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When I Need Comforting by B. J. Robinson

When I Need Comforting by B. J. Robinson

Luke 11:13 If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!

John 14:16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another counselor to be with you forever.

John 14:18-19 I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me.

When I was four years old, I’d run to my father’s lap when I needed comforting. He had his own special chair, and I’d sit with him if Mom fussed at me. I’d run straight for his lap and the comfort of that old chair.

I lost my daddy when I was four years old on Christmas Day, but I’d still run to his chair. Somehow, I felt closer to him.

Now, both he and the chair are gone. Yet, I still run to my Father’s lap when I need comforting, and I feel a gentle hand upon my shoulder. My heavenly Father is and will always be there for me even though my earthly one was called home.

When you’re feeling low, need help, or just need comforting, run to your Father’s lap. Seek Him out through His Word and allow Him to talk to you. You’ll feel better. It took me many years before I realized this. I used to feel so alone and lonely, like I had no one to go to until I discovered God is always with me, and I’m never alone. I lost my earthly father at a young age, but I gained my heavenly Father who will never leave me alone.

Develop a personal relationship with Him. You can call on Him anytime, and you don’t even need a quarter or a phone. You’ll be calling someone who cares through a wireless connection that

always works. In the loss of loved ones and other world problems, my personal relationship with Jesus has been my greatest comfort. God sent His Comforter to help me through what I must endure on this earth. Won’t you ask him to do the same for you, if you haven’t?

Copyright B. J. Robinson 2015

About the Author

B. J. Robinson

Bio: B. J. Robinson enjoys writing in a variety of genres to give her readers choice when she pens best-selling Christian and inspirational fiction. An avid reader and passionate writer, she brings stories to life on the page from Florida with historical romance, romantic suspense, and sweet contemporary romance in novellas, full-length novels, and short stories. She’s blessed with children, grandchildren, and pets. Her pets keep her company as she writes, a golden cocker spaniel, golden retriever, husky, and a cat. Visit her at https://www.facebook.com/BJRobinsonHistoricalRomance, http://barbarajrobinson.blogspot.com, or at https://www.facebook.com/AuthorBJRobinson

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION, copyright 1973, 1978, & 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

The Beginning of Revival by Christopher Shennan

The Beginning of Revival by Christopher Shennan

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 and see if [there be any] wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (Psalm 139:23-24 – AKJV)

An old Gospel chorus (hardly ever sung these days) goes like this:

“It’s me, me, me, Oh Lord,

Standing in the need of prayer;

Not my brother or my sister,

It’s me, Oh Lord,

Standing in the need of prayer.

I think the writer of that chorus was spot on; he hit the bulls-eye of spiritual reality. He knew exactly where true revival begins – in the heart of the one seeking it.

It is easy to lament the wickedness of the days we live in; government corruption; the lukewarm state of the church, or the permissive life-styles of other church members. It is quite another matter to detect these things in our own hearts and in our own attitudes.

The psalmist had it right when he said, “Search me, O God…” (Emphasis mine).

I could wax eloquent on the theme, and bring in all kinds of arguments to support my contention that revival begins nowhere else but in our own hearts, but I don’t think there is any need to do so. True-hearted Christians already know this; the Word of God has already penetrated to the depth of their being:

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12 – AKJV)

Dear reader, if you know, as I do, where revival begins, let us not delay. Ask God to search you as I ask God to search me, and let Him lead us in the way everlasting. If we do this, and if we mean it with every part of our being, I have no doubt revival will come. It may not come in the manner we expect, but it will surely come.

Begin in Me

(Sunday 13th November 1994)

“Oh that You would bless me indeed . . .” (1 Chronicles 4:10)

The touch of Heaven needs to rest

Upon those souls within my sphere;

To each one in whose aching breast

A longing grows to bring You near—

I plead, in truth, to let it be . . .

Begin, Oh Lord, the work in me!

I long that blessing from Your Hand

Would reach to every soul around;

That everyone in Truth would stand,

And find that Love and Hope abound.

And yet . . . I cannot help but see:

It were best if it begin in me.

To be the instrument You use

To gently lead those gone astray,

I dare not for a moment lose

The kiss of Heaven— or its Way.

To this all reason will agree:

You need to start Your work in me.

About the Author:

Christopher Shennan

Born in South Africa in 1943, Christopher Shennan really began to live on the 29th of August 1967, when he was born again through the power of Jesus Christ. Since then, only one passion has consumed him: to communicate the love of Christ through any and every means at his disposal.
While attending Wesleyan Evangelical Seminary, he was launched into a children’s ministry, which led to his founding a ministry called Children for Christ, which in turn led to the formation of Children’s Radio Ministries.
He married Pamela Sanders in 1976, which was when he wrote his first book, The Toymaker’s Dream, published by Christian Literature Crusade in 1980, leading to its translation and publication into French, Hungarian, and Polish, and into a stage musical production in the Czech Republic.
Christopher and his family served as missionaries in Zimbabwe where he established a church amongst the Shona tribe before moving to Canada in 1984. Personal evangelism has been his passion and he has taught the subject numerous times to great effect. This led to the writing of a soon-to-be-published manual, The Making of a Personal Evangelist. Since his so-called “retirement” in 2008, his involvement in Bible teaching, counseling, even pastoring a church in Cape Sable Island, Nova Scotia, has kept him busy.
With thirteen published books behind him, his passion is to pass on all God has taught him to the next generation. There are five new novels and numerous non-fiction projects he expects to take him the rest of his life.

