CrossReads Weekly Devotional: A Desired Climate Change

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by Precarious Yates

There are arguments about whether scientific weather climate change is real or not. This isn’t a post about scientific climate. It’s about social climate. And the discussions surrounding the idea in the first sentence may factor it, but I’m talking relationships.
Right now there is a social climate of hostility. I, for one, am so ready for a climate change in that regard.

We can all feel it. Change is in the air. Everyone wants to influence that change, but what influence would be the best?

That depends on what we want the outcome to be.

There is a popular saying, “Be the change that you want to see in the world.” If that’s so, and we want to see kindness, we need to BE kind.

But Jesus…

Jesus calls us higher. He says, “Be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

The Father is perfect in kindness, in gentleness, in love, in peace, and so much more. We’re called to the same.

Does that weight of expectation land on our shoulders, though?

No. It landed on His. It’s only through the cross that we can be like Him.

That carries us to this conclusion: in order to be the change we wish to see in the world, we need to be changed ourselves.

Do we change ourselves? Are we changed without our desires bent toward change? The answer to both is no. We are changed by the Holy Spirit, but He won’t change us unless we desire for Him to change us.

Yet once we are changed by Him, once we reflect Him and shine His light (which is now our light, see Matt. 5:16), we can change the social climate around us. Those acts of kindness that you think are invisible are inspiring 1, 2, 10, 15 people to seek the Lord again, or even for the first time. And those who seek Him will find Him.

So while there is a need for a climate change in our society, know that through Jesus, you are bringing change. It may seem small, but imagine how much darkness there would be if your light wasn’t shining?

So keep on shining. Change is coming, but also, change is already here: through you, and because of Christ!

God bless you!
Sarah Smith

About the Author:

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

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The Point is … Worthless 10/2/2020

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by James Collins

“But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.Romans 5:8

But I don’t want a dog,” I said. My wife persisted, “Well, I do. Besides, you are gone most of the time. A dog would be good company for me while you’re away.” Amanda reached down and picked up the little stray. As she hugged the dog she said, “He reminds me of Benji from TV.” 

Benji was a famous, fluffy, black and tan mixed breed dog. He was marked like a Border Terrier and looked like he was a mix of Miniature Poodle, Cocker Spaniel, and Schnauzer. He first appeared on Television in the show Petticoat Junction. Amanda and I both watched him in a series of Benji movies that were popular when we were kids. 

I looked at the dog that my wife was holding. He did look like Benji. I reached out and scratched his head. He wagged his tail and I swear he smiled at me. “Okay,” I said. “We will take the dog.” Amanda smiled and asked, “What do you want to call him?” I replied, “Let’s name him Scruffy.” 

Scruffy was a stray. He showed up at Amanda’s parent’s house. They lived out in the country and it was not unusual for strays to show up. Growing up, Amanda took in many strays. She still has a heart for the wayward. Over the years, our home has taken in stray dogs, cats, chickens, and even an occasional homeless person.  

I was a young man when Scruffy came to live with us. Amanda and I had only been married for a short time. It was in the years before our kids were born. My military career was taking off and I did travel often. It made me feel better knowing that Amanda had Scruffy to keep her company. Little did I know when Amanda picked Scruffy, he picked me. 

Whenever I came home, Scruffy greeted me at the door. When I sat in my recliner, he sat in my lap. When I went to bed, he slept on the end by my feet. When I mowed, he rode on the mower with me. Everywhere I went, Scruffy followed.   

Scruffy had absolutely no value, though he cost me $75.00 for his first visit to the veterinarian. He cost me more over the years for shots, licenses, food, treats, and toys. 

Scruffy never earned a cent of income for our family…all he ever did was live with Amanda and I and share the early years of our married life. 

My heart broke when Scruffy died. I felt like a fool for crying. Whoever heard of a grown man crying over the loss of a worthless stray?  

Today, I was cleaning up and I found a picture of Scruffy. I cried again. I still miss him. I guess a little bit of our being in His image is revealed when we love something for no reason.  

The point is: God loves you for no reason. There is nothing you can do that can make God love you. He just does.  

