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God Does Not Need Me…Or Does He?

God Does Not Need Me…Or Does He?

I’ve been curious about something lately. Yeah, I’m always curious about something or other!

I keep reading about and hearing people say, “God doesn’t need us.” “God doesn’t need me.” And “God doesn’t need man. Man needs God.” Well, of course, we need Him! That’s a blown-out understatement!

But I agree. God is God; He doesn’t need anything.

Luke said this about God in Acts 17:24-25, “He is the God who made the world and everything in it. Since He is Lord of heaven and earth, He doesn’t live in man-made temples, and human hands can’t serve His needs—for He has no needs. He Himself gives life and breath to everything, and He satisfies every need.” (NLT)

Everything is God’s; He has no need. Psalm 50:10-12 tells us, “For every beast of the forest is Mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the mountains, and the wild beasts of the field are Mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you; for the world is Mine, and all its fullness.” (NKJV)

However, I still wonder…

*…if He doesn’t need me, why does He ask me to do certain things?

God doesn’t need my works. But my neighbor might, a stranger might, a family member might. So while He doesn’t need it, He needs for me to do it! Yes, He can succeed whether I am obedient to His plans or not. He can always get someone else if I choose to disobey.

So, I wonder…

*…how would others be reached with the good news of the gospel if God didn’t need me (or you) to spread the Word?

*…how would others’ lives be changed if they did not see me (or you) living for the Lord?

But why is my service necessary? Okay, let’s ask Billy Graham and Mother Teresa. Why is and was their service necessary? Because of all those who have received Christ as their Lord and Savior or been shown the love of God through kindnesses to them.

So, I wonder…

*…how would others see the Lord’s love in action if I (or you) don’t supply them with the things they need or give to those who provide for them?

God doesn’t need my money. But what of all those around the world who need to be fed, clothed, given clean water to drink, have schools, homes, and churches built for them? None of this just pops into being.

I continue to wonder…

*…will God come down Himself and do these things if I (or you) don’t? Didn’t He do that already? And now, doesn’t He expect me (and you) to do these things?

I guess I am naïve in thinking that: how will God’s will be accomplished if there is no one to do it? Well, yes, God is God and He can do miracles. However, He doesn’t normally work that way.

He doesn’t need us as though He lacked something. But He needs us to be His workers in the field for Him, as Paul said, “He has given us the work of making peace between Himself and others…For we are God’s fellow workers.” (2 Cor. 5:18b CEV, 1 Cor. 3:9a NIV)

Doesn’t this troubled world need the Lord? Don’t broken hearts need the Lord? Doesn’t God call us to be of service to others? Isn’t this His will and purpose for our lives? Why would He call us if He didn’t need us?

Maybe He doesn’t need us and maybe He does.

From His feet, Lynn

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Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, lynnmosher.com

CrossReaders Book Review: The Painted Bride by Suzanne D. Williams

CrossReaders Book Review: The Painted Bride by Suzanne D. Williams

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Title: The Painted Bride

Author: Suzanne D. Williams

Rating: 5 stars

About the Book

Haydn Fabrinni, to everyone else, looks like a spoiled rich boy used to getting his way. And maybe part of that is true. Because late one night, upset over rumors of a proposal he doesn’t remember to a girl he doesn’t like, he makes the rashest decision ever.

He challenges a stranger, a woman obviously out to make a buck, to a game of pool, winner take all.

But his all is her hand in marriage. The perfect solution. Until what the two of them have becomes far more valuable than anything else, including the secrets of her past that threaten to tear it all apart.

Review

Painted Bride by Suzanne D. Williams is the second book in the Best Dressed Series and is as great a read as the first book. This story is about Haydn Fabrinni who is almost the complete opposite of Ludwig, his older brother. Everyone considers Haydn a spoiled younger son and to a certain extent that is true. His life comes screeching to a halt when a woman he has dated announces to everyone that he proposed. Haydn does not remember proposing and while sitting in a bar having too many drinks, he makes a bet with a woman that will change his life forever. Marcy Gregg challenges Haydn to a game of pool and the winner takes all. If she wins, she gets one thousand dollars and if he wins, he proposes marriage and she accepts. Both are experienced pool players and each thinks they will be the winner. One can guess who will win and the rest of the story is about everything that happens after the pool game.

Suzanne did a wonderful job writing this story. At first I was a little turned off by all the tattoos but by the time i was half way through the book I had forgotten about them. All the characters were very well developed and their dialogue was right on target. I felt as if I were friends with the characters for they completely came to life on the pages of the book. All scenes were realistic and I was right in the middle of what was going on and even trying to give advice and cheer for Marcy and Haydn. There were lots of twists and turns in the plot but each one just added more interest to the story and even provided a little suspense. The suspense mainly involved the secrets that Marcy was not willing to share with Haydn but eventually she revealed everything. Some big business wheeling and dealing took place in the story and gave the reader a victor to cheer and a villain to jeer.

I highly recommend this book to everyone that loves a Christian romance with a happy ending.

