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NOW ON AMAZON-“THE RACE BEFORE US”

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Dear Friends,

I’m happy to announce that my Bible Study, “The Race Before Us” is now available on Amazon, and I’m so excited to share it with you!

It’s a study of one of my favorite passages, Hebrews 12:1-3:

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who has endured such hostility by sinners against Himself, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

By comparing our lives to a footrace, the passage encourages us as Christians to prepare and condition our hearts and minds to run a race worthy of God’s calling upon our lives. On a personal note, this study is a product of a lesson that God has repeatedly resonated in my life as I grow older…that to run this race well, we must cast away the many distractions and train ourselves to focus on Christ and our eternal purpose in Him.

Whether you feel like you are just running in place, or simply desire to build a more focused faith, this study offers a closer look at God’s perspective to gain that momentum:

  • How to identify and cast away the spiritual weights that slacken our pace
  • How to recognize the entanglements of sin that keep us from moving forward
  • How to develop a faith that is conditioned to endure throughout the trials of life

It’s written in a verse-by-verse, very simple interactive format that’s ideal for individual or small group study, with a focus on Christ as our Perfect Example, the  source of our hope and strength to keep the faith and finish strong.

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ANNOUNCEMENT AND FREE GIVEAWAY: FEATURING AUTHOR MARILYNN DAWSON

Hello Friends,

Just wanted to tell you the exciting news that “Ministry in Words” is taking part in a virtual book tour for Author Marilynn Dawson’s next book, “A Year in Prayer With Jesus”! This book is due to launch in September, but she’s giving away a one-month sample before it’s even released! We are one of twelve stops on this tour, and we don’t want you to miss it! There will even be an opportunity to sign up for Marilynn’s monthly newsletter, and get a free gift in the process.

Today we feature an excerpt from the back cover of her book:

Do you struggle with the idea of a daily prayer life? Have you ever found yourself asking along with the disciples, “Lord, teach us to pray”? Then this book is for you. Let us join the disciples as we sit at Jesus’ feet and join Him in prayer. . . for an entire year.

It is important to realize that The Lord’s Prayer is not a recipe for answered prayer. Rather, it is a recipe for increased relationship with the One Who desires to answer our prayers. There is a very specific order in which Christ says we should approach God the Father. This order, if followed, brings the child of God into a place of gratitude, humility, and reverence. It seeks to bring the heart of the prayerful one into alignment with what beats God’s heart and it moves the Christian to put feet to their prayer life.

It is my desire as you go through the coming year with me, that you’ll gain a practical, living understanding and personal experiencial insight into the realm of prayer that will lift you above the materialistic tendencies; above the selfish motives; above the need for instant gratification and attention, and into the realm of God’s heart not just for you, but for those around you; not just for your own issues and needs, but those around you, and lastly, that you will experience the richness of just “being” in His presence.

Click this link here to get your tenth single day prayer guide outline.

http://songdove.fa-ct.com/stuff/YPWJ/YPWJ-day161.pdf

Be sure to stop by Marilynn’s blog (http://songdove.fa-ct.com/wordpress-mu/songdovemusing) on July 14th for your next single day prayer guide free download. Be sure to sign up for her monthly newsletter for yet another free gift! Don’t you just love FREE?

Here’s the next tops on the tour:

Week Five – Author/blogger feature over at Marilynn’s blog ( http://songdove.fa-ct.com/wordpress-mu/songdovemusings/): July 14th – Tour stop: July 16th – Jansina Grossman – http://thilly-little-nothings.blogspot.com/

Week Five – Author/blogger feature over at Marilynn’s blog ( http://songdove.fa-ct.com/wordpress-mu/songdovemusings/): July 17th – Tour stop: July 19th – Madeline Duffy – http://www.shaneflynn.com/blog/marilynn-dawson-author

Author Bio

3x4 3 (2)Marilynn Dawson is the author of “Becoming the Bride of Christ: A Personal Journey”, “Mom’s Little Black Book: Godly Advice for the High School Graduate”, “Practical Thoughts on Becoming an Author”, and “Dressed for Eternity”, her latest book released through Songdove Books, her own Imprint.

