Are There Really 3 Steps to Salvation? Faith 101

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Are there really 3 steps to salvation? What does it mean to be born again? After all, we can’t exactly go back into mom’s womb a second time, can we? (Asks a church leader in John chapter 3) I’m writing this post for 4 people:1: Anyone who is curious about becoming a Christian. 2: New Believers who want to know the next steps after salvation. 3: Christians who want to share the wonderful Savior but aren’t sure how. 4: Me. I need the practice in sharing the 3 steps to salvation.  My assignment is to “always be ready to explain the hope that is within me” … Read More

4 Practical Ruth and Naomi Relationship Principles to Live By

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4 Ruth and Naomi Relationship Principles

Retelling of Bible stories in another time period can be a powerful tool. Translating the Ruth and Naomi relationship dynamics into other settings managed to bring home the lessons all over again.   Join me today as we talk about 4 tried and true Ruth and Naomi relationship principles. One of the greatest things about books based on Bible stories is that you aren’t tampering with the original, so anyone who’s nervous about Biblical fiction can safely enjoy it.   Today’s translation from Ruth and Naomi in the Bible to Victorian England was fascinating. Readers familiar with and enjoying Christian Historical fiction … Read More

Fear God Not Man: Encouragement, with a Challenge

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Fear God not Man, Bible verses about fear

When you fear God not man, you have so much more freedom! The pressure is so much lighter! To fear no one but God is an interesting dynamic, I think. Sometimes I manage to do this, and other times the fear of man (opinions, appearances, insults or even a general “hard time”) holds me back from doing what I know God wants of me. Sometimes, I would rather disappoint God, whom I can’t see, than those around me whose reactions are immediately apparent. But this passage really puts things in perspective! (Matthew 10:26-33 NASB) 26 “Therefore do not fear them, for there is nothing concealed … Read More

Forever Loved: The First Father – Daughter Relationship

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Forever Loved, Eve’s Story is one book I won’t soon forget. I am a big fan of Biblical Fiction as you probably already know, and this one having a definite devotional feel to it makes it even better. Thank you, Celebrate Lit, for the opportunity to read this book. Helping me reframe my thoughts and understanding with fresh perspective. ? Please note that I received an advance copy from Celebrate Lit, though all thoughts are my own. I have also included affiliate links for your convenience. If you make a purchase through one, I may make a small commission at no extra cost to you. You … Read More

Pruning in the Bible: 1 Important but Challenging Topic

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Have you ever wondered about those verses on pruning in the Bible? I have. I’ve heard messages explaining it. Trying to help us understand. What does prune mean in the Bible? They make me curious. Because I have not spent any time in a vineyard, what I know is only through reading about it.   According to several dictionaries, the answer is to: cut, shape, smooth, trim, to cleanse or purify   Sounds painful. I mean who really wants to be cut and trimmed? But the benefits sound very good! Shaping and smoothing, cleansing and purification are all good things!   … Read More

25 Practical Examples of Grace for Bookworms

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Do you need to be reminded with daily examples of Grace and Mercy? Me Too! Without God’s compassion and patience, we would never last long enough to see anything as wonderful as the gems He scatters in our lives, the examples of Grace that He uses to encourage us! 2 Peter 3:9 NIV — The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. From the beginning, God has patiently scattered examples of grace and mercy everywhere: The Garden? The Ark? … Read More

Leaving a Spiritual Legacy: A Costly Gift that Lasts Forever

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Are you being intentional about leaving a legacy of faith for your kids? Living your legacy in front of your Grandkids? Leaving a spiritual legacy is a priceless gift that takes intentional effort! My Mom, Granny, and 2 Great Grandmas were there when I was baptized at age 17. These ladies have been very intentional in leaving a spiritual legacy for me and my brothers and cousins. The impact is Huge. Their faith in hard times, and their daily habits show us just how living your legacy looks, which will have an impact for generations to come. And family memories, … Read More

Just for Mom: 21 Days of Joy Devotional

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21 Days of Joy celebrates moms in a short story #devotional

One more Celebrate Lit Book Review for you, 21 Days of Joy, a short story devotional that is pretty much unforgettable! About the Book Title: 21 Days of Joy Author: Kathy Ide Genre: Non-fiction, Devotional Release Date: April 1, 2016 Tour Dates: April 28 – May 11 Oh, the joys—and struggles—of motherhood! 21 Days of Joy honors mothers of all varieties. Biological moms. Adoptive moms. Stepmothers. Grandmothers. Godmothers. “Second moms.” Even men who “mother” children when circumstances put them in that position. Whether you are a mother, have one, or know one, these heartwarming fictional stories will touch your soul and help you see that you are … Read More

The Essence of Joy: Practical, Festive and True!

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The Essence of Joy, another Celebrate Lit Book Review for you! I was given a copy to read so I could share my thoughts with you. I was pretty excited myself, about this one! *Please note that this post contains affiliate links for your convenience. You can read my full disclosure here. About The Essence of Joy Book Title: The Essence of Joy Author: Lynn U. Watson Release Date: October 12, 2017 Genre: Women’s Devotional; Women’s Inspiration; Christmas/Advent Devotional It’s Christmas in March! The scents of Christmas invite our imaginations into the holiday season. What emotions flood your heart when the holiday aromas waft … Read More