Archive for February 27, 2020

Christian Books of the Week – Homeschool 2/28/2020

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by Russell Sherrard

Christian Books of the Week for Your Consideration

Christian Books of the Week

Christian Books of the Week

Homeschool

 

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The Point is … A Friend To The End 2/27/2020

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by James Collins

A man that hath friends must shew himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother. Proverbs 18:24 

“Chappy,” Mike said. “Do you ever wonder what comes after this?” 

“After what?” I asked. “The Army?” 

“No. Have you ever thought about what happens after you die?” 

“Yes.” 

“Are you afraid of death?” 

“No.” 

“Why not?” 

“Because Jesus is so real to me. He saved my soul. I know that when I die, I will go to heaven to be with Him.” 

Mike looked up at the stars and I did too. I don’t remember ever seeing as many stars as there were in the sky that night over Baghdad. After a minute or so of silence, he said, “Goodnight Chaplain, I’ll see you in the morning.” He turned and went inside the tent. I sat there for a while and prayed for him. Then I went insidefound my cot, and went to sleep. 

The preceding conversation took place ten years ago. Operation Iraqi Freedom was winding down and changing to Operation New Dawn. Soon, all U.S. Military Forces would leave the country. Soon, we would all be home. However, Al Qaeda was still active in our area. Iraq was still a dangerous place. So, when Mike asked me about death, I assumed he was worried about the war. How could I have known that there was a war going on inside his soul?   

Sometimes we have wounds that are not visible. Mike was wounded inside. He was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). He was carrying a tremendous amount of pain that came from multiple combat tours.  

When we arrived home, I was transferred. Mike and I kept in touch through social media. He would often share pictures of his family, especially his kids. 

Last Friday, on Valentine’s Day, Mike took his own life.  

By the time you read these words, Mike will be buried. He will be just another statistic. He will be just one of the twenty U.S. Military Veterans who die by suicide in America each day. But to me, he was more than statistic. He was my friend. I will live the rest of my life with the heartache of not being there when he needed a friend to lean on. 

If you know someone who is suffering from depression or PTSD, give them a call. Better yet, go visit them. Who knows? You just might be a friend who can make a difference. 

As I have been grieving for Mike, I have sought counsel from another Friend. I have turned to Jesus for comfort. Jesus is a Friend who will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). He is a Friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). He is a Friend Who loves at all times (Proverbs 17:17). He is a Friend Who laid down His life for His friends (John 15:13). I don’t know how a person can make it in this world of heartache without my Friend, Jesus. 

The point is: Jesus is One Friend you can’t afford to be without. When you turn from your sin, ask Him for forgiveness, and submit to Him, Jesus becomes your Savior, Lord, and Friend. Once you come to Christ, He will be your Friend to the end…and beyond. 

Is He your Friend?

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James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

Ask the Author Podcast: Author Interview with Lydia Chapman Blair 2/26/2020

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by Russell Sherrard

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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 Lydia Chapman Blair.

 

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About the Author:

Lydia Chapman BlairLydia C. Blair is a wife, mother, ordained minister, certified life coach, and the founder of Freedom Reigns Ministries. Her passion is to lead people into a deep relationship with Christ and help them get “unstuck” in whatever holds them back. She has been speaking in churches, ministries, small groups, and conferences, for many years, but decided that writing is as another avenue that she could help others along their journey. She is proof that the Lord can take someone who has had many obstacles in their way and will show Himself to be all He has promised to be. Lydia married her high school sweetheart, has an amazing daughter who is a treasure sent from the God. She is also a momma to the sweetest border terrier/teacup Chihuahua named Max and a ferocious cat named Bob Kitty. When Lydia isn’t ministering, or writing , she is creating lasting memories through making her family bust with laughter. Her motto is: “you get one life, make the best of it. Always love Jesus first, never be afraid to love deeply, apply yourself to learn, “do your work” to be the best you can be, and have fun!”

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Book Spotlight: Life Changing Bible Reading System World English Version $1.99 Kindle Version

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Life Changing Bible Reading System
World English Version

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Life Changing Bible Reading System - WEV

Life Changing Bible Reading System $1.99

Life Changing Bible Reading System-WEV is a Bible Reading System developed by Professor Grant Horner who is the originator of this Bible Reading System. Pofessor Horner is Associate Professor at the Master’s College north of Los Angeles, and is also Chair of Humanities at Trinity Classical Academy. It is a Bible Reading System utilizing the re-arrangement of the Bible in World English Version. It has 10 lists, each list containing a set of Bible Books. The reader reads one chapter from each of the 10 lists working his way through the entire Bible.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 2/24/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossJer. 8:20 “The harvest is finished, and the summer is gone,” the people cry, “yet we are not saved!”

There is coming a time very soon in which there will be world cry similar to this. When Jesus comes to take the church out of the world, the world will be in dismay. There will be an awareness that it is too late. The harvest is done; the day of redemption has come and gone. There will be many who will be in great agony and despair for they will know that they waited too long and were left behind. For those who listened but never took to heart the Gospel message, there will be the haunting reality that they are not saved.

We don’t know when that day will be. Right now the harvest is going on. The summer season is almost over. There are so many things happening in the world today that point to the soon return of Christ. There seems to be a deep anticipation in the church today that we are in the latter stages of preparation for His coming. Much work yet needs to be done in the harvest field.

Jesus declared while He was on earth that the harvest field was ready. He sends many out into the field and those who can’t go, He sends to their knees to pray for the harvest and the harvesters. No one will be saved without those who pray for them and for those who go to them. We have an enormous task ahead of us. God is not willing that anyone would miss out on heaven and neither should we be. Jesus sends us out into the world to proclaim salvation and to disciple those who will believe. It is our mandate until Jesus comes.

