Peace With God: Romans 5:1

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Peace With God 

Romans 5:1 

Scripture tells us that the peace of God exceeds anything we can understand. But we can’t experience that peace unless we have peace with God. How do we get peace with God?

Paul discusses that at the beginning of Romans 5. Peace, just like everything else in Christianity, must be built upon the foundation of faith in God.

Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Romans 5:1

When putting our faith in Christ, He cleanses us of all sin, thus giving us peace with God. Also, built upon that same faith we have other privileges.

Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. Romans 5:2 

Undeserved Privilege 

This “undeserved privilege” is the same as saying we have been brought into His marvelous grace. Because of our sins, we deserve nothing more than God’s judgment.

God’s Word has revealed to us the splendor of an eternal home in heaven. Because of this undeserved privilege, we can look forward to sharing in His glory.

Since our faith has allowed us to enjoy peace with God, we can also experience the peace of God.

This peace helps to strengthen our faith and it builds our character through the difficulties life brings us.

  • We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials,  
  • for we know that they help us develop endurance and 
  • Endurance develops strength of character, and  
  • Character strengthens our confident hope of salvation.  
  • And this hope will not lead to disappointment. Romans 5:3-5 

Paul told us in verse 2, that we can confidently and joyfully look forward to the future. The reason for that stems from the fact that God loves us.

For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:5 

The Lord is Always on Time 

Have you ever heard the saying, God is seldom early but He never shows up late? That seems to be a part of His character. But we can count on Him to always show up on time. 

When we were utterly helpless, Christ came at just the right time and died for us sinners. Romans 5:6

He still reaches out His hand to those helplessly stuck in the gutter of sin. Sometimes those in the gutter won’t take His hand. But He’s always willing to help the helpless.

With every bone in my body I will praise him: “Lord, who can compare with you? Who else rescues the helpless from the strong? Who else protects the helpless and poor from those who rob them?” Psalm 35:10 

 When we accept what Jesus did for us we escape all the condemnation sin put on us. Through His blood, we can live in peace knowing that God sees no wrong in us.

So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. Romans 5:11 

About the Author: 

Pastor RobinRobin, with his wife Cindy, became children’s evangelists early in their ministry. They ministered to children full time for 8 years. During that time they developed several children’s stories which were told with visuals and puppets.

Robin recently turned two of those stories into children’s books. One is called “The Contest,” a book about the Fruit of the Spirit, and the other is called “Twas the Night of Christmas”.  He has also authored 5 volumes of devotional books called, 3 Minutes Alone with God. Each entry is a product of his personal biblical Journaling.

These and his other writings are available on his website called Christian Perspectives at www.ramckinley.com. When you visit this site, you can sign-up for newly written devotions as they come out which will be emailed to you.

Presently Robin is the pastor of Calvary Christian Center in Pottstown, PA. He is an ordained minister with the Assemblies of God. He and his wife make their home in Birdsboro, Pa. He also serves as the president of the local ministerium. He and Cindy have two married sons and four grandchildren. 

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CrossReads Weekly Devotionals: This Kingdom Has Different Dynamics 10/3/2022

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by Precarious Yates

Matthew 5:5

“Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.”

I hope you don’t mind if I camp out in the Sermon on the Mount for a while. Jesus’ words hold so much power, weight, and wisdom. I want to spend my whole life meditating on these and living them out. Want to join me?

Jesus, when He instructed the crowds, told them that God blesses the meek. Later in Matthew (11:29) He tells the crowds that He is meek and lowly and that we are to learn from Him. I really want to unpack what this is all about because it seems quite central to who He is and how He wants us to live. 

Just before Jesus went to Jerusalem to die on the cross, He had this interesting encounter with the mother of James and John, the disciples He nicknamed “Sons of Thunder.” This encounter took place in front of all his disciples. As you read through it, note how Jesus is shifting their paradigm in regards to how the Kingdom works versus how the world works:

“Then the mother of Zebedee’s sons came to Him with her sons, kneeling down and asking something from Him. And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.” But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with; but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.” And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles Lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave— just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭20:20-28‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Immediately following this encounter, Jesus heals two men of blindness. It’s as if the Holy Spirit wants us to be healed of the wrong ways in which we have seen the world, seen power, and seen our place in the Kingdom. He calls us to be like Him: not to be served, but to serve and to lay down our lives for others. 

“Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”

‭‭John‬ ‭15:13‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

It is in this way that we will inherit the earth. God does not want the stewards of the earth to be constantly battling one another for power. Jesus drew this beatitude from a beautiful portion of Psalm 37 which really illustrates the point:

“For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, But it shall be no more. But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭37:10-11‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

The Lord wants us to enjoy an abundance of peace in His Kingdom. He will not only bring peace to us, He will bring it through us as we walk the way He did. 

May God bless you and empower you to be a blessing to others today!

About the Author:

Precarious YatesSarah Jo Smith is a pastor in eastern Ohio, where she lives with her husband, two children, and numerous chickens and sheep. She is working establish a ministry and to plant a church. As an author, she writes for children and teens under the pen name Precarious Yates. Currently, Sarah Jo is pursuing a degree in Peace & Conflict Studies/Conflict Resolution at UNC Greensboro. In addition, she holds a first black belt rank in Taekwondo and is working toward her second degree black belt in Hapkido. Pastor Sarah Jo’s passions are to help people be vessels for God’s love and presence, to bring the ministry of reconciliation through the gospel of Jesus Christ where there have been divisions and dividing walls between people, and to fight against human trafficking wherever she lives (see books written under Precarious Yates for more information).

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A Time to Write, A Time to Put the Pen Down 9/30/2022

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by Staci Stallings

As I get older (just turned 51 last Friday), one thing I’ve come to realize is that there really are seasons in life. Looking back, I see there were seasons of growing up, falling in love, going to school, getting married, having kids, having little kids, having bigger kids, their school, them getting older…

At the time, I was working like crazy to keep the kitchen clean and get to the next activity. Now I have only one kid left “in the nest” although the middle one is back a lot with her fiancé who is living here. They are both going to certificate school—her for massage therapy, him for auto body work.

With my youngest a senior, I took the plunge to teach personal finance at his school—something I always secretly wanted to do but never had the push to do.

What I’m finding, with two books left to write in this series, is that writing for now has taken a backseat to everything else. I keep thinking I’ll get back to it, but so far, that hasn’t happened. Instead, I’m doing lesson plans for my two classes—which are crazy now that it’s practically all online. I’m making slides for each class and posting assignments and writing up materials for my classes (does that count as writing?).

There was a time in my life, I could have told you within 300 pages what each Kindle Unlimited page count was for the month for every single book I have out. Now, I realize I haven’t checked it in a week.

I’m glad to know this is a season because I know writing will still be there when this season comes to an end.  After all, we’ll have three graduations in May and a wedding in June. I’m just trying to hang on here and enjoy every second of this crazy ride.

However, right now, for me is a time to put down the pen—at least for today, maybe for the week or even the month.

But don’t think I’ve forgotten about Taylor and Greg and the gang. They are still hashing things out in my head—just not in print yet.

What seasons has your life gone through, dear reader?  And what is the thing or thing you come back to when all the craziness dies down?

Always

About the Author:

Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

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CrossReads Book Spotlight: UnStuck 9/29/2022

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UnStuck

I’ve Found The Recipe For Being Happy

by Jennifer Rash

UnStuck

Recent studies tell us that 76% of people feel stuck in their personal lives in one way or another, and only 3 out of 10 are happy. I wonder, dear friend, where you are today. Do you feel stuck in some way, stuck in your pain, stuck in your past, stuck in your disappointment, fears, or doubts? Do you feel stuck in your circumstances, unable to see a way out? Are you happy?

The reality is that happiness is not dependent upon circumstances. Happiness must have an inward source. That source is Christ. Today, He longs to fill us and satisfy us in a way that nothing and no one else can. He came that we might have life and have it more abundantly. And He invites us to come, sit at His feet, drink from His cup, and feast at His table. He invites us to come and receive from Him all that we have need of. Will you accept His invitation? Will you dine with Him? Will you allow Him to nourish and sustain you in a way that causes you to grow, flourish, and thrive? It’s time to move forward with power and purpose, friend. It’s time to learn the secret of being content in any and every situation. It’s time to be happy!

