You May Bend, But You Won’t Break!

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FAITH | LOVE | SOUL

ChaleneJohnson_KeyPriorities_PalmTree.jpgGrowing up in Florida, I have experienced many powerful hurricanes.  Depending on their category, these hurricanes can carry very strong winds, some as strong as 156 mph. Watching this kind of power can be very frightening, to say the least!

One thing I’ve always wondered is how palm trees withstand these big, angry storms? While pieces of houses and large trees are tossed around like toys, palm trees are able to survive!  But what’s their secret?

PALM TREES ARE DESIGNED TO BEND!  When the storms come, palm trees can bend quite a lot, EVEN to the point of being horizontal to the ground.  BUT THEY DON’T BREAK! 

During the storm, you might look at the palm tree flattened to the ground and think it’s a goner.  But after the storm passes, the palm tree will be able to stand upright again.  And when the storm is over, the palm…

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DO YOU THINK IT’S EVER OK TO JUDGE?

Good question. Great answer. This post by Beth is revealing and enlightening.

Beth L. Olson

When you hear the phrase, “You are different than everyone else,” what tone do you hear it in? Is it a positive thing or a negative one?

If we never compare ourselves to each other, how will we recognize and honor the unique gift mix that each person carries?

I would like to propose the idea that comparison is not bad at all. Where we get into trouble is when we… continue reading 

Young woman by the hay roll in the field

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Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference 2017

Oregon Christian Writers Summer Conference 2017
Red Lion Hotel on the River – Jantzen Beach
Portland, Oregon

Theme: “Filled with His Wisdom”
August 15–18, 2017 – Tuesday 2 PM through Friday 12:30 PM

Keynote Speakers: Frank Peretti and Tessa Afshar


For more information or to sign up, go to OCW Summer Conference

Hope to see you there!


Book Signings Aren’t Just for New Books

Picture and article from Chicken Soup for the Soul’s The Inner Circle Newsletter for August 2017.

Thank you “Chicken Soup” for the write-up, and thank you to everyone who purchased books at these bookstore signings.

May God bless you all!

THE GREATEST MOMENT – Inspiring Hearts, Touching Lives

 

Angela G. writes, “If you are looking for a great book, filled with biblical truth, one that you will not be able to put down, then I think you’ll enjoy reading THE GREATEST MOMENT by Dr. Harrel.

This book is perfect for personal read, devotions, personal study, group bible study, and more. It covers many different issues and great moments of the Bible. It brings you to a moment of divine appointment and revelation for the greatest moment in your life—a revelation of who you are in God—and who God is in you. The book will make you think! It will challenge you! It will change you! This is an inspirational book you won’t regret reading.”


Jerry Cooney writes, “For those seeking to know God better and to love Him more, I encourage you to read and meditate on the wonders of God Word that are shown so masterfully in Dr. Harrel’s new book, The Greatest Moment. I believe that you will enjoy and benefit from the marvelous insights the Lord has given him.”

—Rev. Jerry Cooney
Bible Scholar, Evangelist, Founder of Holy Spirit Ministries


Nita H. writes, “THE GREATEST MOMENT draws on wisdom inspired from Scriptures to offer a biblically-based primer on the greatest messages in the Bible, deftly laying the groundwork that ultimately reveals the greatest message of all.

The author’s engaging style of writing offers personal perspectives based on true-life experiences and evocative interpretations of biblical events that lead readers down a path of discovery and spiritual growth. It is a must-read book on salvation by grace through faith for those thirsting for knowledge about eternity and seeking guidance on living a life pleasing to God.”


Nialene S. enjoying her copy of THE GREATEST MOMENT.


WAITING ON THE PROMISES

Ghana, Africa, receives The Greatest Moment after 7 months of waiting. I had assumed the books I sent were long-lost in the mail or stolen. But Priscilla never gave up hope.

She writes, “I believed that the next time I will be messaging you, it will be Good News! And yes today, I come with great news. The books you sent to me last Christmas has now got to me. I believed I was going to receive them no matter how long it takes, and finally I have them! This is indeed a miracle!”


Missy H. writes. “While faith-based Christian literature and commentary are not typical genres I follow, this book’s clever narrative style draws and engages the reader, regardless of genre or classification.

Situating the reader with conversational ease, the author uniquely alternates from autobiographical shorts to close reads of his primary text. Providing reenactments of biblical verses in engaging prose, he transforms commentary into something vivid and experiential for the reader. Reading is much like attending a play and watching a colorful scene unfold.

5-stars for the sharp writing (often laced with humor at just the right times), but also for the eloquent style that deftly braids story, autobiography, and commentary into one cohesive narrative.

There’s much to be gleaned from the writing strategy itself for those interested, and certainly the messages and questions of The Greatest Moment itself will resonate with many across Christian tradition.”


For more information concerning this book, to read the back cover, or find out where you can purchase a copy, click on the book icon below.

 

 

When Tomorrow Comes

The Ninth Life

There have been times when I thought I wouldn’t make it. Times when I thought I didn’t have enough strength left within me to take whatever I was going through any longer. Times when life didn’t seem fair. Times when I wanted to throw in the towel, walk out of the door, and give up. Times when all I could do was cry out to my Heavenly Father, “Help me! I need you!”

But as I reflect, it was during the difficult times that God showed me His compassion and wisdom. Although I could not physically see His presence, He dried every one of my tears with the warmth of His Holy Spirit. He listened with open ears when no one else seemed to care or understand. And, He would always ask me the same question, “If you give up now, what will you do when tomorrow comes?”

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Keeping Watch

                                              Keeping Watch                                                   

The hired hand is not the shepherd who owns the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it (John 10:12).

Scripture: John 10:11–16
Song: “Jesus Loves Me”

Several years ago, I met a family who owned a small flock of sheep in the Midwest. Their flock numbered about 400. Although they were modern-day shepherds, with fenced pastures and trained sheep dogs, they still assigned family members to watch the flock during the nights.

One weekend, the family hired two men to take care of the flock while they were away on business. Instead of tending to their duties, these hirelings decided to throw a party. After a bout of drinking, they passed out and fell sound asleep.

Around midnight, three barking dogs entered the pasture. The sheep were terrified as they ran for their lives. These were not wild dogs; yet, by the time they finished, half the sheep lay dead. Some were killed in the fences trying to escape. Others died from exhaustion and fear. In the morning, the men awoke, saw the carnage, and fled the county.

Thank goodness, Jesus is not a hireling! He is the true shepherd who keeps watch over His flock. He never sleeps nor will He abandon us. We can always feel secure in Him.

Lord, I’m so glad to be in Your flock. When You came to me as Savior, You also became my faithful shepherd. How blessed I am! In You, I have salvation, protection, and a loving friend. Through Your precious name I pray. Amen.

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

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