There are so many in the world who know they are not saved and want to be saved, but don’t know how. They need someone who will care enough to come alongside of them and show them the way of salvation. Will you pray? Will you go? It is not enough for you to be saved. You are mandated to go and help others that they too may be saved. Will you do your part? If you really love Jesus as you claim to do, you will.

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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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

 

Christian Books of the Week – Homeschool 2/21/2020

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by Russell Sherrard

Christian Books of the Week for Your Consideration

Christian Books of the Week

Christian Books of the Week

Homeschool

 

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Ask the Author 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 each week https://anchor.fm/russell-sherrard

 

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The Point is … He Has Made Me Glad, Ungh… 2/20/2020

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“Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort.” 2 Corinthians 1:3 

like to work in my yard. I like to work in my yard because it is good exercise. I like to work in my yard because it is good therapy. I like to work in my yard because it is good quiet time. I like to work in my yard because my wife tells me that I must work in my yard. 

When I work in my yard, I have a good time. It’s just me and Jesus. So, I like to sing praises to Jesus. I often worry the neighbors will hear me singing and call the police because they think I’m killing a cat. I don’t have the best singing voice.   

There is a small orchard in our back yard. There are peach trees, apple trees, pear trees, plum trees, and cherry trees. One day, I was pruning those trees.  I filled up a trashcan with leaves and limbs and I was singing. Have you ever had a song get stuck in your head? That day, I was singing, “He has made me glad.  He has made me glad.  I will rejoice for He has made me glad.”   

I filled up the trashcan with leaves and limbs. The trashcan was full, but there was one little pile left. While I was working, I was singing. “He has made me glad. He has made me glad. I will rejoice for He has made me glad.” 

I wanted to make more room in the trashcan for the last little bit of leaves and limbs. So, I grabbed hold of it, and I pulled myself up into it. I was still singing. “He has made me glad. He has made me glad. I will rejoice for He has made me glad.” 

I began to jump up and down. I wanted to smash the leaves and limbs down, so I could pile more in the trashcan.  

Did I tell you that there are wheels on the back of that trashcan? The trashcan began to roll with me jumping up and down inside of it.  

There was nothing I could do. I hunkered down in the fetal position as the trashcan rolled out from under me. When I hit the ground, it knocked the “He has made me glad” right out of me!  

I stopped singing. I stopped giving Him glory. I stopped praising the Lord when I hit the ground. 

The point is: When life is going great, it is easy to give praise to the Lord Jesus Christ. However, when trouble comes, we forget all about Him. The One we need the most, we call on the least when we are in trouble.  

I don’t know what trials and tribulations that you are going through today. But whatever your problems are, you can call on Jesus. He is the God of all comfort.

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James Collins

James Collins

James Collins is pastor, writer, and columnist. Find out more about his ministry at www.thepointis.net. 

Ask the Author Podcast: Author Interview with Christine Draper 2/19/2020

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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 Christine Draper.

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Christine Draper

Christine Draper

About the Author:

Christine Draper is an Aussie currently living in the UK, a self-confessed Science geek who is passionate about her children, her faith, education and making this world a better place.

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Book Spotlight: One Year Bible World English Version $3.99 Kindle Version 2/18/2020

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One Year Bible
World English Version

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One Year Bible WEV

One Year Bible World English Version

The World English Bible is an update of the American Standard Version (ASV) of the Holy Bible. Its style, while fairly literally translated, is in informal, spoken English. The WEB is designed to sound good and be accurate when read aloud.

Key features of the World English Bible:
•The Majority Text used as the basis for the New Testament,
•God’s Proper Name in the Old Testament translated as “Yahweh”,
•Over 1,000 translation notes provided throughout the volume, offering important information concerning the translation of the Bible text (original wording, multiple possible readings, significant variants).

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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.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 2/17/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossJer. 7:24 “But my people would not listen to me. They kept on doing whatever they wanted, following the stubborn desires of their evil hearts. They went backwards instead of forward.”

We need to think about what the Lord is saying to His people here. Although in this context the nation of Israel is being addressed, I believe it applies to us as well.

It is our nature to want to do what we want to do and not what God wants us to do. Ingrained within us is the tendency to be drawn away from God. We naturally want to resist the voice of God that guides us to Him. Whether you are a believer or not, it is true. Our sinful nature left alone will cause us to slip backwards away from God.

Our only hope of resisting our urges is to work hard on our relationship with Christ. We must resist the mindset that once we are saved we can coast our way to heaven. We live by grace, but grace without works is no grace at all. It takes effort to stay connected to God. It is not possible to live in Christ and not be changed. He changes our natural desires to resist and pull away from Him. He changes the very direction of our lives. He changes our desires so that we will listen to Him and not shut Him out. The more we work on developing our ties with the Lord, the quicker our growth will be.

I don’t believe there is any neutral ground upon which we can stand as Christians. We are either growing closer to Christ or we are drifting away from Him. If we are drawing closer to the Lord we are consistently reading and meditating on His Word. We are seeking ways in which we can become who God says we are and need to be. We are seeking ways to apply to life what God tells us to do. We as well are spending time in fellowship with the Lord, talking to Him and worshiping Him.

Listen to the Lord. Let Him draw you closer. Learn from Him. Lean on Him. Let Him have His way with you.

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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Ask the Author 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 each week https://anchor.fm/russell-sherrard

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