Darlene Osborne, Publisher
HOLD ON TO JESUS
—and HE won't let nothing go wrong!
July Issue Vol. 16 No. 1 The Christian Online Magazine™
Welcome to our July Issue! Our Magazine is Sweet 16!
Thank you for visiting. I would like to point out, that as of July 1st, we are in our 16th Year. God has truly blessed us. Our first issue was published online July 1st, 1999. We've come a long way! Thank you Jesus! I'd also like to thank our current staff, as well as our former staff, guest writers, and visitors to the site. God bless ALL of you!
Happy Birthday to the United States of America!
Have a Safe and Happy Independence Day Everyone!
God Bless the U.S.A.
by Paula Mowery, Staff Writer
Paula's Writing Column: Jill Elizabeth Nelson sits in for Paula this month. Her Topic: The Nature of Deep Point of View
Deep Point of View is a powerhouse technique writers may deploy from their arsenal of skills in order to craft a story that will captivate readers. When reading a book written in Deep POV readers will feel like there is nothing between them and what is happening to the Point of View Character (POVC).
Paula's Book Nook: Submerged
This month’s book review pick is definitely a nail-biter. Dani Pettrey delivers nonstop suspense. Overall, Submerged is a read I would highly recommend. However, if you are skittish or prone to nightmares, don’t read it too close to your bedtime!
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He is the only way out of your mess! He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life!
Joy Through the Storm
Time management? Sometimes, it seems like a challenge that can’t be overcome. What with work, kids, school, spouses, sports, meals, pets, church, cleaning, hobbies, etc., etc, isn’t it just enough to get through the week with our sanity intact? Perhaps…but that is not living in freedom. A victorious life is one that honors God, and one way we can honor Him is to use our time in a way that brings Him glory. Lisa's books are sold at Amazon.
“‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death’[a] or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” Revelation 21:4 (NIV
Ever wonder how many tears we humans have cried in grief, frustration, and unhappiness since God created Adam? If they could be gathered in one place, I would dare say the water from them would be greater than the flood in Exodus. But as Christians, we have the hope-the promise of a future where there will be no more tears cried in sorrow, pain, or other unpleasant emotions.
Introducing Jane Morin's
by Jane Morin, Staff Writer
This last week I celebrated my 55th birthday. Wow…. where does all of the time go—huh? In the Hebrew language, the number (5) represents God’s grace. So, this year I said that I am living out my life with a double-portion of His grace upon me, or living from grace to grace.
As a child of God, we all have the ability to acknowledge and to live under God’s grace or unmerited favor, but many choose to deny His grace for lack of wisdom. Others abuse that grace by ignoring His will and doing what they want to do, proclaiming it is all under the blood. Truth is I stopped doing what I wanted to do a long time ago. Since Jesus is the Lord of my life, He gets to tell me what I am going to do and not do. I don’t get to call the shots. Naturally, the Lordship of Christ is evident in the life of a believer when they have decided to call Him Lord and follow His ways.
The Joy of Baking
with Lisa L. Hnath, Staff Writer
This Month's Recipe:
This recipe is great with iced tea or iced coffee, on a warm summer day! For greater nutritional punch, a cold glass of milk combines with the flours to provide protein. Whole wheat flour, molasses, iodized sea salt and bananas make this a healthy snack for anytime! Can also be served chilled. Add nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds or even white raisins for even more healthy goodness!!
The Joy of Baking with Lisa Hnath
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The Storms of Life
Don't Have To Destroy You
by Darlene Osborne
Thunderstorms fascinate me. I don’t know why, they just do. Hearing the loud, explosive sound of thunder just after the lightning strikes across a dark, cloudy sky is very captivating. I admit the thunder can be a bit too loud, but I still think these types of storms are a marvelous work of Mother Nature. I guess I enjoy the show that she puts on for us sometimes.
In great contrast, there are storms that occur in the lives of people that I do not enjoy watching. These types of storms are what many refer to as, the storms of life. And if you think about it, really there’s not much difference between nature’s storms and life’s storms. They both can be pretty rough. Especially if the devil gets to showing off like Mother Nature has been known to do. Yeah, you guessed it. I believe these so-called storms of life originate from satan. And just as the lightning strikes across the sky, the devil tries to strike people with sickness, financial problems, addictions, etc. Whatever type of storm he can dream up he’ll try to send it. But, I don't think for a second we have to allow these storms to rage in our lives and destroy us.
Are the storm clouds gathering in your life right now? Is the lightning flashing and the thunder roaring? Is the wind starting to breeze by you? Have you felt the raindrops yet? Maybe your storm experience is much more severe than a little wind and a few drops of rain. Maybe the storm brewing in your life would be considered more on the level of a hurricane. Maybe it’s so severe that you don’t quite know for sure if you’re going to come out of it alive. In fact, you feel like giving up completely. Well just hang on. Help is on the way. The Lord can make your storm disappear as He did in Mark Chapter 4. Or, if for some reason He chooses to allow you to go through the storm, He can bring you out unharmed. Those on the ship with Paul in Acts Chapter 27 suffered shipwreck but there was no loss of life. We’ll get to that a little bit later. But right now let’s read what Jesus said in Matthew 7:24 and 25,
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock
The devil sends different types of storms to try and destroy God’s people. He would like nothing more than to sweep us all off the planet. But if we do the sayings of Jesus and build our spiritual foundation upon a rock then we will be standing strong long after the storm has blown over. And that rock in which we are to build upon is Christ. For He alone is our Rock. (1st Corinthians 10:4)
If you’re going through a storm, be wise, grab hold of God’s Word and hang on for dear life. The wind may blow and the rain may pour upon your spiritual house (your soul) but if you stand firm you will not fall.
There’s nothing like going through and then coming out of a storm, still standing, to stir up your faith.
© 2004 by Darlene Osborne
Let's Work Miracles For Him
There is so much we need to do
In this day and hour.
We need to heal the sick
Yet we feel we have no power.
But God’s gifts are real
And when things look really grim.
He will send us what we need
To work miracles for Him!
Stand up and proclaim
There is power in His name.
The miraculous can be seen
As He heals the sick and lame.
© Darlene Osborne
He Hears My Every Prayer
Scripture reference:1 John 5:14-15
"What makes you think
God will answer your prayers?"
I heard the devil say,
He doesn't even care."
"Well, what makes you say that?"
I snapped right back.
"He's never even let me down
And that's a proven fact."
I am His child
He really does care
Yes, God will answer
He hears my every prayer!
© Darlene Osborne