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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 3/1/2021

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by Jim Hughes

CrossHabakkuk 1:13 You are perfectly just in this. But will you, who cannot allow sin in any form, stand idly by while they swallow us up? Should you be silent while the wicked destroy people who are more righteous than they?

The Babylonians were sent to punish the Israelites for their sins. God had had enough. His people had worn out His patience. They went through the motions of allegiance to God but their hearts were far from Him. They claimed to be His, but did not live like it. They expected the Lord’s favor upon them, but did not humble themselves before Him or obey Him.

God cannot allow sin in any form. We must understand this profound and all important truth. There is no sin in the presence of God. Ever. Sin must be dealt with before one approaches God or he will be denied access to God. God is holy and hates all sin. In order to approach God, we must be made righteous in Christ. As much as we may not like it, we must confess our sins before Christ and seek His forgiveness. There is no other way to draw near to God.

We don’t stress this truth much anymore, but I believe it is a critical truth. We must preach and teach it until we believe it. God is sin intolerant. He will not overlook sin in any form. He will not let sin anywhere near Him. No one will make it to heaven with a sin problem hanging over their soul. Repentance is for Christians too! In fact, I believe that it is even more important for the believer than the non-believer because we are held accountable for what we know. The sinner’s prayer for forgiveness is just the beginning of a lifetime of forgiveness. We all sin and come short of the glory of God.

I believe it is dangerous for us to assume that once we are saved we are no longer in need of repentance. How can sin go away without it? Does the righteousness of Christ guarantee our acceptance by God regardless of our sins? All I know is that the Word calls us into a confession of our sins. God commands holiness in the heart of His children and dealing with sin is the only way it is going to happen.

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 2/22/2021

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CrossHabakkuk 1:1 This is the message that the prophet Habakkuk received from the LORD in a vision.

As I read this verse I got to wondering about how many of have actually received a message from the Lord. Before you dismiss the idea, think about it. Does God speak only to a select few, or does He give a message to all of us? Details may vary, but I believe that God speaks regularly to every one of His children. God has a lot to say to us about ourselves and our living. We may or may not hear from God in a vision, but if we are tuned in, we will all hear from Him. How God speaks to us is not important. What is important is that we hear what we need to hear from Him and then act upon it. God speaks to us for a variety of reasons. Sometimes we need better understanding, conviction about sin we have allowed into our hearts, a change of direction in our lives, a task to do, someone to come alongside of to help, etc. Regardless of the reason, the Lord has an ever-changing message for us to hear. He has not disengaged himself from your life. He wants you to hear what He has to say.

In order to hear what God wants to say to you, you must be where you can hear Him. You must be in His Word, in your prayer closet, or in a quiet place apart from the distractions of life around you. You must be able to fix your thoughts on Him alone and wait before Him with an open heart. If you do, you will hear.

“Speak to my heart, even now, Lord Jesus. I need to hear what you have to say to me. I need to know what I must do in order for me to be where You want me to be, where I need to be. Lord, speak to me right now while I am waiting, yielded and still.”

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 2/15/2021

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CrossNahum 1:7 The LORD is good. When trouble comes, he is a strong refuge. And he knows everyone who trusts in him.

We need to know this; we MUST know this. God is a strong refuge when trouble comes. There is no trouble that we may experience that is greater than God’s ability to handle. Most of us know what it is to have troublesome times. Sometimes we are the root cause of it and many times we aren’t. What really defines our character is how we handle trouble.

We can look at our troubles and cry and moan about them. Many people are good whiners when trouble comes. They bemoan the fact that things are not going as they think they should. They complain instead of striving to make positive changes to get themselves out of their troubles.

Some of us face trouble with no clue as to how to help ourselves get out of it. The size of the trouble overwhelms us and controls how we think and feel. Instead of focusing on how great our God is, they think how great their trouble is. They forget God’s promises of help and deliverance. God takes a backseat to their troubles.

One of the things that often happens during troublesome times is to neglect one’s time alone with the Lord. This is the worst thing that we can do. Our help comes from the Lord! When we neglect the Word of God and prayer, God no longer is in the forefront of our hearts and minds. We must stay connected with the Lord if we are going to find help in Him.

It is good for us to do what God requires of us. It is the only assurance that we have we will make it to heaven. Doing these things without a relationship with Christ will make us good in the eyes of man, but it will not make us qualified for heaven. Jesus alone is the way, truth and life. It is only a living relationship with Christ that will make us good before God.

Are you doing what God requires of you?

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 2/8/2021

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CrossMicah 6:8 No, O people, the LORD has already told you what is good, and this is what he requires: to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.

The Lord is not mysterious about how to live a life pleasing to Him. He makes it very clear that the righteous shun evil and live right before Him. He vividly details what living right before Him means in practical living. Being good before God entails doing what is right, loving mercy, and walking humbly before God.

