CrossReads Weekly Devotional: How to Let Your Light Shine 8/1/2022

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Matthew 5:14-16

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.” 

These are some of the most famous words of Jesus. But what does it mean to let our light shine?

We let our light shine in relationship with one another.

The blessings Jesus pronounced, before He gave this admonition to let our light shine, give us an indication of how to let our light shine. Let’s look at just one of these to start out with. 

Blessed are the poor in spirit…

Poverty, whether in the natural or in the spiritual, affects our relationships with others. In Matthew, Jesus talks about the blessings of the poor in spirit. In Luke, in Jesus’ teaching about this, He simply says, “Blessed are the poor…”

I don’t know if you’ve been digging-through-the-dumpster-for-dinner kind of poor, but it definitely affects your relationships with others when you live in this constant state of need. It’s frightening. And what’s often frightening about it is how people relate to you. Are you coming to me because you want something from me? Or do you really want a friend? Most people who are the poorest of the poor are treated as if the former is their motive. 

I don’t know if you have ever been rich, and I mean shopping-without-a-budget kind of rich, where you can walk into a high-end car dealership and customize the exact vehicle you want to drive away with, but it changes how you relate to others. People who have this much affluence often wonder if people approach them as friends because they want money or gifts from them or because they genuinely want to be friends. 

I don’t know if you’ve ever been spiritually poor, where you constantly feel depleted and the bootstraps you used to pull yourself up are so frayed and broken that any time there is a call for prayer you can hardly wait for the preacher to stop explaining the call before you are running to the head of the line, but it can feel awful at times. Always in need. Wanting to give, yet all the wells have run dry. When people approach, will they offer friendship? Or will they see the gaping need and run away?

I don’t know if you’ve ever had the overflow of the Holy Spirit cascade through you where you minister to numerous people and they are blessed, but it is a beautiful place to be. Yet at the same time, when people approach, are they offering genuine friendships, or do they just want another spiritual experience at your expense?

Did you notice similarities in the questioning of motives?

Can their ever be true reconciliation between classes, both spiritual and natural, need and overflow? 

The whole gospel is about reconciliation. Our light shines brightest during reconciliation. It’s the healing of relationships, genuine love for one another in the places where we in the natural would guard and protect, lick wounds and savor bitterness: this is how the light of the gospel shines. 

This is what James was talking about in James 2:1-8. The Kingdom of God levels the playing field for all of us in terms of spiritual riches and poverty. In the same way, the Kingdom of God levels the playing field for those who are rich and poor in the natural because we are all one in Christ. We are all sisters and brothers in Him. We can approach genuine friendships and real relationships from this holy ground. In this way, we shine our light before people everywhere just as a byproduct of our love for one another. 

If you go through the beatitudes one by one, you’ll see that there is so much more about reconciliation. I will share more next month. Between now and then, may God’s blessings flow to you and through you!

~ Precarious Yates

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

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Nobody Warned Me 7/29/2022

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by Staci Stallings

When I first started writing Contemporary Christian Romance in 1996, nobody told me what a crazy, twisting road this journey would turn out to be.  First of all, back then there was no such thing as Contemporary Christian Romance.  It literally did not exist as a genre.

I had been told to go and get books in the genre you want to write and read them. So I tried, only to be told, “Oh, you mean historical, right?”  When I insisted on contemporary, they laughed at me.

It took five years for contemporary Christian Romance to even become a thing. By then there were lines for it and a band of authors who got together to form the American Christian Romance Writers Association (now the ACFW, when Romance morphed into “fiction”).  I was member #75 of that fledgling group, and while both the genre and the visibility of Contemporary Christian Romance had risen, the lid on what you could write had clamped down firmly upon the genre.

It was in this environment that my first book, “The Long Way Home” was published. I went with a POD publisher because the lines had strict guidelines and my books just didn’t fit into them.  So this romance about a son sent against his will to a little town in Kansas was molded by this company trying to become one of the big boys, and unbeknownst to me “formula” was their goal all the way.  My editor and I worked and honed and fixed, and finally, I thought it was ready.

Then he emailed me one day and said, “We’re just over 89,000 words, and they want it more like 84,000, so I’m just going to go through and hone it to that word count.”  Now, in my defense, I was a new author who was way big into people pleasing and I wanted my book published.  So I said, “Okay.”

