Gems From Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 103:9-10 He will not constantly accuse us, nor remain angry forever. He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us as we deserve.

These verses should cause us to swell up in praise today. The Good News is that God does not constantly accuse the redeemed of sin. He withholds His wrath from those whose sins have been forgiven. He does not deal with us as we deserve to be dealt with.

If you are constantly being harassed about sins that you have done and know that you have sought and accepted Christ’s forgiveness, guess what—Satan is your accuser, not God. God does not constantly accuse us. He will confront us with legitimate sin in our lives, but he will not rehash forgiven sin; they are gone forever from before Him.

God’s anger against those who live in sin is legit. We all deserve to be punished for our sins. Sin is hated by God. It is the exact opposite of His holiness. He will never tolerate sin in His presence. At Calvary, Jesus defused God’s anger against those who accept Him as their Savior. Jesus makes holy the unholy. He purifies the soul so that God’s love can enter in instead of His wrath.

We don’t deserve to be treated so kindly by the Lord, but we are. He loves us and will never fail to treat us with anything less than love. For all who know Christ as Savior there is no condemnation for forgiven sin. When we sin the Holy Spirit convicts us so that we will confess our sin and seek Christ’s forgiveness. The wrath of God cannot reach those whom Christ has forgiven.

To be on the receiving end of God’s wrath should cause every soul to tremble. We must not ever take sin lightly. Eternity is at stake. We don’t have to get what we deserve from God. Are your sins forgiven?
C Through Marriage

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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Talking to Mountains by Staci Stallings

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I have a new favorite preacher. He comes on on Sunday morning when I’m getting ready for church. I can get more out of listening to him for three minutes than I get out of most in 30. I’m constantly going, “Man, that’s good. I’ve got to write that down!”

One of the latest revelations from one of his sermons was this: In the verse, “If you had the faith of a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Be thou removed and be cast into the sea,’ and it would obey you…” Listen to that! God says we can talk to mountains and command them to move. I’ve heard this verse many times before, but when Dr. Simpson said, “Understand, in this situation, somebody is talking to somebody,” I stopped like slamming on the brakes. “You see, either you are talking TO the mountain, or the mountain will be talking to YOU, but somebody will be doing some talking!”

I’d never thought about it quite like that before, but think for a minute about the attributes of a “mountain.” It’s BIG for one. Also, we don’t normally think of mountains as being on wheels–i.e. they are tough if not impossible to move. Finally, mountains are just “there.” They don’t seem capable of listening or even caring what we think. They simply stare down at us, proving our smallness to all the world.

Dr. Simpson went on to this effect: You have your own mountains, and you hear them talking. Maybe it’s in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep. They are talking–telling you that you can’t handle this, you are not strong enough to cope with this, that THIS is something you can’t ever fix or find a solution for. That mountain continually taunts you to believe in your smallness. In short it says, “This is too big for you.”

Oh, it’s a mountain all right.

I don’t know what your mountain is. It might be a financial mountain of debt. It might be a mountain of health problems or social problems. Your family might be your mountain or your lack of faith. Your mountain might be going back to school or deciding to stay home and raise your kids. It might be a friend or former friend. It might be someone who’s hurt you terribly. It might even be a dream you thought you had to have but is now slipping from your grasp.

Or maybe it’s another kind of mountain–drugs or alcohol, a habit you simply cannot break, a love you can’t let go of even though you know it’s killing you. Maybe your mountain is your spouse or your children. Maybe it’s yourself.

Whatever your mountain is, I’m quite sure you know its voice well. “You can’t…” “What’s wrong with you…” “Why does this work out for everyone else but never for me…” “Why me…?” “This isn’t fair…” “It’s just not right…” “If only…”

You’ve heard your mountain’s voice. There’s almost no doubt about that. In fact, you may know it by heart. The question is: Has that mountain heard YOUR voice, or even better GOD’S voice?

