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Friday, March 29, 2013

Why Do We Call it Good Friday?

Whether you believe the Lord Jesus Christ was crucified on Thursday or on Friday really doesn’t matter. We know from Scripture that he was in the tomb three days and nights.

I was surprised to find out how many Scriptures mention Jesus’ being in the grave three days:
  • Matthew 12:40; 16:21; 17:23; 20:19; 26:61; 27:40, 63-64
  • Mark 8:31; 9:31; 10:34; 14:58; 15:29
  • Luke 9:22; 13:22; 18:33; 24:7, 21, 46
  • John 2:1, 19-20
  • Acts 10:40
  • 1 Corinthians 15:4

When I was younger, I thought the name Good Friday was a misnomer. How could something as horrible as Christ’s death on the cross be “good”? As I grew up, I realized His death for me was even more horrible than I had understood as a child. It meant being separated from God the Father for that terrible millisecond when the price of redemption was fully paid. It is finished was Jesus’ cry as He gave up his spirit.

In that moment, more things happened than Jesus’ physical death:
  • The curtain in the temple was torn from top to bottom. This is the veil that separated normal priests and all of the common people from the presence of God in the Holy of Holies. The high priest was only allowed in there once a year. If he did anything wrong—not following God’s prescribed steps—he faced death. Christ’s sacrifice on the cross opened the way for us to approach a Holy God without needing any other intermediary besides Jesus Himself. (1 Timothy 2:5)
  • Graves were opened, and dead believers in Jesus were resurrected. (Matthew 27:52) (Wouldn’t you have loved to have seen this?)
  • There was darkness at midday—three hours of darkness. (Matthew 27:45; Mark 15:33, Luke 23:44)
  • There was an earthquake strong enough to split rocks. (Matthew 27:51) 

I feel it is very important to follow the advice of Philippians 4:8 when approaching Good Friday. We are supposed to think on the good, positive, beautiful things. We are to fill our minds with Christ. Yes, part of that is His crucifixion for our sins. Part of that is His horrible torture, even though He was innocent and perfect.

But, the beautiful part of Good Friday is the atonement being finished.

The way was opened between men and God.

The reason Jesus came to earth and made Himself flesh was for that moment. 

God wanted to make a way for men to go to heaven. That way was the perfect sacrifice of His own Son, the only One Who could have qualified to pay that price.

This is why we call it Good Friday. It’s because Jesus provided salvation for sinful man.

What a blessing that, through faith in Jesus’ shed blood on the cross, we can have eternal life!

But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested,
being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ
unto all and upon all them that believe: for there is no difference:
For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood.
(Romans 3:21-25a).

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Thoughts About the Gospel

The word gospel means good news or glad tidings. I always found it interesting that two of the three elements of the gospel definition are not what would commonly be called good. Let’s look at them.

1 Corinthians 15:1-4 defines the gospel. It is that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures (verses 3b-4). The three elements of the gospel are:
  1. the death of Christ for our sins
  2. the burial of Christ
  3. the resurrection of Christ on the third day

All of these are according to the Old Testament Scriptures.

Then, 1 Corinthians 15 continues with proofs of the resurrection:
  • And that he was seen of Cephas, (verse 5)
  • then of the twelve (verse 5)
  • After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep (verse 6).
  • After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles (verse 7).
  • And last of all he was seen of me (Paul) also, as of one born out of due time (verse 8).

The death of Christ on the cross to pay for our sins is actually good news, simply because without Christ’s death on the cross, we would have to atone for our own sins by suffering in hell forever. Instead, by putting our faith in His work (the just for the unjust 1 Peter 3:18) we can go to heaven. We don’t get there on our merits, but by faith in His death on the cross in our place. (1 Peter 2:24) The impetus behind His paying for our sins was love. (John 3:16) Praise God for His love and for His sacrifice!

The burial of Christ in the tomb is also good news. The good news is that, even though He died and was buried, He wasn’t going to stay dead and buried. The empty tomb is testimony to His death and resurrection. Matthew 27 describes Jesus’ death, Joseph’s binding Him for burial, His burial in a new tomb with a stone rolled against the entrance, and the soldiers making sure it was sealed and guarded. Therefore doth my Father love me, because I lay down my life, that I might take it again. No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father (John 10:17-18).

