Author Interview with BJ Robinson

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by BJ Robinson

I’m delighted to be here today to discuss my latest release, Amazing Grace, a Christian novel set in Upstate New York. Thank you for taking the time to consider my book. It is a sweet Christian, inspirational romance.

What made you decide to set your book in Upstate New York?

I usually set my novels in Louisiana, where I grew up, or in Florida, where I’m a transplant. This time, I decided to set it in the small towns of Frewsburg and Jamestown, New York. My husband is from Jamestown, and we were married there and honeymooned in Niagara Falls, Canada. I was able to use my experiences in the book in regard to Niagara Falls. My husband loves haddock and Jamestown has a small restaurant named The Dinner Bell that can’t be beat. When we visit, we always have to go for the haddock. It is a white-meat fish.

What themes or messages does this novel provide?

It contains the themes of God will make a way even when there seems to be none, marriage is for in sickness and in health as the vows say, and do not become unequally yoked. I used humor and a feisty grandmother. One reader told me she loved the way I worked the themes in, especially the one about being unequally yoked and that a person can be sick in other ways besides physically.

Let me share the blurb with you:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07PX4BR3L/ 

Newest Release Sweet Christian Contemporary Romance. Grace Cathaleen Roussell inherits a house her grandmother can no longer live in and care for and finds the seclusion of pine-scented Upstate New York perfect for her love of nature and the great outdoors. After a broken engagement, it fits her. Fresh milk and dairy, fruit, especially apples, sweet corn, and country cooking. The Adirondack Mountains and Niagara Falls make it a lush, beautiful place.

She’s happy and content to move forward with her life in a home she inherited on a road that reminds her of a rollercoaster. The brown house sits on a hill, and there’s a lovely pond in her front yard. Right behind her home, the thick, green forest of the rural area encroaches upon her backyard, and she’s been warned about bears. A river runs behind her house.

Chase Thorn drives around in his shiny, blue Ford pickup like he’s all that and a slice of New York cheesecake. Can Grace depend upon him to complete the much-needed construction her house needs? He fixes-up homes and re-sells them. He has endured his share of heartache and pulled himself up by his bootstraps. 

Grace owns the Amazing Grace Country Cooking Restaurant. Short a waitress one day, she is serving the customers when she waits on Chase for the first time, discovers he’s in construction, and hires him to fix-up the old home family home. He makes her heart flutter like she’s a teen. Will she be able to cope with that and work with him as she’s promised to help him on her home to save money, or will the attraction be too much for the both of them?

Grace comes to know and understand him better as he does the renovation on her home. Despite her feisty Grandmother Roussell’s encouragement to give the man a chance, she holds him at arm’s length. Grace doesn’t want to be unequally yoked. She doesn’t want her heart broken again. Once was enough. Will her inheritance turn out to be life changing in more ways than one?

Bio: 

B. J. RobinsonB. J. Robinson writes Amazon best-selling historical romance and romantic suspense and enjoys writing in various genres. There are numerous selections readers may choose from among romantic suspense, historical romance, mystery, and sweet contemporary romance. Robinson is an avid reader and passionate writer whose hope is to entertain her readers by taking them on a continuous journey to other worlds while reminding them of the beautiful one yet to come. If you would like to explore the various genres she’s written, please check out her Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1458731934&sr=1-2-ent 

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Out Of The Miry Clay

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Out Of The Miry Clay

(Restoration Redemption Revitalization Book 1)

by Nichole Shirell

Out Of The Miry Clay

No one is immune to trials and tribulations. “Out of The Miry Clay” is the first release of the trilogy “Restoration, Redemption, Revitalization.” This novel exposes the hidden darkness of sin. It also details the Christian fight for eternal freedom.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Green-Eyed Brides & Faith to Dance

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Green-Eyed Brides

by Teresa Ives Lilly

Green-Eyed Brides

Four young sisters have come to Waterhole, Texas, hoping to fulfill the job of sheriff
Can a town accept these Green-eyed beauties, who can shoot and ride as well as any man as their sheriff?
Will the girls find a home and love in their new lives?

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Faith to Dance

by Joi Copeland

Faith to Dance

He lives in fear.
She lives in a world of dance.

When their two worlds collide, will they have the faith to work through their differences, or will they be forced to go their separate ways?

Drew Erickson has a devastating loss. Six years later, he still has fears of the one thing he believes robbed him of joy. When his family decides to get involved, he is forced to face those fears.

Renee McCarthy mourned the loss of her parents by doing the one thing her heart desired: opening her own dance studio. When Faith and Hope enter her life, her world is changed forever.