In order to talk to your mountain, you need some words from The Word–yes, that means The Bible, but it also means The Word that became flesh and dwelt among us. In other words, you need to start hearing the words of Jesus, spoken into your life on a continual basis, so you will learn how to TELL that mountain to move!

“Mountain, you do not control me because although compared with me, you may be big, compared with my GOD, you are nothing but a grain of dust. Understand me. I am now giving you to my God (that’s the having the faith of a mustard seed part–not trying to deal with this on your own, but learning to give those mountains in your life over to God and His wisdom). I am putting you in God’s hands. I am trusting in God’s love for me more than in the illusion of your power over me. God, please break the illusion of power that this mountain tries to exert in my life. Set me free…”

Talk to that mountain. Talk TO that mountain.

And it will be cast into the sea.

Copyright Staci Stallings, 2008

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Findley Family Video Publications Sampler One: Historical Fiction

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Have you ever wanted to dip into our fourteen historical fiction books but couldn’t decide which is right for you? Now you can “taste and see” anything from Ice Age times to the New Mexico territory. Some have romance, some have political intrigue, all have life and death struggles for what’s right. Sample chapters from all our historical fiction works, only 99 cents!

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The Peace of the Fathers Counsel by Mark Malcolm

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34 Opening his mouth, Peter said: “I most certainly understand now that God is not one to show partiality, 35 but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him. 36 “The word which He sent to the sons of Israel, preaching peace through Jesus Christ (He is Lord of all)— 37 you yourselves know the thing which took place throughout all Judea, starting from Galilee, after the baptism which John proclaimed. 38 “You know of Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him. Acts 10:34-38 (NASB)

Our scripture this week states “You know of Jesus…”. It tells of what we know He did, what his fruits were, “…how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil…”. Jesus helped people. Last quarter we went about putting on new habits to make a New Self, discarding old habits to rid ourselves of the Old Self so we could be a New Self. Now, we will add guidance to that New Self.

Verse thirty eight clearly tells us what guided Jesus in His actions, “…God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit…”. God did this. Even Jesus wen to the Father to get His direction.

Towards the end of the last quarter we were also working on manifesting good ‘fruits’ in our lives for God, but what fruits? Where to go and what to do? If those questions still burn in you for answers, it is only with the council of God that we can find them, and in the Peace that God offers.

Jesus is the soul of Peace. The Jews of Jesus’ time were expecting an earthly king that would throw off the oppressive yoke of the Roman government. This did not happen in an earthly fashion and they were disappointed. God did not send His Son to bring the sword of strife and death to the earth. God sent Jesus to bring Life to Mankind. Who would hear the message of Christ if he delivered it at the point of the sword? We are still in Advent for His second coming and in order to make the best preparations we too should deliver the message of Christ not with the sword of force, but with the outstretched palm of the kindness. The wagging finger of accusation and judgment does not gather as many open ears as the open hand of friendship.

Perhaps the fruit of your calling does not lead you to the places where the front line evangelism happens. If your gifts are those of support and administration I would encourage you to be in prayerful consideration about who and what you support. I say this not to cause you to withdraw your support but rather to consider the idea that everyone needs the message of Jesus, even those we don’t like. We need to support those people who can successfully evangelize those folks even though we may not agree with how they live. After all, there are people out there who don’t agree with how you live and someone still reached into your life with the message of Jesus. Who are we to deny that joy from someone else?

Bio from my web site :

Smiling Mark IIMark Malcolm is a child of God, husband, father, project manager, technical writer, gamer, fiction writer, Marine (’87-’91), has practiced Shao Lin Kung Fu and Tai Chi, been published in magazines and newspapers (editorial anyway), and seen the Southern Cross.

The goals he has currently are to more accurately identify the path God has for him to walk, continue to provide for his family, establish a solid web presence, build a career writing novels through both traditional and independent publishing, and learn to better relate to the people around him.

http://www.firstchevalier.com/about-the-cavalier/

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Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 103:10 He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us as we deserve.