The resurrection of Christ is the best news of all! It’s the culmination of the good news.

If Jesus had only died, He would be dead. He would have accomplished only part of the gospel, only the first part.

If Jesus had only died and been buried, He would have accomplished only the first two parts of the gospel.

But, with the resurrection . . . what power! With the resurrection, there’s life. There’s life for Jesus, God in the flesh, the Son Who now sits at the right hand of the Father. And, there’s life available for you and for me.

If you think about it, there are many founders of religions who are dead. You might even be able to visit their tombs.

But Jesus, He’s alive! More than five hundred people were eyewitnesses to Jesus’ life after His crucifixion.

For history to be deemed trustworthy, you need two eyewitnesses. Think of it: when Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 15, many of the original five hundred eyewitnesses of Christ’s resurrection still lived.

Read these passages from Matthew 28. This is evidence of the biggest cover-up in history: And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it. His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow: And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.

Now when they were going, behold, some of the watch came into the city, and shewed unto the chief priests all the things that were done. And when they were assembled with the elders, and had taken counsel, they gave large money unto the soldiers, Saying, Say ye, His disciples came by night, and stole him away while we slept. And if this come to the governor’s ears, we will persuade him, and secure you. So they took the money, and did as they were taught: and this saying is commonly reported among the Jews until this day.

Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted (verses 2-4 and 11-17).

Can you imagine knowing that Jesus had risen from the dead, and covering it up—for money? Can you imagine doubting the fact, even after seeing Him with your own eyes? Sadly, this is what happened.

Later, the disciple Thomas doubted. When Jesus showed Thomas His pierced hands and side, Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed (John 20:29).

Do you believe in the resurrection? Do you believe Jesus lives?

Do you rejoice in the gospel?

Have you believed in Jesus Christ, even though you have yet to see Him with your eyes?

Blessed are they that have not seen, 
and yet have believed.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Like Totally Awesome

I love the way teens talk these days. Every other word is like. Like, well, you know, like . . . . I remember the first time I heard this cliché. I thought it was hilarious, like sooooo funny.

I love the other words as well. Awesome used to mean something that inspired awe, as in impressive. Now, you can have awesome teeth, an awesome dress, awesome food, an awesome sunset, an awesome school homework assignment. (Yes, I’m kidding about that last one.) The only thing in that list that is like totally awesome, I mean, really awesome is the sunset, which is something only God can do. The rest of the list, well, really . . . .

Now, I remember when we had nutty words as well. When I was a budding teen, words like: groovy, cool, dig (not about gardening), spaz, far out, and right on. The words defined the generation, just as they do each generation. You dig?

I’ve been around our nieces and nephews, who are what I would call “normal.” (The definition of normal is yet to be completely settled.) Each one is trying to describe his day at school to me. Like . . . like . . . totally . . . like . . . well . . . massively huge . . . like . . . and so on. I really like the way they can say so much with so few words.

Saying a lot with a few words . . . .

Consider these Bible passages:
  • In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth (Genesis 1:1).
  • The LORD is my shepherd (Psalm 23:1).
  • Here am I; send me (Isaiah 6:8b).
  • God is love (John 4:8).
  • Jesus wept (John 11:35).
  • But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8).
  • Why seek ye the living among the dead? (Luke 24:5)

So much in so few words.

God alone is totally awesome.

Such love. Such sacrifice. Redemption.

Praise Him! 

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Why Learn a Second (or Third or Fourth) Language?

In my last post, I talked about the advantages of taking a mission trip. One of the points was being more aware of languages and the importance of enabling your children to learn a different language from their mother tongue.

Did you know that most people in the world speak more than one language? We have a group of African Christians in our church. Every single one of them speaks two languages, and some know as many as four tongues fluently. A child seven years old in our church (Her parents are from two countries.) speaks four languages very well and keeps them all straight. Her parents often take her on trips, and she always picks up words in other languages while away. Another child in our church knows three languages well and is learning English as her fourth. Most people in Europe speak at least two languages.

Languages are the keys to communication. Wherever you are, and whether you can hear or are hearing impaired, you communicate through language. Other people talk to you using a common tongue. If you know another language besides your mother tongue, you can communicate with more people. If you know several languages, the doors for communication—and jobs, and ministry—swing wide open.