Well, you would be surprised how much difference 5,000 words makes to a book.  “The Long Way Home” was the sixth book I had written, and I had many readers at that time who had read my other books.  When “The Long Way Home” came out, they all eagerly got a copy.  But as I started reading, I realized in those 5,000 words, he had completely stripped my voice right out of the book!

I started getting feedback, and everyone said the same thing, “It’s a good book, but it doesn’t sound anything like you.”  But what was I to do?

That was in 2001, and by 2002, I had three other books out (now self-published so no editor could take my voice out), and I set the boxes of copies I had of “The Long Way Home” into the corner and left them there.  I didn’t want anyone to read it and think that was how I write.

In answer to your question, yes, over the last couple of years I had thought about rewriting it and putting it out on ebook.  The problem was I was working with 2001 technology. Remember 3.5 floppy discs?  That’s what I had the book stored on, and that, to me, seemed an insurmountable obstacle until a friend of mine mentioned she had an external drive that would read those.

Best $35 I ever spent!

So at the beginning of October, with my real-life commitments behind me, I pulled up my copy of “The Long Way Home,” and lo and behold, it was the one still written in my voice!  I went through it twice to fix and reshape a few things, and now… here I am… 13 years later seeing “The Long Way Home” listed on Amazon with the rest of my books—right where it always should have been.

And I’m already getting feedback about how romantic it is and how many tears people have shed over it. “One of your best yet” a friend said the other day.  I’ve never lost my love for this story, and I’m so glad God didn’t give up on it.

Interestingly, the technology in the story will make you laugh, and on that point, it almost becomes a “light history” story because as you read, you will remember what it was like as the technology revolution got going.  How laptops were new but not connected to the thing we now know as the Internet.  Cell phones weren’t smart, and faxes were cool.  Makes me smile just thinking about it.

I guess all that’s to say, nobody warned me how long the journey with this one book would be, but I am thankful for every step, including this final one of putting it out there and letting others enjoy the story as it was always meant to be.  God works miracles.  I’m so honored to get to share this is one of mine with all of you!

When I first started writing Contemporary Christian Romance in 1996, nobody told me what a crazy, twisting road this journey would turn out to be.  First of all, back then there was no such thing as Contemporary Christian Romance.  It literally did not exist as a genre.  I had been told to go and get books in the genre you want to write and read them. So I tried, only to be told, “Oh, you mean historical, right?”  When I insisted on contemporary, they laughed at me.  It took five years for contemporary Christian Romance to even become a thing. By then there were lines for it and a band of authors who got together to form the American Christian Romance Writers Association (now the ACFW, when Romance morphed into “fiction”).  I was member #75 of that fledgling group, and while both the genre and the visibility of Contemporary Christian Romance had risen, the lid on what you could write had clamped down firmly upon the genre.  It was in this environment that my first book, “The Long Way Home” was published. I went with a POD publisher because the lines had strict guidelines and my books just didn’t fit into them.  So this romance about a son sent against his will to a little town in Kansas was molded by this company trying to become one of the big boys, and unbeknownst to me “formula” was their goal all the way.  My editor and I worked and honed and fixed, and finally, I thought it was ready.  Then he emailed me one day and said, “We’re just over 89,000 words, and they want it more like 84,000, so I’m just going to go through and hone it to that word count.”  Now, in my defense, I was a new author who was way big into people pleasing and I wanted my book published.  So I said, “Okay.”  Well, you would be surprised how much difference 5,000 words makes to a book.  “The Long Way Home” was the sixth book I had written, and I had many readers at that time who had read my other books.  When “The Long Way Home” came out, they all eagerly got a copy.  But as I started reading, I realized in those 5,000 words, he had completely stripped my voice right out of the book!  I started getting feedback, and everyone said the same thing, “It’s a good book, but it doesn’t sound anything like you.”  But what was I to do?  That was in 2001, and by 2002, I had three other books out (now self-published so no editor could take my voice out), and I set the boxes of copies I had of “The Long Way Home” into the corner and left them there.  I didn’t want anyone to read it and think that was how I write.  In answer to your question, yes, over the last couple of years I had thought about rewriting it and putting it out on ebook.  The problem was I was working with 2001 technology. Remember 3.5 floppy discs?  That’s what I had the book stored on, and that, to me, seemed an insurmountable obstacle until a friend of mine mentioned she had an external drive that would read those.  Best $35 I ever spent!  So at the beginning of October, with my real-life commitments behind me, I pulled up my copy of “The Long Way Home,” and lo and behold, it was the one still written in my voice!  I went through it twice to fix and reshape a few things, and now… here I am… 13 years later seeing “The Long Way Home” listed on Amazon with the rest of my books—right where it always should have been.  And I’m already getting feedback about how romantic it is and how many tears people have shed over it. “One of your best yet” a friend said the other day.  I’ve never lost my love for this story, and I’m so glad God didn’t give up on it.  Interestingly, the technology in the story will make you laugh, and on that point, it almost becomes a “light history” story because as you read, you will remember what it was like as the technology revolution got going.  How laptops were new but not connected to the thing we now know as the Internet.  Cell phones weren’t smart, and faxes were cool.  Makes me smile just thinking about it.  I guess all that’s to say, nobody warned me how long the journey with this one book would be, but I am thankful for every step, including this final one of putting it out there and letting others enjoy the story as it was always meant to be.  God works miracles.  I’m so honored to get to share this is one of mine with all of you!

