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I have personally read the following books: Intermission for Reverend G, Finding Beth, and Seeking Sophie which applies Biblical principles to today’s problems: 

Intermission for Reverend G is a compelling story that lifts the heart and hopes of the reader, no matter their circumstances. Intermission for Reverend G had me turning the next page, wondering how this praying and caring lady could possibly stay upbeat in her confusing Alzheimer world. Humor, faith, and realism mingled compatibly with Reverend G’s down-home flavor of common sense. Her God-given gift ministering to others about the saving grace of Jesus Christ makes Intermission for Reverend G a must read for everyone.

Linnette R. Mullin in Finding Beth tells it like it is. It is never too late to get out of a bad relationship and Finding Beth brings this truth out beautifully. Packed full of love, adventure, and suspense, Finding Beth had me turning the pages wondering what would happen next. Guilt, anxiety, and indecision plague us all at sometime in our lives. It wouldn’t hurt to read Finding Beth before committing to a lasting relationship.

Melody Balthaser’s historical romance, Seeking Sophie, takes place in New England during 1858.  Orphaned and forced to become an indentured servant, Sophie stabs her master to protect herself from being raped. She escapes through the Underground Railroad. Sophie is forced to marry Jackson, the lighthouse keeper. Surrounded on three sides by water, she is leery of the solemn Jackson who prefers to be left alone. She seeks God’s guidance and finds escape for her and Jackson’s fears through God’s healing love. Historically accurate, adventurous, and love inspired, Seeking Sophie is a must read.

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How Couples Really Communicate

Comedy actors Amy Barnes & Jerry Miner

Have you ever though about why you prefer the left or right side of the bed to sleep on? Amy Barnes and Jerry Miner, a married stand up comedy team have.

Comedians oftentimes revert to bad language and sly innuendoes to grab the chuckles and laughs from their audience. Not the case last evening. My husband and I, along with some of our friends, had a wonderful time listening to Amy Barnes and Jerry Miner, a married stand up comedy team. They talked about how couples really communicate. And they didn’t use any foul language doing this!

I had a ring side seat, just three rows away from the stage. The two hours flew by and I didn’t have to scrunch down in my seat, fearing Amy or Jerry might call on me to provide fresh fonder to their hilarious jokes.

I did not need to worry. Amy and Jerry included their audience without embarrassing them.

I especially like the one where Amy stated that marriage is a competition and you had to stay in a marriage in order to win in the end. First one to die looses.         It was all good, clean fun that kept us couples in stitches for two hours.

Would you believe, Amy and Jerry have been married for over ten years themselves? They began with a theater show, “The funnymooners,” in Oklahoma, then opened in Arizona with “Barnes & Miner: Let the Little Things Go.” Their shows were sold out and their stay extended to five weeks.  They now travel across the country performing their humorous brand of tag team comedy.

A sincere husband and wife team, they have an eight-year-old daughter and a four-year-old son who enjoy traveling with them. And being a grandmother myself, I immediately liked them when I learned that Amy and Jerry have just relocated from Los Angeles to Seattle, “Because grandparents are more valuable than sunshine!”

Amy and Jerry’s stand up comedy team is great for any church function, wedding or reunions.

I highly recommend seeing this couple if you ever get a chance because every married couple need to question why they pick the side of the bed they do. Check out www.barnesandminer.com for more information and God Bless!

“To have a wise, strong leader in this time of chaos is a major victory for any country,”

Impossible without God

Pat Robertson of CBN said of Prime Minister Netanyahu and added, “We can always pray that God will bless this nation in a similar way.”

Foreign back leftists groups were busing Arabs to the polls to defeat the Prime Minister, but Netanyahu overwhelming won! “God loves the people of Israel,” Pat Robertson said and then added, “Islam does not mean peace, it means submission.”

Now President Obama threatens to abandon our loyal ally, Israel, at the UN table. Ann Coulter predicts more problems for Americans if they continue to ignore the pressing issues in the United States needing to be addressed:

(By Jessica Chasmar, The Washington Times, Friday, March 20, 2015) Ann Coulter took to Fox News Thursday night. . Appearing on “Hannity,” Ms. Coulter hit Republicans for not focusing on what she believes are the more important issues, like illegal immigration and voter fraud.

“I think it’s hilarious and fantastic that Fox News is covering, you know, each hour that Obama had not — up until recently today, I guess — congratulated Bibi Netanyahu on his victory. It’s like, you know, ‘Has John Hinckley called to congratulate Ronald Reagan yet?’ ” she asked, referencing the man who tried to assassinate President Ronald Reagan in 1981, Mediaite first reported.

“No, of course he opposed Bibi Netanyahu’s re-election,” she continued. “I think Republicans can learn from this. Instead of cowering in the face of left-wing ethnic agitation, how about pointing out that they’re bussing Somalis to the polls in Minnesota; how they’re dumping illegal alien ballots on the absentee ballots on the polling booth in Arizona. Because unless America reaches a two-state solution with Mexico, this is what it’s going to be like for Israel. They will not have their most loyal ally in the world anymore. It will be all Barack Obamas from here on out.”

Host Sean Hannity asked if Democrats are pushing for amnesty in order to establish a “permanent voting base.”

