CrossReads Short Takes: The Surrogate & Claddaugh

CrossReads Short Takes: The Surrogate & Claddaugh

CrossReads Short Takes

The Surrogate

by Patricia Bell

The Surrogate

All she has to do is sign her name on the dotted line to become $100,000 richer. For the first time in her life, nineteen-year-old Emily Calhoun’s dreams are within reach. Her wealthy employers want a child and she’s in a position to help.
But when complications arise in the pregnancy, Emily finds herself in a situation beyond her control. And a moral dilemma that eats away at her conscience.
She thought she was doing the right thing… a good thing…until it all went wrong.

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Claddaugh

by Tammy Doherty

Claddaugh

~ A Christian Historical/Western Romance

Leigh Latham dreamed of marrying a man of wealth. When she chooses money over love, she turns her back on family and friends. But life doesn’t go quite as Leigh planned.

When the dream becomes a nightmare, Leigh flees Philadelphia. With nowhere else to go, she returns to the friends she left behind. Can she possibly hope to find forgiveness?

Marshal Rory Johnston thought he was over Leigh. Now he isn’t so sure they can be just friends. Is Leigh hiding something, running from someone? Can he protect her and his heart at the same time?

Will history repeat itself? Or can loyal friendship grow into a love to last a lifetime?

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Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

by Rebekah Beene

What a cold night we’ve had. We’re waking up to 22 degrees according to my phone weather app.  It’s probably colder in the valley areas.  With the slight wind we have the temperature actually feels like 13 degrees! Brrrr.  Do I enjoy this weather? Nope.  But I have a choice. Either curse the cold. Or be thankful for the heater that has run a lot overnight.  I’m grateful that God has seen fit to bless us with a warm house.

Oh beloved, don’t allow the winter doldrums to take over your life.  Especially when Christmas is over it’s tough not to give in to the melancholy. Wishes for something other than what you have had can slide into your heart like cold air under the door.  Chilling your heart to the bone because the enemy can convince you that you should have done more, you could have enjoyed more, you would have had it better “if only…”

God wants you to know this morning that He has given you the heart of a warrior – one who can fight the enemy’s lies by being thankful, cultivating gratefulness and realizing just how blessed you are.  Sure, none of us has a perfect life, but we are in Christ and that makes for a wonderful life even in the midst of the less than perfect things we deal with. You are not the sum total of what’s wrong with your life. You are the multiplication of God’s richest blessings. You don’t have to face anything alone. You don’t have to give up hope even when you see no answers to your prayers. You aren’t waiting for the next bad thing to happen. You are living in the Glory of the Lord. You have the warmth of His Presence regardless of what’s going on. You are more than a conqueror through Christ.

God loves you and He’s for you.  Hug up to the truth and let it warm your heart. Rejoice, beloved, that nothing can defeat you because God is for you! And live thankful, grateful and blessed because you belong to Christ and have all you need in the Light of His Mercy and Grace!

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.

Jonah 2:9 But I will offer sacrifices to you with songs of praise, and I will fulfill all my vows. For my salvation comes from the LORD alone.

Ephesians 1:3 All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.

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.
10 Thoughts for a Better New Year

10 Thoughts for a Better New Year

by Lynn Mosher

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? I never do. I know I won’t keep them. However, we all need encouragement, especially at the onset of a new year.

Here are ten thoughts or encouragements to inspire you to get a good grip on making improvements in your life this year. You already know these, but if you do them, all your other resolutions should fall into place.

Here we go…

1) Gather up all the negative events of the year now closing: its sins, weaknesses, and failures; its heartaches and griefs. All that filled your year.

2) Lay them at the foot of the Throne. Turn your back on them and leave them all there.

3) Stand bravely at the threshold of this New Year and expect to see it filled with amazing surprises and God’s promises.

4) Walk through the portal of the New Year unburdened, forgiven, and free.

5) Walk arm in arm with your Beloved Lord into the unknown of each new day.

6) Walk wherever the light of His love and protection guide you.

7) Spend time each day leaning upon the breast of your Beloved.

8) Share with Him all your heart’s desires and disappointments, all your joys and hurts, and He will share with you all His love, guidance, comfort, and peace.

