Troubled Times in Today’s World

Troubled Times in Today’s World

by BJ Robinson

… the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. Peter 3-7 

But the day of the Lord will come like a thief. The heavens will disappear with a roar, the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Peter 3-10 

But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth; the home of righteousness. Peter 3-13 

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33 

Troubled times in today’s world might make one long for the simple times of Henry David Thoreau when he lived on Walden Pond, but God promises a new heaven and earth that will be even better than Walden Pond, one with no sickness, no pain, and no death. He tells us not to let our hearts be troubled, to trust in Him.

The Bible says we will have trouble, and God warns us of this through His Word. Life will not always be easy. We must endure sickness and death this side of heaven and lose loved ones who are finished with their temporary earthly home and who have been called to their heavenly home. Take heart and trust God and His Word, believe, and you will see them again.

Losing our loved ones and letting them go is one of the hardest things we must bear, but God will send His Comforter to help us. We have hope. Mom used to say as long as there is life, there is hope. Even after death, Christians have hope because we can look forward to the day we will be reunited and see our loved ones again.

I often hear people say, “We’re getting up there in age and . . .” Death does not care how old you are. It comes for the young as well as the elderly, so no matter our age, none of us know how long we have left. Death is no respecter of age. Young people need to be as prepared as the elderly. So many young lives are lost these days unexpectedly, leaving loved ones in shock. I pray that my children and grandchildren all know the good Lord and have a personal relationship with Him.

Sometimes people think about what they can leave behind to comfort their family. One thing is letting them know you’re saved and have that relationship with God before death comes knocking on your door. Personally, I believe that is the most comforting gift you can give your loved ones upon your departure from this temporary shell of a home. God bless. Let Jesus be your best friend and trust Him. When you need help, ask God in prayer. Prayer works.

I lost my youngest sister and mother six years apart, and it was such a comfort for me knowing they were with Jesus.

Dear God, Please touch the hearts of the young and elderly alike that they may know You and have a personal relationship with you while still living in their earthly home so that they may one day live with You in their heavenly one, in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

B. J. RobinsonBio: B. J. Robinson writes Amazon best-selling historical romance and romantic suspense and enjoys writing in various genres. There are numerous selections readers may choose from among romantic suspense, historical romance, mystery, and sweet contemporary romance. Robinson is an avid reader and passionate writer whose hope is to entertain her readers by taking them on a continuous journey to other worlds while reminding them of the beautiful one yet to come. If you would like to explore the various genres she’s written, please check out her Amazon Author page: http://www.amazon.com/B.-J.-Robinson/e/B007DNJIKU/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1458731934&sr=1-2-ent 

CrossReads Book Spotlight: A Joyful Noise

CrossReads Book Spotlight: A Joyful Noise

CrossReads Book Spotlight

A Joyful Noise

by Terri Main

A Joyful Noise

Many people, including many who devoutly follow the paths of righteousness, seem to view serving God as some sort of tiresome enterprise. Necessary? Yes. Important? Yes. But, Joyful? Far from it. This attitude, though, is far from Biblical. Psalm 100 opens with “Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord.” It continues to say we should “Serve the Lord with Gladness.” That’s hardly the severe image many in the church project to the world.

A Joyful Noise takes Psalm 100 phrase by phrase to discover the joy in true religious practice. In this study we discover a joyful experience of the divine. Topics include:

Make a Joyful Noise
Serve the Lord with Gladness
Singing unto the Lord
We are the Lord’s People
Thanksgiving
Praise
Adoration
The Lord is Good
Everlasting Mercy
Eternally Faithful

This study will help you restore the joy to your worship. This is a part of the Wordmaster 99 Cent Bible Study Library. This Bible study guide is good for both individual study and small group Bible studies. Each lesson includes a short commentary followed by a list of study questions to lead you to an even deeper understanding of the concepts in the lesson.

Check out the sample or, if you are a Kindle Unlimited or Amazon Prime member, you can borrow it for free.

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CrossReads Short Takes: A Year of Book Marketing & Safe in His Arms

CrossReads Short Takes: A Year of Book Marketing & Safe in His Arms

CrossReads Short Takes

A Year of Book Marketing

by Heather Hart

A Year of Book Marketing

Do you dream of selling books, but don’t know how to reach that goal?

