Thanksgiving: One Day or a Lifetime? By Lorieen D. Henry

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Many get excited during this season because “The Holidays” are quickly approaching. Many celebrate Thanksgiving as a tradition the fourth Thursday in November to give thanks for the year’s blessings. During this time many take on a different persona becoming extra nice and overly caring until year’s end.

There is nothing wrong with making a change for better or to line up with scripture from the Holy Bible. I applaud positive change, but let us beware of our motives. Traditions are wonderful, but let us not place tradition above God. I know we set aside days for specific reasons. Nonetheless, I write to make us think. So, are our thoughts about Thanksgiving centered around one day or a lifetime?

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 says, “Rejoice always, Pray without ceasing. In everything, give thanks for this is the will of God in Christ for you.”

According to scripture, Thanksgiving is NOT a one day celebration in November. It is to be given in everything and thus continuous. So remember to thank God daily and share His love with all continuously. Most of us become more sensitive, kind, sharing and loving on the fourth Thursday in November. My submission is that we carry all the extra love we find during “our traditional days” into our daily life.

Let’s look at Thanksgiving as a daily lifetime experience:

When we cook daily, be willing to share with someone else and if there is no one in need around us begin to pray for the homeless and hungry. As we fellowship with our friends and family, let’s make it a daily practice to pray for the elderly and the lonely. In fact, let’s incorporate visiting the elderly and visiting shelters into our weekly routines/monthly routines.

There will be some who have plenty. At the other end of the spectrum, there will be others that won’t have any. It is our duty to give thanks in all circumstances as well as pray for one another.

Heavenly Father, THE GREAT I AM, thank you for everything! Thank you for our past, our present and our future. Thank you for every blessing in our lives and help us to give you the thanks that you deserve daily. Give us a thirst for your Word and help us to apply it in our lives. As we approach the day set aside to celebrate Thanksgiving, help us not to focus on a yearly event, but a lifetime of giving you thanks. Help us commit to your Word and to serving each other daily. As we make thanksgiving a lifetime experience, let us always remember those who are less fortunate. Grant us the desire to help where we can and to pray without ceasing. Savior only you can help us get it right. It is in you that we put our trust. In Jesus name…Amen.

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Seeing The Life

Seeing The Life
By Sophie Dawson

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Seeing The Life is a look at the life of Yeshua the Christ in a way never used before. Dassa, the daughter of the innkeeper, is sent to fetch the midwife to help the young woman in the stable give birth. She and Mary become close friends as do Micah, her fiance then husband, and Joseph. Separated when the young family flees Bethlehem in the night, their friendship resumes several years later in Jerusalem.

Dassa and Micah know Yeshua is special, but he is still a boy with a boy’s interests and love of life. Through the years the families, though separated most of the year, spend time together in Jerusalem during the Jewish Festivals. Then Yeshua begins speaking and teaching.

Micah, Joseph of Arimethea, their sons and others who follow and believe Yeshua’s message. Yet do they really understand it? Is he the long awaited messiah who will free the Jews from the grip of Rome? What do the stories he tells really mean?

Seeing The Life sees the life of Yeshua within the social and political culture of the time. Not only do we see his ministry but also his family and friendships as he grew. Yeshua was a normal baby who cried, spit up, wet and messed. He was a child who fell and skinned his knees. He lost his baby teeth. He had siblings. He had friends. My goal was to show the humanness of Yeshua’s life. We see him as fully God but often miss that he was fully man, boy and baby also.

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Sophie DawsonSophie Dawson is Midwestern born and bred and is the author of several novels, including the Cottonwood Series and Stone Creek Series. Her novel Healing Love has won three awards: AuthorStand 2012 Gold Medal, Indiebook 2012 Silver Medal, and Readers’ Favorite 2013 Silver Medal. Giving Love was a finalist in Readers’ Favorite 2013. Her books have also been #1 Best Sellers in their genre on Amazon. Seeing The Life is a finalist in Readers’ Favorite Awards 2014. She is a member of Christian Independent Authors and Association of Independent Authors. An award-winning quilter with eclectic interests, Dawson posts to several blogs, including Little Bits Blog on her website, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Iowa Wesleyan College.

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Author Interview with Christopher Shennan

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Our Interview today is with Christopher Shennan. Thank You for being here today and for agreeing to do this interview.