 

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CrossReaders Book Review: The Painted Lady by Felicia Rogers

CrossReaders Book Review: The Painted Lady by Felicia Rogers

The Painted Lady

Title: The Painted Lady

Author: Felicia Rogers

Rating: five stars

About the Book

John Tillman, a simple man, has died. His wife seeks justice. By pure happenstance, Bruce Malone, a famous criminal attorney, receives the case. Unfortunately, it’s going to take a miracle to win. But that’s just what he gets.

Elizabeth Smith is a preacher’s daughter. An “ugly Betty”, she transforms her look like a butterfly emerging from a chrysalis. Because of her change in appearance, her position of employment changes and she becomes the ‘miracle’ Bruce Malone needs. Not only for the case, but for the salvation of his family and his own soul.

Review

Page turner!! I couldn’t put the book down. Now I am going through withdrawal. I fell in love with Elizabeth and Bruce. I loved the inspirational thread flowing throughout the book.

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This review was submitted by: Wilani Wahl

CrossReaders Book Review: A New Dawn by Helena Winters

CrossReaders Book Review: A New Dawn by Helena Winters

A New Dawn

Title: A New Dawn

Author: Helena Winters

Rating: 5 out of 5

About the Book

Struggling with guilt and anxiety after her mother’s death and father’s heart attack, Dawn Rosewood has had her fair share of grief and bad luck. But when she meets Emerson, the handsome, caring nurse, things start to look up. Dawn soon realizes that she has a lot to be grateful for, like her whacky family friends and her family business. Things aren’t always as they seem though, and Dawn soon becomes involved in a secret from Emerson’s past. Can she help Emerson deal with a dreadful mistake from his teenage years?

Review

This was my first time venturing in to any type of romance novel and I was very impressed by how well the story flowed while being very light hearted and easy to wind down to at the end of the day. This book contains enough twists and humour while still following the logical progression to keep readers engaged to the very last pages. I was always curious to find out what would happen next in the story each time I picked up the book. The ending was so heartwarming that it actually brought tears to my eyes. A book that can make me that emotional almost always gets a perfect rating to me. I would definitely recommend reading this if you like light hearted and humorous reads for relaxing!

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This review was submitted by: Robert

More Than Sorry by Sherry Chamblee

More Than Sorry by Sherry Chamblee

What do we get told when we do something wrong to a friend or our brother or sister? We know we should say sorry, right?

Well I was thinkin’ and actually there’s more to it than that.

I started writing this as a devotional for kids, then realized it really should apply to all ages. Kids aren’t the only ones who have to ask for forgiveness, are they?

Think about the last time you did something you had to apologize for. I mean, we’re adults, right? We’re all grown up, this should be easy. We’ve done it, what, a million times…give or take half a mil?

Yet still, when we have to do it, our heart races, we get sweaty palms, nervous butterflies in our stomach. It’s like a first date all over again, only way scarier.

Will the other person accept our apology? Will they forgive us? Will the relationship be restored? Will they yell and scream first? Or is it all over and we just have to go find another group of friends because we can never show our face at the office water cooler again.

I learned this awhile back from someone else who was kind enough to pass it on, and I’ve tried to teach my kids this way of apologizing too.

Here’s the formula:

I did –

It was wrong because –

Next time I’ll –

Will you forgive me?

First confess. Tell the other person exactly what you did that was wrong.

Second, tell them what was harmful about that action…how it was hurtful.

Third, tell them what you’ll do differently from this point forward. Make this a positive. Something specific that you’ll try to do to ensure you’ll be more mindful next time.

AndfFourth, ask for forgiveness. Ask them directly for a decision in the matter. Show them you will wait for their response, and that they’re a part of this process just like you are. Show them you care about their forgiveness.

It seems so simple, but honestly, is that how we’ve asked for forgiveness in the past? Especially point number three, I think we neglect that one. We might confess, we might ask for forgiveness, we might even map out why it was wrong. Very rarely do we think about what we’ll do instead next time. This point is for us…it’s our plan of action, our call to arms. It’s our map for the road ahead.

None of us are perfect. There’s going to be chances to apologize. Let’s make the most of those chances, and do it right. Restore the relationship.

Be more than sorry. James 5:16 Confess [your] faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

About the Author:

Sherry Chamblee

Sherry grew up in various cities around northern and central California. This gave her all sorts of stories that sat and festered in her brain, waiting to be let loose. She eventually went to college in Wisconsin, where she met her equally frenetic husband, Rich. They have six (yes, count them) children, two dogs and a cat, and currently reside in a madhouse in the southern California area. As a family, they enjoy being active in their local church. Sherry spends her time writing when not caring for Granny, the kids, the dogs, the cat and any number of strays in the neighborhood.

Sherry Chamblee can be found at http://www.sherrychamblee.weebly.com Or check out her books at http://www.amazon.com/Sherry-Chamblee/e/B00BA06RJ2/