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Great Music–Several Genres!

Today, I wanted to recommend a terrific Internet radio station called My Hope Radio.com. It’s free and offers several choices of types of music, including, ‘Youth Vibe’, Contemporary,  Kids, Gospel, Southern Gospel, Church Choirs, Bluegrass, Spanish, and even some preaching. You can choose to listen to Female artists or Male artists or a random shuffle. I love this music! You can trust that there won’t be anything that you can’t let your children (or your mom!) listen to as well.

It’s amazing the change in atmosphere a little music makes. When we’re all working, having upbeat music playing makes it all more fun and everyone more productive.

Music is very powerful. That’s part of why it’s so popular. Every culture has music of some sort. I tend to be picky in what I listen to and what I allow my children to listen to. I’m so grateful for Christian radio stations, but even some of them play music that I’m not totally comfortable. My Hope Radio is one of the few that I don’t have to monitor closely. I know I can trust it.

My personal favorites are Youth Vibe (this is my teen’s favorite too!), Contemporary, and UPC Bible Colleges. My husband will occasionally sneak in and change it to Southern Gospel! 🙂

Enjoy!

–Christina

Picture used is of Hayley Masters, musician.

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Posted by on May 4, 2013 in encouraging posts

 

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How to Be Saved–and How to Stay That Way!

There are so many people out there with sermons and pamphlets and books about how to be saved and make it to heaven–and this is just in Christian circles. I’m not even including other religions out there. I just wanted to be a little radical and throw out into cyberland what the  (gasp!) Bible actually has to say on the subject.

First off, a quick overview. The Old Testament is basically the story of the Jewish people and their relationship with God. He chose them as a race for His own to be a witness the rest of the world. God’s idea was to bring all people to Himself through the Jewish witness. The Old Testament is divided into several parts, history, prophecy, poetry, and law. You cannot fully understand the New Testament without the Old Testament. It’s like starting in the middle of a book or movie and not knowing what went before. My purpose of this post is to focus on the subject of salvation, so I won’t go into much detail on the Old Testament. Just read it for yourself. It’s great stuff and very useful for today.

The New Testament is divided into several sections too, just like the Old Testament. The first four books are the Gospels, which tells about Jesus, which means ‘God is my salvation’ coming in flesh. (That means God put on flesh and came to live with us humans in order to die for our sins.) After the Gospels, is the book of Acts. This is where you see people getting ‘saved’ for the first time. This is the book where the church was born and this is the book which shows people getting saved. After Acts, you have a bunch of letters, written to established churches, essentially about how to live the new life you’ve been given. Finally, the last book of the Bible is Revelation, a prophecy about the end of the world as we know it.

All right, how does a person get saved? Well, that’s easy: Acts 2:38 states it very plainly: Repent of your sins, Get baptized in Jesus’ name, and Get filled with the Holy Ghost, speaking in tongues as the Spirit moves. It’s there, read it for yourself. It’s real, it’s a blessing. It’s from God. Jesus said in John 3:5 that in order to enter the Kingdom (be saved) you need to be ‘born again’ of the water and the Spirit. The ‘water’ here means baptism in Jesus’ name. The Spirit means being filled with God’s Spirit. How can you get the victory over sin without help? It is only through God’s Spirit that we can do anything worth while. Read the book of Acts. It’s great stuff and shows over and over and over how people got saved for the very first time.

Now, on to staying saved. Many, many people hate the idea of ‘losing your salvation’. Well, yeah! Wouldn’t it be awful to find yourself in hell? Hello! However, what does the Bible actually have to say about it? First off, you can’t ‘lose’ your salvation in the sense of suddenly waking up and finding it gone. God is not looking for us to make a single mistake. The only way you can lose your salvation is to walk away from it. Losing out with God is a conscious choice. Now, of course, no one is going to choose to walk away from God outright. Rather, it is much more subtle. It is through being tempted to go back to your old life. Revelation 3:16 is pretty clear about being either hot or cold, not lukewarm in the faith. God says He will spew or vomit them out of His mouth. This letter is written to a church, not the unsaved, but the supposedly saved! Over and over in the first few chapters of Revelation, Jesus talks about the things He has against these different churches. That’s the saved ones, folks! Jesus says to get it together or you will lose out!

