Author Archives: Charles Earl Harrel

About Charles Earl Harrel

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

TAKE IT OUTSIDE

Take It Outside

Read Acts 18:5–11

Frustration plagued Pastor Chuck. He preached evangelistic messages every Sunday, gave altar calls during the service, yet seldom saw new people come to the Lord. In fact, the baptismal tank had not been used in six months. People were not being saved in the church. The “good news” was not reaching the lost. Fortunately, the solution is simple.

Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who heard him believed and were baptized (Acts 18:7, 8).

Paul shared the message of salvation at the Jewish house of worship, but he often had better results outside the synagogue walls. Because of Paul’s outreach efforts, many people in Corinth found Christ and were baptized into the faith.

We can expect similar results. Since most of the harvest grows outside the church building, it’s best to look there first. Who knows—maybe the next candidate for baptism lives next door.

Prayer Suggestion: Ask God to help you witness to your neighbors.

—Charles Earl Harrel

“Pray that God would work actively in your local schools.”

God’s Word for Today © 2010 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.

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BOOK SIGNING at Rainbow West in Salem, OR

Book Signing at Rainbow West

For any of you who live in the Salem, Oregon, area or vicinity, I will be at the Rainbow West Christian Supply for a Local Author’s Day.

Date: Saturday, December 9, 2017

Location: Lancaster Mall

Address: 831 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem, Oregon 97301

Time: Noon to 3 PM

I am bringing my inspirational book, THE GREATEST MOMENT, and three Chicken Soup for the Soul anthologies: Miracles Happen, The Power of Forgiveness, and Thanks Dad, in which I’m a contributing author.

David Espinoza will be there, too, with his new release, Half Blind with Full Vision. He is also bringing several other books he has authored.

Come down and meet us and have your books autographed.

New Book Giveaway Starting in November

New Book Giveaway Starting in November

I’m giving away three copies of GIFTS FROM HEAVEN for Thanksgiving 2017.

Gifts From Heaven: True Stories of Miraculous Answers to Prayer

(Click on the hat for more information about the book.)

This will be a random drawing, so anyone can toss his or her name into the hat. As always, no strings attached. I will draw three names from the hat on or before Thanksgiving Eve. If your name is drawn, I will contact you through email and confirm mailing arrangements.

Click on BOOK GIVEAWAYS to enter or for additional information.

16 Things I Would Tell My Younger Writing Self

Much wisdom in this post, especially for writers. Another great article by Anita Agers-Brooks from WordServe Water Cooler.

WordServe Water Cooler

Writer ComparisonsWhen I was starting out, I learned some of my expectations were myth instead of facts. For me, it’s another reminder that there are things in life I don’t know I don’t know, until I experience for myself. Can you relate? In hindsight, there are several things I would tell my younger writing self.

Sixteen Things That Surprised Me As a New Writer

  1. Book signings rarely spur big sales — they’re more hype than help. But good speaking events still consistently drive buyers to your book tables.
  2. Once you succeed as a published author, at least 25% of the people you meet will want you to help them write the book they’ve always dreamed of writing. For free.
  3. You will need to protect your writing time fiercely. The more you achieve, the more other things will try to impede.
  4. Publishing success is not always fair. A good book can…

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More Readers Recommending THE GREATEST MOMENT

More And More Readers Are Recommending THE GREATEST MOMENT


Chris S. writes, “I thoroughly enjoyed Dr. Charles Harrel’s The Greatest Moment. Dr. Harrel provides a well thought out and scripture based progression for the theme of his book. THE GREATEST MOMENT ultimately challenges Christians to live a life of Christ to reach the lost with the Gospel, first lived and then spoken. I encourage all to read and share the blessings of The Greatest Moment.”


Catherine R. writes, “What a powerful book Charles. When I got to the last 3 chapters it was hard to put down, because the Holy Spirit was so present. I wouldn’t have stopped, but we were traveling and my husband needed help with directions (lol). I went right back to it though. Tears flowed I have to say! I passed The Greatest Moment on to my friend. Please pray that my friend has the same experience. Again, thank you.”


Cathy M. writes, “I enjoy reading good Christian books, and I’m enjoying THE GREATEST MOMENT by Dr. Charles Harrel so much—that I right away began using it as a devotional book, taking my time, reading it slow.”

“His book is teaching me a lot, and I’ve been looking up the Scriptures he mentions in my Bible. This book has opened my mind to what God’s Word is really trying to say and teach us all.”


Martin W. writes, “I want to once again share with you about a great book that you can buy on Amazon. It is The Greatest Moment and authored by Dr. Charles Earl Harrel. This book can be read for individual enrichment, family devotions, or home bible study groups. Order yours now on Amazon at a great price.”

Indeed! Amazon has a good price right now for the paperback version. Check it out: $10.42 (almost $7 off the retail price) Here is the link: http://amzn.to/1WNxHUm


Kathleen E. writes, “Your book, THE GREATEST MOMENT, was read with delight in the mercy and goodness of our Great and Awesome God. The longer I live the more precious He becomes. Looking forward to that ‘Greatest Moment’ with joy and anticipation.”

Thank you much more than this greeting can say, Kathleen


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.

Now I See

Now I See

Read Acts 9:13–19

Karen’s contact lens crumbled between her fingertips as she tried to clean it. The lens was just too brittle. For years, Karen had put off visiting her optometrist, now she had no choice. She needed replacements. Besides, her vision was already limited, especially when driving at night. The next day the doctor prescribed new contacts and Karen could see clearly again.

Immediately, something like scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he could see again. He got up and was baptized (Acts 9:18).

Karen did not realize how cloudy her vision had become. Saul came to a similar revelation after receiving prayer from Ananias. Not only did his eyesight return, Saul’s spiritual perception improved too. The first thing he saw was his need for water baptism.

Water baptism is an open expression of our newfound faith in Christ. If we have passed from spiritual darkness into the light, then we should demonstrate that change to others. Baptism is a good start.

Thought for Today: There are two baptisms: The Holy Spirit imparts one; the church conducts the other.

—Charles Earl Harrel

God’s Word for Today © 2010 Gospel Publishing House. Used by permission.

P.S. Both baptisms are important.

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Never Say . . .

Another encouraging post by Yamina from Faith, Love, Soul. And I agree with her: “When you least expect it, God will help you, He will restore you, He will send you the people meant to help you through your journey.” So . . . Never Say [Never].

FAITH | LOVE | SOUL

Never say that all the flowers are dead, the winter has killed them, they are gone.

No!  Although the winter has covered them with a white coat of snow, in the spring they will begin to sprout again and blossom even brighter than before.

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Never say the sun is not there just because the clouds have hidden it.

No!  The sun is still there, planning to shine for you once again.  It is planning on shining so bright, that the clouds will drop its rain and blue skies will appear once again.

Never say my troubles will never leave, no one understands me, my affliction is here to stay.

No! When you least expect it God will help you, He will restore you, he will send you the people meant to help you through your journey.  And once you get back up, standing on both feet,  you will rejoice and…

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