God Sees Your Acts of Faith

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by Rebekah Beene

I’ve been cooking, cleaning and washing clothes for 43 years in my own home.  It’s gotten interesting sometimes. It’s gotten monotonous at other times.  But it’s continued.  Everything done in the home is something that continually needs done.  The laundry will technically never be caught up. The dishes are always going to be ready to wash or put away. The food, well, we need food every day for the rest of our lives.

I can’t wake up one morning and decide not to ever do those things again.  The same is true for our spiritual life.

Oh beloved, God wants you to know this morning that He sees your acts of faith. He is thrilled with your steadfast continuance in spite of what has come your way.  He wants you to know that you were bought with a price and you are kept with that same price.  There have been times you put one foot in front of the other and walk by faith alone. In the dreary times you can rest assured that Son is shining His light for you! In the monotonous times you can be sure that in your weariness God is your refreshment!  Not a single day is wasted even when you feel nothing exciting or new is happening. Holy Spirit within you gives you charge to keep going and keep seeking the Father’s face. You even wonder why you exist in this season. God says you exist for Me! You are my handmaiden of faith. I Am that I AM. You were born in flesh and blood because I ordained it. You were born again because I wooed you to Myself.

God loves you and He’s for you! Peel back the monotony and look again. Your heart is beating this day because you live in purpose and preparedness for God’s glory.  You’re not killing time just waiting for the next problem, the next decision or the next stage of life. No, beloved, you are here to commit your life to Eternal things.  Next time you feel like life is in a rut, ask the Lord to reveal His fresh insight and calling for your life! He will reveal things to you and give you new plans. Rejoice that you aren’t done and it’s not over – you are just beginning to live as you live in the Light of His Glory & Grace!

1 Corinthians 8:6 Yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom are all things and we exist for Him; and one Lord, Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we exist through Him.

Revelation 4:11 “Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.”

Ephesians 4:1 Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God.

2 Timothy 1:9 For God saved us and called us to live a holy life. He did this, not because we deserved it, but because that was His plan from before the beginning of time–to show us His grace through 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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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 128:1 How happy are those who fear the LORD–all who follow his ways!

There is much resistance today about fearing the Lord. The thinking is that because we live in grace, God is no longer to be feared. The emphasis is on God’s love and not His holy nature. When we talk about Him being holy, we treat it lightly, as if it no longer needs to concern us. We have mellowed God to the point where He is no longer perceived to be fearsome. We hide in grace and don’t talk much about God being holy and the judge of all sin. Hell is seldom talked or preached about. Preaching a soul to the altar no longer characterizes our preaching. Condemnation for sin is not promoted much.

I wonder what we have lost as a result of our “new” approach to the Gospel. Is the church as strong as it once was, a guiding voice in the local culture? Has the fire gone out of our evangelism? Are we as concerned for lost souls as we once were? Does anyone really listen to us anymore? Are we paying a price for removing the altar out of our churches? Why is there an alarming shortage of pastors in the evangelical church? Why is it that there are so many in the pulpits today preaching a different message than the Gospel?

I believe there is a correlation between the condition of the church today and our sacrificing our fear of God. Fearing God instills within a respect for God in His holiness. It keeps us aware of the need to for Him. It motivates us to not take for granted God’s grace. It keeps us from removing God from off His throne. It keeps us from adapting God to our liking. It moves us to live holy lives before Him.

Those who fear the Lord are happy because they are diligent about staying right with God. Their relationship with God is the most important part of their lives. They purposely and diligently seek Him. Because God is the priority of life, they know the peace of God that comes from knowing all is well with their soul. There is no greater joy in life than to follow the Lord in all His ways.

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About the Author:

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

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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No More Prison

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by Rebekah Beene

It’s been many years but I used to go with a group of women for prison ministry. One of the things I learned while participating in this was that being set free was fearful to many of those women we ministered to. In fact, some would commit a crime again just to get put back behind bars. They felt very fearful in the freedom and much safer behind bars. It’s probably impossible for someone who’s never been there to understand. But for them freedom was a very scary thing.

