Faith’s Checkbook: God’s Promise Keeps

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days”   (Ecclesiastes 11:1).

We must not expect to see an immediate reward for all the good we do; nor must we always confine our efforts to places and persons which seem likely to yield us a recompense for our labors. The Egyptian casts his seed upon the waters of the Nile, where it might seem a sheer waste of corn. But in due time the flood subsides, the rice or other grain sinks into the fertile mud, and rapidly a harvest is produced. Let us today do good to the unthankful and the evil. Let us teach the careless and the obstinate. Unlikely waters may cover hopeful soil. Nowhere shall our labor be in vain in the LORD.

It is ours to cast our bread upon the waters; it remains with God to fulfill the promise “Thou shalt find it.” He will not let His promise fail. His good word which we have spoken shall live, shall be found, shall be found by us, Perhaps not just yet, but some day we shall reap what we have sown. We must exercise our patience, or perhaps the LORD may exercise it. “After many days,” says the Scripture, and in many instances those days run into months and years, and yet the Word stands true. God’s promise will keep; let us mind that we keep the precept and keep it this day.

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Falling in Love With Silverpines

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by Parker J. Cole

The men and women of Silverpines continue to amaze me. In the next two installments of this series, we are taken into the mind of two women, both with different challenges against but through it all, their strength of character shines through. 

Readers have fallen in love with Silverpines because these stories continue to show how disaster is not the end but the beginning of new hope and life if you let it. 

Find out why readers are falling in love with Silverpines. Pick up these books below on your kindle today. 

 Wanted: Medicine Man

Wanted: Medicine Man by Christine Sterling 

 Hattie Richards has two strikes against her: she is half Native American and a woman. Even with her education as a physician, the town of Silverpines doesn’t see her as more than a healer. Her exotic looks, and kind heart capture the attention of many men and the irritation of many women. When a disaster strikes, Hattie aids the very people who rejected her skills. Needing help, she sends a telegram to her alma mater back East asking for a resident physician. 

Dr. Robert Childs has always wanted a practice of his own. When a position for a town doc opens in Silverpines, Robert knew this was his opportunity to move West and start anew. The only condition? He must come as a mail-order groom. If that isn’t bad enough, his intended wife has no idea of his existence.

Hattie is grateful for the help he provides caring for the many wounded. As they work together, Hattie finds herself falling in love with the gentle doctor. He is caring, attentive and seems at ease working with Hattie and her more natural remedies. However, she isn’t the intended bride! 

When the real resident physician arrives, Dr. Childs realizes he may have arrived under false pretenses. Can these two people open their hearts to true love and heal more than just the people of Silverpines? 

Wanted: Innkeeper

Wanted: Innkeeper by Marianne Spitzer 

Ella Grace Mulvaney, a twenty-two-year-old orphan, lives in the Howard House Orphanage for Girls in Silverpines, Oregon. Along with her eight “sisters,” she has been well educated in decorum, all aspects of taking care of a home, and every subject her spinster guardians deem necessary to survive in a man’s world. When tragedy strikes, Ella Grace is left in charge of the local Inn. Trying to save it from being sold to disinterested East coast buyers, she decides to send for a mail-order husband who would also purchase the Inn.

Michael Karson, tired of running the family hotel in Wisconsin, desires to head West and answers Ella Grace’s ad in the Grooms Gazette. He likes the idea of purchasing an Inn far from home but isn’t sure about marrying someone sight unseen. Surely, just answering the ad isn’t a commitment and buying the Inn doesn’t mean marrying the girl. 

Will love draw these two young people together or will a love-struck, dangerous miner, Michael’s tyrannical father, and a rifle-toting spinster guardian keep them apart?

About the Author:

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

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 21:21 Whoever pursues godliness and unfailing love will find life, godliness, and honor.

To pursue is to make a commitment to it. We must commit ourselves to obtaining godliness and unfailing love if we want to find life. Life spoken of here is eternal life; it is life with God. Neither godliness or unfailing love are easy to obtain. We must constantly be striving to obtain them.

Godliness is living life consistent with God’s life. It is being holy in deed and conversation. It is having pure motives in what we do. It is not compromising the integrity of our heart for the sake of convenience, popularity, or acceptance by man.

