escape with the twins and later, reveals the truth behind both their gifts and identities: that Jack and Maddie are powerful wizards from the magical realm. Now, faced with the decision of a lifetime, they must return to that realm, rescue their parents and save all the realms from imminent doom.

From Book 2: The follow-up Sequel to the Bestselling Destiny Revealed!
Wizard twins Jack and Maddie Austin have been separated, finding their own paths while discovering their powers. In this continuation of Destiny Revealed, Jack wants nothing more than to defeat the evil Tardon, a constant threat to his family’s lives, but Maddie has been given a different perspective. Only when the two are reunited can the truth be exposed. As new friends and enemies join the adventure, only one thing is certain: the twins are stronger when they’re together, and together, they can defeat evil once and for all.

From Book 3: True Destiny Is Finally Revealed!
Jack and Maddie have finally accepted their roles in the course of history that will change both their’s and the magical realms forever. Spurred on by the urging of their families, they have purged their fears and adopted the practice of hero-ship, embracing the future as something they can manipulate as easily as magic itself. The ultimate reality stands before them: Tardon must be stopped! As it will not be an easy feat, Jack and Maddie must ban together with friends and family to wage a fantastic magical war never seen or experienced before, as they stand at the precipices of both of their world colliding. But as their powers continue to evolve and new evils emerge, with death looming around every corner, one final question remains: will the twins accept their fate as heroes, or will they be converted to the darkness in their quest for destiny?

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About the Author:

I am a retired NYC police officer who has always loved reading. Sharing in the Harry Potter adventures with my two daughters lead me to an interest in middle grade/young adult fantasy fiction and my writing of Destiny Revealed, book one in the destiny trilogy. I currently live in Levittown long island with my wife and two children and look forward to sharing the adventures of Jack and Maddie Austin with all of you.

Cris Pasqueralle

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 12:26 The godly give good advice to their friends; the wicked lead them astray.

How do you determine whether or not someone is a true friend? Consider the kind of advice they give you. A good friend will not encourage you to do or say anything that will lead you away from God. Period. A good friend will not encourage you to feast your mind on unholy things. A good friend will support and encourage you in your journey of faith to God. A good friend is a godly friend.

It is so important that you choose your friends wisely. Be sure that you connect deeply only with those who will help you to be and do good. The ungodly will lead you astray. It is okay to have friends who are not godly people, but don’t let them into your inner circle of friends, friends that you rely on for the maturing of your faith.

We must never forget, the wicked do what comes naturally for them to do. They gravitate to that which is unholy. They seek satisfaction and pleasure in the things of the world. Their perspective is grounded on earth. They cannot see in the light because they live in the dark. Be very careful when the wicked seek to advise you on what you need to do.

We must be careful of our own souls so that when others turn to us for advice that we are prepared to give them godly advice. If we are not grounded well in the Word and are not in close fellowship with the Lord, we can very easily lead others astray. Good advice comes from those who maintain a good relationship with God. The godly do not give good advice by accident. It takes consistently working hard on our salvation.

Don’t be a tool in Satan’s hand when advising others. Keep your soul in tip top shape so that what comes out of your mouth may be good and used of God to help lead others to Him.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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An Excerpt from “A Time to Love”

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by Staci Stallings

Sunday slipped by into memories all too quickly, and when evening came, it found Scott and Jenna once again by the pool. She was going to miss this space. 

“I know this is kind of quick,” Scott said, “but have you thought about a date?” 

“A date?” she asked and then realized what he meant. “Oh. For the wedding?” 

Holding her hand, he nodded. “I mean I’m not trying to rush you or anything.” 

“No. No,” she said, not wanting to ruin the moment. “Yeah. We need… we should talk about it.” 

“Good. I’m glad you think so too. I was looking at a calendar earlier, and I really think, you know, I mean, what’s the use of waiting? I hate the thought of you being all the way in Texas for too long.” 

Her world rocked just a bit. Leave Texas? He was assuming she would be the one to move. Somehow, she hadn’t thought about that until now. Now, she couldn’t help but think that made the most sense. He had his practice. What did she have? A house with old memories, and a mother who barely tolerated her? Still, it took a hard swallow to nod. 

“So I was looking, and I was kind of thinking around the end of March looks doable. Unless, like you’re thinking about having a big church wedding or something. I’m not sure how long those take…” 

The air thinned around her, and she pulled in a short gasp. “March…?” 