While not all of us have been in a literal prison, even believers can relate to a prison without bars.

Oh beloved, God wants you to know this morning that He set you up for complete freedom! He sent Christ to the Cross so that you could go free. You don’t have to live imprisoned. You don’t have to live with regrets. You don’t have to live in shame. The greatest lie the enemy ever gives any of us is that we either can’t change or we aren’t changed. But Christ has indeed changed everything! The yoke of bondage was removed. The bars of the old life have been broken away. The lock on the cell has been broken. You, beloved, who have trusted Christ as Savior, are free!

God loves you and He is for you! Isn’t this the Good News! Freedom! No more repression in captivity! In Christ you are free to do everything God calls you to do! In Holy Spirit power you are entitled to live completely for the Lord! You may still see yourself as marred, scarred or injured. But God sees you as beautiful, perfected and royalty! It’s time to throw off the lies and embrace the truth that you are free indeed and thus free to live for Christ as anointed and appointed to fulfill your destiny for the rest of your life! Hallelujah!

Galatians 5:1 It was for freedom that Christ set us free; therefore keep standing firm and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

Psalm 102:19-21 For He looked down from His holy height; from heaven the Lord gazed upon the earth, to hear the groaning of the prisoner, to set free those who were doomed to death, that men may tell of the name of the Lord in Zion and His praise in Jerusalem!

Psalm 146:7 Who executes justice for the oppressed; Who gives food to the hungry. The Lord sets the prisoners free!

John 8:36 So if the Son makes you free, then you are unquestionably free!

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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Write, They Said

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by Suzanne D. Williams

Write, they said.

Write your first draft, just jot down the words and don’t look back. Right words. Wrong words. Bad phrases. Poor grammar. Telling, instead of showing. Head hopping. Everything goes as long as the words land on the page.

Write, they said.

Don’t reread. Don’t correct yourself.  Don’t overthink. But zip to the end and raise your word count as high as possible. 4,000 words a day. 8,000 words. Look at how far you’ve come in such a short period of time!

Write, they said.

Put out a book in a month. 50,000 words in 4 weeks’ time. You’ll go back and reread and reread again and fix all those mistakes. That’s the fun part, the editing.

Write! Write! Write!

Wait. Hold on. What if instead of forming sloppy writing habits, I learn to write well the first time? What if I get to the end of the scene and know where the next is going because I don’t have to worry about fixing what I messed up? Even greater, what if I slow down and enjoy the process?

Enjoy the trip on the way to where you going.

I get it. Some people need motivation and having a time limit on how much to put out helps them produce. But, maybe it’s just the editor in me, I can’t do that. I don’t like to go back and change things. I hate that I didn’t see what I should have done the first time, and I love getting to the end and knowing everything fell into place exactly as God intended.

God and me, writing. He gave me the words. I listened and put them down correctly.

Not that there is anything wrong with how you write. If you prefer to race to the end and then spend days editing, have at it, but I’ve learned how to write by taking my time to examine what I’m saying. It’s the overthinking, the questions – Could I change this point of view? Would the sentence read smoother if I substituted this word for that one? What if the character said this instead of that? How would that alter things?

The best compliment ever paid me was when my editor said she could read my books on her phone. ON HER PHONE. When I get the story back and it takes me a half hour to edit, I know I’ve done things well.

I’ve learned where to place commas, how to properly use action verbs, when to add in a beat during dialogue … and all the other multifarious things that a writer has to know just to write. I’ve studied my craft and become GOOD at it. Like a sports star, who knows the rules of the game. Like a lawyer, familiar with historical cases. Like a math professor, who has spent hours knowing how x equals y.

I mean, where would we be if airline pilots didn’t understand their instrumentation? If computer repair shops were staffed with auto mechanics? Do you honestly want to stand in line at the grocery store while someone adds your prices up by hand? We expect teachers, subway engineers, politicians (laugh) to know what they’re doing. We want to get on a boat and the captain understand how it runs.