God’s love for you is greater than all human understanding. God loves you so much that He broke into human history in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. He loves you so much that Jesus shed His blood and died on an old rugged cross so that you could be saved. Whoever heard of God dying for a worthless sinner? But that’s exactly how much God loves you. 

Since God loves you for no reason, isn’t it about time you love Him too?

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James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

 

 

 

 

 

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: The Dragon’s Back Trilogy

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The Dragon’s Back Trilogy

1 & 2: “The Poison of Thorns” + “My Brother’s Keeper”

by Robert Dennis Wilson

The Dragon's Back Trilogy

Epic Spiritual Warfare Fantasy.
Contains “THE POISON OF THORNS: The Dragon’s Back #1” & “MY BROTHER’S KEEPER: The Dragon’s Back #2”.
Here are bards, dragons, swords, and dark villains!

Living on a land shaped like a monstrous Dragon floating on a bottomless Sea, two orphaned brothers have chosen dramatically different paths to deal with the pain caused by watching the murder of their parents.

Why were they locked away in that out-of-the way orphanage for ten long years, when they had living kin who would gladly have claimed them? Who are the sinister black-robed “Dragonmen” and what is their hidden agenda. And why are these blackrobes so interested in the two teenaged brothers that they would mobilize all of their considerable resources to possess them?

Kaleb, the eldest, has taken up thorns and sided with the black-robed Dragonmen and their gigantic Captain, Raven. Overcome by bitterness, he has vowed to exact vengeance and rescue his bother from the man he thinks is responsible for that crime, Nathan the Master Bard.

Jason, the younger sibling, is an apprentice to that same bard and has chosen to forsake the dark poison of the thorns and follow the teachings of the Great Gryphon and His Swimmer Son.

Out of their love for each other, both brothers seek with their entire beings to deliver their sibling from his chosen path. A violent conflagration of armed conflict is inevitable!

What other Christian authors are saying about “THE POISON OF THORNS, The Dragon’s Back #1”

TRACY KRAUSS, bestselling author of “Play It Again” and “The Beat Goes On” says: “Book 1… reads somewhat like a Lewis, Tolkien or even a Rowling. Full of heraldry and lore in a make believe otherworld, this novel is full of action and adventure…Anyone who likes fantasy with an unapologetic Christian worldview should enjoy it.”

ASHLEY WINTTERS [“Ashley Dawn”], author of “Shadows from the Past” and “Shadows of Suspicion” says: “This was a superbly written book. A good vs. evil that isn’t too preachy but definitely has a spiritual overtone. The imagery the author used made you actually feel like you were a part of the book. The characters were very well developed and very likeable. I rate it a 5/5. If you get the chance, you should definitely read it and I’m ready for the second one!”

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CrossReads Short Takes: Three Wise Queens & Love’s Full Circle

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Three Wise Queens

A Story of the Nativity Gifts

by James Allen

Three Wise Queens

Expanding on the beloved Christmas story, 3 Wise Queens is the story of Hekima, Sophia and Mingzhi, who—guided by prophecy and a star—embark on a journey across three continents. When they arrive in Bethlehem, bearing carefully chosen gifts, they find a baby unlike any other—a newborn King, who will change the world forever. Join in their wonder with this beautifully illustrated 32 page storybook. This unforgettable story will fill you with joy, as you share in their journey to Jesus!

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Love’s Full Circle

by Cherry Christensen

Love's Full Circle

Kayden James may have missed out on her happy ever after. But, as a successful marriage and family therapist, at least she can help other people find theirs. Now that her career has taken off, Kayden is finally ready to put the past behind her. . . until it strolls into her office unexpectedly one day. The last thing Kayden needs is for her ex-boyfriend to stir up old feelings. She’d rather stay a single cat lady than let him break her heart again.

Liam has spent a long time living with one regret—letting Kayden slip through his fingers. He’s determined to make amends for the way he treated her all those years ago, but he’s finding it hard to melt her icy exterior. If he can just convince her to trust him and see that he’s changed, their love finally has a chance of coming full circle.