UnStuck: I’ve Found the Recipe for Being Happy is a 30-day devotional book designed to take you on a journey. Deep truths are served up in bite-sized portions, perfect for quick daily devotions, as well as a more in-depth Bible study. A companion journal is now available for reflecting on what you have read. UnStuck: I’ve Found the Recipe for Being Happy can be used in your personal time with the Lord and is sure to be a favorite when used as a group study with others!

I’ve found the recipe for being happy. – Philippians 4:12b MSG

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CrossReads Short Takes: Silver Mountain & Tall Pines Sanctuary 9/28/2022

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Silver Mountain

(Montana Meadows Book 3)

by Lisa Prysock

Silver Mountain

Miss Jillian Hayes of Honey River Canyon in Montana Territory has worked hard to prepare for her dream of becoming a teacher in the Wild West. However, she is stunned when her new teaching position and harsh winter weather conspire to trap her on Silver Mountain, forcing her into a loveless marriage with a handsome British stranger.

The handsome British stranger, Trenton Sterling, the Duke of Weatherly, recently arrived at Silver Mountain on a mission to retrieve a blue sapphire his reclusive uncle offered to sell to his dear friend, the Prince of Wales. Bertie desires the sapphire as a gift for his wife, the Princess of Wales. Trenton never imagined his uncle would die without a chance to tell him where he hid the blue sapphire. Nor did he imagine he’d find himself obligated to marry a schoolmarm shortly after becoming the ward of his recently orphaned niece.

When he becomes embroiled in a deadly game of revenge in the Wild West, Trenton Sterling will need to unleash the war inside him, trading it for an external one, becoming a force to reckon with in a manhunt to capture and slay the vile and wicked outlaws who attempt to overrun Honey River Canyon, bringing harm to anyone in their path.

Be swept away in sweet and suspenseful western romance, filled with adventure, intrigue, and danger in Book 3 of Montana Meadows. Get your copy of this Christian Historical Romance Novel today. Silver Mountain is easily read as a stand-alone or enjoyed with the whole series.

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Tall Pines Sanctuary

by Sharon K Connell

Tall Pines Sanctuary

Twenty-four-year-old artist Faith O’Callaghan is convinced her grandfather’s death was not an accident. Gramps bequeathed his magnificent log cabin in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado to her, and she loves living and painting in the quiet solitude and shadow of the Rocky Mountains. But Faith needs to find out what really happened to her beloved Gramps.

Faith’s fiancé, Josiah, has discharged from the Army after not hearing from her for months. She won’t answer any of his correspondence, and he doesn’t understand why. But he plans to get to the bottom of it.

Was Gramps’ death an accident, or murder? Will Josiah get his answers? Who is snooping around the cabin… and why?

Tension mounts in this Romantic Suspense with Mystery as the realization that not only Gramps’ prized golden medallion is missing, but so is the antique heirloom engagement ring Faith thought had been returned to Josiah. Then there’s the matter of the papers for her grandfather’s abandoned gold mine. Who has them?

Is there a Rocky Mountain, traditional Native American wedding in the future for Faith and Josiah… or heartache and danger?

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God of All 9/27/2022

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by Suzanne D. Williams

God writes fiction.

God writes romance novels. He writes crime drama. He writes battle scenes.

He not only writes it. He sells it. He promotes it. There are thousands of wonderful Christian authors, traditionally published and self-published, struggling to perfect their craft, and the Spirit of God delights in their creativity.

He, in fact, inspires singers and musicians of all genres of music, artists of any medium, from painters to wood carvers. He is the source of life, the reason things grow and multiply. He designed the tabernacle and the temple, the furniture inside, described how to perform the sacrifice, how to bake the shewbread.

There is no part of society and our daily life, nothing which humans need to learn to do, or which interests them, barring things outside of His holiness, which He will not help men and women to do.

God writes fiction. He designed romance. He made a man to marry a woman, to make love, and to bear children. He adores children. He writes crime drama novels. He is against sin and theft and the work of the enemy which causes crime, but He is for those who work in law enforcement, in godly government, to do their jobs and do them well. He is for good winning over evil. Or have you not read the Book?

God writes battles scenes. He designs them. But notice that when battle was required and when the soldiers, when the leaders, followed His commands, God’s side always won.  

God is not against our humanity. He doesn’t have His eyes closed to our pain and suffering. He doesn’t look askance at the darkest elements of our lifestyles. He came to save, to rescue, and He will go wherever the lost sheep are and will do whatever is required to rescue them.

