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Extract from Love, God and Relationships

 

Love, God & Relationships explores the reasons why it is important to put God first in your life and the different ways you are able to honour Him. This book encapsulates how living for God is not always easy but there are reasons why it is worth it.

 

Here is an extract from the book:

Chapter 3 – Why putting God first in your life and relationship is worth it

There are days when I question whether it is worth suffering for Christ as I try to live my life out for Him each day. Although it is hard to honour God during bad days and some can be easier than others, I always try to think of the positives and remember how blessed I am. I tend to wonder if the changes I make in my decisions show I am focused in following God and pleasing Him.

It can be easy to get distracted by challenges, issues and worries that life can bring. This can make us ask ourselves if God is really there and walking with us in our troubles and trials. We can have confidence in believing that God is always by our side and will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6).

It always reassures me to know that there are Bible verses about this which show that it is worth suffering for Christ and making the changes in our daily lives.

1 Corinthians 9:24

‘Do you not know that in a race

all the runners run, but only one

gets the prize? Run in such a

way as to get the prize.

Everyone who competes in the

games goes into strict training.

They do it to get a crown that

will not last; but we do it to get

a crown that will last for ever.’

As Christians, we are enduring the suffering through the race and straining so that when we eventually get to the end, we will receive a prize for all our hard work.

One of Satan’s schemes is to make us think it is pointless doing this as there is no healing or restoration which comes from it. The enemy tries to evoke the feeling of guilt and fear, so we do not reach the end of the race as we stop trusting God. His plans remain only to make us feel unworthy of God’s forgiveness and lead us astray. As believers, we must remind ourselves that grace can always be received no matter what position we are in the race.

Paul says we should run the race and not stop to consider any alternatives or fall into sin which so easily entangles us but follow Jesus wholeheartedly with everything we have. The prize we will receive will eternally remain with us compared to the other runners who are struggling for a crown which will not last. He also mentions how this reward is completely worth the suffering.

 

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The Year God Introduced Himself With A Prayer For Non-Believers

Just published! Michael Flounders’ book The Year God Introduced Himself With A Prayer For Non-Believer.

As a child growing up in rural Suffolk, I was surrounded by the countryside, in awe of this amazing creation in which I lived. As a child every Sunday I would attend my village Sunday school. There the teachers would give us extracts from the Bible and the Scriptures and explain them to us, so that we would learn how our world was created and the importance of God in our lives. As I grew older, I attended secondary school. Here the education and the lessons were far more intense, none more so than science. Within the science lesson I was educated in the theory of evolution and how the world was created through the millions of years, which contradicted the stories in the Bible of how God created the world in seven days with one of rest. This is just one example of where I became totally confused and had so many questions in my mind about the balancing of science and my faith. In 2019, the start of that year, every single question I ever had was answered in such a spiritually connection way that it totally changed me and all I had been led to believe. I felt his presence and the answers to my questions flowed. – by Michael Flounders

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Whatever Next?!?!

Just published! Whatever Next?!?! by Lilyanne Joy.

We are in the end times and so many people are not aware of it. In writing to my family, it occurred to me that maybe others would appreciate the simplifies message. The Book of Revelation is difficult to understand and this little book is an easy read in short bites. It explains what is happening now and will happen in the future – maybe very soon. My hope is that anyone reading it will ask Jesus into their heart and life. He will not only guide and comfort through turbulent times but He will ensure a future eternity with Him in heaven. As I say many times in the letters, if you have questions, find a Bible-based church near you and talk to the Minister. May the Lord bless you and stir your heart as you read. – by Lilyanne Joy

 

As an Missionary Kid Lilyanne Joy grew up with the sound of the gospel in her daily life. Both parents wrote and were published so grew to love word and books. She has written Gospel song lyrics for two Gospel groups, poetry and produced the works’ newsletters, plus there are other books which she has in the pipeline. Now retired from official work, Lilyanne still volunteers and one of her many hobbies is real letter-writing!