Thanks to the author, Suzanne D. Williams for providing me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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This review was submitted by: Deanna Gottreu – please visit her website at www.buzzardsroostcrafts.com/blog

Wednesday Quick Picks

April 23, 2014

Looking for something great to read?

Here are five Quick Picks from awesome Christian authors…

Quick Pick One

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

When bad things happen, what is your reaction? Do you trust God even when you don’t understand?

There was a dark season in my life when it literally felt like an earthquake had occurred. Everything in my life seemed to be falling apart…my family, my finances, our church. And I asked God the simple question, “Why?” This book is the result of my own search for answers. In the end, God gave me illustrations that I will share with you and brought healing to my heart and my distorted view of Him. I was able to trust Him again, even though my circumstances had not changed.

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Quick Pick Two

From the Book:

Home. Had the house in Haldingston ever really felt like one? Yes, at times, with her mother, but since, she had just known fear and then a wall, much like that which surrounded her now. She was reluctant to let people in, even those closest to her. What had Lorenda called the castle? A mortuary. Chills ran up her spine as she stood and quietly walked toward the door of the keep. The wind whipped up and blew Tara’s long dark hair about her face, obscuring her first view of the inside of the castle. With impatience and trepidation, she drew back a moment, pushed hard on the door, and entered the keep.

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Quick Pick Three

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About the Book

The short story collection Just Like Jonah Wail Tales now has a workbook edition, one aimed at parents, Sunday school teachers, youth group leaders and all those who want to share their faith with 10- to 14-year-olds.

Just Like Jonah Wail Tales Workbook contains eight short stories with modern Jonahs who make bad choices and land in a whale of trouble, just like Jonah. Each of the main characters disobeys God and repents, demonstrating the biblical path to salvation. Their mistakes include giving in to fear, not doing their homework, being selfish, and holding a drinking party when the parents are away,

Through discussion questions and Scripture citations, parents and teachers can teach the lesson of Jonah to this generation with modern examples of misconduct these children experience. They can help avoid having to live wail tales of their own…

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Quick Pick Four

About the Book

As she struggles to fit into a world she was never made to fit in, Maggie wonders if she can ever learn to become a perfect version of herself so she can keep the job, or is she doomed to always be searching for a life she can never quite grasp?

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Quick Pick Five

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About the Book

“Then I think about my own little desires. The desire that my husband would be completely healed from his disease, and how he is still suffering through this every day. It is all hurting my heart, and then I think about hope…”

Take this four week journey to challenge and renew your thoughts on hope.

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Book Blast: Prayers of a Mother’s Heart: For a Chosen Generation by Amy von Borstel

Book Blast: Prayers of a Mother’s Heart: For a Chosen Generation by Amy von Borstel

 

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Prayers of a Mother’s Heart: For a Chosen Generation
By Amy von Borstel

About the Book:

If you knew that your prayers could change the lives and futures of your children or grandchildren, would you pray regularly? Prayers of a Mother’s Heart: For a Chosen Generation is a hope-filled resource for those desiring a life of prayer and for those seeking God for miracles.

In the Prayers of a Mother’s Heart eBook, there are several personal stories that reveal the power of prayer, a collection of heartfelt prayers that address a wide range of concerns many mothers have for their children, along with over ninety-five Scriptures, simple guidelines for preparing the heart for prayer, a chapter on prayer journals, and a chapter on the importance of generational blessings.

Be inspired by Prayers of a Mother’s Heart to begin trusting that Jesus truly holds the answers to the challenges in your children’s lives. Jesus promised He would do the impossible if only we would believe (Mark 9:23).

LINK to KINDLE

Amy 2014Amy von Borstel is a passionate follower of Christ, a wife and mother of two—one adult child and one teen. She attributes her twenty-eight year marriage and happy home to the love of God and living a life of faith-filled prayer. She’s been a writer since she was a little girl, writing poetry and keeping journals as a way to find peace and rest in her soul. Her first published short story, A Divine Hair Appointment, was released in the 2013 Thomas Nelson book, When God Makes Lemonade. She is passionate about helping orphans and seeing people find abundance through an intimate relationship with Christ.

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It’s All in the Cross!

It’s All in the Cross!

In the
Cross
Is set
What I
Cannot
Forget
It is the blood of redemption of the Christ Who came to save
To lift us above a life of sin, to keep us from an eternal grave.
In the
Cross
Is
Joy
Life
Love
Hope
Faith
Peace
Power
Victory
Increase
Comfort
Strength
Holiness
Patience
Kindness
Humility
Tranquility
At the foot of the cross
is where I’ll be.
Will you meet me there
on bended knee?

LynnMosher (2)_cr 2Bio: At a time of physical upheaval in 2000, Lynn Mosher felt led of the Lord to take up her pen and write. With this new passion, she has embraced her mission to reach others through Christ-honoring literature, encouraging them in their walk and offering comfort through the written word. Lynn lives with her hubby (since 1966) in their Kentucky nest, emptied of three chicklets, and expanded by three giggly grand-chicklets, and an inherited dog. You can find out more about Lynn by visiting her website, lynnmosher.com.