CrossReads Book Spotlight: THE PROSPERITY PROJECT SERIES PRESENTS 6/20/2024

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THE PROSPERITY PROJECT SERIES PRESENTS

Thinking Outside The Plantation Instructor’s Edition

THE PROSPERITY PROJECT SERIES PRESENTS

Thinking outside the plantation goes beyond issues of race and slavery. This book is about conquering the problems that affect our communities and homes.
On the path to success, we find many adversities. What and to whom can be the stumbling blocks? Are we being spiritually punished for some things, or is something or someone trying to hinder us from receiving Almighty God’s blessings? The plantations of depression, suicide, domestic violence, and addiction will not define us. We have the power to become free. This book will guide you through breaking the chains, thus enabling you to step off those mental and philosophical plantations that impede your social growth.
Written by abuse survivors, this book is intended for both individual and group studies. The instructor’s manual and book are sold separately.

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CrossReads Short Takes: U.S. Marine Vietnam Sacrifice & Living in God’s Now 6/19/2024

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U.S. Marine Vietnam Sacrifice

by Crystal Mary Lindsey

U.S. Marine Vietnam Sacrifice

U.S. Marine Vietnam Sacrifice is a memoir by Raymond Isaac Lindsey, a Vietnam veteran, of his experiences after the war, written by his wife, Crystal Mary Lindsey. At nineteen, Raymond (Ray) fought in the Vietnam War against children recruited by the Viet Cong. The experience left him with physical and mental injuries. His therapy and treatment in Japan caused more harm, and when he returned home, he experienced symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Despite having a loving family and friends, Ray felt like he was in another world most of the time, which affected his relationships. He could not sleep because of his narcolepsy, and when he finally closed his eyes, he had nightmares. Ray eventually met Crystal, an Australian nurse whose father had experienced PTSD. The two fell in love, and she brought light into his dark life and helped him confront his demons.

Ray’s story is an emotional tale that raises awareness about PTSD. The book highlights symptoms of PTSD, which include anxiety, mood swings, depression, and sensitivity to sounds and smells. Ray experienced all these and more but did not let them defeat him. U.S. Marine Vietnam Sacrifice is non-linear, but it is easy to follow. It contains flashbacks from Ray’s life before the war and the circumstances that led him to join the military. His sense of adventure and freedom was short-lived, and I felt terrible for him. I loved his diligence in trying to recover. He tried many activities like motorcycling, painting, playing golf, and joining singles groups to cope with his trauma. Most people experiencing depression and anxiety fail to try and end up committing suicide or being consumed by the darkness. The book is well written and organized, with pictures of Ray and a consistent format. The picture of the military boots and helmet at the beginning of every chapter was a nice touch. Crystal Mary Lindsey wrote passionately, and I appreciate her sharing Ray’s story with the world.

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Living In God’s Now!:

Understanding the Immediate Nature of God!

by Timothy Williams

Living In God's Now

In a world bound by the ticking of clocks, where prayers are often viewed through the lens of future expectations, Dr. Timothy M. Williams Sr invites you into a transformative exploration of God’s timeless “Now.” In “Living in God’s Now,” he shares revelations that break the shackles of temporal thinking, offering insights into the immediate nature of God.

Living in God’s Now challenges the misconception that God operates within the confines of human time. Dr. Williams draws on biblical truths and personal experiences to reveal a reality where past, present, and future coalesce in the divine “Now.” Dr Williams explains,”When we acknowledge God as the source and standard of truth, we believe what God says is true simply because it is His spiritual reality. Embracing God’s truth in our hearts allows our natural reality to become our spiritual reality! Let the Holy Spirit help you embrace these truths”

Discover the seed of revelation that can change generations. As the Church undergoes transformation, understanding and embracing God’s Now is a key. Begin your journey into God’s Now and witness the profound changes it can bring to your life and to the Church. Living in God’s Now is more than a book; it’s an invitation to step out of the constraints of time and into the boundless “Now” of God’s presence. Open these pages, and let the transformation begin.

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Gems From Pastor Jim 6/18/2024

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by Jim Hughes,

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CrossPs. 119:35 Make me walk along the path of your commands, for that is where my happiness is found.

