Gems From Pastor Jim as of 7/31/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 25:27 Just as it is not good to eat too much honey, it is not good for people to think about all the honors they deserve.

We do it don’t we? We think more highly of ourselves than we ought to. We get caught up in the thinking of the world and believe that we deserve attention and the accolades of others. We see ourselves as inheritantly good and deserving of notice. Some go out of their way to be noticed. Being noticed by others becomes their way of life. It is what defines them as a person.

It is not a good thing when we begin to focus our thoughts on ourselves. It always leads us into areas of pride over our self-worth or it destroys our self-worth because we believe the lie that we are not worth anything because we are not being noticed by anyone.

A much better way to deal with life is to see ourselves positioned in Christ. When we find our worth rooted in a relationship with God, we don’t need the recognition of man. For the child of God, we live for God’s approval. Just to know that God is pleased with us and is waiting for us to go to heaven to be with Him is enough to make life worth the living. It is far better to be approved of by God than it is by man.

The honors received by man are so shallow and fleeting. You may be on the top of the world today and in the gutter tomorrow. The world admires those who rise to the top and stays there. The moment someone stumbles and falls they are judged, discarded and forgotten. Success is everything to the world. It is what gives life meaning to most. Comparing one’s self to others is what the world does. The better one seems to be compared to others, the more self-worth one seems to have.

Keep your focus on pleasing God and you will not have to depend on man’s approval for meaning in life. You will discover how shallow and meaningless life is as it is lived by the world. Success will be measured by how you walk in Christ instead of how you walk in the world.

You will only find soul satisfaction and peace when you live your life in fellowship with Christ Jesus our Lord.

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 for July 27th: More than Mere Words

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“I wilt give you the sure mercies of David”   (Acts 13:34).

Nothing of man is sure; but everything of God is so. Especially are covenant mercies sure mercies, even as David said “an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things and sure.”

We are sure that the Loci meant His mercy. He did not speak mere wards: there is substance and truth in every one of His promises. His mercies are mercies indeed. Even if a promise seems as if it must drop through by reason of death, yet it never shall, for the good LORD will make good His word.

We are sure that the LORD will bestow promised mercies on all His covenanted ones. They shall come in due course to all the chosen of the LORD. They are sure to all the seed, from the least of them unto the greatest of them. We are sure that the LORD will continue His mercies to His own people. He does not give and take. What He has granted us is the token of much more. That which we have not yet received is as sure as that which has already come; therefore, let us wait before the LORD and be still. There is no justifiable reason for the least doubt. God’s love, and word, and faithfulness are sure. Many things are questionable, but of the LORD we sing —

For his mercies shall endure
Ever faithful, ever sure.

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The Balance of My Life

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by Suzanne D. Williams

I got it into my head to buy a few paperbacks. I like the feel and weight of them. They are a tangible link to my youth and the old-fashioned idea of owning a book.

Backing up a few weeks … my grandmother’s sister gave me her collection of Eugenia Price books. They were valuable to her, and since she had nowhere to put them in her new digs (she’s in her 90s), she wanted someone to have them that appreciated their worth like she did.

They sat in a cardboard box in my dining room for several weeks. I have a bookshelf, but it’s cluttered with other things:  statuettes, Christmas village houses, antiques and other knickknacks. Without a place for my great aunt’s books, I decided to buy a decorative basket. At least, they’d be housed somewhere nice and look cared for.

Well, I’ve added this collection of paperbacks to the basket. I’ve owned a Kindle for many years but never turn it on. I also have the app on my phone and my computer. With the exception of looking up meatloaf recipes (there’s a book for that), I hardly use either one. Being frank, reading too long on an electronic device gives me headaches. I have to gauge my time in front of the screen. That’s reason number one I looked at paperbacks.

The second reason I only just discovered when holding them in my hands. There’s all this talk about disconnecting. People say, “Don’t bring your cell to the table,” and such like. I do and don’t subscribe to this notion. I’ve tried to set it aside more, especially when eating with family or friends. I also turn it off after 10 pm. I like the idea of not being reachable. But I’m not completely offended if it’s setting next to your fork.

Thinking deeper along this line, I turned all the notifications for social networks off on my phone. I don’t really need to know if Jill’s kids made the school play or what Heather’s opinion is of the latest action flick. The idea my phone can be for communication, only when its needed, appeals to me.

