Thursday, February 28, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
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Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Sunday, February 17, 2008
Friday, February 15, 2008
The Whole Truth
by James Scott Bell
"The gritty tale will have readers cheering for Steve as he desperately tries to put the pieces of his life back together. The scenes and characters jump off the page to create a startling, emotionally stirring story." – Romantic Times
The Yada Yada Prayer Group Gets Decked Out (#7 in the Yada Yada series)
By Neta Jackson
Turkey dinners, tree trimming, and decking the halls--it's that time of year again! And I, Jodi Baxter, can't wait to celebrate. My kids are coming home for the holidays, and then all of us Yadas are getting decked out for a big New Year's party.
But God's idea of "decked out" might just change the nature of our party plans. A perplexing encounter with a former student, a crime that literally knocks me off my feet, a hurry-up wedding, and a child who will forever change our family . . . it's times like these that I really need my prayer sisters.
This holiday season, we Yada Yadas are learning that no one can out-celebrate God. So let's get this party started!
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Thursday, February 14, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Sunday, February 10, 2008
You are not alone. Over 70 million Americans report having insomnia from time to time. If you're like me, I've battled this problem all my life. Part of it is just having a nervous disposition, part of it is this darn creative brain of mine won't shut down! But I think part of it is the stressful world we live in. For us Christians, I could also include a demonic influence that disturbs our sleep. After all, the Devil would love nothing more than have us walking around like zombies, unable to do God's work. Don't you think he'd assign some nasty demon to try and keep us up all night? Paul tells us in Ephesians that we do not battle against flesh and blood.
There's a couple of things I would suggest and that have worked for me, by experience.
- Read the word of God out loud before going to bed
- If possible, fill your house with praise music as often as you can (demons hate this!)
- Write out your favorite verse, one that gives you peace, and put it close to your bed.
- Pray as you are falling asleep.
- Recite and remember the following scriptures on sleep:
"You have given me greater joy than those who have abundant harvests of grain and new wine. In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, O Lord, will keep me safe." Psalm 4: 7-8
"You can go to bed without fear; you will lie down and sleep soundly. You need not be afraid of sudden disaster or the destruction that comes upon the wicked, for the Lord is your security. He will keep your foot from being caught in a trap." Proverbs 3: 24-26
"Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat for he grants sleep to those he loves. " Psalm 127:1-3
If you read the entire chapters associated with these scripture, you'll find the key to being able to claim these promises. You must be fully committed to God. You must fear God. You must allow Him to be the one building the house of your soul.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
Learning to Fly by Roxanne Henke
New mom, Susan Schaffer, looks down at her newborn daughter, Lily, and wonders if she has what it takes to be a great mom. Each stage seems to bring a new challenge and Susan is filled with doubt. A chance meeting with former classmate, JoJo Nash, also a new mom, gives the two mothers a friendship to help each other, and their daughters, learn and grow. As the girls approach high school graduation their mothers are faced with the question: Are the girls ready to `fly' on their own? Learning to Fly is a novel about living, loving and letting go.
Andrea Sisco of Armchair Interviews writes: "All the self-help books or parenting classes in the world will not score a direct hit like Henke's message...a must read for all mothers and mothers-to-be. "
Forty to Life by Dave Jackson
"He came to pay a debt he didn't owe
Because I owed a debt I couldn't pay."
Murderer. It's a word few people ever expect to apply to them. But for fourteen-year- old Ray, it's suddenly a reality. Provoked by a gang leader into the random shooting of an innocent guy, Ray now faces a forty-year sentence in Chicago's infamous prison system. As far as Ray is concerned, it might as well be for life.
In prison, Ray finds his gangbanger ties difficult to escape and even necessary for survival. Just when he's resigned himself to this new existence, though, Ray receives an unexpected gift--forgiveness. Even as he learns that the source of this forgiveness is God, Ray struggles with accepting it. And then the ultimate test comes: When faced with the man who ruined his life, can Ray extend the same forgiveness that has been handed to him?
Forty to Life reads ... like a documentary account ... taking you into life on the mean streets of Chicago." --Randy Brandt, contend4thefaith. org
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