Cleansing the Mud of Sin from Your Life 2/7/2023

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by Robin McKinley

Chapter 9 in the book of John contains a very interesting story. It centered around a blind man whom Jesus healed. The Lord indicated that the Pharisees were spiritually blind.

These Jewish leaders believed that they were the spiritual eyes of the nation when in reality they were blinded by their own self righteousness  Sometimes we must cleanse the mud of sin from our lives as well.

Some Pharisees who were standing nearby heard him and asked, “Are you saying we’re blind?”  John 9:40 

Let me summarize this story for you. A man blind from birth came to the attention of Jesus. His disciples asked the question, “why didn’t this man have his sight?”

Here’s the answer Jesus gave. “This happened so the power of God could be seen in him.” The man was healed, but he had no idea who did it. 

When the Pharisees heard about this they wanted to know who healed him. The healed man said, “I don’t know.” So they found his parents and asked them if this was their son. “Yes,” they replied. Then the Pharisees asked, “Are you sure he was born blind?” Again they reply, “Yes.”

Then they asked his parents how the healing happened. The parents told them to ask their son, he was old enough to give them a straight answer.

So, these Jewish leaders went back to the once blind man and asked him to tell them again what had happened. The man, however, wouldn’t answer them.

He said, “No, I told you once.” The conversation continued until they threw the healed man out of the temple.

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To heal the man, Jesus put mud on his eyes and instructed him to wash it off at the pool of Siloam. Therefore, the Lord wasn’t with him when he opened his eyes for the very first time.

It might have done the Pharisees some good if they would have gone to that pool to wash the mud from their own eyes. 

I’m sure they had an idea of who healed this man. Yet instead of believing in Jesus, they chose spiritual blindness. Many people today also choose to be spiritually blind.

Maybe you have occasions when you choose to close your eyes or turn your back on God. For whatever reason you make that decision, understand this, it is wrong.

Those are the times when we are spiritually blind. In those times, we need to do more than just wash our eyes—we might need a complete cleansing.

We must humble ourselves before the Lord. We need the mud of self righteousness and pride washed out of our lives. We need the Lord to open our eyes so we can see the things He wants us to see.

Lord, sometimes we need you to apply a little mud to our lives so we can wash away the sin which makes us spiritually blind. We desire to keep walking in the center of your will. 

About the Author: 

Pastor RobinRobin, with his wife Cindy, became children’s evangelists early in their ministry. They ministered to children full time for 8 years. During that time they developed several children’s stories which were told with visuals and puppets.

Robin recently turned two of those stories into children’s books. One is called “The Contest,” a book about the Fruit of the Spirit, and the other is called “Twas the Night of Christmas”.  He has also authored 5 volumes of devotional books called, 3 Minutes Alone with God. Each entry is a product of his personal biblical Journaling.

These and his other writings are available on his website called Christian Perspectives at www.ramckinley.com. When you visit this site, you can sign-up for newly written devotions as they come out which will be emailed to you.

Presently Robin is the pastor of Calvary Christian Center in Pottstown, PA. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He and his wife make their home in Birdsboro, Pa. He also serves as the president of the local ministerium. He and Cindy have two married sons and four grandchildren. 

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Blessed are the Pure in Heart 2/6/2023

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by Precarious Yates

Matthew 5:8

“Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.”

There he stood on the mountain, desperate for the strength, the grace, and the revelation necessary to lead the 1.5 million people entrusted to him. Moses had a request for Yahweh, the holy and everlasting God who met him in the burning bush and again in the smoke, fire and thunder on Mount Sinai. He wanted to see God’s glory. In Exodus 33:18 Moses said, “Please show me your glory.”

To his request, God replied:

[19] And he said, “I will make all my goodness pass before you and will proclaim before you my name ‘The LORD.’ And I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will show mercy on whom I will show mercy. [20] But,” he said, “you cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and live.” [21] And the LORD said, “Behold, there is a place by me where you shall stand on the rock, [22] and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. [23] Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.” Exodus 33:19-23. 