Unfailing love is not possible unless we are firmly connected to God who is love. It is a heart full of kindness, gentleness and compassion. It is unconditional acceptance of others regardless of where they may be in their lives with the desire to help them become the child of God they need to be. Unfailing love does not fluctuate with circumstances. It is something we must intentionally strive to live every day.

The promise of God is that whoever strives to live a godly life full of unfailing love will find life. There is no greater life than one lived connected to God. There is no lasting peace or joy in any other way to live. A life lived connected to God is pleasing to Him and honored by Him. God will never abandon those who are His. He will never listen to Satan’s accusations about them. He will always defend them and pour out His blessings upon their souls.

If you are pursuing any other thing in life, you need to wake up your soul while you can. There is nothing in life worth pursuing other than a heart right with God. Chasing after anything else will pull you away from God. If you persist in pursuing other things rather than God you may get far enough away from Him that you can’t find your way to Him. Pursue godliness and unfailing love and you will find what you are looking for to satisfy your soul.

Before and After the Honeymoon

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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 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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There Are No Words For That

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by Suzanne D. Williams

What can I say that hasn’t been said? That the voices of thousands of fallen soldiers don’t already speak from the grave. That I can’t describe with lines of flag-draped coffins, secured in the back of military aircraft. That I can’t read about on the headstones of Private First Class John Smith or Airman First Class Jane Doe. That I can’t count in the paced footsteps of guards, through rain and snow and summer heat in front of the Unknown Soldier’s tomb.

My words are but pale imitations of the real thing. Of a kid sent to Vietnam, age nineteen, trembling in his boots. Of a mom, finding out he won’t come home and clinging to an old baseball trophy. Of a dad, trying stoically not to cry, but be strong when his heart is breaking. Of a wife, with two kids, who look like their father, but won’t know or barely remember him twenty years from now.

The best thing I could say is, in fact, to say nothing at all. To, instead, show respect in my actions. To live each day with my priorities straight, knowing that nothing I can do will ever compare to that. To hold my chin up when the storms of life beat against me and survive. To always place my hand over my heart in Pledge of Allegiance to more than the flag of a nation, but to the soldiers who secured its stripes. Who founded each brick, each building, each political office, the football stadium, the corner drugstore, and a million houses in suburbia … all created from the blood of people far better than myself.

After all, I haven’t walked, knee-deep, in jungle morass, wondering where the enemy hides. I haven’t suffered desert heat, eating blowing sand, fearing that sweet-looking local woman actually plots my death. I didn’t feel the tear of a bullet or mortar round enter my flesh, thousands of miles from home. Nor shout for my mother in the darkness, which slowly steals my mind.

My life is a weak thread amongst a tapestry of much stronger ones, men and women of steel, who treated the cause as greater than their future. And wore the ultimate form of dedication, with their iron-clad sacrifices, securing the freedom of a woman, who’s written a handful of books some people liked and others, not so much.

There are no words for that. Not on Memorial Day or any other day of the year. Though, I suppose if I were to create them, I couldn’t speak them better than Ol’ Abe:

“But, in a larger sense, we can not dedicate — we can not consecrate — we can not hallow — this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it, far above our poor power to add or detract. The world will little note, nor long remember what we say here, but it can never forget what they did here.” – Gettysburg Address, 1864

Never. Their deaths assured us of that. 

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How deep did they go to heal the pain? How far did they stretch their new friendship? Would they cross a line somewhere and be unable to turn back?

Did she care as long as her heart wasn’t aching?

About The Author:

Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes devotionals and instructional articles for various blogs. She also does graphic design for self-publishing authors. She is co-founder of THE EDGE.

To learn more about what she’s doing and check out her extensive catalog of stories, visit www.feelgoodromance.com or link with her on Facebook at www.facebook.com/suzannedwilliamsauthor or on Twitter at twitter.com/SDWAuthor.

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Manna

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by Sherry Chamblee

Today I was reading in Exodus 16, where the manna from heaven is first described, and something struck me.  

The people of Israel were fed by manna for forty years in the wilderness. The provision of bread from heaven came first right after they fled Egypt, and as they made their way to the Promised Land of Canaan.  

One thing I didn’t realize was that this journey would have taken approximately 11 days. It is a 250-mile trip. Allowing for herds walking slower, and the probability that a huge company of people that included small children, we could probably realistically see the entire trip lasting a good month.

