Potential

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by Rebekah Beene

I don’t even know if I ever had potential.  Perhaps.  Latent qualities or abilities that may be developed and lead to future success or usefulness.

If I read the Word right, I have potential – the latent ability to fall on my face.   The Word goes on to describe us all – sinners that fall short of the glory of God, deceitfully wicked hearts, like sheep that have gone astray, not one of us is righteous.  Let’s stop there.

But for the Grace of God!!!!

Oh beloved, whether you have been deemed to have great potential in the flesh, there is One who has changed you (or will change you when you give your life to Christ).  He takes the old life and completely changes us. He does this through Christ who went to the Cross in perfection but died for every single failure, sin, propensity and natural inclination in us. But this same Jesus rose again! And that’s where our hope lies!

We’ve been changed and now we have TRUE POTENTIAL!  We have opportunity, through Holy Spirit indwelling us – to live righteously, in perfect peace, carrying the mind of Christ within us.  We are no longer slaves to sin but slaves to righteousness!!!

God goes on to describe us as having all the potential we will ever need to be a sure success in the Kingdom.  He gets personal.  He calls you.  He redeems you.  He buys you back from the enemy.  He transfers you from the kingdom of darkness into His Kingdom of Light.  He gives you dominion over the enemy. He gives you wisdom, power and agape love.  He gives you hope in transfer from the hopeless life.  He gives you purpose beyond your flesh.  He grants His anointing to you, which is totally different from talent.  Even your heartaches become pathways to glorious outcomes!

God loves you and He’s for you – to give you a future and a hope. Your potential, beloved, is literally out of this world as you live in the Light of His glory and Grace!

Romans 5:6 For at just the right time, while we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly.

Romans 6:6 We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin.

Galatians 2:20 My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

Jeremiah 9:24 But let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD, who exercises loving devotion, justice and righteousness on the earth–for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit.

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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Faith’s Checkbook: Work is Done; Rest in Him

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God”   (Hebrews 4:9).

God has provided a Sabbath, and some must enter into it. Those to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief; therefore, that Sabbath remains for the people of God. David sang of it; but he had to touch the minor key, for Israel refused the rest of God. Joshua could not give it, nor Canaan yield it: it remains for believers. Come, then, let us labor to enter into this rest. Let us quit the weary toil of sin and self. Let us cease from all confidence, even in those works of which it might be said, “They are very good.” Have we any such? Still, let us cease from our own works, as God did from His. Now let us find solace in the finished work of our LORD Jesus. Everything is fully done: justice demands no more. Great peace is our portion in Christ Jesus. As to providential matters, the work of grace in the soul and the work of the LORD in the souls of others, let us cast these burdens upon the LORD and rest in Him. When the LORD gives us a yoke to bear, He does so that by taking it up we may find rest. By faith we labor to enter into the rest of God, and we renounce all rest in self-satisfaction or indolence. Jesus Himself is perfect rest, and we are filled to the brim in Him.

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Autumn Devotional for September

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by Lisa M. Prysock

It’s a new season my friends.  We’re heading into autumn and the leaves are turning yellow gold, rich plum and apple red.  Cooler temperatures are settling upon us.  Soon we’ll be donning our sweaters and trading our flip flops and sandals for boots.  Pretty containers of mums in shades of lavender, yellow, and burgundy beckon us to plant them in our gardens or decorate our front porches.  I can almost smell the warm, delightful scents of apple cider and pumpkin pie.  

 Autumn 

It’s also a new season for us spiritually as we turn our hearts toward thanksgiving for what we have been able to harvest in our lives.  We are thankful to the Lord for giving the farmers in our country a harvest to help us put food on the table, and for giving each of us a means of living, but especially for allowing us to participate in His harvest of souls.   

Wait, stop right there, you might say.  You might be thinking you’re not doing anything for the Kingdom of God.  Maybe you don’t teach a Sunday school class and perhaps you’re not on the missions committee, but do you pray for others every chance you get?  He hears your prayers.  Do you go to church and give Him praise every chance you get?  Your presence is encouraging someone else.  Your praise is overflowing into the very throne room of our Father.  Do you give to others even if it’s some clothing you don’t wear anymore, a few cans or boxes of food for the food bank, or a Christian book you’re done reading?  Do you put a tithe or an offering in the plate at your church?  You’re helping keep the doors of God’s church open so others can hear the Word of the Lord being preached.   