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Verse of the Day and Devotion 5/14/2019

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Verse of the Day and Devotion

They will have no fear of bad news; their hearts are steadfast, trusting in the Lord.  – Psalm 112:7 NIV

Devotion

I trust in the Lord. I believe that He exists and that He’s the Creator of all things. It was He that brought every created thing into existence. He’s also the providential Sustainer of every created thing. Every one of His creatures depends upon Him for its continuing existence. If He were to withdraw His sustaining hand, then they would cease to exist. He Himself, on the other hand, depends on nothing for His existence. He always has been, is, and always will be. (Revelation 22:13) I trust Him because of this, I trust Him because of who He is and what He can do. For with Him, “all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

My heart, as a result, is steadfast. It’s like I’m standing on a rock that cannot be moved. The rain may come down, the streams may rise, and the winds may blow, but I stand steadfast on the rock nevertheless. (Matthew 7:24-25) I’m not like “a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.” (James 1:6) I don’t waver here, there, and everywhere. After all, why would I? My trust is in the rock that stands firm no matter what comes about. Instead of wavering, then, I sing: “My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.” (Psalm 57:7)

Even bad news can’t shake me from off the rock and bring me down. It can’t make me surrender to the fear that is always warring against my soul. With David I say, “Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident.” (Psalm 27:3) With the sons of Korah I say that I will not fear, “though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.” (Psalm 46:2) In faith I say, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In God, whose word I praise-in God I trust and am not afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Psalm 56:3-4)

I have no fear because I know that everything will work out for me, even when things happen that I wish would not happen. (Romans 8:28) I have no fear because I know that He will preserve me even under those circumstances. (Psalm 138:7)

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A Miracle in a Miracle

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by Rebekah Beene

Our granddaughter passed her final hearing test after surgery. This is phenomenal, especially since the tube in the ear placed at surgery didn’t remain where it was supposed to. There was still a hole in the eardrum. But somehow, that hole healed up and at this visit all was declared well. The doctor did say those holes don’t close up on their own. Usually.

We know don’t we? We give God the credit for the small miracle that occurred within the miracle of the tiny delicate surgery. A miracle in a miracle. Thank you Lord.

Oh beloved, you are beautiful, But you are more. You are a miracle. It’s impossible that anyone could change from being a natural person to a supernatural born again believer but you have been. And because of God’s plan through Christ to rescue you from your lost condition, He has done more for you than you can imagine. You are now enabled. The miracle within the miracle. Not just saved for heaven. It’s not a wait and see thing. While you are being transformed into Christ’s image you have been enabled to be an overcomer (overcoming obstacles and overcoming the sins that want to control your life). You are enabled to conquer the hills and chasms you face. You’ve been enabled to win the race and each leg of that race. You are now enabled to stand fast in faith and wield the weapons of righteousness – they are mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.

God loves you and He’s for you. Run to Him this morning and ask Him for a supernatural touch – a miracle within the miracle. Ask Him for provisions that will be yours for the duration. Thank Him for heaven but ask Him to cause you to live righteously and purposefully right here right now. And then beloved, live, move and have your being in the Light of the enabling Spirit of the Lord!

Colossians 1:11-12 We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.

2 Corinthians 3:6 He has enabled us to be ministers of his new covenant. This is a covenant not of written laws, but of the Spirit. The old written covenant ends in death; but under the new covenant, the Spirit gives life. The Glory of the New Covenant

Habakkuk 3:19 The Sovereign LORD is my strength; he makes my feet like the feet of a deer, he enables me to tread on the heights.

2 Corinthians 1:21-22 It is God who enables us, along with you, to stand firm for Christ. He has commissioned us and he has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us.

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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Investigators of Salvation

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by Mary C. Findley

Crucifix on Stucco Wall
Even the prophets, who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours, carefully researched and investigated this salvation. They tried to find out what era or specific time the Spirit of the Messiah in them kept referring to when he predicted the sufferings of the Messiah and the glories that would follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you in regard to the things that have now been announced to you by those who brought you the good news through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. These are things that even the angels desire to look into.
(1 Peter 1: 10-12 ISV)

This is an interesting version of events in the ISV translation. Here it is in the New American Standard Version

As to this salvation, the prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow. It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves, but you, in these things which now have been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven—things into which angels long to look.

Picture, then, the prophets in a slightly different way. We think of them as getting revelation straight from God – astounding visions, messages for kings, warnings to repent for everyone, and even angels to explain to them what it all meant. But God didn’t always tell them the whole story. Sometimes, as in the case of the promise of the Messiah, they had to do research to try to learn when He would come. Angels, these verses say, couldn’t even explain things to them, though it seems to have been a subject they were greatly interested in.

Consider, as modern-day Christians, the number of verses we have been told are prophesies of the Messiah. They begin all the way back in Genesis 3:15, which is called the Protoevangelium, or first mention of Christ’s future atonement.