Growing up, I did not like it when I was punished for things I did wrong. My dad was from the old school and was not afraid to punish his children. Back then, timeouts were unknown. My dad had a belt and he knew how to use it. I didn’t like it, but I did learn to respect it. I didn’t get punished every time I deserved it, and I am glad for that. I also was punished for some things dad thought I did which I didn’t do. I do have to admit that I deserved much of the discipline I received.

I am so thankful that our Heavenly Father does not punish us for when we sin as we deserve it. If He did, none of us would survive childhood. We all sin and deserve to die in our sins. But God is merciful, just, and has great compassion for us. He provided for the Israelites the sacrificial system whereby their sins could be atoned for, and for us He provided the cross where we can find forgiveness. Jesus died on the cross so that we would not get the punishment we deserve. As children of God, we are given mercy when we sin. Jesus took our punishment upon himself.

Now, don’t get the idea that we have a free ride when we sin. Sinning always has consequences. The Lord does not pretend we don’t sin. He allows us to live with the choices we make. We may not have a death sentence hanging over our heads, but we do have painful consequences we have to live with. Sometimes our health suffers. For others, life is very difficult. For others, memories won’t go away. For some, others bear the pain of our sins. Sin also has immediate consequences; it keeps us away from God. There is a broken fellowship with God when we harbor sin and it cannot be fixed except through repentance.

Jesus came to deal with our sin problem. He came so that we can live with God in spite of our sin. He came to make us righteous and holy before God. He came so that we can live in victory over our sin choices, in spite of the harm they may have caused us or others in the past.

I am so thankful today for God’s mercy, patience, and love towards me. I am so thankful for Jesus, who is my righteousness and holiness before God.
C Through Marriage

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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My Daughters Birthday by Rebekah Beene

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Today is our oldest daughter’s birthday. I will never forget the day she was born. Not one detail has left my mind. Such an exciting time it was! To have a baby and hold it in your arms and call it yours is beyond wonderful.

God speaks to my heart: that’s how I feel towards you. I will never forget the day you were born and I know exactly when you were born again. Both days are memorials to My Mighty Plan. I have held you in My Arms always and you have been beyond wonderful to Me. You are Mine and I love you forever.

Oh beloved, do you hear the Father calling your name? He knew you before you were conceived. He planned your life before you were even thought of. He knew your name before a single soul had named you. He has special names for you – precious, beloved, angel, dearest, beautiful, and more. There is not a time you haven’t been on His mind. And He planned for both your natural birth and your spiritual birth. No matter what you have done He loves you. No matter where you have been He is with you. No matter the losses, the mistakes, the regrets – God’s love covers you completely.

God loves you and He’s for you! You can live victoriously without fear of your future. You are already positioned as favored child. This is your story – to rejoice in the love of the Savior and live in the Light of His Glory & Grace!

I John 4:16 We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in His love. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them.

I Peter 1:23 For you have been born again, but not to a life that will quickly end. Your new life will last forever because it comes from the eternal, living word of God.

I Timothy 1:14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.

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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God’s Hands by Sherry Chamblee

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The other day I heard a lady’s testimony about some very difficult things she’d gone through.

Her life was scarred, she felt worthless and unworthy. She felt as if she wasn’t able to be a vessel of honor for God.

She’d been told she wasn’t good enough. She’d been told she didn’t measure up, that she was a disgrace and had become something she couldn’t recover from.

Then God showed her, in a powerful way, that it was never about her at all.

God doesn’t use you or me because we’re without flaw…because we have a great character or use wise words. He doesn’t use us because of us.

God uses us IN SPITE of us.

And that’s how His glory shines.

His glory covers us completely when we let Him pick us up and use us.

Beware when your attitude starts to be one of telling people to look at yourself, at how wonderful you are, or how many great accomplishments you’ve made.

