Stories Jesus Told: The Lost Son Comes Home

2 09 2019

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This was an enjoyable book taken from the parable in the Bible of the Prodigal Son.  It is written in a way that children will be able to understand it.  It also teaches that real love is unconditional – no matter what we have done, the Father will welcome us.  A good life lesson that hopefully the children would remember as they grow up into adults.

 

The parable of the prodigal son comes alive in this picture book. Realistic artwork helps children connect to the characters’ emotions: the prodigal’s discontent, the father’s heartbreak, the brother’s jealous anger, and more as the story unfolds. As children understand these emotions, they begin to grasp God’s unconditional love and forgiveness as demonstrated by the father welcoming his son home.

 

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Tim Ladwig is a published author and an illustrator of children’s books. Some of the published credits of Tim Ladwig include Tonight You Are My Baby: Mary’s Christmas Gift (HarperBlessings), Probity Jones And The Fear Not Angel (Paraclete Poetry), Good King Wenceslas.

 

The Lost Son became available for sale August 7, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book in ebook style from NetGalley for this review.

 

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YOUR BATTLES BELONG TO THE LORD

30 08 2019

your-battles-belong-to-the-lord cover    I absolutely loved this book, and I learned so much!  We need to realize who we are fighting, which is not people.  They are just being used.  We need to realize that satan is the culprit behind every evil work.  We also need to know how to win our battles, and that is what Joyce Meyer has endeavored to do.  We also need to know that some battles we do some of the work and God does the rest.  We have our job in resisting the devil.  It’s not all up to God.  As I have always said in my Christian walk – the if/then clause.  You do your part and then God will do His.  This is a must read for all Christians.

 

Conquer your problems with God’s help and know your real enemy.Have you ever felt you tried every solution on earth to solve a problem, but nothing worked? Have you ever wondered where the difficulties you face are coming from? Joyce Meyer has answers.In Your Battles Belong to the Lord, Joyce explains that once you recognize the devil-who is real and active in the world today-as your true enemy and the source of many of your struggles, you can overcome them and live a life of peace, freedom, faith, and victory. When facing life’s battles, there are certain things you must do for yourself, like being diligent to study and apply God’s Word, trusting Him, praying, helping others, and maintaining a confident attitude and a thankful heart. But there are other things only God can do. When you do your part, God does His-and He is always ready and eager to defend and help you. In this fresh approach on spiritual warfare, Joyce focuses not only on the nature and strategies of the enemy, but also on the true character and love of God, who will always lead you to triumph. No matter how difficult your challenges are, because God is on your side, you have all you need to win every battle.

 

joyce-meyer-1    Joyce Meyer is an American Charismatic Christian author and speaker and president of Joyce Meyer Ministries. Joyce and her husband Dave have four grown children, and live outside St. Louis, Missouri. Her ministry is headquartered near the St. Louis suburb of Fenton, Missouri.

 

The Battles Belong to the Lord comes out for sale September 10, 2019.

 

I received a complimentary copy of the ebook from NetGalley for this review.

 

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ELOHIM CHAYIM

12 07 2019

Elohim Chayim

ELOHIM CHAYIM

 

THE LIVING GOD

 

This is how you will know that the living God (Elohim Chayim) is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. Joshua 3:10
Elohim – God, our Creator
Chayim – Life
So, Elohim Chayim, is the Living God.
It is so good to know that our God is living! There are so many so-called gods out there that are not living. Jesus, the Son, rose from the dead. He is living – not dead anymore! Hallelujah! We serve a God who is living and wants to be part of our lives. Jesus died so we could live with Him in heaven.
Elohim Chayim, You are the living God. I lift up Your name in praise and exaltation, for You are deserving of my highest adoration. In You is life. All that is living finds it’s existence from You. Without You, we have no life. Every animal, cell, flower, human being – every living thing receives it’s life from Your own. Awesome and great Elohim Chayim, I praise Your powerful, life-giving name.




WHAT IS YOUR PIT?

6 07 2019

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I can hear you. What has this picture have anything to do with Christianity? Well, I am reading a book which talks about pits and thought I would share what I am learning. To be very honest, I see myself on every page.

There are three pits which we inevitably will find us in. The first is a pit because someone else put you there. What do you mean? Well, let’s see. Some examples are abused as a child. Domestic abuse is another one. Parents divorce put children in pits. I think you get the idea.

The second one is one you slipped in without foreplanning. It just happened. Examples? You are friends with a co-worker. You’re both married and you never planned on sleeping together, but it happened. Passion over-ruled your knowing.

The third is you jumped in with eyes wide open. You knew what was right but you did it anyhow. This is the one that spoke loudly to me. My example is my own story. I was engaged. I went to a revival and knew we were unequally yoked. I called off the marriage, but he talked me into it. I knew it was wrong, but I went ahead and did it. Even when getting ready to go down the aisle, the Lord gave me one last warning. My sister said I could still walk out the back door. I should have, but didn’t.

I paid for that pit for 17 years. He then put me in the pit of the first one – domestic abuse. I have worked years to get out of both pits. I am happy to say I have dug myself out. But how did I do it? Only with God’s help. There was no other way to do it.

