Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 34:18 The LORD is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those who are crushed in spirit.

Some who are reading this today are brokenhearted. Someone you love may have broken your heart by leaving you. Perhaps someone has said or done something that absolutely crushed your spirit. Perhaps you are brokenhearted because of the decision someone you love has made to leave the Lord out of their life.

There is another type of broken heartedness and that is being genuinely sorrowful for the sins you have done against God. When the Lord convicts us of sin and we accept our responsibility before God for them, it breaks our heart. If we truly love the Lord and understand how much we have hurt Him because of our sin, it crushes us. Understanding the damage sin has done to our souls and how it has affected others, crushes us. Understanding the damage sin does in the world crushes us. We cannot love the Lord without feeling remorse over sin.

The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and rescues those who are crushed in spirit. No matter what causes the heart to break, the Lord is near and can heal it. The Lord comforts the brokenhearted. He gives us the soul strength to move forward instead of lingering in our brokenness He gives us hope in the most seemingly hopeless of situations. He embraces us in His love and His Word. He leads us to the green pastures where we can lie down and rest. He replenishes our souls so that we can carry on.

No matter what you may be facing in life today, the Lord is near. He wants to touch your broken heart and heal you. He wants to lift you up and once again put you on the Solid Rock. Dear friend, open your heart up to the Lord today. Give Him your brokenness. Tell Him everything. He loves you and wants to help you. He will take the heavy burden off of your soul and heal you. Won’t you let Him have His way with you today?
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Prayer: The Creator Listening To You By Ada Brownell

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Excerpt from Ada Brownell’s book, Imagine the Future You.

Isn’t it almost too much to think God will listen to humans? A cry for help in our own feeble words, and the Creator answers?

It happens all the time.

God wants us to bring our needs to Him and believe he will answer. The Bible says, “It is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who comes to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him” (Hebrews 11:6)

Also, we should pray fervently. “The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and wonderful results” (James 5:16)

According to biographers, prayer in Martin Luther’s early years as a monk probably was confined to what he later called “babble and empty chatter,” which was reading prayer books, saying memorized prayers, and counting beads.

As he became a mature Christian—who, like David, wasn’t afraid to challenge the world’s giants because the Lord was with him—Luther learned to pray so fervently and effectively that he moved the hand of God. When he talked to the Lord, Luther deeply affected those within hearing range and was strengthened and lifted up himself.

Luther used his native German and prayed frequently and fervently, and he fell asleep at night communicating with God. 1 H.G. Haile, Luther (Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1980), 278–279.

Luther got his emotions involved.

“Wake up your heart and teach it what kind of thoughts to think while praying,” he told his followers.

He warned against mechanical prayers, without thinking about what is being said. He also cautioned people to avoid praying because it was their duty to do so, saying such prayer would accomplish nothing.

The reformer often prayed facing a window, turning his back on those in the room with him.

Viet Dietrich once overheard Luther praying alone. “My heart was inflamed when I heard him speaking so intimately, so earnestly, so respectfully, confident his petitions would be granted.”

In one of his teachings on prayer, Luther advised Christians that when Christ said to “ask…seek…knock” it was to encourage Christians to be persistent when they pray. He advised them to ask, keep seeking after the Lord, and knock excessively. “Ask and receive means nothing else than, ‘ask, call out, yell, seek, knock, thunder!’”

This is exactly how Luther prayed himself at times. When his friend Philip was in a coma and appeared at death’s door, Luther walked in and began to lay the problem before the Lord. He quoted promises from the Bible that prayers will be heard. According to biographer H.G. Haile, Luther yelled and thundered the promises until he had “rubbed his ears” with the truths as well as the ears of other believers in the room. He continued praying in a loud voice until every listener in the room was hot with faith, too

Finally, Philip began to stir. They fed him and soon he was on the mend.

The powerful prayers of Luther were coveted, and even feared, by those who knew him.

Luther’s advice to keep knocking and asking and never give up goes along with what Jesus said: “Men ought always to pray and not faint!” (Luke18:1 KJ). Jesus then told the story of a widow who wearied an unjust judge by continually coming to him and asking him to avenge her of her adversary, until the judge granted her request.