Chrristopher Shennan

What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

I had a radical conversion to Christ after an attempted suicide, got involved in both children’s and adult evangelism, been a missionary in Zimbabwe, besides being involved in missionary activity in other African countries, as well as in India and Haiti. My writing reflects my passion for communicating the Gospel.

Have you done anything writing-related, but besides your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

I taught personal evangelism, which ended up in a published book named, “The Making of a Personal Evangelist.” I have written in excess of 500 poems I have used to great effect in my teaching and counseling ministries.

Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

The Something Trilogy. Three novels written for youth, and set in the last years of the Apartheid era in South Africa. Strong themes about the true meaning of beauty, how God imparts goodness, and how special minority groups and handicapped people are precious to God: Something Beautiful, Something Good, and, Something Special.

What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

I may use different means, but my first priority is always to proclaim the Gospel. I may use different genres and different age groups, but my main purpose is to proclaim the Gospel and encourage people to grow in Christ.

Tell us one place you visited or person you met, that made a big impression on you, and why.

My wife and I visited Poland in May 2012 to see my book The Toymaker’s Dream    enacted as a stage production by the Christian Theatre company, DAR (meaning gift). An injury to the main actor prevented us from seeing it at that time, but they visited Minnesota in the States the next year, and we got to see it then. No matter, the highlight of our visit was to get to know our Polish friends.

What’s your next project? Tell us so we can’t wait for it to come out!

The third volume of the Skip Jordan Series was put on hold for a couple of years. Fans of the first two books in the series have been urging me, impatiently, to get on with it. I have promised them I will finish it in 2014, and continue with volume 4 straight after, and a prequel after that.

What is your current WIP [Work in Progress]?

Double Deceit – The Transformation of Jonathan Ward. It is a combination Spiritual Odyssey, Romance, and Murder Mystery.

How many books do you have out?

At present, five. See my website. An additional three coming out in the next few months.

Are there characters/stories/scenes/etc. based on anything in real life?

Yes. Well that would be The Something Trilogy very much. My wife was born in the town of Paulpietersburg in South Africa and went to primary school there. I also did a fair amount of ministry there and have close friends there. I stayed with them when visiting the region. I also based the main character in the first book on one of the workers I trained in children’s ministry.

What is your favorite book/character?

My favorite book is Jane Eyre, and my favorite character is Jane Eyre. The richness of description and noble theme of the book captures both my attention and my heart. The character of Jane Eyre satisfies my sense of justice; the downtrodden gaining ultimate fulfilment.

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For EXPLORING BIBLICAL PRAYER – How Bible People Won or lost at Prayer (Non-Fiction)

Exploring Biblical Prayer

“What should a prayer life look like? What meaning does it have? And why should we care?

Shennan gives you 26 chapters of thought-provoking, scripturally based, convicting chapters that delves into these very questions. He also effectively deals with the disappointment that often comes from unanswered prayer and how prayer and other biblical doctrines have become “shadows in the shifting world of opinion.” It seems we haven’t given prayer the power which it deserves. We limit God with our unbelief, our desire for quick and easy answers.

“We are plagued by faint hearts and doubting dispositions. Temptations to put our trust in things seen rather than the unseen lie profusely in our path.”

Yeah, been there.

This book…I just don’t have any words for how wonderful it is. Shennan does a beautiful job of pulling in scripture and Bible stories that look at all types of prayer. I was amazed at some of the things that he pulled from the Bible that I had never even considered. Here are just a few of the great chapter titles: “Desperation in Prayer”, “Dangerous Prayer”, “Argument in Prayer”, “Persistence in Prayer”, “Earthshaking Prayer, “Burnout in Prayer”.

Exploring Biblical Prayer has renewed my spirit, my desire to pray, and has changed my perspective on a topic that can be difficult at best. If I could afford to give copies to everybody I know, I would. This WILL change your prayer life”

–Sherry Torgent

For SKIP JORDAN and the Veil of Deception (Fiction)

Veil of Deception
“This action packed adventure of young red hair Skip Jordon and his 2 friends Nancy and Ashley is very addictive and hard to put down and stop for meals. It starts out with Skip’s rescue from death at the age of 4 years in Africa then jumps to Canada, where Skip is now 13 and living with his aunt May. His very vivid dreams show what is in store as they go to rescue their school friends from the evil of witchcraft.

