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Christian Books of the Week – Biographies/Commenteries 5/1/2020

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The Point is … Going Places 4/30/2020

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For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11

During the COVID-19 quarantine, I have been going to work each day. However, my wife and kids have pretty much been stuck at home. It seems like they are developing “cabin fever.” Over the weekend, they seemed to be a little cranky especially when I started rationing the remaining toilet paper. They became even more upset when I started cutting their hair. By the way, my wife looks great with a bowl haircut. 

In order to alleviate their boredom, I put the kids to work. For the past few weeks, they have been peeling old wallpaper and painting. That seemed to make them even angrier. Since they didn’t like painting, I made them clean out the garage. Guess what? They hated that too. 

Because we couldn’t go anywhere, I did my best to come up with a stay-at-home activity the whole family would love. I tried boardgames. I quickly discovered that kids who have spell-check on all their electronic devices are easy to beat at Scrabble. After my forty-second consecutive Scrabble victory, they got frustrated and quit.  

Since all the churches are closed, every preacher in America is now a televangelist. So, I thought it would be fun to check out some of the other pastors on YouTube, and I made my wife and kids watch with me. The experience was, well, interesting… If your pastor wears skinny jeans when he shouldn’t, you might want to get a new pastor. If your pastor says his favorite hymn is Madonna’s “Like a Prayer,” you might want to get a new pastor. If your pastor is over 30 years old and frosts the tips of hair, you might want to get a new pastor. If your pastor gets more theology from Joel Osteen books than the Bible, you might want to get a new pastor. 

Anyway, after watching three or four bad internet preachers, my wife and kids were really agitated. My ten-year-old son, John said, “I’m so bored. I just want to go someplace. I just wish this mess was over and the world would reopen.” I looked at John and said, “I do too, son.” 

My family, like most people today, just wants to go somewhere. Right now, it feels like the world has stopped, but that’s not really the case. Every second the earth is moving 18.5 miles in its journey around the sun. Every tick of the clock, you are 18.5 miles away from where you were before the last tick. If you count to 10, you are about 200 miles away from the place you were when you started counting. The earth is always going places. Since you are on the earth, you are always going places too. 

Not only is that true physically, but it’s also true spiritually. Every soul is moving either toward God or away from God. You are going someplace. You are meant to go to heaven. That is why God says, For I know the thoughts that I think toward you thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11). God wants to bring you to a good place. Since you’re going places anyway, make sure you’re always moving toward God and not away from Him. 

The point is: Even under lock-down, you are going places. It is impossible to stay put. But you have a choice on your direction. You can either move toward, or away from God.  

Where do you think youre going 

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James Collins

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Book Spotlight: Genesis: Book of Beginnings: Journey Through the Bible Book 1 $2.99 Kindle Version 4/28/2019

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Genesis: Book of Beginnings
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Genesis: Book of Beginnings

Genesis: Book of Beginnings

This book is a Bible Study of the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for this study is the King James Version (KJV). This Book is the first book in the Series entitled Journey Through the Bible.

This book is a Study Guide for the Book of Genesis in the Holy Bible. The Bible text used for the study is the King James Version (KJV). It is fitting that we should start with Genesis, which is the book of Beginnings. Genesis: The Book of Beginnings is the first book in this series of Journey Through the Bible.

Genesis means “the beginning” and it is a book of beginnings. It records the creation of the world and the beginning of the nation of Israel. Chapters 12-50 focus on one man, Abraham, and his descendants. Abraham, his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob are called the patriarchs of Israel. Jacob’s twelve sons are the beginnings of the twelve tribes of Israel. Through Joseph, one of Jacob’s sons, the whole family settles in Egypt.

The word Genesis means origin or creation. Genesis, the first book of the Old Testament, is a book of beginnings. It has been said that every major doctrine has its seed or beginning in Genesis. For example, the material universe, the human race, sin, the promise of the Messiah, languages and the Hebrew nation all have their beginnings in the book of Genesis. For this reason Genesis is called the seed pot of the whole Bible. Every great fact, truth and revelation is found in this book in germ form. The book of Genesis is essential to the understanding of all the other books of the Bible.

