Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes for 10/14/2014

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Jim Hughes

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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Redemption Interview by Lillian Duncan

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REDEMPTION PROMO:

Redemption

To celebrate the release of REDEMPTION, I’m giving away a $25 Amazon Gift Card. But wait…there’s more! I always feel bad for the people who enter the contest but don’t win. So I’m also going to pick FIVE more lucky names to win a $5 Amazon Gift Card. Just the right amount to buy REDEMPTION! Just kidding, the winners can use it to buy whatever they wish.

So hop on over to TIARAS & TENNIS SHOES at http://www.lillian-duncan.com to enter. Leave a comment on the post REDEMPTION and you’ll be entered to win. Easy Peasy!! Contest ends on October 18.

Tell us about REDEMPTION.

It’s the third and final book in my Sisters by Choice series. Well, probably last. I do have an idea for a fourth book rattling around in my brain, but it’s only an idea at the moment. Who knows if it will actually grow into a book?

Redemption brings the series full circle and gives closure for those who’ve read all three books. Jamie is the missing twin in the first book-DECEPTION. And in REDEMPTION, we come to learn more about Jamie and her spiritual struggles. But the main story is about a missing child who Jamie is determined to find—no matter the danger to herself.

What’s the setting for REDEMPTION?

This story is all over the place. It starts in Florida, then Jamie goes to Ohio and on to Wyoming and New Mexico—and not all of her own doing!

How did you come up with the title for REDEMPTION?

The story begins with Patti not understanding why her twin, Jamie, continues to place herself in serious jeopardy time and time again. Jamie doesn’t understand either. Only that she needs to help others if and when she can no matter the danger to herself.

As the writer I know why, and I’ll share the secret with you. Jamie is ashamed of things she’s done in her past. As a result she feels God can’t love her the way she is. So she seeks redemption by putting herself in dangerous situations to help other people.

But then I checked out the definition of redemption. Dictionary.com defines redemption as an act of atoning for a fault or a mistake; deliverance or rescue; deliverance from sin; salvation; atonement for guilt.

Wow! As I look at those definitions, I realize REDEMPTION is full of all sorts of redemption for many of the characters in the story—not just Jamie’s. No wonder that’s the title I chose.

Why did you write REDEMPTION?

We only catch a brief glimpse of Jamie in DECEPTION and BETRAYED. REDEMPTION is Jamie’s story.

What do you want readers to take away from REDEMPTION?

God loves us no matter what we’ve done in the past or what we do in the present or will do in the future. His love is the one constant we can always count on!

Does REDEMPTION have a theme?

God loves us just the way we are and He is always there waiting for us to come to him.

What’s the SISTERS BY CHOICE series about?

This series definitely has romance in it, but I also wanted to explore the strong bonds that form between women—through blood or through the choices we make. Each story focuses on a relationship between two women that becomes as important to the story as the romantic plot.

Why did you become a writer?

I always had stories in my head waiting to be told. Unfortunately for many years those stories were only being enjoyed by me. One day a light bulb went off—hey, maybe I should be writing these stories down for other people!

That was the day a writer was born, but it took many long years until I could say, “I’m a writer!” Now, I love saying that.

What is your writing process?

I am not an outliner. I wish I were—it seems easier to me. But my mind doesn’t work that way. I never know what is going to happen in my story on any given writing day. It’s as if my mind is a movie screen and I watch that day’s events and then I write it.

When I start a new story I usually have a clear picture of the main character in mind and what obstacle he/she will face, but anything goes after that. If I’m writing and start to feel bored—then I kill someone or blow something up. And that way it’s a surprise to me and to my readers.

Do you know who the bad guy is when you begin your story?

Not usually. Most of the time I have several characters who it might be. As the story comes to a conclusion, I am surprised right along with my readers. REDEMPTION was no exception. I thought I knew who the bad guy was but as usual there were a few surprises!

Most people don’t think of murder mysteries and suspense novels as Christian Fiction. What do you say to them?

I can certainly understand their point of view. And for some readers my stories might be a bit too graphic or edgy and that’s all right. I understand that. I would say my readers are those who like traditional suspense and mystery novels but are tired of all the explicit language and sex scenes that aren’t necessary to a good story.

As mysteries and suspense, there is, of course, some violence in the stories. However; I don’t promote or glorify violence. I make sure to show characters experiencing the natural consequences of bad choices and bad actions.