But anyone can write anything as long as they get it finished, no matter how bad it is when he or she pens “the end”? I don’t think so.

They tell me to write, but instead of flinging words hither and yon, I will write well. And I will learn from it. I will develop my craft, become the BEST, and have readers clamoring for my books because, even if some shiny accolade isn’t hung on the cover, I know that I know what I’m doing.

But maybe, that’s just me.

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

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Youth and Young Adult Historical Adventure Books

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by Mary C. Findley

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Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion

An earl’s son tempts seventeen-year-old-Hope to rebel against an arranged marriage in medieval England. Colchester Manor is attacked and Hope’s family is missing. Only two men, one a memory-keeper for a thousand missing Crusaders, the other a nameless champion, know Hope isn’t mad when she names the attacker. But only one of them wants her alive to get justice.

“Sir Knight. I hear that thou wilt not say thy name nor thy true business to anyone. ”
“It is a vow I have made, that Baron Cloyes must be the first in England to know of these things. ”
“Man, thy story might turn my heart completely to thy cause,” Lord Godwin said.
“It matters little now, my lord. ” Sir Chris coughed several times. “The earl has said I am to be made to confess to the burning of the manor house. To that I cannot confess, and so … Lady Hope?”
“Yes, Sir Chris?”
“I am sorry I could not help you,” he said in a voice I could scarcely hear. “I am sorry, too, that you were not persuaded to know Christ.”

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Illuminated Hope and the Knight of the Black Lion (Illustrated in the style of an illuminated medieval manuscript. Please click on the “Images” link at the top of the blog page to view samples from this version.)

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Benny and the Bank Robber (free — Book one in the Benny and the Bank Robber series)

Be sure to go to our Issues Nonfiction and Homeschool Curriculum page to see the student and teacher edition study guides for this book.

Ten-year-old Benny found the drunken cart driver who caused his father’s death, but he’s got bigger mysteries to solve. A long, sharp knife, a bag of disguises and a savage black stallion don’t reassure Benny about his traveling companion to frontier Missouri. Still, Benny can’t shake the Scripture’s promise that God “will never leave thee nor forsake thee.”

“How come you stopped the barge if you already had a good horse? And why were you hiding that black bag under your saddle?” Benny kept talking, so fast that Mr. Clancy couldn’t have answered his questions if he had wanted to. And he certainly didn’t seem to want to.
“It looked just like the bag Mr. Carlisle put on the train — and the one that man in the black suit was carrying. What was in all those bags? Or — was that you pretending to be somebody else again? Were you the one that killed that man at the bank and stole the money?”
Mr. Clancy had been staring at him all this time without moving. Suddenly he jumped forward and grabbed Benny. He covered Benny’s mouth with one hand and with the other pulled out a big, long knife. Holding Benny so tight it hurt, he laid the knife up against his throat and whispered in his ear.
“I guess you do get to go along with me, after all, Benny my boy,” he hissed. “But somehow I don’t think we’ll make it to Uncle Tom’s. The chickens’ll be so disappointed.”

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Doctor Dad (Book 2 in the Benny and the Bank Robber series)

What could be easier than getting Benny’s mother remarried? Delay after delay of every one of Benny’s plans shows him he may have to wait for God to “Make all things new.” Identical twins Rose and Violet Mitchell make Benny’s head spin. A mysterious secret society at his boarding school might have deadly plans for Benny. Has Benny’s Doctor Dad prepared him for times as hard as these, even for the temptation of the privilege and comfort his grandfather’s wealth can give him?