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. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Texas Wildflowers 7/28/2022

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Texas Wildflowers

Thanksgiving Books and Blessings Collection Five

(Cross Timbers Romance Family Saga Book 8)

by Caryl McAdoo

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CrossReads Short Takes: Redemption’s Hope & God’s plans and purpose for humanity 7/27/2022

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Redemption’s Hope

(Western Dreams)

by Kathleen D. Bailey

Redemption's Hope

Two distinct sets of villains. Two orphaned children. A man without a country and a woman with too much past…All in a rambunctious young country where anything goes, especially in the West. Seriously. What can go wrong?

In this latest installment of the best-selling series, “Western Dreams”, join Jenny and White Bear as they cross the historic West in an epic story peppered with grit, guns, and glory that award-winning author Kelly Goshorn calls “a sweeping tale of faith, dedication, and perseverance set in the American west.”

“…masterful wordsmithing!” says Clarice G. James, author of “The Least of These,” “Party of One,” “Double Header” and “Manhattan Grace.”

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God’s plans and purpose for humanity

by Henry Perez Miranda

God’s plans and purpose for humanity

Have you ever wondered how you came to be? Do you ever wonder how the universe came into place? Do you wonder what your purpose is in this world? Henry Miranda’s “God’s Plan and Purpose for Humanity” takes us on a journey through the beginning of the world, God’s unwavering love for man, and down through His very plan for each and every individual on the surface of the earth. Delving deeply into how man’s existence is based solely on God’s purpose for you and me. It, however, exposes the need for each believer to guide their loins in constant, unwavering fellowship with God while tapping into the full potential of their purpose on earth. It is not only an exciting time learning about God’s overwhelming love; “God’s Plan and Purpose for Humanity” sheds light on the need to search for God diligently and wholeheartedly and seek genuine salvation from him to discover His beautiful plans for you and me. This book also provides deep insight into how we can reclaim the fellowship that our first parents, Adam and Eve, lost and why God is so committed to reconnecting us in our fellowship with him. The juicy part of this book is how the author provides hidden secrets on how we can effortlessly love God and, as a result, be in eternal fellowship with Him.

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God Himself 7/26/2022

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by Suzanne D. Williams

It was the plan of the ages, set in place by GOD HIMSELF. God would send God to earth, conceived by God, so that God could die and inherit what God willed God to have. 

God wrote the rules. He made a God-promise with a man named Abraham, whose descendants would become as innumerable as the stars in the heavens, as the sand by the seashore. God swore by God to keep God’s Word because there was no God any greater. 

It was ALL GOD, the people created in God’s image after God’s likeness, the nation set apart as God’s. The God-rescue was underway. God would do what God said He would do according to the Laws He wrote to do it.

It was God’s plan. It was God’s story, God’s plot, to be done in God’s timing, the way God had chosen. And no other one could do it.

