Friday, June 28, 2013

The Hope For The Scorner

The hope for the scorner:  Repentance & faith in Jesus Christ!  

 He never turns away a contrite, believing soul.  He will not only rescue you, He will transform you!  He will walk with you, guide you, and shape you into a most beautiful person...But, you must acknowledge your sinful estate against Him, and that there is no other way to be in a healed relationship than through Jesus Christ. 

He is the only one ever to be perfect, thus the only One that God will recognize on their merits!  Do not delay!  This life on earth is temporary.  It does matter what you believe, too! 

 Everyone, everywhere, is seeking to be in unity with God.  Everyone, everywhere, is seeking to be accepted.  Everyone, everywhere, wants to enjoy the life after this one. 

Only those who come to God on His terms will be able to escape damnation: again, by recognizing that you are a sinner; that you are not inherently good; that Jesus Christ (being perfect, being God in the flesh) died so that any who trust in His atonement will be saved, eternally; going before Christ and confessing your sins, seeking His eternal pardon & cleansing of your soul, and let Him be in control!  What other "god" do you know, was willing to die for you so that you could be spared?  What other "god" do you know loves you that much?!   What other "god" could tell you your heart was wicked, and yet in turn could change it? What other "god" is so patient, so kind, so just, so forgiving? 

I know, folks say, "How can a loving God...?"--Fill in the blank.  That is just fodder, scorning, avoidance to the truth within your soul.  For within each being is a resounding truth of the Creator, a desire to be in relationship with Him, a desire to worship Him.  You have to ignore the truth, & make your own "version," to temporarily feel good.  But, temporary it is.  All are held to account for what they know, and what they do with that knowledge.  Yet, there is hope for the sinner who repents and believes!  Though that soul, whom God then calls one of His saints, will still be in battle with the flesh, there is victory in JESUS, the One in Whom they placed their trust.  

Fall they may, but never out of His reach.  Joy there is, for He is their source!  Peace have they, whose mind is stayed on Christ!  Everlasting love of the Father have they, who are the accepted in Jesus Christ! 

Why do you delay, then, friend?  Why do you resist God's call?  Why do you refuse the truth? Be no more proud, scared, indifferent, angry...All those things, and more, are but Satanic devices to keep you from the Redeemer!  Satan cares only that you stay away from God, to see you eternally damned.  He will entice you with lusts just for that very purpose.  Flee to Christ!  He will save you! 

"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."--John 3:16

"Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ."--Acts 20:21

"For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him."--Romans 5:6-9

"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord."--Romans 6:23

"For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness; Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened."--Romans 1:18-21

"If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."--1 John 1:8, 9

The Day She Said Good-Bye

     This morning, a friend of mine on Facebook shared an article that grabbed my attention.  After reading it, and viewing its corresponding photographs, I wanted to share it with you.  Now, mind you, this article will stir great emotions within you; it will necessitate tissues for your tears; it will make you ponder things; and, it does have images for which one must be prepared.  These images are not bad, just a view of reality that a gracious soul has allowed us to view with them.

"I Guess I Hate Everyone"

     With all the recent hubbub over the equality issue, I have found it difficult to put into words my thoughts on the matter.  I desire not to offend, though I know, invariably, opposing viewpoints offend each other.  Yet, I hope, this article that I found will help folks understand where I am on the matter.  I do not wish to be "hateful...proud...mean...unreasonable...," but rather to show that I do love, and that even with loving I can hold to certain standards.

I Guess I Hate Everyone
 by Andy Garcia


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

End Times Scorning

     Do you scorn what the Bible has to say regarding your lifestyle, or the lifestyles of others?

http://the-end-time.blogspot.com/2013/06/scotus-helping-to-bring-in-days-of-lot.html

Found this link at http://awonderfulsavior.wordpress.com

Interview With An Author: Jason McIntire, of "The Sparrow Found A House"

     Well, folks, have you started reading the free preview online of this wonderful novel, "The Sparrow Found A House?"  If you have yet to do so, I would like to encourage you to take the opportunity to read it.  It is such a delightful piece of reading material!
     Now, for the promised interview.  I had the privilege to ask Jason a few questions.  I wanted to get to know the person behind the story, and also to give my readers a peek into this author's mind.  It is always helpful to know who is writing what we read!

