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Where Did You Get the Idea for Your Most Recent Book, Chosen?

By on Dec 11, 2017 in Crazy Grace Blog | 0 comments

When most people read the biblical narrative of the birth of Christ, they see a perfect, holy family fulfilling God’s perfect plan. When I read the biblical narrative of the birth of Jesus, I see a teenage girl who got pregnant and everyone thought the worst about her. Her own boyfriend assumed she’d been unfaithful. The gossip and public shame became so great the poor girl left town to visit her cousin. She stayed with her cousin three months. An angel helped straighten things out between the engaged couple, but then they were called upon to travel several days to Bethlehem at the very time Mary was to give birth. They were poor and the town was full because of the census. They had to give birth in an unsanitary barn. Then, to make matters worse, an angel told the young family to flee to Egypt because this newborn baby was on Israel’s Most Wanted List. King Herod had it out for the...

Why? Why? Why? Guest Post by James N. Watkins

By on Dec 9, 2017 in Crazy Grace Blog | 1 comment

James N. Watkins is a leader in Christian publishing and the most encouraging editor I’ve ever worked with. But he’s also so funny I snort my Coke in my sinuses (Coca-Cola, not the other coke). I love to laugh, minus the burning sinuses, and I love to make other people laugh, so he’s been a role model for me. I’m excited about the new book by James N. Watkins, The Psalms of Asaph: Struggling with Unanswered Prayer, Unfulfilled Promises, and Unpunished Evil. These are issues I’ve struggled with and I know others do, too. I’ll let James N. Watkins introduce you to his book in today’s guest post.     If you have children, nieces and nephews, or younger siblings, you know that a three-year-old’s favorite word is why. “Johnny, hold my hand while we cross the street.” “Why?” “Because I don’t want you to run out in front of a car.” “Why?” “Because if...

Just in Time for the Holidays -> Chosen: A 31-Day Christmas Devotional

By on Dec 1, 2017 in Crazy Grace Blog | 0 comments

I’m pleased to introduce my new devotional book, Chosen: A 31-Day Christmas Devotional. As I worked on these devotional messages, I found myself moved by some truths I have struggled with over the years. I hope you’ll feel the same way when you read them. Instead of telling you about the devotional, I want you to experience it for yourself. Enjoy a couple of samples from the book.     Chosen: A 31-Day Christmas Devotional Available in paperback, Kindle, or ePub (Kobo, B&N, Apple, and others).             December 3: Well, That’s Awkward Scripture This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit. Joseph, to whom she was engaged, was a righteous man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided...

Guest Post: MUST We Dishonor One Another Based on Political Beliefs, Or Is There a Better Way? by Mark Virkler

By on Nov 3, 2017 in Crazy Grace Blog | 0 comments

Submitted by Mark Virkler on November 3, 2017   Right now, the amount of dishonor, disdain, demonization and divisiveness amongst people over politics has reached epidemic proportions. Fifty-eight percent of Americans have political opinions they are afraid to share.  Wow! So much for freedom of expression and free speech! The healing of this problem is to implement the Biblical mandate, to “honor all people” (1 Pet. 2:17). It appears to me that the Lord has to speak this as revelation knowledge into one’s heart before it can become a reality. I mean, I read the verse and knew it for years, and yet still judged and dishonored those whom I disagreed with. This blog on How to Move from Judgment to Compassion details what Jesus taught about judgment, and that He did not come to judge, but to show compassion and heal (Jn. 12:47; Matt. 14:14). I think that is a good mandate for us to be...

Guest Post: How to Move from Judgment to Compassion by Mark Virkler

By on Nov 2, 2017 in Crazy Grace Blog | 0 comments

Submitted by Mark Virkler on November 1, 2017   Jesus, moved by compassion, healed (Matt. 14:14). I, moved by judgment, don’t heal. What can I learn from Jesus’ teachings  about judging which can help me move from my tendency to live in judgment toward myself and others to living like Jesus and expressing compassion? Let’s explore Jesus’ words on judging so we can learn to live as Jesus did, Who was moved by compassion and healed.   Four things Jesus taught concerning judgment Jesus came to save, not to judge: God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him… the word I spoke is what will judge him at the last day. (Jn. 3:17; 12:47,48) Judging hurts the judger: Do not judge, and you will not be judged; and do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; pardon, and you will be pardoned. (Lk. 6:37; Matt. 7:1) I overcome judgment by...