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The 3 A’s – Align, Assign, Accomplish

Just published! The 3 A’s , Christian Life and Development by D. S Reynolds.

The purpose of this book is to help individuals align with the Word of God. Once aligned and in the correct position, God can then assign us to undertake tasks on His behalf and finally empower us to accomplish whatever it it He wants us to do. Thus advancing the Kingdom on this earth. It is also wonderful to know that whatever it is he wants us to do, he equips us with the necessary tools and resources that we need. However, this often needs to be coupled with us exercising obedience faith and trust in Him. – D. S. Reynolds

Doreen has been involved in ministry for over 20 years in various capacities including being a pastor’s wife, Sunday school teacher, group leader and worship leader. As a former social worker, she has also seen brokenness in people’s lives. The hurt, pain addictions and abuse they have suffered and how this has impacted and shaped the outcome of their lives and the choices they have made. God loves all of us. Having the understanding that God created us and designed us and that we are loved and valued in His eyes, changed her life and that is what she wants others to know.

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Extract from The Plans I Have For You

The Plans I Have For You draws from talks that he has given at his local church, sermons which Alan reworked as studies from the word of God that can be read, rather than merely listened to. The subject matter covers a range of topics from both Old and the New Testament, but the message of God’s Love and His Grace shines through it all. It is an unchanging message, as God is unchanging and it is a message that men and women today need to hear in a world that is uncertain and often, to many, frightening.

Here is an extract from Alan Batchelors’ book:

Chapter One – The Plans I Have For You

The message that God had for the people of Judah tells us much about the character of God. We are reminded of God’s love for his people as he reminds them of their first love for him.

Jeremiah 2:2,3 The word of the LORD came to me: “Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: “This is what the LORD says: “’I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the wilderness, through a land not sown. Israel was holy to the LORD, the firstfruits of his harvest; all who devoured her were held guilty, and disaster overtook them,’” declares the LORD.

God had a plan of prosperity for his people, yet they rejected it to go their own way.

Jeremiah 2:7 I brought you into a fertile land to eat its fruit and rich produce. But you came and defiled my land and made my inheritance detestable.

Jeremiah 2:13 “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.

And the lord questions why.

Jeremiah 2:5 “What fault did your ancestors find in me, that they strayed so far from me?

Jeremiah 2:21 “I had planted you like a choice vine of sound and reliable stock. How then did you turn against me into a corrupt, wild vine?

Jeremiah 2;31 “Have I been a desert to Israel or a land of great darkness? Why do my people say, ‘We are free to roam; we will come to you no more’?

I’m sure you remember in Revelation the letter to the church in Ephesus:

Revelation 2:4,5 “Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first. Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

Chapter two of the book of Jeremiah records some of the ways in which they have turned away from God. And the words of Jeremiah reflect the heartache of God for the people who have turned away from him. God reveals to Jeremiah some of the hurt that he feels towards his people. Even the example of the exile of the Northern Kingdom of Israel did nothing to stir the hearts of the people of Judah:

Jeremiah 3:6-10 “Have you seen what faithless Israel has done? She has gone up on every high hill and under every spreading tree and has committed adultery there. I thought that after she had done all this she would return to me but she did not, and her unfaithful sister Judah saw it.  I gave faithless Israel her certificate of divorce and sent her away because of all her adulteries. Yet I saw that her unfaithful sister Judah had no fear; she also went out and committed adultery. Because Israel’s immorality mattered so little to her, she defiled the land and committed adultery with stone and wood.  In spite of all this, her unfaithful sister Judah did not return to me with all her heart, but only in pretense,” declares the LORD.

And here’s a remarkable statement:

Jeremiah 3:11 “The LORD said to me, “Faithless Israel is more righteous than unfaithful Judah.

Yet God’s love is such that if they will turn away from their iniquity and turn back to Him, He is merciful and is willing to forgive and restore. The God whose word Jeremiah proclaims is a god of boundless grace and compassion.

