Hungry and Thirsty

            Hungry and Thirsty                         

Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for men, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things (Psalm 107:8, 9).

Scripture: Psalm 107:1–9

Song: “Come and Dine” (by C. B. Widmeyer)

At 19 years old, I was a new convert to Christianity, full of vigor but somewhat naive. One Sunday, after reading about the 40-day fast Jesus accomplished in the wilderness, I decided to try a fast of my own. Like Jesus, I would not eat or drink anything for 40 days. That night, I drank lots of water and consumed a huge meal to prepare myself for Monday.

When I arrived at work, the loading dock at W. T. Grants had two semi-trucks, both doubles, which needed unloading. By noon, my mouth had turned dry, and my stomach ached for anything edible. Our stock room crew usually ate lunch together at the food court. And wouldn’t you know it—that day the menu offered one of my favorites—fried clams, all you could eat, including free refills on soft drinks. I just sat at my table, famished, watching my stockroom buddies chow down. I still remember that hungry feeling.

Hunger and thirst are powerful spiritual motivators. They push us toward God’s kingdom and His righteousness. When we hunger after these things, God fills our lives to overflowing. And like nourishment for the body, the good things of God satisfy the soul.

God, Your unfailing love, divine mercy, and wonderful deeds are like food for a hungry spirit and water for a thirsty soul. Give me these things! In Jesus’ name, amen.

“Hungry and Thirsty” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2011 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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BOOK FAIR at Barnes & Noble

BOOK FAIR at the Barnes & Noble in Clackamas Town Center on Saturday, June 17

This bookfair is a Happy Day Christian School event and fundraiser. Activities include LEGO Workshops for kids, Storytime, Noted Author, Book Signings, and Gift Basket Drawing. A percentage of all purchases will be donated to Happy Day Christian Child Care & School.

Dr. Charles Earl Harrel will be autographing his inspirational book, THE GREATEST MOMENT, a new anthology by Bethany House, GIFTS FROM HEAVEN, and several CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE SOUL anthologies, in which he is a contributing author.

“Chicken Soup for the Soul” books include THANKS DAD, MIRACLES HAPPEN, and THE POWER OF FORGIVENESS.   All would make great gifts for Father’s Day.

Happy Day school staff will be on hand. Check out their welcome table for more information about the bookfair and their school.

Clackamas Barnes & Noble    Time: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.    Hope to see you there!

INVITED BACK

INVITED BACK for Another Book Signing

I’ve been invited back to Rainbow West Christian Supply in the Vancouver Mall for another book signing.

 Saturday, June 10th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

I will be autographing my inspirational book, THE GREATEST MOMENT, and a “Chicken Soup for the Soul” anthology, THANKS DAD, in which I’m also a contributing author.

Both make great Father’s Day gifts.

If you live in the Portland-Vancouver area, stop by and say hello.

All profits go to Missions

                                    

More Comments from THE GREATEST MOMENT Readers

More and more people inspired and encouraged by reading THE GREATEST MOMENT

Here are a few of their comments:


“Wow! This is awesome!! Thank you so much. Can’t wait to read it!”

Papberry from Ghana just downloaded her copy of THE GREATEST MOMENT. She is reading the e-book version from Amazon, which is available for Kindle and compatible devices. Barnes & Noble (NOOK) and Apple (iBooks) also have versions.

If you’re interested, here is the Amazon link: http://a.co/2a3rMVI


Susan T. Osborn writes, “What is the greatest moment in the Bible? What event warrants this title? Dr. Harrel has woven Scripture upon Scripture, to lead us to the answer to this question. In the process, we will grow to understand our purpose and develop a greater passion for our God.”

Susan Titus Osborn is the Author of thirty books, an International Conference Speaker, and the Director of the Christian Communicator.


Carol writes, “Charles Earl Harrel is a man of passion in all he does. He shines at unfolding the majesty of God piece by piece until revelation of truth emerges.”
—Dr. Carol J. Robeson
Author of the Strongman Series, Inspirational Speaker, Former Missionary to Latin America

Carol Robeson attended my church, supported me as a pastor and author, encouraged my writing, and was able to read my inspirational book, THE GREATEST MOMENT, before she left for heaven. Thank you, Carol!


