Faith’s Checkbook: Never Despair – 2/1/2019

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“But unto you that fear My Name shall the Sun Of Righteousness arise with healing in His wings”   (Malachi 4.2).

Fulfilled once in the first advent of our glorious LORD, and yet to have a fuller accomplishment in His second advent, this gracious word is also for daily use. Is it dark with the reader? Does the night deepen into a denser blackness? Still let us not despair: the sun will yet rise. When the night is darkest, dawn is nearest.

The sun which will arise is of no common sort. It is the Sun — the Sun of Righteousness, whose every ray is holiness. He who comes to cheer us, comes in the way of justice as well as of mercy, comes to violate no law even to save us. Jesus as much displays the holiness of God as His love. Our deliverance, when it comes, will be safe because righteous.

Our one point of inquiry should be — “Do we fear the name of the LORD? Do we reverence the living God and walk in His ways?” Then for us the night must be short; and when the morning cometh, all the sickness and sorrow of our soul will be over forever. Light, warmth, joy, and clearness of vision will come, and healing of every disease and distress will follow after.

Has Jesus risen upon us? Let us sit in the sun. Has He hidden His face? Let us wait for His rising. He will shine forth as surely as the sun.

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Verse of the Day and Devotion – 1/31/2019

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Verse of the Day and Devotion

With every bone in my body I will praise him: “Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?”– Psalm 35:10 NLT

Devotion

He’s done it again. The Lord, that is, has done it again for me. He’s saved me. I was in trouble. I had enemies. They opposed me at every turn. What did I do? I did what I always do. I called out to the Lord. I turned to Him for the help I needed. I turned to Him and it worked. He saw to it that I got the protection I needed. He saw to it that those stronger than my enemies came to my aid. He made them see the injustice of it all. He made them angry at what was being done to me. They fought for me and they won. My enemies were forced to back away into the shadows.

Who can compare with the Lord? I couldn’t handle the situation on my own. My enemies were too strong for me. My family couldn’t do anything to help. My enemies would have easily brushed them aside. My friends didn’t have the strength that was necessary either. They would have been even less of a help. No, I turned to the Lord because experience has taught me that no one can compare to Him. No one has the knowledge and power necessary for battle. The Lord is the one to turn to first of all. The Lord is the one that can put all the pieces together for a victory.

Helpless people, listen to me! There is no one like the Lord. Don’t try to do it on your own. Don’t neglect to call out to Him. Maybe it’s worked for you in the past. Maybe you got by on your own a time or two. Trust me, it won’t work when real trouble comes your way. It’s foolish to think that you can handle it every time. It’s prideful and dumb. No mere human has that kind of ability. There’s always going to be someone stronger, more savvy, or more devious than you. Humble yourself and call out to the strongest one of all. Humble yourself and call out to the Lord!

After you do, you can join me. With every bone in your body and mine we will praise Him!

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When It’s Not the Way You Think It Should Be

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by Lisa M. Prysock

Wow!  2019 is here, but I have to be honest, as I’m writing this post for a late January blog entry, I do not feel ready for 2019 yet.  I’m still preparing for it and reeling with a heady kind of excitement about all the good things that happened in 2018.  I went into December determined to catch up on rest, prepare for Christmas, get really organized for 2019, and celebrate.  While I did manage to do some of all those things, I’m still not as rested or organized as I’d like to be.   

When I’m not rested, I also tend to get emotional and easily side-tracked.  My focus becomes blurred and I find myself straining to keep my eyes on Christ and the things I know He has purposed for me.  That means I need to pull away and take more time out for praise, prayer, devotions, rest, and rejuvenation.  

Desperately needing to re-fuel, as December came to a close and January began to kick in, I recorded 5 Hallmark Christmas movies and a “When Calls the Heart” Christmas episode to watch when I felt ready to pull away from a plethora of other activities I’d deemed necessary to cross off the list before I could take that much needed time off.  After all, I’d cleaned out the closets, the whole household had helped put away the decorations, I’d updated the address book, I had a jump on marketing efforts for January and February, and I had painstakingly done most of my 2019 calendars and planning.   