Perhaps you’ve heard someone say that you should do something every day to market your books if you really want to be successful. For a new author (and even some experienced ones), that can be a bit frightening – we don’t believe it’s possible or that we have the time. But that simply isn’t true!

Instead of telling you to market your book daily, author Heather Hart offers to come alongside authors to help them market their books daily.

Pick up your copy, and start marketing your book, today!

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Safe in His Arms

by Melanie D. Snitker

Safe in His Arms

When a beautiful woman walks into his diner asking for a job, Joel Ash can’t bring himself to say no. The more he gets to know Anna, the more he’s convinced she’s hiding something. Intrigued and drawn to protect her, he prays he can ensure her safety and guard her heart. Even if it means risking his own in the process.

Anna Henderson is on the run. In a new town, she wants nothing more than to trust Joel and the family offering her a fresh beginning. She’s secured vital evidence that could put her obsessive ex behind bars and out of her life. But without the ability to access it, she’ll always be looking over her shoulder.

Worried her past will catch up with her, can Anna ever feel safe in Joel’s arms?

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Caution!

Caution!

by Rebekah Beene

As we traveled home yesterday from a nearby town we decided to take a different route. We even took a side trip to see an old cemetery. What we found was a beautiful old church and I took a picture of it. We drove on to see if we could find another out of the way treasure but we discovered the pavement ended just over the hill. As we turned around to head back to the main highway I asked Danny if we could take another picture of the church – this time with the gate. God was speaking to my heart.

Wrapped across the gate was the word CAUTION in black letters on yellow tape.

Oh beloved, God wants to caution you and me this morning. He loves His daughters so much that He watches over us day and night. And He spreads His warnings before us so we aren’t captured in anything.

He says CAUTION – be cautious not to allow fear, worry and anxiety to reside in your heart. There will be times that these things will come to you. But you don’t have to allow them to live within you. Fear will rob you of the adventure the Lord has for you. Worry will rob you of the faith to move mountains. And anxiety will weigh your heart down.

He went on to say be cautious about making decisions without prayer. Just as the caution tape was draped across the church’s gate He drapes His Spirit across thresholds you encounter. Make sure He has spoken before you proceed. Once you have found God’s counsel on decisions you can go forth with power and confidence!

Finally He says be cautious – cautious about the words of your mouth and the meditation of your heart. Make both of them pleasing to Him. Are you speaking things without consulting His Word? He directs us to speak the TRUTH in love – to ourselves first and foremost. Don’t allow words like useless, powerless, hopeless, and other negative thoughts to escape your lips. You are the righteousness of God in Christ! Don’t allow untruthful declarations about life and loved ones escape either. Instead declare blessings! Speak out God’s will over them. Praise the Lord when you feel like cursing yourself or others. You have been called to speak the oracles of God in blessings so that you receive blessings back and so that the ones you are praying for will be changed! Your words matter! Be cautious!

God loves you and He’s for you! Don’t ever be cautious about praying, about believing God or about praising Him always. He is the reason you live – through Christ and indwelt by the Holy Spirit. Step out of the miry clay of self-condemnation and apathy of spirit. Thank the Lord for His caution when you need it but live fully alive in the Light of Words of Life!

Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.

Proverbs 14:16 A wise man is cautious and turns away from evil, But a fool is arrogant and careless.

Psalm 16:7 I will bless the Lord who has counseled me; Indeed, my mind instructs me in the night.

About the Author:

Rebekah Beene

In a Christian Women’s meeting in 1983, Rebekah was given a prophetic message that she would write books. Several years ago she began writing stories about special holiday memories and travels, sharing God’s love and care through each story. God has gifted Rebekah with the ability to look at the natural and see the supernatural. Both Rebekah and her husband Danny have a heart to share the Gospel and the riches of life in Christ to everyone they meet. They have served in the local church and in ministry to motorcyclists. Danny is an ordained minister and they both have been Bible study teachers for many years. Rebekah also speaks at women’s retreats and conferences. Her tag line says it all “God loves you and He’s for you”.

