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

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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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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 2/10/2020

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crossJer. 5:23-25 “But my people have stubborn and rebellious hearts. They have turned against me and have chosen to practice idolatry. They do not say from the heart, ‘Let us live in awe of the LORD our God, for he gives us rain each spring and fall, assuring us of plentiful harvests.’ Your wickedness has deprived you of these wonderful blessings. Your sin has robbed you of all these good things.”

Idolatry is the turning of our affections away from God and towards someone or something else. It is what we deem to be most important in our lives. It is robbing God of the love and devotion He deserves. It is denying God the gratitude of our hearts for who He is and what He has done.

Idolatry is sin and prevents God from blessing our lives. Where idolatry resides there can be no peace or joy from God. Any benefits that may come from an idolatrous heart are very fragile and fleeting. They fail to satisfy the longing of the soul. Don’t let sin take away from you the blessings the Lord wants to give to you.

If you want to make it to heaven, you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, not just part of it. You shall put Him before anything else in your life. You shall acknowledge His role in your life as your Father. You shall not attribute to anyone or anything else the glory do Him. You shall live in awe of Him, for He is God, who provides for your every need.

Don’t be stubborn and rebellious. Don’t turn your heart away from Him. Let the Lord be your God. Let Him fill your life with His life. Acknowledge Him and give Him the glory and honor He deserves in all things and you will be truly blessed.

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 2/3/2020

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crossJer. 5:20-22a “Make this announcement to Israel and to Judah: Listen, you foolish and senseless people—who have eyes but do not see, who have ears but do not hear. Do you have no respect for me? Why do you not tremble in my presence?

Most have eyes to see and ears to hear, but they do not see God or hear Him when He speaks. Most are so caught up into sin that God has no access to their souls. Most have no regard at all for God, let alone respect or fear Him. Most live as if God doesn’t exist at all, while at the same time professing to believe He does.

You do not respect God when you take sin lightly. God has consistently and clearly declared war against sin ever since it entered into the heart of man. God declares that sin is an abomination to Him. He hates it and will never tolerate it in His presence. Yet, most live like it doesn’t matter to God at all when we sin. Most live like what God has spoken is not true and that there are no consequences for sin.

You do not respect God when you mix sin with godly living. It never has worked and it never will. Jesus saves us from our sin so that we will go and sin no more. We are not forgiven so that we can live less than godly lives. He changes our heart nature so that sin becomes for us an enemy to our souls, not a friendly companion.

You do not respect God when you take your salvation for granted and the spiritual disciplines that keep the soul right with God. God commands our heart loyalty. He must be our first love. He Most have very little fear for God. We have so conditioned our souls to believe in His love that we no longer fear His justice. We have conditioned ourselves to believe that God would not allow us to go to Hell under any circumstance. Most like to believe that God will deem us fit for heaven as long as we try to do good, or as long as our good outweighs our bad. Most do not look at their souls seriously and consider godliness as a prerequisite for heaven.

It is foolishness and makes no sense at all to not respect who God is and fear what He will do. Every person will stand before God and give an account for his life. It will not matter then how good of a person one may be in his own eyes. All that will matter is one’s relationship with Christ. All who do not have Christ as their righteousness will go to Hell. God’s love for them will not keep them out of Hell.

Listen now. Open your eyes and see that Jesus is the way, truth and life. He is your only hope for eternal life with God. He is the only one who can keep you out of Hell. Jesus must be the passion of our hearts. We must value our relationship with Him more than anything else in life and live like we do.

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 1/27/2020

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

A great deal has been said and written about these titles for Jesus over the years. Little can be added to it, but I do want us to linger for a moment and reflect again on them. It is good for us to not only think about our Lord, but then to visualize ways in which we know these things are true in our lives.

He is our Wonderful Counselor. He is all-knowing and full of compassion. He does not leave us in the dark on how we ought to be living. He is not insensitive to us and lovingly instructs and guides us in the ways we should go. The Lord is the way and will never advise us to go a different way other than the way that leads us to heaven and a deeper walk with God. Imagine the problems we would have if He were to hide the way from us and demand that we in our own wisdom find it. Instead He makes himself known to us and instructs us how to know Him in His goodness, righteousness and holiness.

