Salt and Light

You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste (its strength, its quality), how can its saltiness be restored? It is not good for anything any longer but to be thrown out and trodden underfoot by men.  14 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. – Matthew 5:13-14 (AMP)

Whenever I have heard someone quote these verses, it has always been in reference to getting involved in politics.  After all, what better way to be salt and light than to inject some flavor and light to the political scene?  But is that really what Jesus meant when He spoke those words?

The salt and light verses were spoken right after the Beatitudes and right after these verses is a short discourse about the Law.  So we have instructions on how to be blessed or happy, then a few verses on getting involved in politics, and after that, a few verses about Jesus being the fulfillment of the Law.  Right?  Or is it right?  Continue reading

Christianity’s Dirty 10-letter Word, part 2

Last Friday, I wrote a post about submission and how it affects wives  and how the word submission really shouldn’t be considered such a “dirty” word.  Today, I am going to continue talking about submission and how it affects everybody, not just wives.

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What else is there?

As I listened to Pastor Rogers’ sermon, he posed a question: (my paraphrase) “How is submitting to your husband different from submitting to an authority figure?”   That question, and the follow up questions he asked, got me thinking about writing a blog post on the topic.  Then, as I did a little research for my blog post on Friday, and read some verses that had the words “submit”, “submitting”, and “submission” in them, I got to wondering two more things:

1. Why don’t we rebel against submitting to our bosses and legal authorities?

2. Why do we rebel against submitting to God? Continue reading

Christianity’s Dirty 10-letter Word, part 1

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On Wednesday, I heard part of Adrian Rogers’ sermon on “The Magnificence of Motherhood” and something Pastor Rogers said made what has always been such a huge debate in the church actually make sense.  (Side note: the whole series Pastor Rogers is doing sounds excellent for anybody who is married or thinking about getting married).

In most circles, this word is considered a dirty word, especially in the secular world, but also in the Christian community.  What is this word? Continue reading

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day!  On this day of promoting love, I wanted to share what true love really is.

True love is sacrificing yourself, your desires, your wants for another person.  True love was epitomized on the cross when Jesus, the only sinless man, took our sin on Himself so that we could have eternal life in heav

en.  It is only because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifice that we-sinful, wretched beings that we are- can even consider going to heaven.

Today, I praise God that He loved me enough to send His only Son to die for my sins and save me from hell.  In honor of Valentine’s Day, I have made a free desktop wallpaper with the words from my favorite  hymn.  Feel free to download it and share it with others.  Have a very happy Valentine’s Day!

 

Free Desktop Wallpaper

Free Desktop Wallpaper

Are You Prepared?

 

Considering the worldwide weather issues with snow in…what does that say?  Florida?  What will they think of next.  Oh, sorry about that, this crazy weather stuff has me a little distracted.  Or maybe it’s how busy I am…

Anyway, as I was saying, considering the worldwide crazy weather including snow in places like the Southern US, Jerusalem, England, and many other unusual areas, I decided to write a blog post on preparation.  Continue reading

Moses Falls: a short story by Naomi Blum

In honor of Christmas, I have decided to let my youngest sister share her short story today.  The story was written about the village Mom puts up every Christmas.  Enjoy and have a very Merry Christmas!!

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It is the afternoon of Christmas Eve in the busy village of Moses Falls. To begin my little story, I must explain the curious origin of the name of the quaint little village.

You see, at the top of a very large hill is a huge boulder, and out of this rock, seemingly from nowhere, comes a small, clear, waterfall. Of course, at the moment the frozen waterfall is now a beautiful backdrop to a large ice-skating rink.

According to the story, the founders of the town came upon the little waterfall in a small clearing in the woods. They were at the top of the hill close to the waterfall, and it was very obvious that the source of the water was from the rock.

Moses Falls

Moses Falls

As the story goes, some of the pioneer’s wives had been grumbling about the shortage of water and food on the journey. Upon seeing the water flowing down from the rock, the husband of the most vocal complainer turned to her and said,

“Well, looky thar! God done sent you a message to stop complainin’, or maybe you won’t be gettin’ to the promised land at’all.” Continue reading

Guest Post by Valerie Howard

Today, I have the honor of introducing Valerie Howard today as a guest blogger.  I had the honor to proofread her book “Our God Saves” earlier this year.  If you still need a present for that book lover of yours, this book would be a wonderful addition to their bookshelf.  “Our God Saves” is a book of uplifting testimonies from people of all different backgrounds.