Seared into the mind of every Jewish man, woman, and child was this fact: no one could ever see God’s face and live. 

Yet here, Jesus promises that those who are pure in heart will see God. How is this possible?

When Jesus walked the earth, hardly anyone recognized who He truly was. Some said a prophet, some said Elijah had returned. When Peter finally declared, in Matthew 16:16

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God,”

Jesus answered him with

“Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 16:17. 

By revelation from God the Father, Peter was able to recognize God the Son!  Did this mean that Peter was perfect? Not at all! Just a few verses later, it is recorded that Peter tries to rebuke Jesus for declaring that He would go to the cross. Jesus had to say to him, “Get behind me, Satan!” Peter was not perfect, but God saw the purity of his devotion to Jesus. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.”

Seven times in the book of Matthew, people worship Jesus. These worshippers saw Jesus for who He was. Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God. 

When the Holy Spirit came upon the 120 disciples in the Upper Room, they saw flames of fire touched the heads of each other. Through the in dwelling Holy Spirit, they received further revelation of who Jesus was. As Jesus told them,

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” John 14:26

Through this revelation from the Holy Spirit, the disciples were able to recognize who it really was they had walked with for three and a half years. John declared at the very beginning of his gospel, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word WAS God” (emphasis mine). Later on, in his first letter, John said, in 1 John 1:1-3

[1] That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we looked upon and have touched with our hands, concerning the word of life—[2] the life was made manifest, and we have seen it, and testify to it and proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and was made manifest to us—[3] that which we have seen and heard we proclaim also to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us; and indeed our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ.’

Let us open our hearts today to the fullness of what God wants to reveal to us. By the indwelling Holy Spirit, we are made clean, we have pure hearts. We are not perfect, but we have been purified by the Lord. And blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God! Unlike Moses, we can experience the fullness because of what Jesus did on the cross for us. You are so loved!

God bless you!

About the Author:

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

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What’s Your Superpower? 2/3/2023

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by Staci Stallings

’m elbow-deep in The Imagination Series—writing Book 8 now.  Book 7 is on preorder.  Book 6 just released. So I’ve been thinking a lot about superpowers.

In the series, there are six main-ish characters. They are friends from high school. Each one has a superpower, and the idea of the series is how they each learn to use the gifts and talents that God gave them–their individual superpowers.

Now, by “superpower,” I don’t mean flying or running fast or being able to flip cars over for fun. What I mean is more mundane “powers” like writing songs and poetry, fixing up cars and doing spreadsheets. I think too many of us don’t give full credence to the things we can do that are truly special.

Sure, other people might be able to do them too. Some people might even be better at “our” thing than we are.  But I think it’s important to recognize and support each other’s best qualities. To champion them. To cheer them. To encourage them.

So it’s interesting to me that what I thought the main idea of The Imagination Series would be—that we should work to use our superpower has really taken a backseat to the theme of learning to support and encourage each other’s superpowers.

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Recently through a crazy turn of events, my niece came to live with us as she started to teach at my son’s school. She’s not teaching any of his classes, but she has some students who are in his class. When she comes home, we often talk about how things are going at the school, things we’ve noticed, or things that we see that need to be fixed. So every day we are discussing how to do the education system better. We also talk about how we can best encourage others and how too often students who have real superpowers are not encouraged in what makes them most special and so they lose that or never develop it.

Add to this that my middle daughter is now a senior in college. She is taking Sports and Exercise Science, which is heavily physical-oriented. She’s done Anatomy & Physiology I and II, Kinesiology and now Bio-Mechanics.  She will come to study a couple of times a week, and she will talk forever about getting adequate sleep or how to do an effective stretch or how to use nutrition to gain optimal health.

