Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPhil. 3:13-14 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.

We need to be honest with ourselves. We need to admit that we are not yet all that we should be in Christ. No one has reached the point where he cannot be a better person in Christ. The Lord is never done with us. We will never be finished projects while on earth.

Instead of focusing on who we might already be in Christ, we should focus on becoming more like Christ. It doesn’t matter how far we have come; it only matters how far we are yet going. We slow up our progress when we dwell on our past growth. All of our energies need to be put into reaching our goal, which is to finish well the race of life in Christ. Our goal should always be to be more holy today than we were yesterday. We should always put our best efforts into being faithful and true to our calling in Christ. We will be rewarded for our faithfulness, not our past achievements.

The more we let go of our past, the less trouble we will have moving forward. Whatever was in your past needs to stay there. Christ forgives us for our past and it is wiped from the memory of God. We would be wise to do the same. We are not who we were; we are who we are in Christ. Let us keep our eyes focused on our future in Christ and do our very best to become all that we can be in Christ.

We should take an honest look at ourselves and identify those areas where we need to continue to grow. We all have them. Ask the Lord to help you work on them. You can grow and become a better child of faith if you will let the Lord help you.

It takes all the effort we can muster to stay true to Christ and grow in Him. Let us not slack off but work hard so that we will be ready when the Lord comes to call us home.

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About the Author:

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

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper 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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New Book Release: The Cure: A Michigan Sweet Romance

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by Parker J. Cole

The Cure

Blurb: 

Savannah Woods vows to never again have anything to do with Micah Reddington after he ruins her best friend’s career. Yet, when Savannah’s niece is injured in a serious accident, the one man she can’t trust is the one she needs.

Micah can barely contain his satisfaction when he sees Savannah’s message pleading for him to come to her side. Her disloyalty nearly cost his career and he’ll never forgive her for leaving him at the lowest point in his life.

Despite her efforts to remain aloof, Savannah keeps seeing glimpses of the Micah she once loved behind his cool exterior. Micah fights an ongoing battle to not succumb to the sweetness of the woman he once cared for beyond anything else. But Savannah and Micah’s hearts remain sick with the pangs of betrayal. What, if anything, is the cure?

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“Yes, Dr. Yamaguchi? How is she? Is she going to be all right?”

The doctor’s kind brown eyes landed on her. “So far, her condition is stable.  She’s still sleeping right now.  But we’re not out of the woods yet.”  She extended a hand to a nearby waiting room seat. “I don’t want to unnecessarily upset you but you need to know exactly what we’re dealing with. Do you want to sit down?”

“No, please just tell me what’s going on. Can I see her?”

Dr. Yamaguchi nodded. “You can see her, but only for a few minutes. We’ll be observing her for the next thirty-six hours.”

Savannah’s legs threatened to buckle. “What do you mean?”

As the doctor detailed the extent of the damage done to Liliana’s body from the fire, she thought she might collapse.  It was almost too much to bear.

God, give me strength.

When the doctor finished, Savannah asked quietly, “Can I see her now?”

“Of course.” The doctor grabbed her limp hand. “Don’t let what you see in there discourage you. Liliana’s a fighter. And you need to fight with her, too.” The woman squeezed her hand as if trying to infuse her with strength.

Leaving her friends behind, Savannah walked the path alone to Liliana’s room, trepidation tap dancing along her spine. The pristine white floors and colorful walls made the journey there seem like a psychedelic trip.  Uniformed hospital staff passed her by, the figures fuzzy and nondescript to her unseeing eyes.

When she arrived at the room, the sight of her niece made Savannah almost fall to her knees. This couldn’t be her beautiful, fun-loving Snuffy. It couldn’t be.

Machines hummed next to the tiny frail body lying in the hospital bed. Snake-like plastic tubes were taped to her nose and mouth. Bandages covered a good portion of her body from her shoulder to legs.  The little girl’s chest moved shallowly.

“Snuffy,” Savannah moaned, her legs so weak she barely made it to the side of the bed before crumpling in the chair the nearby nurse had pushed toward her.  She wanted to reach out and touch the girl, but the doctor had warned against any contact for the next few days.  She could only stare.

“Oh, dear God,” she cried out. This time, nothing held back her tears. A dam had cracked inside of her and she submitted to its torrential power.  The nurse thrust a box of tissues into her hand. She spent the next while crying and sniffling, wishing this was all a dream she could wake up from.

