What Sanctifies Our Offerings?

What Sanctifies Our Offerings?

by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

“And the priest shall put some of the blood upon the horns of the altar of sweet incense before the LORD”   (Leviticus 4:7).

The altar of incense is the place where saints present their prayers and praises; and it is delightful to think of it as sprinkled with the blood of the great sacrifice. This it is which makes all our worship acceptable with Jehovah: He sees the blood of His own Son and therefore accepts our homage. It is well for us to fix our eyes upon the blood of the one offering for sin. Sin mingles even with our holy things, and our best repentance, faith, prayer, and thanksgiving could not be received of God were it not for the merit of the atoning sacrifice. Many sneer at “the blood”; but to us it is the foundation of comfort and hope. That which is on the horns of the altar is meant to be prominently before our eyes when we draw near to God. The blood gives strength to prayer, and hence it is on the altar’s horns. It is “before the LORD,” and therefore it ought to be before us. It is on the altar before we bring the incense; it is there to sanctify our offerings and gifts. Come, let us pray with confidence, since the Victim is offered, the merit has been pleaded, the blood is within the veil, and the prayers of believers must be sweet unto the LORD.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Oxygen

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Oxygen

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Oxygen

by John Olson, Randy Ingermanson

Oxygen

An Explosion On the Way to Mars

Halfway to the Red Planet, an explosion leaves the four-member crew of the Ares 10 with only enough oxygen for one.

Valkerie Jansen, the ship’s doctor, is tough, beautiful, and has an uncanny knack for survival.

Bob Kaganovski, the ship’s mechanic, is paid to be paranoid — and he’s good at it. He’s worried that Valkerie is mentally unbalanced, possibly even dangerous.

Which is just too bad, because Bob’s falling in love with her.

Meanwhile, NASA is trying to figure out who should live and who should die, when there’s only enough oxygen for one.

About the Book

Oxygen is a Mars suspense novel that mixes science, religion, romance, and suspense.

Oxygen won the 2002 Christy award for best futuristic novel in Christian fiction.

Oxygen will take you on a wretched, miserable, dangerous vacation to Mars in a stinking, cramped, failing spaceship.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Guarding Her Heart & Finding Courage

CrossReads Short Takes: Guarding Her Heart & Finding Courage

CrossReads Short Takes

Guarding Her Heart

by Kimberly Rae Jordan

Guarding Her Heart

GUARDING HER HEART is book one of the Christian romance series, BLACKTHORPE SECURITY by Kimberly Rae Jordan. Follow the lives of the men and women working for BlackThorpe Security as they face the challenges of life, faith and love.

The BlackThorpe Security series is a spin-off from the Christian romance series, The McKinleys. If you haven’t read those yet, check out book one – THIS TIME WITH LOVE: A Christian Romance – and meet some of the characters who will continue to appear in the BlackThorpe Security series.

Lindsay Hamilton has watched as people around her have fallen in love and gotten married. She knows she needs a change in her life, but she also knows it doesn’t involve romance or love, let alone marriage. When their church announces a two-week mission’s trip to the Philippines, Lindsay feels that this may be the change she needs. Plus, it will give her the opportunity to see the world beyond the one she’s lived in her whole life. The only problem is her mother. Having almost lost one child, Lindsay’s mother is distraught at the thought of her only daughter trekking halfway around the world by herself. In order to give her mother peace of mind, Lindsay agrees to allow a bodyguard to accompany her.

Than Miller is the consummate ladies’ man. He loves to spend time with them and to make them feel good about themselves. Unfortunately, that very approach to life has made the one woman he’s most interested in hold him at arm’s length. When her older brother comes to BlackThorpe Security to hire a bodyguard for a trip she’s taking, Than quickly agrees. Surely he’ll have the opportunity to convince Lindsay to change her opinion of him during their trip together.

Though Lindsay has accepted Than’s role as her bodyguard, she’s the one in charge of guarding her heart. And guard it she will. But when disaster strikes and she finds herself completely out of her element, Lindsay has to face her own vulnerabilities. As her faith in God deepens, will she be able to let down her guard enough to let Than in?