“Unless that’s too soon,” he said, jumping on the concern in her voice. “Yeah. Yeah. You’re probably right. That’s too soon. So, like April then… or May? We could do a spring wedding. It’s not like it has to be fancy. Just us and the preacher is fine by me.” He looked at her. “Unless you want the big, fancy wedding thing…” 

“No.” The word was soft, barely there as it jerked her heart painfully. She’d had the big, fancy wedding—complete with a cathedral train and a veil to match. Her heart lurched at the thought of that day. How happy she’d been, giddy even. Marrying the man of her dreams. Jeff Davis. He was everything she’d ever dreamed of, and they would be married and build a life together and have a whole bunch of kids… 

“What do you think?” Scott asked, and Jenna snapped back to reality and realized she had no idea what he had just asked. 

“Uh? Think?” 

“About where it should be. I mean, I’m not really very connected up in New Jersey. I don’t even really have friends there, just colleagues and acquaintances. It’s just mostly where I landed after college and stuff. We could probably go out to Idaho. Mom and Dad’s church is nice enough, and there’s all of their friends out there. Or we could do it in Texas if you’d rather do that. I really don’t care, long as you’re there and I’m there, and we’ve got a certificate and someone to sign the papers, and I’m good to go.” With a grin, he leaned over and kissed her. “I can’t wait.” 

Janna closed her eyes to absorb the courage of the kiss into her. She needed something to keep her from crying.  

“But we don’t have to decide now either,” he said as he straightened and continued. “You can talk with your mom. Once I get back in the swing of things in New Jersey, we can talk and get things settled.” 

Smiling, Jenna nodded. Settled. It was a nice idea… 

Can Jenna learn to open her heart to love again?

Or will her second chance at love be doomed before it even gets started?

Find out in

A TIME TO LOVE

Now available for preorder… 

A Time to Love

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Pummeled by The Storms

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by Mary L. Hamilton

As I write this, Irma is pummeling Florida. I try to imagine what personal friends and writing friends and Facebook friends are experiencing. But I fail miserably, the same way I failed to imagine the devastation to my friends and former neighbors in the Houston area only two weeks ago. I see pictures from the western part of our country—of smoke-filled air that reduces colorful mountains to shades of brown and gray, and turns clean fresh air into hazardous material. 

Someone posted a note on Facebook to the effect that God made us to be in community, and when we pull too far apart, He sends a disaster to bring us back together. 

I don’t know if that’s theologically correct, but these days, it appears to have some degree of truth. The news is no longer filled with protesters battering each other and racial or political disagreements or divisions. People are watching and praying for each other, meeting needs, and focusing on what really matters. 

A woman who served on the mission field for several years commented that here in the U.S., we’re surrounded by Stuff, and it entices our attention away from the Lord. She said on the mission field, you have no Stuff. You only have the Lord, so it’s easier to stay focused on what He’s telling you to do. It makes me wonder if God is using these natural disasters to take away our Stuff, prying our fingers off the things that distract us from His calling on our lives. 

At the same time, I see posts meant to encourage and remind us that God can move mountains, that He commands the winds and the waves and walks on water. But what does that mean to the person huddled in a cramped closet as one after another tornado siren is going off? How does faith survive when the waves are up to the roof, and you’ve waited hours in the rain for a boat to come and take you to dry land? For that matter, how does one believe in Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals, when the doctor says he’s done all he can? Scriptures are filled with miracles that seem to mock our present circumstances. 

I’m certain that’s how Peter felt when he took his eyes off Jesus to look at the wind and the waves around him. The wind tore at him, pushing him off course. The waves rose up to swallow him. It’s scary in the midst of the storm. Terrifying. Moments seem like hours, hours stretch like days or weeks or years.  

Jesus faced the most terrifying of all circumstances. He knew the physical torture that awaited him, but the battle was spiritual as well as physical. He knew the fear, the desire to be anywhere else but in the storm. And yet, He focused on the one true and trustworthy point in all creation. The Father. It always comes back to where our focus lies. 

It’s difficult in the midst of a raging storm, in the middle of blinding pain and desperate circumstances to continue trusting until we come out on the other end. It seems impossible to focus on the Lord and not on the wind and waves and fires and disease. But what other choice do we have? No one but the Lord can command wind and waves, to raise the dead, to walk through the fire with us. May we say with Job, “I know that you can do all things… My ears had heard of you, but now my eyes have seen you.” 

Blessed be the Lord.