Our part in it, as His children, is wide and varied. On a worldwide since, we can go and preach the gospel, lay hands on the sick and see them recover. We can pray for those who do if we are not so called. We can pray for the government leaders, for the law enforcement. On a more personal level, we can love one another, do good to our enemies and bless those who hate us.

On an individual level, we can buy the book that Christian author wrote, buy the painting done by the Spirit-led artist. We can put our action, our funds, behind them, and even if we don’t read the book or look at the artwork. Even if we dislike the songs after we bought the album, suffer no regret for our time, our money, and our effort.

For this is what Christ did for us. He came to live amongst us to give us the example we must follow. “Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:13) 

SuperHuman 

The Underground (Superhuman) Book 1 

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Headed north to Washington D.C. aboard the wrong bus, Phoebe Faegen turns for help from the handsome boy seated on her left. But his instructions are strange from the start and his ability to stop a shooting with just the palm of his hand, when they arrive at their destination, too much to be believed.

Yet, life in this altered future is too dangerous to risk as a girl living on her own and so drawn into the mystery that is superhuman, Crowne Dawkins, she descends Underground into a world that with every second that passes grows more and more dangerous.

Nothing is what it seems, not her existence or his, not the threats to their lives, or the one final, horrible moment which might destroy their future forever.

About the Author: 

Suzanne D. WilliamsBest-selling author, Suzanne D. Williams, is a native Floridian, wife, mother, and photographer. She is the author of both nonfiction and fiction books. www.suzannedwilliams.com

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CrossReads Weekly Devotional: Verse of the Day and Devotional 9/26/2022

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Verse of the Day

September 26th, 2022

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But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart. – Luke 2:19 ESV

Devotion

The birth of Christ is the most amazing occurrence in all of history. Not only for the miracle of the birth, but the impact this birth had on the world and history. It began with an 85-mile journey, a five- or six-day trip, to the city of Bethlehem for a required census. Joseph most likely walking, and Mary perhaps riding sidesaddle on a donkey. Swollen and achy from pregnancy and nearing birth, we imagine she felt every rut and jolt from the weathered and well-traveled dirt road.

Arriving in Bethlehem, they most likely faded into the mass of travelers also reporting for the census. There were no rooms left at the inn. All booked, no vacancy. It’s late. Joseph and Mary are exhausted and desperate as the contractions begin, so they take shelter near where the animals are kept. The birth soon begins. No epidural, no hospital, no sedative to ease the pain. We imagine Mary’s moans and cries piercing the stable and night air. Pushing with all her strength, the Messiah arrives! Born into a trauma-filled world from a common Jewish girl, and then the first cries of the Divine! “For unto us a child is born…”(Isaiah 9:6). Joseph and an exhausted Mary are in awe and wonder, treasuring this moment and all that led up to it from the Immaculate conception, the promise of a Savior fulfilled.

There was no notice of this royal birth. No congratulations from heads of states and provinces. There’s no record that angels were present. It was only the mice and fleas and grunts and groans from the host of animals in the stable who witnessed this amazing and glorious occurrence.

Heaven took notice though. Angels rejoiced, perhaps the captives stirred, a star proudly displayed itself in the night skies of the desert marking the birthplace of the Savior of the world. An announcement went forth to some shepherds in their field who traveled to this place to wonder and worship to see the Savior.

On the surface, the majesty of the birth of Christ is absurd. Born of a virgin, in an animal barn, in poverty to a commoner Jewish girl, the circumstances cast doubt on any claims of majesty. It was absurd to an unbelieving world, but not to those who saw this event. The shepherds, the first evangelists of the Gospel age, went back to their sheep telling everyone along the way and glorifying God for all the things they had heard and seen. Those who heard were also astonished (Luke 2:18-20).

Mary responded as she “treasured up all these things” that happened. She reflected deeply on the significance of the birth of her child and kept it all in her thoughts. She “pondered them in her heart” (Luke 2:19). We imagine her mulling it all over, seeking understanding while cradling her newborn, gazing into the eyes of her baby boy and accepting the call in her heart to mother and nurture her child all the days of His life.