Now, don’t get yourself in a twist. It’s handy to have when I need to check the bank or my emails, and yes, I use it to surf social media. I post a photo every day on Instagram. That’s something I enjoy. But why not give all of that less attention?

This returns me to the paperbacks, except I must digress again for it to make sense. Two years ago, I bought my husband a pair of jeans using an Amazon Prime deal. That got me into paying for Prime, and I discovered I like it for one reason only – no shipping costs. I can buy paperbacks on sale for a buck or two. Since there’s no shipping to concern myself with, what’s ten or fifteen dollars when I get five or six books out of it?

I love books, and through all of this, I’ve fallen in love with paperbacks again. They are a disconnect I desperately needed. Reading takes you away from life, but paperbacks go one step further.  They don’t glow or flash. They don’t send notifications. They can be set aside interminably, and … caveat … you can turn back a few pages and reread a paragraph on a dime.

There’s nothing on the screen telling me, “Five minutes left in this chapter,” or I can read the book in “two hours and twenty-one minutes.” I can read a page or a paragraph or a chapter without pressure. Without worrying about battery life. Or wifi. Or, even, electricity.

This isn’t an article telling you to ditch your reading device. Instead, it’s about words I can touch and feel and hold. It’s about finding the happiness I had as a girl, surrounded by books, before anyone knew there was an internet. The internet connects me with my work, with readers, and has given me some dear friends. These paperbacks balance my life.

Whether I ever sit and read them all is a mystery but owning them has given me back something I’d lost. In the value of a printed page is what made me an author in the first place. There’s nothing but me and the story someone took their time to create. Words that won’t vanish with the delete key or pause midway to advertise a product. 

And, in an ironic way, I owe it to the technology they help me set aside. For a while.

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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.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit or link with her on Facebook at or on Twitter at

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Author Video Interview–: Writing Tips

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by Lisa M. Prysock

Hello Grace and Faith for You family!  This interview quickly covers topics concerning beta readers, proofreaders, editors, and book covers.  I hope you will find the information useful and helpful to you on your writing and reading journey.   

I can’t stress enough about how important it is to find help by working with beta readers, proof readers, taking the time to create or purchase a professional book cover from a cover artist and finding an editor for your book(s) if you’re a writer.  These professionals and helpers become your publishing team if you’re an indie author.   

The tips I’m sharing are tremendously important keys and absolutely vital for your success as an author.  The video is less than ten minutes long.  Please brighten my day and leave me a comment and let me know if this interview helped or encouraged you.  Have a wonderful and blessed day! – Lisa

Author Biography 

Lisa M. Prysock Lisa M. Prysock is an award-winning, bestselling, Christian and inspirational author of more than 12 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 through her writing. 

She has many interests, but a few of these include gardening, cooking, sketching, arts and crafts, sewing, crochet, cross stitch, scrapbooking, reading, swimming, biking, and walking.  She loves dollhouses, cats, horses, butterflies, hats, boots, flip-flops, espadrilles, chocolate, coffee, tea, chocolate, the colors peach and purple, and everything old-fashioned.  She adopted the slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl” because of her love for classic, traditional, and old-fashioned everything.  When she isn’t writing, she can sometimes be found teaching herself piano and violin, but humorously finds the process “a bit slow and painful.”  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. 

She continues the joy and adventure of sharing her faith through 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, and family oriented.  She gives a generous portion of the proceeds to missions.    

You can find out more about this author at 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.

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Image Rich, Reality Poor: Behind the Story: Deep in the Heart

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by Staci Stallings

It’s amazing to me how different life looks if you ever bother to look at more than the outside surface of things.  In our world today we’re all so busy, and we get so caught up in doing things and getting things and having things that we forget what’s really important.  What’s really important is not how something, or more to the point–someone, looks on the outside.  It’s what’s inside that counts. 

One of the things that fascinates me about the story “Deep in the Heart” is the paradox of being image rich and reality poor–and vice versa, being image poor and reality rich. In the story, Keith Ayers is the son of a billionaire.  He literally has the world at his feet–a beautiful fiancée who is wealthy and well-connected and a father who owns half of Texas.  Okay, not half, but pretty close.  He is the definition of Image Rich. 

