Archive for December 31, 2019

Ask the Author Podcast: Author Interview with Stephanie Chaloux 1/1/2020

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by Russell Sherrard

Ask the Author Podcast

Ask the Author Podcast

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This podcast conducts candid and insightful interviews with Christian Independent Authors. Ever wanted to know what your favorite authors favorite food is. Want to know what your favorite author does in his/her spare time. You’ll find the answer here. Our Interview this week is with Stephanie Chaloux.


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Stephanie Chaloux

Stephanie Chaloux

Stephanie was an ESL teacher and missionary who served in China for a decade. Most of her ministry was to college students but also taught K-12. Leading Bible studies and discipleship classes in her free time. She lived in Shanghai and moved to Leshan in Sichuan after the 2008 earthquake. One travel highlight was watching a meteor shower on the Great Wall of China in Beijing. After God called her back to the states, she works in full-time camping ministry and enjoys telling others about her experiences.

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10 Questions to Ask at the Beginning of the New Year – 12/31/2019

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by Don Whitney

New Years Resolutions

Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with Him, the Lord rebuked them through the Prophet Haggai. “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them to reflect on some of the things happening to them, and to evaluate their slipshod spirituality in light of what God had told them.

Even those most faithful to God occasionally need to pause and think about the direction of their lives. It’s so easy to bump along from one busy week to another without ever stopping to ponder where we’re going and where we should be going.

The beginning of the new year is an ideal time to stop, look up, and get our bearings. To that end, here are some questions to ask prayerfully in the presence of God.

1. What one thing you could do this year to increase your enjoyment of God?

2. What’s the most humanly impossible thing you will ask God to do this year?

3. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your family life this year?

4. In which spiritual discipline do you most want to make progress this year, and what will you do about it?

5. What is the single biggest time-waster in your life, and what will you do about it this year?

6. What is the most helpful new way you could strengthen your church?

7. For whose salvation will you pray most fervently this year?

8. What’s the most important way you will, by God’s grace, try to make this year different from last year?

9. What one thing could you do to improve your prayer life this year?

10. What single thing that you plan to do this year will matter most in ten years? In eternity?

In addition to these ten questions, here are twenty-one more to help you “Consider your ways.” Suggestion: think on the entire list at one sitting, or answer one question each day for a month.

11. What’s the most important decision you need to make this year?

12. What area of your life most needs simplifying, and what’s one way you could simplify in that area?

13. What’s the most important need you feel burdened to meet this year?

14. What habit would you most like to establish this year?

15. Who is the person you most want to encourage this year?

16. What is your most important financial goal this year, and what is the most important step you can take toward achieving it?

17. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of your work life this year?

18. What’s one new way you could be a blessing to your pastor (or to another who ministers to you) this year?

19. What’s one thing you could do this year to enrich the spiritual legacy you will leave to your children and grandchildren?

20 What book, in addition to the Bible, do you most want to read this year?

21. What one thing do you most regret about last year, and what will you do about it this year?

22. What single blessing from God do you want to seek most earnestly this year?

23. In what area of your life do you most need growth, and what will you do about it this year?

24. What’s the most important trip you want to take this year?

25. What skill do you most want to learn or improve this year?

26. To what need or ministry will you try to give an unprecedented amount this year?

27. What’s the single most important thing you could do to improve the quality of the commute this year?

28, What one biblical doctrine do you most want to understand better this year, ans what will you do about it?

29. If those who know you best gave you one piece of advice, what would they say?

30. What’s the most important new item you want to buy this year?

31. In what area of your life do you most need change, and what will you do about it this year?

The value of many of these questions is not in their profundity, but in the simple fact that they bring an issue or commitment into focus. For example, just by articulating which person you most want to encourage this year is more likely to help you remember to encourage that person that if you hadn’t considered the question.

If you’ve found these questions helpful, you might want to put them someplace — in a day planner, calendar, bulletin board, etc. — where you can review them more frequently than once a year.

So let’s evaluate our lives, make plans and goals, and live this new year with biblical diligence, remembering that, “The plans of the diligent lead surely to advantage” (Proverbs 21:5). But in all things let’s also remember our dependence on our King who said, “Apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:3).

Used by permission: copyright Don Whitney

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 12/30/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossMatt. 1:23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son, and he will be called Immanuel (meaning, God is with us).”

God is with us, GOD is with us. God is WITH us. God is with US. No matter how you say it, this is the grandest news man has ever heard!

GOD is with us. The designer, creator, and sustainer of all that is, is with us. The beginning and end of all things is with us. The giver of all life and the hope of all ages is with us. He who knows all things knows us for He became one of us. He who cannot be contained for all heaven is His footstool, became flesh and dwelt for awhile amongst us.