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That dollar bill you gave the homeless fellow on the street corner when nobody was looking, heaven recorded.  Did you get up today, go to work, clean the house, prepare a meal for yourself or your family, pay the bills, help Johnny with his homework, tend to the chores and daily responsibilities of life?  Your efforts probably touched someone’s life today, even if it was only a smile you offered when you passed your neighbor collecting the mail from the mailbox.  Maybe you didn’t see anyone in person today, but perhaps you gave a like this week to one or more friend’s post on Facebook and in so doing, you encouraged that person.  Did you whisper a prayer of thanks recently to the Lord?  The Lord smiled upon your gratitude and the kindness you showed to others this week.  Are you sharing a few Scriptures with your friends and family on Facebook now and then?  That’s an encouragement and a Godly example.  It’s also a witness of your commitment to the Lord. 

No matter if you only did a few of these or all of the, God sees your efforts.  Did you ever burst out in dancing, clapping, or with a song of praise unto Him in your kitchen or while you were cleaning the house?  It’s a new season and I’m hearing blessing, victory, and good things are in store for those who are His, for you, and for me.  The verse I’m hearing is also a song in my heart.  May it also be yours today and all through this season, for both of us–: 

To the chief Musician, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. O clap your hands all ye people; shout unto God with the voice of triumph. Psalm 47:1, KJV 

Let us prepare our hearts for the good things He is about to do through each of us and in the earth, and the wonderful things He has done for us and with us.  The English Standard Version says:  Clap your hands, all peoples! Shout to God with loud songs of joy!  I hope we each have a great week and enter this new season with thanksgiving and great joy.  Thank you for being here today and reading this post.  I’d love to hear back from you.  Leave me a comment if this devotional encouraged you in some way or inspired you in this new season.  Blessings friends!

(Photos above in this blog post courtesy of Pixabay)

Author Biography 

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

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

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

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

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

Links to Connect with Lisa: 

https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock 

https://twitter.com/LPrysock  

www.LisaPrysock.com    

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

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

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Gems From Pastor Jim – 9/25/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 28:13 People who cover over their sins will not prosper. But if they confess and forsake them, they will receive mercy.

It has never worked and it never will. Whenever we try to cover over our sins we make a mess of things and our lives. We may be able to hide our sins from others, but we can never hide them from God. Sin in our hearts keep us at odds with God. There is guilt and shame that plague us. There is no peace with God, no joy in our living. If we get caught by others, then there is additional consequences to pay. Trying to hide sin, is never a good idea.

God is merciful to all who sincerely repent of their sins. Notice that part of the key for us to receive mercy is to forsake our sins. This means that we walk away from them. We put them behind us and strive to not do them again. We break the habit of our sins. We allow the Lord to change our character so we don’t repeat them over and over again. True repentance must include our forsaking sin. The Lord changes our desire to sin and if no change is noted, then true repentance has not happened. It is easy to confess our sins and seek forgiveness, but it is much harder to forsake them.

The Good News is that whenever we come clean and confess our sin and endeavor to forsake them we are forgiven by God. If you are struggling with sin in your life, ask the Lord to change the desires of your heart so that you no longer want to sin. You can try to cover up your sins, but it never has and never will work. The soul is never at rest while sins are tried being covered up. It is an exercise in futility. Even if you can hide your sins from yourself and others, God sees them. He will not ignore them no matter how much we may want Him to or convince ourselves He does.

Examine your heart today. Be honest about what you find there. If you don’t see any sin there, ask the Lord to search your heart. Confess your sins as they are exposed. Ask the Lord to forgive you and determine in your heart to forsake them. God will be merciful and forgive you and give you peace so your soul can then prosper in the wonders of His grace.

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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Author Interview with CJ Peterson

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by CJ Peterson

Good Morning, CJ. Thanks for being here and for agreeing to do this interview. 🙂

1) Tell us about your newest book. 