Then there’s Maggie Montgomery.  Poor Maggie.  I’m telling you from the first time you meet her, you will feel more than a twinge of sympathy for her.  She literally has nothing in life–two dollars in her purse and a car that’s going to break down any second.  She is in every way image poor.  In fact, she’s not even wearing her own shoes, and the shoes she is wearing don’t fit.  She is to all the world the personification of Image Poor. 

But look a little closer and you begin to see that everything is not as the images would have you believe.  For one thing, Keith’s life is a mess.  Oh, he talks a good game and looks good doing it–when he’s all citified that is.  However, when Maggie first meets him on the stairs of his father’s mansion, she doesn’t see that at all.  Why?  Because there he is image poor. 

In his dusty jeans and ripped shirt, he doesn’t look like a billionaire’s son, and because he doesn’t look that way, she trusts him enough to be real–to let him see the real her–nerves and imperfections and all.  Had he looked image rich, she would never have trusted him because she wouldn’t have felt anywhere near his league.  And that’s part of the paradox.  We treat others by how we see them, never realizing there is always so much more to the story. 

Of course, for Keith he’s really not a fan of the image rich lifestyle.  He’s seen it up-close-and-personal and he wants no part of it.  Except he can’t keep his father and everyone else from dragging him down that dark hole of being who he isn’t and how he isn’t to keep up the image until he’s come to the point that maybe he should give up what he wants and just accept the image rich persona everyone wants to put on him. 

For Maggie, she had no chance at image rich.  The truth is, she’s just struggling for survival.  However, because of that, she’s had to become Really (or Spiritually) Rich.  Oh, this doesn’t show on her clothes or her shoes or her hairstyle.  It shows only in her heart, and those wise enough to look below the image are the only ones lucky enough to see how truly rich she really is.  Of course, everyone in Keith’s circle is horrified because her image is all wrong, but Keith is slowly drawn not to the outside image but to what’s really there.  As this happens, he begins to question if it is possible for him to shed the image everyone wants him to be and go for what he really is. 

However, shedding the image and reaching for Really Rich rather than just Image Rich is not always as easy as it sounds, and Keith soon learns that becoming Really Spiritually Rich is much, much harder than it looks.  Can he break out of what the world says he should look like in order to become the man he really is meant to be?

Deep in the Heart is FREE on Amazon right now… 

Deep in the Heart

Interview With Maggie Montgomery

We at Christian Ereader News would like to welcome Maggie Montgomery.  Maggie is the new nanny for billionaire Conrad Ayers children. 

CEN:  Thanks for coming today, Maggie. 

Maggie:  Thank you for having me.  

CEN:  Tell us a little about your new job. 

Maggie:  Oh, well, my new job is great.  It is.  I look after the two children—Peter and Isabella.  And they are the sweetest little kids in the world.  Very well behaved.  Not that they really have much choice.  Everything is run on a pretty tight schedule at the Ayer mansion.  Peter has all kinds of lessons.  Of course Izzy being so young, she doesn’t have lessons yet, but I’m sure that’s just a matter of time. 

CEN: So we hear there’s a new relationship in your life?  Tell us about that. 

Maggie:  A new…? Oh.  You mean Keith.  

Well, that’s not really a relationship.  I mean, not like you mean anyway.  Not like… we’re together or anything. We’re not. Definitely not.  After all, he’s engaged to Dallas Henderson, you know, the senator’s daughter. Yeah.  And they’re getting married in June… (Maggie trails off, lost in thought).  They’re right for each other. They are. Perfect really.  I mean, Dallas is just who Keith should be with.  She’s really smart.  In fact, she’s going to be lawyer, and she has all the right connections.  She’s a nice person too.  Not that we’ve really been around each other much. I mean, I’m just the help and all. 

And Keith… Keith is Mr. Ayers’ son, with his first wife.  Not that I knew that the first time we met. (Laughs)  I thought he was the hired hand, that he just ran the stables.  And he does… he does do that.  (Drifts off again, sighs, and looks up)  But we’re just friends, and I’m sure once he’s married, we won’t even be that.  Not that I blame him.  After all, that’s how it should be. 

CEN:  What has been the biggest obstacle in your life? 

Maggie: I lost my parents when I was very young—only 8.  They were killed in a car accident.  It’s been really tough since then because I ended up in the foster care system growing up.  Although I finally got to a good home, the first few were pretty rough.  I guess that’s why I’m so passionate about kids, why I went into early childhood education, because I see how important protecting and being there for kids really is. 