We need help don’t we? We don’t always live by God’s Word. We tend to forget, neglect, ignore, or downright refuse to obey what God tells us to do. We struggle with living by God’s Word because we want to do things the easy way or we want to satisfy our own pleasures. We think sometimes that God’s Word is too demanding. We chose what we want to do and ignore the rest. Whatever we may think about God, we find it hard to want to obey Him. Therefore, we must seek the Lord’s help. We are at war with our sinful thoughts and desires and we must have God’s help if we are going to obey Him. The Psalmist said, “MAKE ME WALK ALONG THE PATH OF YOUR COMMANDS.” We need to pray the same prayer. We must have God’s help if we are going to obey Him.

Why do we need to obey the Lord? Because that is where happiness is found. God’s way is the only way to true happiness. The joy we get from obeying God has staying power. We find in obedience peace with God. We find satisfaction of soul that is not found anywhere else. We find that as we obey Him we want to obey Him. Our desire for Him increases. We see through obedience gratitude for God’s blessings.

When we don’t obey God, nothing goes right with us. We are miserable as we try to squelch our convictions. Guilt and shame plague us because we know better and choose to disobey God anyway. We are restless day and night because peace eludes us. If we continue in our disobedience our health begins to be affected by it as well as our relationships with the people in our lives. When we get what we want out of life we are never satisfied because the ways of sin are nothing but empty promises of happiness.

“Lord, make me to walk along the path of your commands. I don’t always want to do it, but I must if I am going to live rightly before You. Lord, make me do it for my soul’s sake. Keep me off the path of sin and on the path of righteousness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.”

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

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

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

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Faith’s Checkbook: Our Field of Battle 6/17/2024

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by C. H. Spurgeon

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For the Lord your God is he that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you. (Deuteronomy 20:4)

We have no enemies but the enemies of God. Our fights are not against men but against spiritual wickednesses. We war with the devil and the blasphemy and error and despair which he brings into the field of battle. We fight with all the armies of sin, impurity, drunkenness, oppression, infidelity, and ungodliness. With these we contend earnestly, but not with sword or spear; the weapons of our warfare are not carnal.

Jehovah, our God, abhors everything which is evil, and, therefore, He goeth with us to fight for us in this crusade. He will save us, and He will give us grace to war a good warfare and win the victory. We may depend upon it that if we are on God’s side God is on our side. With such an august ally the conflict is never in the least degree doubtful. It is not that truth is mighty and must prevail but that might lies with the Father who is almighty, with Jesus who has all power in heaven and in earth, and with the Holy Spirit who worketh His will among men.

Soldiers of Christ, gird on your armor. Strike home in the name of the God of holiness, and by faith grasp His salvation. Let not this day pass without striking a blow for Jesus and holiness.

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Coincidence 6/14/2024

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by Staci Stallings,

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In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, there is a line that says, “There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.” The line comes in the immediate aftermath of Hamlet and Horatio seeing the ghost, and Horatio literally can’t believe his eyes nor does he have any experience with such a thing. While many people think the line means you should believe anything and everything, it actually means that experiencing something opens your mind to the possibility that such things can exist.

Now, I don’t believe in ghosts, but I do believe that there are many things that cannot be accounted for in our existence than can be directly explained.

Take coincidence for example.

Have you ever had something happen and then something in a completely different area happens that points to the exact same lesson? Have you ever made one decision and then had something else serendipitously drop in your lap that would only have happened if you had made the first decision?

I will be the first to tell you that I can’t explain this, but I know it is true in every word because I’ve experienced it… more than once.

Today, I was writing on my new story. In it, the heroine, Taylor, has started to open her mind to possibilities in the world that she previously did not recognize were there. For example, a young woman just sat by her on the bus–a seemingly random thing. Except this “random” occurrence turned out to be a turning point for Taylor. Her new friend (the one of the sitting on the bus) opened her eyes to more insights than she had previously been exposed to. The lessons were in both what they talked about and the story around their meeting. It’s layering at its absolute finest.

But here’s the thing.

In this story, Taylor and Greg, the hero, go to a film class each Wednesday. Last week (in the story), they watched a film called Unicorn Store which was a lesson in remembering who you were as a child. What did you dream about being or doing or having?  What did you believe was real? And have you given up on those things since you’ve become an adult?

Taylor latched onto those questions, and she is now asking them of everyone she meets. That includes Niki, the girl on the bus. I won’t go into Niki’s story here, but it further opened Taylor’s eyes to possibilities. They talked a lot about how coincidences might not be coincidences at all. They might be carefully timed events or people that God uses to further our understanding of life.

My problem for the last (real) week has been that “tomorrow” in the book is Wednesday, and they are supposed to go to film class. I have the weeks carefully planned out as to what they will watch when. Then, horror-of-horrors! I realized my timeline was off, and they have one more week before the test. What to do with that week? What could they watch?