HEARTS UNITED (Book 3, Divine Legacy Series) came out at the end of August 2018. This book continues the journey of the next generation A.N.G.E.L.s (Available to Nurture God’s Eternal Love). The Divine Legacy Series is a continuation of a combination of The Holy Flame Trilogy and the Grace Restored Series. The characters crossover storylines, which allow you to see deeper into a character. When I combined both series into the DIVINE LEGACY, it was twenty years after the finish of both sets, allowing the next generation to take over the A.N.G.E.L.s. In doing so, they need to come together, amidst a myriad of personalities, strengths, and weaknesses. In ARMY RISING, the two teams split in order to find their new teammates from around the world. In doing so, Angel English tried to rescue a future team member’s sister from a sex traffic ring. The other side found out that the ring had Angel, and took her captive. 

HEARTS UNITED continues her struggle to survive, while the other side does their best to get her to work for their side. In the meantime, the A.N.G.E.L.s, both current, new, and retired are doing their best to come together and rescue her without losing anymore A.N.G.E.L.s. Read, and find out if they do so!

Paperback: 

Amazon: https://amzn.to/2PDLddp

**NOTE** The paperback  should be priced at $18.95. For some reason, Amazon has it higher. If it’s higher, Barnes & Noble, and Booklocker have the accurate pricing. #HappyReading 

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Ebook: 

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2) What’s your next project? 

My current work-in-progress is CHAINS BROKEN, the fourth and final book in the Divine Legacy Series.  

Here is the summary: 

The final book in the Divine Legacy Series, Chains Broken, follows the A.N.G.E.L.s as they continue on their journey. There will be wedding, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations, which should bring about a fresh start…but will it? 

Kit’s battle is coming to a head. Can she overcome what is trying to lay hold, or will she succumb like her mother? Have the issues of anger been worked out within the team? Who will win the battle for the Outback? What about the other box? Do the A.N.G.E.L.s have a lead on it? 

These questions and more will be answered as this exciting series wraps up. Chains will be loosened, and hearts and lives will be connected in Chains Broken. (Book 4 of the Divine Legacy Series.) 

1 Peter 5:8 Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” 

John 8:32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

3) What are your future projects? 

After CHAINS BROKEN, I will be heading into a standalone book. I’m really excited, yet sad at the same time. I’ve been with the A.N.G.E.L. characters since 2013, so it’s kind of sad for me to move on. I am leaving it open for potential books later if I choose to. I’m excited, though, to head into different characters and storylines. I don’t want to share too much about the stand-alone, only to say there is a major moral dilemma that will take place. If you had to make the choice between your love and the law, what would you do? 

After the standalone, who knows where I will go next!

4) Are their characters/stories/scenes/etc based on anything in real life? 

There are many scenarios based on either my own life, or the life of those close to me. I feel this brings realism to the storyline, and helps me to place you (the reader) even deeper into the perspective of the characters. Now, which ones are of me, I’ll never tell! That doesn’t stop people from trying to guess, though. Pick up one of the books and try it for yourself!  

When people start the three series, they often ask me which one to start with. My suggestion is to start with SEASONS OF CHANGE and the Grace Restored Series, before moving on to The Holy Flame Trilogy. After that, feel free to head into the Divine Legacy Series. All questions will be answered by the end of the Divine Legacy Series!

5) What is your writing style? 

My writing style is unique, to say the least. I am a Christian, but a realistic Christian. My characters walk, crawl, stumble, fall flat on their face…yet, with the help of God and His Word, they will recover. I use the Bible as their foundation to bring them to the place where God wants them to be. 

I tend to also go into subjects that many steer clear from. For example, in SEASONS OF CHANGE, there is domestic violence. In FOREVER CHANGE, it handles a perspective of abortion. In ARMY RISING, there is sex trafficking. In all of these situations, I handle them in a clean way, which will allow an opening for deep conversation between parents and teens.  

Some people try to lock in a genre regarding my books, but in all honesty, I’ve had teens, as well as older adults love them. I do not recommend them for teens below a mature eighth grader. I’ve had military men, women in their seventies, homeschool moms, and teens all enjoy them. I love hearing their reactions! 

