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Inspirational Tuesday: Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 29:1,2 Give honor to the LORD, you angels, give honor to the LORD for his glory and strength. Give honor to the LORD for the glory of his name. Worship the LORD in the splendor of his holiness.

What does it mean to give honor to the Lord? I believe it means we show respect for Him by acknowledging Him for who He is. It means that we give way to Him because of who He is. It means we submit to His rightful place as Lord over all our lives.

It’s interesting to note that the Psalmist is addressing the angels of heaven here. We have limited knowledge about the angels, but one thing we do know is that they are kept very busy worshiping and serving the Lord. They are constantly in the presence of God and they have no problem honoring God.

We, on the other hand, struggle with honoring the Lord. We tend to take God for granted. We tend to be lax on how we worship Him. We are lax on how we use His name. We are lax on how we represent Him in the world. We are lax on how we think about Him.

The heavenly hosts are keenly aware of God’s holiness. I wonder how many of us are aware of God’s holiness. Does the fact that God is holy do anything at all for you? Does it bother you to think about His intolerance towards sin? Does it bother you that you struggle with sin as much as you do? Do you even think about it? Does the fact that God is holy affect the way you approach Him? It should. God declares that without holiness no one shall see Him. He commands us to be holy, even as He is holy.

We give honor most to those whom we know and respect the most. And, you can’t really know God without knowing Him in His holiness.
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Inspirational Tuesday: Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 26:4-5 I do not spend time with liars or go along with hypocrites. I hate the gatherings of those who do evil, and I refuse to join in with the wicked.

The Psalmist shows us a sure fire way to keep our souls out of trouble with God. We stay away from those who would lead us into sin. When we choose carefully those whom we spend most of our time with, we can avoid many of the pitfalls of sin.

It is a waste of time to hang around with those who are liars. You cannot trust those who do not have the integrity of heart to tell the truth. You can be easily deceived by them. Listen to them and you will find it difficult to distinguish that which is true from that which is false.

It is not a good idea to spend time with those who profess one thing and live another. One can easily fall into the trap of justifying one’s own sinful behavior by believing that if it’s okay for someone who professes to have faith to do it, it’s okay for him to do it. It is never okay to do what you know God says not to do just because someone else is doing it. Sin is sin and will always be sin even if the whole world does it.

We can keep our souls pure before God by not hanging around where sinners hang around. We should despise being in places where we know people are sinning openly. It ought to shame us to be where sin is displayed and promoted. When we hang around in the cesspool of sin, we will more than likely fall into it.

A pure heart takes charge of his soul. He refuses to compromise the truth. He refuses to expose his soul to the ways of the wicked. He surrounds himself with people who can help him stay pure instead of hindering him. He just says “no” to sin and means it.

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Inspirational Tuesday: Gems from Pastor Jim by Jim Hughes

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Ps. 26:1 Declare me innocent, O LORD, for I have acted with integrity. I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.

The Lord does not condemn those who act with integrity of heart. We may not always get it right, but if we do what we do wanting to do what is right, God understands and honors our heart’s intent. He knows we are not perfect and does not hold that against us.

Now if we deliberately don’t do what is right, that’s another story altogether. There is accountability for those sins we deliberately sin against God. We are held responsible for willful sin. If you are a child of God and deliberately sin, are you not being spiteful towards Christ? It is defiance and should God let you get away with it? Of course not.

There is no condemnation for those who have an unwavering trust in the Lord. This means that we don’t fall into the trap of relying on our own wisdom or understanding or that of others. We turn to the Lord and listen to what He says. We acknowledge Him in all we do. We seek to obey Him because we love Him.

When our hearts are firmly set on the Lord, we know all is well with our souls and there is a peace that governs our lives that holds us steady and makes us strong. Satan may try to cast doubt on our souls but we stand firm because God declares us innocent. It matters not what Satan thinks or what people think; it only matters what God thinks about us.

