So You Think You’re Not Good Enough

So You Think You’re Not Good Enough

by Lisa Prysock

Last week, there was a terrible shooting in a church in Texas.  It’s heart breaking to see these things happening.  Men, women, and children were shot to death in a brutal slaying in God’s house.  There have been persecutions like our generation has never before seen to Christians all over the Middle East and in many other parts of the world.  America isn’t a nation exempt from end time turmoil.   

The whole earth trembles for the return of our Savior.  We’ve had wildfires, earthquakes, hurricanes, and shootings all over.  We’ve seen an extreme increase of violence all over the world and a rejection of God splitting our nation in half.  It has never before been this dangerous to be alive as Israel and America are targets of those who are enemies of the cross of Jesus Christ.  Yet, some still reject the Lord and believe they can go on without Him.  Maybe they are afraid to take a stand for faith seeing what is happening to Christians.  Maybe they have given up and don’t think they can be saved.  Perhaps they don’t think they can ever be “good enough” to come to the Lord or live up to the standards God calls us to in the Bible.  My friend, if you are feeling this way, I hope you will not give up.  He will save all who call upon Him.  His salvation is a supernatural and beautiful act of mercy and grace to the believing heart willing to surrender to the Lord.  None of us are good enough until we come to the cross and surrender our hearts to Him.  For by one man sin entered the world (Adam), and by one man (Jesus) we have redemption. 

Yes, it is hard… there are sacrifices He calls us to make in obedience to Him.  It isn’t an easy walk or for the faint of heart.  It’s not a walk I can do without His help.  Daily I need Him to strengthen me and help me.  I often fall short, but I know I’m giving Him my best.  The truth is, my salvation comes from the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross and the blood He shed for me.  My salvation is not of my own works, but by accepting the work of the cross.   

The Holy Spirit, dwelling in me, strengthens me to live out my faith and grow in paths that are pleasing to Christ.  He’s not finished with me yet.  There are some things He is still working on in me, but with the help of the Holy Spirit and the Word, I know the Lord has transformed me.  I’m not who I used to be.  I’m a new creature in Christ Jesus and am so thankful for all He has done in my life.  Yes, we’re called to be brave.  I’m thankful for His mercy and protection in my life.      

Acts 2:17 And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh… 

Acts 2:19 And I will shew wonders in heaven above, and signs in the earth beneath; blood, and fire, and vapour of smoke: 

Acts 2:20 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before that great and notable day of the Lord come: 

Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved. 

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost. 

Acts 2:39  For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call. 

Acts 2:40  And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation.  

Acts 2:41  Then they that gladly received his word were baptized:  and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

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 homeschooled the two youngest of their five children and is excited about her youngest entering the journey of college life.   

She and her husband live in an average 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.  Regarding this 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.  She remembers writing her first book in kindergarten with help from the teacher and a stapler to hold the pages together.  She won a literary award for a short story in eighth grade and has been writing ever since.   Some of her favorite authors include Jane Austen, Laura Ingalls Wilder, and Lucy Maude Montgomery. 

Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley containing a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene 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!”   

Be sure to check out her new release Geneva, a fiction Christian Historical Romance series with a theme on the fruits of the Spirit!  These days, Lisa is also writing her first Contemporary Western Christian Romance novels as a contributing author to the ‘Whispers in Wyoming’ series with Danni Roan, Kari Trumbo, Lynn Winchester, and Rachel Skatvold. She recently released Book 3 in the series, Dreams of Sweetwater River. 

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling and award winning author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; ‘The Victorian Christian Heritage 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 Shoemakeran Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature while sharing her faith in Jesus Christ in a creative way.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com 

A portion of the proceeds of her books goes to support missionaries.  You can find out more about Lisa at her author website and sign up to enjoy a free newsletter; find out when her next book is coming out and where to enter book giveaways; find out about author events; receive coupons for totally free and discounted books; and enjoy more reader resources at www.LisaPrysock.com (including free vintage recipes, inspirational blog entries, and writing resources).  She really enjoys hearing from readers and loves to read their reviews at sites where her books are available for purchase such as Amazon.com, BarnesandNoble.com, Smashwords, Kobo.com, Apple iBooks, Walmart.com, or your favorite retailer where you purchased this book.

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Book Spotlight: The Seventh Trumpet and the Seven Thunders

Book Spotlight: The Seventh Trumpet and the Seven Thunders

Book Spotlight

The Seventh Trumpet and the Seven Thunders

by Russell M. Stendal

The Seventh Trumpet and the Seven Thunders

We interpret much of the Old Testament in light of the New Testament, but the keys to the signs and symbols of the book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ are found in the Old Testament. This is where we discover the message of the seventh trumpet. It will sound along with the previous six trumpets on the last day, but the Lord has been sounding this message throughout all of history. The trumpet symbolizes the direct voice of God and the gospel of redemption. It was blown to warn of danger and announce that there is shelter and protection in God.

So what does the Lord require of us so that we may participate in His plan of redemption?

In this book, you’ll discover:
•Cross-referenced scriptures unveiling the definition of the seventh trumpet and seven thunders.
•Incredible symbolism concerning Noah, the Ark, and God’s plan for us today.
•Insights concerning the altar, blood, and communion with God.
•Revealing details of Leviathan and our current government and institutions.
•Scripture references indicating widespread false new births and “spiritual abortions”, and what a genuine new birth looks like.
•God’s requirements for individuals in order to escape the day of wrath.

