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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

Five More Goodreads Giveaways for Crossword Bible Studies

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Free books? Yes, please. Well, I can’t guarantee you’ll get a free book, but you can enter these five Goodreads giveaways for a chance to win one of my Crossword Bible Studies. Hey, it’s worth a shot! In case you missed it, go grab the links to the first five giveaways.     Goodreads Book Giveaway Crossword Bible Studies – Genesis by Christy Bower Giveaway ends November 19, 2017. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway   Goodreads Book Giveaway Crossword Bible Studies – The Gospel of Matthew by Christy Bower Giveaway ends November 19, 2017. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway   Goodreads Book Giveaway Crossword Bible Studies – The Gospel of Mark by Christy Bower Giveaway ends November 19, 2017. See the giveaway details at Goodreads. Enter Giveaway   Goodreads Book Giveaway Crossword Bible Studies – The Gospel of...