He prophesied it. God spoke through God’s prophets of the type and measure of God’s plan. Over ages of time, He detailed God the Deliverer as Emmanuel, God with us. God would come and God would accomplish everything God required of Himself. The LAMB OF GOD provided by God in a body prepared by God before time began.

Son of Man, Son of God, the LIGHT, the LIFE, Lord of all, Lord of Hosts, Lord of the Sabbath. Healer, Savior, both High Priest and Sacrifice. God’s body on earth was the curtain into God’s Presence. God giving access to God so that God could come and live in men and be their God.

God as Father revealed by God as Son through the power of God as Spirit, a God-union eternal and forever and everlasting. One God of all. One Father of all. The First-begotten Son of God. God the Holy Spirit, the very Breath of GOD HIMSELF.

God as LOVE. God as GRACE. God as HOLINESS. GOD as RIGHTEOUSNESS, as WISDOM, as FIRE and GLORY. GOD as KINDNESS. GOD as COMPASSION. GOD as PATIENCE, such LONGSUFFERING. Never rushed, never surprised, never absent-minded, never late.

All the aspects of God, all His GOODNESS sent to earth on God-display. GOD walking as MAN and GOD in order to lay down the life of God at the hour of His choosing. BUT GOD. But God knew the end before the beginning and what God had decided would happen would come to pass as God had spoken it when He spoke it. BECAUSE GOD. 

This was a God-finale. God would raise God from death, victorious over hell and the grave. It was GOD HIMSELF from start to finish, a triumph underscored by God, a RESURRECTION powered by God, a KINGDOM designed by God, for one reason only.

Not because ONLY GOD could do it, although that is true. Not because God was all-knowing and all-powerful. These are for certain. No, God’s Story came to pass because God longed to reunite with His children and return to them the God-power given before the first chapter was written.

A God-narrative which is still ongoing. God is seeking those who haven’t heard what God did, who don’t know God as Jesus, who haven’t seen God as Father, who once baptized in God as Spirit will never be the same again. Full salvation as GOD HIMSELF offers it, no strings, no condemnation, and complete forgiveness.

But time is short, and the rest of this tale on the horizon. Because one day soon, at an hour ONLY GOD KNOWS, GOD THE KING will descend from heaven with a shout, and we who are GOD’S CHILDREN shall be caught up together with Him, and forever be WITH GOD. 

Don’t miss the story.

References: (God Himself) 2Chr 13:12; Is 45:18; 1Th 3:11; Rev 21:3 ~ (the Lord Himself) Is 7:14; 1Th 4:16 ~ (the Spirit Himself) Rm 8:26 ~ (God-story) Rm 4:1-3 MSG 

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Suzanne WilliamsSuzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. Visit her at www.suzannedwilliams.com 

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Verse of the Day and Devotional 7/25/2022

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July 25th, 2022

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The righteous person faces many troubles, but the Lord comes to the rescue each time. – Psalm 34:19 NLT

Devotion

In this world we have and will have troubles. King David says even the righteous person faces many troubles. And he would know, for he was a righteous man after God’s own heart (1 Samuel 13:14), and he faced many of them. Although we face troubles of all kinds, we may take comfort in the conviction that the Lord rescues us from them all.

How does God rescue us from them all?

First of all, God may rescue us by totally delivering us from our troubles in the here and now. The Bible is full of examples of the people of God being rescued from their troubles. Although Abraham and Sarah could not have children, God gave them a child in their old age (Genesis 21:1-7). When the Israelites were stuck between the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army, God parted the sea and let them cross on dry land (Exodus 14). When the Apostle Peter was in prison, the Lord sent an angel to free him (Acts 12:1-19).

Secondly, there is a sense in which God rescues us from our troubles by turning them from something that was meant by Satan to destroy us into something that actually benefits us. The Apostle Paul says, “And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them” (Romans 8:28). God uses the troubles of Satan to make us more and more like Jesus (Romans 8:29). With those in Christ, trouble loses its significance as a destructive force, for “our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all” (2 Corinthians 4:17).