Philippians 2:13 For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Do we look at our standards and pat ourselves on the back because they’re so strict?

On the other hand, do we look at our standards and pat ourselves on the back because they’re so informal and all-inclusive?

Do we try to prove to ourselves how close we are to God by how much we do to serve, either in the church or community?

Do we point to our own strength of character as the reason God was able to use us?

The lady I mentioned earlier – she had this dream where hands came down and picked up her scarred vessel and just held her close. As I was listening, I thought she was going to say that those hands opened and had made her into a beautiful vessel, one that was now honorable.

One that shone on its own.

But no, instead she said those hands stayed clasped and tipped – pouring out only good things now. And I realized that is more what the Bible is trying to teach us.

While we are a new creature in Christ, that new creature is not what should get the attention. The attention is on those Hands of God, clasped tightly around us, and letting good things flow out of us now, no matter how scarred a vessel we had become. The thing God requires of us is to allow Him to pick us up and use us.

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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Vengeful Vows Excerpt by Parker J. Cole

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It won’t be long now until Vengeful Vows releases. The third in my Sins of the Flesh series, I find that I am just as nervous as I was with my first book. After all, these books are my children I’ve birth from infancy to bookhood. From thoughts in my head to words on a paper, they’ve grown. Check out the trailer here. But not only have they grown, I’ve grown as well. I think with each book, as you look at constructive criticism and start to learn more and more about the craft, your writing changes. I remember something the Queen of Mystery, Mary Higgins Clark, said in an interview once. She mentioned that a writer’s life changes over time because of life experiences and that is infused with your writing.

Vengeful Vows is a book I recognize that helped me to grow. During the time period of writing this book, I was deliberately disobedient to God in several areas of my life. My personal life had gotten into a mess, I’d had a serious car accident, lost several close relationships, and had doubts of faith. For the first time in my life, writing was more than just storytelling — it was the gift God gave me to keep my sanity. I NEEDED to write in order to mentally survive. I escaped to this book, pouring out all my negativity, my pain, my anger, and frustration. Right now, the book is still with the editors at the publisher’s house. If you want to catch up, make sure you check out Many Strange Women and The Other Man. Enjoy this sneak peek of Vengeful Vows

BLACKMAILED GROOM Daffodil’s eyes roamed over the colonial-style house. The afternoon sun cascaded its light upon it as if presenting a gift. The roof shed the cloying layers of melted snow. The slush dribbled down the gutters, swallowed by softened earth. Melting icicles lined the overhang like an upside-down tiara, dripping water on the wet pathway that led to the door. The winter thaw unwrapped the home slowly. It teased her with glimpses of an almond-brown finish trimmed by swathes of creamy white. She alighted from the car and gingerly stepped onto the spongy ground. The dirt swallowed the heels of her boots. Last spring’s grasses lay matted like the nap of cheap carpet. With a determined lift of her chin, she tugged her boots from the squishy grip of the earth and made her way across the lawn and onto the pavement. Once there, Daffodil inhaled the cleansing, chilly air of the first blush of spring. Her lips curled upward and she rubbed her gloved hands together in anticipation. She patted her left pocket, reassured by the bulk there. With her shoulders thrust back, she marched up to the door. The doorbell chimed, and she clasped her hands to wait. In varying degrees, the houses shed their winter coats. They reminded her of partially wrapped gifts. The quiet neighborhood echoed the distinct sing-song sound of melting snow and water. It didn’t matter how cold it had been the past several months. Gentle spring uncurled winter’s harsh grasp with lady-like dexterity. She intended to do the same with the owner of the house. The wind picked up and flowed around her. It lifted goose bumps along her arms. How receptive would he be of her? Her brow creased as the concern made itself visible, but then she dismissed it with a flick at a loose dark blond curl on her forehead. No matter. The owner would do whatever she told him to do, and gladly. A subtle movement along the corner of her eye drew her attention to the overhang. The wind brushed the