The books are a mix of action, adventure, inspiration, and romance all wrapped up into one!  

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6) What is your favorite book/character? 

That’s like asking who is your favorite child! LOL! Each character holds a special place in my heart, mainly because they come from my heart. Each one has their quirks, and their issues, their struggles, and star moment! 

I know many have their favorite characters that they enjoy. I pray you enjoy their ups and downs as well, and continue to cheer each one along on their journey!

7) Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction? 

There are many things I enjoy, such as travelling, writing, and photography. The travelling allows me to meet many people, explore new cultures, and see stunning places. Some of the travelling will show up in a book at one point or another. To see some of my photos, feel free to browse on: 

https://www.cjpetersonwrites.com/photos.html  

I am also a youth leader at our church for the middle school girls. My current group is in eighth grade. After that, I will be teaching seventh grade. 

I thoroughly enjoy pouring into these young ladies, and look forward to seeing what God will do in their lives.

8) How many books do you have out? 

There are currently twelve out. The first book I put out needs to be rewritten, so I do not suggest reading STRENGTH FROM WITHIN until that has been completed. I will keep you updated. If you read it, it may frustrate you! LOL! 

GRACE RESTORED SERIES (5 books) follows Katie MacKenna through her journey from a young girl, through to her adulthood. She has not had an easy life, after losing her mother to Leukemia when Katie was seven. Her father didn’t handle it well at all, and took a lot out on Katie. Read, as she works through this, along with a myriad of other issues to become the woman God intended her to be. Her story has been known to want to make you laugh, cry, and strangle certain characters.  

THE HOLY FLAME TRILOGY (3 Books) follows Casey Carter, and her journey as a Rookie firefighter. After the loss of her brother and caretaker, she runs into a group called the A.N.G.E.L.s (Available to Nurture Gods Eternal Love), who have been looking after her since her teen years. Can she lead two different lives, or will one catch up with the other? 

DIVINE LEGACY SERIES (Will be 4 books – the 4th is targeted to come out in Spring 2019) follows Rachel Sullivan and Angel English, as they take over the A.N.G.E.L.s. This causes all sorts of upheaval and even an international incident – A.N.G.E.L. style! It’s full of action, adventure, travel, intrigue, highlights, discouragements, and many other emotions. Follow their journey into leading the next generation.

9) What is the “message” of your writing? 

As I said before, my characters go through it all. Life happens. The message I hope to show to others is that no matter what we go through, if we are a child of God, we are never alone. As the good shepherd, He is always there for us. Jesus is always walking with us. The Spirit is continuously guiding us. 

No matter the storm, He is there to protect us if we let Him. We’re going to go through it regardless, but if we rely on Him, we never lose hope. 

When my husband and I decided to publish the books, we felt it would all be worth it if the books helped even one person. I have had many write me, expressing that more than one person was helped. It is my prayer for the messages within the pages to touch your heart as well!

10) Since you have several books out, tell us what you think works for promotion. What are your thoughts on ebooks versus print books and different ways to let people know about you and your books? 

As far as promotion, the best, and to me holds the most value, is word-of-mouth. When a reader tells a friend about my books, that means more to me than anything! There are multiple other venues I utilize as well. Feel free to join me on my social media networks! My links can be found on: 

https://www.cjpetersonwrites.com/about.html  

Another venue is through book shows. To get a signed copy of my books at special book show pricing, and to meet me, come on over to one of the shows, where I will be appearing. To find out where, head over to: 

https://www.cjpetersonwrites.com/home.html  

I would love to meet you! See you there! 

As far as ebook versus print, that’s a personal preference. Both have their benefits and drawbacks. It depends on the reader, and their preference. Both still allow one to dive into the story, allowing it play out in their mind. That’s the magic of books! (Ebook OR Paperback!) 

Enjoy and God bless, 

C.J.