That night Benny took one more look through his footlocker. Suddenly he noticed a slip of paper tucked into his winter boots. He pulled it out and opened it.
“The box is the key. Use it to unlock the door to the cat.” At the end was a symbol Benny recognized as the Greek letter Omega. Jason and Joseph were both in the room when Benny found the note. Joseph watched every move Benny made when he found the note, though he tried clumsily not to show it. Jason read the note over Benny’s shoulder. Like lightning, Jason leaped across the room and slammed Joseph down on the floor. He grabbed his throat and Joseph squawked. He was a much bigger boy than Jason, but he was not at all strong and could not get the furious boy off of him.
“You’re the one who stole it!” Jason snarled. “I knew it all the time. We want it back right now!”
“Make him get off of me, or you’ll be sorry!” Joseph squealed to Benny.
“Let him up, Jason,” Benny ordered. “Joseph, I guess you don’t want to be expelled, do you? I just want my cougar skin back. I don’t want any trouble.”
“You can’t prove I had anything to do with that note or your — cougar skin,” Joseph said with an oath. “You can tell me now what’s in the box. Then they’ll let you know what they want next.”

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The Oregon Sentinel (Book 3 in the Benny and the Bank Robber series)

Ben Carlisle’s longtime dream has been to travel west with his family. When he is offered a newspaper job in Detroit, he is forced to question whether moving west is really God’s will for him. Can he leave behind his grandfather, the girl he thought he loved, and an opportunity few writers could even dream about? Can he risk the life of one of his best friends, or face an old enemy head-on? What price will he have to pay just to make his writing live?

A giant man on a huge buckskin gelding suddenly clambered up out of the gully behind the bush. He pulled up sharply and scooped Sarah up with his long, powerfully-muscled arm. Ben’s mother gratefully took Sarah from the newcomer. Sarah giggled delightedly and reached up as if she wanted to ride up into the air again.
“Thanks, Mister,” Jeremy said as the man lifted his wide-brimmed tan hat. “I’m Jeremy Carlisle, and this is — ”
He broke off sharply and Ben came up beside him as Caleb Sutter looked slowly around at them.
“I guess I know who you are.” His blond hair trailed long as an Indian’s down his broad back. His shirt hung open and an intricate beaded choker clung to his corded neck. Caleb turned his head slightly and Ben saw a jagged scar running from where his left earlobe should have been halfway down his massive chest.
“I saw your names on the roster, so this wasn’t exactly a surprise for me,” Caleb went on as the family remained speechless. “Bet it was for you, though. Let me try to make this trip easier for all of us. I’ll do my job, and you’ll take care of your family, Doc. I don’t want to dig up any stuff that’s been buried. I sure don’t want any trouble. Boss Tibbs relies on me, and what was between Ben an’ me — well — Just do me the favor of keeping out of my way as much as is humanly possible so I can keep out of yours.”

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Benny and the Bank Robber 4: Lines in Pleasant Places by Mary C. Findley
Violet will arrive with the wagon train, and they can be married. But is she truly in love with Ben, or with the five or six trunks of things her letters say she can’t do without?
When trouble stalks the widowed young schoolteacher, will Ben go past protecting her and threaten both their futures? What will it take to stop a stalker determined to possess his dead brother’s wife?
How can Ben save Violet and himself from a ruthless outlaw gang? Will he ever stop paying for that headline, or even he live to tell it at all? An avenger of blood looking to settle scores is not the only thing Ben discovers when he helps a man with a past.
Everything Ben has worked and prayed and bled for could be washed away in a day. Can an unexpected visitor from the past change the course of a raging flood with Cascade right in its path?
From Chapter Eighteen – Drawing Fire
The door to Elijah’s room burst open suddenly. Ben heard a heavy tread enter the room. The door slammed shut. Ben groped for Obadiah and shoved him behind Elijah’s chair. Ben sat up carefully, holding his eye, which throbbed intensely now.
“Lookit th’ he’p y’ got naow,” Matt Dotter’s voice sneered. “A’ ol’ geezer, a brat, an’ a half a man. This gon’ be easy.”
“Will you let them go?” Ben stood up slowly and held onto the wall for support.
“Shore, aftah ah’m done an’ oan mah way. Ah hit y’, din’ Ah? Ah knows Ah hit y’.”
“No,” Ben laughed. “I fell down the hill and hit my head. You missed, Matt.”
“Y’ lie. Ah doan’ miss a’ thet range.”
“It’s too bad Caleb didn’t get a shot at you. He wouldn’t have missed. Maybe he’s figured out about your friend and he’s on his way back here right now.”
“He’ll b’ late. Y’ jes’ quit turnin’ them wheels insi’e yo’ haid, Carlisle, an’ doan’ b’ fig’rin’ haow y’ kin beat me outta killin’ y’. Ah will hurt these three if y’ gimme trouble.”
“ How do I know you won’t kill them after I’m dead?”
Matt Dotter laughed, a cruel, icy laugh. “Ah c’d kill ev’body in this taown ef Ah wanted t’. Y’ doan’ ha’ no say in what Ah do, ‘spesh’lly since you’ll b’ daid.”
“That’s what I thought,” Ben said, stalling for time and wishing his vision would clear.