I personally feel that everyone can enable their children to learn some foreign tongue.

Let’s use the example of French. If your child could speak French, he could communicate with people in 33 countries and territories where French is the official language or one of the official languages. He could adapt his French to speak Creole or other dialects. He would have a global outreach, as French is spoken in Europe, North America, Africa, and the Caribbean.

Knowing Mandarin Chinese will help your child talk to over one billion people, about one fifth of the world’s population.

Spanish, Arabic, Russian, German, and Portuguese (besides English) make up other major world languages. Knowing any one of them will open doors of opportunity and ministry.

Do you speak more than one language?

Are you enabling your child to learn a second (or third) language?

Catch the vision!

The Lord Jesus Christ spoke at least two languages: Aramaic and Hebrew, and many believe He also knew Greek.

The apostles were gifted with the ability to speak foreign languages so that they could spread the gospel in the days of the early church. (See Acts in the Bible.)

Languages make missions possible. Without the ability to communicate in other tongues, the work of Adiniram Judson, Hudson Taylor, William Carey, and David Livingstone would have been meaningless. Some of these men translated the whole Bible into other languages. We owe so much to Tyndale and Wycliffe, who gave us the English Bible so many years ago. Bible translators have been busily translating the Scriptures into hundreds of languages, even little-known tribal tongues, so that people can have the Bible in their heart language.

Have you ever thought about the value of knowing another tongue?

Have you thought how advantageous it is for your child to learn something else other than his heart language?

Please leave a comment if you’d like to share an opinion on this subject. 

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Why Take a Mission Trip?

A lady was talking to my parents, my husband, and me. She mentioned that she’s considering taking a missions trip with her daughter. I encouraged her to do so.

This is why:

1. A mission trip is a blessing to missionaries on the field. A mission team, well equipped, organized, and funded can do more in one week than a missionary family can do in several months. You will be a help to their ministry.

2. A mission trip gets you outside your home country and lets you get a glimpse of somewhere else. The experience will let you see things as they are in another place and in another culture. You will learn about new foods and customs. You will begin to understand that there are several different ways of looking at things, and it will broaden your world-view.

3. A mission trip will burden you for others, especially those people you minister to. It will give you a vision for reaching the lost, wherever they are in the world. You will see spiritual needs in a way you never did before.

4. A mission trip to people who speak another language will sharpen your language skills. It might motivate you to learn that language and maybe to urge your children towards learning foreign languages.

5. A mission trip will help you appreciate the comforts at home, all the things you took for granted before you went. You will also be more appreciative of your church and the fellowship with other Christians. You will never complain about some things again.

6. A mission trip will move you to support missions with your giving—and maybe also with your life.

It’s a great idea to take the whole family on a mission trip, especially if the children aren’t too tiny. This way, the whole family helps together, serves together, and catches the missionary vision together.

I never got to take a survey trip or a mission trip before I took the plunge with my husband and baby daughter and moved overseas. Back in those days (29 years ago) travel was more difficult. But today, many people have opportunities to travel and to help missions.

I remember a group of young men, led by a missionary son, who stayed for a night or two at our apartment in Europe. They had all expressed some interest in maybe being missionaries. After seeing the field, two decided it would be too difficult for their wives to adjust to the kind of life they saw (hanging laundry on a line, living in small spaces, cooking from scratch, etc.) At least two are career missionaries today, one in Europe, and several are pastors who, no doubt, have a heart for foreign missions.

Visiting a mission field, especially with the purpose of helping, is a valuable way to find out what God is doing in another place. It helps you fulfill the Great Commission, and it will open your eyes to the fields beyond.

Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great,
but the labourers are few: 
pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest,
that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. 
(Luke 10:2)

Have you ever taken a mission trip? What did you learn that you would like to share? Please leave a comment. 