Jason McIntire

  1. Can you tell about your experience with Jesus Christ?  (Be as detailed as you want:  we LOVE these stories!)  Good choice for a first question. I entered the family of God when I was three years old. I realize some people would say that’s too young, but I was able at the time to explain (in a three-year-old way) that I wanted Jesus “to save me from my sins.” And yes, I definitely knew what a sin was!  Since then, it’s been a story of faithfulness and failure – God’s and mine, respectively. As I grow more mature, I realize how much I’ve tried His patience, which makes me ever more grateful for that patience. Next to that and to salvation itself, I am most grateful for the transforming power of the Holy Spirit. I can tell you that I am not the person I was a year ago, or even a month ago. Only the Holy Spirit can change hearts in a real and lasting way.
  2. You say on your website that you are a 2005 homeschool graduate. Were you always homeschooled? (Yes or no, what prompted your parents to teach you at home? Also, what curriculum was used? [If more than one, do you have a favorite?])  I was always homeschooled, as were my five older siblings. Our family started homeschooling in 1979, when it wasn’t even a word yet. Our mother, a teacher by profession, simply could not feature sending the Lord’s children to be educated by the world. One might say she helped invent homeschooling.  This was before the rise of homeschool curriculum per se, so she used the next best thing – materials from the 40’s and 50’s. I remember learning to read from "Dick and Jane," and to tell time on a Smokey Bear clock.  In the early grades, we did the whole thing with desks, lunch boxes, and a blackboard. As we got older, school became less structured. In a way our whole life was "school," as we were surrounded by educated adults, and were always learning whether we realized it or not.
  3. Who, or what, inspired you to write?  When we were kids, my mom wrote a series of Christian novels for us. (One of them, The Reunion, is now available from Elisha Press.) I’m sure those had an inspiring effect, as did my own love of reading. When I was ten or twelve, my brother and I began to concoct a wild story about a plane crash overseas, which we planned to write as a novel. We actually worked on it, off and on, until about 2009. We probably will never complete it – too many systemic realism issues, among other things – but it was fun, and a good writing exercise. And it gave me an appetite for writing things I could actually finish.
  4. How did you become your own publisher, and why?  We started out self-publishing because it is difficult to get a traditional publisher interested in your work. This is especially true if you do not write fantasy, romance, or thrillers. Relatively "tame" contemporary novels just don’t sell that well. (Which I think is a pity, but that’s another story.) One major benefit of being your own publisher is that you have more flexibility. For instance, a traditional publisher might not be thrilled with our policy of free digital editions. With regard to "becoming" a publisher, that’s easy; all you need to do is buy an ISBN and print a book with it. What’s tough is actually getting your book into people’s hands. We are still learning by experience what works and what doesn’t.
  5. Are any of the things written in this book based off of real-life events?  I don’t usually include recognizable incidents, but I do make use of my experiences and personalities I have known. For example: the nine-year-olds in the story are excited to start homeschool in the fall because of all the homemade decorations and new materials. That was us in the early grades. It was like Christmas, only more so.
  6. What inspired you to write this particular book?  I wish I had an interesting answer for that, but the fact is, it wasn’t anything in particular. I wanted to write about a family experiencing spiritual transformation, because I think that is the greatest need we have today. I came up with the basic premise just by playing with ideas in my note-taking software.
  7. What is your church background?  My grandfather was a Southern Baptist minister, who instilled one basic principle in all of his children: the Bible is absolutely true. In the best possible testimony to his life, none of them ever forsook that belief. That’s a foundation the Lord can really build on.
  8. What are your hopes for this book, in the lives of those who read it?  Eternal impact. I’ve been told that my writing is entertaining, and I hope it is. At the end of the day, however, entertainment alone is not really worth the time it takes to create a novel. But if that entertainment carries a potent payload of edification, it changes the equation entirely.
  9. Other than writing, what kinds of activities keep you busy?   We have a multi-faceted business that keeps me pretty well occupied with everything from web development to commercial lighting sales. I’m also into computer ergonomics as a hobby and minor business. During down time, I enjoy reading and games with the family. My favorite books are true stories where God is the “hero,” such as Angus Buchan’s "Faith Like Potatoes" and Reema Goode’s 'Which None Can Shut." Ironically, I read almost no fiction. In the game department, we enjoy “The Settlers Of Catan,” Carcassonne, Scrabble, mini pool and foosball, among others. I used to play chess quite seriously, but I just don’t have the time anymore. Chess can be very consuming.
  10. Any words of advice to those currently being homeschooled?  Be grateful. By the odds in America today, you were born with roughly a one in twenty-five chance of being homeschooled, so consider yourself to have won an incredible prize that two dozen other kids missed. Actively enjoy and make use of what you’ve got. I’m probably sounding like an old man here, but you will one day look back and wish you’d appreciated your childhood more.
  11. Any words of encouragement for the parents who homeschool their children?  Never give up, no matter what. In teaching your children the way of the Lord, you are fulfilling a high calling. I have great respect for the sacrifices and faithfulness of Christian homeschool parents. I’m unmarried and thus not in the game myself, but I’m cheering you on from the sidelines!
  12. What would you say to those people desiring to write books, such as the one you wrote and published, but have doubts and fears?  Doubts and fears are not of God. However, realism is. The Bible teaches us to count the cost before starting a project (Luke 14:28). Writing for an audience is completely different from writing for fun. You suddenly have to think about things like editing, proofing, design, distribution, and promotion. At times it will likely be anything but fun – and if you’re successful, you may find yourself so busy that you have little time to write anymore! But just by thinking through the ramifications realistically, you’ll be way ahead of most aspiring authors.
     Well, there you have it, folks!  I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know this young author.  It blesses me to see that there are people seeking to glorify the Lord in all that they do, even in fictional writing!  I hope that you take the opportunity, now that you have gotten a glimpse of the writer, to read what he has written.  
     If you missed out on reading yesterday's review of "The Sparrow Found A House," you can read it here. Do not miss going to the end of that post, as it gives you the information needed (as well as the new tab at the top of this blog) to get your copy today!