Then what makes your stories Christian Fiction?

My stories always have an element of faith in them. How that plays out depends on the individual plots of each specific story. My main characters are always on a spiritual journey, though some may be further along than others.

My stories shows characters in crisis. I use the crisis to illustrate how real Christians react to real problems in their life. We all react in different ways when bad things happen and the same is true in my stories. I show characters having doubt but also resolving that doubt and becoming stronger in their faith as a result of the crisis.

One more word about Christian Fiction, it has changed dramatically over the past ten years. Other than erotica, readers can find their favorite genre as Christian Fiction as well as mainstream fiction. There are Christian Fiction books out there for every book lover—historical; romance; regency; science fiction; even horror novels.

If REDEMPTION becomes a movie who would you like to see play your main characters?

I’d love to have the Oslin twins play Jamie and Patti. As for Enrique—a dark, handsome actor with a bit of a Hispanic accent. Mmm, who could that be?

What are you working on now?

In July, I had a new mystery novella series released–DEADLY COMMUNICATIONS. It features a crime-fighting speech pathologist. Having been a speech pathologist for almost 35 years, this story was so much fun for me to write.

The second in the series—NOWHERE TO BELONG—will be released sometime next year and I still have some work to do on the third in the series. Along with that I have a few other projects I’m working on. Busy, busy, busy!

HOW CAN READERS FIND YOU ON THE INTERNET?

My website is http://www.lillianduncan.net. My blog is TIARAS & TENNIS SHOES at http://www.lillian-duncan.com. I’m also on Twitter as https://twitter.com/LillianDuncan and on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/lillian.k.duncan I also contribute to Putting On The New at http://www.puttingonthenew.com.

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Others may think Jamie Jakowski is a hero, but she knows differently.

Haunted by her past, she seeks redemption by helping others in spite of the danger to herself. However, after almost orphaning her daughter, Jamie opts to retire. When a friend needs her, Jamie agrees to one last undercover operation.

She is determined to reunite a heartbroken mother with her kidnapped son. Used to working alone, Jamie’s not happy when she’s assigned a partner. And after a failed operation and their failed romance, Enrique Rodriguez is the last person she wants to work with—ever.

To succeed, Jamie must confront her past as well as the people who want her dead.

BIO:

Lillian Duncan
Lillian Duncan: stories of faith mingled with murder & mayhem!

Lillian is a multi-published writer with several Amazon bestsellers, including The Christmas Stalking and Betrayed. Lillian writes the types of books she loves to read—fast-paced suspense with a touch or two of romance that demonstrates God’s love for all of us.

Whether as an educator, a writer, or a speech pathologist, she believes in the power of words to transform lives, especially God’s Word.

To learn more about Lillian and her books, visit: http://www.lillianduncan.net. Tiaras & Tennis Shoes is her personal blog at http://www.lillian-duncan.com.

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Devorah’s (Deborah) Prayer by Paula Rose Michelson

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Scripture: “Barak said to her, “if you go with me, I will go; but if you do not go with me, I will not go.” Very well,” Devorah said, “I will go with you. But because of the way you are going about this, the honor will not be yours, for the Lord will hand Siser over to a woman.” (Judges 4:8-9) In reply, Jesus declared, “I tell you the truth, no one can see the kingdom of God unless he is born again,” (John 3:3)

What were you thinking my sister, my kinswoman? How did you come to feel comfortable with the task laid before you? I know that you were a woman of prayer, one that was called by God Most High. If I could have been there would I have heard your petition which is, I think, founded on the same questions all of us women pray when we are asked by God to step out of our normal roles and assume a mantel that is unique? If so I believe that your prayer might have sounded something like this:

“Oh God why have you chosen me for this work,
I am as a seed of wheat,
Not yet ripe for the harvest,
Yet you call!

Oh God why have you asked me to lead men,
I am as one unprepared for war,
Not schooled in weapons and fighting,
Yet you call!

Oh God why have you asked me to bear the burdens of the nation Yisrael,
I am as one of the least of your people,
Not wise in my own understanding,
Yet you call!”

“Daughter, it is because you see yourself as nothing,”
Saying, “I am as a seed of wheat,
Not yet ripe for the harvest,
That I call!

