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Weekly Readings, March 25 Through 30, 2013

Happy Easter Morning to you!

During this past week I read (all in the NKJV Bible):
Numbers Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.
Isaiah Chapters 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42.
Matthew Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28.
Acts Chapter 1.

Then because it is Easter week I read Matthew chapters 26 and 27, Mark chapters 14 and 15, Luke chapters 22 and 23, and John chapters 18, 19, 20, and 21.   

A favorite quote I read this past week from My Upmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers.
"Christian worker's greatest need is a readiness to face Jesus Christ at any and every turn...The battle is in not being so absorbed in our (ministry) service that we are not ready to face Jesus Himself at every turn." "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finis…

Review: Beyond The Valley, The Daughters of the Potomac Series Book Three by Rita Gerlach

Title: Beyond The Valley, The Daughters of the Potomac Series Book Three
Author: Rita Gerlach
Publisher: Abingdon February 1, 2013
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Historical Fiction, Early American History, American Revolution, Original Colonies, Romance
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 336
Rating: 5 Stars

Book Three, Beyond The Valley, re-introduced me to a character I met in Book One, Before The Scarlet Dawn. I was 2/3 through reading Beyond The Valley, before I realized this.
When the story begins it is 1778, Cornwall, England. 
Sarah Carr is left destitute and widowed at the tender age of 17. After her husbands death, she traveled to her sister in-law's home for help. She is not there long before she became sold into bondage as an indentured servant headed for the American Colonies. Sarah, as well as several other women who were all kidnapped are forced to board a ship, and are then kept in the dismal and dark tomb of the ship. The women try hard to be a source of encour…

Book Blast for January Justice by Athol Dickson

Synopsis: Reeling from his wife's unsolved murder, Malcolm Cutter is just going through the motions as a chauffeur and bodyguard for Hollywood's rich and famous. Then a pair of Guatemalan tough guys offer him a job. It's an open question whether they're patriotic revolutionaries or vicious terrorists. Either way, Cutter doesn't much care until he gets a bomb through his window, a gangland beating on the streets of L.A., and three bullets in the chest. Now there's another murder on Cutter's Mind. His own.
Excerpt: ONE OF THE STRANGEST THINGS ABOUT THE CITY was the sudden way it disappeared around the edges. One minute you were down on Sunset Boulevard surrounded by glass and concrete, and the next thing you knew you were up on Mulholland Drive, alone in the rough country. From a high window or a rooftop almost anywhere in Los Angeles you could see the mountains, and there was always something ravenous up there looking down.
I was up among the …

Inspired Devotional From Waterbrook Multnomah

Sick of Secrets “Living as a slave to a lie will set you up for an endless cycle of shame and guilt. When you feel worthless and ashamed most of the time, getting close to God—or even wanting to—is hard. Really hard. It’s easier just to go through the motions. Settle for secondhand religion. Maybe move away from God and church altogether…
Unfortunately, it happens all the time.
But it doesn't have to. Think about what amazing things you could do if you could break free from those feelings of worthlessness and shame. Imagine feeling like you could get close to God without fear of condemnation. Imagine what it would feel like to break free from the cycle of secrets-of beating yourself up with all that shame and guilt.
Your spirit would come alive. Your life would change. You would walk into a world filled with new possibilities.
And you would be free.”
Excerpted from Firsthand by Ryan and Josh Shook

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Weekly Readings, March 10-16, 2013

All Scripture read in the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible.
Leviticus Chapters 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27.
Isaiah Chapters 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30.
Matthew Chapters 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18.

Quotes from my devotional books this past week.
From Sarah Young's book, Take My Heart Oh God.
"You don't need to have 'perfect faith' in order for God to use you. You only need to be willing. When you feel weak, you can go to the Source who promises to give you the faith you need."
From My Upmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers.

"At the beginning of our life with Jesus Christ, we were sure we knew all there was to know about following Him. It was a delight to forsake everything else and to throw ourselves before Him in a fearless statement of love. But now we are not quite so sure. Jesus is far ahead …

Review: Beside Two Rivers, Book Two The Daughters of the Potomac Series by Rita Gerlach

Title: Beside Two Rivers, Book Two The Daughters of the Potomac Series
Author: Rita Gerlach
Publisher: Abingdon Press October 2012
Genre: Fiction
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 336
Rating: 4 Stars

When Beside Two Rivers begins it is 1797 Potomac Heights, Maryland. We are introduced to a young woman named Darcy Morgan who is the princple character in Beside Two Rivers. She's the daughter of Hayward and Eliza Morgan. This couple was the main characters in book one Before The Scarlet Dawn. Since she was a young girl Darcy's been living with her aunt and uncle and their daughters. Her father moved west. Darcy was told her mother died. Darcy is a wise and prudent person, unafraid of hard work; but she's also known to have an "adventurous spirit". Darcy meets handsome Ethan, but he soon will depart back for England. Meanwhile, Darcy's been invited to visit her grandmother in England whom she's never met. Darcy's "adventurous spirit"…