Finally, God ultimately rescues us from our troubles in the next life. Sometimes the sick die, sometimes the lives of the persecuted are sacrificed, and sometimes, like the Apostle Paul, we live with a “thorn in the flesh” for all of our lives (2 Corinthians 12:7). If our faith does not see its breakthrough in this life, however, it will see it in the next life (Revelation 21:4).

Satan is the trouble-maker. His evil and illegitimate regime functions like a parasite within God’s very good earthly creation. That’s why we see troubles of many kinds.

Take heart, however, for the Lord comes to our rescue each time.

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Musings on the Characters in Cowboy 7/22/2022

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by Staci Stallings

Having lived with the characters in Cowboy for many years now, it fascinates me how much they still teach me and others who read the book and want to talk about it with me.

Ashton Raines is the hero, and I think he kind of epitomizes where we all *think* we want to be–on top, successful, adored by many, hated by none.  He’s got the world at his feet.  As the reigning King of Country Music, Ashton appears to have everything he’s ever wanted and most of what everybody else dreams of having.

But the thing is it becomes obvious very quickly that Ashton is anything but happy.  In fact, there’s a large part of him that really hates his life and what he’s become.  Not because he’s become someone bad, but somewhere along the way on the road to super stardom, he lost himself.Cowboy New 2-2014

Whether we’re a superstar or not, I think many of us can relate to waking up one day, looking in the mirror and having no idea how we got here.  It’s like we pursue life and our dreams, and then one day we’re living this life we don’t even recognize.  Maybe we’ve got kids and a husband or we’re in a job we always thought we wanted, and we look around and it’s weird because we don’t even really recognize who we are anymore.

In the story, Ashton uses his fame to hide from his pain.  At least that was the idea.  His wife has died of cancer, and it nearly ripped him apart.  His plan to escape the pain is to pour himself into a whirlwind tour.  The problem is pain isn’t healed by escaping it, and the faster he runs, the more miserable he gets until one night, he simply can’t take it anymore.  After a concert, his manager comes up with a brilliant idea to help Ashton forget, and it snaps Ashton’s will to keep up the charade of the tour.  He gets in a rented car and drives, not knowing or caring if he’ll ever come back.

Beth McCasland is the sweetest spirit you would ever want to meet.  She’s seen her share of heartache when her husband passed away in a terrible accident.  Now she’s left to raise her young daughter alone, and she shoulders that burden with grace and dignity.

The thing I like most about Beth is she is so simple.  She sees someone hurting, and she’s determined to help.  Maybe she can only offer a meal and an ear to listen, but she is willing to do that.  The thing that breaks my heart about Beth is I think true of a lot of us who care.  When we go all-in to help someone, keeping a “safe distance” for our heart’s sake doesn’t always work.  And it’s so hard to really care and not get emotionally involved, especially if that person is someone we genuinely connect with on a deep level.

How do you care and let go, and care and let go, and care and let go?  It’s like getting your heart smashed over and over again, but what’s the other option?  Not caring?

I think the depth of her love is really a reflection of how God is with us.  He’s always standing there with open arms, willing to take us in and comfort us and be there for us, and somehow, He loves us enough to let us go again with no real guarantee that we’ll come back.  It’s such an incredibly vulnerable place to be.  For me, that was one of the hardest things about watching Beth go through the things that happen in the story, watching her suffer because of her great love.

I’ve had people describe Cowboy as Cinderella in reverse, which is rather interesting to me because in one sense, Ashton is the Prince on the white… okay, tour bus.  But many readers have said they really felt Beth is the one to rescue him from the pit, which is also true.  I don’t know. Maybe sometimes in a relationship we’re equal parts the one saving and the one being saved.  I certainly think that’s true of this story.

The truth is I love these two characters.  They’re like old friends now, and I love this story.  Every time I read it, it makes me want to fall in love all over again!

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. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: A Bride for Crock 7/21/2022

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A Bride for Crock

(The Proxy Brides Book 72)

by Joi Copeland

A Bride for Crock

He craves order.
She longs for spontaneity.

