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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 11/30/2020

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by Jim Hughes

CrossJoel 2:12-13 That is why the LORD says, “Turn to me now, while there is time! Give me your hearts. Come with fasting, weeping, and mourning. Don’t tear your clothing in your grief; instead, tear your hearts” Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and merciful. He is not easily angered. He is filled with kindness and is eager not to punish you.

If you have turned away from the Lord, hear what He is saying to you today. Turn to Him while there is still time! You don’t know what is ahead of you. You may not even finish reading this today. Right now is the time to turn to Him and give Him your heart. Don’t let pride get in your way. Humble yourself before God and seek His face. Admit your sins, confess them before Him, ask Him to forgive you right now while you can.

The Lord is gracious and merciful; He will not turn you away. He will not reject you just because you have rejected Him. He is gracious and merciful and not easily angered. He has open arms to all who would turn to Him and repent. He longs to have fellowship with you. He longs to pour out His love and blessings on you. The only one who can stop Him from doing it is you.

The Lord is full of kindness and is eager to not punish you. He takes no delight in punishing anyone for sin, but He must if they don’t repent. God is holy and will never let sin go. He patiently waits for the soul to return to Him, but there always comes a point in which His patience runs out. He knows the soul and will continue to try to woo us back to Him while we are still able to return. Don’t let sin harden your heart to the point where God can no longer penetrate it. Return to Him now while you can.

If you have not forsaken the Lord but find yourself not as close to Him as you once were, now is the time to turn back to the Lord before you drift farther away. Today is the day of salvation. You may never have another chance to get back right with God. Do it now while you can. If all is well with your soul, praise the Lord for it and pray for those who need to return to Him.

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 chaper 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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Gems From Pastor Jim 11/10/2020

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CrossPs. 119:160 All your words are true; all your laws will stand forever.

ALL means all. There is not one word God has recorded in the Scriptures that is not true. Like it or not, God has declared what is truth. He who tries to water it down or adapt it to fit his own desires does so at the risk of his soul.

Not one of God’s laws will falter. God’s ways and thoughts are unchangeable. God’s Word will outlast all of creation. God is absolute truth. He is eternal Truth. He is the same truth that He always has been and always will be.

It is imperative for us to strive to understand the words of God as written. It is not our opinions that matter, nor is it an option for us to try to make it say what we want it to say. Many things God has spoken are beyond our ability to understand, but that gives us no right to question its authenticity or authority over us. We must study it diligently under the Spirit’s guidance to try and discern what is being said. And if we can’t understand some things, we know they are true because God said it and we accept them by faith.

Wise is he who is humble enough to admit he doesn’t have perfect understanding of all things. Our understanding is limited by our feeble minds. We understand things based on our own experiences and teachings in life. Wise is he who lets the Word speak for itself and accepts it as truth simply because God inspired it to be written. The more time I spend in the Word, the more I discover how limited my understanding really is. Often, the Lord speaks to me in ways that are outside of my comfort zone of understanding. It is by faith and not our sight that we are able to gain an understanding of God’s Word.

God gives us opportunity and all the resources we need to learn truth and he will hold us accountable for what we do with our opportunities. Ignorance is not an excuse for those who have been given opportunity and squander it away. All of God’s words are eternally true and will outlast all or our understandings of it.

 

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 chaper 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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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 11/2/2020

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crossHosea 14:9 Let those who are wise understand these things. Let those who are discerning listen carefully. The paths of the LORD are true and right, and righteous people live by walking in them. But sinners stumble and fall along the way.

Wise are those who know the paths of the Lord and walk on them. Wise are those who know the ways of the Lord are always true and right and when we follow them we will make it to heaven. The Lord has never led one soul astray and, He never will.

