WHEN YOUR FUTURE IS FOGGY

“If you are in a foggy spot on the journey, don’t give up. Keep pressing in and moving forward. That’s what faith is all about.” —Beth Olson.

Another great post by Beth. It’s short, helpful, and encouraging. Have you checked out her book yet?

Beth L. Olson

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THE CHRISTIAN LIFE IS A JOURNEY along a narrow road. While the road is straight, a lot of the time it’s hard to see very far ahead. We get glimpses and impressions of what lies ahead, but in order to discover what’s really there, we have to keep moving forward.

I regularly hit patches where I realize that everything I’ve been doing up until that point, has simply been preparation for what’s ahead. All of the digging in to learn new things and the relational stretching isn’t really about those things in themselves, it’s about where God is taking you on the journey.

It’s like this: You walk along in faith, doing the next right thing you know to do, then all of a sudden you get a moment of clarity. The mist lifts, and you get a little glimpse into what God is up to.

God’s purposes for…

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A Series of Unfortunate Events

       A Series of Unfortunate Events                      

“I was forcibly carried off from the land of the Hebrews, and even here I have done nothing to deserve being put in a dungeon” (Genesis 40:15).

Scripture: Genesis 40:9–15
Song: “Safely, Safely Gathered In”

The newscast that night caught my attention. A man charged and convicted of a ghastly crime would soon be released from prison. The court system and his attorneys had reopened the case after they discovered certain inconsistencies. After evaluating the new DNA evidence, the jury exonerated him of any crime. Such testing methods were not available during his first trial, so he’d spent 15 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit. Even so, the man did not appear sad or angry. Instead, he was looking forward to redeeming the time he had lost.

With advances in crime scene investigation, some people wrongly incarcerated are enjoying freedom, a new lease on life. Joseph found himself in a similar situation. A series of events landed him in an underground prison cell. Yet he had done nothing wrong. Still, he didn’t allow his imprisonment to sour his spiritual outlook. He used the situation to tell people about his faith in God.

God often uses adversity to birth a greater purpose for our lives. In Joseph’s case, he earned an Egyptian pardon and became Pharaoh’s highest-ranking advisor. Exercising patience and trusting God worked for Joseph, and it can for us as well.

O Lord, without all the facts, people are prone to misjudge. When that happens, remind me to pray for wisdom and to trust You for the outcome. Through Christ, amen.

“A Series of Unfortunate Events” by Charles Earl Harrel. First published in Devotions® © 2012 Standard Publishing. Reprinted with permission from the publisher.

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When It Rains It Pours

Yamina’s post hits the mark. “Whatever curveball life has thrown you recently, find comfort and encouragement in the knowledge that God has not left you to do it alone.”

Read more of this encouraging post at FaithLoveSoul.

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Pouring down rain is what’s been going on around me lately.  I don’t mean it literally of course.  The winters here in Florida are picture perfect.  Cooler breeze blowing all day and the sun peeking out just enough to warm my soul.

But to say this past week has been rough would be an understatement. So, with everything that has taken place, the famous expression, “when it rains, it pours,” came to mind. Not only was I scheduled for a medical procedure and was super busy getting ready for that, but just as I was preparing, I was stopped in my tracks by none other than the flu.  NO joke!

Now I’m aware that perhaps you might be thinking . . . first world problems, and maybe so.  But to give you some background knowledge, this all came on the heels of several other difficult trials we’ve endured the…

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Multnomah County Library adding The Greatest Moment

Two branches from Multnomah County Library (MCL), Central and Midland, will be stocking my book, THE GREATEST MOMENT. So, if any of you do not have a copy or can’t afford one, now you can read it for free—that is, if you live in the Portland-Vancouver area.

If your city has a library, you can also suggest my book. It would be much appreciated. That’s what I did last week, and MCL just approved the request. * Such outreaches to the public are a good way to share the Gospel.


Here is the information you will need:

THE GREATEST MOMENT: 
God’s Greatest Hour, Heaven’s Highest Call, and Your Moment of Destiny

Publisher: Xulon Press
ISBN: 9781498472685
Author: Dr. Charles Earl Harrel


THANK YOU!


THE GREATEST MOMENT Reaching Thousands

THE GREATEST MOMENT has reached out to, and touched, thousands.

For this, Lord, we thank you, and for so much more!

Here are some of the readers’ comments and reviews:


The Greatest Moment delivers a message right from the heart of God with compassion and clarity. It will capture your attention and spark the awakening your soul is longing for.