Friday, March 22, 2013

Guest Blog: "Themes of My Life"

My blogging friend Barbara recently wrote this thoughtful post, and I felt I would like to share it with you. I appreciate very much her willingness to let me use it. 
Barbara is, in her own words, “a Christian 'middle-aged' stay-at-home mom. By Christian I mean someone who is born again by believing on the Lord Jesus Christ as the Savior from sin. I thank God for His patience and grace as He leads me along day by day. I have been married to my wonderful husband, Jim, for 33 years. We have three boys whom we love dearly and who keep us on our toes . . . and on our knees. I enjoy reading, writing, decorating, some crafts when there is time. I have enough projects I’d like to do and things I’d like to learn to keep me busy for the next 50 years or so.
I have enjoyed reading Barbara’s blog “Stray Thoughts” which shares her biblical and thoughtful views about many subjects. I know you will enjoy this post as well as all the others. 
This is what Barbara says in her post, “Themes of My Life.”
A friend’s blog post got me to thinking about the themes of my own life. Here are some of them, and, as she said, they're reflected in much of my blogging:
1. God. Even before I knew Him, I thought Him to be kind, loving, and wise, and I had something of an affection for Him. I came to know Him by believing on Jesus ("And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent." John 17:3) when I was a teen-ager and have only grown in my appreciation and esteem for the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
2. The Bible. I am so glad that the church God led me to when I was a teen-ager had an emphasis on reading the Bible through. That was a vulnerable time in my life, and I could so easily have drifted into who knows what, but God used His Word to ground me not only personally, but in the faith. I took it in like a thirsty man drinks water, like a hungry man eats food: it was my lifeline. It still is. And I am glad for the emphasis on reading all of it, because it is all inspired, and because it keeps one balanced spiritually to read it all and interpret it as it relates to the whole. So many false doctrines come from an emphasis on one part while neglecting or deemphasizing another or taking a text out of context. One of my passions is getting people into the Word of God for themselves: one such post along those lines is Reasons to Read the Bible.
3. Family. My mom was my best friend as I was growing up, and though my relationship with my father wasn't as close, it was still devastating when my parents divorced. Even before that, in all of the aspirations of what I might want to be when I grew up, a wife and mom was always a part of it, and after I became a Christian I longed to have a Christian family. I've been so blessed with a close, loving family, and with my kids almost all grown now, I like to encourage younger moms along the way.
4. Homemaking. I 've always felt that every woman is a homemaker whether she is single, married, whether she has children or not, whether she is working or not, because we all live in some kind of home, and God has given it to us partly as a refuge from the world and partly as a ministry to others. Being a homemaker has not been highly regarded in our culture in the last few decades, and I long to encourage women that homemaking is a high and honorable endeavor.
5. Ministry. Every Christian is given gifts with which to minister to others, and is "his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" (Ephesians 2:10), whether we're called to "the" ministry or not. This is probably the area where God has stretched and grown me the most in recent years, drawing me out of my comfort zone and teaching me to depend even more on Him to work through me.
6. Missions. I thought at one time that God might be calling me to be a missionary, but over time I realized my calling is more in assisting missionaries. I've gotten to know some of the dearest people through some of the ministries in our churches that have particularly ministered to them. Plus a love of reading missionary biographies and their impact on my life has encouraged me to minister to and learn from these fine folks on "the front lines."
7. Church. I mentioned the Bible being a lifeline: a good church also was in my early days as a Christian. People who loved me and cared for me and were unwitting examples to me helped me so much. God made us to minister to one another. Though no church is perfect, and though the church at large is fraught with flaws, "Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish" (Ephesians 5:25b-27). If He loved it that much, and we love Him, it follows that we should love the church as well.
8. Books. I've loved reading ever since I first learned how. I could write another whole post on why I love reading (maybe some day...), but books have been a major part of my whole life. I have to have one or two books I'm currently reading at any given time, and I have to take a handful when traveling (the Kindle app sure helps with that!) If I go too long without reading I feel like I'm starving. I wrote about the 98 books that have most enriched my life a couple of years ago -- I probably need to update that with a few I've read since.
9. Music. I am not a musician, but I've loved music for years. Christian music was another lifeline in my early Christian life, and so many times God has ministered to my heart with a particular hymn or spiritual song at a particular time. But I also enjoy some classical music, Irish, English, and early American folk music, some songs from musicals, Emile Pandolfi's piano-playing, and assorted other types. I quite often have music playing while my hands are busy or have a song going around in my head.
10. Beauty. Not the obsession with personal beauty prevalent these days, but the beauty that causes God's hand to be seen and inspires worship and praise to Him, beauty that reflects truth, beauty manifest in nature, music, art, writing, color, even a lovely table setting.
11. Creativity. I used to think either a person was creative, or they were not, and I didn't think I was. I used to associate creativity with artsy people. But over the years I came to realize that there are different kinds of creativity. A dear friend was a wiz at coming up with simple yet really neat lunch ideas or activities for her children. Another friend I used to do bulletin boards with used to say she could staple and pin and cut things out for it, but she didn't want to come up with ideas -- but often she'd have an idea while we were working or an adjustment that was just right. I really enjoy other people's creativity (Pinterest has been a feast for that!) and love to have some type of craft or project going on the side.
12. Writing has been a lifelong outlet. As a child I wrote stories and poems. I don't have much of that any more except a folder of poems I had written as a teen and one poem from my childhood. I kept a diary as a teen but, sadly, threw it away. I've written a few magazine articles, a few newspaper columns, and a few years' worth of newsletters for the ladies' group at church. And, of course, there is this blog. :) I think things through by writing and like to encourage people through writing. I think I express myself better through writing than speaking. I don't know how the Lord may use it in the future, but I am grateful for the outlets He has given so far.
13. Learning. I always loved school. Maybe not every single class or teacher, but I loved school in general. If college hadn't been so expensive, I could have stayed on another couple of years just taking classes that sounded interesting. I still like to keep the brain percolating by learning new things.
As I was thinking about what to include in this list, I thought that, honestly, overarching themes of my life would have to include "besetting sins." I try to keep things real here and not hold myself up as some kind of paragon of virtue: I've shared some of my faults and failings and struggles in past posts. On the other hand, I don't think it is necessary or even wise to lay it all out here, either. Let's just say that most of them involved self in some way -- self-indulgence, self-righteousness, self-promotion, self-protection. Be assured God is continually convicting and working on me!
What are some themes of your life?