Daughter, it is because you see yourself as one unprepared for war,
That I ask you to equip my people with righteousness and send them out with prayer,
For there is no weapon fashioned against my righteous ones that will stand,
That I call!

Daughter, it is because you see yourself as a seeker of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob,
Because you have an undivided heart that yearns for and reaches up to me,
Saying “What is God’s will in this matter,
That I call.

Many are ready for leadership in the world’s sight,
Many are prepared to do things in their own way,
Many believe they have a burden to serve but will leave when the battle turns against them,
But few truly know how to seek after me with all their mind, all their heart and all their soul.

That is why I have chosen you,
For you have chosen to abide in me,
I have chosen you to be a standard to my people,
an example of selfless devotion to their God.

That in seeing your selfless devotion to me,
They may also come to know Adoni-Jireh,
The Lord that will provide today,
Then, they will learn to search for my provision tomorrow.

For just as I had my servant Moses lift up the serpent in the desert,
That all who looked upon it in faith would not die,
Even though they had been bitten by a deadly snake,
My people must learn to look at those I have lifted up and not judge them,
But see me!”

“This I understand Lord Most High,
This, I Devorah, pledge to do and this will I sing about,
And give glory to your name for you chose a servant not a warrior,
That your name would and will be forever proclaimed!”

“Yes, and in the future that is yet to be another comes that is greater that he,
Greater than Moses who I led through the red sea,
Greater then any who have walked the earth,
for this is the Messiah who will herald in the rebirth.

“My Lord, I do not understand for I am not wise,
However, if you will it,
I will pray for those who will hear it,
that you open up their eyes.”

Oh Devorah did you know, as I think all the righteous do, that life is fleeting and there is more to us than the here and now? If so, may I, and all that follow after be as wise as you were. Wise enough to know our wisdom is as nothing before the throne of God Most High. Yet, wise enough to know that what we say and do matters both here and now and ripples throughout eternity. May God grant us all a modicum of understanding and a heart that is melded to His, least we fall into Satan snare and become ineffectual for all who care to hear and heed the message of the Lord and His Messiah.

Paula Rose Michelson 2001

Authors Bio:

Paula Rose Michelson

Paula Rose Michelson’s journey from fear to faith in Messiah and her awareness that the Lord turned her, “…darkness into light” (2 Samuel 22:29), as she took, “every thought captive unto Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5), thus daily having her thoughts, “transformed by the renewing of (her) mind”, (Romans 12:2), lead her to found LAMB Ministries in 1988. She continues to call her to help women recover from trauma and abuse through the effective use of Scripture and prayer.

Her books: Christian romance with a Messianic twist and a hint of history, nonfiction recovery, and political satire stem from her belief that God is in control.

She is the wife of Lutheran Pastor and Chosen People Field Missionary, Ron Michelson. The mother of two married daughters, and grandmother of seven grandchildren, when not involved in ministry, writing, speaking, or teaching the effective use Scripture, you will find Paula researching her next book or meeting with friends.

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The Congregation of the Beloved To One Another Part Two by Allison Kohn

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Allison Kohn

Three truths we should remember about our love for each other: 1. We are to love one another in the same way Jesus (Yeshua) loves us. He gave up his life for us and we, with his love and power, can give up our own interests for what our brothers and sisters need. We are equiped to, and must be willing to, empathize with each other. 2. Our love for each other is our proof to the world that we are followers of Jesus because God is made manifest to the world through our love for oneanother; when we relate to, put up with, and carry each other’s burdens – our love reflects God’s glory to the world. 3. Jesus (Yeshua) prayed for us to love one another and God always heard Jesus when he prayed; so we know God is working everything together in our lives so we will be what we should be: for good; and we are blessed when we cooperate with God and work with him as he re-creates us in his image.
The one another verses in the Bible are instructions for loving each other and living lives that will glorify God. Walking in the Light, as John spoke of in I John 1:7, means seeing ourselves as God sees us so our daily practice will more nearly match our position in Christ. We will see the sin in our own lives and farsake it, while we daily practice goodness, righteousness, and truth.We will daily die to our old nature with it’s unfruitful deeds of darkness.

We reflect God’s attributes when we demonstrate generocity, cordiality, and reception to our borthers and sisters without selfish greed.Greed and selfish behavior have no place in the fellowship of God’s people. We can see that things the world considers treasure are really trash compared to the riches of God’s character, so we can shun them and display the wealth of the righteousness and holiness of our new nature. Our new nature is kind, soft-hearted, and forgiving toward the family members.