—Patricia Kuehl
Executive Assistant, Educator, Former Director of Christian Education at Calvary Temple in Portland, Oregon


“Fall in love with God”

Calvin Tadema writes, “If you haven’t read through the Bible, The Greatest Moment will whet your appetite. If you have, this book will spark your memory with new and creative insights. The message of the book treats the Scripture as an old friend, revealing a continuity that comes from a deep relationship by the author.”

See his complete review and others on Amazon at http://amzn.to/1WNxHUm


The Greatest Moment “speaks to those who know their Bible and those who do not.”

Stanley C. Baldwin writes, “I must confess I began reading this book with more than a little skepticism, simply because I am so jaded with superlative claims for practically everything in the marketplace, whether institutions, products, services, or books. All of them are the ‘greatest.’ As I began reading The Greatest Moment, I soon discovered that some claims of great, greater, and greatest are both legitimate and important. Jesus himself spoke of greatest commandments, prophets, acts, and attitudes.

Once past my initial skepticism, I found a writing style that intrigued and impressed me, including some personal revelations that spoke of honesty in the author. I liked the examples where he showed his humanity, not just his theological training. I laughed when he confessed that his attempt to liken the Trinity to ice, water, and steam didn’t really work, even for him.

My second misgiving arose when I perceived he was essentially presenting an overview of the whole Bible. ‘This could be quite helpful,’ I thought, ‘for biblical illiterates.’ Seasoned pastor/teacher types like me already knew all that stuff. However, the more I read, the more I realized I was benefitting from his informed retelling of events from a fresh perspective. I therefore recommend this book to adults, regardless of their minimal or advanced knowledge of the Bible.”

Stanley Baldwin has authored 24 books, including 4 best-sellers.


Sometimes, a short review speaks volumes:

Pastor Steve Berry writes, “I strongly endorse this great book!”

Last year, we visited Alston’s Corner Assembly of God. Pastor Steve allowed us to share about The Greatest Moment, give out a few copies, and set up a book table in the foyer.

Twenty (20) books were released into the hands of harvesters.

Thank you Pastor SteveandJoyce Berry. Thank you Alston’s Corner Assembly of God Church.


“As an editor of Christian publications, I have worked with Charles Earl Harrel for many years, receiving his written words in devotional materials. He writes from the heart and always makes it plain how readers can apply the Word of God in everyday life. I highly recommend this author to the Christian community at large!”

—Gary Wilde
Author, Pastor, Editor for Devotions at Standard Publishing


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.


With Much Appreciation,

Charles and Laura Harrel


Impossible Writing Projects

“Have you ever given up on a project because it seemed impossible?” A thought-provoking question from Karen Jordan in WordServe Water Cooler. Her reply is good news for writers and the rest of us. The impossible is possible after all. So don’t give up. Finish the assignment. Embrace your calling. And trust God to see you through it.

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I sensed the Lord’s direction to share a particular story from my family’s life, and I began to write about it when we were still in the heat of the crisis.

Impossible journey. Every time I attempted to move forward with submitting this project for publication, something major would happen to prevent my progress.

By major, I don’t mean a little bump in the road. I’m referring to some impossible situations—like my mother’s terminal illness, my daughter’s two major surgeries and several difficult pregnancies, my father-in-law’s lengthy terminal illness, and more.

And I haven’t even mentioned the journey to publication. Oh, my! Where do I begin with that one?

Impossible project. As I approached this long-standing project about a crisis with my daughter Tara, red flags waved all around me, warning me of the impossibility of this effort. And to be honest, when I came home from her house recently…

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GETTING BACK ON TRACK

Getting Back on Track        

Read Acts 22:12–16

Paul was a religious zealot. He believed it was his calling to find fault with Christians. He sought them out and watched their every move, looking for any reason to impeach their testimony or accuse them in front of the congregation. Paul believed he had God’s blessing. He did not.

Occasionally, churches will have someone like Paul in their ranks. These individuals usually hinder the ministry instead of helping it. God loves them, but wants these people to change. If necessary, He will arrange for an encounter with the living Christ and suggest a different calling.

You will be his witness to all men of what you have seen and heard. And now what are you waiting for? Get up, be baptized and wash your sins away, calling on his name (Acts 22:15, 16).

After the Damascus road experience, Paul was baptized in water to exemplify his new commitment to Christ. His sins, including his self-righteous attitude, were washed away. Now he had a better calling. Paul is our example: It’s time to get up, be baptized, and share our faith with a lost world.

Thought for Today: God has a special calling for everyone.

—Charles Earl Harrel

“Pray that God would secure the peace of Jerusalem.”

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