Confessing Sins

I was readings Psalms 132 and came across verse 9 which states, “Let the priests wear robes of righteousness and the saints shout for joy.”  The thought came to mind that as Christians we are the priests of God,

In the Pentateuch, God’s people went to the High Priest to confess their sins. This was done every year, but many years later, Jesus became our High Priest in the order of Melchezidek (See Psalm 110 and Hebrews 5) when he died on the cross. He bore ALL our sins ( past sins, present sins and future sins). It is also written in the book of Hebrews that once and for all, he forgave us all of our sins! ONCE AND FOR ALL! We have no further need to keep asking God to forgive us our sins– It has been done. So what do we do if we sin? We repent. WE still agree with God that it was wrong, but asking for  forgiveness and confessing our sins is not the same thing. Confess means to agree with. You agree with God that sin is wrong.

After Jesus went to the cross, we believers became priests of God, We are the priests that wears robes of righteousness. We have made right with God because was made sin for us. Now it is our responsibility to be  a priest.

Nowhere in the Letters of he New Testament do you read, “Ask God to forgive you of your sin.” Instead you will read In James 5 and Ephesians 4. it says to “Confess your trespasses to another one” and “forgiving on another as in Christ God forgave you. (See! He already forgave us! WE just have to forgive each other!)

“Hey, brother! Sorry, man but I took your lawnmower. Forgive me?”

“Yes, of course, but next time ask.”

“Will do.”

And of course you learn from your mistake. You know stealing is wrong so you repent and the next time you ask to borrow it. That goes for any sin– Confess then repent, but don’t ask Jesus to forgive you because he already went to the cross. In fact, I think that  was Jesus meant when he said, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

We all have been tempted to sin and unfortunately, we cave in and sin. In fact, Paul wrote, “We all have sinned and fall short the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23 I believe).

I am so thankful that Jesus died for my sins on the cross, but I am glad he also rose again too because then we have eternal life. We have a relationship that has been restored. We have been reconciled with God all because God loved us so much that He sent His son as a sacrifice.

If you do not know Jesus, why not start now? If you would like to ask him to your heart, all you have to say, “Jesus, I believe in you. Come into my heart.”  Once you say that, he is there in your heart and the great news is all your sins are forgiven!  Paul puts it this way in 2 Corinthians 5:17 “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away;behold, all things have become new.” We get a new start in life. How great is that?

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The Path Less Traveled (Trusting God)

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Recently, I finished a book about a woman who just lost her husband and wanted to prove to people that she didn’t need anyone’s help–She got tired of being rescued.  This woman met a man named Andy. He wanted to help her not because he had to but because of love Eventually she accepted his help. There is a theme or message spread throughout the book: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not your own understanding.”

Trust is hard. we want to do things on our own or we don’t know which direction to take. The main character seems to have one bad luck after and she thought She was trusting the Lord to  move her to another city. Sometimes we think what the Lord has for us is not from Him. How can we trust when all hell breaks loose?

In my own life, I have experienced this.  My mother’s bank account is low and we wonder if we will have enough food until payday. Recalling past experiences, I ask God to come through for us and he did. However, we found out that my mom owes bank money for overdraft fee. I cry out to God, “How can this happen? You bless us and part of the blessing is gone!”  Once again, it is the issue of trust. How do we trust him when hard times hit us? I plead him to have mercy, relying on what he has done and once again he has come through for us! God is merciful!

It does not end there. I have come across bad news myself. Many will say I don’t need it, but let me give you a little background information:
I have been out of work for 15 years. I am under qualified to teach and over qualify to be an aide. I have experience working with food, but as I applied for positions in that industry, no one hires. On top of that, my circumstances did not allow me to work. I believe that God has closed the doors.

God allowed me to have some govt’l help for three months until I blew it, but I was given a second chance. Now the govt tells me I will not be getting any help in paying for food and I just had a hysterectomy over a month ago. This doesn’t seem fair!  I am still recovering. I can’t  do any work that requires standing  because after a time my back will ache. My insides still needs to be healed completely. So wants to hire an out of work woman who had a hysterectomy? This is where I need to trust God to take care of me. He knows my needs and he will not be stingy.