With several severely overdue projects finally done and some household cleaning out of the way, the holiday hustle and bustle over with, I thought I’d finally be able to take a few days off to enjoy life and not do anything.  No writing, no marketing, no cleaning, no running errands, no work, no going anywhere!  My plans would include making dinner and watching romantic love stories on the Hallmark channel for a few days…and that’s about it.  Ah, it would be almost like heaven…a real, staycation.   

Bear with me.  As a writer, I keep my writing schedule fairly rigorous during the year.  I generally only allow myself about one movie a week and it’s usually Masterpiece Theater.  Every now and then I’ll enjoy a football game with my husband or some other movie with my family.  Since I didn’t get to watch much television this year, I thought a day or two of movies followed by a few days of reading, doing my nails, and so forth would give me that much needed refueling time.  Maybe I’d even get to finish a crochet project or start a new cross stitch.  Reading a few books might take me two or three more days.  Then, with some proper rest and prayer time, I’d be ready to really begin writing again and able to dive into 2019…or so I thought. 

When hubby ran an errand and returned to say he’d run into a cable tech guy who could give us a better deal than our current cable provider, and the fellow would be stopping by within the hour, all of my hopes were dashed.  There went the DVR out the door…and all of the movies I was so eagerly waiting to watch.  Now, a new and very empty DVR from our new cable provider sat staring back at me from the entertainment center.  I felt irritated, disappointed, and already had a mild case of the blues from having one delayed opportunity after another to take some time off other than the usual Sabbath rest we take on Sundays.  All of the movies I’d recorded and carefully chosen, slated for my days off, were gone.  I could only remember one of the titles.   

It might not seem like a big deal to you, but to me, it was almost gut-wrenching.  I should have spoken up and asked the cable man to return in a few days to give me a chance to watch those movies I’d so meticulously chosen to record.  Anyone who knows me knows I’m ultra-choosy about what I watch on television.  It will take me an hour of looking at the television guide to decide on what to record.  I suppose I could have asked the cable dude to return later, but then I’d have had to deal with the cable install in the middle of my staycation.  Sigh.   

I shook my head and wiped tears out of my eyes over a cup of coffee a few days later—after returning the old cable boxes to our previous cable provider, recording not just 5, but 10 new Hallmark movies, running several errands, and keeping several unavoidable appointments.  Would I ever be able to take a few days off to refuel?   

Overworked, tired, and frustrated, a wave of negative emotions and thoughts swept over me.  You know—the kind that tend to slowly creep in for weeks on end when you’re trying to get to that overdue staycation.  It isn’t always easy being an author.  I mean, we’d fought a hard battle to get to this point.  Years of healing, hours of prayer, tons of Bible study, lots of forgiveness, being okay with some things that still weren’t resolved…some things that might take time and others that might never be.   

The treehouse remodel was still not done.  The cover to the hot tub that still hadn’t been hooked up to electric had begun to severely deteriorate.  I had an unanswered prayer about a childhood friendship.  I was hoping more book reviews would come in and instead, I’d had three critical ones that were plain hurtful.  Our son hadn’t finished painting his room.  There were three or four places in the house that still needed new baseboards.  I lamented that my aunts, uncles, cousins, and other extended family were so spread out across the nation and we weren’t able to have those great big family Christmas dinners anymore, even though I’d just enjoyed having my sister and her family with us for Christmas. I felt sad that we’d had to improvise on a household project and postpone several other really needed updates due to budget restrictions.   