Then we have her boyfriend who is also in college learning music production. So he’ll be here playing beats on the midi-board and bending sound in crazy ways.

Of course, my son is the light show king, so he’s always doing some insane project like cutting 300 milk jugs and putting lights in them or reconfiguring Falcon boards to run sets of pixel lights that he’s designing.

You probably already have guessed that one of my superpowers is writing, and my husband does carpentry.

The other day my niece, who is also an artist, said, “I’ve decided I want to live in a house with geniuses. Not necessarily smart people like book smart, but people who are being creative and working together to help each other become even better at what they are good at.”

I was telling my daughter’s boyfriend about that one night, and he said, “That is so cool because that’s what your house is. Everybody comes and works on their stuff and we can go, ‘Hey, listen to this.’ Or ‘what do you think of this’ or ‘how would you say this,’ and we all are interested in what the other ones are doing.”  Then he said, “Hey, you should write a book about that, about how to do that. You could call it…. ‘Become Me.’”  HAHAHHAH!  That’s when I told him the first book in this series is literally called “Becoming Me”!

He was floored.  I thought it was funny.

Maybe life really does mirror art, or is it art mirroring life?

So I’m curious. What is your superpower?  What things do you do really well?  What do you love to do so much that you could just get lost in doing it for hours?

I’m making a list for my life class, and I’d love to include your superpower on it too! Please feel free to share and continue the conversation…

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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 Say It With Roses 2/2/2023

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Say It With Roses

by Debra Ullrick

Say It With Roses

A Clean, Contemporary Christian Romance

He’s already lost one loved to murder…

Rebecca Dahl has only one deep, abiding calling–to minister to the homeless in Central Park. That is until she meets Neil Boyd. The more time she spends with Neil, the handsome pastor who is only planning to plant a church in Manhattan and then move on, the more Rebecca finds herself getting attached, too attached in fact. With no desire to be abandoned yet again, can Rebecca manage to enjoy the newfound friendship while guarding her heart from falling where she really wants to be?
Ever since Neil Boyd’s friend was murdered in Central Park, Neil finds himself struggling with his faith. When he spots a beautiful woman putting herself in danger by ministering to the Manhattan homeless, Neil invites her to go jogging with him as an excuse to be around her so he can not only protect her but also convince her to stop what she’s doing. However, the more time he spends with her, the more he sees her beauty is not only outside but on the inside as well. Rocked with guilt and fear, can Neil ever find enough trust in God to work things out with Rebecca, or will he leave Manhattan and his chance at love behind forever?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Specific Kinds Of Prayer & The Retreat 2/1/2023

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Specific Kinds Of Prayer

How To Pray What You Need To Pray To See Answers To Your Prayers

by Dr. Sheldon D. Newton

Specific Kinds Of Prayer

“The truths taught in this book, when applied consistently in your life, will absolutely revolutionize your prayer life – your communion with your Father, the Creator of the universe!” Minister Deborah Moore

Do you desire to see answers to your prayers? In this timely and impactful guide to effectual prayer, best-selling author and pastor, Dr. Sheldon D. Newton gives clear and practical ways to pray according to God’s Word. You will learn keys to answered prayer and how to pray specifically for various needs or desires. Great details are given to one of the greatest obstacles to answered prayer – unforgiveness – and how to let things go. Most of all, you will learn how to walk closer to the Lord, enjoying His Presence and experiencing answers from Heaven. Praying the right kind of prayer in a given circumstance receives God’s response! Filled with examples of how to pray specifically for various needs and desires and with a question section after each lesson, giving you added encouragement to meditate upon each principle, this prayer guide is perfect for individual and group study. Get your copy today!

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The Retreat

A lighthearted and humorous story about a soul searching pastor

by Kees Postma

The Retreat

You’ll laugh, you’ll be challenged, and most of all you’ll be encouraged to find rest in the Lord, and strength to keep going

Case Parker, a worn-out pastor, is shocked by all the good, bad and ugly he has found in ministry so far. Having reached a point of utter exhaustion he decides to go to Ireland for a three day retreat. Case, and the other Dutch shepherds that join him, end up in all kind of interesting, dangerous and hilarious situations.