Moses wrote the book of Genesis about 1500 years before Christ. Moses received the oracles directly from God. They were not handed down by word-of-mouth (Acts 7: 37, 38). God can just as easily tell a person the past as he can the future. The book Genesis covers a time period of nearly 2500 years, from the Creation to the journey of Israel into Egypt.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 4/27/2020

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crossJer. 23:35-36 You should keep asking each other, “What is the LORD’s answer? or “What is the LORD saying?” But stop using this phrase, “prophecy from the LORD.” For people are using it to give authority to their own ideas, turning upside down the words of our God, the living God, the LORD Almighty.

So much is being said in the name of the Lord these days it’s hard sometimes to know what is from God and what isn’t. How can we know for sure what is from God? We go to the Word of God and examine the Scriptures carefully. We need to ask the Lord for wisdom and guidance so we can gain understanding. We must make sure that our understanding is supported by the rest of the Scriptures. We must know that God never contradicts himself or goes beyond His Word.

People use the Word of God often for their own gain. They sometimes use it to stir up trouble amongst the brethren. They use it to promote their own ideas or agendas. We must be very careful what we listen to, believe and teach. It is good to examine the thoughts of man by the Word of God, but we must be sure it’s for the right reasons.

God honors the searching of an open and honest heart. He has given us the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth. God wants us to understand what He is saying to us. We just have to be willing to listen with humble and submissive hearts.

Just because someone says that it is true from God doesn’t mean anything unless it is supported by the Word of God. Be very careful how the Word is used. It can be used to support just about anything if it’s taken out of context or pieced-meal together. The whole of Scripture is truth. All of the Word together is profitable for our understanding and living. We cannot pick and chose what we want to live by and believe. Live by the whole counsel of God and the truth will set you free.

Before and After the Honeymoon

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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 – Bible Study Guides/Biographies 4/24/2020

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The Point is … Is Church Essential? 4/23/2020

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Take heed therefore unto yourselves, and to all the flock, over the which the Holy Ghost hath made you overseers, to feed the church of God, which he hath purchased with his own blood.  Acts 20:28

On August 21, 1973, a little girl named Christy was born. There were costs attached to her from the moment she was born. Her father had to work two jobs to pay the hospital bill. As she grew from a baby to a little girl, she cost even more. Her dresses and shoes were expensive as well as the doctor visits through all those childhood diseases.  

Christy was even more expensive during her school and teen years. She needed dresses for formals and proms. Her parents paid for her first car. The cost for insurance for that car was outrageous. When she went to college, there were college expenses not listed in the catalog. Tuition was bad enough, but there were also costs associated with books, campus parking fees, rent, and groceries. In her senior year of college, Christy met Josh. They fell in love and got married. The wedding cost a tremendous amount of money. Five months after her marriage, Christy was diagnosed with cancer. She was dead within a year. She has not cost a penny since the day her family walked away from her grave. 

If a church is alive, there will be a cost. The more alive a church is, the greater the cost. Only a dead church, like a dead child, no longer has a cost.  

What price are you willing to pay for your church? I’m not talking about a financial cost, although that may be part of it. Right now, there is a battle in the United States over the church. Many government officials are using the COVID-19 crisis to push an ungodly agenda. It is like a cancer trying to kill the church. Governors in most states have issued orders restricting churches. One governor ordered police to go through church parking lots, write down license plate numbers, and issue fines to the attendees. People attending a “drive-in” church service in Greenville, Mississippi were given $500 citations. Your telling me you can “drive-in” to McDonalds and get a Quarter Pounder, but you can’t “drive-in” to church and worship the Lord Jesus Christ. 