Written by Alan Batchelor

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Extract from Welcome to the Soul Clinic of the Lord

Gina Osei’s book Welcome to the Soul Clinic of the Lord which addresses the full Gospel of Jesus Christ and the fact that He came to set the captives free. Here is an extract from her book below:

Chapter 2 – Sound Doctrine

It is very important for us to walk worthy of our vocation. Ephesians 4:1, “I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called. With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love; endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.”

In other words, let us walk in our own calling. If you are called as a carpenter, be just that. If you are called to be a doctor, be a doctor. As a doctor, if you try to do the work of the carpenter, there would be imperfect outcomes and you would suffer loss and people would suffer. The book of Joel talks about not breaking ranks.

Joel 2:7-8 “They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march everyone on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks: neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk everyone in his path.”

The Bible says in Ephesians 4:1, “And he gave some, apostles and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors, and some, teachers for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ.”

All these ministries have been set up by the Most High in His infinite wisdom to supply the needs of His Kingdom. The ministry of the apostle is different from the ministry of the prophet and so on and, unless you are given the opportunity by God Himself to operate in another ministry at any given time, you are actually breaking ranks if you make any presumptuous moves. There will be no anointing to operate effectively in such a ministry.

God anoints us when He sends us on any form of assignment and in the ministry into which, He Himself has called us. I was listening to a prophet whose prophetic utterances I have come to find accurate. My spirit bore great witness to the truths from him as a prophet of God but during one of his programs, I felt a sudden sense of deflation when he unexpectedly launched an attack on preachers who preach on generational curses. These were his words “Some have preached about visiting the iniquities of the fathers upon the third and the fourth generations, this is not true, why should you pay for the sins that you know nothing about? Plus, when you become born again that was it…”

The man of God was really watering down the concept of deliverance. All I could say to myself was that here is a beautiful and anointed prophet. If you have not been given to the knowledge of demonology and deliverance, please do not mess up the minds of the people of God, because it is part of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The point is, irrespective of what individuals believe: the Truth is the Truth. Lamentation 5:7 “Our fathers have sinned and are not and we have borne their iniquities.”

The Bible speaks for itself and in Jeremiah 31:29-30 it states, “In those days they shall say no more, the fathers have eaten a sour grape and the children’s teeth are set on edge. 30but every one shall die for his own iniquity: every one that eats a sour grape, his teeth shall be set on edge.” This will be after the new covenant is made by the blood of Jesus and according His teachings. – Written by Gina Osei

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Children

Books for children

Are you looking for some Christian children’s books to read to your children? Reading books to our children helps them learn and improve language skills for communication.

Some children’s books available to entertain them this holidays are:

1 – Emilia, the King and the Place Beyond

This book is about a little girl Emilia who dreams, wonders and loves to explore. Most importantly, she was wants answers. The trouble is her questions are too big.

Follow Emilia’s adventure with Mickey, and the rest of the Burtons. A cool family who eat bangers and mash on their laps. A loud and funny family that always say what they think. Oh, they know all about the King.

2 – Silly Little Bumble Bee

This is an exciting children story book with (lessons to learn), lots and lots of BUZZZZZ, CROAACK and quirky little songs to the tune of [Five Little Ducks and You Can’t Catch Me].

3 – Humpfrey & the Hug of Bears

Follow Humpfrey and his friends as they encounter situations in their daily lives which reflect one of the Ten Commandments. Meet Robert who was light fingered but was persuaded to turn over a new leaf and stop stealing. Then learn how Victor had a valuable lesson in putting God first before his X-Box and computer. The hug of bears have fun along the way and even manage to get into trouble themselves!

4 – Jungle Tales

A wonderful children books based on two main animal characters (Lenny and Mick) who get up to comical adventures with each story ending with a biblical teaching. Great for children ages 8 – 16!