Review: Iscariot, A Novel of Judas by Tosca Lee

Title: Iscariot, A Novel of Judas
Author: Tosca Lee
Publisher: Howard Books, A Division of Simon and Schuster, Inc. February 2013
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Historical Fiction, Disciples, Judas Iscariot
Format: Hardcover
Age: Adult
Pages: 352
Rating: 5 Stars

Judas Iscariot was one of the chosen twelve disciples. He was chosen by Jesus. Jesus even called him a friend. Judas had spent three years with Jesus, they ate together, slept near one another, traveled together. Judas heard Jesus' teachings and observed the miracles, so how could he have gotten it all wrong, and further how could he have betrayed Jesus. How could he have done this horrifying act of selling Jesus out? Most of us (including me) never get past those questions. It's almost as if the answer will be too frightening. Maybe, because we're afraid of the answer, that we might have done the same thing. Just typing that last sentence makes me want to go hide in a closet.
At the tale end of the book, author …

Review: Gospel Deeps, Reveling in the Excellencies of Jesus by Jared C. Wilson

Title: Gospel Deeps, Reveling in the Excellencies of Jesus
Author: Jared C. Wilson
Publisher: Crossway Books 30 September 2012
Genre: Non-Fiction
Labels: Salvation, Spiritual Growth, The Gospel
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 208
Rating: 5 Stars

"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith, as it is written, 'The just shall live by faith.'" Romans 1:16-17 NKJV In the introduction, the author Jared Wilson, explains his goal in writing Gospel Deeps, he wants us to "get past the elementary level" and to "explore Gospel itself, holding it up like a diamond and examining some of its facets." pages 18, 22.
In examining the Gospel facets Jared Wilson wants to show us the bigness, the vastness, of the Gospel.
As a Christian we know what the word Gospel means (or should). Th…

Weekly Readings, March 3 through 9, 2013

This past week I read in the NKJV:
Exodus Chapters 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40.
Leviticus Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4.
Isaiah Chapters 5, 6, 7, 8.
Matthew Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.

While reading Leviticus I'm taking notes on the different types of sacrifices for atonement. I'm making lists so to speak, what the offering was and how it was done. This breaks it down better for me, I understand a bit better what was done.
Do you take notes while you're reading the Bible?

In the NASB I read Revelation Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22. This is the third time to read Revelation in 2013! Nine more to go.

A quote I read this week during my devotional time. From My Upmost For His Highest by Oswald Chambers.
"The thing that really testifies for God and for the people of God in the long run is steady perseverance, even when the work cannot be seen by others. And the only way to live an undefeated life is to live looking to God."

Review: Miracle on Snowbird Lake by Stan Bednarz

Title: Miracle on Snowbird Lake
Author: Stan Bednarz
Publisher: Carmichael Publishing January 2013
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Child Abduction, Mystery, Suspense
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 176
Rating: 5 Stars for excellence
It is the end of summer and school will begin soon. Eleven year old Annie Davis, rode her bicycle to visit her dad who is the pastor of a church in small town Dutch Hollow, New York. Dutch Hollow, seems to be tucked-in safely, in the Adirondack Mountains. Annie and her dad hug, and she pedals off, turning briefly to smile at her dad. Neither knew that their lives would soon change forever.
Pastor Robert Davis, and his wife Mary, withdrawal into their own private hell. They blame themselves, each other, and feel that "death is around every corner". Memories of Annie, haunt them. They wonder what happened? Who took her? How long will their suffering last?
Caring for their young son Little Rob, and Robert's pastorate, keep them going. Rob…

Review: Unholy Hunger, A Novel---Lure of the Serpent Book 1 by Heather James

Title: Unholy Hunger, A Novel---Lure of the Serpent Book 1
Author: Heather James
Publisher: Kregel, 14 December 2012
Genre: Fiction
Labels: Child Abduction, Suspense, Murder, Detective
Format: Paperback
Age: Adult
Pages: 272
Rating: 5 Stars

Evelyn Barrett is a resilient, tough-talking, brazen, bold, assertive, fiery independent, litigation attorney. She's living a lavish life in California with her "gorgeous blond" husband and their young daughter Corinne. Life screeches to a halt when their daughter is abducted and murdered. Evelyn's mental despair channels into an obsession to find the murderer. Between her personality and legal knowledge, she tirelessly works to find the evil killer. Every area of Evelyn's life will be tested and turned upside down.

My Thoughts:
1. From the first chilling sentence this story had me. I could not and did not put the book down, I read the entire book in one day!
"Yes, I wanted to die. As long as my daughter's …

Weekly Readings, February 24 through March 2, 2013

Four Bible books can be downloaded for free on to your e-reader or computer. The translations are from the Common English Bible.
Genesis pdf
Psalms Kindle
Luke pdf
Acts Kindle

Last weeks Bible readings. All readings from the NKJV MacArthur Study Bible:
Song of Solomon Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.
Isaiah Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4.
Exodus Chapters 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33.
Mark Chapters 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16.  

Book Promotion---January Justice by Athol Dickson

January Justice published on Kindle November 2012.
Kindle price $7.59