The question comes down to the definition of “essential.” Only “essential” services can remain open. When the coronavirus hit, I called and emailed several federal, state, and local elected officials and I asked them, “Is church essential?” Most of them refused to answer. In my way of thinking, not answering was an answer of, “No.” However, one local politician that I spoke with on the phone answered with a flat-out, “No! Churches are not essential.” We are living in a time where liquor stores, marijuana dispensaries, and abortion clinics, are considered essential, but the blood-bought church is not. 

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t want anyone to get sick. I believe that you should take all precautions to maintain health and safety. But the U.S. Constitution says, “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Yet we are seeing that happen and it’s being justified as a public health issue. When a Governor orders that anyone going to church is a criminal that can be punished by jail time and fines, that ought to cause concern for all Americans. That is unconstitutional. 

The point is: To keep the church alive, there will be a cost. Jesus paid a price for the church. It cost His precious blood. Since Jesus paid such a cost for His church, I, for one, am not willing to sit by and watch her be killed. I will pay any price to keep the church alive. 

Is church essential? Jesus thought so, and so do I. 

What about you? 

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

Sofa Talk Podcast 4/15/2020

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Sofa Talk Podcast

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Welcome to Sofa Talk Podcast. We will consider the daily devotions of Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotionals which deal with all of the things that we are fearful of, have anxiety about, plus we will take your prayer requests.

 

 

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Russell Sherrard

Russell Sherrard was born in Ruston, Louisiana, near Shreveport, Louisiana. He grew up most of his life in Greenville, South Carolina. After graduating high school he went off to college in Pasadena, California, home of the Rose Bowl parade and game. He met his wife Betty there and they have been married for 51 years. The couple have 3 adult daughters and the family lives in Sacramento, California.

After working for a major HMO for over 30 years in the Information Technology field, due to the bad economy his job was outsourced to IBM. Being only 2 years away from retirement Russell decided to retire early.

Needing something to supplement his social security income he decided to try his hand at writing for the Amazon Kindle.

He now has 23 books in the Amazon Kindle Store with more coming.

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Book Spotlight: Ten Questions With…: A Collection of Candid and Insightful Interviews With Over 40 Christian Independent Authors $3.99 Kindle Version 4/21/2020

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This eBook is a collection of candid and insightful interviews with over 40 christian independent authors.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 4/20/2020

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crossJer. 23:29 “Does not my word burn like fire?” asks the LORD. “Is it not like a mighty hammer that smashes rock to pieces?”

Do not underestimate the power of God’s Word. It burns like fire. Fire is not discriminatory; it consumes whatever is in its path. Fire burns best those things that are all dried up. There are some things that do not burn as easily as others, and there are some things that refuse to be consumed. People when exposed to God’s Word are like combustionable material. People who are most affected by God’s Word are those who know that their souls are all dried up. They come to the point where they have no hope left in their lives for soul satisfaction. They have tried and failed to find a life worth living for. God’s Word also deeply affects those who may not be totally dried up, but know that there is more to life than what they are now experiencing. They find some enjoyment in life, but know that something is missing. God’s Word affects those who know they are in need.

Those who are not generally affected by God’s Word are those who have let sin harden their hearts to the point where they stubbornly refuse to listen or get near to the Word. They dig in their heels and fight hard against anything having to do with God or His Word. They refuse to be open to the possibility that God’s Word is absolute truth. They scorn anything that has to do with God. They refuse to acknowledge that they are in need.

The Word of God is like a mighty hammer that smashes rock to pieces. It does what God gave it to us to do; it penetrates deeply into the soul and destroys all that is not of God. When it is received, it pulverizes sin. It does not spare any sin that it exposes. The Word of God is very effective in bringing about change in the heart of anyone who is open to it. When we read the Word with humility and expectation of receiving something from God, we will hear from God and changed when we let it rule our hearts.

If we are not affected like we should be by God’s Word, the problem does not lie within the Word, it lies within us. God’s Word does not return to Him void. It always does what God sends it out to do when we are open to it.

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 – Bibles 4/17/2020

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Christian Books of the Week for Your Consideration
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