“I’ll place hostility between you and the woman, between your offspring and her offspring. He’ll strike you on the head, and you’ll strike him on the heel.” (ISV)

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed; He shall bruise you on the head, And you shall bruise him on the heel.” (NASB)

You can see Adam and Eve didn’t have much to go on there. Some people say that when Cain was born and Eve said, “I have gotten a man from the Lord”, she thought her firstborn son was the Messiah. They quickly learned they were wrong about that.

So, through the ages, God inspired His Word to include clues to the Messiah – His nature, His purpose, and also when and even where He would come into the world. By the time Herod inquired as to where the King of the Jews would be born, the scholars had an answer all ready – “In Bethlehem of Judea”. Everybody, however, seems to have been thrown off by the timing. They were not clear on when the Messiah would come. There was confusion about many aspects of His life. A majority of the Jewish leadership concluded Jesus did not fit their understanding of the prophesies.

Back to the Old Testament prophets, though. The passage says these men researched and investigated to try to pin down the facts about the Messiah and salvation that weren’t all clear in the Scriptures or the prophesies they uttered.

These men were not like the Jewish Synagogue and temple leadership at the time of Jesus. They were not selfish or trying to preserve their own power. We see big hints that they understood the sacrificial system was not the answer. “The blood of bulls and goats can never take away sin”. “All we like sheep have gone astray … The Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all … ”

The biggest thing that stands out to me about these verses, though, is the point that the prophets “carefully researched and investigated this salvation.” Even while understanding this: “It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you.” The prophets would never see the Messiah. They would not see the fulfillment of the things they tried to make clear. They were sacrificing for future generations. They did it for those who lived in Peter’s time, and also for us.

We have the same responsibility as these prophets. How so?. The Messiah has already come. The atonement has already taken place. The mystery the prophets of long ago were trying to solve is no longer a mystery. Jesus is the answer.

Then why are there so many people who still haven’t heard or understood “the things that have now been announced to you by those who brought you the good news through the Holy Spirit sent from heaven”? Peter is saying that there is still work for faithful men to do, which the Holy Spirit was sent to accomplish. Remember that the Holy Spirit came after the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. So it’s clear that we as believers are indwelt by the Holy Spirit in order to keep investigating the Scriptures. We have to make salvation clear to those who still haven’t heard or understood. We have it. We understand it. But investigators don’t keep knowledge to themselves. Now it’s time to serve others to see to it that they receive and understand.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: 12 Surprises of Heaven

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12 Surprises of Heaven

with bonus chapter,The Five People You Will Not Meet In Heaven

by Rocky Henriques

12 Surprises of Heaven

Rocky Henriques’ “12 Surprises of Heaven” is profoundly simple, but simply profound! He packs powerful biblical truth into an engaging and accurate portrayal of Heaven. His inspiring illustrations invite readers to see the realities of another world made accessible to believers through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. As you turn the pages I hope you’ll hear the whisper of a holy invitation from God.
–Dr. Dean Register, Crosspoint Church, Hattiesburg, MS

It is my joy to wholeheartedly recommend “12 Surprises of Heaven.” This book was thought provoking and spiritually inspiring. It caused me to see some aspects about heaven that I had never realized before. It also gave me a greater appreciation for what our Lord has prepared for all who know Him. I am thankful for the fact that Dr. Henriques continually set forth the one and only way to heaven—by faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. This book will bless and inspire all who read it, and I give it my full and complete endorsement.
–Evangelist Gary M. Bowlin, www.garybowlin.com

I greatly appreciate that “12 Surprises of Heaven” looks to the Bible to provide the sure foundation of an accurate view of Heaven. By taking this approach, Dr. Henriques corrects many mistaken and popular ideas about life after death. His chapter entitled “The Five People You Will Not Meet in Heaven” provides further captivating and thought-provoking details, causing the reader to ask penetrating questions and to discern fact-based answers of eternal importance. In today’s pop culture that often distorts the afterlife based upon dreams and myths, 12 Surprises of Heaven brings us back to the only truth that is certain, straight from the pages of God’s Word.
–Larry Steven McDonald, DMin, PhD, Dean, Graduate School of Christian Ministry, North Greenville University
Greer, South Carolina

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CrossReads Short Takes: Hell Is For Real & Fire Within

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Hell Is For Real

One Man’s Terrifying Journey

by Michael Yeager

Hell Is For Real

If you dare, open the pages of this book and enter into a world that is more horrifying then the human mind can ever imagine. As you read Mike Yeager’s over 2 hour experience of going to hell, do not be surprised, if what he felt, saw, and experienced does not begin to happen to you.

Discover why God created such a place; it’s eternal ramifications, and what its ultimate purpose is. Many people have had asked, why hell? Most of these questions Dr. Yeager will answer in this book.