This very vivid action filled adventure has many twists and turns but with the help of many prayers and the forces of God the group is victorious. A well written adventure story with many biblical insights interwoven with the action.

A MUST READ.!!!!

An index of chapter headings would have facilitated going back to re-read some of the action of this fast changing narrative.”

–Keith Dixon

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E-mail: christophershennan@gmail.com

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Teaser from “Family Plan” by Mary C. Findley

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fifty shades one final tagline the edge 25 Our latest fiction work is a collection of short stories titled “Fifty Shades of Faithful.” The following comes from the last story, called “Family Plan.” “Hi, um … my wife and I want to get some photos taken, but she’s running a little late. Is it okay if I wait for her here?” “Of course.” Calvin Weeks, the receptionist, swung around his desk and led the young Asian man over to the comfortable waiting area. “You can just sit here and relax, or you can start filling out your information here–” he indicated a touchscreen “– and you can even look at packages and prices by touching this, here. You have great cheekbones, by the way, and Viv will love working with you. I can’t wait to see your wife. I am just nuts about – are you Chinese? What’s your name?” “Alan Chang,” the young man said with a nervous blush, looking at the touchscreen. Calvin swept back to the counter as someone else entered. “How much for family photos?” Alan Chang looked up and tensed as the group entered Living Images Photo Studio. The blond male receptionist smiled at them and got to chatting and typing on his console. Alan’s eyes widened as he took in the number of children the couple had, and how young the mother looked. All of them looked strikingly attractive. The man had perfect gray touches at his temples and wore a pure white and red silk jacket. The woman had her hair wound into two braided buns fastened with ivory sticks and lacy white and gold ribbons. Her top and capri-length pants were gold and white silk with little fingerless mitts, socks, and sandals. Four children stayed close to them; two girls and two boys, the youngest seeming to be fraternal twins under the age of five, and the whole crowd looked like cosplay characters. Everything about them was perfect. Too perfect. Chang waited until the photographer, a striking redheaded woman who seemed to favor animal-hide clothing, had ushered them behind a curtain. He jumped up to the desk. “Don’t let those people leave,” he hissed at the receptionist, freezing the young guy’s fingers in mid-stroke and showing him a badge. “Can I see that ID?” The receptionist, whose nametag said Calvin, had recovered his composure quickly. Chang reluctantly handed over his wallet. Calvin studied the picture. “That’s terrible. Viv can do a much better job for you.” “I’m serious,” Chang snapped. “I can see that you are. Hey, Sam, I am so glad you’re here!” Calvin waved at the big, uniformed police officer with a dark mustache who entered the shop at that moment. “Viv is back shooting this adorable oriental family and this gentleman seems to want us to try to keep them here.” “I don’t need local police,” sneered Chang. “You can walk right back out of here. In fifteen minutes I’ll have Homeland Security wedged in here so tight you won’t be able to breathe.” “Homeland Security?” Sam gradually backed Chang away from Calvin’s counter and into the waiting area. “Simmer down, friend. What’s all this about?” “Child trafficking,” Chang finally said, when Sam had backed him into a corner and he had nowhere else to move to. “We believe the man is a sex trafficker and his ‘family’ is being photographed for sale online.” “You have some proof of that?” “I have images in this file,” Chang answered, showing the corner of a file folder tucked in his jacket. “They match general descriptions of those people.” “General descriptions. Calvin, pull up the security photos and show me this happy family, please.” Calvin spun his monitor and Sam glanced at the Oriental family. Chang surrendered the file after Sam held out his hand for a solid minute. Sam spent a few more minutes in study. “How can you be sure these are the same kids? They’ve been worked over like poodles at a dog groomer.” “This is not your business,” Chang insisted. “You’re not Homeland Security,” Sam said. “Who are you?”

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Haggai Delivers a Message from God Lesson 1 Haggai 1:1-15 by Deborah H. Bateman

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Haggai was one of the prophets who were mentioned in Ezra chapter five. He prophesied and exhorted the children of Israel to finish building the Second Temple of God in Jerusalem. In the book of Ezra we were told that Haggai prophesied to the people, but it didn’t give us any of the details. In the book of Haggai we will learn what the message was that the LORD revealed to Haggai for the people.