Live with integrity of heart, trust in the Lord without wavering, and all things will be well with your soul both now and forever.
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Author Interview: 10 Questions With Jim Hughes

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Our interview today is with Jim Hughes. Thank You for being here today Jim and for agreeing to do this interview.

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Question: What do you think prepared you or qualifies you to write in your chosen genre?

Answer: I have been married and a pastor for the past 40 years of my life.

Question: Tell us a little about your “real” (Non-writing) life — family, job, church life. Does it give you inspiration for your writing? Does it get in the way of your writing, or are there times when you get help, from people or circumstances?

Answer: I am married to my lovely bride of 40 years. We have two married children, a teen-age son at home and two granddaughters. We babysit most days for our grandkids and homeschool our son. I am a retired bi-vocational pastor and now author. I post daily devotions online.

My writings reflect more than anything else my faith. I am strong proponent of holiness and it characterizes much of my writings.

Question: Tell us about things you enjoy — what you do for fun or personal satisfaction?

Answer: I enjoy watching sports. I am a Chicago baseball, basketball and football fan. I also enjoy watching NASCAR racing. I enjoy being in Bible study fellowships and I enjoy reading the Word of God. My goal is to read through the Scriptures through for
every year of my life. I don’t know if I will accomplish it or not, but I am on my way.

Question: Have you done anything writing-related, but besides your books, that seemed to get a lot of positive response? Something that encouraged you?

Answer: People seem to respond well to my daily devotions that I post.

Question: Tell us about your newest book. Make us want to read it.

Answer: I have two unpublished books related to my first book, one is a study guide for ‘C Through Marriage’ and the other is on the making of a Christian marriage. I hope to see them in print someday.

Question: What is the “message” of your writing? (For example, is your purpose to encourage old-fashioned values, encourage romance, or do you have different purposes in different books?)

Answer: My message in all of my writings is to do life God’s way. I am a firm believer in the fact that we are here to help each other find eternal life and if my writings help someone in some way, then my life will be a huge success.

Question: Share something that’s amazing, touching, or that makes you angry.

Answer: I find the workings of God in and through me absolutely amazing. I am so unworthy to be able to do what I do. I am so blessed. I often wonder why the Lord chose me to be who I am and to do what I do. It also amazes me how believers can be so
lackadaisical about holy living. Jesus is both Savior and Lord, not just Savior or Lord.

Question: What’s the worst trouble you ever had with getting a book written (plots, finding needed information, getting a cover done)?

Answer: For me, the writing process was the easy part. My thoughts just flowed and I attribute it to the Lord’s guiding hand. They came naturally and I consider the whole process to be a labor of love for the Lord.

Question: How many books do you have out?

Answer: C Through Marriage is the only book I have out at this time.

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Question: What are your future projects?

Answer: In addition to the books that are in the wings, I would like to see my daily devotions compiled together and published.

Question: What is your writing style?

Answer: Direct and to the point.

Reviews of C Through Marriage

Five Stars And Thumbs Up For This Much Needed Book For Married Couples November 20, 2013

This book is so thorough on the needs of marriage. Jim Hughes’ insight about marriage can benefit husbands and wives alike. His views are so balanced, not placing more accountability on men than women or women than men. It’s so refreshing to find a read like this. And there are other good books out there like this. But as a wife, I find that there aren’t enough marriage books that examine the hearts and needs of a woman in the same regard as they are examined for the husbands. Well, this book does that – while remaining Biblical. I appreciate this author’s diligence in validating the unspoken issues that can too often plague a marriage.

This is actually formatted for private devotion as well as for couples’ group devotions. The chapters, which are all very relevant and essential discussion points, takes readers through lessons of reality and encouragement. As a lengthy book, it serves as a timely read. I’d recommend it, not only as a excellent read for couples (preferably as devotion together), but also as a much needed reference. Couples who could greatly benefit, learn, mature, and especially develop self-examination through reading C Through Marriage would be those who are in troubled marriages (even in crises), engaged couples, and even happily married couples. Keep it. Shelve it. Refer back to it. And by all means, tell other couples about it.

Now, I have to go back and re-read it out loud with my husband.