In fact, there were several provision issues going on and I was feeling frustrated about some other things that would take more time than this blog post would allow me to share.  On top of everything else, I grappled with the enormity of some of the battles we’d come through.  There were some things I’d never be able to put into words about it.  In short, I was feeling turbulent.  Things are definitely not exactly where I’d like them to be, but how far they’ve come.  I had some pretty mixed emotions going on.  Life is much, much better, but there are still a lot of hiccups and bumps in the road to overlook as I try to be patient and accepting of what cannot be changed.  We still have the battle scars to prove what we’ve come through, and some of them run pretty deep— even though I know I’m healed from far more than I’d ever expected.  Some scars don’t go away because they remain with you for life, and some eventually fade away, but they take time. 

As I pondered some of these things, I found myself asking the Lord if He cared and then immediately telling Him I knew that He did.  It was my way of reminding Him that we still needed Him to take care of some of the bumps and bruises in the road, some of the aftermath of battles that had seemed larger than life to me, probably because they were at the time.  And then I glanced on the counter where I’d temporarily stacked two books until I could take them to my writing office.  One was a wonderful thesaurus, and the other, the book, “Tortured for Christ.”  Then I heard the Lord whisper a reminder to me.  “You’ve been tortured for Christ.” That sunk in for a moment.  He knew what was going on in my heart and in every moment of my life.  He knew some situations had made it difficult for me to even go on serving with a light heart not weighed down by sorrow or the perception of obstacles.  He immediately reminded me of a few verses He’d shown me about a year ago from Psalm 129–:   

Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say: 2 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me. 3 The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.  4 The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked. 5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion. 6 Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up… 

Tortured for Christ sounded really serious.  Sure, it may not have been real whips or chains or like the kind of torture Jesus went through for you and me on the cross, but the Lord was letting me know He’d seen every tear, every moment of agony and suffering, every battle, every delay, each setback…and each victory, too.  He was well aware of how each situation had affected me, us, my family.  He’d seen my afflictions.  They weren’t the same as His had been, but nonetheless, they had plowed long upon my back, our backs. 

One message from this verse stands out.  Yet, they have not prevailed against me.  The Lord has made me, my family, us, able to stand victorious—and for that, in the midst of all of our scars and the chaos of life, I’m so thankful.  It hasn’t been easy.  There were times when I crawled because of it.  There were tears.  There were some losses.  There were some mistakes along the way.  There are some things that aren’t quite the way I’d like them to be.  We’ve had our fair share and then some of setbacks, but oh how good the Lord has been.   

He has not allowed the enemy to prevail against us.  He’s given us purpose, a home, some family around us, church family, friends and community, a sense of belonging, good health, and filled our home with many wonderful things to enjoy.  He’s doing wonderful things in the lives of our children, and my guess is, He’s certainly not done yet.  We have clean water, food, and vehicles in our driveway.  Sure, life is sometimes complex, and I don’t always understand or like the delays along the journey.  I don’t even like some of the ways in which some things have turned out, but one thing is clear.  They have not prevailed against me.  We may have been tortured in a sense, but it was nothing compared to the suffering of our Lord and what so many missionaries have faced.  We’re book missionaries though, and believe me, we’ve got some scars, but they have NOT prevailed against us.  The Lord has taken everything in our world and turned it around for good because we love Him. 

I give Him all the praise and glory.  We serve a supernatural God who has a supernatural ability to meet our needs.  In fact, most of the things I’m hoping for are just a tiny fleck in the big scheme of things.  Will it all be the way I’d like it to be?  No, of course not.  Psalm 115:3 says, Our God is in heaven; He does whatever pleases Him.  It’s not always necessarily going to turn out the way I’d like it to turn out, but I have to be honest, what He’s done with my life is nothing short of an incredible miracle and I’m so thankful, even though it isn’t exactly the way I’d always like it to be.  Still, I’m content, and I know how to abound in all situations and how to be thankful in all situations, because my Master has taught me.  

I’m looking forward to seeing what He will do through and with us in 2019 and what we can do for Him in 2019.  When I’m reading books, making dinner, thinking about my future book plans, and watching those movies, maybe squeezing in a little writing time each day, I’ll be calling forth some things by faith that I know the Lord wants for us.  May it be a year when most of our bumps and bruises are smoothed out and the hiccups of life removed far from us.  May it be a fruitful year of great increase. 

