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Community Chaplains - Winning People to Christ


Q&A with Mark Cress, Founder and President of
Community Chaplains of America

Q:  Why do you think chaplains are able to win so many people to Christ?

A:  According to some of the research we've done, most adults who come to Christ (80%) do so during a time of crisis.  When those times of crisis come, many people don't have a relationship with a clergy member.  They may not want to go to a church, but they still need to talk to somebody.  A chaplain has the opportunity to be present with someone during that crisis, to be a listening ear and a support system, and to gain permission to talk with them about Christ.

Q:  Where and how are Community Chaplains already serving?

A:  Several hundred people have completed the Community Chaplains training.  There are commissioned chaplains now serving in 35 states and a variety of settings.  We have one chaplain in Atlanta , Georgia , who is serving a local swim team.  A church in Raleigh , North Carolina , has a strong chapl…
I will be out of pocket for a few days. My 6 year old granddaughter Celeste I'm afraid has the swine flu, as I type this she is in the emergency room at a local hospital with a 104 temperature.
My husband is in route to come back home (he works in Dallas during the week) because he is sick with a stomach virus.

Update: Celeste had a culture done, will know the results tomorrow. She does have the flu, but won't know until tomorrow if it is the swine flu.

Update: As of Friday at 6:30 the lab result office is closed and they did not call to let us know the result of Celeste test. My daughter in-law has a Tamiflu prescription for Celeste and she is going to go ahead and give it to her. Celeste still continues to run high fever at times, she is eating well, resting well. Celeste has been sick since late Tuesday  night. 

"All my longings lie open before you, O Lord; my sighing is not hidden from you." Psalm 38:9

Review-"The Transformation Study Bible-NLT"

Review-"The Transformation Study Bible-NLT" General Editor Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe
NLT stands for New Living Translation
Published by David C. Cook a B&B Media Group
Published 2009

I will post a short review and then post the press release for this Bible.

Review--I knew little about the New Living Translation Bible, I'd never looked at it, never read it.
I have kept this Bible near my side constantly since receiving it, I use it for daily Bible reading, I have also been using it in teaching my Sunday morning Bible class. Often in my class I will read from another translation, then my class will want me to re-read the passage from the New Living Translation, they will smile and say how wonderful it is to have a more easy to understand translation of the Bible. Suffice it to say I have been impressed with the translation and with the added material in The Transformation Study Bible.
This Bible is a hardback, with a sturdy cover. The pages are thicker and more durable than …

Review-"If God Is Good" by Randy Alcorn

Review-"If God Is Good... Faith in the Midst of Suffering and Evil" By Randy Alcorn
Multnomah Books, A Division of Random House, Published 2009
512 Total Pages--494 Pages of Reading

Websites for Randy Alcorn:
and Eternal Perspective Ministiries

To Purchase the book online or to read more about it visit WaterBrookMultnomah, the book is listed on the main page.

Review: "If God Is Good" is a phenomenally excellent read!
The book faces the question that many in the Christian community do not want to discuss; why do bad things happen if God is good? Why is there pain and suffering? Why does God allow this?
Randy Alcorn not only addresses these questions, but he also addresses the comments and books written by several atheists.
Randy Alcorn writes a contemplative and convicting book.
The book makes a Christian face and think, and come to a realization of those hard questions that are prickly-uncomfortable to answer.
There was heavy research and…

Hoots Up With Me!

On our first day of autumn we had a cold front that came through that dramatically dropped the temperatures and brought more needed rain. Our highs this week have only been in the upper 60's and the upper 50's at night.
My husband is sick with a stomach virus. Our granddaughter Celeste age 6 is sick with the flu (possibly swine flu.) I am hoping that dad and I can stay well amongst the growing number of those with the big bad pig flu.

Yesterday I made a delicious pot of chicken noodle soup. I felt that some of my readers may enjoy having the recipe.

Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup

1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup chopped carrots
1 clove garlic, minced
2 T olive oil
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. dried oregano
1/4 tsp. dried thyme
1/4 tsp. poultry seasoning
6 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
4 cup peeled, cubed potatoes
1 tsp. salt
2 cup cubed, cooked chicken breast
2 cup uncooked yolk-free wide noodles
1 cup fat-free evaporated milk

In dutch oven or soup kettle, saute onion, carro…


This weeks noteworthy blogs are:

At the Well...In Pursuit of Titus 2
Encouraging Husbands During Financial Trials posted 9-24 by Kimberly

God's Writer Girl
Book Review-A Review of Silent Savior by author A. J. Gregory--review by God's Writer Girl, posted 9-23

Novel Matters
Oh Please Don't Go We Love You So! posted 9-23 by Kathleen

One Day At A Time
Today's Devotion by Sandy posted 9-24

Through The Eyes Of Christ posted 9-24

The LPM Blog
Just One Word posted 9-23

Blissful Blogging!

Review-"You Were Born for This" & Book Giveaway

"You Were Born for This, 7 Keys to a Life of Predictable Miracles" by Bruce Wilkinson with David Kopp
WaterBrookMultnomah Published 2009, 228 pages

Bruce Wilkinson website

Follow link below to purchase the book online. Link for the video of book

I love this book!
"You Were Born For This" is a clearly understood, practical, uplifting, motivating approach to partnering with God in a miracle.