Speak No Evil

About the Author:

Mary L. HamiltonAward-winning author Mary L. Hamilton grew up at a youth camp in southern Wisconsin, much like the setting for her Rustic Knoll Bible Camp series. Currently, she’s working on a cozy suspense novel. Besides writing, she enjoys a little amateur photography, knitting, reading and being outdoors. Connect with her at www.maryhamiltonbooks.com 

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Getting to Know Ruth O’Neil

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by Ruth O’Neil

  1. Can you tell us a little about yourself?

I have been a freelance writer for more than 20 years, publishing hundreds of articles in dozens of publications as well as a few books. I enjoy helping others of all ages make their publishing dreams come true. I was born and raised in upstate New York and attended Houghton College. When I’m not writing or homeschooling, I spend my spare time quilting, reading, scrapbooking, camping and hiking with the family.  

  1. When you were a child did you have a favorite book?

I loved reading, even as a child. I would often spend my summer days lounging at the pool, after a stop at our local library so I would have something to read. The Little House and Trixie Belden series of books were some of my favorites.

3. Do you have a favorite genre to both read and right write? 

Definitely fiction. When I read, I like to escape to another world. When I write, I like to touch reader’s emotions. I love to make readers laugh and cry.

4. Did you have favorite authors growing up who have influenced you? 

I don’t know if I had any particular authors that influenced me. I was a voracious reader and read everything I could get my hands on. My influence was probably a conglomerate of authors.

5. When did you know you wanted to be an author? 

I was 9 years old when I wrote my first story. My mom liked to write and would tell me about writing stories with her cousin when they were young. I wanted to be just like my mom – like most little girls.

6. How did you go about becoming an author? 

My mom was a HUGE influence on me. She would encourage me, give me constructive criticism, and take me to writer’s conferences where I gained valuable information at a young age.

7. If you were not a writer what would you like to be? 

I would probably do something crafty. I enjoy sewing quilts on the side to relax and think when I have a writing project going on in my head.

8. Outside of reading and writing what do you like to do? 

Quilting (when I’m thinking about writing), camping (where I enjoy writing in the peace and quiet), hiking with my family (where I get inspired with new writing ideas), and reading (where I enjoy other people’s writing).

9. Do you have a place you love to visit or would love to visit? 

I really enjoy the beach or pretty much anything outside. I often work outside simply because I can since I work at home. 

  1. Where can we find you?

You can find all of my books on my website – http://ruthoneil.weebly.com/ 

Twitter – https://twitter.com/writerrutho 

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RuthONeilAuthor 

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 12:18 Some people make cutting remarks, but the words of the wise bring healing.

A real test of your character is how well you speak of others. Do you tear down or build up? Do you destroy or bring healing? No one likes to hear words of destruction. We like to be spoken well of, to hear words of encouragement. Wise is the person who knows how to bring words of healing to the soul. One of the greatest gifts a person can have is the gift of encouragement. It is something everyone can do. It may take some work to develop it, but with effort it can be done.

If you are not an encourager, can you really say that you love God and others? Be honest. God always strives to lift up His children. He wants them to reach their potential in Him. Notice how many times He uses words and phrases to let us know that we are more than we think we are in Him. He calls us overcomers, a royal priesthood, His children, mighty conquerors, servants of God, etc. Over and over again God tells us how special we are to Him. He sees us for not only who we are, but for whom we can become in Him. Shouldn’t we be the same way towards one another?

Want to make a difference in the world? Be an encourager. Learn how to see the good in people and spur them on to greater goodness. Don’t take the easy and low road and add poison to someone’s soul. Lift them up and bring words of healing to them. Just one word of encouragement in time of need could forever change the course of someone’s life.

Sure people mess up and make a mess of their lives. The world is full of people who make fools of themselves by making bad choices in their lives. There are a multitude of people who make life miserable for those striving to live right before God. Instead of making matters worse by tearing them down, we should love them enough to try to bring healing to their souls by loving them through Christ. And if they are unresponsive to our love, it is best to remain silent and not tear them down with our cutting remarks. Pray for them and let the Lord deal with them.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim HughesSpending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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A Review Revisited: Doubting Toward Faith

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by Paula Rose

A Review Revisited by Paula Rose  

This review appeared on Books-N-Reviews on Publishers Marketplace by Paula Rose http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/booksnreviews/ 

Foreword by Sean McDowell | Publisher: Harvest House Publishers | Published: September 1, 2015 | Formats: eBook and Paperback (224 pages) | ASIN: B012BBIIVS and ISBN: 9780736963541 | Origin: NetGalley 

 Doubting Toward Faith

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 Thoughts: 

DOUBTING TOWARD FAITH by Bobby Conway with the foreword by Sean McDowell will shed light on the place that many fear to go to lend a microphone to the hushed whispers that many have heard to let us know that it is only being human to doubt!

