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Read up on the Holocaust Story Kristy Cambron writes to remember those lost in WWII: Sparrow of Terezin

September 25, 2015
Holocaust Story Kristy Cambron

Read the terrifying Holocaust Story Kristy Cambron shares with readers: Sparrow of Terezin

Hide! That’s what we want to do when we sin, and that’s the first thing Adam and Eve did when they disobeyed God. It’s so easy for us to justify our sin, and yet, it separates us from God and others. When the apostle John wrote, he used the analogy of light to symbolize truth, and darkness to symbolize evil. Look at  1 John 1:7 “But if we walk in the light, as he {Jesus} is in the light, we have fellowship with one another…”  In other words, if we live openly, according to truth, we can enjoy fellowship with the Savior. This is unlike what happened with the new holocaust story Kristy Cambron wrote, Sparrow of Terezin.

In World War II, Hitler decided to deceive the world by pretending to care for Jewish children at Terezin. He fixed up a pretty ‘concentration camp’ complete with schools, flowers, and art classes, and he showed the world how generous he was. Yet after ‘show and tell’ most of those children died at the hands of the Nazis. What a terrible evil!

My guest, Kristy Cambron, just released the book, Sparrow of Terezin, that tells that story and explores the dangers of deceit.

To learn more about Kristy and her work, click here.

 

Bible, Commitment to Christ, Communication, Crying out to God, Death, Emotions, Family, Forgiveness, Goals, Grief, Guilt, Hope, Leaving a legacy, Living through heartache, Love, Perseverance, Respect, Rights, Surrender to Christ, Walking by Faith, Writing

Letters from My Fathers Murderer

September 18, 2015

Letters from My Fathers Murderer

We have a strong inborn sense of justice that comes from God. You’ll hear young children say, “That’s not fair.” Or “You’re wrong.”

I’ve heard Christian leaders say we have no rights, and I strongly disagree. The OT makes it clear that we do. The Ten Commandments state that someone should not steal our possessions or speak against us. I cannot steal your money or your watch. And much of the OT laws taught proportional justice. When someone harmed you, or violated your rights, the punishment should match the crime.

For instance, if you borrowed someone’s ax and broke it, you had to replace it. Or if you borrowed a horse that died while you cared for it, you had to buy another horse for that person.

The punishment matched the crime.

Now when someone violates one of those rights, you feel harmed and want that made right. Sometimes, an apology is enough. In others restitution needs to take place. There are times when someone hurts you and the outcome is not up to you`. For instance a pastor hurt my husband once and never humbled himself to say he was sorry. It was hard to forgive that man, but it was important that I do that.

Laurie Coombs tells the story of her father’s murder and her journey toward forgiveness.

Learn more about Laurie here.

Boundaries, Church, Commitment to Christ, Communication, Death, Emotions, Encouragement, Family, Forgiveness, Grief, Guilt, Heart of the Matter, Hope, Living through heartache, Love, Parenting

The Tragedy of Suicide

August 14, 2015

The tragedy of suicide is all around us, and the numbers are growing. Susan Titus Osborn shares ways to cope should a loved one make such a heart-breaking choice.

Susan Titus Osborn has a passion for teaching budding authors to write for publication. She is the director of the Christian Communicator Manuscript Critique Service where she heads a staff of 18 editors. She has authored over 30 books, as well as numerous articles. She is on the CLASSeminars staff, a member of Advanced Christian Writers and Speakers Association (AWSA), and a member of Christian Authors Network (CAN). Susan represents New Hope Publishers for nonfiction books at writers’ conferences. Her past positions include magazine editor and adjunct professor at four Christian colleges. She has spoken extensively across the US at over 150 writers’ conferences and in eight foreign countries. Susan lives with her husband, Dick, in Fullerton, California. They enjoy camping in their fifth-wheel trailer with their five children, twelve grandchildren, and three great-grandson.

Bible, Commitment to Christ, Communication, Death, Emotions, Family, Grief, Heart of the Matter, Hope, Living through heartache, Love, Marriage, Parenting, Prayer, Surrender to Christ, Walking by Faith, Widow, Worship

How does a Believer Grieve?

July 30, 2015

How does a believer grieve? Susan Vandepol, lost her husband due to a work related accident. She stood by his bed with her young children as he passed away.  Now she’s a grief counselor and the author of Life After Breath.

Find out more about Susan here.

Bible, Communication, Divorce, Emotions, Family, Forgiveness, Grief, Heart of the Matter, Hope, Infertility, Living through heartache, Marriage, Parenting, Surrender to Christ, Walking by Faith

Is There Hope for a Failing Marriage?

July 26, 2015

Is there hope for a failing marriage?  Cynthia Ruchti discusses topics from her new book, As Waters Gone By. Listen to Cynthia share stories hemmed in hope.

Find Cynthia here.

Apologetics, Bible, Christian History, Church, Commitment to Christ, Communication, Divorce, Emotions, Encouragement, Family, Fellowship with believers, Forgiveness, Freedom, Grief, Guilt, Heart of the Matter, Hope, Living through heartache, Love, Marriage, Ministry using your gift, Praise, Sex, Standing for your faith, Surrender to Christ, Walking by Faith, World, Worry

How Shall We Live Now?

July 9, 2015

The latest landmark  court decision distressed many believers. Our world changed, drastically. In light of that, how shall we live now? Cynthia interviewed Denise Shick of Help 4 Families, and Pastor Dane Skelton for answers. Listen and be encouraged.