CEN:  If you could have or do one thing, what would it be? 

Maggie: That’s easy.  I would do everything I could to show every child in the world how much God loves them.  Whether that would mean taking in foster kids or going into places where kids are really struggling to just get by.  I think it’s so important for them to know that God really cares about them and that He has a Plan for each one of them, even if they can’t see it right now. 

Like this job is for me.  I mean, I don’t plan on staying here forever.  At least I didn’t when I got here, but Pete and Izzy…. Well, we’ll see what God has planned, but trust me, I never saw this coming, so who knows what God has in mind for me. 

CEN:  It sounds like your faith is very important to you.  Can you tell us more about that? 

Maggie: Bouncing around in the system, I got really lucky that I had God from the start.  He helped me through so many nights of being alone and trying not to be afraid.  I would lay in bed, and I would talk to Him, in my heart, you know.  Just talk.  I’d tell Him about school and about what was going on.  Finally He brought me to Mrs. Malowinski’s house, and she taught me even more how much He loves me, how much He cares and especially how He really does have plans for me—things I can’t see or imagine.  That gives me hope, hope that all this stuff that’s happened to me is for a reason, that He’s got a Plan to use them to help others and maybe even me. 

CEN:  What was it like to lose your parents at such a young age? 

It was really hard because I didn’t have anyone else.  It was like one minute I had a family, and then all of a sudden, it was just me… well, me and God.  I guess that’s why I got so close to Him.  He was the only thing I had left, the only thing I really had to hold onto. 

CEN:  What do you like to do in your spare time? 

What spare time? (Laughs.) 

I don’t get time off very much at the Ayers’ mansion.  Not that anyone does.  Even Peter is scheduled to the hilt.  But I have gone out with Greg a couple of times. Oh, Greg is one of Keith’s friends.  Not that that makes any difference, but… 

Well, anyway, I’ve kind of learned that taking time off or doing anything outside of what’s written on Patty Ann’s schedule is a good way to get into big trouble although to be honest, I would really like to go out riding with Keith and the kids again.  Not that that will happen, of course, but it would be nice. 

CEN:  What is your biggest fear? 

That I’m going to be homeless, hungry, and alone if this job doesn’t work out, and right now, that’s looking more and more likely!  In fact, I really need to get back because Patty Ann’s just looking for a reason to fire me, and me being gone so long would be good enough for her. 

CEN:  Okay.  Well, thank you for sitting down with us today. 

Maggie:  Thanks for having me, and now I really have to get back.  God bless! 


Staci StallingsStaci Stallings, the author of this article, is a Contemporary Christian author and the founder of Grace & Faith Author Connection and Staci’s #1 Best Seller, Deep in the Heart, featuring Maggie Montgomery from the interview, is free on Amazon July 19th – 23rd  

Deep in the Heart 

 “This is more than a romance.  The author cuts straight to the heart of God–love.  God is love. Even through unexpected tragedies.  And we can overcome evil with good–by His love.”  

–Betty Anne Bantz 

Can Keith defy the most powerful men in Texas to follow his heart?   

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Deep in the HeartAbout “Deep in the Heart” 

Just out of college and completely alone in the world, Maggie Montgomery has one shot left to save her life from an abyss of poverty and hopelessness. Clinging to the last shred of fuel and hope, she arrives at the mansion of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayers. Although Maggie is clearly not what Mr. Ayers and his wife have in mind for a nanny, they agree to hire her temporarily until they can find someone more appropriate to fill the position. However, Maggie’s whole world is about to be up-ended by two way-over-scheduled children and one incredibly handsome hired hand. As she struggles to fit into a world she was never made to fit in, Maggie wonders if she can ever learn to become a perfect version of herself so she can keep the job, or is she doomed to always be searching for a life she can never quite grasp? 

Keith Ayers despises his life. As the son of Texas billionaire Conrad Ayers and the fiance to a Senator from Texas’ daughter, it looks great on the outside, but inside, he is dying. He would vastly prefer to manage and train his father’s racehorses. However, everyone else thinks that is beneath him. He needs to get into industry and build on his father’s success. Suffocating under the constrictions of his life, he meets Maggie who begins to teach him that wealth and power is not everything in this life. But can Keith defy the most powerful men in Texas to follow his heart?