Book Spotlight for The Starlight Chronicles by C.S. Johnson

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C. S. Johnson

The Starlight Chronicles: Slumbering

ISBN-10: 1449779123

ISBN-13: 978-1449779122

Publisher: WestBow Press

 Softcover: 206 pages

Also available in Hardcover and ebook formats.

HIGH SCHOOL WAS NEVER THIS EPIC.

           What happens when you are confronted by an uncomfortable truth that defies logic? The kind that calls for a change you’re not willing to make?The Starlight Chronicles: Slumbering is the first book in an epic young adult series. Hamilton Dinger is not an average 16-year-old boy. He stands at the top of his class in academics and athletics, as well as being a top notch Tetris player. Charismatic and friendly, he is adored by the entire school. Everything seems to be going along perfectly as he enters 10th grade, until a meteor crashes into the city unleashing a whirlwind of supernatural destruction, prompting a reluctant Hamilton to step up to be a hero.

            With his newly awakened powers unleashed, Hamilton must now wage war on evil while attending the homecoming game, the school play and studying for the history test. Can he overcome his ignorance and narrow-mindedness to see what is truly real? Can he give up his self-proclaimed entitlement to happiness in order to follow the call of a duty he doesn’t  want? More importantly, will he willingly sacrifice all he has to find out the truth?

            When asked about the most unique thing about her novel, Johnson insists that it is a combination of genre and character. “There are so many genres that it would fit in comfortably. It is a young adult novel, with themes of coming of age, making choices, and dealing with unpleasant aspects of emerging adulthood. It is also a spiritual fantasy, evoking the supernatural instruction and taking the characters off to new lands and new ideas not born of this world. My favorite is that it is actually an epic, following the hero’s journey.” When asked about her characters, Johnson laughs. “I love my characters, especially my protagonists. They are the people I am, who I know, and who I wish I could be, all at the same time. It’s an interesting mix.” She further adds, “People should buy the book because it has everything in it they could really want. True love, danger, adventure, superheroes and supernatural power, mythological creatures, friendship, loyalty, conspiracy theories, and loads of satire – some of it might take some digging past all the joking, but it’s there!”

            The Starlight Chronicles: Slumbering (Book 1 of the Starlight series) can be found at Amazon.com, BN.com, Booksamillion.com, and Westbowpress.com

The second book in the series, Calling, is currently in the editing process. Johnson is also releasing an interim short story for the Starlight series in an anthology she and her friends at Southern New Hampshire University, where Johnson is currently working toward her MA in English and Creative Writing, are releasing in hopes of raising money for Sandy Hook. “We wanted to do a collection of stories that reminds us of the good in people. People – in the loose fantasy sense of the word – are both born heroes and able to become them,” Johnson says. “Patrick Donovan, an author with Fable Press, headed the project and is doing a lot of the editing for us. He is promising us a release date soon. We are all excited and honored to give back through our writing.”

            To keep up with Johnson and her work, you can find her at www.facebook.com/thestarlightchroniclesslumbering (for her book), www.csjohnsonetc.blogspot.com (for her blog), and Twitter @C_S_Johnson13 (for fun). If you like the novel, please leave a review!

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BOOK SPOTLIGHT–Fort Douglas by Nancy Foshee

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Fort Douglass by Nancy Foshee

  • ISBN-13: 978-1477279694
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Paperback: 258 pagesBOOK DESCRIPTION:
    Utahans had been denied statehood for more than forty years, primarily because of the state’s connection to polygamy. Then in 1890, the Mormon Church published the Woodruff Manifesto ending plural marriages, and the promise of statehood was granted. Many Mormon husbands either kept their multiple wives or provided separate accommodations for them and their children. But some sent their wives away expecting them to fend for themselves. As a result, many formerly married Mormon women in Salt Lake City had to work as prostitutes in the brothels. It is in this volatile community that Abigail Randolph finds herself at the beginning of Fort Douglas. Raised in Kentucky on her grandparents’ horse farm and educated at Smith College, Abigail Randolph had rarely seen her father who was now a colonel in the army. Then in 1895, he invites her to visit Fort Douglas where he is the commanding 

If you are interested in purchasing her book, you can order her book at
http://www.amazon.com/Fort-Douglas-Nancy-Foshee/dp/1477279695/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1376787804&sr=8-1&keywords=Fort+Douglas

You can also visit her website at:

http://www.fortdouglasnovel.com

Book Reviews for The Past Hunter:When the Past Comes Calling

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Author’s note:  There is a review in here that the author does not agree. It is based on his own opinion of who God is. There is no higher power but God.