"Our God Saves" Compiled by Valerie Howard

“Our God Saves” Compiled by Valerie Howard

 

Bio:
Valerie Howard is a pastor’s wife and stay-at-home mom from Southern Maine.  She has a 1-year-old son and two insane beagles who keep her very busy when she’s not writing!  Valerie has been writing stories since she was in second grade when she wrote “The Mystery of the Missing Crayon”.  Her public school teacher even let the class act out the story and record in on a cassette tape.  Valerie is the author of two fiction books for women, one Christmas play, nine unusual children’s books, and now, a compilation book of over 30 personal salvation testimonies.  Valerie enjoys scrapbooking and interior design. Continue reading

Introducing My First Blog Tour

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It is hard to believe that two weeks have passed since I became a published author.  Where does the time go?  Since November 19, I have sold 4 paperbacks off of Amazon, 4 Kindle editions off of Amazon, 25+ signed copies, and given away 511 free Kindle editions during my 2-day free promotion.  And now today, I am doing something new: I am starting my very first blog tour.

What is a blog tour?

A blog tour is when someone (say, an author) asks people if they would be willing to post something on a specific day for the blog tour.  In my case, there will be reviews, guest posts (with excerpts), and interviews.  Each day, I will add a link to the new blog of the day, so make sure you come back everyday and catch all the fun.

Schedule

December 3: Review and Interview on Mary Beth Magee’s blog

December 4: Interview on J. Grace Pennington’s blog

December 5: “What must I do to be saved?”

December 6: Guest Post on Writing Historical Fiction for Aubrey Hansen’s blog

December 7: Excerpt on Molly Evangeline’s blog

December 8: Interview on Jesse Rice’s blog

December 9: Interview on Michelle Lynn Brown’s blog

December 10: Back to my blog with a surprise post

December 11: Review from Carolyn Park-Williams

December 12: Review or guest post on the Holy Worlds blog

December 13: The wrap-up

Excerpt

And since I want to share an excerpt, I’ll also post an excerpt in here.  Enjoy!

Out of habit, Joshua looked up and down the street as he stepped out of the Sheriff’s office.  Nothing but dust and a few people walking to and from the stores.  He turned to his right and strode to the telegraph office.

After sending the telegram to Cheyenne, he walked down to the livery where he stabled his horse, Poseidon, during the day.

“Hey, there, boy.”  Joshua brushed his hand down the gelding’s flanks.  “How would you like to take a ride out to the ranch?”  He laughed when Poseidon snorted and moved his head up and down.  “Okay, we’ll get going.  But first I need to get you saddled.  I’m not riding bareback.”

After saddling his horse, Joshua mounted and directed the horse toward home.  As he rode, he studied the scenery and prayed.  “God, I know this idea came from You.  No one else could have given it to me.  Thank You for giving me the idea.  I pray that it will work and that she will be willing and able to come out here.  God, You know how much Jed needs to accept Your free gift.  He is drowning in his anger.  Show him Your love.”

Joshua rode in silence until he reached the Double B ranch.  He considered visiting his family, but he needed to get back to town.  The time would be better spent with God anyway.  With his job as sheriff plus helping out at the ranch as needed, Joshua had little time to spend just praying and listening.

Joshua pulled on the reins to direct Poseidon back toward town.  Poseidon was reluctant to go away from the ranch, but he was obedient to his master.

“Humans could learn a lot from horses, Poseidon.  It takes a lot to break the wildness out of you, but once you are broken, you are forever obedient to your master, as long as they don’t mistreat you.”  He looked around at the rolling hills.  “God, help me be completely broken by You and always obey without question.”

Amazing, Surprising, Fun, Exciting Giveaway

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“When I am afraid,
I will put my trust in You.
In God, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust;
I shall not be afraid.
What can mere man do to me?
All day long they distort my words;
All their thoughts are against me for evil…

In God, whose word I praise,
In the Lord, whose word I praise,
In God I have put my trust, I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?” ~ Psalm 56:3-5, 10-11

This week is one of my favorites and also one of my least favorite weeks of the year.  On October 26th, I turn 23.  Can I really be that old already?  Wow!  That is my favorite part of the week.  My least favorite is the last day of the month, October 31.  On October 31st, many people, Christians and non-Christians alike will celebrate a pagan and Satanic holiday.  This year, I am doing two very different and new things that I am really excited about.

1. I am participating in my first ever blog hop.  *points to picture above*  Click the picture for more information and to enter the giveaway for the Grand Prize of $95.00!

2. I am hosting my very first, most exciting giveaway ever! Continue reading

Of Editing and Snippets

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I finished my editing!!  A Mighty Fortress is now on its way to my proofreaders!!  Am I excited?  No, not really. 😉   As I read through A Mighty Fortress, I found some snippets I wanted to share with my faithful blog readers.  So here they are: Continue reading