Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Love your enemies, it's your choice.


Love your enemies, how do we love our enemies? Christ is not telling us to be lovey dovey to our enemies. He’s telling us with an act of will to choose to love them. How we can show them love, we can pray for them. In order to love your enemy you have to forgive them. You have to let them go in your spirit. It’s not always easy but it is necessary for your peace. When I was growing up I was sexually abused by a close family friend. My heart was full of anger toward him and others. In order for me to have the life I wanted I had to make changes. I needed to find peace about the situation. The way I was able to achieve this was through a bible study about forgiveness. First I had to forgive him, I had to make the choice to stop being angry about what happen. I choose to let it go. I prayed for him, and prayed some more. Finally God put it on my heart that I had to love him. I loved him from a distance, what I chose to do was continue to pray for him. Then I took it a step further, I wrote him a letter. In this letter I told him I forgave him, I was praying for him and I shared Christ with him. I have no clue if this was a help to him or if he even cared but I do know that it helped me tremendously. I found peace; I was no longer thinking about the situation constantly, I was no longer angry. Today I encourage you to find it in your hearts to love your enemy.

Prayer: Heavenly Father I thank you for today. I chose to love my enemies. I chose to forgive them and let them go. Show me how to love. Show me how you want me to love and treat others. Touch my heart so that it is full of the good things you want me to show others. Direct me so I may follow your ways. In Jesus name I pray.

Read Luke 6:27-36

Prayer for the Devil by Dale Allen

This book is outstanding. It is full of action, mystery, political intrigue. My curiosity was piqued at the title. You have the Catholic faith, the Jewish faith and the faith of the Muslim represented in one suspenseful book. Twin brothers Father Luke and Aaron Miller are as different as their faith. Luke followed his mother’s Catholic faith and Aaron follows his father’s Jewish heritage. Aaron is a political campaign manager for the up and coming presidential candidate. He is killed alone with other political and religious leaders in a terrorist bombing. Father Luke decides to find his brothers murder when the local police and FBI fail. He finds help in unlikely characters, two homeless men, the adopted brother and sister of a terrorist, the wife of a political leader, sister of a Muslim leader killed and the Vatican. His quest for answers takes him half way around the world, to Dubai, in the Middle East. Father Luke’s search has the potential to change lives, from the homeless, to his family and the families of others killed with his brother. His quest for revenge puts into question his true commitment to the priesthood, and the pull of right and wrong in the name of justice. The author Dale Allen writes in a believable fast paced style that will draw you in and have you coming back for more. This is the only book I have read by him but will surely read anything else he writes. I highly recommend this book, as being of a Christian, political thriller nature that is clean, without dirty scenes or foul language. I would like to thank BookFun.org, the author Dale Allen and publisher for this book in exchange for my honest option. I give this book 5 stars.

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Devotion by Marianne Evans

This is the first book of Marianne Evans I have read but it will not be the last. Devotion is a Christian fiction, so well written that my emotions were on a rollercoaster. I cried and grieved, then rejoiced with the characters. Kellen and Juliet have the perfect marriage. They share the same faith and are deeply in love. Then temptations steps in and rears his ugly head. Will Kellen be tempted by his beautiful talented client Chloe or will Juliet give in to temptation with Tim her prayer partner and fellow volunteer. How will their marriage survive when trust is broken, when hearts are shatter? Will their faith and love bring them back together? Read this book to get a glimpse at what happens to a marriage given 2nd chances and forgiveness. I promise you will love this book. http://www.amazon.com/Marianne-Evans/e/B001KHZN0Y/ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1?qid=1372018707&sr=1-1 

The Big Picture

We as human being will suffer, we will get sick, we hurt and ultimately we die. This past Friday I learned a valuable biblical lesson from a four year old child. I attended the funeral of a dear friend, and was at the coffin with Jagger my nephew. He was explaining to another child that the body in the coffin was only a shell. The important stuff was with Jesus in heaven. As Paul taught us the parable in verse 7-12 of 2 Corinthians he compares us to a jar of clay. The jar of clay itself is not what was important, what was important is what was in the inside of the jar. For us our bodies are not important, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. God’s Holy Spirit, His power lives in us. We may be weak but God is not. He does not abandon us, nor does He forsake us. Paul’s word reminds us that though we may be at the end of our rope, we are never at the end of our hope. There is a purpose for our troubles and trials. The suffering we go through should be a reminder of Christ’s suffering for us; it should cause us to step back and look beyond this life. A chance to see there is life after death. It is an opportunity for others to witness our faith in action. It is the time God uses us to demonstrate His power in us, His Holy Sprit at work in us. Our troubles are used by God as opportunities for our faith to grow. He is God, and if our suffering brings Him the most glory, let it be. 
Father God when I want to give up, when I can no longer go You are there with me. In those times You carry me. Show me how to use my troubles as a witness to others, increase my faith so others may see You in me. Thank You for my suffering, use it to bless another. I give You all glory, honor and praise. In Jesus name I pray.
Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-18