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Gems From Pastor Jim

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 127:3 Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.

Throughout history, children have had mixed reviews. History records how children have often been treated no better than animals, sometimes even worse. Children have often been regarded as a problem for those who have birthed them. They have often been victimized, abused, and discarded as if they didn’t exist. In most places in the world today, nothing has changed.

Adults lord it over their children. They have little regard for the humanness of their children. They don’t care about their feelings or thought processes. They force their wills on their children. They use their power and authority over them and care very little about the affect it has on them. Children are considered by many to be a liability and measures are taken to keep them even from existing.

But God does not see children as so many do. Children are a gift from the Lord. Each child is precious in the Lord’s sight. God puts His imprint on each child’s life. Each child is created by God for a purpose. God has a plan for each life. God loves each child dearly and it grieves His heart when man thwarts His plans. I believe there will be great punishment on Judgment Day for those who mistreat and snuff out the lives of children.

Your life is precious in the Lord’s sight. Dear child, the Lord loves you. He created you in your mother’s womb to be just who you are. He brought you into the world with purpose and has very special plans for you. The Lord wants to lavish on you His love. He wants you to know just how special you are to Him. The Lord wants to bless you and keep you for His own for all of eternity. Oh, dear friend, do not believe the lies of Satan and others about you. You are a precious gift from God. You are special and dearly loved by Him. Your life is not an accident. God created you and longs to have eternal fellowship with you.

Children are a reward, not a curse, for the righteous. We have our children in our lives for such a short period of time. Each child should be lavished with love and cared for carefully. The Lord entrusts you with the opportunity to bring them up in the Lord. He considers you dependable and believes in your ability to prepare your children for life. Teach your children the ways of the Lord by the things you say and do and when they will never be able to get away from them.

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About the Author:

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

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

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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A Completed Sacrifice

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by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

And he shall put his hand upon the head of the burnt offering: and it shall be accepted for him to make atonement for him. (Leviticus 1:4)

If by that laying on of his hand the bullock became the offerer’s sacrifice, how much more shall Jesus become ours by the laying on of the hand of faith?

My faith doth lay her hand On that dear head of Thine, While like a penitent I stand, And there confess my sin.

If a bullock could be accepted for him to make atonement for him, how much more shall the Lord Jesus be our full and all-sufficient propitiation? Some quarrel with the great truth of substitution; but as for us, it is our hope, our joy, our boast, our all. Jesus is accepted for us to make atonement for us, and we are “accepted in the Beloved.” Let the reader take care at once to lay his hand on the Lord’s completed sacrifice, that by accepting it he may obtain the benefit of it. If he has done so once, let him do it again. If he has never done so, let him put out his hand without a moment’s delay. Jesus is yours now if you will have Him. Lean on Him—lean hard on Him—and He is yours beyond all question; you are reconciled to God, your sins are blotted out, and you are the Lord’s.

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Christian Trilogy Completed Azalea Plantation Series

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by BJ Robinson

About the Covers for the Series

Beautiful Houmas House Plantation was used for the cover in all three books in the Azalea Plantation Series. We have Kevin Kelly to thank for fulfilling his lifelong dream by acquiring the property in the spring of 2003 and opening it for tours. The lovely home sits in a big bend of the Mississippi River. Houmas Indians were the first owners through a land grant, and they later sold the property. In 1963, Betty Davis stared in “Hush, Hush Sweet Charlotte,” filmed on the property. Part of today’s Houmas House tour showcases the room where she stayed. It is a Greek revival plantation.