The author demonstrates that doubting is part of our human nature, but the destination of where your doubt can lead you will either bring you back or move you to an even more confused path.

Doubt is something that many would face everywhere and throughout life, but it isn’t a touchy subject in most other areas. However, in faith, it is the handling or not handling of doubts that will cause harm to person, place, mind, and soul.

Sadly, where this harm can have its deepest roots are from those closest to us. Those who are well-meaning and caring people who are dear to us are those who are just not properly equipped for this battle.  

***This opinion is my own.***

Preview:

Throughout DOUBTING TOWARD FAITH, Bobby Conway plus the foreword by Sean McDowell will help many to understand where or how doubt may start. However, using many examples from some of the flock known almost globally, they prove that in those cases where doubts had been expressed and handled led to greater faith and steadfast belief.

In some cases, leaders, family, friends, pastors, and churches are just not set up to be bold in the face of inquisitive doubt from those in the throes of it. The price of this shortfall can be too much to keep faith alive and thriving. However, there is a way to doubt toward faith and not away from it.

Uncover doubt triggers, discover the root, and journey on to the other side and back into faith.

About the Author:

Paula RoseAuthor Paula Rose brings an “average” family into extraordinary situations, brushes with life-size strokes of reality, adding just a touch of humor, and coats with suspense inside Christian fiction. Paula’s research gives readers a panoramic view from law enforcement and lends to character authenticity. She enjoys writing in the romantic suspense, suspense, and mystery genres, but when she’s not writing, Paula Rose is reading or playing amateur photographer. Member of ACFW. 2015 Genesis Contest judge. NetGalley member. 2014 Grace Awards judge.

Website: http://paularosebooks.com/ Blog: http://www.publishersmarketplace.com/members/booksnreviews/

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In The Middle of a Mess

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by Staci Stallings

As authors, we’re told not to react to reviews—at least directly, out loud or in print.  And ultimately that’s probably good advice because a critical review often feels like someone is attacking one of our children.  While I don’t respond to critical reviews, I can’t help but think through how I would respond if I either had the chance or didn’t have quite so much self-control. 

That’s where I found myself when I read a recent critical review of one of my most reviewed books. 

I can’t speak for every author, but I know, for me, critical reviews come in one of four “flavors”: It’s too preachy It’s too preachy. 

  1.  It’s too preachy. 
  2. It’s not preachy enough. 
  3. It’s got a lot of typos and it’s badly written. 
  4. It’s supposed to be a Christian book, but these characters don’t act very Christian. 

I’m going to leave the first two alone because they are mutually exclusive if you are going on anything other than strict opinion, and I can’t argue you out of your opinion.  I’m going to let the third one be because Amazon recently wrote to inform me that I had an extra space in one of my books that needed to be removed because someone complained. (No, I’m not kidding about that.) If readers are going to get that picky, I’m giving up on trying to please them. Not to even mention the ones who have written to complain about my spelling and grammar—and misspelled “spelling and grammar” in the one-sentence review! (Not kidding about that one either.) 

Anyway, this particular critical review focused on #4—that the situation the characters were in was “not very Christian.”  As I drove after reading it (one of the times I tend to think things through best), I “argued” with the person, trying to explain that I don’t write Christian situations where everybody acts perfectly and always acts (except for the villain) in perfect Christian fashion. 

I further pointed out to this nonexistent person that when I write, the thing that attracts me to a story is that the characters are in a mess. If they aren’t in a mess, what’s the point of trying to sort the mess out?  Then I had a revelation! 

The stories I write start out with a mess, and I pose the question, “What if I dropped God In the middle of this mess and let Him work?  What would happen?  What miracles might come from it? What lessons would I learn through it?” 

As I contemplated this question, I realized that that’s exactly my overriding philosophy in writing what I write, how I write it.  There’s a mess, and a character gets injected into the mess who brings God with them.  Untangling things is often rather difficult, but I’ve learned so much from doing this. 

So, for example, what if you’ve got a guy whose family is rich, but he’s hurting because his mom died when he was really young and no one ever helped him through that pain and grief? Now he’s engaged to a woman who is using him to get to his family’s money and because he has the right name. He’s not in love with her, but he’s stuck and headed at breakneck speed toward a life he already hates. 

That’s a pretty good mess, right? 

Okay, so what if we take a young woman who gets a job with his family. She’s on the innocent side, barely surviving financially, but she has learned to cling to God.  If you give him, through her, the option of God, what would happen? 

OR… (DEEP IN THE HEART) 

What if you have a guy who has a best friend he’s in love with, but she doesn’t see him that way?  Then her half-sister who she hates shows up, and he falls for the sister. 