“Oh yes, they are going to get themselves 20 million new voters and Republicans are whistling past the graveyard if they don’t recognize this,” Ms. Coulter responded. “It’s going to compromise every issue, including our relationship with Israel. I mean, get a taste of — this is what the new country will be like. What it is like under President Obama when the Democrats get 20 million new voters.”

Netanyahu did not cower in the face of left-wing ethnic agitation, and God blessed Israel. Is there something here Americans need learn?

Proverbs 12:17 He who speaks truth declares righteousness. But a false witness, deceit.

Romans 8:33 “Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, and furthermore is also risen, who is even at the right hand of God, who also makes intercession for us.”

St. Patrick’s Day; a day to remember how Patrick converted Ireland to Christianity.

Patrick

During the Dark Ages, when European literature lay among the glowing embers of a civilization in ashes, Ireland persevered. Ireland, half the size of Kansas, became a haven for Christian authors, priests and monks throughout the continent all because of a sixteen-year-old boy name Patrick.

Historians believe Patrick was born around 398 A.D. in Wales. Patrick’s village was burned by pirates and he and many villagers were captured. Patrick later wrote that because of their religious abandonment, God had forsaken him and his countrymen and allowed them to be sold into slavery.

Half-starved and half-naked, Patrick tended his Irish chieftain’s sheep. Alone for months at a time, climbing the steep highlands, stumbling down into the soft marshlands, he would seek a lost lamb, knowing that if he lost one, it would mean his life. For his pagan master would sacrifice him to the war god.

Upon the cliffs wet from the foaming Atlantic, slippery like ice beneath his feet, with a lamb tucked beneath his arm and a prayer upon his lips, Patrick realized that someone was carrying him across the deep crevices and sharp rocks to safety.

Patrick would later write; “He watched over me before I knew Him and before I learned sense or even distinguished between good and evil, and He protected me, and consoled me as a father would his son.”

Six years later, Patrick had a dream, and in response to that dream he escaped on a boat to France and then to Britain. He became a bishop. He returned to Ireland and spoke out boldly against Ireland’s heresies, against their paganism rituals of sacrificing infants and using the skulls of their enemies as ceremonial drinking bowls. The Celtic Druids tried to kill him, but Patrick persistently preached for thirty years enduring persecutions, and using the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity.

Over half of our Biblical commentaries between the years of 650 and 850 A.D. were by Irishmen. These Irish monks preached the story of the shamrock and the Good News of Christ Jesus. Their Celtic Christianity would be the inspiration civilization would flock to during the dismal days of the Dark Ages.

St. Patrick, The patron saint of Ireland, wasn’t Irish and before St. Patrick’s Day became a recognized holiday, it was first recognized as a Catholic holy day. Patrick spoke out boldly against the atrocities of his time and because of his faith, Ireland became the channel that inspired Christianity through the Dark Ages.

Was Patrick right? Is it possible that God would allow our enemies to overcome America because of our religious abandonment? Perhaps the best way to remember St. Patrick’s Day is upon our knees.  What is your viewpoint?

“If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  2 Chronicles 7:14

America is great because we serve a great God. In spite of adversity, many service people continue to kneel beneath Jesus’ blood-soaked cross.

Infantryman with cross 

George Washington formed two units: Infantry and Chaplains. He knew his men needed to be physically and morally equipped for combat. Yet, in today’s army, religious liberty is being denied in our armed forces. Executive Director of Chaplain Reliance for Religious Liberty, Ron Crews, said on the 700 Club on February 9; “A soldier in Afghanistan was accused of hate speech by his commander because he had a Bible in his desk.”

My father, before boarding the boat for Italy during World War II, was given a small Bible autographed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt with this inscription:

“As Commander-in-Chief I take pleasure in commending the reading of the Bible to all who serve in the armed forces of the United States. Throughout the centuries men of many faiths and diverse origins have found in the Sacred Book words of wisdom, counsel and inspiration. It is a fountain of strength and now, as always, an aid in attaining the highest aspirations of the human soul.”

My husband was given a Bible signed by President Eisenhower before stepping onto an aircraft carrier during the Viet Nam War. What has happened to our nation “under God”?

The power of the Bible can change lives and break the chains of hate. Our presidents and leaders in the past knew this truth. Could this be the reason Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is so wide spread in our armed forces?

Starting Life over Again,” Billy Graham’s sermon spoken in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1994, states, “God will forgive you of your murders and crimes.” Jesus’ blood shed upon the cross at Calvary has cleansed us of all sin. “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believe in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” John 5:24

Being renewed through the grace and truth of Christ’s Holy Spirit can break our chains of hate. (John 3:5-19) Good works and knowledge are not enough to get you to heaven. John 1:12, 13 states, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”

Amidst the haze of gun smoke, the Connecticut Militia watched the bright red coats of the powerful British Army flapping in the breeze of their defeat, and the Declaration of Independence was written with these unforgettable words:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. . . . And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.”

Our forefathers knew that Jesus Christ was the key that opens wide the door to Liberty. The reason America is great is because we serve a Great God and why our servicemen, through the clutches of adversity, humbly kneel beneath Jesus’ blood-soaked cross.

I urge every serviceman and American to acquire a Bible. What has proven true throughout America’s past will hold true for this generation. “Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near.”  Luke 21:28

All above Bible verses are taken from The New King James Version