In 2 Timothy 4:8, the apostle Paul speaks to the believer’s great reward of the crown of righteousness to all those who love and look forward to the promise of our Lord’s return. I hope your heart is in that place. And in the meantime, let us treasure and ponder the first appearing of our Lord as Paul testifies in 1 Timothy 1:10. Our last enemy, death, was defeated forevermore in Christ’s life, death, and resurrection. “Oh death where is your sting, Oh grave, where is your victory” (1 Corinthians 15:56).

When was the last time you truly took time and treasured all that brought you to your salvation? When was the last time you pondered what the birth of Christ means to you? Does His peace that surpasses all understanding truly rule your heart today? Let us all make abundant room in our hearts for Jesus this day and all He did for us in defeating death.

Today, treasure, ponder, and embrace Him with open arms and with the grace to be still and know He is God and the Savior of the world.

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Filling Inspiration 9/23/2022

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by Staci Stallings

In the last book I wrote, “Who I am with You” that will be out in December, there is an element of what the heroine, Taylor Grayson, learns that has become relevant in my own writing life recently. It was a take-off on an analogy that says some people are “10-gallon” people. In other words, they have a huge reservoir of inspiration space.  Unfortunately, they live in a world of “1-pint” people—i.e. people who settle for living on the surface of life and who aren’t very deep.

I once heard a friend describe going to a church that was super-popular at the time. He said, “It was like a mile wide and an inch deep.”  This is not a snarky judgment on anyone, but I think there are a lot of one-pint people. I honestly don’t know if it’s an inherent thing or something they learn to be because of their environment.

This semester I’m teaching again, and in the classroom, there are many students who are just not curious about anything. They sit, kind of listen, and leave as soon as the bell rings. They don’t actively participate in anything. They act like this is a waste of their time and they are simply tuned out to the world and their place in it.  Again, that’s not saying they are wrong. There are times I wish I could tune out like that and just be.

I’ve never been a very good be-er.  I don’t waste time well.  If I’m stuck in a situation where it feels like my time is being wasted, I will actively look for some way to get out of that feeling. I will find something to read, for example, even if I’m not particularly interested in whatever it is. It could be a textbook on Quantum Physics, something I know virtually nothing about, and I would open it and read and see what I could learn from it.

That’s just the way I am, and it feels like the way I’ve always been.

When I talk with people, I don’t really care much about the weather or superficial things. I want to know how they are doing, how life is for them, what they are struggling with, how things are going. For example, when my kids bring friends home, I often know their school schedule, how their classes are going, what they are taking, what they like, what they don’t like, who their favorite teacher is and why…

In fact, the other day my son’s best friend who recently moved to college 12-hours away happened to be on the phone with him when I went into his room to check on him. She and I talked briefly and she said, “I was just thinking the other day, man, I miss Staci.”  I laughed and said she must miss my hugs, and she said, “Well, that too, but I miss talking to you and you asking about everything.”

Add to this, that I have a wide variety of subjects that I either enjoy or know about. I can talk money, history, some science, literature, not math. If you’re building a house, putting in grass, or working on a car, I might not know what you’re doing specifically, but we can still have a conversation, and I’m still interested. I know about a lot of things. Music. Movement. Education. Kids. The internet. Religion and philosophy.

So, in the book, I understood Taylor’s dilemma. She is a ten-gallon person, and she had come to the conclusion that in order to fit in, she needed to shrink her reservoir. Now, she is stepping in to becoming who she was always meant to be, and it’s fascinating. She is interested in art, music, philosophy, psychology, and religion. And you get her started talking about one of those, look out.

But this has created an interesting dynamic for me because I’m finding myself trying to keep up with her. Music is cool. I can do that. Art is not something I’ve ever really studied much. I took philosophy in college, and I remember Emmanuel Kant and the others. It’s just that back then, philosophy was something to “get through.”  Taylor wants to understand it.

I’m ending up doing as much filling of my own inspiration to fill out hers than I ever have with any other character before. To be honest, this is fun to have a reason to try to fill the ten-gallons. It’s not a practical pursuit, it’s not for a grade, or to one-up someone. It’s just pure inspiration to be able to draw from when she talks to Merel at the student center or Lily, her artist friend, or Yoli, her psychology friend.  I don’t know if I shall ever meet another character like Taylor, but for right now, I think we could have a real blast together if we ever had the chance to hang out for real.