Houmas House Plantation and Gardens is the lovely home used for the cover. It is the Crown Jewel of Louisiana’s River Road, refurbished with twenty-one rooms on thirty-six acres on the Mississippi River not far from New Orleans, Louisiana. It offers visitors a unique, historical glimpse into the world of the Civil War era through what was once Louisiana’s largest sugar cane plantation. Tours are available in Louisiana’s Plantation Country on historic River Road.

The horse is made ready for the day of battle, but victory rests with the Lord. Proverbs 21:31

The American Civil War ended over one hundred and fifty years ago and took six hundred thousand lives. It was the bloodiest war and divided the nation as well as the South. Yet, it still matters today for the lessons learned, history, and most importantly, the freedom of slaves. I titled my third and last book in the Azalea Plantation Series Plantation Restored. Just as a home may be restored, I hope and pray our country will be as well. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. believed in peace. It was his dream. His famous speech was only seventeen minutes long, but was one of the greatest speeches in history and continues to reach out to unite just as it did all those years ago. I wish it were in the public domain so I could have used it here, but it is not, so I will have to settle for just mentioning it. He made such an impact on American and will never be forgotten, a true hero.

The third book concludes with a recipe for heavenly hash candy that makes a wonderful treat for Valentine’s Day or other holidays.

New Release Book 3 in Bestselling Azalea Plantation Trilogy. Included Siege of Azalea Plantation, Azalea Plantation, and Plantation Restored.

Lexie and Reese’s story continues in the third and last book of the Azalea Plantation     Series. The war ends, and Lexie awaits his return. Other soldiers are making it home, but Reese is missing. She leaves New Orleans and travels back to Azalea Plantation in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to await his return, busying herself with restoring the plantation after the war. Lexie clings to faith and hope and refuses to give up on Reese even though she’s heard the stories about prisoners-of-war and the explosion of the Sultana. The family decides to visit Azalea Plantation, but Reese is still missing. https://www.amazon.com/Plantation-Restored-Azalea-Book-ebook/dp/B01N7RAWUY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484226293&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=plantation+restored+b+j+robinson 

Book I

Reese never thought he’d fall for a Southern belle or any other woman after what happened to him, but he can’t deny the attraction he feels each time Alexis’s haunted eyes show passion for the home she loves. He can’t help but envy the love and regard she held for her husband and longs for love like it.

Alexis never thought she could love again when her husband died in the war. How could she fall for a Yankee when Union soldiers killed him? Can she let go of the past and find trust and faith to move on?

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Book 2

Lexie’s heart breaks when she has to leave her beloved home. She’s sent to Reese’s uncle’s plantation near New Orleans where Reese thinks she’ll be safer. Warned on The Natchez trouble strikes soon afterward. She’s left to wonder if she’s made the right decision and if she’ll ever see her beloved home, little Reese, or her husband again. Her deep love for Reese keeps her going. http://www.amazon.com/Azalea-Plantation-Siege-Book-ebook/dp/B01CSOTHQS/

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Book 3 in Bestselling Azalea Plantation Trilogy. Lexie and Reese’s story continues in the third and final book of the Azalea Plantation Series. The Civil War ends, and Lexie awaits his return. Other soldiers are making it home, but Reese is missing. She leaves New Orleans and travels back to Azalea Plantation in Vicksburg, Mississippi, to await his return, busying herself with restoring the plantation after the war. Lexie clings to faith and hope and refuses to give up on Reese even though she’s heard the stories about prisoners-of-war and the explosion of the Sultana. The family decides to visit Azalea Plantation. Reese remains missing once the family is gathered. Andersonville Prison releases its prisoners, but the Sultana explodes bringing them home. Lexie tells herself Reese couldn’t have been in another boat explosion. He had no reason to be aboard that boat. She’s lost one husband to the war. God forbid she lose another. Historical Civil War. Trilogy includes: Siege of Azalea Plantation, Azalea Plantation, and Plantation Restored. All three novels use beautiful Houmas House near New Orleans, Louisiana, for the covers. https://www.amazon.com/Plantation-Restored-Azalea-Book-ebook/dp/B01N7RAWUY/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1484226293&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=plantation+restored+b+j+robinson 