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He Died Anyway! 9/29/2020

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by Suzanne D. Williams

I held my older dog in my arms and rocked back and forth, singing whatever church chorus came to mind. Tears welled in my eyes. 

She isn’t perfect, far from it. She can be aggravating. She barks too much. She is a picky eater. She has a dermatology problem that has cost me a lot of money. But I’ll take all of that just to see her healthy and alive. Bad habits, quirks and all, Ill change my life to fit hers, whatever it takes, whatever I have to do to make her better. love her that much.

And it hit me, our Savior felt that way about us. 

For God SO LOVED the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”  (John 3:16)

Despite our bad habits, our addictions, our stubbornness, our rebellion. Despite our sins, He loved us SO MUCH that He’d take all of that just to see us healthy and alive. He could mend it, repair it, and heal it. He could work on making us more into His image, but at least, we’d be His.

At least, we’d have eternal life.

“But God showed his GREAT LOVE for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners.” (Romans 5:8 NLT)

He saw our broken lives, broken hearts, broken spirits, and His heart reached out to us. Wrapping us in His great, loving arms, He pressed us to His chest and crooned.  

 If only we’d trust Him with the mess. If only we’d give it all to Him. If only we’d let go of all the … the stuff … and let Him do in us what He died to do. Start with having life and let Him handle the rest.

He isn’t looking for perfect people. If He wanted that, He would never have been able to die. He died BECAUSE we were damaged, BECAUSE we made wrong choices. He loved us in spite of all that.

He saw who we were, what we were, and He died anyway.

“This is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.” (1 John 4:10 ISV) 

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 “There is no better portrait of God than in His Word. Though many men held the brush over thousands of years, God directed each stroke, never altering in His purpose.”

We have access to God on a personal level. He desires to spend time with us, for us to know Him so well that we think like Him and talk like Him, react like Him. Such a close relationship with Almighty God comes only through obedience.

Obedience paints such a negative picture in our mind. We see ourselves having to do something we dread and hate. But obedience is how a child of God will grow to maturity. Through obedience, we come to know our loving heavenly Father intimately, and in knowing Him, we find true joy and success.

In these pages, author Suzanne D. Williams paints WHO GOD IS from the image He has drawn in His Word of a GOOD God, a LOVING God. Speaking from her personal experience, she shares an image of the Father and Friend, who lifted her from a dark place of fear and panic to one full of peace and love and heavenly light.

To a beautiful life, a joyful life, a good life exceeding anything we can ever imagine.

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 www.suzannedwilliams.com or link with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at @SDWAuthor

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Weekly Devotional: Weathering the Storms 9/28/2020

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by Ruth O’Neil

Sitting outside on a beautiful, albeit windy, spring day, I watched a carpenter bee that was occupying itself by eating my porch. At least until it got caught in a gust of wind. He sure did struggle to stay in the same place, and somehow he managed to do it. He weathered the storm he had found himself in. He must have known he could hang on for a moment and that the storm would eventually pass. 

There are windy days that come into our lives as well; times we feel tossed about so much we can hardly catch our breath. While in the midst of the stormy days, we may feel like they will never endbut rest assured, they will. 

One phrase I hear often, and don’t particularly like, is, “God will never give you more than you can handle.” I don’t think that’s true. Why? First of all, because no verse in the Bible states that. In fact, the Bible tells us in John 16:33, “In this world you will have trouble.” Secondly, because humans are stubborn and think we can do everything by our own power. Maybe there are times when God finds the need to knock us down a few pegs, remind us that we are not the all-powerful ones. We need to recognize our need for Him. Those moments when we don’t feel as if we can hang on and face the overpowering winds, are the times we need to look to God and seek Him and His help. 

Jesus knows where we are. He experienced these feelings as well in the Garden of Gethsemane just before His crucifixion. He went to His heavenly Father in prayer. “Then he said to them, ‘My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death” (Matthew 26:38 NIV). The outcome was the same – crucifixion – but with the Father by His side, He was able to face whatever came His way. “He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done” (Matthew 26:42). 

It is true that when we have God on our side we can accomplish anything. We just have to remember without God we can do nothing; with Him, we can do anything. 