Doing what is right is simply living a godly life. It is simply taking the Word of God and striving to live it. It is turning one’s back on what is evil and taking on the righteousness of Christ. Godly living is soul building. It is all that helps us be like God in character. Doing what is right is what pleases God.

Loving mercy is treating people better than they deserve to be treated. It is letting God take care of the judgment of their souls. It is striving to focus on the good in people instead of the bad. It is giving people opportunity to change their ways when they mess up. It is turning the other cheek when they wrong us instead of seeking vengeance.

Walking humbly before God means that we acknowledge that God is sovereign over us. It is giving the Lord the credit due Him for all He does in and through us. It is not exalting ourselves. It is always seeking to honor and glorify God. It is understanding that we owe the Lord our very lives, now and forever.

It is good for us to do what God requires of us. It is the only assurance that we have we will make it to heaven. Doing these things without a relationship with Christ will make us good in the eyes of man, but it will not make us qualified for heaven. Jesus alone is the way, truth and life. It is only a living relationship with Christ that will make us good before God.

Are you doing what God requires of you?

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 2/1/2021

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CrossMicah 2:6 “Don’t say such things,” the people say. “Don’t prophecy like that. Such disasters will never come our way!”

Like many before Him, Micah was warning people of their impending doom because of their sin. He was trying to convince them that they needed to return to God before they felt the wrath of God. God declared that judgment was coming, but the people were not listening. They were not willing to admit that they were needing to be held accountable for their rebellion against God. They were in denial and wanted Micah to stop his preaching.

Things are much the same today as they were in Micah’s day. God has raised up many voices to declare that judgment is coming. The warnings are loud and clear, “Repent! The day of our salvation is now!” God is love and He is merciful, but He is also holy and He will not let sin run rampant indefinitely. No one is going to escape their Judgment Day. No one is going to get away with rejecting God and living in sin.

There are many voices, inside and outside the church, who are trying to silence God’s modern day prophets. People don’t want to hear messages of judgment and accountability. They don’t want to hear of a God who will not embrace them in love just the way they are. So many are proclaiming the message of God’s love and ignoring His message of holiness.

The reality is that God has not changed. He is holy love. He loves us and desires that all will repent and have a relationship with Him. But, God cannot have a relationship with an unholy people. He has shown us clearly the way of life that pleases Him and when we refuse to live it, He will honor our choices but hold us accountable for them.

Certain disaster is coming to the earth. God is going to take the righteous out of the world so that they don’t have to live through the mess that is coming. God is going to rid the world of sin once and for all. All who reject Him will end up in hell for all of eternity. Saying it isn’t so won’t change a thing. God has declared it’s going to happen regardless of how we may feel about it.

Are you ready for your Judgment Day?

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 12/28/2020

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CrossAmos 8:11-12 “The time is surely coming,” says the Sovereign LORD, “when I will send a famine on the land—not a famine of bread or water, but of hearing the words of the LORD. People will stagger everywhere from sea to sea, searching for the word of the LORD, running here and going there, but they will not find it.”

The time is coming when there will be a famine on the land for hearing the Word of God. I believe that we are moving close to a famine right now. We live in a time where the Word of God is for the most part available to all. With the technology now in place, one can access God’s Word quickly and easily. Yet, just because it’s available doesn’t mean it’s being accessed. People are growing up with very little, if any, knowledge of the Bible. Wherever you go, you will find people ignorant regarding what the Bible says.

There are many churches today where the Bible is not used or even welcomed. As outrageous as it may seem, it is true. The Bible is considered to be archaic and unreliable. It comes under great scrutiny and is not taken seriously. Many church leaders rarely have a personal knowledge of, or appreciation for the Word of God. When the Bible is used, it is used to promote personal agendas. It is taken apart and out of context. In many church circles, the Scriptures are no longer taken literally. There is a real famine in the church today for the Word of God as God gave it.

People are staggering around, groping for meaning and purpose in life. They may be deeply involved in church life and spiritual activities, but they are starving to death. They are not finding life worth the living for; they have lost their way and don’t know how to find their way back. As a result, anything and everything seems to go in the name of Christ.

We must diligently protect God’s Word in us and in our churches. We cannot take a lackadaisical attitude about this. We must preach and teach only the Word of God in our churches and homes. We must insist on basing our faith on the Word of God instead of our activities. We must let the Word penetrate deep within our souls and captivate our minds. We must stand unwaveringly on the truth that the Bible IS the authoritative Word of God. Don’t starve your soul to death like so many do. God said what He meant and means what He said; strive to always live 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 12/21/2020

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CrossAmos 8:5 You can’t wait for the Sabbath day to be over and the religious festivals to end so you can get back to cheating the helpless. You measure out your grain in false measures and weigh it on dishonest scales.”