Usually, Than has no trouble keeping his emotions detached from his job, but this time around he’s finding it more and more difficult. And it’s not just because he’s responsible for Lindsay. In the midst of disaster, he comes face to face with a faith he’s never experienced before. Will he give his heart to God even as he waits for Lindsay to give hers to him?

Or will the experiences Than and Lindsay shared on the trip be just a memory when they get back home?

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Finding Courage

by Melanie D Snitker

Finding Courage

Finding Courage is a clean, Christian romance novel and the third book in the Love’s Compass series.

It takes courage to ask for a second chance…even more to extend one.

For Duke and Avalon McNeil, it was love at first sight. Married within months of meeting, their feet hardly touched the ground until the reality of their haste hit home with startling clarity.

Duke’s heart shattered when Avalon vanished for nearly three weeks, fleeing their arguments and misunderstandings. Now she’s back. He’s happy she’s home and safe, but he isn’t ready to risk everything again when their bond was so easily broken.

Avalon’s relieved to be home. She’s desperate to make peace between them, but returns with a secret. She can’t reveal anything to Duke until she proves to him she came back to restore their relationship.

As outside pressure continues to threaten Duke and Avalon’s fragile foundation, they must find the strength to prove to each other their marriage is worth fighting for.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: Raspberries & Vinegar

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Raspberries & Vinegar

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Raspberries and Vinegar

Raspberries and Vinegar

From a USA Today Bestselling Author!
“Stayed up all night reading! …such a captivating romance.”
“Witty and enchanting!”

Sweet like Raspberries. Tart like Vinegar. 

Josephine Shaw: complex, yet singleminded. A tiny woman with big ideas and, some would say, a mouth to match. But what does she really know about sustainable living as it relates to the real world? After all, she and her two friends are new to farming.

Zachary Nemesek is back only until his dad recovers enough to work his own land again. When Zach discovers three helpless females have taken up residence at the old farm next door, he expects trouble. But a mouse invasion proves Jo has everything under control. Is there anything she can’t handle? And surely there’s something sweet beneath all that tart.

Raspberries and Vinegar is the first book in the Farm Fresh Romance series. If you like Christian romance novels that are clean, green, and filled with characters you alternately wish to hug and shake, you’ll love Valerie Comer’s page-turning romance series. Why not scroll up and get started today?

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CrossReads Short Takes: Love Begins & For Mercie’s Sake

CrossReads Short Takes: Love Begins & For Mercie’s Sake

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Love Begins

by Teresa Slack

Love Begins

“If I wasn’t such a good Christian, you’d be in an orphanage somewhere, young lady.”

Abandoned by their parents, Michelle Hurley and her kid sister Nicole are reminded every day their livelihood depends on a grandmother who never wanted them. Nearly twenty years later, Michelle has accepted the fact she isn’t worthy of the love she so desperately needed as a child.

Her comfortable, albeit lonely, existence comes crashing down the morning Nicole abandons her two young children under Michelle’s lilac bushes. Michelle doesn’t want to be responsible for fixing Nicole’s mistakes. Again. Nor does she want to admit she may be just like the grandmother she can’t forgive.

When as old boyfriend re-enters her life, Michelle is reminded nothing has worked out the way she hoped it would. Kyle Swann also makes her realize shutting her heart against the world could be the worst mistake she ever made.

Love Begins is the first installment of the Tender Blessings contemporary series.

This thought-provoking contemporary romance examines the changing dynamics of family relationships and issues. Infused with honesty and humor, it will capture the hearts of readers who love children, understand their challenges and appreciate the many definitions of family.

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For Mercie’s Sake

by Sharon Srock

For Mercie's Sake

Sixteen-year-old Scottlyn Rich survives a horrifying experience only to discover she’s pregnant. When she refuses to abort her unborn baby, her father kicks her out. She has no idea how to handle the obstacles ahead, she only knows that giving her daughter, Mercie, a chance to live is the most important thing she’ll ever do.

Widowed schoolteacher Diana Kensington lost everything she held dear the day her husband’s plane fell out of the sky. Four hundred and thirty-nine days later she still has no answer to her daily prayer. “What now, God?”

When Scottlyn shows up in Diana’s class, Diana sees an open door. Can trust be built between these two lost women? Can they work together to fill the void in each other’s lives, for Mercie’s sake?

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