The Book of Haggai

 

(Editors Note: Deborah wanted me to tell you that “The book is still 99 cents through this weekend. After that, the price will go up”)

The name Haggai was thought to be the abbreviated form of the phrase “Festival of Yahweh.” It is believed that he may have been born on a major feast day in Israel. Haggai was one of the twelve Minor Prophets in the Hebrew Bible and the author of the book of Haggai in the Holy Bible. Haggai was the first of the three prophets, along with Zechariah and Malachi, who prophesied to the Jewish people after their return from Babylon.

In this Scripture we see that it was on the first day of the sixth month in the second year of King Darius’ reign, which would have been September, 520 B.C., when Haggai revealed the Word of the LORD to Zerubbabel, the governor of Judah and to Joshua, the high priest. At that time the children of Israel had been out of captivity and back in Jerusalem for about eighteen years, but the work of the temple had not been completed. In fact, the work on the temple had been idle for the past fourteen years.

The LORD spoke to Haggai saying that this people say that the time hasn’t come to build the house of the LORD. The people used God’s timing as their excuse for not building the temple. Notice that the LORD called them “this” people in the Scripture instead of “my” people, which indicates that He may have been frustrated with them and their excuses.

Have you ever done that with your children when they frustrated you? You may have said something to your husband like, “You will never believe what your son (or daughter) did.” It is like you’re not claiming them to be your children at the moment because you are aggravated or frustrated with them or something they did or did not do. I know I have done this before and have heard other people do it as well.

Haggai revealed the LORD’S message to Zerubbabel and Joshua. The LORD asked, “Is it time for you, who live in paneled houses, and the house of God lies in waste?” The people had built houses for themselves and their families, but they had not completed the temple. The LORD wanted them to realize why they weren’t receiving His blessings.

He told them to consider their ways, which meant for them to take a look at their lives and see if they wanted to continue down that road. He reminded them, “You have sown a lot, but you brought in little; you eat, but you don’t have enough; you drink, but you are not satisfied; you put on clothes, but you are not warm; and you work to earn wages and put it in a bag with holes in it.” They were doing all these things, but because the LORD’S blessings were not on them, all of their work was in vain.

Sometimes we do the same thing. We want to blame someone else or something else because things are not going right in our lives. In reality, we need to do as the LORD instructed Haggai and consider our ways and examine our hearts and lives to see if there is something we did or didn’t do to block the blessings of the LORD in our lives.

Haggai told them that the LORD said for them to go up to the mountain, bring wood, and build His house. He would take pleasure in it, and He would be glorified. He reminded them, “You looked for much, and it turned out to be little; and when ye brought it home, I blew on it.” The LORD asked if they wanted to know why this was happening. He told them it was because they left His house in ruins while they were all busy building their own houses.

Because of this He kept the dew from falling from the heavens, and the earth from bearing fruit. He caused a drought in the land. The drought affected the mountains, the corn, the new wine, the oil, the crops, the men, the cattle, and all the labor of their hands. In other words God was telling them, you have been doing all this work, but you haven’t prospered because you have left the house of God in shambles, so my blessings haven’t been on you and your efforts.

The people were being judged by God and they didn’t even realize it. God was trying to get their attention, but they didn’t get the message. They thought it was simply bad luck, or bad economic times, or something like that instead of realizing that they were out of the will of God.

The LORD told Haggai to tell the people that He was with them. The message that Haggai gave Zerubbabel and Joshua from God got their attention and stirred their hearts. They told the remnant of the people what the LORD told Haggai and the people all obeyed, because they feared (had respect for) the LORD. So, in the sixth month, on the twenty-fourth day, the people came together to Jerusalem to finish the building of the Temple of God.

Anytime God calls us to do a job, He will be there to support, strengthen, encourage and equip us to do what He has asks us to do. If something is not going right maybe we need to examine our hearts. We should pray and ask Him to reveal to us if there is something in our lives that we need to get right with Him. After all we all want to have His blessings on our lives and whatever we are doing. We don’t want our work to go in vain.

We are told in Matthew 6:33, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Sometimes we get our priorities out of order. We put everything else ahead of seeking God and His righteousness and then we wonder what is wrong with our lives. LORD, help us to always remember to put You first.

Excerpt from: The Book of Haggai: Consider Your Ways by Deborah H. Bateman

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Deborah H Bateman

Deborah H. Bateman
Author of the books in the Daily Bible Reading Series
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Founder of Christian Daily Resources a Christian online ministry dedicated to “Sharing God’s Word.”

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 25:4-5 Show me the path where I should walk, O LORD, point out the right road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you.