God answers prayer.

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Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. She also is a veteran youth Christian education teacher. After moving to Missouri in her retirement, she continues to write books, free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers, and blogs with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. She is the author of six books. She is a member of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers.

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The Most Dangerous Game by Mary C. Findley

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“You mean if you like my story, you can let me go free?” Dawkins asked.

“Hardly that. But we can offer you hope that they cannot.”

“Hope of what? A harp and a cloud?” I could hear Dawkin’s spit hit the floor. “Let Ollie be the angel. I don’t plan on dying. There’s still them as promises immortality and I mean to find my way back to them. And when I do that, they won’t want to hear I made nice to you and yours as is out to harry them off the face of the earth. But it’s a good thing they’ve a place to go if that happens.”

“You’re talking in riddles,” Fun See said. “What do you mean, a place to go if they are harried off the earth? Have they airships and a city in the sky?”

Fun’s tone was light-hearted, but Dawkins responded in a way fit to chill anyone’s blood.

“Better than that,” he bragged. “Look up in the sky tonight. It’s a full moon. Maybe you’ll see the flag of the new empire on the surface if it’s clear enough.”

“You are mad,” Fun See scoffed. “Have they an outpost on the moon, then? Did you visit there from the underground city in Algeria?”

“Yeah, I did, since you ask so nicely,” Jack sneered. “You’ll never find out how, so it’s safe to tell you what you’re up against. Maybe you won’t be so smug or so ready to follow. We’ve all been to the moon, and that’s where they’ll take the captives for conditioning, soon enough. You think you’ll just find all the hidey-holes and flush out the operation, do you? Well, try following us to the bosom of Cynthia, why don’t you? I won’t say anything more. Put the muzzle back on the dog. He’s done with doing tricks until he can see there’s a treat for his trouble.”

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Redeeeming Lily by Patricia PacJac Carroll

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Lilly kept her eyes forward, her chin up, and her heart encased in stone as the ‘good’ sheriff led her to the train station. She’d been run out of more saloons and towns than she had fingers to count. Didn’t matter. She’d find another town. Another saloon. Another chance. She glanced at the shining sun and hoped the next town would be different.


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Breathing in the fresh mountain scent of pine mixed with some kind of sweet wildflower helped her settle her mind. The breeze was cool, the sun warm, and the mountain gleamed in the sunlight against the blue sky.

Sadly, she loved Hickory Stick.

“Don’t let the dust settle on your shoes, girl.” She chuckled. Not like that would happen since they were caked with mud. Her laugh died in her throat. If it was a nice town, she’d not be welcome for long. If it was a rowdy town, she’d hate it and eventually get run out anyway. Either way, she’d not stay long.

She stared at the saloon. Didn’t seem that busy. In fact, the whole town appeared sleepy. Carrying her satchel, she decided to walk to the end of town. Maybe find a place to sit and enjoy the fresh air before she traded it for the smoke-filled saloon.

Careful to miss puddles, she walked past Bessy’s boarding house. Overhanging trees shaded the road that the stage driver had said went to a silver mine. She stopped at a trail leading into the woods. Curious, she ventured down the path. Stepping on wet leaves, she dodged the occasional spider web and wiped away water droplets from the trees.

Lilly halted. In the midst of a stand of pine, sat the prettiest log carved into a bench. She approached the bench with respect. Someone had taken the time to carve a rose into the back. Suddenly tired, she sat down and let the quiet settle inside her.

She couldn’t think of the last time she’d been somewhere so peaceful. Closing her eyes, she drank in the sweet air, and listened to birds calling one another. So free. So perfect.

Dark thoughts popped her eyes open. She didn’t belong here. She couldn’t shake the feeling that she was trespassing on holy ground.

She started to rise when the image of the newborn baby flashed before her. Lilly traced the moment in her mind when the infant had stopped crying and looked at her through innocent eyes. Sarah’s hard labor and pain had brought forth such a miracle.

Lilly shook her head. If only she could be born again. This time to a parent that cared. One that loved her.

One that kept her from the dirt of this world.

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 34:17 The LORD hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.