threads of an intricately woven spider web. Delicate strands glistened under the waning light of the afternoon sun. A dark, grayish spider tiptoed along its silk trellis. “We’re alike, you and I,” Daffodil whispered to the little one. “We both have webs to weave.” The door creaked open and she returned her attention back to the matter at hand. A dark face showed itself through the thin slot. A deep voice asked, “May I help you?” More than you know. “Hi. Vincent Miller?” The eye twitched and then narrowed. “Oh, don’t tell me you’re a reporter ‘cause you can—” “I assure you I’m not a reporter. I’d like to talk to you for a few minutes.” A long drawn-out sigh. “What can I do for you?” “I’d rather discuss this inside. Out of the cold.” She made a point to shiver. “Oh yeah, sorry.” The door swung open and introduced her to Vincent Miller in the flesh. Before her stood a towering frame of a man with coal-black skin. He had an aura of power about him. He was dressed casually in a forest green buttoned shirt with the sleeves rolled up, long arms roped with prominent veins and compact muscles stretching the smooth skin. Blunt, tapered fingers rested against the white surface of the door in stark contrast. Stonewashed blue jeans hugged his lower body, and accentuated the hard, sinewy thighs. “Would you stop staring and get on with whatever you have to say?” Daffodil beamed, far from embarrassed. She appreciated his directness. A sure sign she’d chosen well. Now we spin the web. To read more of the excerpt, click here.

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.

Visit her site at http://www.ParkerJCole.com

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Gems From Pastor Jim By Jim Hughes

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CrossPs. 103:10 He has not punished us for all our sins, nor does he deal with us as we deserve.

Growing up, I did not like it when I was punished for things I did wrong. My dad was from the old school and was not afraid to punish his children. Back then, timeouts were unknown. My dad had a belt and he knew how to use it. I didn’t like it, but I did learn to respect it. I didn’t get punished every time I deserved it, and I am glad for that. I also was punished for some things dad thought I did which I didn’t do. I do have to admit that I deserved much of the discipline I received.

I am so thankful that our Heavenly Father does not punish us for when we sin as we deserve it. If He did, none of us would survive childhood. We all sin and deserve to die in our sins. But God is merciful, just, and has great compassion for us. He provided for the Israelites the sacrificial system whereby their sins could be atoned for, and for us He provided the cross where we can find forgiveness. Jesus died on the cross so that we would not get the punishment we deserve. As children of God, we are given mercy when we sin. Jesus took our punishment upon himself.

Now, don’t get the idea that we have a free ride when we sin. Sinning always has consequences. The Lord does not pretend we don’t sin. He allows us to live with the choices we make. We may not have a death sentence hanging over our heads, but we do have painful consequences we have to live with. Sometimes our health suffers. For others, life is very difficult. For others, memories won’t go away. For some, others bear the pain of our sins. Sin also has immediate consequences; it keeps us away from God. There is a broken fellowship with God when we harbor sin and it cannot be fixed except through repentance.

Jesus came to deal with our sin problem. He came so that we can live with God in spite of our sin. He came to make us righteous and holy before God. He came so that we can live in victory over our sin choices, in spite of the harm they may have caused us or others in the past.

I am so thankful today for God’s mercy, patience, and love towards me. I am so thankful for Jesus, who is my righteousness and holiness before God.
C Through Marriage

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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Superhuman Series by Suzanne D. Williams

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Why did you start this series?

I had a crazy idea for a sci-fi romance for teens, involving twenty-somethings with superhuman abilities. I love writing sci-fi. It feeds my imagination more than any other genre and is, in many respects, very freeing. I can bend the rules with time and characters in fascinating ways. However, I also wanted, in these books, to include Christian faith. I’ve seen the worst books promoted for teens that, frankly, adults don’t need to read. But that said, I understand why there’s such a fascination with them.