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Mary Findley’s Video Blog of her new Release The Captain’s Blade

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by Mary J. Findley

Hello! I’m Mary C. Findley, author of around 30 fiction and nonfiction works in lots of genres: Historical romantic suspense, Young adult historical, contemporary suspense, Fantasy/allegorical works, and nonfiction advice about writing for indie authors and Bible students. 

Thank you for joining me on the GraceNFaith4You blog. I’m so thankful for this opportunity to tell you about an exciting new release coming soon to Findley Family Video Publications. 

The Captain’s Blade is historical romantic suspense set in the fictional world of the Realmlands. I created this world in The Baron’s Ring, and began a series I’m calling Men of the Realmlands. The Baron’s Ring was Book One, and The Captain’s Blade will be Book Two.  

Let me share a couple of reviews received by The Baron’s Ring, to set the stage for this upcoming book in the series, which should be available in ebook form within about a week.  

“I expected a trite little romance. I read a wonderful, expansive, rich telling of Truth and God’s blessing.” “A beautiful tale of faith with characters of integrity and self-sacrifice.” “An age of castles, soldiers, horses and wagons. It is written in a clean, refreshing manner.”  

The Baron’s Ring tells the story of a lost prince, Tristan, stranded for five years in a foreign village full of misery and poverty. He makes a difference there, working for his living, defeating a human trafficker, and all the while praying God will send him home to rescue his own land from his drunken, ignorant brother. But the handsome prince pays a terrible price to rescue the damsel in distress. And he’ll pay even more to save his kingdom. 

The Captain’s Blade takes up the same tale after Tristan’s disappearance from his home country. His best friend Jonathan has no hope that Tristan survived an attack at the hands of his half-mad brother, the newly-crowned king Dunstan. Jonathan has responsibilities beyond Captain of the Guard, however, when he sails on a quest to fulfil Tristan’s long-held wish: To build a navy to protect their country from pirates.  

Complications arise with that plan when Jonathan encounters an island kingdom in the grip of devilish wickedness and an exotic woman mercenary who demands information but keeps her own quest a secret. Another beautiful stranger claims she is a shipbuilder in a land where women are mere slaves and marriage chattel. The creation of that marvelous navy of three ships costs Jonathan pain and turmoil he can hardly imagine. The shipbuilder vanishes and Jonathan is nearly killed, but the warrior woman and her six soldiers for hire rescue him and beg passage home with him.  

Distrust of everything in that violent land makes him refuse her, but Jonathan will find more trouble and distress back home even amid the joy of discovering his lost friend is alive. What will happen when Jonathan sees again the beautiful mercenary his mother calls “his warrior woman?” His navy will eventually return to the country where it was born, but will it be for a rescue or a war? Jonathan thinks he is prepared for spiritual warfare but he has no inkling of the grip demons have on the island kingdom of Kolt’Kutan. 

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Faith’s Checkbook: Word to Him Who Halts

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“I will save her that halteth”   (Zephaniah 3:19).

There are plenty of these lame ones, both male and female. You may meet “her that halteth” twenty times in an hour. They are in the right road and exceedingly anxious to run in it with diligence, but they are lame and make a sorry walk of it. On the heavenly road there are many cripples. It may be that they say in their hearts — What will become of us? Sin will overtake us; Satan will throw us down. Ready-to-halt is our name and our nature; the LORD can never make good soldiers of us, nor even nimble messengers to go on His errands. Well, well! He will save us, and that is no small thing. He says, “I will save her that halteth.” In saving us He will greatly glorify Himself. Everybody will ask — How came this lame woman to run the race and win the crown? And then the praise will all be given to almighty grace.

LORD, though I halt in faith, in prayer, in praise, in service, and in patience, save me, I beseech Thee! Only Thou canst save such a cripple as I am. LORD, let me not perish because I am among the hindmost, but gather up by Thy grace the slowest of Thy pilgrims — even me. Behold He hath said it shall be so, and therefore, like Jacob, prevailing in prayer, I go forward though my sinew be shrunk.

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Implicit Trust

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in Me, saith the LORD”   (Jeremiah 39:18).