The paths of the Lord are whatever it is that leads us to God. God makes himself known to us clearly and in a wide variety of ways. When we follow the path that leads to God, we will find Him. God makes himself abundantly clear in the Scriptures. You cannot read the Scriptures without encountering God. When we pray with sincere hearts seeking God, we find Him. God hears the prayers of those who sincerely seek Him and answers them. God is found in the fellowship of the church. You may have to look hard in some churches in order to find Him, but in most churches, He is there. God is found in the lives of those committed to Him. Getting to know godly people helps us to find Him. God is found in creation; all we have to do is to look honestly and humbly at creation and we can only conclude that God is. God is found in music, books, movies and we will find Him if we are sincerely looking for Him.

Righteous are those who are sincerely seeking God. They want to see God. They are observant in life and attribute to God the things that flow from God. They pursue those things that lead them to God. They strive to avoid those things where God cannot be found. The passion of the righteous is being in the presence of God.

Sinners stumble over the paths that lead to God. They are so blinded by sin that they have a very hard time seeing the paths that lead to God, let alone follow them. The desire of the sinner’s heart is not for God so they don’t pursue Him. They stumble and fall over the witness of God all around them. Sinners who are content in their sin will not find God.

Lord, help us to understand that we must always walk only on the paths that lead us to you and to not be content with the life of sin we are prone to drift into. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 10/26/2020

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crossHosea 10:12 Plant the good seeds of righteousness and you will harvest a crop of my love. Plow up the hard ground of your hearts, for now is the time to seek the LORD, that he may come and shower righteousness on you.

When you live in righteousness you will naturally be a loving person. You cannot be right with God and not inherit His love nature. No matter how well you may be able to live righteously by man’s standards, if you are not loving, you are not living righteously by God’s standards.

Hosea spoke to a people who based their righteousness on how well they were able to live by God’s law. God made it very clear what they must do in order to be right with Him. What ended up happening was that when they lived by the law they failed to love one another and legalism without love creates a hard heart. Hosea’s admonition was for them to plow up the hardness of their hearts. Obedience to God must be done for the right reason. What we do must flow from hearts of love, not duty.

If you are not motivated by love for the Lord in what you do, now is the time to do something about it. Continuing on without love makes the heart hard towards God. No matter how much good you are doing, if love is not behind it, you do it in vain. God knows your heart and whether or not your motivation in doing what is right is love and He will hold you accountable for your motivation. If you want to be sure your heart is right with God, take a bath in His love. He will shower you in His righteousness and all will be well with your soul.

Loving God overshadows everything we do. It affects not only our standing with God, it affects our relationships with others. We cannot love God without loving people. We cannot live righteously with uncaring souls.

Now is the time to examine your soul. Now is the time to seek the Lord. Now is the time to make sure that loving God is the driving force in your life. Now is the time to live righteously before God. Tomorrow may never come and if you don’t do it now, it may be too late.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 10/19/2020

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crossDan. 9:4 I prayed to the LORD my God and confessed, “ O Lord, you are a great and awesome God! You always fulfill your promises of unfailing love to those who love you and keep your commands.”

Do you really believe it? Do you believe that God always fulfills His promises of unfailing love to those who love Him and obey Him? Think about how you think about God when circumstances overwhelm you and He seems to not care. Be honest. Do you consider God loving you when things are going bad for you? Don’t you question the love of God for you when nothing seems to change for the better? After all, if God really loves, He would make sure everything went well for us, wouldn’t He?

We doubt God’s love because we can’t see the forest because of the trees. All we can see is the moment we are in, not the broader picture of our lives. We don’t see how the moment can be good for us in any way. We don’t see how God is going to use us the rest of our life journey and how our present circumstances are a part of our preparation.

We don’t see the good in the bad because we fail to remember what God says about himself. He is holy love and is incapable of acting in a non-loving way. Everything God does, or allows to happen in our lives, flows from love. He is incapable of doing anything wrong. We may not understand it at all, but it is true. In order to deal with life we must accept as absolute truth everything God says. All of God’s promises come to pass but, there is a condition if we are going to personally experience them.

We must love the Lord and obey Him. When we love the Lord we trust Him. We rest in the knowledge that what we are going through is noticed by God and is being used by Him for our good. We do not speak negatively of Him; instead we acknowledge Him, thank Him, and praise Him regardless of what we are experiencing. We continue to faithfully obey Him regardless of how we feel. God never fails us, but we do fail Him. God will see you through whatever you are going through if you love Him and obey Him.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 10/12/2020

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crossDan. 6:10 But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home and knelt down as usual in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done, giving thanks to God.

