He Goes Before You Into Galilee

He Goes Before You Into Galilee

by Lisa M. Prysock

Do you ever feel afraid to share the gospel, to believe, or to take on an active role in sharing Christ with others in some way?  You are not alone my friend.  Sometimes I wonder if my books or any of the other things I do within the body of Christ are making any difference at all.

Sometimes it’s hard to believe that we can and are making a difference.  Sometimes it’s hard to step out of our comfort zone and try something new.  Other times, it seems like anything we might commit to might be exhausting, in addition to uncomfortable.  Not to mention, we may face persecution from our friends and family for sharing the gospel.

I know of at least two ladies who may have felt this way when they had an encounter with Jesus and tried to share it with others… and the others were not just any believers, these were the disciples!  Mary Magdalene and the other Mary were among the first to go to the tomb and find it empty because Jesus had risen from the dead!  They went to anoint the body of Jesus with spices and along the way, worried about who they might find to roll the stone away.  It was very early in the morning.  The Bible says in Mark chapter 16 that it was at sunrise when they came to the tomb.

Then they suffered a joyful shock to discover the very great stone had been rolled away and on the right side of the sepulchre, there sat an angel clothed in white.  These are beautiful details that encourage our faith in God’s Holy Word.  We know that it was sunrise; we know the stone was very great; we know the angel was sitting on the right and not the left; and we know that the angel was clothed in white.

Reading this account in Matthew chapter 28, we discover that there was an earthquake as the women neared the tomb and as the angel descended from heaven and rolled away the stone.  In this account, we know that the angel sat upon the stone.  In both accounts, we find out the guards became as dead from fear when these events transpired.  We also discover that the angel’s countenance was bright as lightning and his raiment white as snow.

The angel explains that Jesus has risen from the dead and isn’t there.  He invites them to come inside and see the empty tomb for themselves.  After this amazing discovery, Matthew says the women then ran with great fear and joy to tell the other disciples.  They run right into Jesus on the way!  Now they are completely ignited with joy and running even faster to tell the disciples.  The Lord tells them to tell the disciples and Peter, He will see them in Galilee.

The disciples are weeping and mourning when these brave and devoted ladies arrive with this news.  They do not believe their story.  They don’t believe yet that Jesus has risen from the dead.  Their reactions must have broken the hearts of the women who had seen Jesus with their own eyes.  I’m thinking Mary Magdalene was thinking, just you wait and see!  She may have been washing the dishes with some emotional vigor and wondering what the Lord would think of their unbelief.  She may have had to endure some insults and the doubts of the others that may have made her feel inferior.  Meanwhile, the chief priests and elders are busy giving a bribe to some of the soldiers to tell a lie to the governor (and anyone else that asks them) that the disciples have stolen the body of Jesus.

Galilee is to the west of Jerusalem.  I believe the disciples then began to make the journey toward Galilee as Jesus had instructed Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to tell them, even though they didn’t yet believe this new report that Jesus was alive.  I can hear it now!  “All right Mary, we’ll go to Galilee if you stop pestering us, but only because it’s not safe to remain where we are.  Until we see for ourselves, we don’t believe your story…”

As they make this journey, Jesus appeared to two more of them in the countryside, but the disciples still didn’t believe the reports.  One night, maybe in the very next day or so, while having dinner together, perhaps in Galilee or still on the way there, finally Jesus appears to all eleven of them.  He upbraids them for their unbelief.  I believe He wanted them to have a greater trust in each other.

Nonetheless, Jesus is extravagantly merciful.  After the scolding, He passes on down to them the greatest calling and honor of every disciple and Christian ever given:  The Great Commission to go into all the earth and preach the gospel to every creature making more disciples of Christ, baptizing them in the name of Jesus.  Hereby we know each of us have a role to fill in this great call in some capacity or another.

I hope this encourages you as much as it does me.  We know that the disciples were very effective; that God sent help to them with many more new Christians like Paul and others; that He promised nothing would hurt them; and that the Lord confirmed their work with signs and wonders!  The book of Acts is filled with accounts of their astounding growth and the miracles that the disciples performed in the name of Jesus.

Yes, at first the two Mary’s had to suffer the unbelief from those around them, but eventually, the truth was made known to all of them.  We need not fear.  We may suffer on the earth for a short time in our work for Christ, but along the way, many will come to know Jesus and great things will happen.  He sees your suffering, your discomfort, even the smallest sacrifice to be obedient to Him in being a part of this work.  Nothing else is as rewarding as being a part of building His Kingdom.  Eventually, all will know the truth.  I hope you had a blessed Easter and Resurrection Sunday and are as ignited as ever to do something wonderful to spread the gospel, pray for others, and share the love and truth of Christ in all you do.  I know He will not leave you!  He is with us even unto the end of the age.

But go your way, tell his disciples and Peter that he goeth before you into Galilee: there shall ye see him, as he said unto you.  Mark 16:7, KJV

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

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Pinterest Fail Christianity

Pinterest Fail Christianity

by Sherry Chamblee

Lately I’ve found a few recipes that I think will be great for Easter. One is this carrot patch brownie recipe where you make the brownies, then dip strawberries in orange-colored frosting and line them on the brownie so it looks like a carrot patch.  It looks beautiful and wonderful and like a picture. You know – the sort of thing that makes everyone want to go out and buy all the ingredients right now just to try it.

Yeah. Well, then we try it and it looks nothing like the picture. We’ve all had those Pinterest fail moments, right? Those don’t get shared on our social media pages all that often though. We just act like they never happened. We only take a picture of that time those brownies turned out well, ignoring the time before when you accidentally added too much baking soda to the recipe and the batter exploded all over the inside of the oven.

No one ever takes pictures of when the noodles were soggy, the soup was lumpy, the vegetables didn’t glaze, and the spare ribs burned. No one shows the blackened sides of a grilled cheese from when they forgot to turn it over because they were trying to get their kids to clean their room instead of watching what they had cooking on the stove. Not that I’ve ever done that.

Look, our lives are messy. Just accept it. Because if you’re pretending that everyone else’s life is perfect and that YOU have to live up to that perfection as well, you’re allowing yourself to be set up for failure and disappointment. Accept that there will be messes that happen. It doesn’t mean you have to live IN the mess all the time, just realize that the mess will be there.

God doesn’t expect us to be perfection. He said He’s the only One Who is perfect, after all. We strive to do better not to make ourselves look good to Him, but because we have a Good Father, and we want to be just like Him when we ‘grow up.’

God’s not judging you based on the Pinterest moments anyway. He’s already well aware of all the other things in your life. You’re not surprising Him or anything.

Don’t go around wishing you had that picture-perfect moment all the time, because you’re going to miss out on the candid shots that maybe aren’t as clean, but are just as awesome.

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/

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 

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.
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