Friday, June 26, 2015

A Battle Cry for this nation...

Sound the alarm
Gather the people
Gather the elders
Let the ministers wail
God take back the years that the enemy's stolen
Lord you are coming with a holy visitation

We return to you fasting and weeping and mourning
Oh My Lord you are returning
We lie here weeping between porch and altar
Pour out your spirit on your sons and your daughters
We lie here weeping between porch and altar
Pour out your spirit on your sons and your daughters

Sound the alarm
Awaken the watchmen
Open their ears let their voices be loud
We prophesied, You'll come to this nation
Touch this generation with a holy visitation

We return to you fasting and weeping and mourning
Oh My Lord you are returning
We lie here weeping between porch and altar
Pour out your spirit on your sons and your daughters
Oh, we lie here weeping between porch and altar
Pour out your spirit on your sons and your daughters

We dance, we shout, we lift up our voices
Let your kingdom come down

I was made for war
I was made for battle Lord

Monday, June 22, 2015

Amy Proctor's beautiful photography captured.

Donna Sue Berry interviewed Amy Proctor for Regina Magazine

I am so proud of bestest friend, Amy.  She has such a beautiful and God-given talent in capturing God's creativity, beauty and so much more.

I hope you enjoy the article/pictorial interview. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Welcome to book tour of "A More Christlike God."

Thank you Litfuse Publicity Group in providing me a free copy of this book to review. The opinions are my own.

Book info
About the book:

A More Christlike God (April 2015)

What is God like? A punishing judge? A doting grandfather? A deadbeat dad? A vengeful warrior?

Believers and atheists alike typically carry and finally reject the toxic images of God in their own hearts and minds. Even the Christian gospel has repeatedly lapsed into a vision of God where the wrathful King must be appeased by his victim Son. How do such good cop/bad cop distortions of the divine arise and come to dominate churches and cultures?

Whether our notions of 'god' are personal projections or inherited traditions, author and theologian Brad Jersak proposes a radical reassessment, arguing for A More Christlike God: a More Beautiful Gospel. If Christ is "the image of the invisible God, the radiance of God's glory and exact representation of God's likeness," what if we conceived of God as completely Christlike---the perfect Incarnation of self-giving, radically forgiving, co-suffering love? What if God has always been and forever will be cruciform (cross-shaped) in his character and actions?

A More Christlike God suggests that such a God would be very good news indeed---a God who Jesus "unwrathed" from dead religion, a Love that is always toward us, and a Grace that pours into this suffering world through willing, human partners.
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About the author: 

Brad Jersak (PhD)
 is an author and teacher based in Abbotsford, BC. He is on faculty at Westminster Theological Centre (Cheltenham, UK), where he teaches New Testament and Patristics. He also serves as adjunct faculty with St Stephen's University (St. Stephen, NB). He is also the senior editor of CWR (Christianity Without the Religion) Magazine, based in Pasadena, CA.

Find Brad online: websiteFacebookTwitter

My Review
This was a deep, in-depth and profound look at seeing God like Jesus.

This book was absolutely a blessing to me, so many questions that were answered, some to that fact how people view God as evil, cruel and unjust, and the way it was depicted here was not in huge theologian words, or words that only a scholar could comprehend. Mr. Jersak breaks things down to a level that every person could understand.  And in turn, showed us a "Father" that loves all His beloved children.

I remember one chapter that had me laugh out loud, "God is Good and Sh** Happens."  LOL!  Let me say this, it was very enlightening.  From the book, "What are we to make of the gaping abyss between the perfect goodness and infinite love of God over against the affliction, suffering and evil in the world at large? How do they come together if at all?"
I HIGHLY recommend this book to those that question the existence of God, His infinite love, and so much more.  Questions will be answered.

This book should be on the shelf of every person, Believer or non-Believer alike.

I cannot express how deeply moved I was by this instructional,

Thursday, June 11, 2015


Sir Christopher Lee has just passed away at the age of 93. The legendary Hollywood actor, will be mourned by fans around the world. With so many iconic roles in some of the biggest Hollywood movies, he will truly be missed.

Lee made a career out of playing some of the most notorious Hollywood villains. One of his most iconic roles was as Saruman in JRR Tolkien’s "Lord of the Rings". He was also the only member of the entire cast, that personally new JRR Tolkien. Tolkien even gave him his blessing to play Gandalf, should the movies ever get made. Lee would eventually play Saruman instead, which was more up his alley, being a bad guy and all.