So, all this is very fine, you say, but what about that woman who “says” she’s a Christian but acts like the devil’s grandmother behind that fake smile and those righteous words with no action to back them up? You believe you have the gift of exortation and need to show her the error of her ways, you say. Well, the meaning of exortation is to call to ones side, strengthen by consolation, comfort, instruct, admonish, beg (intreet, beseech), to strive to appease by entreaty, to recieve consolation, to instruct (teach). Let’s talk about that first. We don’t pick and choose who we want to be soft-hearted and forgiving toward. Jesus left us examples of how to call others to our side. First and formost, we have to be sure our side is God’s side – and God is love. Tough love is great but we have to be sure it is not a harsh counterfiet of love. It is God who puts us through the fires of refinement, our job is to strengthen by encouragement and consolation. The best way for us to instruct each other is by our own example. Our gentle explaination of why we do what we do will go a lot further toward instruction than harsh lectures.

We can’t weed out the tares in our wheat field. If that woman or man says she or he is a stalk of wheat, we must treat them like a family member, not an outsider. God wil seperate the wheat from the tares in his own time and way. Meanwhile we will go on being light to the darkness around us no matter where it is and the one another verses from the Bible, our instruction manual, will be our guide.

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CrossReads Book Blast for Tony Yang

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By Tony Yang

About the Book:

When we think about our love relationship with God, we tend to focus on His love for us: God created us in His image. God sent His only begotten son to die for our sins. God will send His son once again to take us home.

But what about our love for God?

What exactly does it mean to love God? Why is it so important? And how do we love Him? Tony Yang answers these questions through a Bible-centered approach, weaving in his personal testimony with his unique storytelling style.

His conclusion is one that he least expected—the “O” word.

In his highly anticipated debut book, Tony Yang presents key questions and answers them with such simplicity, using easy-to-follow practical applications. With a solid Biblical foundation, it also educates, encourages and inspires, leaving the reader to desire a deeper relationship with our God.

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Tony Yang - Casual PortraitTony Yang is a storyteller.

As a television news reporter, he discovered his passion for finding and telling good stories. After eight years as a journalist, he found himself on the administrative side of health care and higher education as a communication executive (but still a storyteller at heart.) His career has been recognized by industry organizations with nearly 20 professional awards, including two Emmys.

Through God’s leading, Tony Yang hopes to use his love of writing and storytelling to share his experiences and encourage others in their love relationship with God.

 

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The Book I Wasn’t Supposed to Write … and all the “Real Books” — Post by Mary C. Findley

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Awhile back hubby asked for a book of standards. It was supposed to be a simple guide for people who might want to have us help promote their books. It was supposed to explain our views and how we would decide what books we could support. I hemmed and hawed and said I didn’t quite get what he was looking for, because I have difficulty doing simple. However, I eventually jumped in and started cranking out a small book based on Philippians. I let hubby start reading it, and he said … it wasn’t what he was looking for. But he also said it was a great idea and I should keep going on it. So, I not only kept going, I added material from, of all things, the Book of Numbers, and then I kept going and added a pretty good chunk from Proverbs and even Ephesians.

The basic standards and guidelines did eventually get written, and they are in the appendix of the book I wasn’t supposed to write, which is this one:

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

This book has been brewing in my heart for a long time. I wanted to communicate what we should and shouldn’t read, what we should and shouldn’t write, and mostly how God wants us to think and read and write. We should not get our standards from men.

Understand what takes your breath away in a book while breathing the pure air of God’s truth. Using Philippians, Numbers, Proverbs, and Ephesians, readers and writers can learn to

  • apply eternal standards to reading and writing, fiction and non-fiction
  • be a discerning reader and a godly writer
  • discover positive and negative criteria for entertaining as well as teaching
  • understand what’s actually being taught and also what should be taught.

It’s not all about inspiration or objectionable elements. Learn to sniff out where the bad air of secularism wants to lead you.