When the outburst had run itself dry, Savannah wiped her eyes and nose for the last time and stuffed the used tissues in the garbage can by the bed.

At least she wasn’t alone. Everyone who loved Liliana would work together to help her niece get through this.

Except for one person.

Savannah jolted. Why now? Why would she suddenly start thinking about him?

Fiona and Bart would want him to know. 

A strange calm came over her. Savannah couldn’t deny the truth of those words. She’d avoided a name she hadn’t uttered in voice or thought for three years. If she could have, she would have gone for the rest of her life without having to speak his name ever again.

But circumstances had gone beyond her pride. It had come to this. Just as he had predicted.

Micah Reddington.

A bevy of memories tried to break through the mental brick wall she had placed around them.  She closed her eyes to suppress those tattered recollections of days gone by. Yet, snatches of them still made their way through, glowing like spots of light through the cracks. His long blonde hair often turned to gold when the sunlight cascaded over it.  She recalled the flash of his smile, his teeth white and even above the cleft in his chin.  Those freckles splattered across the bridge of his nose gave him a boyish look that always disarmed her in the past.

No, she didn’t want to go there. Yet, she had no choice.

Savannah pulled her phone from her pocket. She’d erased his name from her contact list but his number was embedded in her head right next to the alphabet.  She typed it in, added her message, and sent it. A life-altering event, and it took less than ten seconds to execute.

She leaned her head back along the rim of the chair and accepted the inevitable. She needed the man who hated her most in the world.

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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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Accomplishments for 2016

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by All Of You 🙂

Here are all of our accomplishments for 2016. I must say these are a HUGE amount that we all have accomplished over the past year. The Lord has enabled us to accomplish them to get His word out through the talent He has given each of us. Congratulations! Click on the authors image to see their Amazon page to see all the books and ebooks they have written.

Lisa PrysockWriter of Christian & Inspirational Fiction Historical Romance

Lisa M. Prysock

Author of –:
To Find a Duchess, Inspirational Regency Romance Novel

‘The Victorian Christian Heritage Series’–:
Hannah’s Garden: a Turn of the Century Love Story, Volume I
Abigail’s Melody, Volume II

‘The Lydia Collection’–:
The Redemption of Lady Georgiana, Volume I
Protecting Miss Jenna, Volume II
Persecution & Providence, Volume III

Arise Warrior Princess, devotional

A generous portion of Lisa’s book proceeds donated to missions!

Official Author Web site:
www.LisaPrysock.com

Connect with Lisa on these social platforms:
https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock/
https://twitter.com/LPrysock (@LPrysock)

Email: RandLPrysock@aol.com

Lisa’s books are generally available at Amazon, BarnesandNoble.com, Smashwords, Kobo, Apple iBooks and other retailers.

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Suzanne D. WilliamsSuzanne D. Williams, www.feelgoodromance.com, released 17 novels or novellas in 2016. Of these, four were the completions to long-running series, SUPERHUMAN, FABULOUS, ANGST, and CYBORG-ROMANCE. It brought great satisfaction to pen the last words in each of these series. Within those seventeen, she also released two books that drew two other series to within one book of being ended and she looks forward to completing them in 2017. She wrote 2 Christmas-themed novellas within two months’ time. In addition, she re-released a book under a new pen name, JOSEPHINE MCCUTCHEON, and 4 novellas under a separate general fiction penname. She also put three of her older romantic suspense novellas into a set. 

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Cynthia T. ToneyI signed a contract with my publisher, Write Integrity Press, for a coming-of-age historical, The Other Side of Freedom. The story is set in the 1920s and has a boy protagonist. It is scheduled to release in August, 2017.
The other accomplishment is the recent release of 6 Dates to Disaster, the third book of the Bird Face series, which you already know about.
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Sherry ChambleeThis year I managed to write and publish a Mennonite story in a collection with 5 other authors. This was my first attempt at Mennonite fiction, and I found I liked writing it very much.