Sometimes the Old Testament can speed through centuries of time in just the space of a few words, but in this case, we have a journey that would have taken about 11 days, yet the Bible lingers on that time as if it took eons. Perhaps it felt like eons to Moses, who continually came up against complaints and murmuring. God, through Moses, had told all the people to take all the provisions they would need for a long journey. They knew they were going on a long trip, and they’d known they were leaving for at least two weeks before the night of the Passover. So they had all sorts of time to prepare food that would travel well, pack their things, get their herds ready, etc.  

Still, within only a day or two they were complaining that they had no food?  

No, they were complaining that they had no bread. They ought to have had plenty of food. Do you see what I mean?  

They were complaining that they didn’t have the one thing they must have left behind in Egypt.

Yet God sent them manna.

Their forty-year journey did not begin until after they’d arrived in Canaan and refused to go in out of fear.

Yet God still sent them manna for the next forty years.

After all the short-sightedness, all the complaining, the lack of belief, the lack of faith, the unwillingness to move forward into God’s blessings … God still took care of their basic daily needs.  

God still showed up for them.  

God still gave them food.  

God still cared.  

God still kept His promises.

Ever feel like going back on a promise because that other person has gone back on theirs? Of course, because we’re human. But God doesn’t ever go back on His promises, even though we break ours far too often.

Their way was still hard. God didn’t let them into the Promised Land at that critical juncture. He didn’t give in to their fear or coddle them. He gave them provision for their basic needs. He did not leave them alone.

This speaks to me of God’s love more than many other things. I know we’ll break our promises to God sometimes.  

And there are consequences from our unbelief, there are things we’ll have to go through when we disobey or simply don’t have faith in what God tells us. After all, the Israelites turned an 11-day trip into a 40-year journey.

And don’t we do that too often? Don’t we take our unbelief and let that guide us, and lose years in the meantime?

Yet God remains faithful.  

And God remaining faithful means we can eventually come into the Promised Land ourselves. Even if it’s been years… wipe yourself off, let God pick you up, and let God bring you to where He wants you to be. Because God never stops providing for you.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/

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Saints God is Cheering You On

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by Tina Webb

How often do we crawl into our coziest chair and gleefully open our Bibles to discover something that God wants to share with us? Consistently our God pulls us into his presence to give us the security that comes through his constant love. A child always is secure when he knows he’s loved, desired and affirmed. This is our God. He’ll never leave us or forsake us. After a time, He leads our gaze outward but only because he wants us to give out what he’s poured into us. It’s like a back and forth game that a child would play with a parent.  Maybe you’ve witnessed the cute giggles as the little girl runs to her Daddy’s lap and then runs several feet away for a few minutes only to return to her Daddy’s loving embrace. 

Our view of God the Father is crucial to our wholeness. We can’t possibly run to a Father that we think is always criticizing us, watching us with a stern eye or ready to take away some of His blessings back for our bad behavior. Scripture says that the goodness of God leads us to repentance. Repentance is having a change of mindset. How ironic that by continuing to unleash his goodness towards us, we will slowly but surely change the way we think for the better. 

The beauty of becoming can be, if we let it, a process of brutally naked surrender to a God that whispers hope, affirms our efforts, and gives us courage for a journey that none of us are prepared for.  

Arduous but seasonal, this journey is a long adventure. I believe in a Loving Creator that does not give us more than we can bear but knows that if we glean from his wisdom and blanket ourselves in his care, we can actually face battles head on and win. We can win at parenting! We can win at adulting! We can win at reflecting Christ to our co-workers! Instead of blaming our kids, our bosses or our chaotic world, He helps us recognize the weaknesses that keep us from riding through every storm in peace. The prize is loving others better and our own spiritual maturity and emotional health.  Old baggage is burned and chains of insecurity that have made moving forward a challenge, are discarded. 

No matter what your stage and season of life, you can begin to appreciate that this journey of personal transformation refines the quality of our love for others and provides a healthier well-being for ourselves. 

Keep running dear saint. God is cheering you on! 

