When Bad Things Happen to Good People

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by Rebekah Beene

This week we will be having a family funeral.  I’ve been processing this incident since Friday.  It’s been very hard.  Danny’s precious cousin lost her life at the hands of someone masquerading as a friend. She walked into heaven, not as a special needs woman of 66 years, not as a beaten and battered victim, but as a completely whole woman of God.  For that we are forever thankful.

Her father, Danny’s Uncle, has been a minister of the Gospel for well more than 50 years.  He has held hands with the dying, comforted the grieving and married and buried generations of people in Jones County Texas.  He is one of those people who has lived His calling always.  He found his 12-year-old son at home with an accidental gunshot wound in the 60’s and he found his 66-year-old daughter at home with the injuries she suffered. This man of God who has lived for Jesus faithfully faced the most grievous situation in his life for a second time.  But today if you talk to him he will tell you God is on the throne and will always work everything out for him.

As I woke up Saturday morning after we found it all to be true, I heard this phrase from the song He’s a Good Good Father.  “He is Perfect in all of His Ways.”  I can’t tell you why bad things happen to good people, but I can tell you that no matter what, He is indeed a good, good father and He is indeed perfect in all of His ways.  My heart will not settle anywhere else.  This is what we cling to.

Oh beloved, whatever you are facing, whatever you woke up to, you have only to look to the Father for comfort and peace.  You may not know the why’s of anything until you get to heaven. But in heaven all the why’s will be answered and it won’t even matter.  In the meantime, this same God will see you through the days you face, walk you through the mourning process, heal your heart, deliver your mind and grant you His rich and precious promises no matter what.
You are never going to be a victim as long as you look to Him.  You won’t fail to receive the crown and you won’t even keep it, but rather you will throw it at the feet of the One Who died so you could live.  Everything about your life may not be perfect, but your heavenly father is. And He is with you all the days of your life.  He never turns His back, forgets your name, loses track of your existence or gets shocked by your life.  He just walks with you and presents you to Himself in the end, without fault or blemish.  You are most blessed among all of mankind because you belong to Him.

God loves you and He’s for you – in the good times and in the bad.  When you are imperfect, when you are unruly, when you’ve been rejected or maligned. Always, forever and then some.  Rejoice that your home is not here and your citizenship in heaven is secure as you live for Him alone in the Light of His Glory and Grace.

Romans 8:35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 

Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors and gain an overwhelming victory through Him who loved us [so much that He died for us].

Ephesians 2:19 So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the saints, and are of God’s household

Hebrews 6:10 God is not unjust. He will not forget your work and the love you have shown for His name as you have ministered to the saints and continue to do so.

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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Gems From Pastor Jim 8/14/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 26:20 Fire goes out for lack of fuel, and quarrels disappear when gossip stops.

In order to keep a fire going, you have to keep feeding it. In order to keep an argument going, you have to keep feeding it. Quarrels are unavoidable. We have different opinions on a lot of things. We want our opinions to be heard and understood. We want to convince others that we are right and they are wrong. We dig in our heels and refuse to back down. When no one gives ground, quarrels break down relationships. We allow our disagreements to keep us from getting along with others. We find ways to justify our position the longer the quarrel goes. We develop “reasons” why we are right and others are wrong. We refuse to budge because we let it become an image issue. Whether we are right or wrong doesn’t matter. Pride makes us right in our own eyes.

The only way we can keep from allowing relationships from being broken is to see the bigger picture. When we are at odds with each other, we cannot be right with God. When we let quarrels keep us from acting in a loving way towards another, we are stopping the flow of God’s love through us to another. We are keeping the good that could happen between us and others from happening. It is going against God’s will for us and it is sin.

When we find ourselves arguing with others, we need to humble ourselves and back off. We need to understand that severed relationships are never good. We need to stop the arguing and strive to live peacefully with others. We need to apologize where it is needed and move on. You may never agree with the other person on their stand, but that is not the issue. You can agree to disagree agreeably. You can set aside your differences and let the Lord help you to love each other.

If you are at odds with someone and it has broken your fellowship, don’t let your pride stand in the way of your reaching out and seeking reconciliation. Extend the hand of loving fellowship. Do the right thing before God and he will give you peace. Don’t add fuel to the fire, let it die out. You will be glad you did.