“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Philippians 4:13 KJV).  

And remember John 16:33 from earlier? There’s more to that verse. “But take heart! I have overcome the world.” What a comforting thought that is!

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at ruths-real-life (dot)blogspot.com or her website at ruthoneil (dot)weebly.com

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The Publishers that Prey – A word of caution about vanity presses

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by Parker J. Cole

Earlier this month, I received a call from a vanity press.  I’m not sure how they got my name, but I figure they’re another arm of Westbow Press which I published my first book under. At that time, I spent about three thousand dollars on them listing my book on different websites 

Nothing else. I KNOW what they told me but looking back, I SAW what they actually did. 

The vanity press stated the same spiel I’ve heard before, but I wanted to at least see if they were going to say something different that I didn’t know. 

From my experience, vanity presses PREY on authors; but, they prey on a CERTAIN type of author. 

Talking with other authors who have been preyed upon by vanity presses, the type of authors they reach out to have some of the following criteria: 

  1. An author with one book out there for at least a year. This is significant because they can tell what your experienceisbased off your backlist. One book only usually means a new author. 
  2. The book doesn’t have that many reviews. The vanity press that called me confused my name with someoneelse,but I was able to use the mix-up to see the author they went after and saw a pattern. 
  3. They know every author wants to talk about their book. They are willing to sit there and listen to you tell them about your novel. So,while you’re waxing on greatly about your sci-fi novel or that you’ve written the greatest love story of all time, they’re learning your behavior. This happened to me before withWestbow. I was on the phone with the woman for an hour, but she got my money. 
  4. They lure you with fine-sounding phrases, “You were recommended by X.” “You were discovered…” This makes it seem as if there are people out there looking for your work, talking about you. Of course, that would make you feel good. Especially when you just have that ONE book out there. If you’re like me when it happened, and you heard those words, it eased that little nugget in your gut that was saying, “No one’s reading your book. No one gives two pins about your book.” I know when I heard those words, I felt like, “Okay, people are looking for me!”
  5. They are personable people. These people at vanity presses are skilled, and soundgenuinely nice. The lady on the phone with me had a slight accent but she was nice. Mind you, I am not criticizing individuals, just the institutions.
  6. When she saw mybacklist andlistened to a couple of things I had to say, she jumped on my slipped tongue and I was like, dang! Listening is an underrated skill.  
  7. I know they’re just doing their jobs. Theygottaeat and pay bills just like the rest of us. However, they do use skill to prey on authors and their dreams.  

A real-life example of a vanity press that preyed upon authors is Tate Publishing. In the link here, you can see how the two principals of the company stole money from authors who only wanted to see their dreams come to life. In discussing this with other authors, two of them and others were ‘published’ by this company. 

Admittedly, not every vanity press out there is one of disreputable disposition. Although, I remain skeptical, there are those out there that seem to want to ‘help’ authors.  

I’ve yet to come across them, but I suppose they are out there. 

In writing this post, I was reminded of a different kind of publisher that does a lot of what vanity presses do but with out the predatory attitude.  

There are hybrid publishing houses that will work with authors on a consulting basis. They offer some of the same services that a vanity press does. The difference is that they have skin in the game. Many of them are authors or author service providers who have been in the industry for some time. Their focus is on you as the author and they will tailor their services to what you need not what they want to sell 

I find these companies especially helpful for new authors. Whereas a vanity press works on selling packages, these companies work on crafting and customizing a set of services for you. They often walk you through the process and don’t leave you hanging.  

Vanity presses are essential cold call centers. They’re salespeople.  

Like with most things in life, you must use discernment and prayer to ensure it’s the best option for you.  

If you receive a call from a vanity press, but they introduce themselves as a publisher, here are something they are going to tell you. 