5.0 out of 5 stars a good book of encouragement, August 12, 2013
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This was an easy book to read and follow.
I am a Christian, so did not have a problem following this authors written descriptives.
Although so minor writing errors , and a few typos requiring more proof reading the author did fairly well expressing her point.
a worthwhile read with good tools for life

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5.0 out of 5 stars THE PAST HUNTER. WHEN THE PAST COMES CALLING, July 30, 2013
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I LOVE THIS BOOK IT REALLY BLESSES ME BECAUSE IT IS LIKE A REAL STORY ABOUT PEOPLE AND HOW THEY FEEL!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than the original, March 25, 2013

In The Past Hunter by Ruthie Madison the author tells a story that has a great message for the readers. The idea of second chances and that whatever or whoever you worship gives you the strength to go on day-by-day is one that everyone should be able to relate to. Your past is something all people have and you have to come to grips with it–either you learn from it or you try to escape it.

Second chances are all around us. Even the author had a second chance. I originally read and reviewed this book a few months back and was pretty hard on her. The writing wasn’t the best, the grammar was just as bad and the formatting was the worst. But Ruthie contacted me and asked for some help improving her style. I gave her honest feedback and she responded. This edition is much better than the first. The message comes across loud and clear now and there is no confusion for the reader. I applaud the author for looking for help and accepting it. This was truly a second chance that worked out.

I was given a copy of this by the author for an honest review.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story line, March 5, 2013
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Ruthie’s book The Past Hunter has a great story line. I’m not a fan of romance or Christian books but this book was quite interesting. I look forward to reading more books of Ruthie’s books..

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5.0 out of 5 stars God leads to love, January 5, 2013
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This book is a story of true love. Julie and Eric have issues and so Julie leaves. Her path leads her to a closer relationship with Jesus. While in her new home, Eric finds her and she is again drawn to him. With the help of her faith, she finds that she must wait for love. Eric tries to get her to return with him and she fights to wait. Her prayers are answered when Eric sees the light. The amazing faith held by the author is present in every word.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn’t put it down!!, January 1, 2013
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Past Hunter is a very good read. I started it, thinking I would read a little to help me relax in bed and get to sleep. I wound up reading it straight through!! I couldn’t put it down. Good story line with great values. I would recommend this for anyone looking for a good Christian book. Kudos to Ruthie!!!!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, December 25, 2012
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Past Hunter is a good read, I finished it in less than a day, it is well written and flows smoothly, and has a good Christian Storyline. If you like stories of love and redemption I think you will like Past Hunter!!!

Should Christians Read Secular Books?

Ephesians 5:3,4 ” But fornication and all uncleaness, or covetoueness, let it not be named among you, as is fitting for saints 4)neither unfilthiness, nor foolish talking, nor coarse jesting, which are not fitting,  but rather giving of saints,

Romans 12:1,2  “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your body as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. 2) And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, perfect and acceptable  will of God is.”

I have indulged myself in reading a few secular books. If I come across too many foul language as I read a book, it bothers me. It bothers me even more if a person I thought was a Christian used those words.  I understand that worldly Christians will use those words so it is my  fault if I assume the book would have no profanity.

As a writer, I am involved in a writer’s group on Facebook.  I expressed to these people why I returned a book, but they did not understand. I can’t allow my eyes to see profanity used often.  It is perfectly alright for the author to write what he or she wants and I I am not saying that author what she should write.  I am only saying that I should have been more careful in what book I download  for my Kindle.  Profanity does offend me, but apparently some Christians do not have the knowledge that I have that  it is also offend the Holy Spirit.  Jesus resides inside of us. It would be the same as if you went to a movie  theater and watched a rated R movie. Jesus is not deaf and blind. He sees what we see and hears what we hear.

So should Christians read secular books? We all have our preferences. If you are not convicted when you get a tattoo, who am I to judge you?  The same with reading books. Most books I read are usually by Christian authors (A few not) and are not Christian fiction yet I have seen no profanity used in their books.  An author friend of mine is a Chrsitian but her book is secular yet her characters do express faith in Jesus and all her stories have a happy ending.