My website is http://rebekahbeene.wordpress.com

My first book in print is Oh Beloved! Live in the Light of His Word.
Link to buying the book via paypal is on the website.
As well a link to purchasing the ebook on Amazon is there too.
I’m also on twitter @rebekahbeene, tumblr http://rebekah-beene.tumblr.com/
and of course facebook as Rebekah Beene (Warren) I included my maiden name for old friends.
CrossReads Spotlight: His Baby Bond

CrossReads Spotlight: His Baby Bond

CrossReads Book Spotlight

His Baby Bond

Lee Tobin McClain

His Baby Bond

Battle for a Baby . . .

In this Christian romance novel, poor-but-proud Kendra Forrester doesn’t need an arrogant millionaire to tell her how to raise her sister’s baby. But when handsome Zeke King arrives at her Colorado cabin demanding custody of his brother’s child, strategy dictates that she let him stick around.

Battling mountain weather and the baby’s illness brings these two opposites together, but their own insecurities, their dead siblings’ secrets, and a jealous former boyfriend threaten their tentative bond.

Only the Lord and the Sacred Bond Brotherhood can help Kendra and Zeke form a family for their baby.

This first-in-a-series book is a free Christian romance for your Kindle! Try out this Christian romance series with no risk. It’s your introduction to the Sacred Bond series of contemporary Christian romance novels, featuring alpha males who live to serve others.

If you like this book, and want to know how the brotherhood got started, try A Christmas Bond (Christian Romance): Sacred Bond Series Prequel Novella.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Beyond the Waves & Saving Grace

CrossReads Short Takes: Beyond the Waves & Saving Grace

CrossReads Short Takes

Beyond the Waves

by Lynette Bonner

Beyond the Waves

Can a Love Shattered by the Sands of Time…Rise Beyond the Waves?

Taysia Green nearly chokes on her water when Officer Kylen Sumner shows up in her office claiming he’s back in town because he loves her. Since he’s broken her heart more than once, and she recently started dating youth pastor Blaine Pittman, she wants absolutely nothing to do with Kylen. But he’s been asked to stand in as the mediator between Taysia and wannabe model Sophia Clinesmith, who twisted her ankle in the parking lot of Taysia’s business and is threatening a lawsuit.

If she didn’t need him to help save her gym, Taysia would tell Kylen to take a long midnight walk on a short cliffside trail.

She’s perfectly happy with her life just the way it is.

So why is it that just the sight of Kylen Sumner sets her traitorous heart to dancing faster than it did the time Blaine kissed her?

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Saving Grace

Leslie Ann McDaniel

Saving Grace

What happens when a New York City opera singer flees to a small town in Montana to escape a stalker? Tracy Fontaine is about to find out.

When an obsessive fan forces Tracy to change her name to Grace Addison and go into hiding, the last thing she wants is to get to know the locals. Now, not one but two men have worked their way into her daily routine, much to the chagrin of jealous local girl Sophia, who insists on prying into Grace’s past and stirring up deadly trouble.

Will Grace find love in Madison Falls…or will her stalker find her?

Madison Falls. Home of faith, love, peach pie…and a dollop of danger.

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Joy, Rest, & Praise are Daily Weapons of Power

Joy, Rest, & Praise are Daily Weapons of Power

by Lisa Prysock

Today I Will Choose Joy

 

The Joy of the Lord is Your Strength

I notice my family is happy and joyful when they are able to laugh together.  It unifies.  It strengthens us.  It changes our atmosphere. It changes our whole day from gloom to sunshine.  I love to hear the laughter of my children in our home.  It lifts my heart.  It binds us together.  It helps us create fantastic memories.  I believe laughter is an outward expression of our inner joy.