In other good news, we finally have copies of all of our books in print. The photos are not as great as I hoped, but the books really look fantastic. So excited.
All the Antidisestablishmentarianism Books

All the Antidisestablishmentarianism Books

All the Conflict of the Ages Books

All the Conflict of the Ages Books

All the Benny and the Bank Robber Books

All the Benny and the Bank Robber Books

Other Historicals and Write for the King of Glory

Other Historicals and Write for the King of Glory

Scifi and Steampunk Books

Scifi and Steampunk Books

A new author friend got slightly crushed when his dad read his book, loved it, but said “I wish you’d published it.” (it was only ebook). So for those like that dad who need “real” books, here they are,all 24 of them. The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly will be in print soon, too, but let me assure you that all our books are real and really published. Give them a try.

 

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Red Hot Squeaky Clean Romance collection for 99¢! by Susette Williams

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Ten best-selling Inspirational romance authors come together to bring you the Red Hot Squeaky Clean Romance collection! If you’re anything like us, you enjoy reading various genres — a cozy mystery, a thrilling suspense, an adventurous historical, a catchy contemporary — we love them all as long as the romance is piping hot and the story is comfortably clean. For the first time ever, as you turn the pages of these complete stories, you will meet ten of the most recognized names in inspirational romance today and read their award winning, critically acclaimed stories all in the same collection. You’re in for such a treat!

Home Before Dark by Christy Barritt Daleigh McDermott finds a journal penned by her late father which sparks a dangerous investigation into his death with the assistance of Ryan Shields, the only man who believes her.

Beyond the Waves; Pacific Shores Series, Book 1, by Lynnette Bonner Officer Kylen Sumner and Taysia Green have a history. He’s broken her heart more than once. So when he returns home claiming he just might be in love with her, she wants nothing to do with him. If only her heart would get the message!

Sapphire Ice; Jewel Series, Book 1, by Hallee Bridgeman The men in unbeliever Robin Bartlett’s life have only ever been users. Believer Tony Viscolli’s arrival and relentless interest in Robin both infuriates and intrigues her.

A Love for Delicious; Woman of Courage series, Book 1, by Cynthia Hickey Widowed newlywed Delicious (Delly) finds herself stuck with 5 stepchildren all under age 13 on the opposite side of the country from Oregon and their uncle. She hits the trail, promising to do anything to gain the children their birthright and protect it from those out to take it. Can she guard her heart against the handsome trail guide, Zeke Williams?

Waiting for Rachel; Those Karlsson Boys, Book 1, by Kimberly Rae Jordan Rachel Perkins is a loner who feels certain she’s not the right woman for Damian Karlsson. Damien feels otherwise and is willing to do what it takes to change her mind and her heart.

The Unveiling; Age of Faith series, Book 1, by Tamara Leigh Disguised as a squire, Lady Annyn Bretanne sets off on a quest to avenge her brother’s murder by Baron Wulfrith. When her disguise is unveiled, they each face tests of faith and resolve.

Saving Grace; Madison Falls, Book 1, by Lesley Ann McDaniel Grace is an opera singer forced by a stalker to go into hiding in a small town. There, in that most unexpected of places, Grace finds elusive love and claims her faith.

Yesterday by Amanda Tru Hannah has the ability to time travel but there are consequences. After saving a family injured in a car accident, Hannah wakes the next morning to find her yesterday was five years ago!

The Redemption; Legacy of the King’s Pirates, Book 1, by MaryLu Tyndall Lady Charlisse Bristol sets off on a voyage in search of the father she never knew, only to find herself shipwrecked on a desert island. Near starvation, she is rescued — by a band of pirates and their fiercely handsome leader, Edmund Merrick.

Falling in Love; Seasons of the Heart novella series, Book 1, by Susette Williams Summary: Katie Morgan thinks she’s doing her boss, Wade McAlester, a favor by setting him up on blind dates. After Katie plays matchmaker and sets Wade up with all kinds of zany ladies, Katie starts to realize that Wade might be suited for her.

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Be THAT friend… by Sherry Chamblee

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Anyone can become discouraged.

Faithful men and women of God. Children. Housewives. Husbands. Pastors, fathers, brothers, sisters. Sunday school teachers, farmers, bankers, lawyers, nurses….on and on. Everyone and anyone can and will become discouraged in life.

So often when we think of discouragement, we think of it in regards to how to deal with it in our own hearts – and that’s important, I know. But just for a minute I’d like to think about how we deal with the discouragement (even depression) of those around us. How do we respond when it’s obvious someone in our life is struggling with this? Can we even recognize it in them? Do we secretly condemn them? Do we sort of scoot away from them, as if it’s contagious and we have to wait it out in a corner until they ‘get over it’? Do we hem and haw because we don’t know how to deal with it?