This story will have you in stitches, will make you feel convicted and hopefully has you changed by the time the story ends.

In his first translated book, Postma offers heartfelt, laugh-out-loud observations on the absurd ways shepherds and sheep alike, try to make themselves look better than they actually are. The Dutch version of the book became a bestseller interweaving humour and spiritual reflection.

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What Kind of God Does this Things? 1/31/2023

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by Suzanne D. Williams

I walked around carrying a weight on my back, baggage assembled in my passage through life — a care, a worry, a regret, a boatload of dread. I rolled it all up in a blanket of anger and stuffed it on top of the hatred and ire that supported the entire package. 

It was all mine. It was personal. No one would get to me without going through all the junk.

Problem was, I couldn’t get out for all the junk either, nor could I protect myself from the elements. After all, it wasn’t a raincoat. Water seeped in around the edges, drenching my shirt, my pants, pooling in my shoes until sodden, soggy, I slopped through muck and mire, ankle deep in bottom of the river I was supposed to be swimming in.

And the inevitable happened, I tripped and fell flat on my face, nose buried in the soil, unable to breathe, to contemplate another step, another hour, another day.

“What was this all for?” I asked. “Why am I here? And what kind of God does these things? Why bother to try if I’ll only rise up early to sit up late and suffer in the end?” (Ps 127:2)  

I became afraid. Afraid to move. Because what if I did and in that moment I fell again? Worse, what if someone saw me? And what if while I’m down there they laugh? I couldn’t bear it. Couldn’t contemplate being a fool any longer, but the pull of the current was tugging the pack from my back.

No, these are my things. This is what’s saved me all these days, months, years. This moment when he said that to me. That one when she should’ve done different. This animosity. That indignation. And I scrambled for it, clawing outward to snag even a shred of self-respect. Self-satisfaction. Self-regard. Selfishness.

But brought to my knees, held by the washing of water stronger than I, I could only lay there and watch it all float away. Away. Gone. All I’d gained taken in an instant. My heart heavy, I pulled myself up on my knees. (Eph 5:25-27)

And found in kneeling, I could stand. Minus the load on my back, I had new strength. I could stand taller, walk straighter, see further. I could reach out and touch him and her and them over there. Arms extended, legs striding forward, I took up the race across the sand, through the valley of death I’d been wandering in, and up onto a rock where I could see for miles. (Heb 12:1;Ps 23:4;Ps 91:14)

Miles. A marvelous view with promise before me, my failure beneath me, and very strong hand laid firm on my back.

A Good Life 

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A Good Life 

“There is no better portrait of God than in His Word. Though many men held the brush over thousands of years, God directed each stroke, never altering in His purpose.”

We have access to God on a personal level. He desires to spend time with us, for us to know Him so well that we think like Him and talk like Him, react like Him. Such a close relationship with Almighty God comes only through obedience.

Obedience paints such a negative picture in our mind. We see ourselves having to do something we dread and hate. But obedience is how a child of God will grow to maturity. Through obedience, we come to know our loving heavenly Father intimately, and in knowing Him, we find true joy and success.

In these pages, author Suzanne D. Williams paints WHO GOD IS from the image He has drawn in His Word of a GOOD God, a LOVING God. Speaking from her personal experience, she shares an image of the Father and Friend, who lifted her from a dark place of fear and panic to one full of peace and love and heavenly light.

To a beautiful life, a joyful life, a good life exceeding anything we can ever imagine.

About the Author: 

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

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Faith’s Checkbook: Obedience Brings Blessing

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by C. H. Spurgeon

“Observe and hear all these words, which I command thee, that it may go well with thee, and with thy children after thee for ever, when thou doest that which is good and right in the sight of the LORD thy God”   (Deuteronomy 12;28).