I also was accepted to join a team of lady bloggers over at Candidly Christian. I’m very excited about this new venture.
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Ruth OneilAs far as for the accomplishments this year…well, let’s hope 2017 has a little less “excitement.” I was able to finally finish an advent devotional that came out the end of November. This is a devotional for families with children that includes stories, songs, and activities to keep Christmas going all year long.
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Jim HughesAs far as having anything published is concerned, nothing.  I have read through the Word seven times this year, post daily devotionals on line, and I am in the process of trying to organize all my marriage tweets that I have posted over the years into some kind of a manuscript.  There are thousands of them, so it is taking me quite awhile.
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Heather HartPublished The Sell More Books 30-Day Challenge Workbook

Took over as the ministry director of FindYourTrueBeauty.com

Founded CandidlyChristian.com, and online ministry for Christian women powered by a group of bloggers.

Published Mirror Mirror… Am I Beautiful?

Signed a publishing agreement with a co-author for the third volume in my Teen Devotionals… for Girls Series.

I got exclusive rights to all the current books in the Teen Devotionals… for Girls Series and had them re-edited.

Received over a dozen submissions for a new anthology project for Christian women.

And agreed to work with a co-author on two new books for authors that should be released in 2017.

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I wrote

B. J. RobinsonAzalea Plantation,

Cord of Three:

Perfect Love, and

When the Snow Comes

this year

 

 

 

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Valerie ComerI’m so thankful for God’s blessings this year, especially for a year of better health after a rocky 2015. With His strength, I was able to write five novels and a novella in 2016. Participating in NaNoWriMo helped finish the year strong, even though I had to be a NaNo Rebel by working on two projects instead of one. I published four novels, republished one, and released three books in audio. One of my novels won the Canadian Word Award for contemporary fiction, and a box set I participated in became a USA Today bestseller! All thanks to Jesus.

 

 

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Russell Sherrard

Russell SherrardI wrote three Bible Study books in my Journey Through the Bible Series which makes 4 in the series:

Exodus: The Departure From Egypt http://amzn.to/1UhCKXN

Leviticus: Keep My Decrees and Follow Them http://amzn.to/2ha9Lvw

Matthew: Jesus, the Fulfillment of the Old Testament http://amzn.to/1Y35v18

I continued to administer two blogs for a fellow author Grace and Faith 4 You http://graceandfaith4u.com/ and CrossReads http://crossreads.com/

I managed the CrossReads Newsletter

I continue to manage the social media campaign on Twitter for another author and Christian Book Finds  http://christianfictionebooks.blogspot.com/

I started Author Support Services that does freelance jobs for fellow authors.

Joined Christian Home Business Association which helps me promote my various home business ventures.

 

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C J PetersonThe measure of success for many can be done different ways. Last year I published four books. It was a crazy year. This year, God had a different plan. While I did get DIVINE LEGACY published, the rest of the year was scary. My husband had back surgery, and once he recovered, we had an F2 tornado hit our town. And then once that was cleaned up, my body decided to go septic in August.

It’s been a long, hard road, but with the prayers and words of encouragement, I am back on my feet, and recovering at home. I was in the hospital for an entire month, starting in critical care, and then ICU, until I was finally placed in a regular room and then released. Thankfully, the Lord gave me a husband who was a former physician’s assistant in the Navy, and he recognized what was going on. Then, my close friends started a Facebook group that grew to a large amount of people praying for me. The prayers and words of encouragement helped me on those days I wanted to quit. I’m certain without God’s grace and mercy, I wouldn’t be where I am today, working on book two of the DIVINE LEGACY SERIES!

Stay tuned to see what 2017 brings!

C.J. Peterson

http://www.cjpetersonwrites.com

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Not Life Like His

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by Suzanne D. Williams

Jesus Christ in the Ancient Aramaic language is EashoaMsheekha: The Anointed Life-Giver.

They discounted Him, a baby born in a manager, though angels sang His praises, shepherds worshiped at his feet, and wise men traveled from afar. (Lk 2:7,13;Mt 2:1)

They were dismayed by Him, a youth found in the temple inquiring after His Father’s business. (Lk 2:49) Didn’t they know that’s where He’d be?

They denied Him, saying, “He’s John the Baptist, Elias, or one of the prophets. Not God. He couldn’t be.” (Mk 8:28)

They destroyed Him, hung Him on the cross to die like a thief and a robber, when all He’d done was love the lost and heal the forsaken. (Mt 26:55)

Then they diminished Him, rolled a stone over the tomb, posted a guard and said, “See there? Get out of this one.” (Mt 27:60)

A dare. But they didn’t know He wasn’t finished yet. He had more work to do. After all, He was The Anointed Life-Giver.