A merry heart doeth good [like] a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.  Proverbs 17:22, KJV

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fullness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.  Psalm 16:11, KJV

Grateful to God

 

I also notice my husband loves to come home to a house filled with peace, thanksgiving, and praise.  I like to keep the local Christian radio station on when I’m preparing dinner.  Many times while I’m singing to the Lord along with the radio, he comes home from work and immediately senses the atmosphere is a happy one.  It sets the tone for our whole evening to go well.  Other times, we may be worshipping the Lord and feel the presence of God in our midst. In His presence there is safety, more joy, and greater peace…

Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all [ye that are] upright in heart.  Psalm 32:11

Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands.  Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing.  Psalm 100:1-2

Rest Area
Keep Calm

When we take time to rest in the Lord and set aside time for proper physical rest, I believe it baffles the enemy.  Another way to overcome trouble is to set our hearts and minds on an attitude of rest, trusting in the Lord and moving through our day in peace.  My husband and I try to do what we can when challenges arise.  We pray.  We make a plan.  We tackle it to the best of our ability and then leave the outcome in the Lord’s capable, mighty hands.  I believe being at rest is yet another way to baffle and battle opposing forces.  I believe when we do our best to honor the Lord with one day a week of rest, our bodies become refreshed and we are better prepared for the week ahead.

Come unto me, allyethat labor and are heavy ladden, and I will give you rest.  Matthew 11:28, KJV

16 Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.

17 It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed.  Exodus 31:16-17, KJV

In summary, if you haven’t tried joy, rest, and praise in your home, or perhaps you feel your family drifting away from these as we all do from time to time, ask the Lord to help you implement them and start winning your battles!

Author Biography:  

Lisa M. PrysockLisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years.  She homeschools the two youngest of their five children (three grown).  She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  In regards to that, she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”

Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing.  Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley which contains a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene and sublime writing office/sewing room.  “It’s a great source of peace and inspiration for me… and pure joy not to be writing from the busy kitchen amidst the household chaos on a laptop.  Growing teenagers eating every five minutes makes for a constant stream of happenings!”

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; a Victorian Christian Romance Series which includes Hannah’s Garden:  a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era).  She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemaker, an Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com

Links: 

https://www.facebook.com/LisaMPrysock

https://twitter.com/LPrysock

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: The End Came With A Kiss

CrossReads Book Spotlight: The End Came With A Kiss

CrossReads Book Spotlight

The End Came With A Kiss

by John Michael Hileman

The End Came With A Kiss

 

*A Post Apocalyptic Suspense Romance*

From Bestselling Christian Author John Michael Hileman comes a story of sacrificial love in a world where a virus has turned most of the human race into beautiful zombies.

My friends and I used to laugh about the zombie apocalypse, the absurdity of it. But when it came, it was nothing like the movies had portrayed. We couldn’t have had it more wrong. There was no gore. There was no blood or tearing of flesh. It was the most beautiful thing the world had ever seen, and that was what took us by surprise. We were not prepared to have our destruction lure us in like a harlot.

You see, the end did not come with a scratch or a bite. It came with a kiss.

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CrossReads Short Takes: The Come to Me Complete Collection & Worship Is This

CrossReads Short Takes: The Come to Me Complete Collection & Worship Is This

CrossReads Short Takes

The Come to Me Complete Collection

by Leah Atwood

Come to Me Collection

The complete Come to Me Series from bestselling author Leah Atwood, now available at a discounted price.

Come to Me Alive:

Bryce Landry, country music’s hottest star, has it all, or so everyone on the outside thinks. They can’t see his struggle to discover himself, to find his place in unfamiliar territories, both as a dad and as a Christian. He takes a month off and escapes to the small town of Oden Bridge, Louisiana, where his daughter lives with his grandparents.

Sophie Thatcher has never been a risk taker but never thought her life lacked until her boyfriend of three years breaks off their relationship. Only then, does she begin to question what she’s missed by always playing it safe. Meeting Bryce is a call to action. She can let fear rule or trust in faith, which means taking the biggest risk of her life.

As the weeks and months pass, they discover finding each other was easy, but holding on will be a different story.

Come to Me Free:

Career-driven Dani Trahan wasn’t interested in finding a husband. At only twenty-eight, she had plenty of time in her future to settle down and have a family, but for now, her sole focus was keeping her restaurant afloat. When tragedy strikes, however, she’s forced to examine her priorities and relationships.

Rob Jackson didn’t do relationships. He’d long ago accepted that happily ever afters didn’t belong to him. That was a decade ago, right around the time he stopped believing in God. Then he met Dani, and for the first time in ten years, he wanted to believe again—in love and in God.

To move beyond friendship, Dani and Rob must first accept several truths, but can they learn to rely on faith before it’s too late?