Marilynn grew up in a solid Christian home, coming to Christ at the age of 7. She has been actively involved in Church life since age 10, including activities such as joining her Mom and sister in singing special numbers, choir, teaching Sunday School, leading Sunday School open session, planning Sunday School lessons, and more. Marilynn attended both public and private schools growing up. She attended North Island Community College on Vancouver Island and Trend College in Kelowna, obtaining certificates in receptionist work and Comptia A+ computer repair.

Throughout her life, Marilynn has written poetry and published in the American Poetry Anthology(two issues). She has written numerous unpublished articles on end-time eschatology, written unpublished short stories, word studies and more.

Marilynn lives with her two grown children, cat and gerbils, in Kelowna BC Canada. Her day job is fixing computers and engaging in multimedia for her church. In the evenings and on weekends she’s a soundtech doing various events through the year from funerals to workshops to concerts and weddings. Marilynn has sung alto or tenor in various choirs and praise teams over the years.

Marilynn can be contacted via her author page on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/Marilynn.Dawson.Author or by email: author@fa-ct.com

FLEAS!!

Every once in a while, I read an autobiography that just resounds with me. One of the best has to be “The Hiding Place”, the life story of Corrie Ten Boom.  When I finally got around to reading it, I knew I should have done so a long time ago.

Corrie Ten Boom was a Dutch Christian who, with her family, helped the Jews escape the Nazi Holocast during World War II. To avoid detection, they build a secret room in the wall of Corrie’s bedroom where they would hide during raids. They were eventually found out by an informant and arrested.  They were taken to a concentration camp, an experience that I can only describe as hell on earth.

 “Ravensbruck was one of the worst concentration camps in Germany. The stench of burning flesh from those that were murdered without warning was a constant stare into the face of death. The food was one half pound of bread and one half liter of soup per day. The work was so hard that the women had swollen legs and were losing circulation in no time.”

Yet despite the horror, Corrie and her sister Betsie held on with an unwavering faith.  I can’t imagine the incredible character and courage it took not only to withstand this, but to persevere with so much grace. There’s story after story of God’s presence within one of the darkest times in history, but one of my favorites has to do with fleas in their barracks.  Here’s an excerpt:

The Hiding place

Many days after this prayer was forgotten, Corrie and Betsie began to have Bible study and prayer meetings in the barracks. They were timid at first, but as night after night went by and no guard ever set foot into their quarters, they grew bolder. Although the other barracks were constantly survailled, theirs were never supervised. Corrie was amazed, but perplexed.

One evening, Betsie excitedly pulled her aside. Turns out she overheard one of the guards telling another why she never stepped through the door to their room.

“It’s because of the fleas! That’s what she said, “That place is crawling with fleas!”

The guard didn’t want anything to do with them or their area, just to avoid those little bugs.

Corrie concludes, “My mind rushed back to our first hour in this place. I remember Betsie’s bowed head, remembered her thanks to God for creatures I could see no use for .” Tick-Cartoon-2

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God commands all of nature, and they can’t help but obey. This is clearly found in the creation story, as each element of the earth and everything in it was formed when He said “Let there be” (Genesis 1)

Throughout the Bible, there are great examples of animals acting at God’s bidding:

–          He prepared a great fish to swallow Jonah, redirecting him to Ninevah to bring revival to this city of over 600,000 people.  (Jonah 1:17)

–          He arranged all animals in pairs to enter Noah’s Ark, preserving them throughout the Great Flood. (Gen. 7:8-10)

–          He even spoke through a donkey, judging Balaam to only speak what God told him to speak. (Numbers 22:28-35)

In the case of the fleas, who would have ever thought that when He made the command “Go forth and multiply”, (as He must have) to all those tiny bugs that He was using them to allow the prisoners the freedom to read His word without persecution or fear? It all made sense when they discovered this mystery.

To be honest, I wish we could always see the meanings behind God’s working this clearly. God pulled back the screen just a little and allowed Corrie and all the other women to see the purpose… and they were thankful to know what He had in mind.

To be more honest, I don’t have a tenth of the faith these remarkable women had, let alone anything that compares to the trials they’ve had. Yet I never thank God for the “fleas” in my life, those circumstances or annoyances of which I see no good purpose either.

Now, if I could just witness His purpose for cockroaches!

How about you? Have you ever wondered why God has allowed the “fleas” in your life?