Daniel did not let his circumstances dictate his faith. He knew that things weren’t going to be easy for him if he were to continue being bold about his faith, but that did not matter to him. He unashamedly did what he always did, he prayed openly and he did care what others thought about it. His allegiance was to God, he needed time alone with God, and he made sure that he got that time.

When he prayed, Daniel often gave thanks. He understood that he was who he was because of God’s favor on him. He appreciated the life he lived and made sure that God knew his appreciation. He was not concerned what others thought; he was determined to acknowledge God’s hand on his life, both past and present. We can learn much from Daniel’s heart.

I wonder how bold we are about acknowledging God’s hand on our lives and unashamedly giving Him thanks. So many of us do not take the time to offer the Lord our thanks for His blessings of life. I see so many professing Christians who do not pause to give thanks in public before a meal. I hear so many of us who take far more credit than we deserve for the blessings of our lives. I hear so many prayers that are geared to what we want from God rather than thanks for what we have received. A lack of gratitude for God’s blessings is a sin.

God deserves our gratitude. We don’t deserve to be children of God. We don’t deserve any of the blessings He bestows on us. It is shameful the way that we often act around those who do not share our faith. We should never hide our faith. We should not care what others may think. It is far more important what God thinks than it is man. Dare to be a Daniel. Let others see your faith at work in you and hear your words of gratitude unto the Lord.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 10/5/2020

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crossDan. 6:4 The other administrators and princes began searching for some fault in the way Daniel was handling his affairs, but they couldn’t find anything to criticize. He was faithful and honest and always responsible.

It should be our goal to be like Daniel. Daniel was so righteous that others could find nothing in him to criticize. He was faithful and honest and always responsible. Being that kind of a person is not an easy task. First of all, it requires an unshakable devotion to God. Daniel was not caught up in the world, nor did he have worldly aspirations. He just wanted to live a life that was pleasing to God.

Faithfulness is a great quality to find in people. Faithful people are trustworthy. You can always count on them to be who they really are. They can be counted on to act within their character. There are no surprises when you are dealing with faithful people; what you see is what you get. When a faithful person is right with God, it is a pleasure to be around them. When a faithful person is not right with God, you can expect from them sinful acts, attitudes, and talk.

One of the things that set Daniel apart from others was his honesty. He could always be counted on to treat others fairly. If he was wrong, he did not try to hide it. He admitted it when he messed up and took full responsibility for his actions. He was not too proud to admit his shortcomings to himself or others. He was a good man; no one could find fault with him.

Do you dare to be a Daniel? It should be our goal to live such lives of integrity that no one can find fault with us. Now, no one can be perfect. No one can be so good that others will never find fault with us. But, we can strive to be the best Christ-like person we can be. When we are living in Christ, others should be able to count on us to do what is right, they should always be able to say that we are honest in our dealings, and they should be able to know that we take responsibility for our behavior and attitudes.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 9/28/2020

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crossDan. 5:27 Tekel means “weighed”—you have been weighed on the balances and have failed the test.

This verse first spoke to me very early in my Christian walk. The Lord spoke to me about how I was doing in my faith walk. I had to take a serious look at myself and examine whether or not I was living a life that pleased the Lord or was I failing the test? I still look inward when I read this verse. I want to live a life that pleases the Lord. I want Him to look down upon me with a smile on His face and proclaim me to be His child. I don’t want to ever be found wanting and in danger of failing the test of God’s examination. But, how can we ever be sure that we are not failing the test?

We can live in confidence that we are pleasing the Lord. It, of course, all begins at Calvary. We must turn to Christ for the forgiveness of our sins. We have no chance whatsoever with God unless we do. We then must be living submissively and obediently to Him. We accomplish this by taking His Word seriously and spending daily time in it to study it and meditate on it. We need daily time fellowshipping with God in prayer. We then need to take our faith with us wherever we go in the world. We must not ever let ourselves be ashamed of our faith. We must let our faith shine through us so that others will know we are Christ’s by our love and righteous living.