This is a prayer that the Lord will answer every time. The Lord wants us to know the way to Him. He wants us to stay on the path to Him. He wants what is best for us and for us to be on the path that gets us there. He wants us to clearly know the truth. He wants us to learn the things we need to know in order to live holy lives.

The path that leads to the Lord is a rugged path because it is not worn down by many travelers. It is rugged because we are constantly battling Satan along the way to stay on it. It is rugged because it requires much determination, commitment, and work on our part. It is rugged because it’s the only way we will ever develop our spiritual muscles to sustain us in life. It is rugged because sometimes it’s a very lonely road since most do not travel on it.

We must be careful that we don’t get on the wrong road. Only one road leads us to Christ and it is the road of Mount Calvary. We have to ask the Lord to help us because it’s so easy to get off track and start traveling on the wrong path. One thing to look out for is if everything is easy with no struggles along the way, you are traveling on the wrong road. On Calvary’s road, we must pick up our cross and carry it along with us daily.

As we travel this journey of life we must always be led by God’s Word if we want to see Jesus. We must make it a priority in our lives to learn God’s truth and live it. We must never be satisfied with what we know, or think we know. We must always remain teachable. We must never get out from underneath its teachings.

Only the Lord our God can save us. He alone is the only hope we have for making it to heaven. Let us stay the course and always follow in the footprints of Jesus, the author and finisher of our salvation.
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Author Interview by Judy Davis

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Our interview today is with Judy Davis. Thank you Judy for being here and agreeing to do this interview.

Judy Davis

Question #1 What is the best thing about being an author?

Writing inspirational words to help others.

Question #2 What are some of the challenges of being an author?

Marketing.

Question #3 Describe a Typical Day for You Prayer.

Bible reading and devotionals, writing, Exercise class, cleaning house, cooking, and piano lessons.

Question #4 What genre(s) do you write? And why or how did you chose them?

Nonfiction. Took a writing course on nonfiction from Writer’s Digest.

Question #5 Do you read the same genre that you write? Why or why not?

Yes I read the same genre as I write. I usually am inspired with new ideas, concepts and insight.

Question #6 What is something that readers would be surprised to know about you?

I am a great grandmother…

Question #7 When and how did the writing bug bite you?

After praying and seeking Godly wisdom I asked God “What can I do for you, you have done so much for me.” I turned to Jeremiah 30:2 and read “Write every word I have spoken to you in a book.”

Question #8 When you write, do you plot everything out or not? Why does that work for you?

I usually write an outline as this helps guide me through the project.

Question #9 What is the best thing a reader or reviewer has ever said about you?

Judy truly reflects the character of a servant, because she loves people and she writes to change lives.

Question #10 What is the worst thing a reader or reviewer ever said about you? How did you handle that?

A reviewer wrote about my book Women in the Bible, “I was looking for specific information which required an index and there wasn’t one so I leafed through the book to find what I was looking for. Only select women were discussed and I was looking for “all” the women“. I felt she bought the wrong book as there are plenty of other books that have all the women in the Bible.

Question #11 If you could go to one place and write, where would it be and why?

Israel. I have visited Israel before and loved seeing the different places Jesus walked. I know this would inspire my writing.

Question #12 If you could have one experience back to do over again, what would it be and why?

Go back to Israel and visit the Sea of Galilee, Gethsemane, Jerusalem, Bethlehem, etc. The inspiration would be awesome!

Question #13 Who do you consider a mentor in your life? What did that person teach you?

The late Dick Champion, editor of Pentecostal Evangel. He taught me to “Write the vision and make it plain.”

Question #14 Is writing your only job? If not, tell us a little about your “day” job.

I consider writing a ministry. I have been retired from my career as a government employee since 2004.

Question #15 If you weren’t writing, what would you be doing?

Piano lessons

Question #16 What is your favorite verse in the Bible? Why?

Proverbs 3:5-6 It is my life verse…

Question #17 What is your favorite quote? Why?

If ever there was a time this country needed the intervention of God, it is now. We can and should pray for America as a whole, but remember that when God sets out to change a nation, He begins by changing people. It starts with individuals.” Billy Graham A powerful quote that our country needs especially at this time.

Question #18 What is your favorite book? Why?

The Bible . Another favorite is Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

Question #19 What other hobbies do you have?

Reading, playing keyboard, bowling

Question #20 What is your workspace like? Clean or chaos?