These two verses immediately came to my mind when I began thinking of this:

“A merry heart doeth good like a medicine, but a broken spirit drieth the bones.” Proverbs 17:22

“A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24

First, we know the merry heart does us good, but have we ever thought of trying to create a merry heart in someone else? I’m not saying make light of their depression. Sometimes someone joking around and acting silly in an attempt to lighten another’s mood can make it worse. There are other ways to create a merry heart in someone though. You can lighten someone’s burden, and help them in this area.

And the second verse, well I know it refers ultimately to Jesus Christ being our friend that sticks closer to us than even a brother. However, aren’t we called ‘Christians’? Doesn’t that mean ‘little christs’? So aren’t WE supposed to try to be that friend for others too? We can’t be exactly like Jesus of course…but aren’t we striving to reflect Him in our lives? That would include being a Christ-like friend to others, wouldn’t it.

So here’s a few thoughts I had about dealing with someone who is discouraged:

  1. Don’t withdraw. Like I said earlier, be that friend that sticks close. Don’t always require your friends to entertain you. There are times when you need to bring someone up in their spirits, you need to be the friend they need to have, sometimes.
  2. Praise them in truth – don’t use empty words. What I mean is, find something you can say about them, and to them, that’s positive. Don’t make it obvious, don’t make it false praise, don’t overdo it either. Just honest, sincere words of praising something that you’ve seen them do – some way they’ve been a blessing to you.
  3. Don’t give up on them. Give them some way to reach out to their fellow man. Give them a project, sort of. Take them out and DO something for someone else…but do it together. We tell discouraged people to do this all the time – focus on someone else for awhile. Well, sometimes they need a little help from a friend.
  4. In short, BE a friend.

Sherry Chamblee

More from Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com or connect on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/authorsherrychamblee

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Jim Hughes

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.
C Through Marriage
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Book Two: A not so imaginary conversation by Parker J. Cole

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Parker J. Cole

Fan: “Parker I just loved your book, Many Strange Women.”

Parker: “Oh my gosh! Thank you so much for telling me! I’m so glad you enjoyed it.”

Fan: “Solomon and Celeste were meant to be together. You did such a wonderful job developing those characters.”

Parker: (blushes) “Aww shucks, thanks again. Now I need a pin for my head.”

Fan: “When’s book two coming out?”

Parker: “Uh, it’s coming out December 16th .”

Fan: (jumping for joy) “Are you serious? I can get it for Christmas.”

Parker: “Sure can.”

Fan: (leans forward, eyes probing into Parker’s) “So what’s it going to be about?”

Parker: (clearing throat) “Well, it’s about Celeste’s sister, Leah.”

Fan: (grabs Parker’s hand, squeezing all feeling out of it) “Not that crazy sister I wanted to lock up in the Bell Tower and throw away the key?”

Parker: (slowly pulls hand away) “Yep, that’s the one.”

Fan: “What about her?”

Parker: (reaching for ice pack) “Well, she loves her husband, Jacob Westwood, but there’s this other guy she can’t get out her head.”

Fan: “What’s his name?”

Parker: (sighing in relief) “His name’s Vincent Miller.”

Fan: “What’s the skinny on him?”

Parker: “He’s Leah’s ex-flame.”

Fan: (gripping Parker’s hand again, squeezing harder this time) “Are you kidding me? You never said anything about Leah having an ex-flame! Why’s your hand cold?”

Parker: (wincing) “Oh…well Leah’s kinda having trouble making the right decision between her husband and ex-flame. I promise, I’ll give you an autographed copy of The Other Man, Book Two of the Sins of the Flesh series if you let go of my hand.”

Here’s a sneak preview of my new book The Other Man, coming December 16, 2014.

The Other Man

Leah Westwood loved her husband Jacob with all her heart, even as the smoldering glances of her ex-flame Vincent Miller continued to affect her. What they used to share threatened to rip apart the bonds she tried to build with her husband.

Jacob’s heart belonged to Leah but his body refused to accept that. Rachel was the one who had been his mainstay at the most difficult times in his life. How could he leave her alone?

Vincent wanted Leah back and all he had to do, as he watched their relationship unravel…was wait.

Leah had to make a choice…between fidelity or fantasy.

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