I believe there should be a healthy fear of how we stand before God. Sin is an abomination to God and we should be concerned about whether or not we are harboring it in our hearts. Can we excuse our sins because we live in grace and not under the law? Will God shrug His shoulders and overlook sin because we proclaim Jesus as our Savior? If He could, then He would not be the holy God we profess Him to be. We should always strive to stay sin free so that we would not be weighed in the balances of God’s holiness and fail the test.

Are you so transparent that others can readily see Christ in you? Are you doing your best to live a life that is consistent with your profession of faith? Are you striving to be the holy person God created you to be in Christ? If you are, then you are passing the test. God is well-pleased with you. Keep it up! Run the race with your eyes glued on Christ. Fight the good fight of faith and never slack off. Great is your reward in heaven, both now and eternally.

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 9/21/2020

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crossDan. 3:25 “Look!” Nebuchadnezzar shouted. “I see four men, unbound, walking around in the fire. They aren’t even hurt by the flames! And the fourth looks like a divine being!”

I can only imagine what Nebuchadnezzar must have thought when he saw four people walking around in a fire that he had made seven times hotter than normal. A lot of fearful things must have gripped him. It just did not happen! People do not walk around in the middle of any kind of fire without being consumed by it. Period. Yet, there they were! Not only did he see the Hebrews he had thrown into the fire walking around, there was an extra person with them! Where in the world did he come from? How is it even possible? He had to just appear because no one lives in a fiery furnace! He saw these men walking around unbound, and he had made sure that they were tightly bound before they were cast into the furnace.

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were seemingly just out for a stroll in the flames. They weren’t being affected by the fire whatsoever! They apparently were deep in conversation with the other man, oblivious to what was going on around them. It was a strange sight indeed. I know that I would have been scared of what I was seeing and more than curious as to how it could be and what it meant. The king didn’t know it, but God was with them in the furnace.

Isn’t it comforting to know that we serve a God who knows when we stand up for Him regardless of what others may think or do? We serve One who cares about the situation we are in and is able to help us through it. He never leaves us hanging. He is always with us as we go through our difficult circumstances of life. He doesn’t promise to change what we are going through, but He does promise to go with us through it.

The wonderful thing about it is that when we walk with the Lord through our difficult circumstances of life, things change for us. Our faith grows stronger, our confidence in God’s love for us grows stronger, our awareness of His ability to help us grows, our ability to let go of our own power lessens, and our gratitude for the God we serve grows. Adversity is a good thing when you go through it with the Lord at your side

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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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 9/14/2020

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by Jim Hughes

crossDan. 3:16-18 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power. Your Majesty can be sure that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.”

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego knew God well enough to know that for them there was no other God. They would not bend to the pressure of the king to bow down and worship another god, even if it were to cost them their lives. They knew what God was capable of . Would God deliver them? They didn’t know, but they were willing to trust Him with their lives. They had gotten to know the Lord well enough to know that they could not put their allegiance anywhere but in Him. They knew Him well enough to know that He was worth dying for.

It is imperative that we too get to know the Lord well enough to trust Him with our lives. We live in a world that has many different understandings of God. People try to force their understanding on others. People chide those who stand strong on Biblical principles. We need to work hard at developing a relationship with God that will keep us anchored in Him regardless of the circumstances we are in.

When we really know and love the Lord, we do not need to defend ourselves. We discover that it’s not about us; it’s about the Lord. We don’t fear what others may be able to do or what they think. We put ourselves in the Lord’s hands and accept whatever may happen. There is no power on earth that can defeat a soul who’s God is the Lord. Jesus is the way and there is no other way.

Work hard on your salvation so that you will be able to stand up strong in the faith regardless of whatever circumstance you may find yourself in. The stronger your faith is, the less fear will grip your soul. The Lord will be with you to help you always when you are totally committed to Him, even in the face of certain death.

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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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