My office is clean as I enjoy having it organized so I can find supplies quickly.

Question #21 How did you break into writing?

I started writing by renting a typewriter back in 1985. I then took my first writing course on How to Write Nonfiction from Writers Digest. This led to my writing a column for the local newspaper.

Question #22 Where can people find you on the Internet?

http://judypdavis.wordpress.com      http://inspirationalthoughtsthatmatter.blogspot.com

Question #23 What advice do you have for other authors?

Pray and seek Godly wisdom and write as you are inspired.

Question #24 Tell us about your book.

Happy New You

Happy New You is a 365-day devotional. It seeks to encourage and inspire you to read the Bible through each year. It is filled with the Word of God, real-life revelations, dreams, and the wonder of the greatest gift of all, Jesus.

Question #25 Tell us about the characters in your book.

Nonfiction

Question #26 Do you include your own life in your books? Why or why not?

I write occasionally about my own life in my books. The reason is to help others through a situation they may be facing.

Question #27 What is special to you about this book?

It is faith-building and has spiritually enriching testimonials.

Question #28 What do you hope readers take away from this book?

I hope the readers will be stirred in their spirit and have a life changing experience.

Question #29 What’s your favorite “treat”?

Nuts

Question #30 Morning or night, which is the best and why?

Morning! Love the early morning to write as my mind is clear.

Question #31 Favorite season and why?

Fall as in October my husband and I celebrate our anniversary and also my birthday.

Question #32 Favorite sport and why?

Bowling…love bowling on a league and meeting new friends.

Question #33 Least favorite household or yard chore?

Yard work

Question #34 Least favorite thing to do?

Pulling weeds

Question #35 Favorite thing to do?

Writing

Question #36 You have a whole day to go anywhere and do anything. What would that be and why?

Barnes and Noble. Love that bookstore and looking at all the books.

Question #37 Pose a question for our readers to answer.

What is your favorite place to write?

Author Bio:

Judy Davis has been writing for Christian publications for 30 years. Her latest Happy New You is a 365 day devotional. When she is not writing, she enjoys her grandchildren and traveling with her husband of 48 years.

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Weird Things Christians Argue About by Parker J. Cole

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Parker J. Cole

There’s a video making its way on social media called “Weird Things Couples Fight About”. A humorous thing, I thought I’d do my own version but along a different line.

Recently the International Society of Women Apologists had an online apologetics conference and several of my friends were there. These women are smart, beautiful, and answer the questions of faith and the heart with vim and vigor. Yet, it got me to thinking about my own forays into the arguments I’ve discussed over the years as a lay apologist and I’ve come to a conclusion.

There are some weird things Christians argue about.

I’ll be the first to say that there’s nothing wrong with a vigorous debate about the complex things of the faith. After all, we’re called to a reasonable faith in our Lord as well as the love we have for Him and He for us.

With that being said…I’m mentioning some of them not for the sake of ridicule but to postulate the point there’s a bigger picture involved.

The argument: Adam and Eve did/did not have belly buttons.
The bigger picture: Adam and Eve were real regardless if they had belly buttons or not. What if our first parents had outies???

The argument: Jesus was black not white. (Apparently there is no other ethnicity – eyeroll)
The bigger picture: Jesus was a Jew and is the Son of God. His divinity is not dependent on ethnicity.

The argument: You should only pray in Jesus’ /Father, Son, and Holy Ghost name.
The bigger picture: We can pray to our Father and He will hear us.

The argument: You should only read (insert version here) of the Bible.
The bigger picture: We have the Bible. That is all.

The argument: Jesus died on (Wednesday, Thursday, Friday)
The bigger picture: He rose.

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Risk By Laura J. Marshall

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Recently I saw a picture of a former marine who was surfing. What was unusual about the picture was that he was surfing on his hands and … he had no legs. He had been injured in war. To say “injured” is putting it lightly.

The depth of pain and suffering this man must have gone through both emotionally and physically could have debilitated and devastated him for the rest of his life.

Yet, he chooses to live bravely.

However we live, whether in the throes of emotional and physical trials or circumstances, we do have a choice of where our mindset lies and what we risk.

Our lives still have value.

In my story, A Christmas Coffee, Sarah struggles to find joy and move on since her husband’s untimely death two years prior.

Does a change in location help as she travels to a dreamed of vacation in Sicily?