He’d been that all along – the Holy Spirit descended on Him like a dove and a voice from heaven declared it. “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.” (Mt 3:17) And again on the mountain, “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.” (Mt 17:5) 

Hear Him because He’s the Life-Giver. Do you get that? Do you?

He’s there walking on earth, healing the sick, the blind, and the lame because all that was in Him is life. He’s casting out devils because all that is in Him is life. He’s raising the dead because all that is in Him is life. The woman touched His garment and received because all He had to give is life. Jairus’ daughter opened her eyes because He’s so full of life. (Mt 9:20;Mt 5:42)

“Just ask,” He said, “and I’ll give you life. Believe, and I’ll give you life. Pray, and I’ll give you life. Share and I’ll give others life, too.” Life for whosoever, whensoever, wheresoever. No exemptions. No exclusions. No exceptions.

Yet discounted, denied, and dismissed, He did the only thing One with so much life could do, He delivered them. He traded His life for their death! (Php 2:8) When life was all He’d known, life was all He’d had, life was all He’d experienced, and all the while the people hissed and booed and cast him aside. “I don’t know him. I haven’t been with him. Crucify him.”

Crucify the Life-Giver.

But see, there’s the thing. Life as we know it is fragile. Things die and we mourn. But not life like His, that kind of life you can’t set aside, put away, or lock up. That kind of life you can’t send into hell and expect things to stay the same because that kind of life has to do something, change something, create something.

That’s the life that forms land, and skies and seas. (Ge 1:1) That’s life that makes man in its own image. (Ge 1:26) That’s life that is so bright, so marvelous, so wonderful you can’t stand in it, can’t contain it, can’t suppress it. That’s life abundant, exceeding, and overflowing. (Eph 3:20)

They had it all wrong. Because in killing the Life-Giver they released the very life they tried to desist into the heart of any man who raises his voice to receive it. Any man from that day across the ages of time to this who with fingers outstretched decides to pull on that life until The Anointed Life-Giver returns.

Because He’s coming. He’s coming. Do you hear me? THE ANOINTED LIFE-GIVER IS COMING. You can’t stop life like that. Man already tried. And failed.

And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and The Anointed Life-Giver, whom thou hast sent.  (John 17:3 KJV, my paraphrase)

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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 http://www.feelgoodromance.com or link with her on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SDWAuthor.

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Toward the New Year 2017

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by Staci Stallings

It may be that I’m getting older. It may be that my middle daughter is a senior and so this past year has gone particularly fast. I’m not sure exactly what to attribute it to, but 2016 seems to have passed in less than a blink.

Weeks seem like days. Months seem like weeks. Weren’t we just getting the VBS stuff down from the attic? And that was six months ago. How is the Christmas tree back up and the lights in the yard?  When did I get the Christmas cards sent out, the presents bought and wrapped, the groceries purchased?

And now it’s all over.

Time to think about New Years and black-eyed peas, resolutions, and a new school semester. Before long, it will be Valentine’s Day and then March, Easter, and before we know it, graduation.

For many years I chose a word for the new year—faith, joy, hope, love. This year I’m choosing CREATE, but I know already I will have to make it a point to do that because in a blink, we’ll be facing 2018, and it will be time to choose a new word.

The strangest thing about 2016 is looking back how many wonderful things happened that I did not plan to do.  Books that were written, memories made, moments I wouldn’t trade for the world.

And as I “plan” for 2017, my thoughts go to what books will be written that I don’t even know about right now, what memories will be made, what moments I wouldn’t trade for anything.

I can’t say that this year I’m excited about the new year. Honestly, it feels like we just did this a couple of weeks ago. But it’s coming just the same.

So whatever “mode” you are in facing this year whether it is with excitement about a fresh start or moving through the pain 2016 brought, my prayer for you is that 2017 will be one of peace, joy, and love for you and yours…. Oh, and a little creativity as well!

Happy New Year, everyone!

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About the Author:

Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading.

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Gems From Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 121:5-8 The LORD himself watches over you! The LORD stands beside you as your protective shield. The sun will not hurt you by day; nor the moon at night. The LORD keeps you from all evil and preserves your life. The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.