So, dear reader, where do you go for inspiration? What things do you do to fill your inspiration tank? I’d love to know!

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Staci StallingsA stay-at-home mom with a husband, three kids and a writing addiction on the side, Staci Stallings has numerous titles for readers to choose from. Not content to stay in one genre and write it to death, Staci’s stories run the gamut from young adult to adult, from motivational and inspirational to full-out Christian and back again. Every title is a new adventure! That’s what keeps Staci writing and you reading. Although she lives in Amarillo, Texas and her main career right now is her family, Staci touches the lives of people across the globe with her various Internet and writing endeavors.

 

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CrossRoads Book Spotlight: Let Us Rejoice 9/22/2022

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Let Us Rejoice

by Mistie House

Let Us Rejoice

his is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Encourage little ones to celebrate the gift of life through this inspirational storybook based on Psalm 118:24. Colorful and whimsical illustrations by beloved author Mistie House invite the reader to travel through time, soar through seasons, and hop through holidays rejoicing in the day the Lord has made.

Through the eyes of a child, this mesmerizing picture book

· inspires little ones to ARISE and SHINE for Jesus

· embraces the beauty and wonder of God’s creation

· celebrates the holidays with joy and peace

· motivates hearts to share the love of Jesus with family and friends

· uplifts souls to rejoice in the blessing of life, honor the gift of Jesus, and value the free gift of salvation offered to us through Christ

· encourages kids to enthusiastically see God in the world around them

· invites God’s children to joyfully live out the abundant life God desires for us all

This creative book makes the perfect gift book for a child’s birthday celebration, Easter basket, Christmas present, baby shower, baptism, first day of school, and all other upcoming celebrations and milestones.

There’s no better way to start or finish the day than reading this sweet, Scripture-based story with your precious child about experiencing a blessed, happy, and Christ-centered life.

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CrossReads Short Takes: Battlefield of Deceit & Honey From the Rock 9/21/2022

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Battlefield of Deceit

(Faith in the Parks Book 5)

by J. Carol Nemeth

Battlefield of Deceit

A diary on loan to the museum.
An old Civil War house on the edge of the battlefield.
Could these two things be connected?

Gettysburg National Military Park historian, Chloe Rogers, begins her research into both: to prepare for a donor event and to discover if it can be restored for public viewing. Chloe and her fellow historian, Clifford Weston, discover a virtual Pandora’s box in the cellar beneath the house revealing more questions than answers. Park policeman, Blake Hunter, becomes embroiled in the old house mystery but gives Chloe cause for concern when her widowed heart responds to his attentions. She’s simply not ready to move on. Is she?

When unwelcome things begin to occur, they realize they have to discover who’s behind them and soon. Will Chloe find the answers in a packet of old letters discovered in the cellar? Then there are the unexplained footsteps….

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Honey from the Rock

A Christian Historical Western Romance

(Wyldhaven Book 13

by Lynnette Bonner

Honey from the Rock

Cora Harrison would like nothing more than to find a godly husband and enjoy the blessing of being a wife and mother. That’s why she’s thrilled that the new young doctor is finally asking if he may escort her to dinner. However, the doctor is right in the middle of his request when who on earth should walk in but Kin Davis, Wyldhaven’s rogue traveller. The man she’s fought to forget with every ounce of her being for the past two years. Of course Kin would turn up with that annoying smirk right at this moment! The man is as incorigable as a rock! So why does the strength in her legs instantly fail and her heart take to flight?

When Kin Davis walks into Dixie’s Boardinghouse and finds the town’s new doctor fawning all over Cora, irritation surges. Despite that, Kin holds no hope of attaining ‘Missionary’ Cora’s interest. She’d never fall for a scoundrel like him. Besides, he has to look after Isaiah Coleman, the kid he rescued from the streets of Seattle. And there’s his law practice to set up. He doesn’t have time to court a woman, no matter how pretty she might be or how pleasurable her company.

That’s what he keeps telling himself until Isaiah’s enemies follow him to town and Cora is put in the crosshairs. It’s then that Kin realizes Cora means more to him than life itself.

Take the next stagecoach to Wyldhaven,
where the coffee’s perked hot,
the sheriff likes his apple pie fresh from the oven,
and adventure invariably waits just around the next river bend

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