Behold the protecting power of trust in God. The great men of Jerusalem fell by the sword, but poor Ebed-melech was secure, for his confidence was in Jehovah. Where else should a man trust but in his Maker? We are foolish when we prefer the creature to the Creator. Oh, that we could in all things live by faith, then should we be delivered in all time of danger! No one ever did trust in the LORD in vain, and no one ever shall.

The LORD saith, “I will surely deliver thee,” Mark the divine “surely.” Whatever else may be uncertain, God’s care of believers is sure. God Himself is the guardian of the gracious, Under His sacred wing there is safety even when every danger is abroad. Can we accept this promise as sure? Then in our present emergency we shall find that it stands fast. We hope to be delivered because we have friends, or because we are prudent, or because we can see hopeful signs; but none of these things are one-half so good as God’s simple “because thou hast put thy trust in me.” Dear reader, try this way, and, trying it, you will keep to it all your life. It is as sweet as it is sure.

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New Release – God: Accused or Excused

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by Tina Webb

My husband finished the second book of The God On Trial series entitled God: Accused or Excused. The series discusses whether God is responsible for everything bad that happens. 

As Christians, we can believe that God is distant, mean or arbitrary. We face situations that don’t make sense in light of the verse: God is love. God’s love is hard to see when the bills are unpaid or when relationships are in turmoil. God: Accused or Excused  discusses how we blame God for everything bad that happens because we have a belief that He is in control. However, is our view of control different that the way God functions? Yes.

When it comes to defining control, let’s ask ourselves if we truly believe God can prevent school shootings, war, drug abuse, disease, and famine. Christian doctrine uses the term sovereign to describe God’s hand in the affairs of mankind. Omnipresence suggests that God hovers over schools and homes, discerning the intents of a murderous heart ready to go on a shooting spree However, an improper understanding of God’s sovereignty can lead to viewing God as able to control the thoughts and actions of every human being and even nature itself; therefore, when we face hardship, we blame God. Even insurance companies allow for “acts of God”.

When a child dies or a stable job situation disintegrates, we usually harbor a subconscious level of anger towards God although our religious conditioning would have us deny it. We mull over the reasons he could possibly put us in this bad situation. Does he want to teach us a lesson? Did we sin?

Instead of blaming God for our personal hardships and tragedies, I invite you to study the scriptures that Doug presents in this book. There are reasons for our tragedies that go beyond the natural eye and the reasons are outside of God’s control.

In other words, evil is real.

“You were the anointed cherubYou were perfect in your ways from the day you were created, Till iniquity was found in you. (Ezekiel 28:14-15 NKJV)

Iniquity preceded Adam and Eve’s existence. Usually referred to as sin, iniquity brought chaos to the heavenly angelic realm and devastation to our planet. A sin-affected Earth was never our Creator’s intention.  Abba’s Lament is my fictional account of Ezekiel 28 for readers who enjoy reading fantasy novels.

I believe God is whispering to us: “I set up natural and supernatural laws. If I broke them, I’d be a lawbreaker. I released control of the Earth to mankind. The first man had the authority to permit or forbid but he bowed to evil. So I had to find a way through mankind to destroy evil. Mankind would have to put the devil in his place. I’m waiting for my followers to receive the fullness of the Cross, which defeated evil. My human representatives are My hands and feet to heal and restore.” (Genesis 1-3, Psalm 115:16, Romans 8:18-22)

When it came to premature death, Jesus resurrected all who came to him. When it came to civil systems, Jesus highlighted the corruption so that his followers would understand that nothing will change unless a person’s heart is changed. Your irritating co-workers need a heart change. The spouse who left you needs a heart change. The murderous teen who was bullied needs a heart healed by a revelation of Jesus Christ. When it comes to heftier tragedies like premature death or famine, our ability to function in Jesus Christ’s level of faith is key. Six loaves of bread can feed thousands. Diseases can be cured. Miracles are supposed to happen daily. (Mark 6: 33-44, Luke 8:40-56)

Blaming God is understandable when we don’t have all the facts. But understanding God’s heart and intents takes him off the hook and propels us into living a life where we function as God’s hands and feet to heal and restore.

Doug’s website, myFather’scrown, reveals the greatness of God’s love as a father. “We all are born with a father, but some of us never know them. They can just be a name on a birth certificate. I want to teach people how to know God, not just memorize facts about him.” Doug’s first book, “I Was Framed, Signed, God”, has been well received and the sequel, God: Accused or Excused was released March 18, 2018. 



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