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

 Romans 3:23
“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”
 We serve a Holy God, who loves us. He loved us so much that He sent His son Jesus Christ to die for our sin. We are all sinners, every one of us, every man, woman, and child. Some sins seems big some small but no matter if it’s murder or hate, prostitution or adultery, thief of a pencil or robbing a bank in God’s eye it is all the same. Sin is sin. God knew we would sin and he had a plan, because He did not want us to be separated from Him. The Law of Moses showed us what sin was, that we need God, and must confess to Him. In Romans it says, in verse 23-24 “for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.” Christ came that we could be forgiven. Who doesn’t want to go to court knowing you are guilty and come out with the judge finding you not guilty. Your crime wiped off the record. That’s what God does, He forgives us and forgets we ever committed the sin. We are justified and made righteous by the redemption of Jesus Christ. When a person knows and understand this we want to obey the Law of Moses. Not out of fear of punishment from God but we obey because we love God and believe we are made right and whole. By faith in Christ we are made right in God’s eyes.

 Jesus I thank You for the great sacrifice you made for me. I know I fall short and have goofed many times over. Father I love you and want to follow all your laws. Help me to be more like Christ. In Jesus name I pray.


Friday, June 7, 2013

Poision Jordyn Redwood

Poison the Second book in the Bloodline Trilogy
by Jordyn Redwood

Poison is a Christian fiction medical suspense. If you are searching for a novel with intrigue, a fast paced plot that will keep you on your toes then this is the book for you. Lucent’s return to Keelyn’s life is no hallucination this time. As she fights to stay alive and keep her half sister Raven’s daughter Sophia safe she is faced with the fact her fiancĂ©e Lee has a secret. Will it tear them apart? Lee was part of the SWAT team that brought down Keelyn’s step father John Samuals after he murdered half her family. One by one those who were instrumental in bringing John Samuals down are facing death by contracting a mysterious illness. Jordyn Redwood’s knowledge as an ER nurse is evident in her writing. As the story goes on, dishonesty, murder, and deadly illnesses is around ever corner. Who can Keelyn believe, who can she trust, and where might Raven be. If you have not read the first book in the Bloodline Trilogy, Proof then it is must read. Keelyn’s story kept me at the edge of my seat with action around every corner. I give her five stars for one of the best medical thrillers out there. If you are a fan of Candace Calverts novels then you will love Jordyn Redwoods novels.

Coming Soon October, 2013


Thursday, June 6, 2013

If the Shoe Fit’s by Sandra D. Bricker

If you are a fan of Christian fiction and humor this is the book for you. Sandra Bricker will have you laughing out loud. If the Shoe Fits is packed with humor and Christian values. In this Cinderella themed novel Julianne is looking for her prince charming in all the wrong places. She is a successful lawyer in practice with her best friend Will. While searching for her prince charming she has one hilarious mishaps after another. Will she ever find her one true love or will she just find another pair of gorgeous heels? I give this book 5 stars. If you like this one I would also recommend the Emma Rae Creations series.


Find Freedom in Christ

Galatians 5:1 “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.”
Christ died to set us free from sin and a long list of laws. Christ came to set us free. Not to free us to do whatever we want because that would lead us back into slavery to our selfish desires. Now thanks to Christ we are free to do what was impossible before, to live unselfishly. Through Christ a new relationship with God has been created. When we are guided by our relationship with God, we follow the way of righteousness not because we have to but because we want to. And that is where the freedom comes in; the law has no bearing on our actions. As believers we allow ourselves to be guided by the Holy Spirit, evidence of our freedom appears in our lives as the fruit of the spirit (Galatians 5:22-25).
 Prayer: Thank you Christ for Your great scarf ice on the cross just for me. You paid a debt I could not. A debt You did not owe. You gave it all so that I could have it all. You forgave me my sins and washed me white as snow. I don’t know where I would be, without You. When my burden is heavy You are their to carry me. When my problems overwhelm me You are their to lead me. My life has meaning because you cared for a sinner like me. Oh Lord how do I thank you, I praise you, and I love you. I pray to You Jehovah, Yahweh, Jireh, Shammah, and the only true God.