Sometimes we get so caught up in our circumstances of life that God seems so far away. The more suffering we experience, the more doubts we have that God is near or hears us. When nothing seems to change, we begin to lose our grip on faith. We begin to listen to Satan’s suggestions that God has abandoned us or doesn’t care about us as we suffer.

When your faith begins to waver, remember this wonderful and powerful truth: ” The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles.” The Lord hears the heart cry of His children. Even when we can’t even put into words what we are feeling, God hears us. He knows all about the thoughts and feelings we go through. He cuts through the pain and agony we may have and listens to our heart’s cries. He hears and rescues us from all our troubles.

Sometimes the answers we need are not evident to us. We don’t always know what needs to take place to free us from our circumstances. We don’t know what is best for us. We don’t know how to handle some of life’s struggles. But, the Lord knows exactly what we need and how to meet it. When we let Him have our difficulties, He makes a way out of them for us.

God never has and never will abandon His children. He is with them each step they take in life’s journey. He is with them during their darkest hours. He has a plan for each one and when we wait upon Him and trust Him, He fulfills His plan in us. His plan is always to bless. His plan is to always lead His children into a deeper relationship with Him. His plan is to use all of our life’s circumstances to make us holy, a people after His own heart.
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Pink by Suzanne D. Williams

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The first YA I ever wrote, ME & TIMOTHY COOPER, set me on a path I didn’t expect to take in writing. I never thought it’d be so well received or would spawn so many more teenage romance stories. It’s been fun, and I can say, although I write many genres, I always come back to young adult stories. The innocence and simplicity is so refreshing.

Along the way, I’ve picked up a few tips about writing YA, the first of which I think gets overlooked far more than you’d think.

1. YA should be what teen readers will pick up.

A lot of adults read young adult stories, and I’ve personally read some that were written for adults but in the style of a teenage tale. There’s nothing really wrong with that, except in my mind, it really isn’t true YA. Just because the characters are young doesn’t mean that teen readers will grab hold of it and that, ultimately, is the biggest factor toward making the story true YA. It’s important to know the age group you’re targeting and to write the book that way.

2. Christian YA should be trustworthy by parents.

This doesn’t mean it’s preachy or even necessarily has a moral every time, but the characters an author promotes should be trustworthy, with right actions overall. This doesn’t mean they’re perfect. That would be a boring book, but there is a line Christian authors shouldn’t cross. Every word should, when the story ends, promote mercy, forgiveness, and grace in the light of God’s Word.


My latest YA novella, PINK, tells the story of seventeen-year-old Brigitte Pink and her fellow student, Nelson Trader. Nelson has hidden his inability to read from everyone for years, or so he thinks. But when called out by his English teacher in his senior year, he’s forced to spend time tutoring with Brigitte after school or perhaps not graduate from high school.

Desperate, but embarrassed, he agrees to go along with it, but makes Brigitte promise not to tell anyone. They must keep their time together a secret. However, the more time they spend together, the more they find they can be friends and maybe more than friends. Then again, they can’t, unless he swallows the one thing remaining between them – his pride.


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He looked up at the end to find her bowed over the bowl, her arm moving in circles, and didn’t speak. He took in the curve of her lips, her tongue poking out, unintended, on the side, the tousled mound of her hair sprung around her face.

She was attractive in her own way. Why had no one ever noticed? Why had he never noticed? Because he was too busy looking at himself … and girls like Tiffany, who wore their girlishness on the hem of their skirt. But Pink wasn’t any less a girl than they were. He’d found that out first hand. She just doubted she was.

She looked up and paused in her stirring, the same disbelief surfacing on her face. “What? I’ve grown horns?”

He shook his head. Curves. She’d grown curves and soft skin and a rosy tint to her cheeks. “You have …” He stretched out one arm and wiped a drop of batter from her chin. He turned his soiled finger up in her view. “I hope you’re going to let me stay and sample those,” he continued.

She wiggled her nose. “It’s going to cost you.”

“Oh yeah?” he asked.

She nodded sharp. She released the bowl and disappeared from the kitchen, returning with a paper in her hand. Slapping it in front of him, she patted the page. “Vocabulary for the SATs. Got those off a webpage. For every ten words you can read, I’ll give you a cupcake.”