What I want us to think about today is that it is the LORD who watches over us and does what He does for us. Stop and consider who He is. He is Lord. What do we mean when we call Him, Lord? He is absolute ruler and controller of life. There is no power or authority equal to Him. He is the beginning and end of all things. He has the right to determine life and how it is lived. He alone is able to control and alter that which He has created. He alone is worthy to be called Lord.

Now, go back and reread the verses for today. It is the LORD who watches over you. Isn’t that great news?!! He doesn’t miss a thing in His gaze. He knows at all times where you are at. The LORD stands as your protective shield. Satan cannot get to you!! You are absolutely safe when you are under His care. No one, nothing, can harm you when the Lord is protecting you.

The LORD keeps you from all evil and preserves your life. He keeps you from ALL evil. Isn’t that a marvelous truth? The Lord will not let evil overtake you as long as you stay under His care. No matter what kind of sin it may be, the Lord can, and wants to, protect you from it. His intent is to keep you free from sin and to preserve your life for eternity.

Now, this wonderful truth requires our cooperation. We must let the Lord watch over us and protect us. We must not strike out on our own. We must abide in Him always. We must work with Him to keep us holy.

The LORD keeps watch over you as you come and go, which reminds me that I am never alone. He is always keeping His eyes on us. He is always aware of our needs and is ever ready to meet them. He is with me each step I take. He is my Lord, my Emmanuel!

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About the Author:

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

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper 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.

This site contains Third Party Advertising, using online behavioral tracking technology. Some of the links in the post above are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, we only recommend products or services we believe will add value to our readers.

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God Only, You Can Trust

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Peter answered and said unto him, Though all men shall be offended because of thee, yet will I never be offended. (Matthew 26:33)

“Why,” cries one, “this is no promise of God.” Just so, but it was a promise of man, and therefore it came to nothing. Peter thought that he was saying what he should assuredly carry out; but a promise which has no better foundation than a human resolve will fall to the ground. No sooner did temptations arise than Peter denied his Master and used oaths to confirm his denial.

What is man’s word? An earthen pot broken with a stroke. What is your own resolve? A blossom, which, with God’s care, may come to fruit, but which, left to itself, will fall to the ground with the first wind that moves the bough.

On man’s word hang only what it will bear.

On thine own resolve depend not at all.

On the promise of thy God hang time and eternity, this world and the next, thine all and the all of all thy beloved ones.

This volume is a checkbook for believers, and this page is meant as a warning as to what bank they draw upon and whose signature they accept. Rely upon Jesus without limit. Trust not thyself nor any born of woman, beyond due bounds; but trust thou only and wholly in the Lord.

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What Is Your Favorite Christmas Music?

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by Rebekah Beene

Favorite Christmas songs fill the air everywhere we go these days. This morning one old hymn comes to my mind “Come Thou Long Expected Jesus, Come to Set the Captives Free”. The first verse goes on to say “from our fears and sins release us, let us find our rest in thee.  Israel’s strength and consolation, 
hope of all the earth thou art; dear desire of every nation, joy of every longing heart.”
 
 
We must admit there are longings in our hearts. We know don’t we? There are things that haven’t worked out quite right. Whether it’s the lights strung crookedly on the tree to heartaches too deep to mention, we all have our longings.  We want to be happy and free and yet life can be quite the struggle, especially at Christmas.  
 
What do we do? Where do we go? How do we live? Who will help us? 
 
Oh beloved, this morning Christ has come – your long expected Jesus! He has come to release you from your fears and sins, but there’s more. He has come so that you can find your rest in Him. He alone is your strength and consolation – He alone is your hope. He fulfills your desires and gives you joy even in the longing. He is Great and greatly to be praised! He is all you will ever need and nothing else will ever satisfy you like He does. 
 
As you prepare the festive season and you look forward a few days to the Christmas Holy Day, listen to the Words of that song and listen to the Words of your Savior. He says to you today “I have come that you may have life – and that more abundantly!”   
 
God loves you and He is for you!  He is for you! As you look to Him your face will truly grow radiant and all around you will grow dim as you live in the Light of His Wonderful Face! 
 
Psalm 145:16 When You open Your hand You satisfy the hunger and thirst of every living thing. 
 
John 10:10 …I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance [to the full, till it overflows]. 
 