I had several films in mind, but none seemed just right.

Since I have to have this book fully written and edited by April (I know! I know!), I was beginning to panic because nothing seemed to be working as to what film they would watch.  Then today happened.

One of the problems with relating this story to you is that there are layers to even MY story–there is the written story and timeline and there is my real life story. Enter my real life story.

My son (18 and totally into inventions and creating reality from what was only minutes ago imagination) came in to my office. I had just finished half of a page, which was half-a-page more than I have written in well over a week. He walks in and says, “When you have time, I have something really cool to show you.”

*Big DRAMATIC Sigh*

I’ve lived long enough to know that when someone says that, you stand up and you go see because their big moment will pass in a haze of words that you won’t even remember six months from now. Going now, you will get to experience a moment you will remember forever.

So I left the computer and followed him to his room.

On his desk was a smallish Tesla coil.  If you sharpened a pencil down to half its original size, it was about that big. He said, “This is cool,” and he started his stereo. I listened for a little bit, and I was like, “Okay?” He said, “The sound is coming out of the coil.”

Astonished, I sat down in his chair and got closer (DON’T TOUCH IT!!!), and sure enough, the coil was producing the sound AND the little plasma rays!

Now, one thing you have to understand about my story is there is this big theme about quantum energy and how vibrational energy is the matter in our world. Light. Sound. Frequency. Energy…. you get the idea.

He said, “I got the idea from that movie we watched.”

And instantly, I knew which movie I would “show” Taylor and Greg.  Admittedly the movie is not Christian, but the film class is at a public college and it’s very tame compared to ones I watched 30 years ago in a comparable film class.  The crazy thing is that tonight, I watched that movie, and sometimes…

There’s a line in the movie…. “It was just… It was just….” and the other character knows and says, “…. a coincidence.”

Do you ever get the feeling there might be more to life than is dreamt of in our small philosophies?

Sometimes, the evidence in my life is undeniable.

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: Beckett’s Brides (Double Trouble) 6/13/2024

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Beckett’s Brides (Double Trouble)

by Janice Cole Hopkins

Beckett's Brides

Deadwood doctor, Beckett March, gets a letter from his aunt informing him that she’s sending him two women to choose from for his bride, and he panics. What’s he supposed to do with twins?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Marks on the Wall & See How They Hide 6/12/2024

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Marks on the Wall

No Rules, No Rituals

by Lynne Modranski

Marks on the Wall

Christianity Would Be Perfect if We Could Get Rid of the Religion

Even the strongest Christians get tired of the rules and rituals. They make life tedious and tiresome. But many of those same Christ followers have a strong desire to follow the Bible. How do you reconcile the two?

Author Lynne Modranski struggled with the two sides of the Christian faith for years. She knew she wanted a relationship with Jesus, but the previous generation pressed her to keep up with the regulations. After years of studying scripture and watching those who demonstrated peace in their lives, she started to wonder, “What if all the commandments and statutes are merely signs of growth in the faith?”

In Marks on the Wall, Lynne shares how the most joyful have turned the dos and don’ts of sanctimony into

  • signposts of growth
  • pathways to freedom
  • expressions of love

Understanding the truth of the Bible’s mandates can give us deep happiness and serenity beyond measure. Discover how to start making your own Marks on the Wall starting today.

Includes a Seven Session Discussion Guide – Perfect for small groups or personal refelction

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See How They Hide

(Ellery & York)

by Clare Revell

See How They Hide

As the town reels from a bombing, the death toll rises. The search begins for those responsible. Every officer involved in the pursuit is either injured or negatively affected. DS Zander Ellery must assume command of the cross-county task force and lead the hunt.

Seriously injured, DC Isabel York, must fight for her place on the squad rather than the hospital bed she should actually occupy. Both she and Zander are coping with personal losses, which makes it difficult to stay detached and professional.

Time is running out as everything comes tumbling down around them. Can they catch those responsible, before it’ s too late?

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Faith’s Checkbook:No Cause to Blush 6/11/2024

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by C. H. Spurgeon

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Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed. (Isaiah 54.4)

We shall not be ashamed of our faith. Carping critics may assail the Scriptures upon which we ground our belief, but every year the Lord will make it more and more clear that in His Book there is no error, no excess, and no omission. It is no discredit to be a simple believer; the faith which looks alone to Jesus is a crown of honor on any man’s head and better than a star on his breast.