Or rather, must she consciously choose to face the risk of pain again by investing more of herself in those around her?

Christmas is a very tough time of year for many people who have lost loved ones, jobs, homes, and are still struggling with wayward children or financial difficulties. I pray Sarah and Parker’s story encourages you to take a little bit more risk, if only with your heart to love and be more fully loved by those around you.

Ecclesiastes 3
To everything there is a season,
A time for every purpose under heaven:
A time to be born,
And a time to die;
A time to plant,
And a time to pluck what is planted;
A time to kill,
And a time to heal;
A time to break down,
And a time to build up;
A time to weep,
And a time to laugh;
A time to mourn,
And a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones,
And a time to gather stones;
A time to embrace,
And a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to gain,
And a time to lose;
A time to keep,
And a time to throw away;
A time to tear,
And a time to sew;
A time to keep silence,
And a time to speak;
A time to love,
And a time to hate;
A time of war,
And a time of peace.

A Christmas Coffee is Laura J. Marshall’s newest release through Astraea Press Publishers. See the book on Amazon here http://amzn.com/B00P8F7XP2 or at other fine EBook retailers.

Christmas Coffee

Villa Bellissimo along with Master Chef Antonio Coronado invite you to Sicily where you will be immersed in the art and passion of Italian culinary delights.

Sarah Cooper is still trying to find her place in the world after her husband died two years ago on Christmas Day. When her parents give her an early holiday gift, it may be just the opportunity she needs.

Parker Matrone is the founder and CEO of the billion dollar company, Coffee Grounds. There’s something about Sarah he can’t resist, but he’s been burned before and is now raising his two young sons alone.

Will they decide loving again is worth the risk? And what of the antique Christmas quilt beneath which Sarah dreams of Christmas’ past, present, and future?

Come explore Italy in this Christian Christmas romance where dreams do come true and life begins anew.

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Laura J. Marshall

Laura J. Marshall is a full-time mom of five boys. When not on active duty, she is the best-selling author of Christian romance, nonfiction, and Archibald’s Bible Adventure series for kids. Visit Laura’s website at http://www.LauraJMarshall.com or visit her on Facebook or Twitter.

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The Name Quest – explore the names of God to grow in faith and get to know Him better
By John Avery

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Take an insightful journey into deeper relationship with God through the biblical names of God. Beginning in Babel and ending with a burning Babylon, The Name Quest builds faith and encourages spiritual growth.

The names of God are like a rainbow—each name expresses part of the spectrum of the character and attributes of God. God is a personality with a multifaceted character too integrated and dynamic to compartmentalize. God’s names are best examined in clusters, around common themes. So that is how the chapters are organized.

Along the way, the author tenderly answers tough questions:
Which of the Hebrew names of God is His personal name—Yahweh or Jehovah?
What does it mean to pray in Jesus’ name?
How can we relate to the Holy God and the Judge?
Why is a God of love called the “Jealous God”?
What does it mean to call Jesus the Messiah?

The Name Quest mentions all the names of God in the Bible while explaining their significance in ordinary language. The author weaves together fifteen years of Bible study research with plentiful illustrations and humorous anecdotes. These include lessons learned as a pastor on a Caribbean island. A visit to a Welsh hill farm introduces a chapter about the Good Shepherd. The story of a Hungarian political prisoner illustrates the meaning of Immanuel (or is it Emmanuel?) A rescue from the slopes of an active volcano helps explain salvation and the meaning of Jesus’ Hebrew name, Yeshua. Even the clever advertisement on a packet of potato chips offers a lesson about how to grow in faith in God.

Unlike chasing rainbows, the spiritual journey has an end. The Name Quest is a road map for every Christian’s spiritual journey and it points to the destination—being formed into the image of Jesus Christ.

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237A7617John Avery
is the author of “The Name Quest – explore the names of God to grow in faith and get to know Him better” (Morgan James Publishing, 2014). He is a trained teacher with over thirty years experience as a Bible teaching pastor, small group leader, and missionary. He has lived in England, Israel, Africa, and the Caribbean, ministering with Youth With A Mission (YWAM) and local churches. He and his wife, Janet, now make their home in Oregon. John likes to hike, snowshoe, and cross country ski. John writes a regular Bible devotional on www.BibleMaturity.com and maintains a comprehensive resource for all the names of God at www.NamesForGod.net.

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