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Excerpt to Book 3 in Azalea Plantation Series

Lexie stood at the balcony railing with Mary in her arms watching a trail of smoke curl into the cloudless blue sky. Her heart thudded. She wanted to scream, but the sound didn’t come.

The explosion shook the ground so hard that it rattled windows in the southern mansion. She hoped and prayed it hadn’t been Reese’s paddle wheeler.

Her heart hammered. She had to know, yet she didn’t want to discover her fears were right. In a few minutes, she stood beside Julius. He wrapped an arm around her shoulders. “I’ve sent men up the river to see if it was his boat.” His voice shook. “I can’t believe he’s come through years of war to be blown to bits in a steamer explosion.

Tears trickled down Lexie’s face. “I pray it wasn’t his boat.”

Julius sighed. “Me too, but I didn’t see any others pass this morning.

“Maybe it was one headed this way.”

“Let’s hope.”

“Let’s pray.” She clutched his hand as Molly and Essie came running and joined them. Julius bowed his head and prayed that it if it was Reese’s boat, he had somehow survived and asked God to help the victims and their families.

The small group made their way to the dock and stood watching the river and the gray-black smoke funnel through the air, darkening the clear, blue sky.

After what seemed like hours of holding her breath, Lexie spied the small boat Julius had sent with some of his men. It pulled into the dock, and Jess Cunnings, the overseer, jumped out onto the wooden deck. He strode to Julius and patted his shoulder. “It was his boat. People are trying to help by fishing survivors from the water. I came to let you know, and I’m headed back.”

Julius said, “I’m coming with you.”

Lexie’s world swirled around her, and she felt Molly take Mary from her arms as her knees began to tremble. Essie held her and whispered, “Take it easy. He may be in the water. They’ll find him.”

“Wait! I want to go with you.” Lexie shrugged from Essie’s arms and wobbled to the boat on shaky legs. “I have to be there.”

Julius helped her climb into the small vessel. “Are you sure you’re up to this?”

“I have to see for myself.” She sank onto a seat and whispered, “I have to be there for him.” Lexie sat motionless and stared at the muddy Mississippi as the boat headed back to the wreckage.

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B. J. RobinsonBio: B. J. Robinson loves reading and writing, family, and pets. She’s authored over twenty books, available for the Amazon Kindle and previously had four paperbacks published with a small independent publisher. BJ loves writing in various genres to provide choice for her readers. Her latest work is a Christian Civil War Plantation Series, The Azalea Plantation Series, readers are saying is her best. It begins with Siege of Azalea Plantation, continues with Azalea Plantation, which takes the reader from Vicksburg, Mississippi, to a plantation near New Orleans, and concludes with Plantation Restored. It makes the sixth Civil War historical romance she’s authored. You will also find inspirational, contemporary, short stories, and novellas available as well as Christmas titles. Check out her Amazon Author page for a larger selection. http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1449417151&sr=1-2-ent 

 

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Thank God for Music!

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by Ada Nicholson Brownell

Four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments I made,’ said David, ‘to praise, therewith’” (1 Chronicles 23:5 KJV).

I had no idea how one would go about making a musical instrument until my brother, Dr. Joe Nicholson, who headed the Evangel University music department for many years, showed me and a crowd.

He demonstrated how to make a trumpet. He took 4 ½ feet of tubing, actually garden hose, and a funnel for one end and put a brass mouthpiece in the other. Then he blew. It sounded almost exactly as the brass instrument as he played a short tune. Then he used 9 feet of hose for a trombone or baritone. The sound deepened. For a tuba it took 18 feet and the notes he played were way down there.

