Author Archives: Charles Earl Harrel

About Charles Earl Harrel

Christian writer and author. I write inspirational stories, articles, and devotionals for books and periodicals.

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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Seven Steps to Guaranteed Success as a Writer

Excellent post. I found much to like about this article—and some helpful wisdom. Although success in writing can be measured in many ways, the best one, at least for me, is when my work accomplishes the purpose God has for it.

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Every author seems to have a different idea of what “success” in their field means to him or her. For some, selling at least five thousand (in Canada) or ten thousand (in the States) books, thereby qualifying them to claim the lofty title of “Bestselling Author” is the goal on which they set their sights. For others, maybe it’s a hundred thousand copies, or a million.

For some, it isn’t about the numbers, but about awards. But which award is the one that will make them feel as though they have finally arrived? Is it the Carol? The Christie? The Pulitzer? I’ve noticed several big-name authors who have won awards in the past entering the contests again, so maybe one award isn’t enough. What, then, is the magic number?

Or maybe it’s a certain amount of positive feedback, a sufficient number of glowing reviews on Amazon or Goodreads, recognition at…

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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.

Purchase current printed issue of Devotions or 365 Devotions.

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