Crock Harden watched both his brothers accept their parents’ inheritance early, start their own business, and find women to wed by placing advertisements for mail order brides by proxy. They went against what society claimed as normal and found happiness.
Since his parents gave him the ranch to run, Crock finds himself yearning for a partner to share in his burden, to take care of the home, and hopefully one day, raise a family. Since Silver Springs has grown, so has the women population, but none turn Crock’s head. Finally after deciding to place an ad for a bride by proxy, his daily structure changes, forcing him to make some hard decisions.
Everything in has a place, and everything in its place. Tired of the constant phrase her grandmother repeated to her while growing up, Eve Glasgow desires nothing more than to throw off the cloak of order and discipline and be free of the rules that kept her in chains her entire life. When she stumbles upon an advertisement for a mail order bride, she readily accepts.
On the way to meet her husband, a child is thrust upon her. Eve accepts the wee one as her own, hoping her husband feels the same way. But when they meet and he discovers she came with a child, Crock’s world is turned upside down. Is he willing to let go of the order and routine he desires, or can he welcome a wife and a new child into his home, his life, and most importantly, his heart?

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CrossReads Short Takes: The Welcome Wagon & The Battle For Your Mind 7/20/2022

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The Welcome Wagon

by Jamie Adams

The Welcome Wagon

When a wagon train is attacked leaving women and children alone and vulnerable, churches throughout the Ozarks take them in. Maggie Lynn and her wards, along with three other women, end up in an out-of-the-way town in Arkansas. Maggie has seen her fair share of loss, but now she’s responsible for raising her orphaned nieces and must find a way to support them.

Sensible small-town sheriff, Owen Sommers, tries to keep the peace when a wagon full of women descends on his city of bachelors, but his principles are challenged when he suspects the ladies have something to hide. His suspicions are confirmed when strangers appear in town looking for what they believe is rightfully theirs.

As tensions rise and hearts become entangled, will Maggie be able to trust Owen with the truth? And what will happen if she does?

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The Battle For Your Mind

Taking The Fight To The Enemy

by Sheldon D. Newton

The Battle For Your Mind

IS THE ENEMY ATTACKING YOUR MIND
Spiritual Warfare Is Real. BUT VICTORY BELONGS TO YOU IN JESUS CHRIST

Spiritual warfare is real.

We are engaged in a battle which has already been won by our Lord Jesus Christ, through His death, burial and resurrection. The enemy is defeated. However, he will attempt to deceive you and keep you in bondage through fear. The Good News is that you do not have to give him any place in your life or affairs. You can walk free. You can live in the peace of God which passes all understanding.

Some of you are experiencing tremendous torment in your mind. You gave your life to Jesus. You are saved and you know it. And yet thoughts, evil thoughts, ungodly thoughts, thoughts of failure, rejection and low self-esteem seem to continually hold you down and bombard your soul.

Do not get discouraged. This book is written to show you how to enforce your victory in Christ Jesus by enforcing the adversary’s defeat through the power of the spoken Word. Read. Then it read again. Get God’s Word deep within your heart. Then take the sword of the Spirit and put the devil on the run in Jesus Name.

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Growing Use of Psychedelics in Christian Circles 7/19/2022

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Editor’s Note: The following is from Parker J. Cole’s Write Stuff Radio. Her most popular program this year.

by Parker J. Cole
On June 11, I aired a show about the growing use of psychedelics in Christian circles. I didn’t expect the kind of response I received. Some Christians were against the use of mind-altering products, while others saw no problem with them. The reason for the growing use of these drugs is to have an experience with God – to froth about in another realm of existence, to see and experience things in the natural. However, the cautionary tale is that psychedelics offer an opportunity for dark forces to influence us. They prove that spiritual warfare is real.
So, I’ve decided to share this podcast with you that I had with Linda and Rich Nathan and see the real danger in using psychedelics as a bridge to the Lord instead of a relationship through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Show Information: Psychedelics are growing in Christian circles. But are they giving believers a closer relationship with God, or tearing them further apart? Many Christians seek a deeper intimacy, but they want an experience, and not a relationship. Drugs such as marijuana, LSD, and other substances can alter the state of consciousness, giving one an experience. However, in the midst of that, we open the doorway to demonic influence. Don’t believe me? Well, listen in as I chat with former occult members and New Agers Linda and Rich Nathan as they share their knowledge about this dangerous trend. Listen in at 646-668-8485.
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Parker J. Cole

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

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