People, and especially kids, love the idea that boys and girls their age could do things the average human cannot. But, absent of Christianity, that thought gets warped into subjects that do more harm than good. There’s no reason why we, as Christian authors, can’t write books that explore the edges of fantasy and sci-fi and include in them what young people need to guide their footsteps. The stories can be fun and edgy and fast-paced, include romance and attraction, and yet stay within the rules.

How many books are there?

There will be five and a HUGE surprise in the last book. I’ve written four so far and released three: THE UNDERGROUND, THE LEAGUE, and THE COALITION. Book 3, THE COALTION, is now available for preorder, to be released on April 9th.

What are the characters’ superhuman abilities?

In Book 1, we meet Crowne. He can catch bullets. You can shoot him, but he won’t die. Book 2 is Anchor’s story. Anchor is NOT a merman, as he continually insists, but he can swim underwater in the strongest currents for days at a time. Book 3 is Kaos’s story. Kaos soaks up electricity in any form and can release it at will.

The other two superhumans are Dagger and Stryke. As the books are not released yet, I’m going to hold off on speaking of their abilities. But each book will reveal more and more of the family structure, how they were formed, their weaknesses, and their strengths.

Can we read an excerpt?

Yes, this is from Chapter 1, Book 3:

The presence of a second man whirled her to the left. The pistol raised, she aimed it at a figure climbing over the barbed wire fence lining the field. Her fingers slipped, the gun bobbling in her grasp, and she reversed, hastily raising it higher. “Don’t come any closer.”

He halted, his hands held in midair on either side.

Lightning flashed once, twice, three times, the third time seeming to target his head. It licked his scalp, shooting sparks from his fingertips, and spread resplendent along his arms, over his shoulders, and up his neck. He glowed as if his skin was dusted with gold, and his eyes lit, shining an unusual color, turquoise like the Caribbean Sea.

Her heart skipped, and she reversed. “Not going to die tonight,” she said. “Not like this and not in Humboldt, Texas.”

His gaze changed, flicking to the figure on the ground. Lowering his arms, apparently not worried about her or the gun, he angled himself across the road, kneeling at the dead man’s side. He turned the man’s head left to right, then traced the tattoo with his fingers, before feeling in the man’s pockets for any ID.

The glow from his skin provided enough light for him to see, and extracting a wallet, he flipped it open and removed out several items, tossing the wallet itself on the man’s chest. “Stand back,” he said.

She obeyed, the pistol still extended in front of her.

Touching his fingers to the dead man’s clothes, flames flickered on the surface, soon taking hold and consuming everything. Orange and white, not doused by the rain, they spread across the dead man’s body, forming a globular fireball that lit the surrounding landscape.

She lowered the pistol and raised one hand over her face, backing further until her heels jabbed her truck’s front tire. The man stood then, giving the fire he’d created only the barest glance, and without any sign of fear, approached. He reached down and took her gun, checking the chamber for bullets, emptied it and poked it in his waistband. He leaned his weight on one hip as if in debate. The light on his skin lowered to a glimmer.

“Who are you?” she asked, hesitant.

She would wake up any minute and find this night a dream. She hadn’t gotten stuck on the side of the road in the midst of a downpour. She hadn’t been attacked by an unknown assailant, and she wasn’t staring at a second man, thinking if he didn’t kiss her, she’d lose her mind.

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Superhuman

Stranded on the side of the road in a thunderstorm, Delilah Pesche prepared to wait the bad weather out. Until a man with a gun tried to kill her.

Her rescue by superhuman, Kaos Dawkins, although welcome, is strange. Sparks flying from his fingertips, him seemingly at one with the heavens, he draws her into a fiery embrace.

But one kiss in the dead of night proves to have dangerous consequences and a tie to their pasts that affects the future. A future, dangerous criminals want to snuff out forever.

Suzanne WilliamsABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Best-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. She writes 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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