He scanned the list. “And if I read the whole thing?”

“Then you’ll be one happy man tonight.”

He laughed. “You should bake more often.”


Suzanne D. Williams

Best-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 a monthly column for on the subject of digital photography, as well as 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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CROSSROADS: A New Christian Contemporary Romance by Cathy Bryant

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a Miller’s Creek novel

A soldier battles for the soul of a prodigal…

A bitter single mom and atheist starts her own real estate company in the nostalgic and picturesque town of Miller’s Creek, Texas. Then her young daughter’s disturbing symptoms lead doctors to discover that her leukemia has relapsed. With her new life now turned upside down, Mara Hedwig struggles to keep her business afloat. And her daughter’s worsening condition forces her to rethink her beliefs about Carter Callahan and his God. Will Mara make the return to Christian faith in the face of life’s greatest challenge?

An ex-military operative struggles with the return to civilian life while coping with his rebellious teen-aged daughter. During a house-search, Carter meets Mara, a headstrong Realtor who wants nothing to do with his God. But when Mara’s little girl is diagnosed with leukemia, the clock begins ticking for him to convince Mara to return to a life of faith. Just as he seems to be making headway, circumstances beyond his control throw his efforts into a tailspin. Can Carter learn to rest in the sovereignty of God?

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“In CROSSROADS, Cathy shows us that even those with significant crosses of their own can become a catalyst for those they encounter who have lost their way.” ~Amazon Reviewer

“Every one of Cathy’s Miller’s Creek books has kept me entranced in their stories for hours upon hours. And with each new story, I kept thinking… this was my favorite. Cathy’s newest book CROSSROADS has me saying that again.” ~Amazon Reviewer

“Reading books by author Cathy Bryant, leaves me feeling thankful each and every time! I have LOVED her Miller’s Creek books and wonder how she can top one book to the next but she does, and she nails it every single time!” ~Amazon Reviewer



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Cathy Bryant

Cathy BryantAmazon best-selling author Cathy Bryant writes Christian fiction set in the heart of Texas. Her popular romance and romantic suspense novels take place in the fictional town of Miller’s Creek, where folks are friendly, the iced tea is sweet, and Mama Beth’s front porch beckons. All the Miller’s Creek novels have been on the Amazon Best-Seller list and are rated at 4.5 stars or higher on Amazon. Readers have compared her work to that of Karen Kingsbury and Nicholas Sparks. A native Texan, Cathy currently resides in the beautiful Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico with her minister husband of over thirty years. She’s written devotions for The Upper Room devotional magazine, two devotional books in collaboration with other Christian authors, and for online sites. In addition to writing, she enjoys thrift store shopping, romping in the great outdoors, and mini-farming. To learn more about Cathy and her books, visit her website at or make contact with her in these places:

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 34:11-14 Come, my children, and listen to me, and I will teach you to fear the LORD. Do any of you want to live a life that is long and good? Then watch your tongue! Keep your lips from telling lies! Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in peace with others.

If you want to live a life that is long and good, then you have to watch your tongue. This does not mean you are guaranteed a long and good life, but it does mean that you will enhance your chances of living a messed up life that may be cut short if you don’t watch your tongue. It has been said that honesty is the best policy, and it is true.

Lying to others makes you untrustworthy. If others cannot depend on you to be truthful, you will fail to have anyone in life who can depend on you in time of need. You will be lonely and without help in your own times of need.

A much better way to live is to turn away from evil and do good. When you live rightly with God, you can be trusted to tell the truth. God is truth and those who live in Christ will be a people of truth. A person that wants to please God will seek to be truthful in all things, even when it may not be convenient or when it may be costly for him to do so.

We need to work hard at living in peace with others. Truthfulness is absolutely essential for peaceful living. It doesn’t come naturally or easily, but with a lot of effort it can be done. Our commitment to godliness enables us to not be at odds with others because of our untrustworthiness. Peace sometimes eludes us because of the heart issues of others, but as far as it is possible with you, live rightly with God so you can live rightly with others.