Denise Shick’s ministry is found here.

Find more about Dane Skelton here.

Denise Shick

Denise Shick

Pastor Dane Skelton

Pastor Dane Skelton

Abuse, Adoption, Church, Commitment to Christ, Educating your children, Emotions, Family, Grief, Heart of the Matter, Hope, Human trafficking, Love, Parenting, Prayer, Prodigal child, Walking by Faith

Should I Adopt?

July 3, 2015

Many Christians have a heart for the myriads of needy children in the world, but adoption comes with mega challenges. Should I adopt? Sue Badeau shares her wisdom on being that ‘forever mother.’ Listen and avoid the pitfalls or encourage those who tackle the challenges. Learn more about Sue and her ministry here.

Abortion, Abuse, Abuse of Authority, Church, Commitment to Christ, Communication, Death, Educating your children, Emotions, Family, Freedom, Grief, Heart of the Matter, Hope, Love, Marriage, Parenting, Rape, Sex, Standing for your faith, Walking by Faith, Worry

Watch out for Authoritarian Churches

May 29, 2015

Cindy Sproles shares about the theme of her new book, Mercy’s Rain. She talks about the danger of authoritarian churches. Learn more about her here.

Commitment to Christ, Emotions, Family, Forgiveness, Grief, Heart of the Matter, Living through heartache, Love, Mother's Day, Parenting, Prayer, Prodigal child, Surrender to Christ, Walking by Faith

Mothers with a Prodigal Child

May 8, 2015

Mothers with a prodigal child often detest Mother’s day. Janet Perez Eckles offers hope. Learn more about Janet at www.janetperezeckles.com

How can you help the mother of a prodigal? One mother answers:

I never expected to find myself in this plight. Ever. The news blew my world into tiny shards. I poured my soul into my children. I gave all I had, and then more. When we revealed the bad news, I felt as if I’d released hot air from an overinflated balloon that threatened to pop.  Afterwards, I came to church bleeding, bruised, and broken. Fellow believers tried to show they cared but didn’t know how. So what does the mother of a prodigal need?

Please don’t give me a pep talk. My mind shuts down after the first sentence. The energetic words feel like a baseball bat flogging my soul. I crave gentleness.
Please don’t tell me to love my child. It’s like tossing my shattered heart into a food processor. I wouldn’t hurt so badly if I didn’t love so deeply. Those words make me feel charged, accused, and sentenced, when I committed no crime.

Please don’t give advice unless I request it. Mothers can’t tell the entire story. Besides I’m too emotionally exhausted to do that anyway.  I can’t and won’t explain why recommendations won’t work. Pat answers don’t help. Formulas are a bit unwieldy because my situation is unique.

Please understand my grief. I do have hope, but no guarantees. God is all powerful, but he also gives people freedom to sin. The Lord doesn’t always fix problems this side of heaven, and I’m trying to live now. That’s hard enough.

On the other hand…

Please let me talk. At times I feel like I’m going to explode, and if someone lets me share, it lightens the burden. Once I fill you in on the latest, a hug is great medicine. Offer your love and remind me you’re always ready to listen.

Please pray for me. Assure me you’ll continue to lift our family to God. That touches me deeply.

Please let me cry and encourage me. Rub my back while I weep your shoulder. I feel vulnerable and out of control. Tell me I’m still a valuable part of God’s church, and I have something vital to give. Remind me that I bear no guilt.

Thank you for helping me heal.

 

Weep with those who weep. Romans 12:15

 

Blog, Commitment to Christ, Emotions, Family, Forgiveness, Goals, Grief, Guilt, Hope, Praise, Technology, Walking by Faith

Kindle Fried

April 29, 2015

While turning off lights for the night, my husband frowned as he stepped in the kitchen. “What’s that odd smell?”

I glanced toward the microwave and gasped. My kindle was going round and round on the turntable. With two seconds left on the timer, I had no hope of rescue.

Crazy! What was I thinking? Last winter I started a new bed-time ritual.  I climbed in bed with my heating pad and kindle. The heating pad made me comfy and reading ensured I’d get drowsy. That night, however, I’d fallen asleep in the basement.  Quite groggy, I’d staggered toward the kitchen and cooked the wrong item.

Using a pot holder, I lifted my sizzling kindle out of the microwave and gazed at the smoky mess. The screen was smoldering and black. The ‘on’ button didn’t respond, but then it was searing. While the leather case looked okay, the keyboard tossed a letter across the room, as if to protest.

I felt like protesting too. When Amazon first announced the kindle, I thought it was an odd idea. I loved everything about books, the cover, the pages, and the smell. Why use digital device? I wanted to hold the entire book in my hand.  After my husband gave me one, however, I found lots of ways to use it. It’s much lighter than a laptop and great for taking notes. Plus, I plugged it into my car stereo and had it read to me when I drove.  I downloaded a writing app and used it for a personal prayer journal too. But a cooked kindle no longer does any of that.

At this point, I was pretty disgusted with myself, but a bad mood would keep me awake.   My body doesn’t function well without sleep, so I had to do something. I recalled how positive my mother was, and I chose good thoughts. In the midst of my foolish mistake, I allowed my mess up to remind me of God’s perfections. He never falls asleep and never fumbles anything.  Once I started listing his goodness to me, the negative emotions lifted.  Besides, a kindle won’t last forever, and he does.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength.

Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40

 

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