(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.  Romans 4:17 

Author Biography 

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock is an award-winning, bestselling, Christian and inspirational author of 15 novels.  She and her husband of more than 20 years reside in Kentucky.  They have five children, grown.   

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

Lisa has many interests, but a few of these include gardening, cooking, drawing, sewing, crochet, cross stitch, reading, swimming, biking, and walking.  She loves dollhouses, cats, horses, butterflies, hats, boots, flip-flops, espadrilles, chocolate, coffee, tea, chocolate, the colors peach and purple, and everything old-fashioned.   

She adopted the slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl” because of her love for classic, traditional, and old-fashioned everything.  When she isn’t writing, she can sometimes be found teaching herself piano and violin, but finds the process “a bit slow and painful.”  Lisa enjoys working with the children and youth in her local church creating human videos and plays or programs incorporating her love for inspirational dance.  A few of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Lucy Maude Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, and Laura Ingalls Wilder.  You’ll find “food, fashion, fun, and faith” in her novels.  Sometimes she includes her own illustrations. 

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

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

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

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Gems From Pastor Jim – 1/29/2019

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by Jim Hughes

CrossIs. 5:20 Destruction is certain for those who say that evil is good and good is evil; that dark is light and light is dark; that bitter is sweet and sweet is bitter.

There is no confusion with what God says. People don’t always want to hear what God has to say and they may try to make it say what it doesn’t say, but it doesn’t change what is. People have always tried to make evil good. Sin is the most lucrative business on earth. Sin is made out to be attractive and something to be desired. Sin is used extensively to “get ahead” in the world. It is the way the world operates. Sinful behavior is the norm. We are constantly bombarded with sin. It influences the way we think and live. Sin is not seen by the world as something evil, it is seen as something good and useful. God declares that evil is not good and those who say it is are bound for destruction.

People also declare that good is evil. There is much opposition to those who stand strong on what God declares to be true and good. The world has very little tolerance for people who oppose what they do. The world has always fought vigorously to try and silence God’s goodness. They declare that good is bad. They oppose those who declare sinful behavior to be sin. They don’t want to be told that there is a godly standard to live by and to be held accountable for. The world will do everything it can to deny the fact that they can’t do what they want to do. In the world’s eyes, good is evil because it opposes what the world wants to do. God declares that those who oppose good and call it evil are bound for destruction.

When God speaks of destruction, He is not talking about annihilation as some declare He is. Destruction is spending eternity in hell. It is alienation from God. It is an inescapable sentence of being an outcast from God’s presence. Destruction is an eternity without hope. It is eternal torment and anguish of heart over blown opportunities to repent.

God will not be mocked. Truth will prevail. Evil is evil and good is good. It behooves us to educate ourselves about all that God declares is good so that we might live it. Many things that we think are good are not; they are evil. Ignorance is no excuse. God has given us His Word to educate us. We must be willing to listen and learn so that we can live lives that are pleasing and acceptable to God. God does not confuse us. He guides us into all truth and we had better pay attention. Destruction is certain for all who do not walk in the light of God’s revealed truth.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

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

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

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

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Writing is Hard Work

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by Suzanne D. Williams

Being honest, there are a lot of bad books out there. I never realized how many until searching the book sale lists daily. Don’t get me wrong. There are a lot of good books as well. And excellent writers. But, though there is something to be said for having a gift for writing, those writers became excellent through hard work.

Hard work is a bit of a lost art. But the old cliché, “Nothing comes easy,” holds a lot of truth to it. If you want to be a quality, top-notch writer, you’re going to have to buckle down and apply yourself to get there.

I have published over 120 novels or novellas. I look back at the beginnings and how naïve I was about how to create a book, and it’s laughable what I thought I knew. And that is LESSON #1:  You don’t know everything.