Thursday, March 21, 2013

The Birds Shout

It’s spring!

The trees are budding, jonquils are blooming, grass is greening, and people are actually smiling again. My husband and I went for a walk today and found several lawns being re-landscaped and also some beautiful trees in bloom. Even the dogs were wagging their tails.

There’s a bird feeder outside the picture window. This time of year, we’re seeing several varieties of woodpeckers, finches, wrens, chickadees, cardinals, starlings, nuthatches . . . each one with beautiful, delicate feathers.

I think birds are fascinating. I’m not a “birder,” but what I do know about birds, both by observation and a little bit of research, shows me that birds shout.

They shout something important.

God doesn’t want us to miss it.

They tell us they were created, and that they didn’t simply evolve.

Evolution says there were millions and millions of simultaneous mutations, each positive, that resulted in millions of variations. Birds supposedly evolved from the dinosaurs. The Archaeopteryx is supposed to be the missing link, though not a direct ancestor of modern birds. (Figure that out!) The first part of the reptile that disappeared as it became a bird was its bony tail. Early evolving birds supposedly had wings with claws and snouts with teeth, instead of beaks. Modern toothless birds evolved from the toothed birds in the Cretaceous period. Somehow, birds branched out into walking birds--like emus and ostriches--and flying birds, though no fossil evidence for any of this exists. Scientists are divided on the dividing, and they are stumped by the variety of existing birds. A study from 2008 in Science studied the DNA sequencing of 169 species of birds. The findings mean the whole evolutionary tree on birds may need to be reworked. At any rate, scientists agree and disagree. (Wikipedia)

The Bible says God created birds. Read Genesis 1:20-23. And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven. And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good. And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth. And the evening and the morning were the fifth day. All the fowls of the air were created on the fifth day of creation, along with all the creatures in the seas. Birds are created beings. Before land animals and people, God created birds.

Have you ever noticed the variety in colors, feathers, body shapes, beaks, behavior, flight, walking, food preferences, etc.? I think it is so amazing to watch the nuthatch eat upside down while the chickadee next to him is right side up. Who taught a woodpecker how to get a good meal? Who taught a cardinal how to sing? Why do some birds prefer berries, while another species likes thistle? Why are there big birds and small birds, black birds, and red ones? What is the purpose behind all this variety?