People have been known to make music with reeds picked along a river. The ancients made sounds with leaves and blew on ram’s horns. Rhythm instruments can be made of most anything, including gourds to shake and jugs to blow. Kids often play tunes on a comb and paper.

David’s instruments probably were more sophisticated. He could engage metalsmiths to make brass instruments, and use various talented folks to create stringed instruments out of wood or other materials.

But musical instruments go back as far as Genesis and Adam and Eve. Where the couple’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren are listed we’re told, “And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ” (Genesis 4:21).

I wonder if the word “Jubilant” was penned after him. Jubilant means “showing great joy, satisfaction, or triumph; rejoicing; exultant.”

The next verse names Zillah, one of Adam and Eve’s great-granddaughters. She bare Tubalcain, an instructor of every artificer in brass and iron. I wouldn’t be surprised that he made trumpets as well as tools.

Quite a lot of difference between what the Bible says and what the textbook claimed about the beginning of music when I was in college. “A monkey came down out of tree and made an instrument,” the book said and I laughed.

Music is used in worship to the only true God who created the heavens and the earth in the beginning.

When David was chosen to take his rightful place as God’s anointed king, David not only went to return the ark to the Israelites, but worked diligently to re-establish the form of worship among the people that David knew was true worship. That included joyful music and singing.

But before they could properly play, sing, and combine their voices they needed to be organized. The Levites needed to dust off their talents and divided into groups according to their ministries because during Saul’s reign they had brought in idols and neglected worshiping God as they should.

David wrote, “Praise him with the sound of the trumpet; praise him with the psaltery and harp, praise him with timbrel and dance; praise him with stringed instruments and organs. Praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord” (Psalm 150:3-6).

So they praised the Lord all the way as they carried the Ark home.

PRAYER: Lord, I praise you for breath, for music, and for who you are, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, my Savior, and my soon Coming King.

Peach Blossom Rancher

About the Author:

Ada Brownell

Ada Brownell, a devoted Bible student, has written for Christian publications since age 15 and spent much of her life as a reporter for The Pueblo Chieftain in Colo. She also is a veteran youth Christian education teacher. After moving to Missouri in her retirement, she continues to write books, free lance for Sunday school papers, Christian magazines, write op-ed pieces for newspapers, and blogs with stick-to-your-soul encouragement. She is the author of six books. She is a member of Ozarks Chapter of American Christian Writers and American Christian Fiction Writers.

She and her husband have five children, one in heaven, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Blog: http://inkfromanearthenvessel.blogspot.com/Stick-to-Your-Soul-Encouragement
Ada Brownell Amazon Author page http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B001KJ2C06

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by Jim Hughes

CrossPs. 127:1 Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is useless. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.

This verse speaks to me. First, unless the Lord builds His church, the church is useless. The tendency by many is to build the church around certain people, who may or may not be centered in Christ and intent on doing His will. There is the temptation to instill our agenda in the church and lose sight completely of what the will of Christ is. Programs, personalities, and productions, no matter how good they may seem to be, are useless unless they are centered in and directed by Christ.

Another thing that strikes me is that unless one’s home is built by the Lord, the home is useless. No eternal good will come from the home if the Lord is not in it. Out of the home comes that which we need to face the world unscathed. If the Lord is not in the home, there is little chance that we can survive, let alone thrive, for Christ outside the home. There is no greater place where the soul can be nourished, encouraged, and inspired than in the home. It is our training ground for the world.

Unless the Lord is in charge and doing the building, what we do is useless. We can assist Him, but we can never take His place as the Lord of our living. When the Lord is in charge, He protects our souls. Whenever we fail to let the Lord watch over our souls and protect us, we make a mess of things. We are not alert or sharp enough to stay out of trouble when we strive to be the watchman over our souls. We need the Lord’s constant help and influence.

Whether it is in the church, the home, or in the world, if we try to wing it without the Lord orchestrating our lives, we labor in vain.

C Through Marriage

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

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chaper on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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