Hindsight only comes after you’ve fallen down and picked yourself up again a hundred times. I can look back and read my older stories (many of which I’ve edited since and re-released), and I cringe at sentence structures and plot devices I would never use now. A seasoned cowboy, who can rope a cow without giving it much thought, only gets to that place in life because he’s trained to do it over and over again.

Experience gives you new vision. You can see easier the things you overlooked before. So be prepared, while writing your first book, to admit you have a lot to learn and be willing listen to those who are more seasoned.

Which brings me to LESSON #2:  Hire an editor and LISTEN to him.

I wrote a book that I loved. I had someone edit it, but something they said set me off, so I chose to ignore most of what they asked me to correct. That was several years ago, and things are fine with us now. But I opened that book recently and was horrified at what I’d allowed to remain.

Editing hurts. Hearing that what you’ve spent your time on isn’t quite up to par can be soul-crushing. But, trust me when I say, you do not want to put a book on the market and have the reader tell you instead.

Reviews are permanent and will not go away. Other people will read them and form opinions of your book based on them, whereas if you let the editor’s words sink in, if you give them the time to become palatable (I’ve learned walking away for a while helps me admit they were right and I am wrong) then you can avoid the heartache.

WRITING IS WORK. Yes, parts of it get easier as you have experience under your belt. But you should never slap just anything down and think it was a breeze. I’ve spent days on one paragraph. DAYS. Because it didn’t suit me. I’m always grateful for the productive days, getting 2,000 words down. But truthfully, I’d rather get 100 QUALITY WORDS than 2,000 lousy ones.

WRITING REQUIRES THINKING. Planning. Right decisions. It requires knowledge. Of writing, of grammar, of spelling, or story crafting. Of marketing. It takes more than a computer and a desk or even a story idea to make a book. I get story ideas all the time, but some of them won’t sell as well as others. I write what inspires me, yes, but also what a reader will pick up.

Now, as a Christian writer, I also consult the Holy Spirit. Even in writing romance, or I should say ESPECIALLY in writing romance, I need to know how God wants things to pan out, and I’ve found the more I pray over my day before I ever write a word, the more I learn to listen to my heart for each story, then the better I am at hearing Him for other things in my life.

Being an author, seeing your book on the shelf is a thrill. But being an author comes after you learn to write. Being a good writer comes first.

Go to any low-cost book list. Do it every single day, and you will see a pattern of what is being written. Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t want to release another of the same-old thing. But being unique in a profession crowded with thousands of others also trying to shine requires time and faith and patience. That is the biggest lesson of all.

Celebrate your first book. Tell us about it, and we’ll celebrate with you. Then buckle down for the second one and say, “What could I do better?” Don’t settle for something haphazard, but like an artisan who spends hours over the smallest piece, carefully craft your words. Then when (not if) someone leaves that low review, you will know you did your best and be proud of it regardless.

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 A Little Christmas Magic

About The Author:

Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit www.feelgoodromance.com or link with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at twitter.com/SDWAuthor.

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Faith’s Checkbook: He Acts on Honest Confession – 1/25/2019

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“He looketh upon men, and if any say, I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it profited me not; He will deliver his soul from going into the pit, and his life shall see the light” (Job 33:27-28).

This is a word of truth, gathered from the experience of a man of God, and it is tantamount to a promise. What the LORD has done, and is doing, He will continue to do while the world standeth. The LORD will receive into His bosom all who come to Him with a sincere confession of their sin; in fact, He is always on the lookout to discover any that are in trouble because of their faults.

Can we not endorse the language here used? Have we not sinned, sinned personally so as to say, “I have sinned”? Sinned willfully, having perverted that which is right? Sinned so as to discover that there is no profit in it but an eternal loss? Let us, then, go to God with this honest acknowledgment. He asks no more. We can do no less.