  1. They have packages. I’ve seen packages ranging from $500 to $5000 and more 
  1. They talk a big game about royalties but often skew the examples. “If you publish with us, you’ll keep all your royalties.” Well yeah, you will. If they get you to buy the package, why do they care how much money you receive from the sales? You just coughed up $500, $1200, $2000. What do they care? 
  1. Scrutinize what they offer. Many of the things they do you can do yourself or get one of those publishing consultants I spoke about to help you 
  1. Nothing is free. One author mentioned there was a typo on her copy and the vanity press said to change it would cost $300. There are always other fees they do not mention in their packages. I heard of authors paying thousands of dollars for nothing. 
  1. They are going to make you feel like a star. They are going to cater to your ego. The longer you talk to them, the more information they’ll receive from you. Their whole goal is to get you to buy the package.  

In closing, Author BEWARE of vanity presses. If you get a random call with any of these things I’ve mention, please don’t just take the offer. Ask questions of authors who have been in the industry for a time. See what they say. You can contact me and I’ll be glad to assist if I can. 

If it is your dream to write, don’t let a predatory entity like a vanity press prey on your dream.

About the Author:

Parker J ColeParker J. Cole is a writer and radio show host who spends most of her time reading, knitting, writing, cooking, and concocting new ideas for stories. Her first novel, Dark Cherub, won Best of Spring Reading 2013 from eMediaCampaigns. She lives in Michigan with her husband and beloved dog Sarah.

Visit her site at http://www.ParkerJCole.com

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Loving In His Way

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Loving In His Way

An Inspirational Christian Fiction Romance

(His Tender Mercies Book 2)

by T.K. Chapin

Loving In His Way

Courtney McAdams had lost her husband four years ago and still struggles to overcome the void he had left in her life. She hadn’t lost her faith in God, but it had been severely challenged. One day when an unexpected visitor arrives at her house, her faith and trust in God are put to the test once more. Can she handle it?

Brian Dunlap is a handsome, charming and successful businessman that runs an online e-commerce company that sells dog food. His wife had left him seven years ago and Brian hasn’t had an interest in dating since her departure from his life. One day a woman comes to his Sunday school class with two kids in her arms and a look of sleep deprivation on her face. Brian can’t help but offer a helping hand.

An inspirational modern fiction romance about a woman who was thrust into motherhood and a man who’s learning how to trust again. Loving In His Way is a story that will keep you turning the pages until the very end. Filled with inspiration, hope, and anticipation, this is one story you’ll want to read over and over again.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Seeing The Life & The Trouble In Willow Falls

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Seeing The Life

by Sophie Dawson

Seeing The Life

Dassa and Micah begin their life together in Bethlehem with joy and tragedy. Joy of new friends, the birth of their son, and his tragic death at the hands of the king’s soldiers. The hand of God moves them to Jerusalem where Micah is a scribe to the metal merchant Joseph the Arimethean. In the heart of Israel, they live the events occurring during the occupation by the Roman Empire. Tensions are high and then there are the stirrings of a young rabbi from Nazareth.

Micah, Joseph, and their families follow the ministries of John the Baptist and Yeshua, a poor carpenter from Nazareth. Is he the Messiah who will lead Israel against the Roman army? Is he a fraud, a cohort of Satan? Or is he something else? The crowds cheer him, then want to stone him. They hail his arrival then, cry for his execution.
Through it all, Dassa, Micah and their family observe and wonder about who exactly is this Yeshua, whom they’ve known since the night of his birth. How will this man impact them, Israel, and the rest of the world?

Surround yourself with the culture and family life of first century Jerusalem Seeing The Life of the one man who changed the world.

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The Trouble In Willow Falls

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by Pat Nichols

The Trouble In Willow Falls

Months after submitting her first novel to publishers, Emily Hayes receives one response—a rejection. When famous artist Naomi Jasper offers her much-needed cash to finish writing, then cast and direct a play about Willow Falls’ colorful history, Emily faces a difficult decision—postpone rewriting her novel or accept the offer. Aware the project has a high probability of failure she attempts to recruit the one person who has the experience she needs.

Rachel Streetman is one audition away from jump-starting her lackluster acting career. When an unexpected incident sends her fleeing to Willow Falls and reeling back into Charlie Bricker’s arms, she reluctantly accepts Emily’s offer. An invitation to audition for a play in Atlanta’s premiere theater forces her to choose between loyalty and her life-long dream.