Psalm 22:26 The afflicted will eat and be satisfied; Those who [diligently] seek Him and require Him [as their greatest need] will praise the Lord.  May your hearts live forever! 
 
Luke 4:17-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me (the Messiah), Because He has anointed Me to preach the good news to the poor. He has sent Me to announce release (pardon, forgiveness) to the captives, And recovery of sight to the blind, To set free those who are oppressed (downtrodden, bruised, crushed by tragedy), to proclaim the favorable year of the Lord [the day when salvation and the favor of God abound greatly].”

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
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A Name Above Every Name

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by Lynn Mosher

Prophecies went out about One Who would come

“Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel.” (Is. 7:14 NKJV)

And the prophecies were fulfilled…

Secreted behind the veil of eternity, the Word existed, and in the fullness of time, God ripped that curtain from the heavenly top to the earthly bottom to fully reveal His Son.

“And (Mary) brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling clothes, and laid Him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.” (Luke 2:7 KJV)

When Jesus came to earth, He threw off His robe of celestial royalty and dressed Himself in a tiny, pink suit of humanity, and from the birth-manger to the death-tomb, “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” (John 1:14 NKJV)

Jesus. The Word of God. Immanuel. Wonderful. Counselor. Mighty God. Everlasting Father. Prince of Peace. A Name above every name. 
No matter which name you use, calling on the Son of God has…

*averted disasters

*shut the gates of hell

*turned away tornadoes

*given sight to the blind

*given hearing to the deaf

*opened the portals of heaven

*brought salvation to lost souls

*given the lame the ability to walk

*delivered those oppressed by demons

*saved the lives of those in car wrecks

*healed limbs, ears, eyes, and other diseases

*and even brought some back from death’s grip.

Dependence on that Name for every detail of life is essential.
When the guards escorted Jesus to confront Pilate to be tried, Pilate said, “What then am I to do with Jesus?” (Matt. 27:22 Phillips) Peter said, “There is salvation in no one else! There is no other name in all of heaven for people to call on to save them.” (Acts 4:12 NLT)

Paul said of Jesus, “God raised Him up to the heights of heaven and gave Him a name which is above every other name, that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue shall confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Phil. 2:9-11 TLB) Amen!

What do you do with this Jesus, this Name above all names? Do you call on that Name? Do you totally depend on that Name? Do you live a lifestyle that upholds that Precious and Wonderful Name? 

Maybe your soul is suffering this year. Maybe you have lost a loved one. Maybe divorce has ripped your family apart. Maybe your best friend has deserted you. Maybe your child is out of a job or has gotten into trouble. Maybe foreclosure is knocking at your door.

Maybe you really aren’t suffering any dire circumstances right now. Maybe you are just rushed and busy.

I pray that whatever is going on in your life, you will take time to bring honor to that precious Name. May you celebrate this season because of His Name.

Lynn MosherBio:

At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website http://lynnmosher.com

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 121:1-2 I look up to the mountains—does my help come from there? My help comes from the LORD, who made the heavens and the earth!

If there is but one truth that we must get, it is this. Our help comes from the Lord. No one can help us with our most basic needs of life except the Lord. Only the Lord can peel away those things that don’t really matter and get to the core of our needs. There is nothing that you will find in this world that helps you in a way that really matters. Our most basic need is a right relationship with God. If we don’t get that right, nothing else really matters. We come into the world with absolutely nothing and we will leave the same way. If we don’t have the Lord, we have nothing.

You may look everywhere in life for help, but if you don’t look to the Lord, you will be bitterly disappointed by what you find. Only the Lord has the wisdom and ability to help you find your way to heaven. Before you start looking for help with whatever need you may have, first look to the Lord. His help is sufficient for your every need.

There are many gifted and very wise people in the world whom we have learned they are trustworthy and deserving of our respect. They may have great understanding and love the Lord deeply. Yet, we must never rely upon them in place of the Lord. We must never think that their wisdom and counsel are the final say. Only the Lord knows all things and has all understanding. Only the Lord can be counted on to always give us the best advice and guidance. Only the Lord will never fail us.

The Lord will never let you down or disappoint you if you will but trust Him to help you. He made the heavens and the earth and is more than capable of helping you. Study the Scriptures diligently and you will find the help you need. Will you let Him help you today?

C Through Marriage

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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 chaper 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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