How consistent are you in your faith walk? Far too many who go to church on Sundays don’t show it on Mondays. There is the mindset in the church that going to church is good enough to get us into heaven, that it doesn’t matter too much what we do during the week as long as we go to church on Sunday.

I would much rather see someone who seldom goes to church on Sunday and live righteously than those who go to church on Sunday but live like the devil the rest of the week. Church is important as a means of strengthening and growing our faith, but it will not get us into heaven. Only the heart that is made righteous in Christ will enter into heaven. There is no sin in heaven and when we live in sin, we disqualify ourselves from it.

Words alone don’t cut it. A true child of God will live like a child of God all the days of his life. He will live obediently and faithfully before man and God. He will strive to live a holy life, shunning sin as much as possible. A child of God does not make excuses when he does sin. He admits it when he sins and repents of it. He strives to honor God in both words and deeds.

Regardless of when and where you worship the Lord, if your life doesn’t back up your worship, you worship is in vain. Living in Christ consumes the soul and affects every area of one’s life all the time. Always seek to do what is right in God’s eyes and you won’t have any problem making it to heaven when you die.

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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Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotionals Podcast – Listen live at 6am Pacific and 6pm Pacific. Visit http://anchor.fm/russell-sherrard any other time to listen to all of our episodes. Now Available on EDIFI.APP Download from GooglePlay and AppleStore and start listening.
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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 12/14/2020

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CrossAmos 5:14 Do what is good and run from evil—that you may live! The LORD God Almighty will truly be your helper, just as you have claimed he is.

It’s not very hard to understand at all. If we want to live in Christ we must do good and run from evil. If we do this, then the Lord will help us do it.

We cannot do good if we aren’t good. What makes us good is the shed blood of Christ applied to our hearts. No one is good in the Biblical sense except for God and no one can be good apart from a relationship with Him. Just because we do good things doesn’t mean we are good people. It’s not too hard to be good before man while not being good before God. We often confuse the two and think that our standing with man makes us in good standing with God. It doesn’t. Only Christ can make us good before God.

If we are good before God we will run from evil. Now, we can’t avoid evil; it’s the norm for the world in which we live. But, we can choose to not participate in the evil that surrounds us. We can choose to run from tempting situations. We can choose to not be entertained by evil. We can choose to not get too close to evil and avoid it rubbing off on us. Godly people have a distaste in their mouths for evil and seek instead the things of God. They seek to let the Lord build them up instead of letting Satan tear them down.

The Lord promises to help us when we set our hearts and minds on Him. He wants to see us become a holy people, a people after His own heart. He wants to make us heaven ready. He wants to teach us His ways. He wants to help us get rid of all the baggage that hinders us. He wants to help us live in victory and not defeat. He wants to help us, but He won’t do it unless we let Him have control of our hearts and minds.

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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Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotionals Podcast – Listen live at 6am Pacific and 6pm Pacific. Visit http://anchor.fm/russell-sherrard any other time to listen to all of our episodes. Now Available on EDIFI.APP Download from GooglePlay and AppleStore and start listening.
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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 12/7/2020

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CrossAmos 3:7 “But always, first of all, I warn you through my servants the prophets. I, the Sovereign LORD, have now done this.”

God does not act in judgment without first warning us. God makes it very clear why He judges us. He has over and over again made known to us the life we need to live before Him. He demands of us holy living. He clearly has told us what sin is and how we need to avoid it. He makes a clear distinction between sin and godly living. He created us with the ability to choose between good and evil and right from the beginning made it clear what was good and what was evil.

No one can claim innocence or injustice when it comes to sin. God gave us His Word to clearly show us the way to holy living. He has told us about coming judgment on the world. Although most ignore God’s warnings and warning signs, it is going to happen just as He proclaimed it would. Knowing that God does take sin seriously and judges it ought to cause us to be careful how we live. All sin will be exposed by His holiness and judged on Judgment Day.

In order to know what God says about sin and judgment, we must dig deep into God’s Word. A consistent reading of the Word exposes sin that is around us and in us. We who have the Word at our disposal will be held more accountable for our knowledge of our sin for all we have to do is to open it up and read it. A closed Bible does the soul no good. We need to read what sin is under the law and under grace. We need to read about the consequences of sin. We need to read about how God has dealt with sin in the past, how He deals with it now, and how He will deal with it in the future.

You are warned. God judges sin and will have no mercy on those who insist on living in 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 11/30/2020

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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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Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening Devotionals Podcast – Listen live at 6am Pacific and 6pm Pacific. Visit http://anchor.fm/russell-sherrard any other time to listen to all of our episodes.
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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
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