5 – The Greatest Treasure

When a group of children are talking about heaven and how to get there, a wise old women interrupts them – she wants to tell them a story. The children love stories, so they settle down to listen to an amazing story about the discontented Sam who lives in a town called Rainbow. After listening to Mr Bright going on and on about some ‘fabulous treasure’, Sam decides to search for it. One day, armed with a packed lunch, he chases a rainbow right out of town, hoping to find the famed pot of gold at the end of it. But to his great disappointment, the rainbow disappears. Frustrated, he goes in search of Mr Bright who finally tells him that the greatest treasure he can have is to ‘ask Jesus into [his] heart’. Sam is so pleased to have finally found this real treasure that impulsively, he gives the old man his lunch.

 

With Christian books you get the added benefit of teaching them about their Creator and Christian values. So this half term share and enjoy together any one of these beautiful stories!

Extract from I DO, I DO, I DO, LOVE ALWAYS WINS

Experiencing ups and downs in your marriage? Marriage in general has highs and lows. In I do, I do, I do, Love always wins, by Patricia Gault, is a love story that has twists and turns! It is a personal testimony about how God restored Pat’s marriage.

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Initially, I felt I would be a fool to let go of this one – there before me was this tousle-haired young fellow sporting a cheeky grin, and with the most piercing blue eyes ever. In his early twenties, just a year my senior, he was innocently handing out a tray of hors d’oeuvres.  His voice, which I have always found attractive, was as someone recently described it, rich, smooth and velvety. My knees were doing the proverbial knocking and I was totally bowled over – as the expression goes. ‘Where have you been all my life?’ I mused. The feeling seemed mutual. Although it was like love at first sight – it was more like lust at first sight. Who can say what love is when you first set eyes on someone? It takes years to learn what the ‘love’ word really means. But I was hooked, and I understood that in order to keep this one interested, rightly or wrongly, I had better play at ‘hard to get.’ So, quite out of character, I decided rather callously to play it cool; that I would two-time him for a good few weeks after that first encounter.  This was so not my usual style; my little ploy worked though. Having been snubbed a few times on a few dates, James finally called on me where I was renting a room from an aunt and uncle of mine in West London and declared his intentions towards me were serious – at which stage I waved the other chap goodbye – permanently.

      For the first little while it was James, Pat and Hugo. No, not another person – but a big, black and white, spotty, slobbering dog belonging to my aunt and uncle; Hugo seemed to enjoy coming along for the ride, as if he was my personal escort. We would all squeeze into James’s small whizzy sports car and spend many happy hours driving to the coast, the country or just to the local park, where we would walk and walk, talk and talk, generally getting to know each other better.  I would then be dropped off in West London, whilst James spent many hours removing Hugo’s copious bits of short hair from his beloved car.

       After a few weeks, I had moved into a flat in north London, shared with a friend. In the end that proved to be just a temporary arrangement. As James and I became more and more involved, so we started to look for suitable rental accommodation; I knew I wanted to be married to this man, and permanently. But supposing he didn’t feel the same? Was I going to regret this decision?

– Extract from I do, I do, I do, Patricia Gault

 

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Extract from Gospel Stories

Michael Wests’ book Gospel Stories are stories that provide an easy and accessible way for folk who don’t know much about Christianity to get a better understanding of who Jesus is, and the love he has for everyone.

The stories try and imagine what was going through the minds of various people who had met Jesus and experienced his ministry, with the hope that it will allow the reader to be ‘in their shoes.’

Here is an extract from the book:

Free at last!