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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Book Trailer for New Release, “Annabelle”

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by Lisa Prysock

Greetings friends!  Annabelle, Volume 2 in the ‘Brides of Grace Hill Series,’ released on August 10th and I’d love to share the book trailer with you.  Here’s the link to the book trailer video:

https://youtu.be/bP3afruQBfo

The kindle version of the book will be available for 99 cents through this coming Wednesday, 8/15/18.  If you’d like to purchase the book, it’s free for Kindle Unlimited and here’s the Amazon link:

https://www.amazon.com/Annabelle-Finding-Hope-Brides-Grace-ebook/dp/B07GBYKV9V/

Author Biography

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock is an award-winning, bestselling, Christian and inspirational author of 14 novels.  She was born in Minnesota; raised in Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio as a child; and as an adult, has lived in Virginia, Tennessee, Texas, Ohio again, and Florida, before settling in beautiful, rural Kentucky near many horse farms in the countryside bordering Louisville.  She and her husband of more than 20 years chose to make their home in Kentucky where the rich heritage, scenic area, local culture and history, along with her faith, are a constant source of inspiration for many of Lisa’s books.  Together, they have five children, grown.   

Lisa writes in the genres of both Historical Christian Romance and Contemporary Christian Romance novels, including a multi-author Western Christian Romance series, “Whispers in Wyoming.”  She is also the author of a devotional.  She enjoys sharing her faith in Jesus through her writing. 

She has many interests, but a few of these include gardening, cooking, sketching, painting, arts and crafts, sewing, crochet, cross stitch, scrapbooking, reading, singing, dancing, swimming, biking, and walking.  She loves dollhouses, cats, horses, butterflies, hats, boots, flip-flops, espadrilles, chocolate, coffee, tea, chocolate, the colors peach and purple, and everything old-fashioned.  She adopted the slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl” because of her love for classic, traditional, and old-fashioned everything.  When she isn’t writing, she can sometimes be found teaching herself piano and violin, but humorously finds the process “a bit slow and painful.”  Lisa enjoys working with the children and youth in her local church creating human videos and plays or programs incorporating her love for inspirational dance.  A few of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.  You’ll find “food, fashion, fun, and faith” in Lisa’s novels.  Sometimes she includes her own illustrations in her books. 

She continues the joy and adventure of her writing journey as a member of ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) and LCW (Louisville Christian Writers).  Lisa’s books are clean and wholesome, inspirational, romantic, and family oriented.  She gives a generous portion of the proceeds to missions.    

You can find out more about this author at www.LisaPrysock.com where you’ll find free recipes, devotionals, author video interviews and book trailers, giveaways, blog posts, and much more, including an invitation to sign up for her free newsletter. 

Links to Connect with Lisa: 

https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock 

https://twitter.com/LPrysock  

www.LisaPrysock.com    

https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B00J6MBC64  

https://www.bookbub.com/authors/lisa-m-prysock 

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Faith’s Checkbook: He Lowers to Raise

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Thy LORD maketh poor, and maketh rich: He bringeth low, and lifteth up”   (1 Samuel 2:7).

All my changes come from Him who never changes. If I had grown rich, I should have seen His hand in it, and I should have praised Him; let me equally see His hand if I am made poor, and let me as heartily praise Him. When we go down in the world, it is of the LORD, and so we may take it patiently: when we rise in the world, it is of the LORD, and we may accept it thankfully. In any case, the LORD hath done it, and it is well. It seems that Jehovah’s way is to lower those whom He means to raise and to strip those whom He intends to clothe. If it is His way, it is the wisest and best way. If I am now enduring the bringing low, I may well rejoice, because I see in it the preface to the lifting up. The more we are humbled by grace, the more we shall be exalted in glory. That impoverishment which will be overruled for our enrichment is to be welcomed. O LORD, Thou has taken me down of late and made me feel my insignificance and sin. It is not a pleasant experience, but I pray Thee make it a profitable one to me. Oh, that Thou wouldst thus fit me to bear a greater weight of delight and of usefulness; and when I am ready for it, then grant it to me, for Christ’s sake! Amen.

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Faith’s Checkbook: Confidence Not Misplaced

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“The LORD God will help me”   (Isaiah 50:7).

These are in prophecy the words of Messiah in the day of His obedience unto death, when He gave His back to the smiters and His cheeks to them that plucked off the hair. He was confident in divine support and trusted in Jehovah. O my soul, thy sorrows are as the small dust of the balance compared with thy LORD’s! Canst thou not believe that the LORD God will help thee? Thy LORD was in a peculiar position; for as the representative of sinful men — their substitute and sacrifice — it was needful that the Father should leave Him and cause Him to come under desertion of soul. No such necessity is laid upon thee: thou art not bound to cry, “Why hast thou forsaken me?” Did thy Savior even in such a case still rely upon God, and canst not thou? He died for thee and thus made it impossible that thou shouldst be left alone; wherefore, be of good cheer. In this day’s labors or trials say, “The LORD God will help me.” Go forth boldly. Set your face like a flint and resolve that no faintness or shamefacedness shall come near you. If God helps, who can hinder? If you are sure of omnipotent aid, what can be too heavy for you? Begin the day joyously, and let no shade of doubt come between thee and the eternal sunshine.