The Seventh Trumpet and the Seven Thunders will help you connect the dots, bringing end times Bible prophecy and all that is involved into clearer light. The antichrist, rapture of the church, second coming of Jesus and predictions concerning the end of the world will all make more sense.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Christianity: Facts You Should Know & ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas

CrossReads Short Takes: Christianity: Facts You Should Know & ‘Twas the Evening of Christmas

CrossReads Short Takes

Christianity: Facts You Should Know

by James R. Edmondson

Christianity: Facts You Should Know

How do I get to heaven? Which Bible translation is best for studying scripture? If an infant or child dies and is not baptized, do they go to hell? How many Christian holidays are in the bible? How do I find a church that is committed to biblical teaching? How many commandments are in the bible? Do Catholics and Protestants have the same beliefs? This book answers these important questions and more! Many Christians are believers, but not sure of what they believe. Some have been deceived to believe teachings that contradict what is written in the Bible. In this book, you will get an answer to each question that is straight from biblical scripture.

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‘Twas the Evening of Christmas

by Glenys Nellist

Twas the Evening of Christmas

’Twas the evening of Christmas, when all through the town,

Every inn was so crowded, no room could be found.

Tired Mary and Joseph, who went door to door,

At last found a place on a small stable floor.

For over 200 years, families have gathered on Christmas Eve to hear the much loved words of Dr. Clement C. Moore’s ’Twas the Night Before Christmas. This year, families can gather together to share the real Christmas story––the story of Jesus’ birth. ’Twas the Evening of Christmas echoes the familiar language and rhythm of Dr. Clements’ poetry, but instead of focusing on Santa, it focuses on the baby Jesus, who is, after all, the true hero of Christmas. All families will delight in this simple retelling of the most famous story ever told. With a cover that comes alive with foil and sculpted embossing, this book is sure to become a Christmas classic.

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No Brakes, No Steering

No Brakes, No Steering

by Rebekah Beene

Danny decided our car needed washing, so we pulled in to one of the newest ones while we were in a nearby town. This one was different than any I’ve ever seen. You pull up, choose your wash, pay the money and then you put your car in neutral, take your hands off the steering wheel and remove your foot from the brake. It then compels you forward and take you through the entire wash by itself.

It sure felt weird neither to steer nor to put on the brakes. But when we were through we drove out the back door on to the rest of our day with a clean car!

God spoke to my heart: with this faith life there will be times I am going to ask you to take your hands off the wheel and quit stepping on the brake. I AM the One who will get you where you need to be. You may feel like things are in neutral but I AM the One who will get you where you need to be.

Oh beloved, you’re not coasting nor are you in danger of losing control. In fact, when you give God control of the situations in your life things happen in the heavenlies. The whole realm of God’s help comes to assist you to do His will. We’re not meant to be saved for heaven and then be in control of our whole lives. We become new citizens and no longer drivers – we aren’t driven by popularity, politics, position, or any other man-made device for success. The impetus becomes God’s call. You may be considering what God is doing in the midst of your hardest situations but you can be sure that His promises prove true always – all things work together for good because you are called according to His purpose. As you release your life to Him take note – what looks like dangerous, out of control living, will become focused and meaningful. You may feel like putting on the brakes today but allow God to take you all the way through. Something wonderful is awaiting your obedience and the outcome will be glorious.

God loves you and He’s for you. Two strong reasons to let Him lead, guide and direct your life. Every moment you relinquish your own control – or the control others want to have over you – to God is a shining moment of glory in the Kingdom. Rejoice, beloved, that you are living completely free and going forth in the Light of His Wonderful plan!

I Samuel 15:22 But Samuel replied, “What is more pleasing to the LORD: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice? Listen! Obedience is better than sacrifice, and submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

Galatians 5:25 Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Psalm 119:60 I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.

Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the LORD than to put confidence in man.

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 Book Spotlight: Winter’s Kiss

CrossReads Book Spotlight: Winter’s Kiss

CrossReads Book Spotlight

Winter’s Kiss

by Laura V. Hilton

Winter's Kiss

Winter’s Kiss
Six new Christmas romances from bestselling Christian authors.

And You Came Along – Elaine Stock
Five days before Christmas, single parent Jacey Tucker thought the broken pieces of her life were falling into place until an eviction notice and termination at her job sends her and her little boy scrambling out of town.

Zander Paxton, a detective recovering from an injury and loss of faith, needs to start the next season of his life but he isn’t sure how or where. As Jacey heads south and Zander heads north, they get caught in a blizzard…and trapped together in a remote cabin.

A Different Kind of Christmas – Carole Towriss
Robinson Taylor Mitchell, unwelcome at home, wants a special someone of his own to celebrate with—someone like Juli, who’s just moved to town but won’t give him the time of day.

Juliana Hellisch won’t be home for Christmas for the first time ever. She’s stuck in Brandon Beach working off school debt as a nanny to an adorable three-year-old. She meets Rob, but there’s no way she’s getting involved with another rich snob, not after what happened last time.

To Gain a Bodyguard – Tanya Eavenson
Undercover ICE agent Madi Reynolds has spent years infiltrating a human-trafficking ring, but when her life is threatened, she is forced to walk away and advised to leave the country.

War Veteran and ICE agent Brice Johnson faces the biggest assignment of his life—protect the woman he loves.

Tropical Kiss and Tell – Liwen Y. Ho
Micah Chan has loved Lucy Choi ever since they were kids, but life—and some regretful decisions—stopped him from pursuing her. Now he has a choice to make: Let her marry another man or break up her engagement to make this Christmas the most memorable one of their lives.

Carousel Christmas – Laura V. Hilton
Romance sparks for Noelle and Nick as they work together to decorate the carousel barn and relationships begin to be healed.

Christmas Reflections – Ginger Solomon
Marisol Jones never expects to marry. Most men can’t see past her scars, but Garth Simmons isn’t most men. He doesn’t seem to notice her imperfections and neither does his daughter.

Cover design by Cindy Flores Martinez

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