**I receive no financial gain for this interview, as well as my book review and discount code.  The review is my honest opinion, the questions for this interview were created by myself alone, and the author gave his own answer to each one.** 


  



Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Sparrow Found A House Book Review!

     I have stayed away from fictional books for quite some time now.  Too often they promote fantastical ideas that are contrary to the word of God:  whether it be the story line, the creatures/characters, how people are interacting one with another in the story, the desires it promotes in its readers, etc.  I have found it best, for me and those who seek my advice, to stick with non-fiction reading materials.
     However, I recently had the delight to read a piece of fictional material, that captivated me!  It is titled, "The Sparrow Found A House."  I had a difficult time stopping my reading pace, for I desired to devour this book!  It had me weeping, rejoicing, contemplating--all in a God-fearing manner.
     This book was written by a young man, Jason McIntire.  He writes from a novel perspective...Pun intended. :) His premise is to glorify Christ, showing the blessings of a walk with Him, promoting God-fearing homeschooling in a favorable light, all the while being "real."  This book never made me think, "That wouldn't happen in 'real' life."
     Not often have I heard of fictional books that are favorable to the God-fearing, homeschooling, families of the world.  This book is not just entertaining, but an exhortation to all Christians.  I will admit, this book was the first fictional one that caused me to seriously contemplate the way I live my life for Christ.
     This book is written for those of the "teen-age" years, yet, I was completely absorbed in it!  (And, no, I will not be sharing my age with you. :D)  I do believe that this novel will be a blessing to readers of any age.
     The characters in this book resonated with me:  whether I could identify with qualities in them (past or present), or whether I could see what needed worked on in me.  They had very real-to-life issues, for every age or walk of life.  It was interesting to watch how each person in this book reacted/responded to each situation presented unto them.
     I highly recommend this book to families with children.  Of course, parents, you will want to read it first.  However, I do believe that you will have no problem allowing your children to read it.  In fact, you may want to create a story night, (if you do not already have one), to read it to them!
     Personally, I plan on getting printed copies for certain folks in my life.  I have a whole host of people that come to mind, that I believe would be blessed by it.  Maybe you do, too...After you read it. :)
     How can you get your hands on a copy?  Well, here are some ways:

  1. To receive a print edition:  go to Elisha Press, scroll down to "Order Softcover," use my code (RENEE61313) to receive $4 off the price, and receive a signed copy from the author.  :)
  2. To receive a free e-book edition:  go to Elisha Press, scroll down to "Download E-book."  Follow instructions for your particular e-book reader.
  3. Preview online, the entire book, for free!  Go to Elisha Press, scroll down to "Preview Online," click on the highlighted link, and enjoy!
     Tomorrow, I will be sharing an interview I did with the author.  Please come back tomorrow, to get to know the man behind the book!  I promise, you will not be disappointed!  (P.S.  The review I have given for this book is my own honest opinion, and without profit.  Also, I receive NO financial benefit from folks purchasing books using my code.)  



Saturday, June 15, 2013

In Honor Of My Father

"And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father."  Galatians 4:6

     I can call the LORD GOD my Father, because He adopted me:  "For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father."  Romans 8:15. 

     I can go to Him with my every care:  "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you."
     1 Peter 5:7
     
     I get to do what He wants me to do:  "For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure."  Philippians 2:13

     I get to spend for ever with Him!  "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Overcoming Death By Living Life

Romans 7:14-25
"...For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin..."
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     I must admit, all too often I react and respond in ways contrary to Christ's will.  I allow the circumstances around me to overwhelm me:  filling my mind and heart, causing despair; rather than faithful confidence in the Saviour.  Too regularly do I live naturally, rather than supernaturally.
     It is easy to be depressed when hard times come.  It is easy to be angry, to be hurt, to be offended, etc.  When I am not putting the flesh in submission to the Spirit, oh yes, it is easy.  
     Lately, because God constantly reminds me to pray, I have noticed that things are changing; chiefly, my perspective.  He is reminding me as I read the Bible where my mind is supposed to be; what is to be my heart's treasure; how I am to behave myself in any given situation.  Oh, what would I do without my Father?!
     I am glad that He is longsuffering with me.  I am glad that He is tender, yet direct.  I am glad...thankful...that I can trust Him.  I can be vulnerable with Him, because He has no ill will towards me.  I can go to Him with my junk, and know He will trash it for me.  I can go to Him for that which is good for me, and know I will receive it.
     Today, He helped me by way of Romans; specifically chapter twelve.  Reading the latter part of the chapter reminded me how I ought to be.  It is still in my mind.  I am still musing upon His words.  I do not wish to tell you what to think of them, but rather simply share with you this chapter, and allow God to do the speaking:

 Romans 12
"I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness. Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good." 

     So, as I muse upon what He has to say, I act.  I perform according to the clear-cut function He desires from me.  He enables me so to do, thus I do.  I do not like something?  I pray about it.  I do not like someone?  I pray about it.
     Please, though, do not think that I do not still perform acts of sin...Because I do.  Though through Christ is the victory, as seen all throughout the New Testament, I still find myself succombing to the flesh.  Yet, I have seen more victories, as I keep seeking to live in Christ.  I know that I can live as God wants me to live, for He has given me His Son.  Jesus Christ has taken up residence in me!  
     I seek to find ways to just be used by God to be a blessing, not a burden.  "How can I bring delight?...How can I share Christ's love?...Am I living truthfully?...Am I living in fear, or in hope?...Where can I come out of my 'comfort zone' to bless, to give, to be liberal in the ways God has enabled me, (without condoning sin/enabling bad behaviour, etc.)?...Are my words those that Christ would have me speak?...Are my thoughts those He would have me think?...Are my actions those that God would have me do?...Is my conversation blaspheming or glorifying Christ?"

"Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."  
1 Corinthians 10:31





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