Though salvation is not by the works of the law, yet the blessings which are promised to obedience are not denied to the faithful servants of God. The curses our LORD took away when He was made a curse for us, but no clause of blessing has been abrogated.

We are to note and listen to the revealed will of the LORD, giving our attention not to portions of it but to “all these words.” There must be no picking and choosing but an impartial respect to all that God has commanded. This is the road of blessedness for the Father and for His children. The LORD’s blessing is upon His chosen to the third and fourth generation. If they walk uprightly before Him, He will make all men know that they are a seed which the LORD has blessed. No blessing can come to us or ours through dishonesty or double dealing. The ways of worldly conformity and unholiness cannot bring good to us or ours. It will go well with us when we go well before God. If integrity does not make us prosper, knavery will not. That which gives pleasure to God will bring pleasure to us.

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Backstory 1/27/2023

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by Staci Stallings

Many, many moons ago on a writing loop I was on at the time, there was a massive discussion about backstory. For those who don’t know, “backstory” refers to a character’s story that happened before the current story starts. Basically, where did this person come from and how did they get here? What are the secrets of their life?

In the discussion, there had been a writing book published that said an author should not give any backstory until at least page 50.  Over the years, I have thought often about this discussion as I’m writing. Not one to ever follow “rules” just because someone said to, I’ve alternately discarded it and noticed it show up in my writing (not strictly page 50, but well into the story).

What I’ve learned is this:  Every character like every person is different. Some characters don’t have a problem sharing who they are and why. Some characters hold all their backstory cards close to the vest and are really unwilling to show them to anyone.

So, I guess, for me, backstory has become kind of a touchstone lesson. If I have a character who is not willing to share their backstory, it tells me something important about that character. Often, their backstory is traumatic and difficult. “Flawed” characters often simply have a difficult backstory. Reticent characters that are “closed” also very often are holding their backstory close to their heart, afraid that anyone will ever find out “what really happened.”

I imagine that’s why I’ve gotten so good at reading real people’s backstories. I was just talking with someone the other day who said I was “safe” because they could tell me what really happened and get it out.  That’s interesting because that’s roughly the same thing I do with my characters.

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For example, right now in the series that I’m working on, there are multiple backstory pieces that although we’ve been with these characters for 7 books now, backstory pieces are starting to come out that explain why the characters have been acting the way they have. And it’s so strange to me because I know even more backstory that hasn’t come out yet. So when my readers get upset or don’t know why a character is how he or she is, I actually do know because I know where the story is going.

I wonder sometimes if this is a little like being God—you know what is happening now, but you also know what happened back then, and you know what will happen in the following “chapters.”

It’s just an interesting perspective to see life from. Kind of like in my newest book, Hopelessly Devoted to You¸ it’s written from the perspective of multiple characters rather than just one or two. I often wonder if that’s the way God see us and why He understands what we don’t. He’s not seeing things linearly nor from only one perspective.  He sees and knows everyone’s story simultaneously—their current story, their backstory, and their future story.

Honestly, sometimes writing is kind of cool in what it can teach you about life!

How about you?  As a reader, would you prefer to know a character’s full story upfront or learn about it as you go?

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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: The Road to Mercy 1/26/2023

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The Road to Mercy

A Journey of Secrets, Survival, and Redemption

by Mary Hutchinson

The Road to Mercy

Award winner in the Religion: Christian Inspirational category of the 2021 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest; Silver Medal Winner in the 2020 Illumination Book Awards; and 3rd Place Winner in the 2019 Xulon Press Christian Author Awards Contests, Biography/Memoir Category.