I can’t get him out of my mind. A few days ago I was out when I saw this crowd standing around a man talking to them. Curious, I made my way to the edge of the crowd and listened. After a few minutes, I tried to push in a bit to hear him more clearly. There was something captivating about him. He spoke with authority, but without a trace of arrogance; so gracious. I could see by his face his commitment to the crowd, and that he was sharing his heart with them … with us. As he spoke on, I began to feel ashamed. It wasn’t anything he said to condemn me … it was … I don’t know … his … purity; his holiness I suppose. In him was a different sort of life. Mine by contrast was tiny and shabby. I’d never met a man like him. The men I met were after only one thing, for which they paid; not well, and certainly it was no compensation, but it gave me enough to live on … but I paid too. After each encounter, I felt used and diminished. Eventually I became numb to it all, but there was a constant, quenching dullness in my life. Oh I could put on a bright face. If you met me in the market, you would never know. But inside I was empty. As I listened on, a tear fell down my cheek. I wanted to stay, but I couldn’t. I had to get back; I had a client coming that evening and had to get ready.

Each day since, I’ve thought about him, and about what he said about turning from our old ways and seeking God. I can’t get him out of my mind. I didn’t know what to do. I wanted to see him but where could I see him alone – he was often with crowds and his disciples would be around him? I dithered for so long. Would I even be able to get near him, and if I did, what was I going to say? More than that, what did I hope from him? I thought of a hundred reasons why it would be stupid to go. Who was I, that he should be bothered with me, especially as he was usually surrounded by folk with greater needs? What if he ignored me, or worse, rebuked me in front of everyone – I would feel so ashamed?  I agonised for a long time, part of me wanting to see him and try and put things right, and part of me very fearful of what might happen. I had no peace. Eventually, after a real struggle, I decided I was going to try and see him, and somehow tell him I was sorry. And if I left humiliated … well then … at least I tried. I left the house to look for him and began asking folk, “Do you know where Jesus is?” Most folk knew about him – everyone was talking about his healings and miracles – but no one could tell me where he was, or how to find him. – Written by Michael West

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Extract from Nicodemos You Must Be Born Again

Pastor Abrahams’ book, ‘Nicodemos you must be born again’ is a complete self-interpreted message to the children and the men of God, who have been in ministry for many years, claim to be doing well in ministry, but still needs to be born again.

Some have promoted themselves to Bishops, Apostles, Pastors, Prophets and Evangelists and are still looking forward to what would make them great in the sight of men but in the sight of God they are Nicodemus who needs to be born again of water and of the Spirit in JESUS’ name for the remissions of their sins.

This is a must read especially for our leaders of today.

Here is an extract:

Understanding the parables of Jesus Christ is one of the greatest blessings the Lord has given to His disciples, rather than just the working of miracles, which many people lust after in these last days. Many people claim to receive messages directly from God but lack the spiritual knowledge of revealing God’s heart to His church.

It is one thing to hear from God, and it is another thing to understand His words. In short, man is given the grace to search the Scriptures, and save his soul in this evil world, before the judgment day comes.

The Bible says, the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, is given for our salvation (Acts 4:12), and this is done through baptism in Jesus’ name. A sinner washes away their sins in the blood of Jesus Christ, and puts on Christ, the only garment of righteousness that gives man a ticket to the feast of the Lamb of God. (see Matthew 22:1-14) If you are not baptised in Jesus’ name for the remission of your sins then you are without a wedding garment as stated in the Scripture above.

Every human being has the right to the son-ship through Jesus Christ, the son of God. The Bible says God has given us life, we who were dead in sin through Adam, and the life is in His Son, he who has the Son has life and he who has not the Son has no life in him. (Roman 5:12)

This is the revelation of the salvation of man, given to the disciples of Jesus Christ. This is why they did not go about preaching and baptising in the titles of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, because they had received the revelation that Jesus Christ is the second Adam, the Lord God from heaven. God in His mercy did not leave man whom He created in His own image for His worship, to die in sin.

As the omniscient God, He made adequate provision for our salvation before the fall of Adam and Eve whom He knew would fail Him. The greatest gift that God has given to man is Himself; that is; the Creator gave out His life for man, His creature, in giving him eternal life.

Behold what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God and it do not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. (1John 3:1-2)

Written by Pastor Ablam (Abraham) 

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