So, now that you’re terrified, how do you stay saved? That’s actually easy. Seek the Lord. Read His Word (the Bible) and apply it to your life. If you read something in Scripture that says you should stop doing what you’re doing, Stop! If you read something in Scripture that says you need to be doing something you’re not doing, do it! Get to church. A United Pentecostal Church–UPCI preaches the truth–but search the Bible for yourself to see if it matches what you are hearing in church. If they don’t match, stick with the Bible. That’s your bedrock. That’s your foundation.

Seek a church that preaches truth and then submit to that truth, even if you don’t like it or it doesn’t feel comfortable. God isn’t interested in your comfort, He’s interested in your character. He wants to save you from yourself. Staying saved isn’t that difficult, but it might (no, really it will) require change. I just hope I’m more than a little different in five years. I want to be more like Jesus, more mature, more kind, more good, more godly.

Staying saved isn’t something to be afraid of, it’s all about drawing closer to Jesus. It’s a joy. Staying saved isn’t something to be afraid of, it’s something to yearn for, to seek after, to rejoice in. We get to know Jesus personally. What could be better than that?

 
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Posted by on May 3, 2011 in encouraging posts

 

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Book Review: What Kids Pray by: Nancy Watrud

What Kids Pray by: Nancy Watrud

This is a lovely book that goes beyond “Now I lay me down to sleep…” As a veteran Sunday School Teacher, Nancy has heard it all. In this book she talks about all of the cute things that children pray as well as some of the more distressing things that children face today. She gives ideas for helping children to pray out loud and in front of others. She also has suggestions on how to deal with everything from shyness to over-active imaginations.

I think this would be a nice addition to anyone’s home library, especially those who work with children. Nancy gives ideas for teaching in general, not just Sunday School. It’s a very short book, but very sweet.

Available in paperback and as an e-book (kindle, etc). 

Also available on Amazon.com.

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

 
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Posted by on April 11, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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Book Review: Seeds of Jochebed by Kim Haney

I’ve been using this book as a devotional with my children at the start of school every morning. She does an amazing job of making difficult concepts understandable, yet still challenging–even for adults. She encourages a deeper walk with the Lord from the earliest of ages.

One of her devotionals is about ‘ugly hands’ and tells the story of a mother whose hands were badly scared. She had put her baby girl down for a nap and gone outside for just a few moments. Somehow, a fire started in the house. When she tried to rush in to save her baby, a fireman held her back. Finally, using supernatural strength, she broke free from the fireman and ran into the house to rescue her baby. She did manage to get the child, but the mother’s hands were horribly burned and crippled. Her little child was just fine. One day, many years later, her daughter asked her why her hands were so ugly. She then told the story of the fire and her little one’s rescue. “Mommy, I think your hands are the most beautiful hands in the whole world!” the child exclaimed.

I cried as I read that story to the children. The author goes on to say that Jesus’ hands were also horribly scared for our sakes. To think that someone would love me that much. My own son asked if I would rush into a burning house for him. I told him, of course. Love doesn’t really think about the sacrifice. I love my child more than my hands. I might mourn their loss later on, but he is so much more precious. My Jesus loves me (and you too!) in just the same way. He still bears those scars as He rules and reigns to this day.

I highly recommend Seeds of Jochebed. There are many more great devotionals and stories in this book, enough to last from September through May if you wish to follow the school year calendar. They are also useful for teaching Sunday School lessons or a Wednesday evening children’s church.  

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2011 in Book Reviews

 

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SundayScholar.com–Christian Resources, 21st Century Delivery

 

 

 

 

I am so honored to have my book, Defeat Fear Forever be a part of SundayScholar’s amazing product line! Their offerings include all kinds of Christian resources including books on parenting, Bible studies, health and nutrition, and self-help (depression, poor self-image, etc.). There are books for children, adults, and everyone in between.

Check out my book, Defeat Fear Forever and surf around to look at the many other wonderful offerings at SundayScholar.com!

 
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Posted by on December 17, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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