Let us plead His promise in the name of Jesus. He will deliver us from the pit of hell which yawns for us; He will grant us life and light. Why should we despair? Why should we even doubt? The LORD does not mock humble souls. He means what He says. The guilty can be forgiven. Those who deserve execution can receive free pardon. LORD, we confess, and we pray Thee to forgive!

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Verse of the Day and Devotion – 1/24/2019

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Verse of the Day and Devotion

…We will grow to be like Christ in every way. – Ephesians 4:15 ERV

Devotion

It’s time to grow up. It’s time to grow up spiritually. Our goal should be to “become like a full-grown man-to look just like Christ and have all his perfection.” (Ephesians 4:13) If we grow up, then “we will no longer be like babies. We will not be people who are always changing like a ship that the waves carry one way and then another. We will not be influenced by every new teaching we hear from people who are trying to deceive us.” (Ephesians 4:14) Instead of staying spiritual infants, we should grow up to be like Christ in every way in every area of our lives.

How do we grow up?

First, we should stay connected to a local church. In particular, we should stay connected to the people in these churches that have the gifts necessary for our growth. “Christ gave these gifts to people: He made some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to go and tell the Good News, and some to care for and teach God’s people. Christ gave these gifts to prepare God’s holy people for the work of serving, to make the body of Christ stronger. This work must continue until we are all joined together in what we believe and in what we know about the Son of God.” (Ephesians 4:11-13)

Second, we should stay connected to the people in the body of Christ who work in areas other than a local church. Christ has not just given gifts to people working in the religious professions. He has also given people gifts for every area of life and for every purpose. “All the parts of the body are joined and held together, with each part doing its own work. This causes the whole body to grow and to be stronger in love.” (Ephesians 4:16) As much as we can, we should partake of the gifts of such people.

Growing up spiritually doesn’t just happen. It’s not a natural process like growing up physically. Once we’re out on our own, we should do something to ensure its continuation. We should connect ourselves. We should connect ourselves to people with the right gifts.

If we do this, then our verse for today will come true in our lives. “We will grow to be like Christ in every way.”

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Parker J. Cole’s Video Blog: Update on Saying No for 2019

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Gems From Pastor Jim – 1/22/2019

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by Jim Hughes

CrossIs. 1:18 “Come now, let us argue this out,” says the LORD. “No matter how deep the stain of your sins, I can remove it. I can make you as clean as freshly fallen snow. Even if you are stained as red as crimson, I can make you as white as wool.”

I don’t know your heart. I don’t what you may have done or are now doing. I don’t know if you have made a real mess of your life or not. You may think that you have really done something that is so awful that there is no longer any hope for you. You may think that even God won’t forgive you. If this is you, listen to what God says in today’s verse. There is nothing you have done or are now doing that is beyond the scope of God’s forgiveness. He is able, and willing, to clean up your act. He can take your worst and take it away from you. He can wash your heart clean, cleaner than a freshly fallen snow. Impossible? No, God is able to help you.

If you are tired of being you, let the Lord help you. Enough is enough. Only the Lord can help you with your sin problem. He is able to take care of all of your sins. All you have to do is be honest with yourself about it, confess what you have done before the Lord, ask Him to forgive you, and accept His forgiveness. He will take it from there. He will purify your soul and give you a new start in life. But, when you do you cannot hold anything back. You must give Him all of your sins and be willing to change so that you don’t continue in them.

Maybe you are reading this and you haven’t done anything drastically that has alienated you from God. The truth of the matter is that sin of any kind keeps us away from God. No matter how insignificant you may think your sin is, it is very significant to God. God is holy and no one who has unconfessed sin in their heart can get close to God. We must deal with sin before God. If we confess our sin, the Lord is faithful and just and He will forgive us, but we must confess our sins before the Lord will take them away.

Dear friend, admit it. You need to turn to the Lord today and confess sin. Don’t put it off. There is peace deep within the soul when our hearts are made pure by God. You will never know His peace until you do.

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About the Author:

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

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

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

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