I have to admit I'd never thought about my part in a miracle, in any miracle.
If God chose to use me as a tool for someone else I was willing. Since reading this book I am taking a more active part in "asking" God to use me, not just "waiting" for God to use me.

The book has short chapters and has only 228 pages. The book is full of practica…

Review-"In The Arms Of Immortals"

"In The Arms Of Immortals, A Novel of Darkness and Light" by Ginger Garrett
"Chronicles Of The Scribe Book 2"
David C. Cook B&B Media Group, Inc.
Published 2009
291 pages of reading, plus additional pages in the back of the book: Q & A with Ginger Garrett, Discussion Questions, information on Black Death, author information.

Another wonderful story from Ginger Garrett!
It is A.D. 1347 Sicily, and we are introduced to the fearsome Black Death.
This is a story of a group of people that lived on the island of Sicily: people that were merchants and tradesman, a priest, a wealthy baron and his proud daughter, a knight, an outcast healer that many believed to be a witch.
There is also an angelic presence called the Scribe that weaves the story to another woman that is of our time period.
There is a mysterious ship that docks at the harbor and shortly afterwards people become horribly ill and die.
The people are ignorant of what to do, or why they have been stricke…

Review-"In The Shadow Of Lions"

"In The Shadow Of Lions, Book 1 Chronicles Of The Scribe" by Ginger Garrett
David C. Cook The B&B Media Group, Inc. Published 2008
310 pages of reading, plus bonus material-epilogue, notes to the reader, discussion questions.

Absolutely a fascinating and enjoyable read!
The opening line catches the reader in a grip and does not let go until the end.

"Tomorrow, someone else will die in my bed....."

The reader is told the tale through an angel, yet not an angel that resembles preconceived ideas of what an angel looks like.
Ginger Garrett has written a gripping tale of the days of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and Thomas More. She weaves in a story of a fictional woman named Rose, a sad and despondent young woman.
The story moves back and forth from present time to the historical past during the reign of Henry VIII. I never had a problem keeping up with the characters, nor the time period.
It is a complex book and plots build with crescendo, I kept in constant …

Book Blogger Appreciation Week

One time a year in September a Book Blogger Appreciation Week is held. This years appreciation week is September 14-18, 2009.
Over at My Friend Amy is where I keep tabs on how the week is going and about the contest.
There is also a blog specifically entitled Book Blogger Appreciation Week.
Book Blogger Appreciation Week is more than voting and then giving out awards for best blogs; it is a time to celebrate and bring attention to all of the hard work and creativity, and of course the tons of books that are read, by all of the bloggers out there that read and post reviews.
Book reviews once upon a time was done by "professionals" those that were professors, teachers, editors, other authors, etc.
Book reviews by the lay reading community brings the review to me in to much better focus. Most of us in the reading community are not book editors, we are everyday people that love to read.
Those of us that blog about books are the dedicated bibliophiles---meaning we are passionate and …

Hoots Up With Me!

I have 5 books that I will be posting reviews on in the next 2 weeks.

"In The Shadow of Lions" by Ginger Garrett
"In The Arms of Immortals" by Ginger Garrett
"You Were Born for This" by Bruce Wilkinson
"If God Is Good" by Randy Alcorn
"Learn to Study The Bible" by Andy Deane

I have recently started reading a book by Beth Moore, "Praying God's Word". This is a book on breaking free from spiritual strongholds; I am enjoying it immensely, it is a book that I am sure I will reflect on often.
I am about 1/2 way through "The Ways of God" by Henry T. Blackaby and Roy T. Edgemon.
And as is the case of most bibliophiles I have stacks of other books to read!

Blissful Reading!


I follow 42 blogs and I try and visit each one every week, this week the noteworthy blogs that I found are the following:

Cathy Bryant @ WordVessel the post on "Walking By Faith" dated September 13.

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance the blog tour is on Michelle Sutton's new book "Danger at the Door".
Michelle Sutton has a great blog over @ Edgy Inspirational Author Blog

Already Not Yet a post on September 11, "Gospel Centeredness" from Joe Thorn. The blog is by Peter Cockrell.

Over at Becky's Book Reviews from the post on September 11, on one of Jane Austen's little known works "Lady Susan".

Jane Austen's World the post from September 12, "The Postal Service in 18Th Century Britain: Post Roads and Post-Boys". Ms. Place has a thoroughly researched and visually intoxicating site devoted to all things Jane Austen.

If you are a devotee to Beth Moore Bible studies, her Living Proof blog is an intimate look at her life and her minis…

Review-"Trading Fathers"

"Trading Fathers, Forgiving Dad, Embracing God" A Memoir by Karen Rabbitt
315 pages WinePress Publishing

Karen Rabbitt contacted me on my blog this summer leaving a comment on one of my posts, then later asked me if I would like to read a book she had written and post a review.
I gladly accepted as the subject of her book has affected my family as well.
It is a subject that once upon a time was not discussed, it was kept private, guarded, and even shamed.
The subject I am speaking of is child molestation. The hair on the back of my neck is standing up, these words make me afraid, I want to scream and shed tears.
It is only because of courageous women such as Karen Rabbitt that have come forward and have shared painful shreds of truth from their past, that others are then able to also come forward, and in time begin the journey of healing, recovery, and forgiveness.
Thank you Karen for your life story that you have shared, I pray that I in my humble attempt will be able to …