The inspirational true story of God sparing a young girl from being murdered and later transforming her life, as seen on The 700 Club.
By age twelve, Mary Therese Hutchinson had survived not one, not two, but four attempts on her life. Even worse, the assailant and man who had sexually abused her for years was no outsider but a trusted family member. Forced to keep much of what she endured a secret, Mary came to believe everything she’d been taught about God was a fairy tale. After all, what loving God would allow such horrible things to happen to a little girl? Or if he was real, then God had forgotten about her.
By adulthood, Mary was outwardly a successful, beautiful young woman. But unresolved trauma and hate for her abuser led to a downward spiral of despair and self-destructive choices. A stranger’s prayers became the catalyst that started Mary on a journey of emotional healing and spiritual transformation. She now knew God was no fairy tale but a loving, merciful heavenly Father who, far from abandoning her, had miraculously intervened to save her young life.
But when her assailant reentered Mary’s life, she faced her greatest challenge yet. Could she extend to her abuser the same mercy God had so abundantly extended to her? The heart-pounding conclusion to this story is one no reader will ever forget. It all began with one woman’s choice to step out of her dark nightmare and onto the road to mercy.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Born in Upstate New York, Mary Therese Hutchinson is a graduate of the Katharine Gibbs School and worked for many years as an executive and legal secretary. Now retired, she still enjoys using her organizational and planning skills for community service. Mary’s incredible story of secrets, survival, redemption, and transformation has been featured on The 700 Club. She lives on the East Coast with her husband Wally and their adopted rescue dog.

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CrossReads Short: Takes Stir Yourself Up & Cordelia’s Call 1/25/2023

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Stir Yourself Up

Rekindling Your Passion & Fire For The Lord

by Sheldon Newton

Stir Yourself Up

A MOST IMPORTANT BOOK TO READ AS WE PREPARE FOR HIS COMING?

Are you struggling in your walk with the Lord? Perhaps you are a minister who has been preaching and teaching His Word for years, and now you feel weary, depressed, frustrated and burnt-out. Maybe you are one who – at one time – was on fire for the Lord, but now your walk has come to a stand-still. Then again, perhaps you have been going through all sorts of hardships, trials and difficulties which has distracted you from spending time with Jesus like you used to. Issues came up and now your spiritual life is not what it used to be. Church has become boring. Reading your Bible daily has become dull and uninteresting. You don’t pray like you used to, fast like you used to. You have become fearful in sharing your faith and lettings others know that you are a christian. Regardless of the reason you may have lost your hunger and fire for the Lord, it’s time to get your passion and zeal back for the things of God. And this book will stir you up and show you how to fall in love with Jesus all over again. Get your copy now and “GET STIRRED UP!”

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Cordelia’s Call

The Suffrage Spinsters Book 7

by Joi Copeland

Cordelia's Call

Can Cordelia be open to love when she’s determined to make a way for herself without the help of a man?

Cordelia Smith grew up in an orphanage outside of Denver. For most of her life, she heard she was unworthy of love. Mrs. Finch’s constant reminder no one would love an orphan sent Cordelia on a path only taken by men: to write for the local newspaper. At the age of twenty-five, she must find a way to support herself while helping out at the orphanage in order to have a place to lay her head.

When Mrs. Finch catches wind of Cordelia’s job, she kicks her out of the only home she’s ever known to work on a ranch in Silver Springs. Cordelia doesn’t know what the town of Silver Springs is like, let alone how understanding they’d be if they knew she continued to write for the newspaper. Just how progressive toward women’s rights to work outside the home would her new town be, and how would she get to town to send off her articles?

Davey Harden’s intrigued by the new cook at the ranch he’s lived on most of his life. She’s got fire in those crisp blue eyes, and she has spunk. But he also realizes she’s hiding something, and until he knows she isn’t going to do his family harm, he’s determined to keep a close eye on her.

The more time he spends with Cordelia, the more he’s drawn to her. But she keeps him at arm’s length, and he doesn’t know why. Doubting his own self-worth, Davey must decide if love is worth the fight or if he should just give up and let Cordelia go.

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