Notice that this is doable. We are told to take charge of our tongues, hearts, and living. If it were not possible, God would not tell us to do it.
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The Necessity of an Unchanging God by Parker J. Cole

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People change. It is a well-known fact. From the earliest moments after conception till we are lowered in the ground, we are in a constant state of change. The wonder of our early years fades away into the search for identity from our teenage years and young adulthood via crafts, careers, or higher education. After that comes the need to find fulfillment in love and marriage and family life. Lastly, we seek security and stability in our later years. And that’s if life doesn’t throw all kinds of blazing, red-hot fire balls studded with spikes at us. People change. It is a necessity. Never to change is never to grow. If we are stuck in the wonder of discovery how would we find ‘that place’ to call our own? If we keep searching and searching for our identity, how can we share who we are with a spouse to create a family unit? Thus, how can we have stability in our later years? Change is necessary to the human heart. People change. It is a double-edge sword. Not all change is good. There are times when we make choices that alter our personalities. Optimism turns into pessimism while joy morphs into bitterness. Drive slows into lethargy and passion withers into apathy.

Perhaps life circumstances lead us into a downward spiral. But if we can’t spring back from the downward spiral, we cannot grow. We cannot learn. We cannot change.

Yet sometimes we feel it’s better just to stay at the bottom of the pit. Wallow in the mud and dirt of unrealized dreams and broken opportunities. Suffer the loss of relationships rip apart by miscommunication and ulterior motives. Why bother to change? Enter Our Lord and Savior…the Unchanging God. He reaches out His hand and drags us out the pit. With brisk strokes He wipes off the dirt and mud we saturated ourselves. He leads us away, steady grip. Then you realize He was there the entire time, immovable. We simply neglected to reach out to the Rock.

It’s interesting to note a lot of verses in the Bible make references to God’s steadfastness in a changing world. A particular verse however brings this aspect of God’s nature into blazing light. Matthew 28:20 “…and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” In order for God to be with us always, He has to be unchanging. In order to be unchanging, He has to have all power, all knowledge, and existing always. He cannot be swept by uncertainty or broken down by powers beyond His control. He doesn’t need to discover Himself or be mystified by His creation. Nothing catches Him by surprise.

Hebrews 13:8Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Who wouldn’t serve a God like that?

A hymn I used to sing in church came to mind and I can’t think of a better way to end.

Time is filled with swift transition,

Naught of earth unmoved can stand,

Build your hopes on things eternal,

Hold to God’s unchanging hand.

About the Author:

Parker J. Cole

Parker 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.

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New Christian contemporary romance released 4/15/15 by B. J. Robinson

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One moonlit night eight summers ago, Callie and Connor fell deeply in love on the banks of a tranquil river. Opposite worlds collide when he asks her to marry him. Is it true, what they say, about leaving the past in the past so it can’t steal your future, or will Connor prove everyone wrong by bringing the past to life when he asks Callie to marry him?  
Separated eight long years without a word from Connor, can Callie find it in her heart to say yes a second time when he resurfaces in the life she’s made for herself. He’s hung his shingle outside a law office. She’s hung a board sign that reads Callie’s Nursery. Just when there’s a ray of hope, Connor discovers they were both adopted, and his adoptive father tells him he and Callie are sister and brother. He’s determined to find their birth parents and prove his father wrong.  
Neither lived the life they wanted together, but neither has forgotten that one moonlit night when their love and passion ran so deeply on the banks of the river, the night that changed their lives forever. The past can’t be rewritten. Time won’t stand still, but can their love overcome the past and change their future? 
Can he live life for what tomorrow may bring, forgetting what yesterday has taken, when Callie’s accident leaves her in a coma? Will the private detective Connor hired prove his father wrong? If he does, will it matter? Sometimes patients wake from a coma to live again. Connor refuses to give up on Callie. Will she get the chance to say yes again and finally wear his ring?

One Moonlite Night

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B. J. Robinson

B. J. Robinson writes Amazon best-selling Christian and inspirational romance from Florida. Last Resort is her debut Christian romantic suspense. Meet Me at the River is a short book of devotionals and short stories, including a story titled “Lisa Has Her Wings” inspired by her sister. She’s penned books in romantic suspense, mystery, contemporary romance, and historical romance to give her readers a selection from which to choose.

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