God IS with us. No matter how distant God may at times seem to be, He IS with us. How can we know for sure it is true? He said it is so. He has declared that He is with us, that He will never leave or forsake us, even unto the end of the earth.

God is WITH us. God did not create us and leave us to fend for ourselves. He does not reside in heaven and leave us alone. God is with us. He is with us in whatever we go through in life. He is with us to help us when we lose our way. He is with us when we are confused and frustrated in the times of life. He is with us all the days of our lives, both now and forever.

God is with US. God is with us, His children. God is with all who come to Him for the forgiveness of their sins and choose to live under His authority over their lives. He has chosen US to be His children and live holy lives. Do not fear what comes your way, God is with US.

Immanuel, God with us, is the Christmas story.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending 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.

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Christian Books of the Week 12/27/2019

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by Russell Sherrard

Christian Books of the Week for Your Consideration

Books of the Week

Biographies & Autobiographies

 

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Use Me 12/26/2019

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by James Collins
but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God. 1 Samuel 9:27b 
 
I am lonely for your company. For the past few years, you have promised to spend time with me. This year was no different. Why do you let others take your attention away from me? 
Most resent being used, but I don’t. I want you to use me. 
Use me and will be many things to you. 
When you are weary, I will be your strong staff. 
When you sit in darkness, I will be your glorious light. 
When you are hurting, I will ease your pain. 
Use me. 
When you are discouraged, I will whisper messages of hope. 
When you are carrying a burden, I will give you rest. 
When you are confused, I will offer clear advice. 
Use me. 
When the storms of life rage around you, I will be your anchor. 
When you are alone, I will be your friend. 
When you need knowledge, I will be your teacher. 
Use me. 
When you are afraid, I will calm your soul. 
When you are lost, I will help you find your way. 
Take hold of me, I will keep you from stumbling. 
Use me.  
Use me. I am crying out for you to use me. Use me and I will change your life. Use me and I will change the lives of those around you. Use me and I can change the world.  
I am the Bible. Long ago, you put me away. Over and over, you have said that you were going to bring me back into your life. Around the beginning of each year, you come back to meBut in no time, something else has your focus and you neglect me. A day becomes a week. A week becomes a month. A month becomes a year. Until I am no longer really a part of your life.   
The point is: I want you to use me. I’m only asking for a few minutes of your time each day. Start now. I am right where you left me.  
Pick me up.  
Open me.  
Use me. 

The Point Is...

James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is a pastor and author. You are invited to join him and read through the Bible in a year. For more information about his ministry visit the website thepointis.net 

Book Spotlight: Holy Bible World English Version $2.99 Kindle Version 12/24/2019

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by Russell Sherrard

Book Spotlight
Holy Bible
World English Version

by Russell Sherrard

Holy Bible World English Version

Holy Bible World English Version

The World English Bible (WEB) is a modern, high-quality, public domain translation of the Holy Bible. This edition includes the Old Testament, the Deuterocanonical Books, and the New Testament.

The text is based on the American Standard Version 1901 Bible, Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia Old Testament, and Byzantine Majority Text New Testament.

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$2.99 Kindle Version
This as well as other Bibles available in the Bibles Category of the Christian Nonfiction eBook Store.

 

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 12/23/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs. 9:6-7 For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Jesus is our Everlasting Father. He has always been, is now, and forever shall be. He is one with God, our Heavenly Father. He is one with God in life. He is one with God in His eternal plan of redemption. He is one with God in judgment of sin. There is nothing that Jesus and God are not the same on. He is God.

He is always dependable to be who He is. He is the same eternally. Before anything other than God existed, He was. It is impossible for Jesus to fail to be who He is. It is impossible for Him to not do what He promises to do. He forgives all who come to Him humbly and sincerely for the forgiveness of their sins. Everyone. He forgives all the sins we give to Him. He wraps all His children up in His righteousness so that they are acceptable to God. He keeps all of His children securely in His righteousness who stay yielded and obedient to Him. He is the Alpha and Omega of our salvation. Praise His holy name!

He is unfailing and forever faithful, watching over us to protect us and help us. Because He is God we never have to worry about His dependability. We never have to worry about His availability. We never have to worry about His love for us or His desires for us. His heart for us is always for our good. No matter what we go through in life, Jesus wants us to learn and grow through it for our good. His desire for us is always for our holiness of heart, for without holiness no one shall see God. What He does within us to change us is always for our good. Praise His holy name!