If anyone understands broken hearts, it’s Willow Inn’s beloved innkeeper. Sadie Liles learned to live with the fact that love is the last thing she’ll ever find. Then he walks through Willow Inn’s front door.

When a scathing blogger review and a negative Atlanta television newscast threaten Willow Falls’ premiere as a North Georgia tourist destination, the town council invests the remainder of its annual budget to hire a PR firm to restore the town’s image. At a town-hall meeting, angry residents brainstorm ideas to address the problem. When a second Atlanta television station announces plans to film a segment for its Around Georgia series, residents dig deep to invest their time and limited resources to boost Willow Falls’ appeal.

As the town prepares for Redding Arms’ grand opening, five newcomers and one British tourist test the town’s quirky, lovable, argumentative residents. Dealing with the strife, bickering, and personal backstabbing challenges Willow Falls in ways the small town never imagined. Could it be that the trouble in Willow Falls is the very thing that reminds its residents that honesty, love, and loyalty to one another is what binds them together?

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The Point Is … WOW! 9/22/2020

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by James Collins

Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.” Philippians 2:9

grew up in the country. One of the funny things about country people is they often name their children multiple, crazy names. You can’t be country unless you have at least two or three names. Country folks have names like Billy Ray; or Bobby Joe; or Billy Bob; or Elvis Ray; or Cletus Bocephus; or my cousin Jimmy Joe Jeff Johnny Paul Ray Elmer Junior –we just called him Bubba. 

I think the craziest name I ever heard was Wow. Many years ago, a couple lived not far from where I grew up. They were in their 60s. They thought they were past the age to have children. They were at an age when they were looking forward to grandchildren.  

Unexpectedly and miraculously, grandma conceived, and she had another son, twenty years after she had her last one. The birth was such a miracle, that she named her little boy Wow. W-O-W. Wow. That was his name. You could spell it backwards. Wow. He grew up as Wow. 

Wow hated his name with all his heart. However, out of respect for his momma, he never changed it. He was always known as Wow. He got married. He had a family. He lived a long life.  

On his deathbed, Wow called for his wife. He said, “Honey, I’ve never shared this with you, but I hate my name. I’ve always hated the name, Wow. I don’t want people coming to my graveside and looking at a tombstone and saying, ‘Wow.’ So, here’s what I want you to do. On my tombstone put the date of my birth, the date of my death, and write any inscription that you want. But don’t put my name.” 

Wow died, and his wife honored his last wish. She had his tombstone inscribed with the date of his birth, the date of his death, and toward the bottom of his tombstone she had the following inscription. It said:  

He worshipped the ground his wife walked on. 

He was a devoted husband. 

He opened every door.  

He pulled out every chair. 

He ironed all his own clothes. 

He never looked at another woman for 50 years. 

He did everything his wife told him to do. 

When people came to the graveside and looked at the tombstone, all they could say was, “Wow!” 

Wow had a name that could not be forgotten. However, there is one name that will never be forgotten. It’s not the name of a hero or historian. It’s not the name of a soldier or a scholar. It’s not the name of an actor, author, or athlete. It’s not the name of a politician or a president. There is one name when the dust settles that will be spoken and shouted. There is one name that will be worded and worshipped. His name is Jesus Christ! 

The Bible says, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name.” The word “above” means “more than.” It comes from a Greek word that means “incomparable.” There is one name that cannot be compared to any other name. It’s greater than Gandhi. It’s mightier than Mohammad. It’s more exciting than Elvis. It’s more overwhelming than Oprah. The Bible says there is one name that can’t be compared to any other name. His name is Jesus Christ! 

The point is: God has given the Lord Jesus Christ a name which is above all names. If you don’t know Him, you can call out His name in prayer today. You might pray something like this: Dear Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner and I need Your forgiveness. I want to turn from my sins. I now invite You to come into my heart and life. I want to trust You as Savior and follow You as Lord in the fellowship of Your Church. In Jesus Name, Amen.  

If you prayed that prayer today, I encourage you to find a Bible believing church and start growing in Christ. Your life will never be the same. 

The Point Is ...

James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

 

 

 

 

 

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