Trust and Obey: The beginning of a new series

Trust and Obey Blog Tour

I have a new book out! And it’s not a western! What?!?! Why would I do that? Well, I’ll share more about how I decided to write this series and what inspired this particular book. But first, here’s a little more about the book. And you also get to see my new author picture!

About the Book

Trust and Obey_KindleA wicked priestess, a morally corrupt king, and two children stuck in the middle…

Hadassah and Gidal love their parents and will do anything for them. When Priestess Basmat tell Ehud and Jerusha to pay their debt, they cannot and she takes Hadassah and Gidal as her slaves for two years.

The priestess works them hard, but there are two other servants to divide the load with, so they cope as well as they can. Then King Saul comes in disguise requesting the priestess’s other services—as a medium.

Will Hadassah and Gidal trust Adonai to take care of them? What will happen after Priestess Basmat comes face-to-face with the prophet Samuel?

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07D939ZPL Continue reading

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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.

Submission blog2

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

Submission blog2

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

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

Free in Christ

I recently read a sermon talking about what being free in Christ meant.  The most powerful part of the sermon was the closing illustration.  From what I could find, the source of the story is in dispute, so I will just post it here saying that I did not write this and I don’t know for sure who did.  Enjoy!

 

Bird Cage

 

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Evolution vs. God

When atheists are confronted with hard-hitting questions about God and Evolution, what is their response?  This 38 minute video is well worth the time as Ray Comfort asks atheist friends of his some tough questions about evolution.  Questions like “Does evolution require faith to believe?”,  “Give me one piece of unrefutable evidence for evolution”, and many more.  Watch the video to find out what their responses are and how Mr. Comfort gets some of them to really think through their positions on evolution.

If the Ax is Dull: Guest Blog Post

This blog post was written by my sister, Naomi.  Thanks, Naomi!

If the Ax is Dull

If the ax is dull,
And one does not sharpen the edge,
Then he must use more strength;
But wisdom brings success.” Ecclesiastes 10:10

Ax

I once heard a story that goes along with this verse.

A young man wanted to show his lumberjacking skill, so he challenged an older lumberjack to a competition: they would both work all day and see who had more trees cut.

The older man always took a fifteen minute break every hour, so the youngster decided that he would skip the breaks and that way have all that extra time to work.

At the end of the day, the young man, hot and sweaty, came over and asked eagerly, “How many logs do you have?”

When the older man told him the amount, the youngster was furious!

“How could you have so many when you always take so many breaks?” he raged.

“Well,” the lumberjack replied, ”I always sharpen my ax during those breaks.”

If you have ever read Ecclesiastes –which I hope you have- you may have found it to be ‘depressing’, ‘odd’, or maybe it was a voicing of how you were feeling at the time. The latter is how I felt when I was reading it the last few mornings.

The most common phrase is “All is vanity”. I’d been feeling that way too. All we do is live, have fun, sorrow, make things, work, gather belongings, and die. End of story. Sort of.

The thing is, that’s not the end. The end is either heaven or hell, very real places, and the option depends on your relationship with God.

Now this is where some may stop reading the ‘religious’ stuff, but trust me, I’m not done with the good stuff.

In Ecclesiastes nine, it says,

For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God…One event happens to the righteous and the wicked; To the good, the clean, and the unclean;…Go, eat your bread with joy,
And drink your wine with a merry heart;…Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.  Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.

What a statement!

So after reading all about the vanity of life, it tells us what to do with it. Go, eat your bread with joy, live joyfully with your wife, and work with all your might! There is your life spelled out for you!

Now the author of Ecclesiastes lived long before Jesus came, so he didn’t know about the rest of your purpose. Believers in the one true God have another, life-defining purpose in life, which is to win souls for Christ.

What are you doing to win souls? In your workplace, are you building relationships so you can share the gospel? Are you telling your neighbor about the greatest Person in your life? Are you showing your family the love of Jesus?

Even if you can do nothing else, find a way to show Jesus’ heart of forgiveness to someone. Today.

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

Fear God and keep His commandments,
For this is man’s all.
For God will bring every work into judgement,
Including every secret thing,
Whether good or evil.” Ecclesiastes 12:13-14