Come to Me Again:

Dominic Sellers dreamed of escaping a life of poverty and making a living playing music. On the brink of giving up, he’s offered the chance of a lifetime to be the new guitarist for Bryce Landry. His life finally aligned with his goals, but something was missing.

Four years ago, Maisy Rothchild walked away from her fiancé—her best friend and the only man she’d ever loved. She’d give anything to go back and change that day, but that wasn’t possible. There were factors that complicated the situation, things she couldn’t tell anyone.

When she makes a bold move to restore their friendship, can the same love that tore them apart bring them back together?

Come to Me Joyful:
(Bonus Novella)

Kate Jergens presents her life as the picture of perfection to everyone outside her close-knit circle. Old insecurities prevent her from letting people see who she really is. As the holidays approach, events cause those insecurities to reappear.

When Luke Tatum catches his co-worker, Kate, with her guard down he realizes he doesn’t know her as well as he thought. As he discovers who Kate really is behind her mask of flawlessness, his admiration for her grows and he finds himself more drawn to her.

When faced with the possibility of losing someone she loves, Kate’s faith wavers. This Christmas season, will she accept support from the man who loves her or will she push him away?

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Worship is This

by Heather Bixler

Worship Is This

Let’s explore what it means to worship God.

The mightiest God wants the smallest part of you.

The biggest God wants your attention.

The highest God wants to sit next to you.

Worship is this.

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Essential Acts of Worship

Essential Acts of Worship

by Ruth O’Neil

It doesn’t matter who you talk to; there are as many ways to worship as there are believers in the world. Worship can be corporate or it can be personal, hopefully believers experience both corporate and personal on occasion. Scripture tells us there are four basics to worship and all should be included in our worship time whenever and wherever one decides to worship.

Singing 

Singing is a form of worship that can be highly emotional. One can be moved to quiet tears or moved to dance with joy as David was when the Israelites brought home the Ark of the Covenant. Despite what some people think, the beat of the music doesn’t matter. The music that moves one person to worship may put another to sleep or bring on headache. It’s the words of the song that are important. It’s the words that bring about the meaning of the song, along with the emotional response from the listener. Be careful about judging others in the form of music that bring about worship for them. Worship for one can be as a member of a 1000 person choir singing the “Hallelujah Chorus,” while for another, it’s singing along to a song on the radio in the privacy of the car.

Make sure your worship includes some type of music.

Prayer 

Prayer is the form of worship that not only allows us to speak to God, but also allows Him to speak to us. One can pray anytime, anywhere, in a crowd, or all alone. Prayer needs to be more than a list of what we want. If you have trouble thinking of things to pray about, make a list you can refer to during your prayer time.

Don’t think that you always have to kneel to pray. Pray whenever someone or some situation comes to mind. Pray whenever things are quiet and you know you won’t be disturbed. Pray short prayers throughout the day, if that’s what you have time for. Do as the Bible says and “pray without ceasing.”

Tithing 

Tithing is the act of obedience in giving back to God. The Bible commands us to tithe and gives us some guidelines. Tithing can take place in a number of ways. One can tithe to the church, one can give directly to missions, or simply to give, in Jesus’ name, to a need. Tithing should be as private as possible. What you tithe is ultimately between the giver and God.

Preaching 

One cannot grow spiritually without another one to lead. Yes, personal Bible study is extremely important, but there is much to be said when sitting under teacher who is more knowledgeable in the Scriptures.

It doesn’t matter where or when you worship, is on you do as you do it regularly and that it contains these four aspects. They do not even have to all be done in the same one-hour church service. You can incorporate these four acts of worship throughout your day.

About the Author:

Ruth OneilRuth O’Neil has been writing for over 20 years. She has published hundreds of articles in numerous publications. She loves to touch the emotions when she writes. “If I can make one person laugh or cry, I’ll consider myself successful.” Her first novel “Come Eat at My Table” has just come out in ebook form and can be purchased on her website. She homeschools her three children (well, one now, as two have graduated). She and her husband have been married for 20-plus years. In her spare time she enjoys quilting, crafting, and reading. You can visit her on her blog at http://ruths-real-life.blogspot.com or her website at http://ruthoneil.weebly.com