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Tina WebbTina C Webb has been a resident of Charlottesville, Virginia since graduating from the University of Virginia in 1991 where she majored in English and Music. She and her husband, Doug, also a UVa grad have six children. Christina – UVa, 2014; Chris – VCU, 2015;  Maria – a 2018 graduate of PVCC; Douglas, a soon-to-be freshman at Liberty University, Jared – a rising 2nd grader and Drew – a rising Kindergartener at the Regents School of Charlottesville. 

Tina homeschooled for twenty years. Born in Cleveland, Ohio in 1969, she’s been an associate pastor, a worship director, and director of a church prayer ministry. Her hobbies are indoor and outdoor DIY projects, music, blogging, and cooking. 

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Gems From Pastor Jim as of 5/22/2018

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by Jim Hughes

CrossProv. 21:3 The LORD is more pleased when we do what is just and right than when we give him sacrifices.

Being is better than doing. The Lord wants us to be genuine in our souls when we act like children of God. It’s not too hard to put on a front. There are a lot of people who do not act like the world acts. They don’t participate in the world’s activities; they shy away from things that are self-destructive. A lot of people hang out with godly people who are not godly themselves. A lot of people are faithful church-goers and are involved in a lot of church activities who are not right with God. A lot of people consider themselves to be right with God because they play the part well.

The Lord looks on the heart before He does what the heart produces. What pleases the Lord is our relationship with Him and the fruit it naturally produces. The Lord wants us to be real. He wants us to know Him as Savior and Lord before we do what we do. He is pleased when our motives are right, when we do what is just and right because it is the desire of our hearts.

We must be careful about our souls. We can easily deceive ourselves about our standing before God. We can convince ourselves that because we live like children of God we are children of God. We can grow up in the church, hang out with Christians, believe what Christians believe, and still be lost. Our only assurance of our salvation is our being washed clean by the shed blood of Jesus at Calvary. We must know that we are sinners, confess our sins, ask the Lord to forgive us, and then claim His forgiveness. We must understand that there is no other way for us to be found acceptable and pleasing to God.

Do you know for a fact that God is pleased with you because of your relationship with Christ? Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? Have you accepted Him as your Lord? Only a heart rooted in Christ’s righteousness pleases God.

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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Music in the Early Church

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by Mary C. Findley

lastsupperJesus and the disciples attended Jewish synagogues and temple worship. These services included stringed, brass, woodwind, and percussion instruments. The book of Psalms was the hymn book of the second temple. After finishing the Passover meal they sang a hymn, presumably not a Psalm, and presumably without instruments, before walking across the Kidron Valley to the garden of Gethsemane. Until forced out, first century Christians continued to worship in synagogues and follow Jewish customs.

Paul wrote to the new Gentile converts “Let the word of the Messiah inhabit you richly with wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, and singing to God with thankfulness in your hearts.” Colossians 3:16 and “Then you will recite to one another psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs; you will sing and make music to the Lord with your hearts,” Ephesians 5:19. This admonition was taken by some to mean antiphonal singing, with either two choirs or dividing the congregation into two parts and alternating the parts of the hymn or song.

Pliny the Younger wrote a letter to Trajan (61-113) about the proper punishment of Christians. “They had been accustomed to come together on a fixed day before daylight and to sing responsively a song to Christ as God.” (AD 112?)

Five times in the book of Revelation a song is sung in heaven; 5:9, 5:11, 14:1, 14:3, 15:3. Harps are played heaven. Revelation 5:8, 14:2, and 15:2. The musical instruments of Babylon are condemned, Revelation 18:22. Trumpets in heaven are sounded, but not used as musical instruments. Zechariah 9:14, Matthew 24:31, 1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16, Hebrews 12:19, Revelation 1:10, 4:1, 8:2, 6,7,8,10,12,13, 9:1,13,14

Justin the Martyr wrote (AD 155?) in his Apology to the Emperor Chapter 13 “to use [material possessions] for ourselves and those who need, and with gratitude to Him to offer thanks by invocations and hymns for our creation …”

“Chapter 41. The crucifixion predicted And again, in another prophecy, the Spirit of prophecy, through the same David, intimated that Christ, after He had been crucified, should reign, and spoke as follows: Sing to the Lord, all the earth, and day by day declare His salvation. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, to be feared above all the gods. For all the gods of the nations are idols of devils; but God made the heavens. Glory and praise are before His face, strength and glorying are in the habitation of His. Give Glory to the Lord, the Father everlasting. Receive grace, and enter His presence, and worship in His holy courts. Let all the earth before His face; let it be established, and not shaken. Let them rejoice among the nations. The Lord has reigned from the tree.”