He is our Mighty God. He is able. There is no need of life we will ever have that He is not able to handle. There is no sin that He is not able to forgive. There is no battle He is not able to win. There is no crisis of life that He is not able to see us through. There is no limitation in His power, love, wisdom, grace, mercy, and ability to make us into a holy people, a people after his own heart.

He is our Everlasting Father. There is no end to His fatherly love and care for us. There is no end to His desire to do good for us. There is no end to His protective care over us. There is no end to His working in our lives to make us fit for heaven.

He is our Prince of Peace. He is the crowning glory of peace. He alone is able to give us peace that satisfies our souls. He alone is able to give us the calm confidence we need to weather the storms of life. There is no real peace apart from Him.

There is so much more that could be said about our Lord. I have not even scratched the surface of just how wonderful He is. Linger for a moment at His feet and think about these things. Feast on the Mighty God we serve. He is such a Wonderful Counselor as He leads us through our life journey. He watches over us at all times and forever shall be our Father in heaven. He is our Prince of Peace. There can be no real peace unless we are living in fellowship with Him daily in our lives.

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 1/20/2020

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crossLuke 2:8-15 That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, and angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them, “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem the city of David! And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.” When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.”

There are a lot of things we can observe from this miraculous night of our Savior’s birth. The night started out like any other night; the shepherds were watching over their sheep, protecting them from any potential predators and from wandering away. They were not expecting anything unusual in the night; they were simply occupying. The Lord often shows up in our lives when we are just doing what we normally do, living out our lives humbly before Him.

When the angel from heaven appeared in the night sky, the shepherds were terrified. Who can blame them? Many times when the Lord speaks, we become frightened. We don’t know what is coming next.

The message that the angel brought to the shepherds was good news, great news, generous news and grand news. Jesus, the promised Messiah, had come! It was news of great joy for everyone. It was the best news that man had ever heard. It was news for all the ages; Christ the Savior was born! They were told where to find Him and how they would find Him.

It that was not enough to forever change the shepherds’ lives, the angel was joined by the angelic choir singing the praises of our Immanuel, Jesus our Lord. The shepherds were left speechless. Who could blame them? They hurriedly left and went into town to find the Christ child. When they found Him, they went and told everybody they could what had happened and who they found. I wonder, how often we get so excited by what the Lord says to us that we just are compelled to go and tell others about it?

I am intrigued by this part of the Christmas story. Were the shepherds the only ones who say the angel, the angelic host, or heard their message? Scripture says that the glory of God filled the sky. I would think that everyone for miles around would have seen the sight, but we are not told that they did. And if they did, why aren’t we told that a great crowd of people filled the streets of Bethlehem in search of the Christ child? You would think that this was an event that would have forever changed all who were in town that night.

Yet, we are told that later on Herod and the religious leaders in the land did not know Jesus had been born. When the magi showed up two years later, they were caught off guard and had to inquire about it.

Let us be very careful that we don’t miss the wondrous signs the Lord gives us. Just like signs preceded His first coming, there are many signs given that are preceding His second coming. God is giving us plenty of signs to prepare us for His coming. Are you paying attention? Are you ready? Jesus will come again like a thief in the night; no one knows when, but I believe it will be very soon. Don’t be like those in Jesus’ day who missed the signs announcing His birth. Live each day in readiness and you won’t be left behind.

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 1/13/2020

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crossLuke 2:14 Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.”

Glory to God in the highest—for the fullness of time had come. It was the perfect time, God’s time, for Jesus to come. God had prepared all history for this moment. Everything on earth was ready for a Savior. Those born under the Law were ready to be set free. Publically God’s children were anxiously waiting for the promised Messiah.

Glory to God in the highest—for the favor of God rests with men. Think about it. God has favored man with His presence! We are not alone in our spiritual battles. We no longer have to wonder where God is. God favors those who are His. He favors us with His Spirit. He favors us with spiritually-minded hearts that enable us to understand the Word and gives us a desire for Him. He favors us with the church, where we can grow and become a holy people unto the Lord. He favors us with all we need to withstand the stormy times of life. He favors us with life that is worth living and dying for.