Teresa P. writes, “THE GREATEST MOMENT is a gold mine of scriptural truth. It captures your attention from the moment you begin to read, drawing you with anticipation toward the great reveal. You will walk away from this book wanting to do more, be more, and speak more. It skillfully compels you to make the upward call of Christ your highest pursuit.”


Donna S. writes, “I read THE GREATEST MOMENT very slowly, trying to study and take in all the layers that were presented, each building on the other. It is thoughtful, insightful, and so informative as Dr. Harrel explains how it all leads up to our “Greatest Moment.”

“I recommend this book for both new Christians as well as those of us who continue to study to deepen our faith. Now I am going to reread it again!”


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The Greatest Moment

The Healer Still Walks

The Healer Still Walks                            

Jesus went through all the towns and villages . . . healing every disease and sickness (Matthew 9:35).

Scripture: Matthew 9:35–38
Song: “The Healer” (by Lois Irwin)

Bev arrived late for church that morning. She slipped in during the worship service and sat quietly. Bev enjoyed attending church; she loved the joyful worship and hardly missed a Sunday. During the final song, she clapped her hands in joyful rhythm. But inside, her heart cried as she thought about Monday’s doctor appointment. She was slowly going blind.

At the end of service, the minister asked everyone who was sick to stand. He told his congregation that Jesus still walked the aisles with healing in His hands. Bev rose to her feet, closed her eyes, and tried to believe for a miracle.

Next Sunday, Bev came early to church—two sets of test results were tucked into her Bible. After the service, she told the minister about her failing eyesight, then handed him both reports. He almost fell over. Bev’s updated diagnosis: 20/20 vision, corrective lenses no longer needed, eye surgery unnecessary. The doctor had no explanation for her improvement.

The verse from Matthew holds true today. Jesus still walks through our land with healing hands. If you have a need, trust Him and believe.

Dearest Lord Christ, I believe You are passing by this moment. So, in simple faith, I reach out to You. My family and I need Your help, and I know Your touch will make all the difference. Praise to You, who reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever. Amen.

“The Healer Still Walks” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2011 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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A Mother’s Love

Happy Mother’s Day

Here’s a little thought for all mothers and grandmothers.

FAITH | LOVE | SOUL

images.jpg       Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother.  You see being a mother is so much more than genetic makeup.  And although conceiving a child and all that it entails is truly one of God’s greatest miracles, the journey of being a mother takes much commitment, strength, and LOVE!

It is said that a mother’s love is a reflection of God’s love. A mother’s love is eternal, pure, and unconditional.  She rejoices with her child’s happiness and cries with their disappointments.

A mother’s love never fails or falters. It is deeper than the ocean’s depth and infinitely wider. She is her child’s first friend, and more importantly the most genuine. She instinctively knows when her child feels sad or burdened by struggles, without ever having to exchange a single word.

A mother is the constant and the rock on which her children stand.

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As Long As It Takes

As Long As It Takes                    

As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after my sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness (Ezekiel 34:12).

Scripture: Ezekiel 34:11–16

Song: “Rescue the Perishing”

We’d just finished loading the camp gear into the truck when the park ranger approached our now empty campsite. “Have you guys seen a small boy in a blue T-shirt and white shorts?” the ranger asked. “Well, he’s wandered off and his parents are worried.”

Sadly, we all shook our heads “No.” But as the ranger jogged to next campsite, he noticed the L.A. County Fireman’s sticker on my dad’s Chevy Suburban. Even before he returned to ask, Dad had tightened his boots, grabbed a flashlight, and was heading down the canyon.

They both understood the urgency. In a few hours, temperatures would drop to near freezing. In the pitch darkness and rocky terrain, the little boy’s chances of survival were slim. As Dad disappeared into the night, Mom called out, “How long will you be gone?” Dad yelled back, “As long as it takes.”

Likewise, whenever we wander away from the flock, our faithful shepherd, Jesus, will find and rescue us—no matter how long it takes.

Precious Shepherd, sometimes clouds of discouragement sweep over my soul, causing me to feel lost, isolated from the flock. Please rescue me, Lord; bring me back to the fold and into Your loving embrace. In the name of Jesus, I pray.

“As Long As It Takes” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2011 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

Purchase current printed issue of Devotions or 365 Devotions.