About the Author:

CJ PetersonI was raised in a Christian military home, but it was far from tranquil. Like many young people, I left home as soon as possible, and went my own way, thinking I knew better. To me anything was better than where I was. Unfortunately, some of the choices I made led me away from the Lord, and sometimes that path was a dangerous one.
God is faithful, even when His children are lost and wandering. When I needed Him most, the Lord was there for me. He led me out of that danger and into a new life…a life where I am loved and appreciated. He taught me what ‘real love’ is, and what it’s supposed to look like through my family and wonderful husband.
Who knew that “Prince Charming” actually existed? I hoped and prayed he was out there, and I found him! He is a 24 year Navy veteran and the love of my life! With his encouragement, I rediscovered the creativity I thought I had lost a long time ago, and have begun to publish the books I have written through the years. The words in these books helped me through my struggles, and my prayer is they will help others.
The way in which I write my Christian Books, is unique to say the least. I am a realistic Christian. People are people, they stumble, they fall, they trip, but God continues to dust us off, and set us back on the path again, if we just learn to trust in Him.
The challenges faced in my past give me a perspective on the realities of living the Christian life that some people may never see. There are times we wander away from God…there are times when we draw closer to Him. In our arrogance we think we can make it on our own. However, the One who made this world, and who made you, has the answers, and thankfully, He forgives our impudence and petulance and loves us through it all. God is a God of love, mercy, grace, and guidance. He loves us and only wants the best for us.
Those who have read my books, describe them as encouraging, frustrating, and a wonderful read all at the same time. The same character that could have you crying one minute, will have you cheering the next! One of my editors, stated that ‘she was so into the story, that she forgot to edit, and had to go back to do the editing’.
I pray you will enjoy my books as well!

While the stories are fiction, the journey is real.

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Faith’s Checkbook: Let Trials Bless

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Knowing that tribulation worketh patience”   (Romans 5:3).

This is a promise in essence if not in form. We have need of patience, and here we see the way of getting it. It is only by enduring that we learn to endure, even as by swimming men learn to swim. You could not learn that art on dry land, nor learn patience without trouble. Is it not worth while to suffer tribulation for the sake of gaining that beautiful equanimity of mind which quietly acquiesces in all the will of God? Yet our text sets forth a singular fact, which is not according to nature but is supernatural. Tribulation in and of itself worketh petulance, unbelief, and rebellion. It is only by the sacred alchemy of grace that it is made to work in us patience. We do not thresh the wheat to lay the dust: yet the Rail of tribulation does this upon God’s floor. We do not toss a man about in order to give him rest, and yet so the LORD dealeth with His children. Truly this is not the manner of man but greatly redounds to the glory of our all-wise God. Oh, for grace to let my trials bless me! Why should I wish to stay their gracious operation? LORD, I ask Thee to remove my affliction, but I beseech Thee ten times more to remove my impatience. Precious LORD Jesus, with Thy cross engrave the image of Thy patience on my heart. 

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Risk-Takers

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by Suzanne D. Williams

In my youth, before writing, I had one selfish image of books – what enjoyment and satisfaction I’d find in reading. As an author, it became a process, weeks, months, of my time, as well as a whole lot of self-doubt and headaches. But recently, my thoughts on books have altered yet again. Greater than the steps it took me to put it in a readers’ hands, than the frustration I’ve experienced in writing, a book is people.

This is the biggest lesson I’ve learned in the last few years. A book is the author’s family supporting (or not supporting) their efforts. It’s an editor, taking his or her time to read and study it, to leave notes. It’s a book cover artist sharing their vision, a publisher deeming it fit for their label (or an independent author choosing to go on their own). It’s printers, binders, marketing gurus, website designers, even the (sometimes hated) sales website aficionados.

It takes a great deal of people to change what was once only the wispiest thoughts in an author’s head into something that a mom, a teen, a dad might read.

I’ve never been a risk taker. I don’t climb things or jump off things. Or race or rollercoaster. I don’t even like to travel. I’ve jokingly said I’d love to visit Italy but only if I could come home at night and sleep in my bed. I don’t like to be out after dark. I don’t particularly like holidays. I don’t want to “get together,” entertain, or be in a crowd.

Yet, I’ve realized that the greatest risk I take has nothing to do with my need to live sheltered and inert. I don’t have leap from an airplane or hike fifty miles into the wilderness and live off grubs to make a huge step into the unknown. I take a risk every time I write, when I come to that place where I’m uncomfortable and I’m not sure if I should say this next bit or not.