9) “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” (Prov. 4:23 NLT) Guard against any influence that threatens to come between you and the Lord.

10) “Be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (Eph. 3:19 NIV)

*And one extra: Crave the Lord’s will and be obedient to it.


**And most importantly: Praise the Lord no matter what!
“Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.” (1 Thess. 5:18 NLT)

May the Lord’s shadow of forgiveness conceal the disappointments and troubles of the year behind you, while His light is cast as a beacon of guidance to His safe haven of the days yet to be explored. May His hand be against your enemy and His peace reign all your days. May His servants Goodness and Mercy pursue you throughout the New Year.

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

CrossReads Book Spotlight: It All Started at the Masquerade

CrossReads Book Spotlight: It All Started at the Masquerade

CrossReads Book Spotlight

It all Started at the Masquerade

It All Started at the Masquerade

When Melanie Carter’s older brother decides she’s to marry Lott Jenkins, a wealthy man who has the reputation of being harsh and unbearable, she knows her life has just started on a downward spiral. However, she’s determined to trust that God would not want her with such a man and try to make the best of the awful situation. At a masquerade ball in Edenton, she meets a rather mysterious man dressed as a knight, and she can’t forget him.

Lucas Hall can’t forget Melanie either, but he might as well. Once she sees the hideously scarred side of his face, she’d be repulsed like everyone else. That’s why he wears a mask whenever he goes out, which isn’t often. He wouldn’t have gone to the masquerade ball if his housekeeper hadn’t tricked him into going. Now he’s haunted by a scene he saw between Lott Jenkins and Melanie. No woman should ever be treated with such disregard, but what can he do? If he tried to help, they’d take one look at him, and he’d be no help at all.

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CrossReads Short Takes: The True Jesus & The Highly Effective Church Worker

CrossReads Short Takes: The True Jesus & The Highly Effective Church Worker

CrossReads Short Takes

The True Jesus

by David Limbaugh

The True Jesus

“Who do you say that I am?”

Uttered by Jesus Christ, this profound question has presented an age-old challenge to believers, skeptics, scholars, and rulers.

In attempting to answer this question, The True Jesus goes straight to the unimpeachable source: the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Only in the Gospels, says #1 New York Times bestselling author David Limbaugh, do we come face-to-face with the Son of God, Whose sublime teachings, miraculous actions, and divine essence leap off every page and into our hearts.

In this book, Limbaugh combines the four Gospel stories into a unified account (though not, he humbly admits, a perfect harmony) and guides readers on a faith journey through the Four Evangelists’ testimonies of the life of Jesus Christ. Along the way, Limbaugh shares his insights on Jesus’ words and deeds as well as His unique nature as fully human and fully divine. In The True Jesus, you will learn:

– Why even the apostles failed to completely understand Jesus’ true identity and mission until after His crucifixion

– The real basis for the rejection of Jesus’ message by skeptics in His hometown and elsewhere

– The historical events preceding Jesus’ birth that providentially paved the way for Christianity

– How Jesus’ message utterly contradicted modern attempts to portray Him as being non-judgmental

Limbaugh’s passion for the Gospels infuses the pages of The True Jesus, which is both a primer for new Bible readers and an outstanding guide to the Gospels for long-time believers. Who really is the true Jesus? Open this book and begin your odyssey toward the answer.

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The Highly Effective Church Worker

by Fred Egba

The Highly Effective Church Worker

Are you involved any Church Group?
Do know what it means to work for God?
Do you know that you can reap tons of benefit here on earth while working for God?
Do you know that you don’t even know that you are not truly effective in your walk with God?
How do you know that your work for God is fruitful and acceptable to Him?

In this book you will learn:
•The Be-Attitudes that makes an effective and successful Church Worker
•The three factors that will Change your concept of working for God.
•The mindset that gives you mastery over the force of the flesh that militate against your effectiveness in the service of God.
•Your Unique Spiritual Proposition that when maximize will make you leave a mark that would cause the world to look for you.
•How to run effectively with the vision of the local church for effectiveness in your group.
•How you can gain financial freedom using what you have for God.
These and lot more awaits you on the pages of this book.

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