We shall not be ashamed of our hope. It shall be even as the Lord has said. We shall be fed, led, blest, and rested. Our Lord will come, and then the days of our mourning shall be ended. How we shall glory in the Lord who first gave us lively hope and then gave us that which we hoped for!

We shall not be ashamed of our love. Jesus is to us the altogether lovely, and never, never, shall we have to blush because we have yielded our hearts to Him. The sight of our glorious Well-beloved will justify the most enthusiastic attachment to Him. None will blame the martyrs for dying for Him. When the enemies of Christ are clothed with everlasting contempt, the lovers of Jesus shall find themselves honored by all holy beings, because they chose the reproach of Christ rather than the treasures of Egypt.

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: God knows where you are, and He knows how you are doing 6/10/2024

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by Rebekah Beene

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I asked her how she was today. The young woman behind the deli counter in the grocery store I visited yesterday. Her response was, “Oh you know, livin’ the life”, as she looked around her work area. I smiled and started to move on. But the look of resignation on her face prompted me to stop and visit for a moment. All I could offer her was a response that God would give anyone He met at a deli counter (or anywhere). When I did leave her area, she was smiling.

“God knows where you are, and He knows how you are doing. He has not forgotten you nor is He indifferent. He loves you and His plan for you far surpasses your present circumstances.”
Oh beloved, God says the same thing to you and me and all of us. He knows. He has not forgotten you. He isn’t indifferent. And His love prompts His plan for you to surpass your present circumstances.
Whatever you are dealing with this morning, He has a plan in it. He is the Only One who can part your Red Sea. And He isn’t bound to only help you once and then give it to you to do the rest. He is the one who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. He is the one who calls you chosen, royal, holy, and oh so much more! He hasn’t stopped by your cubicle of difficulty to tell you “I told you so”, “I warned you” or “I help those who help themselves”.  This very day He is stopping by to tell you that He is working all things out for His glory and your good. He also wants to fill you with fresh fire of Holy Spirit so that you can walk in power even behind the deli counter or any other situation you are presently in. You aren’t meant to hide and hope you don’t get seen. You are meant to stand out in the Spirit and banish demons wherever you go!
God loves you and He wants to change your life. Never be afraid to trust Him, for His glory is what your heart longs for – even more than your desire for any other thing in the world.
Ephesians 1:11 Through our union with Christ we too have been claimed by God as His own inheritance.  Before we were even born, He gave us our destiny; that we would fulfill the plan of God who always accomplishes every purpose and plan in His heart. TPT
Ephesians 3:20 Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.

Romans 8:28 And we know [with great confidence] that God [who is deeply concerned about us] causes all things to work together [as a plan] for good for those who love God, to those who are called according to His plan and purpose.

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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The Well 6/7/2024

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by Staci Stallings,

Narrated by Artificial Intelligence – Kayla,

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For years I have said that I can do six things at a time, but the second you add a seventh, I’m done.  I get overwhelmed, and nothing gets done very well. Over the past two years, I’ve had to increase that number more and more because I kept adding things without pruning others back. As my kids got older, we added things like college and boyfriends and fiancés, followed by diplomas and further education and upcoming weddings. I went back to teaching–just a couple of classes a week, but it all adds up.

Along the way, I kept writing, and for the most part, I somehow fit that in around everything else. Add to that trying to market in an increasingly difficult environment, owning and operating two businesses, and of course keeping up with two very connected extended families, and….

Well, you get the picture.

In the midst of everything, I’ve had the opportunity to start teaching small classes about personal growth and finances, which have both been huge blessings. The problem is that there are only 24 hours in a day, and doing one thing means you can’t be doing something else. So when it came time to renew my commitment to InspyRomance, I had to be honest. I have loved being here and sharing with all of you and getting to have a conversation with readers every month, but my well for what to write about is running dry.

It’s probably because I’m doing so many other things that to have the margin to be creative in finding ideas for posts has become more and more of a challenge.

You come here for inspiration and fun, and it’s been great to provide that since InspyRomance started. But I think, for the time being, I’m admitting to myself and to you that we’re coming up with more sand at the bottom of the well every month.

So, my dear friends and readers, for now, this is goodbye in this format. You will still be able to find my new books on Amazon, and I do have a Facebook Group, Staci’s FAN-tastic Readers if you’d like to find me over there.

I wish you all Happy Reading, and many, many thanks for your graciousness during my time here!

God bless!

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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