I personally think that God has a purpose bigger than birds. I think He wants them to declare God’s glory to people. I think that, when people start to observe even these little guys of creation, they start to appreciate their beauty and quirkiness and variety.

And maybe, people might just turn to God, the One Who made these little guys in the first place. Our great God designed every feather, every cute little body, every funny way that they could eat, every birdcall, every flight.

God knew we’d be watching.

Praise the LORD from the earth . . . Beasts, and all cattle; creeping things, and flying fowl: Kings of the earth, and all people; princes, and all judges of the earth: Both young men, and maidens; old men, and children: Let them praise the name of the LORD: for his name alone is excellent; his glory is above the earth and heaven (Psalm 148:7a, 10-13).

The birds are shouting,

“Praise the Lord!” 

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Bible Study Book Review: Why Cope When You Can Conquer?

WHY COPE WHEN YOU CAN CONQUER: Studies in Selected Psalms by Juanita Purcell is an exploration of some of our favorite Psalms. But, it’s much more than that. Mrs. Purcell links the Psalms to other books in the Old Testament, the backgrounds of the Psalms she chose, and to the New Testament in practical Christian teaching. I found myself flipping back and forth, comparing, and thinking.

There are twelve lessons in all. (They are not short, so I divided them into two or more days each. I wanted to get all I could from each one.) This book studies Psalms 1, 19, 23, 100, and 139—some of my personal favorites—as well as 32, 42, 46, 51, 73, 91, and 106. She includes some poems and quotations with her thought-provoking questions.

The Psalms probe the deepest emotions of man, the close relationship of man with God, and the confession and forsaking of sin. Some of these studies urge us to run to God as a Refuge, to understand the difference between believers and those who are rich on earth and poor with God. Subjects like covetousness, failure, “victim complex,” true worship, desiring God, God’s goodness and fairness, and many more are brought up in the contexts of these beloved Psalms.

I loved doing these studies. Mrs. Purcell helped me see new and exciting facets of these well-known passages. She made me dig and think and meditate. I will never read some of these Psalms in the same way again.

And God has used His Word in my heart to show me once again the shining gold nuggets in Scripture. They were there all the time, but I needed to take my pan and find them. I needed to sift and rinse to see them.

I very much recommend Why Cope When You Can Conquer to any woman who wishes to be blessed by the Psalms, to any woman who really wants to know God’s heartbeat.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Announcing His Ways, Your Walk

My book has been printed and is available now on Amazon. Exciting!

Have you ever asked questions like these:
      How can I know God’s will?
      Is it possible to live a holy life without 
          being weird?
      Does God have a man for me?
      How can I be sure I’ll go to heaven 
          when I die?
      Can a Christian party?
      What do I do with my strong-willed child?
      Does the Bible really tell me how to dress?
      Which Christian ministry is right for me?

His Ways, Your Walk: Bible Applications for Women explores these themes and many more. It will help you make the connection between key Bible passages and your own Christian experience. Discover the Scriptures written especially for women! This is a Bible study manual for women of all ages. It lets you read for yourself what the Bible says and then make personal applications.

His Ways, Your Walk is a practical how-to book for women who want to live for Christ in the 21st century. Lou Ann writes with the voice of experience and observation resulting from many years working as a fulltime missionary wife and as mother of two children, who are now happily married and serving the Lord themselves. By the liberal use of relevant Scripture throughout her book, Lou Ann lets the authority of God's own Words back up her message and speak truth to women's hearts. Thoughtful questions at the end of each chapter help make the message personal. Women of all ages who desire to walk in God's ways will be challenged, guided, and blessed in their Christian lives by His Ways, Your Walk.”—Sandra Barker, writer featured in Chicken Soup for a Mother’s Soul and in magazines and newspapers

“HIS WAYS, YOUR WALK has straightened out my thinking because it taught me how to think more biblically. Though life at times is perplexing, God's Word is plain and pertinent in revealing God's will. If you truly desire to know and please God, this is an excellent book that will help you on your journey."-- Rhoda Buker (Bible college student) 

I am thrilled my book is done and now available to you. I offer special wholesale prices for bookstores and discounts for groups. You can order yours directly from me at keiser dot intheway at gmail dot com or on Amazon.