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Gems From Pastor Jim 8/7/2018

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CrossProv. 26:18-19 Just as damaging as a mad man shooting a lethal weapon is someone who lies to a friend and then says, “I was only joking.”

Words matter. Truth matters. What you say affects others. When lies are spoken about another, great harm is done. False accusations can forever affect the way others are perceived. False information can forever affect what a person does or says. False accusations can forever affect relationships. No matter how you look at it, lies are bad and should never be spoken.

Lies when found out affect one’s reputation and reliability. There is no such thing as an insignificant lie. It affects the soul and when lies are spoken it sets off a progression of sin in the soul. When truth is compromised, God is not pleased and judges the soul. It is so easy to lie because it is convenient or self-serving to do so, but it is never appropriate or necessary. Truth must always be spoken if one is going to have a heart right with God.

If telling the truth would create problems, one must prayerfully consider whether or not it should be told. Silence is the only acceptable option to not telling the truth. It is better to not say anything than it is to lie about someone or something. The truth sometimes hurt, but sometimes it is a good thing to hurt. Telling the truth is necessary for needed change to take place.

Telling lies is no joking matter. It deeply affects one’s standing with God and with others. Lies cause great harm for all involved. Speak the truth always. Only a heart connection with Christ can keep one from telling lies. Keep the soul in tune with the Lord moves the soul to always want to speak the truth. No matter how uncomfortable it may make you feel, always speak the truth in love. It is God’s way.

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 Light in the Darkness

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The Right to Holy Things

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“But if the priest buy any soul with his money, he shall eat of it, and he that is born in his house: they shall eat of his meat”   (Leviticus 22:11).

Strangers, sojourners, and servants upon hire were not to eat of holy things. It is so in spiritual matters still. But two classes were free at the sacred table, those who were bought with the priest’s money and those who were born into the priest’s house. Bought and born, these were the two indisputable proofs of a right to holy things.

Bought. Our great High Priest has bought with a price all those who put their trust in Him. They are His absolute property — altogether the LORD’s. Not for what they are in themselves, but for their owner’s sake they are admitted into the same privileges which He Himself enjoys, and “they shall eat of his meat.” He has meat to eat which worldlings know not of. “Because ye belong to Christ,” therefore shall ye share with your LORD.

Born. This is an equally sure way to privilege. If born in the Priest’s house we take our place with the rest of the family. Regeneration makes us fellow-heirs and of the same body, and, therefore, the peace, the joy, the glory, which the Father has given to Christ, Christ has given to us. Redemption and regeneration have given us a double claim to the divine permit of this promise.

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Death and Dying

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by Precarious Yates

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Gems From Pastor Jim as of 7/31/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 25:27 Just as it is not good to eat too much honey, it is not good for people to think about all the honors they deserve.

We do it don’t we? We think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. We get caught up in the thinking of the world and believe that we deserve attention and the accolades of others. We see ourselves as inheritantly good and deserving of notice. Some go out of their way to be noticed. Being noticed by others becomes their way of life. It is what defines them as a person.

It is not a good thing when we begin to focus our thoughts on ourselves. It always leads us into areas of pride over our self-worth or it destroys our self-worth because we believe the lie that we are not worth anything because we are not being noticed by anyone.

A much better way to deal with life is to see ourselves positioned in Christ. When we find our worth rooted in a relationship with God, we don’t need the recognition of man. For the child of God, we live for God’s approval. Just to know that God is pleased with us and is waiting for us to go to heaven to be with Him is enough to make life worth the living. It is far better to be approved of by God than it is by man.

The honors received by man are so shallow and fleeting. You may be on the top of the world today and in the gutter tomorrow. The world admires those who rise to the top and stays there. The moment someone stumbles and falls they are judged, discarded and forgotten. Success is everything to the world. It is what gives life meaning to most. Comparing one’s self to others is what the world does. The better one seems to be compared to others, the more self-worth one seems to have.

Keep your focus on pleasing God and you will not have to depend on man’s approval for meaning in life. You will discover how shallow and meaningless life is as it is lived by the world. Success will be measured by how you walk in Christ instead of how you walk in the world.

You will only find soul satisfaction and peace when you live your life in fellowship with Christ Jesus our Lord.

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.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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