You might also remember Lee from his other iconic roles such as Count Dooku in the "Star Wars Trilogy", or as Count Dracula in “Dracula,” or even as Scaramanga in the Bond flick “The Man with the Golden Gun.” His ability to bring some of the most villainous characters to live grossed him more than 8.3 billion dollars worldwide. Making him one of the most successful actors to have ever been seen on the silver screen.

Lee died on June 7th at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital shortly after celebrating his 93rd birthday. He died due to respiratory problems and heart failure. His legacy will live on in the iconic characters he helped bring to life.

RIP Sir Christopher Lee (1922 - 2015)

Monday, June 8, 2015

The Founders’ Model of Welfare Actually Reduced Poverty

Which approach to welfare policy is better for the poor: that of the Founders or that of today’s welfare state?
The more we spend on the poor, the harder it seems for them to attain decent, productive lives in loving families. The federal government has spent $22 trillion on anti-poverty programs since the beginning of the War on Poverty in 1965, but the poverty rate is nearly the same today as in 1969, fluctuating between roughly 11 and 15 percent over that time period.
As I argue in a new essay on “Poverty and Welfare in the American Founding,” these results are bound to continue unless we rethink welfare policy from the perspective of our Founders. Neither the contemporary left nor right in America properly understands their approach.
The left often claims the Founders were indifferent to the poor—suggesting that New Deal America ended callousness and indifference. Indeed, high school and college textbooks frequently espouse this narrative. Many on the right think the Founders advocated only for charitable donations as the means of poverty relief.
Neither is correct. America always has had laws providing for the poor. The real difference between the Founders’ welfare policies and today’s is over how, not whether, government should help those in need.
The Founders
Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin believed government has an obligation to help the poor. Both thought welfare policies should support children, the disabled, widows and others who could not work. But any aid policy, they insisted, would include work-requirements for the able-bodied.
Rather than making welfare a generational inheritance, Franklin thought it should assist the poor in overcoming poverty as expediently as possible: “I am for doing good to the poor.…I think the best way of doing good to the poor, is not making them easy in poverty, but leading or driving them out of it.”
Moreover, local, rather than federal, officials administered this welfare, since they were more likely to know the particular needs of recipients and could distinguish between the deserving poor (the disabled and involuntarily unemployed) and the undeserving poor (those capable of work but preferring not to).
The Founders sought to provide aid in a way that would help the deserving poor but minimize incentives for recipients to act irresponsibly. They wanted to protect the rights of taxpayers by preventing corruption and abuses in welfare aid.
Above all, the Founders saw the family and life-long marriage as the primary means of support for everyone, rich and poor alike.
Modern Welfare
By the mid-20th century, intellectual opinion began to peel away the stigma attached to the behavioral aspects of poverty, and progressive politicians increased the benefits and number of welfare recipients.
During the New Deal, despite major expansions of welfare programs, the Founders’ approach remained intact at least to this extent: These programs still distinguished between the deserving and undeserving poor—a distinction based on moral conduct.
Until the mid-1960s, free markets, secure property rights, strong family policy and minimal taxation and regulation supported a culture of work and entrepreneurship. But through the rise of modern liberalism’s redefinition of rights and justice, welfare was officially reconceived as a right that could be demanded by anyone in need, regardless of conduct or circumstances.
Among the most destructive features of the post-1965 welfare regime has been its unintentional dismantling of the family. By making welfare wages higher than working wages, the government essentially replaced fathers with a government check. The state became many families’ primary provider.
Even more perverse, for many single mothers, marrying a working man may actually be a financial burden rather than a support because the marriage can diminish government benefits.
Though modern welfare programs grant more benefits to a greater number of individuals than the Founders ever fathomed, the Founders’ approach to welfare policy was effective in providing for the minimal needs of the poor and dramatically reducing poverty over time. Based on today’s living standards, the poverty rate fell from something like 90 percent in the Founding era to 12 percent by 1969.
If the goal of welfare is to provide for those in need while respecting the rights of all, Americans would do well to ponder the Founders’ outlook on welfare as a limited system, concerned with helping the poor who truly are in need and encouraging those who are able to work to leave their poverty behind as soon as possible.

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Richard Mabry’s Perfect Prescription Giveaway

Thank Litfuse Publicity Group for providing me a free copy of this book to review.  The opinions are my own.

Can Mark find out who the shooter is before he becomes the next victim? You won't want to miss the suspense in Richard Mabry's new book, Fatal Trauma. Facing an adversary whose desires are dark and efforts are ruthless, Mark finds himself under suspicion as a killer, yet still a potential victim. When he turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, Kelly helplessly looks on, as she hides her own feelings for the good doctor.

Richard is celebrating the release of Fatal Trauma by giving away The Perfect Prescription Prize Pack!

