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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Jesus' Triumphant Journey into Jerusalem

Sunday was Palm Sunday and this is a devotion I wrote about that glorious entry into Jerusalem.


The week before Easter we celebrate Palm Sunday. In Luke 19 we learn that as Jesus returned to Jerusalem on a lowly donkey, people lined the road waving palm branches and throwing their cloaks in front of the colt upon which he rode.
"Long live the King." I can almost hear their cry. The shouts of the crowd were joyful as they praised God. Why? They were convinced Jesus fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 9:9 - "See your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a colt."
But there was a problem. The people were thanking God for giving them a king, a national leader who would restore their nation and free them from Rome's control. They were blind to his real mission, to bring God's forgiveness and salvation for all mankind.
When the people shouted all the more, the Pharisees told Jesus to keep His followers quiet, and He said that if they remained silent, the stones would cry out. Not because Jesus was setting up a powerful political kingdom, but a spiritual one which is still available to all mankind today.

So this Palm Sunday, let's cry out and praise His holy name because He marched into Jerusalem two thousand years ago, not as a human who'd rescue the Jewish people, but God whom we can worship today and for all eternity.  

Monday, March 30, 2015

Author Spotlight Shines on Kimberly Johnson

A treat today as Kimberly shares two new books Thank you for joining us I hope you enjoy learning about what is new from Kimberly. 

KAYLA RUSSELL DOESN'T LIKE VALENTINE'S DAY 
What should be Kayla's favorite holiday is just another reminder that she hasn't met someone special. The beautiful florist—and hopeless romantic—has nearly given up on love, when the man of her dreams walks into her shop…to buy flowers for another woman! 
Former music superstar Derek Wood poses as a local deliveryman while he cares for his ailing mother. Derek is drawn to Kayla's genuine spirit and natural beauty, but he can't hide his identity forever. The man Kayla's falling for doesn't really exist, but the feelings they share are real. Will Derek finally give Kayla a reason to love Valentine's Day?


About the Author

Kimberly Rose Johnson holds a degree in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, teenage son, and their yellow lab. She writes heartwarming Christian romance for Heartsong Presents and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. She enjoys taking long walks with her husband and dog, reading, dark chocolate and time with friends.
You may contact Kimberly via her website at http://kimberlyrjohnson.com/






About Island Refuge

Five-Star-Chef Zoe Griffin walked away from her dream job. Did she make a mistake?

Her engagement off, Zoe Griffin retreats to tiny Wildflower Island in the Puget Sound. Hiding out as a cook and maid at a shabby bed-and-breakfast seems crazy for a chef who’s used to running her own five-star kitchen. And just as she starts to feel at home, her klutzy mishaps make Zoe fear her handsome new boss will fire her.

Dr. Nick Jackson is done with medicine, and owning a B&B is as far from doctoring as he can get. He needs help, but his only employee’s mistakes give him doubts. As Zoe lets her defenses down, Nick begins to see a competent and caring woman. One whose wounds are as deep as his own. But as they fall for each other, Nick and Zoe must learn the hardest lesson of all—to forgive. Only then can they heal the past and embrace the future . . . together. 



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Friday, March 27, 2015

Book Review Colony Series




Product DetailsI am not a fan of speculative fiction, but this series has grabbed me and won't let go. I've already downloaded Series II. I love the premise of the story. The story takes place on a planet that contains Colony Zero settlers, "rejects" from Planet Earth who are transported there to fend the best they can. Cleft palates, breast cancer, club feet are a few of the reasons they're dumped there, not to speak of the mental disorder of those who follow Jesus Christ. When a space ship from earth makes an emergency stop, the contrast between "Earthers" and "Zeros" is remarkable. This series is well worth the small price for a download.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

An Audience with the Maker of the Universe

An Audience with the Maker of the Universe
I tend to be intimidated by those in authority over me. As a kid, I never wanted to go to my step-father and ask for anything. I hated the rejection I’d probably receive. Then later on when I taught school, I dreaded going into the principal’s office to ask a question. Maybe I would interrupt something important and aggravate her.

Later when I worked with Pilot Catastrophe Insurance Company, so many people had questions and needs. Who was I to butt in and talk to my supervisor? Couldn’t I answer that question myself?
I’m sure you can tell by now. I don’t like to admit this, but I confess, I have a fear of authority figures. Or maybe I should say had. I worried that my comments and questions would seem stupid or unimportant. I dreaded that glare of disgust or impatience I might get. My fragile self-esteem couldn’t take it.
Even after becoming a Christian, I hated to approach my pastor in El Paso. He had much better things to do than talk to me. (In my opinion, not his.) If you think I’m exaggerating my feelings, I’m not. But praise God, things changed when the Lord made a few adjustments to my thinking.
First He impressed upon me who I am and what He thinks about me. I’m justified and declared “not guilty” of sin. I’m not condemned. I’ve been sanctified and made acceptable in Jesus Christ. I am a new creation. I’m blessed with every spiritual blessing. I am even God’s work of art and much more. In case you want to know how I know, take a look at Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Colossians, and 2 Timothy in the New Testament.
Now that I realize I’d believed a lie about myself, that I was insignificant. God showed me the truth and took me a step further. We always have an open invitation to approach the throne of God. Hebrews 4:16 says, “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Wow, I don’t have to feel intimidated by asking for an audience with the Maker of the Universe.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Author spotlight shining on Joseph Bentz


About the Author
Joseph Bentz grew up in Indiana and now lives in Southern California with his wife and two children. His books span a variety of genres, including a fantasy novel, three contemporary novels, four non-fiction books on Christian living, and one book/DVD package. His novel A Son Comes Home was chosen by Booklist magazine as one of the Top Ten Christian novels of the year. His non-fiction works include such titles as Pieces of Heaven: Recognizing the Presence of God and When God Takes Too Long: Learning to Thrive During Life’s Delays.
He is a professor of American literature at Azusa Pacific University. Among his scholarly interests are the works of American novelist Thomas Wolfe. Bentz is a frequent speaker at writers conferences, churches, academic conferences and other venues.

Bentz earned a Ph.D. and M.A. in American literature from Purdue University and a B.A. in English from Olivet Nazarene University. More information on his writing and speaking is available at his website, www.josephbentz.com. His blog, Life of the Mind and Soul, also appears at that site.   


About the Book:
Through the breaking ice, in a vortex of brilliant light, energy, and sound, Jeremy plunges into a dangerous and mysterious new world. It is a place where music is absolutely prohibited – on pain of death. And Jeremy breaks that law when he arrives in Persus Am in a swirling cloud of light and music. A stranger in a strange land, he does not know why he has been sent. But it soon becomes clear that he must risk everything to help his new friends in the weary and war–torn world. From the vast Gray Desert to the jeweled palace of Persus Am, the forbidding Rock of Calad to the fabled land of Caladria, Jeremy finds himself in the midst of horrifying evil and heroic goodness. As he searches for an answer to why he is here, he must face the truth that is written on his own heart.

Here is where you can find Joseph Bentz online:

Website/blog: www.josephbentz.com





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