In truth, it’s writing what makes me uneasy that’s often the most effective part of a story. If it influences me, it will influence my readers. But for a Christian author, it goes far deeper than that.

I heard a preacher tell a story long ago that has never fully left my thinking. He described the world as a mass of people walking toward a cliff. He watched them fall, none of them knowing where they were headed, and he heard God say the power of his words would pull them back.

These people who produce a book, the people who read it, the people who love it, and yes, those who don’t, will read what I’ve written, the risk I’ve taken, and those words will change them. Not every story is written with some huge spiritual motive, but everything I write affects someone, and like that preacher, I wonder who will pause, for a moment, after seeing my thoughts transformed on the page and pull themselves back from the cliff.

This gives writing such an urgency in my heart and has altered my view of books. There is no more casualness about it for me. When I started, I’d spit out stories like they were packs of chewing gum. Now, I can’t. Because what if what I’ve done sends someone racing over that cliff? Conversely, what if the risk I take, saying what no one else will say, has the best reward of all, it changes someone’s day, life, for the better? That means more than all the dollars I’ve earned.

People write books. People create books. People read books. People with families, successes, losses. People making choices. People who will affect more people. As an author, I can never afford to turn loose of that.

I am a writer, and my words make a difference.

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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.

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Gems From Pastor Jim – 9/18/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 28:2 Where there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But with wise and knowledgeable leaders, there is stability.

Rotten to the core is how we can describe most countries today. Everywhere you turn you see evil glorified. You see people seemingly with no shame doing things in public that are immoral. You see blatant disregard for godly living. People are abused and used for personal pleasure and gain. Where there is restrictions on public behavior, there is often a disregard for human life or accepted mistreatment of women and children. No matter how it manifests itself, sin is everywhere.

Some try to legislate morality in an effort to keep peace and order in society. It doesn’t work. Moral laws cannot change the soul. You cannot mask evil hearts with laws. When those who are evil run government, bad things happen and eventually governments fall and chaos reigns. Unstable people cannot produce a stable country.

On the other hand, where there are wise and knowledgeable leaders there are stable governments. Such people are grounded by the truth. Wisdom comes from God. He is the source of all lasting truth. Only in God do we find that which works in life. Only in God do we find a way to live that ensures us of eternal life. Wisdom is the right application of knowledge. It is taking the Word of God and applying it well to life.

Knowledge doesn’t just happen. It comes from honest and open-hearted searching for truth. It is understanding that is gleaned from studying the Scriptures and from living by faith. It is an ever-expanding discovery of how to live a life pleasing to God.

Wise and knowledgeable leaders govern well and keeps a country stable. They are people who respect life. They treat people well. They do what is good for the common good of the people. They live respectable lives and they do not lord it over others. Wise and knowledgeable people understand the dangers of power and do not let it go to their heads.

Pray that the Lord would raise up wise and knowledgeable people to lead you. Ask Him to intervene and move those over you to do what is right in His sight. Ask Him to keep those who rule over you humble. Pray for peace and stability.

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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Faith’s Checkbook: Mark of Divine Approval

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the Crown Of Life, which the LORD hath promised to them that love Him”   (James 1:12).

Yes, he is blessed while he is enduring the trial. No eye can see this till he has been anointed with heavenly eye salve. But he must endure it and neither rebel against God nor turn aside from his integrity. He is blessed who has gone through the fire and has not been consumed as a counterfeit. When the test is over, then comes the hallmark of divine approval — “the crown of life.” As if the LORD said, “Let him live; he has been weighed in the balances, and he is not found wanting.” Life is the reward: not mere being, but holy, happy, true existence, the realization of the divine purpose concerning us. Already a higher form of spiritual life and enjoyment crowns those who have safely passed through fiercest trials of faith and love. The LORD hath promised the crown of life to those who love Him. Only lovers of the LORD will hold out in the hour of trial; the rest will either sink or sulk, or slink back to the world. Come, my heart, dost thou love thy LORD? Truly? Deeply? Wholly? Then that love will be tried; but many waters will not quench it, neither will the Roods drown it, LORD, let Thy love nourish mine to the end.

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