Apostolic Tradition of Hippolytus of Rome, approximately AD 235? “Then, rising up after supper, the children and virgins having prayed, they shall sing psalms. Then the deacon, holding the mixed cup of the offering, shall say a Hallelujah Psalm. Then, the presbyter having commanded, ‘And also such-and-such Psalms,’ after the bishop has offered the cup with the proper thanksgiving, all shall say “Hallelujah” as the Psalms are sung. And they shall say: We praise Him who is God most high; Glorified and praised is He, Then, when the Psalm is completed, he shall give thanks over the bread, and shall give the fragments to all the believers.”

Music had only two purposes in the earliest Church. It was used to instruct, build up, edify, believers. It was also used in direct address to God to worship God. There are no recorded instances of performing music to please those who listened. Performing music just to please the listeners has been condemned as a sin by thousands of pastors for over 1500 years. At the same time, music to glorify God is essential to worship in the Christian Church. The Spirit of the prophet must be controlled by the prophet and this includes music.
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Video Author Interview about Writing

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by Lisa M. Prysock

Hello friends!  I hope you enjoy this short interview about writing.  I look forward to answering more of these fun questions! 

Author Biography 

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock is an award-winning, bestselling, Christian and inspirational author of more than 11 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 novels.  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, walking, dollhouses, cats, horses, and butterflies.  She likes 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.   

Her debut novel, an Inspirational Regency Romance, To Find a Duchess, released in 2011.  She released a two-book Victorian Coming of Age Christian Romance series, “The Victorian Christian Heritage Series,” comprised of Hannah’s Garden:  A Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody, shortly after.  The series is ideal for young adults but adults of all ages enjoy these clean and wholesome stories.  Then she released “The Lydia Collection,” a three book series consisting of books which do not intersect as a collection of Christian Historical Romance novels which can be read in any order and include, The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (Regency Romance), Protecting Miss Jenna (Antebellum Era Romance), and Persecution & Providence (a Mail Order Bride, Jane Austen-ish story from the 1870’s Pioneer Era).  

Lisa then released her first devotional, Arise Warrior Princess, a Bible study on the topic of the word arise found throughout the Bible (ideal for a devotional or Bible study group), followed by The Shoemaker, An Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Story.  Geneva: Garden of Joy, (Antebellum Era Romance), Volume 1 of the “Brides of Grace Hill Series,” released next, followed by Dreams of Sweetwater River (Western Contemporary Christian Romance) and Marry Me Katie, books 3 and 7 in the “Whispers in Wyoming” series with authors Danni Roan, Kari Trumbo, Rachel Skatvold, Kit Morgan, Tina Dee, and Caroline Clemmons.  She continues the joy and adventure of sharing her faith through her writing journey.  She is 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 www.LisaPrysock.com.  She shares free recipes, devotionals, author video interviews, giveaways, blog posts, and much more at her author site, including an invitation to sign up for her free newsletter. 

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We Receive as We Give

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy”   (Matthew 5:7).

It is not meet that the man who will not forgive should be forgiven, nor shall he who will not give to the poor have his own wants relieved. God will measure to us with our own bushels, and those who have been hard masters and hard creditors will find that the LORD will deal hardly with them. “He shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy.”

This day let us try to give and to forgive. Let us mind the two bears – bear and forbear. Let us be kind, gentle, and tender. Let us not put harsh constructions upon men’s conduct, nor drive hard bargains, nor pick foolish quarrels, nor be difficult to please. Surely we wish to be blessed, and we also want to obtain mercy: let us be merciful, that we may have mercy. Let us fulfill the condition, that we may earn the beatitude. Is it not a pleasant duty to be kind? Is there not much more sweetness in it than in being angry and ungenerous? Why, there is a blessedness in the thing itself! Moreover, the obtaining of mercy is a rich reward. What but sovereign grace could suggest such a promise as this’. We are merciful to our fellow mortal in pence, and the LORD forgives us “all the debt.”

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