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One grand prize winner will receive:
Enter today by clicking the icon below. But hurry, the giveaway ends on June 20th. The winner will be announced June 22nd on Richard's blog.

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Book info
About the book:

Fatal Trauma (Abingdon Press, May 2015)

A gunman who has nothing to lose faces a doctor who could lose it all to prove his innocence.

When Dr. Mark Baker and Nurse Kelly Atkinson are held at the mercy of a dangerous gunman, the lives of every emergency room patient are at stake. At the end of the evening three men are dead. One of them is a police officer who couldn't be saved despite Mark's best efforts. The other two are members of the feared Zeta drug cartel.

Though the standoff is over, the killing is not, because when the drug cartel loses its members, revenge is not far behind. Facing an adversary whose desires are dark and efforts are ruthless, Mark finds himself under suspicion as a killer, yet still a potential victim. When he turns to his high school sweetheart, attorney Gwen Woodruff, for help, Kelly helplessly looks on, as she hides her own feelings for the good doctor.

At the height of the conflict, three questions remain: Who is the shooter? Who will the next victim be? And can Mark prove his innocence before the gun turns on him?

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About the author:
A retired physician, Dr. Richard Mabry is the author of seven critically acclaimed novels of medical suspense. His previous works have been finalists for the Carol Award and Romantic Times Reader's Choice Award, and have won the Selah Award. He is a past Vice-President of American Christian Fiction Writers and a member of the International Thriller Writers. He and his wife live in North Texas.

Find Richard online: websiteTwitterFacebook

My Review:
There is nothing better than reading a novel filled medicine and murder. The perfect recipe for a good read.

It starts out exciting and just keeps going from. Medical terminology is used but not to the extent you are left scratching your head, very well-written.

It begins in the ER, a gunman walks in, puts a gun against the temple of one of our main characters and from then on, this book takes off. You literally stay on the edge of your feet.  This book has a everything you could possibly want, suspense, intrigue, well-developed characters, romance, and it truly has you guessing on who the bad guys really are, and can Mark clear his name before he is the next victim.  I even enjoyed the softer side regarding an abused child. The message of faith is beautifully described.

I truly enjoyed reading this book. I couldn't put it down. And I was totally blown away when the perpetrators were finally revealed. I kept on thinking I knew who the perpetrators were, I wasn't even close. You truly have no idea until the very end.

This book does not disappoint. I highly recommend it.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

What does the Bible say about Christian mothers?

Answer:Being a mother is a very important role that the Lord chooses to give to many women. A Christian mother is told to love her children (Titus 2:4-5), in part so that she does not bring reproach on the Lord and on the Savior whose name she bears.

Children are a gift from the Lord (Psalm 127:3-5). InTitus 2:4, the Greek wordphiloteknosappears in reference to mothers loving their children. This word represents a special kind of “mother love.” The idea that flows out of this word is that of caring for our children, nurturing them, affectionately embracing them, meeting their needs, and tenderly befriending each one as a unique gift from the hand of God.

Several things are commanded of Christian mothers in God’s Word:

Availability – morning, noon, and night (Deuteronomy 6:6-7)

Involvement – interacting, discussing, thinking, and processing life together (Ephesians 6:4)

Teaching – the Scriptures and a biblical worldview (Psalm 78:5-6;Deuteronomy 4:10;Ephesians 6:4)

Training – helping a child to develop skills and discover his/her strengths (Proverbs 22:6) and spiritual gifts (Romans 12:3-8and1 Corinthians 12)

Discipline – teaching the fear of the Lord, drawing the line consistently, lovingly, firmly (Ephesians 6:4;Hebrews 12:5-11;Proverbs 13:24;19:18;22:15;23:13-14;29:15-17)

Nurture – providing an environment of constant verbal support, freedom to fail, acceptance, affection, unconditional love (Titus 2:4;2 Timothy 1:7;Ephesians 4:29-32;5:1-2;Galatians 5:22;1 Peter 3:8-9)

Modeling with Integrity – living what you say, being a model from which a child can learn by “catching” the essence of godly living (Deuteronomy 4:9,15,23;Proverbs 10:9;11:3;Psalm 37:18,37).

The Bible never states that every woman should be a mother. However, it does say that those whom the Lord blesses to be mothers should take the responsibility seriously. Mothers have a unique and crucial role in the lives of their children. Motherhood is not a chore or unpleasant task. Just as a mother bears a child during pregnancy, and just as a mother feeds and cares for a child during infancy, so mothers also play an ongoing role in the lives of their children, whether they are adolescents, teenagers, young adults, or even adults with children of their own. While the role of motherhood must change and develop, the love, care, nurture, and encouragement a mother gives should never cease.

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