This book also includes testimonies of those who have been influenced by Mikes experience.

Also included / My JOURNEY To HELL: A Graphic Illustrated Experience of HELL

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Fire Within

31 life lessons on evangelism, discipleship and the gospel

by Jesse Eisenhour

Fire Within

Fire Within is a devotional/collection of stories based on Jesse Eisenhour’s experience as a street evangelist with Time to Revive. He has been sharing the gospel in cities across the country by simply asking people, “How can I pray for you?” And now Jesse Eisenhour wants you to find the fire within yourself to reach out to your neighborhood, coworkers, or strangers and start sharing the gospel.

If you’ve ever struggled with how to make evangelism a part of your daily life, “Fire Within” will help give you a clear picture of what a lifestyle of evangelism could look like. But beware! Reading this book might change your life FOREVER!

“Is there anything or anyone that would keep you from accepting the free gift of life in Jesus today?”

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Gems From Pastor Jim 5/7/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 30:18 But the LORD still waits for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for him to help them.

The Lord is waiting for you to come to Him. He wants to show you His love for you. He wants to shower you with His compassion.

There is always an open invitation from the Lord for us to come to Him. He is patiently waiting for us. He has so much love to give us, if we would only go to Him. There are so many excuses we come up with to not approach the Lord, but none of them make any sense at all. When we consider what the Lord promises to do for us when we come to Him, it is utter foolishness to stay away from Him. There is nothing that can compare to being loved by God.

God’s love is so far above anything else man can ever know. It is the most precious possession man can ever hope to obtain. To be loved by God means that He will accept us just as we are, no strings attached. He will not treat us any differently than anyone else. He will never expect us to be who we are not. He will never treat us in a way that is not good for us. He will never stop loving us. He longs to make himself known to us in a very personal way. He longs to shower us with compassion.

The Lord is faithful to those who love Him. All we have to do is to submit ourselves to Him. We must be willing to live life God’s way. We must not seek our own agenda, but we must seek His. We must wait on the Lord and conform ourselves to His righteousness. The Lord will show His love to those who flee to Him and let Him have His way with them.

We tend to not want to wait for the Lord to help us. We get in such a hurry and want to make things happen now and in our own way. However, for those who are wise enough to wait for the Lord to help them, they are blessed. They discover they worry a whole lot less. They discover that there is a peace that wasn’t there before because they know the Lord’s helping hand is so much better than whatever we could do with our own hands. Those who wait on the Lord enjoy the journey of life so much more than those who don’t.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

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

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

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

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: And All That Is Within Me…

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by Precarious Yates

Between Passover and Pentecost or Shavuot, Jews celebrate what they call the Sefirat HaOmer, or Days of Omer. These are 49 days of examining the soul. During this time, they examine 7 specific emotions within 7 types of emotions, or 49 separate emotions all together. Unlike other categorizations of emotion, and most cultures have categories of emotion, each of these 7 categories in the Sefirat HaOmer are not negative. Some of the specific emotions within the categories can be negative, but the categories themselves are not negative. Here is the list:

  • Loving kindness
  • Justice and discipline 
  • Harmony, compassion
  • Endurance 
  • Humility
  • Bonding
  • Sovereignty and leadership 

If you’re like me, my guess is that you had no idea things like endurance or justice could be categories of emotion. And you may be able to see already how there can be positive or negative emotions in all of these categories. Misguided desires for justice can bloom into quests for revenge. Unhealthy desires for bonding can lead us into codependent or abusive relationships. 

But there are positive emotions too. These positive emotions can be integral aspects to expressing righteousness, or righteous acts. They are not necessary to express righteous acts but do help motivate and remind us to be the hands and feet of Christ to others. At the same time, there are times we need to deny the negative emotions that hinder righteousness. 

Why is this important for devotion? 

The Psalms say this:

Bless the LORD, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name!  – Psalm 103:1

We are to bless God and praise Him with our whole SOUL. The more we know what’s in our soul, the more we know what we’re really putting inside that gift box of praise and blessing to God. 

But the real question is this: should we do this all on our own?

The more we pray through the 49 emotions and ask the Holy Spirit to lead and guide us, the clearer understanding we have of what’s inside our soul. And He can transform any emotion from negative to positive, just as generating static electricity changes the ions in an atom. 

Here is a link to more information:

https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/277116/jewish/Introduction.htm

About the Author:

Precarious YatesPrecarious Yates has lived in 8 different states of the Union and 3 different countries, but currently lives in Texas with her husband, her daughter and their one mastiff and four Pyrenees dogs, three sheep and nine chickens. When she’s not writing, she enjoys music, teaching, playing on jungle gyms and reading. She holds a masters in the art of making tea and coffee and a PhD in Slinky® disentangling.

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