So it makes me think of Joseph. His own brothers put him in the pit. But in the end he told them it was so he would be in Egypt to save many people from the famine.

My encouragement for you today is to dig yourself out of the pit. Let God heal you and bring you out. Ask Him what pit you are in and He will begin the healing process you are in. Is it easy? No. But is it worth it? You bet! And let me tell you – one of the best ways to get out of the pit is forgiveness. Forgive others who have caused you to be in the pit and forgive yourself. Don’t make your home in it.





EL HAKABODH

5 07 2019

El Hakabodh

EL HAKABODH

THE GOD OF GLORY

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory (El Hakabodh) thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. Psalm 29:3
Glory (Strongs Concordance) – Hakabodh –
glory, honour, glorious, abundance
1a) abundance, riches
1b) honour, splendour, glory
1c) honour, dignity
1d) honour, reputation
1e) honour, reverence, glory
1f) glory
Just the thought of God’s glory goes beyond my thinking. He is all Glory! He is all Holy! I put those two together. Then I think of the Shekinah Glory. If you have never seen it, may I say it is completely without words. Once, did I have the privilege of seeing that. The sad part, I was the only one in that room who did. And the light that emanated from that was too much for my eyes. And that was just a tad of His glory. His glory is too much for our physical bodies to handle very well. He can’t give us too much. I believe that would literally kill us. But the biggest thing that affected me about that vision? It was His love. Oh, His love. I can’t even put it into words. His love enveloped me. His love encompassed me. It went through everything of me. How could I not love Him back? Why did I see that? Only God knows. I know I have asked to see His glory. It makes me think – is this what Moses saw on the mountain?
El Hakabodh you are a jealous God who does not share your glory with others. Pardon my sins for when I turn my eyes to humanity thinking that this person or that person was the one who delivered me from a particular trial. Rather, it was you who used them to bring about your intended deliverance. Forgive my short-sightedness in not always seeing your glory through your creation, your works, your word and your Spirit.

 





THE WOMEN WHO MET JESUS

1 07 2019

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This was quite an enjoyable book.  You have different types of writing all together.  You have where Dorothy Valcarcel writes a story of an experience of either her, her family, or a friend that goes with the scripture for that chapter.  You then have a fictionalized version of what could have happened to go with that scripture.  Then you have the devotional that helps you learn how to act/react to similar situations.  At the end of each chapter are questions to ask yourself.  This helps you to dig deep within yourself, but at the same time, to identify with the person Dorothy is talking about in that chapter.  All in all, I recommend this.  I could not go through this quickly, as it made me go deep within myself and want to change, which is the better.

 

Though they seem worlds apart from us, the women of New Testament times had similar heartaches and desires. They too experienced ambition, worry, brokenness, loneliness, and insecurity. They may have wondered how some unusual man from Galilee could possibly understand their needs. And then they met him.
Rather than trivializing their problems or ignoring women, Jesus responded to their deepest needs. He reminded them of their value and transformed their past, present, and future. This engaging book recounts eighteen of their powerful true stories and shows that when a woman encounters Jesus, she cannot help but be changed forever.

 

Dorothy Valcárcel has a 35-year career working with charitable organizations worldwide. That work, along with her own personal struggle to overcome challenging disabilities, is the catalyst for TransformationGarden.com–a global website designed to encourage women in their walk with Jesus. Her daily devotionals are also featured on Crosswalk.com.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for this review.





CHENYA

29 06 2019

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CHENYA

 

I am Chenya (הֵנְיָה), and this means Grace of the Lord. But my life feels anything but grace from the Lord. I have had a very sad heart for so long I cannot remember the last time life was joyful.
Let me begin by saying that I had a wonderful marriage with my man, Aharon (אַהֲרׄן). We were blessed with a boy, Amir. Amir was the love of my life. I was unable to have any more boys after him, so I doted on him. You could say I spoiled the boy. What mother wouldn’t, when all they were having were girls?
Then my Aharon died in battle. My heart literally broke in two. If it wasn’t for Amir, I think I would have died, too. I wanted to, you know. But I had the kids to think about. In time, the girls moved out and married. Amir found a girl too, but then he got sick. Really sick.
As we were walking through town taking Amir to his burial spot, for he had died, I was without condolence. Who would take care of me? The girls had their own families to worry about. But my Amir, he always made sure I was taken care of. And now, here is gone – gone forever. I don’t like being selfish and think of me at this time, but that is reality. My only boy is gone, my husband is gone.
Then this man, Jesus, walked right up to Amir’s pallet. He looked at me and said not to weep. Does he not know this is my only son we are going to bury? But then, this man touched the pallet and spoke to my son. Jesus told Amir to get up! And you know what? He did! My son is ALIVE! This Jesus – He must be at least a prophet or, do I dare say it, the Messiah?
I can’t put into words how I felt at that exact moment when I saw my son rise off of that pallet. The joy. Oh, the joy that I felt was the best joy I have ever felt in my entire life! My son was dead, but now he is alive. And this Jesus? Whatever He wants me to do, I will do. He gave my son back to me, so I want to give back to Him.
Taken from Luke 7:11-17