You’ve got relationship upheaval, family conflict and drama, conflict with the best friend, issues of following your heart, and on and on. 

Now what if the guy happens to know the preacher in town and happens to ask for his advice? What happens if he starts taking the preacher’s advice and letting God deal with all of this? (The GRACE Series) 

OR… 

Let’s say there’s a guy who is really shy around women who meets a woman who absolutely hates men. They get thrown together on a couple of projects together, and let’s say that there happens to be a predatory guy after her in the mix, and our hero just wants to protect her, and in the midst of everything, she falls for him?  And just to make things really interesting, let’s make him a fire fighter with a death wish and her a major control freak.  Big mess until God shows up. (The COURAGE Series) 

OR… 

How about a young lady who suffered a devastating loss and is trying to go on with life, and she meets a young man trying to find his way as a single dad after a divorce?  Let’s see what God can do with TWO messes and a precious little boy desperately in need of two functioning parents. (The HOPE Series) 

So although I can’t say I was thrilled about the review that kicked all this soul-searching off, it has been rather illuminating in forcing me to clarify why I start where I start, why I write what I write, and how God has been able to work through my books. All-in-all not bad revelations at all. 

Take a mess, find a way to drop God in the middle of it, and see what happens. 

I kind of like that philosophy. 

•*¨*★☆ The HOPE Series! ☆★¸.•*¨*

Hope Series

 

Sometimes putting the pieces back together is not as easy as it sounds…

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Living Above the Chaos

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by Paulette Harper

“Remember this! In the last days there will be many troubles, because people will love themselves, love money, brag, and be proud. They will say evil things against others and will not obey their parents or be thankful or be the kind of people God wants. They will not love others, will refuse to forgive, will gossip, and will not control themselves. They will be cruel, will hate what is good, will turn against their friends, and will do foolish things without thinking. They will be conceited, will love pleasure instead of God, and will act as if they serve God but will not have his power.”  II Timothy 3:1-5  

We as a nation of people, are facing some perilous and terrifying times. Yet, in spite of the hour in which we live, for the people of God it is a time of great opportunities and advancements. It is in times like these that our faith as a people must be stronger than ever before.  Although we are not exempt from the elements of life, the changing of the seasons and times, there is a difference between us surviving the crisis or succumbing to the pressure.  

This is the greatest hour for the church to shine, rise and be heard. When the world is regressing and going under, God will move His people forward, causing His people to progress and flourish. “Now a new king arose over Egypt who did not know Joseph. He said to his people, Behold, the Israelites are too many and too mighty for us and they outnumber us both in people and in strength]. Come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply more and, should war befall us, they join our enemies, fight against us, and escape out of the land. So they set over [the Israelites] taskmasters to afflict and oppress them with [increased] burdens. And [the Israelites] built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh. But the more [the Egyptians] oppressed them, the more they multiplied and expanded, so that [the Egyptians] were vexed and alarmed because of the Israelites.” Exodus 1:8-12  

During these rough economic times, it is God who will stabilize us and cause us to increase, prosper and propel in the worst conditions. The world is in a major crisis, and the pressure is even on us to compromise our faith, but we must remember as the children of Israel grew under pressure, hardship and oppression, we to will grow, multiply and increase as long as we believe by faith that God will see us through. 

Our faith in Christ will triumph over all. “For whatever is born of God is victorious over the world; and this is the victory that conquers the world, even our faith.” I John 5:4  

By faith you can conquer every mountain, face every problem, and overcome every adversity. By faith you can bounce back when people counted you out; by faith God can restore your health, family, bad credit, erase debt, reverse foreclosure, remove cancer, diabetes, liver disorder, put love back in a marriage, drive out rebellion and put your house in order.  

By faith you can ride through the rages of life, walk through turbulence, test, and dangerous situations without any evidence of being scared. By faith you can defeat worry, doubt and fear. There is absolutely nothing faith cannot do!

That Was Then This is Now

About The Author

Paulette HarperIn addition to being an award winning author of Completely Whole and the 2017 Emma Award winner of Secret Places Revealed, Paulette is an inspirational speaker, as well as a writing workshop instructor. Her literary works have been spotlighted in a growing number of publications, including CBN, Real Life Real Faith Magazine, The Sacramento Observer and Black Pearls Magazine. She has also appeared on numerous local and online radio shows.

 

Paulette resides in Northern California.

To book a speaking engagement or learn more about Paulette, go to her website www.pauletteharper.com or connect on social media at www.facebook.com/authorpauletteharper  or paulette@pauletteharper.com

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