Jesus is our Everlasting Father. Some day we shall see Him on His throne in heaven and bow before Him in worship if we remain faithful to Him. Some day He will place a crown of righteousness on our heads and declare us good and faithful servants who are worthy to be with Him for all of eternity. Some day we will behold Him in all His splendor and glory and join in the heavenly choir singing forth His praises. Praise His holy name! Jesus, our Everlasting Father!

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending 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.

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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.

FREE eBook Interactive Romans Road American Standard Version This is the ideal and easy way to share the gospel using your Kindle http://bit.ly/2xvdXNY #free

 

Sherrards’ eBook Resellers First Annual eBook Giveaway 12/21/2019

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Welcome to the Sherrards’ eBook Resellers First Annual eBook Giveaway

 

That’s right. Our first annual book giveaway. My entire catalog is going to be given away. But not all at once. I have 23 books out. So I will be giving away one a week till the entire catalog is given away.

Here is the third book:

Exodus: The Departure From Egypt

Exodus: The Departure From Egypt

This book is a Study Guide for the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament in the Holy Bible. The Bible Text used for the study is the King James Version (KJV). The title “Exodus” means “going out”. It records the great numerical growth of the Israelites during their enslavement and oppression in Egypt. Moses emerges to lead God’s people from slavery to the Promised Land of Caanan. At Mt. Sinai, God gave Moses the laws which will form the basis for the Covenant between God and the new nation of Israel. They are summarized in the Ten Commandments. The book concludes with a description of the worship centered around the Tabernacle and the Law of Moses. Kindle Mobi format. http://bit.ly/36DzBiq

Below is my entire catalog of books.

Check back each week for the next book. It could be the one you want.

Christian Books of the Week 12/20/2019

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by Russell Sherrard

Christian Books of the Week for Your Consideration

Books of the Week

Bible Study Guides

 

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The Point Is … Is Your Tongue On Fire?

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by James Collins

And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.” James 3:6

One of the difficult things about being a pastor is not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings when it comes to food. At church fellowship meals, I usually take a little bit of everything even if I don’t particularly like it. I am afraid that Miss Edna will watch the buffet line and notice that I didn’t eat any of her butterbeans. Then she will get upset and tell her husband, Deacon Hugo, and I will end up getting fired from the church.   

In the past two weeks, I have attended four different churchrelated Christmas parties. At each of the parties, someone has made spicy dip. Several years ago, I had to have my gallbladder removed. Ever since then, I really can’t eat spicy food. I like food with a little kick, but it doesn’t like me. However, because I didn’t want to offend anyone, I tried the dips. 

At the first party, a lady said, “Try this dip. It has an amusing kick.” I scooped up a little with a chip and put it in my mouth. That dip was so flaming hot, you could remove dried paint with it. I thought I was going to have to go to the hospital. The lady was offended when I told her that my ears were ringing, and I could no longer focus my eyes. 

At the second party, the host said, “This dip has a slight flavor of jalapeno.” I tried his dip on a cracker. I didn’t taste anything but pain. The dip was blazingly hot. My wife, Amanda, had to give me the Heimlich maneuver. I think I embarrassed Amanda with all the screaming and crying. 

At the third party, someone said, “Preacher, try this dip. It has a hint of red peppers.” I put a little of the dip on a potato chip and took a bite. It was so red-hot, it tasted more like Drano than red peppers. I couldn’t think. My brain turned to liquid and ran out of my nose.  

At the fourth party, just as I walked in the door, someone suggested, “Taste this dip. It has just a touch of cayenne and my secret ingredient, ghost peppers.” Not learning my lesson, I dipped in a chip and tried it. I felt something scraping across my tongue but was unable to taste it. My lips began to melt. I told Amanda to collect some of the dip in a container and give it to the coroner, so he would know what killed me at the autopsy.  

Even worse than inferno dips setting your tongue on fire is having a fiery tongue aimed at you. The Bible says the tongue is “a fire” (James 3:6). That does not mean we have a literal flame in our mouth. It is a word picture to show how a spark started by someone’s tongue can become a raging fire. A false statement made here, a little gossip over there, a vicious remark somewhere else, and people are hurt, relationships are destroyed, and lives are ruined.  

However, our words can put out fires instead of starting them. Use your words to encourage someone who is hurting. Speak positively to someone wanting to grow in their faith. Better still, tell someone who is lost about our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The point is: We would all be wise to pray, Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips” (Psalm 141:3). Help me Lord to keep my mouth from scorching others. 

Is your tongue on fire? 

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About the Author:

James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is a pastor and writerHe would love to come to your Christmas party, but he won’t eat anymore spicy dipHe is the author of The Nativity: How The Story Of Christmas Can Change Your Life available on Amazon. For more information about his ministry, visit the website thepointis.net