Glory to God in the highest—for the future of man is with God. God gives us a reason to live and a reason to die. He gives us a life worth living for, a life filled with God’s peace, joy, contentment, love, and power. He gives us a life that satisfies the soul, both now and forever. He gives us eternal life, a life where there is no more sorrow, pain, confusion, doubts, fears, or death.

Glory to God in the highest—there is now peace in the heart of man of all those who will receive Him as their Savior. This is a peace that holds the soul steady through all the storms of life. It is a peace rooted in God’s grace. It is a peace knowing our sins are forgiven and there is now no more condemnation for our sins. It is a peace that causes the soul to sing, “It is well, it is well, with my soul.”

Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.”

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 1/6/2020

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crossMatt. 2:1,2 Jesus was born in the town of Bethlehem in Judea, during the reign of King Herod. About that time some wise men from eastern lands arrived in Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We have seen his star as it arose, and we have come to worship him.”

Consider with me today the wise men of Christmas. We can learn much about our own lives as we gaze into their role in the Christmas story.

Wise men look for Jesus. Jesus can be found. He will be found by all who sincerely seek Him. Look in the Scriptures and you will find Him. Look in creation, which is His handiwork, and you will find Him. Look at the cross of Calvary and you will find Him. Jesus did not come to a select few that they may be saved. He came that all people will behold Him and find Him. He came that all who are willing to be saved will be saved.

Wise men obey God rather than man. We live amongst a people who do not know God and have no desire to know Him. We are faced with many choices daily; do we obey God or man? The world does not like it when we boldly live for Christ. We are bound to run up against opposition. Wise men take a stand for God. They live godly lives regardless how it is received in the work or marketplace.

Wise men worship Jesus. When we live in the presence of Jesus it humbles us. Wow! God allows us to enter into His presence! What a privilege! In Christ unholy people are made holy and fit to come before Him in worship. When we live in the presence of Jesus we are moved to praise Him. How can we do anything less? Praise is always fitting in worship services. When we are in the presence of God we are awestruck. Wow!! God!!

The world worships the presents of Christmas. We worship the presence of Jesus. Let us live as wise men and bow before our Lord and King today.

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 12/30/2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

Immanuel, God with us, is the Christmas story.

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Before and After the Honeymoon

About the Author:

Jim Hughes

Spending his formative years in Ft. Wayne, IN, Jim followed the love of his life to southeast Iowa where they married and have spent the majority of their lives. Jim has pastored several churches throughout his life and has worked many years in local factories to help support his family. The father of two married adult children and one son still at home, Jim is a first-time author.

C Through Marriage came into being through many years of pastoral and life experiences. The book first took on a life of its own over 20 years ago when I sought to address the much publicized moral failures of prominent leaders in the church. In the chapter on Chasity, I include the guideliness that I developed then to protect one’s self from such failures.

I am a firm believer in order to make sense out of life you have to use much common sense. We need to get back to the basics of what has worked for many, many generations. If is isn’t broke, why try to fix it? I strive to return to the basics of what really works in all my writings.

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Weekly Devotional: Gems From Pastor Jim 12/16/2019

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by Jim Hughes

crossIs 9:6,7 Jesus is our Mighty God

Jesus is our Mighty God. So much has been written and said about our Lord’s might. The Scriptures are very clear as to how great our God is. He has created all things by the mere utterance of His word. He holds it all together by the same power of His word. He holds the key to heaven and hell. He has the power to forgive all of our sins or condemn us to hell. He has the power to create a new heaven and earth and He will do that some day. There is no limit to His power.

He has the power to heal all of our diseases. He has the power to forgive all our sins and not only to forgive, but to forget that we had ever sinned. He has the power to change who we are into a holy people, a people after His own heart. He has the power to keep us safe from the worst of whatever Satan can throw at us. He has the power to bring all the redeemed together to be with Him for all of eternity.

He is our Mighty God. Don’t shortchange the power of God in you. He is able to do immeasurably more than whatever you can ever imagine. He can help you with whatever you are facing in life. He can save you, keep you, and enable you to make it home to heaven. There is nothing that God cannot do for you if you will but let Him. You don’t have to live life in defeat. Jesus came to give us life and to give it more abundantly. Are you living life to the fullest? Are you living connected to our Mighty God?

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.

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