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When we were children in the Oklahoma hills, one of our pastimes was to pick the petals from a sunflower bloom or a daisy, while saying with each petal, “She loves me, she loves me not.” Thankfully, we don’t have to do those kinds of things to determine whether or not God loves us, because there is a way of knowing. That is through the knowledge gained by experiencing a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, His Son. How can we know? How can we confirm our experience in Christ? There are some ways we can know. Hopefully, some of these can be revealed in this attempt to describe a Christian Experience. During my more than fifty years in the ministry, I have heard many say they were not sure if they were saved, and I have seen others who claimed to be born again but denied it by their behavior. John makes it very clear in his writings, in chapter five, verse twelve. He just simply says if you have Christ, you’re saved; if you don’t, you aren’t.
Are you saved? Are you certain?
The history of the quaint panhandle town of Cottondale, Florida, comes to life in Where the Crossroads Meet, a collection of memories, photos, stories, and letters from Cottondale resident Dorothy B. Seals.
Established in the late nineteenth century, Cottondale started out as a quiet community where major train lines and two main roads crossed. But it soon developed into a bustling town with numerous businesses, banks, pharmacies, churches, and hotels. It also became an important farming community, particularly for cotton. At its heart, though, was its citizens’ desire to succeed. Even when fire struck and destroyed most of the town in 1928, this close-knit community worked together to start over.
Using interviews, letters, county records, photographs, and other official documents, Seals reconstructs the town’s past. She delves into the history of early settlers, important milestones, and Cottondale’s role during key events in American history. In addition, Seals shares her own memories of growing up in Cottondale, being a Sunday school teacher, wife, mother, and even a city commissioner.
Whimsical and entertaining, Where the Crossroads Meet is a wonderful look into the past of this Florida community as well as American life during the first half of the twentieth century.
Do you ever feel like you spend most of your life running in circles just trying to keep up with your family’s daily activities? Do you wish that you had more time to spend with your family or with friends? You are not alone. At a time when stress is at an all-time high and free time is at an all-time low, most of us wonder how in the world we’ll ever be able to get off the constantly moving wheel of life. The secret is realizing that we’re all in the same boat, and the life preserver we all need is an active community. We just need to find out how to start. Because of the changes in technology, the way we interact with each other has drastically changed. We are more connected than ever, but we have also created barriers in how people interact with each other. We have forgotten how to exist within a community. In Growing CommUNITY, author Collette Campbell shares tips and strategies for doing more with less by working together. She takes the guesswork out of meal planning, budgeting, vacations, childcare, and so much more. She provides practical ways to create a strong, supportive community. Most importantly, Campbell offers a step-by-step guide to making your life easier by working alongside your friends and growing your community.
Collette Campbell is a busy mom to three children and has been happily married to her college sweetheart, Dan, for fifteen years. She and Dan have made their home in Tallahassee since graduating from Florida State University in the mid 1990s and have enjoyed raising their family there.
Professor Logan, a biologist, his wife Sarah, and their two children live on the edge of an intimidating forest that hides the mysterious Neechywa Swamp. As Professor Logan performs his usual water sampling of the swamps, he notices a change in the readings. The local town folk are keeping the sheriff’s department extremely busy with numerous complaints of bears behaving very strangely. While Logan is busy with his work, their wealthy neighbor pays Sarah an unexpected visit.
Who will make the difficult choices or resist temptation to do what is right to save Logan, his family, the entire town, and the vast Neechywa Swamp?
Swamp of Infamy is an action-packed mystery that will keep you entertained until the very end.
God is the perfect father, and you can improve your parenting style by looking to Him. He sets the example for how to be a provider, protector, teacher, and disciplinarian.
This guidebook to Christian parenting explores the attributes of God a parent should try to emulate. It also brings to light four ways that Jesus grew in Luke 2:52, developing intellectually, physically, spiritually, and socially. As a parent, you can help your children follow in their savior’s footsteps.
Just as the Lord disciplines those He loves, parents must discipline their children. Heaven on Earth carefully describes biblical principles to help parents provide the environment children need. It offers proper and healthy techniques to aid parents in leading children to honor and respect not only their parents but ultimately the Lord. What’s more, it draws a line between appropriate and abusive actions to control children’s behavior. Parents can proactively develop a disciplinary plan to guard against crossing these boundaries.
Parents face many challenges to lead and guide the family in godly ways, and many struggle with the feelings of anger and failure. Find encouragement and strength through the power of God’s Word and the strength of the Holy Spirit, and get practical help in facing rebellious and wayward children.
You can be inspired to overcome any obstacle, and raise your children for the glory of God.
Amanda Slikker’s story begins on a beautiful Sunday afternoon at the US Naval Academy. Two months into her navy career, she was enjoying the first and, as it turns out, only rugby game she would ever play. During one of the plays, the head of one of the players slammed into her chin, throwing her jaw out of place and putting her in excruciating pain. This injury would change her life forever.
Amanda became a Christian as a child and was outspoken about her faith while at school. Even so, her beliefs were never challenged until she faced agonizing pain. She had countless surgeries, each one weakening her health a bit more. As time went on, she wondered why God was making her go through this unbelievable pain. She had been a healthy child growing up and did not know how to deal with this kind of suffering. She found herself questioning the truths she had learned from the Bible.
My Comfort in Affliction is a profoundly personal journey through Amanda’s struggles with her faith. She shares her prayers, thoughts, and the Scripture that gave her peace and hope during her unexpected tribulations. God led Amanda through her physical pain and with His hand pulled her to the mountains filled with joy and peace. Her story is a testament to God’s faithfulness and everlasting love.
The Gospel of Matthew is the first book in the New Testament. It truly is a “teaching” Gospel. It serves as an important resource for learning about the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. The Apostles needed this teaching so that they could effectively form the foundation upon which the future Christian church would be built. They needed this teaching to obey the commandment which Jesus gave them: “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you.” (Matt.28:19-20)
Using an easy-to-understand format, The Gospel of Matthew offers an in-depth study that reveals why Christ’s presence forever changed the world. Author Carol Walker explores the true nature of Jesus, his mission on Earth, and his ministry. From his birth to his death and resurrection, Walker recounts Jesus’ life and, in so doing, reveals how Jesus fulfilled Old Testament prophecy.
Walker presents thirty-four lessons that cover the twenty-eight chapters of Matthew. Each chapter is summarized to provide historical and cultural background information and a question and answer section presents an opportunity for further discussion. Lessons include the important work of the Holy Spirit, the ministry of John the Baptist, the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus’ interpretation of the Ten Commandments, and much more.
The Gospel of Matthew presents a comprehensive study for individuals or groups. If you’re seeking to expand your knowledge of Jesus’ life and teachings and want to deepen your faith, let this be your guide.
God’s Garden of Love is a children’s book including poetry and illustrations. Enter the world of whimsical fantasy as God’s little flowers go through their lives in His beautiful garden of love. Each flower is portrayed as a beloved small child of God, with its own distinct color and personality. The purpose for their existence is to glorify and please their creator.
Carlyn is anxious to see Granny Girl in her new home at Homestyle Assisted Living Community. Granny Girl and Carlyn maintain their close relationship as Carlyn quickly becomes friends with the other residents at Homestyle. Carlyn, with the help of her mother, teacher, and Homestyle staff, has organized a western day activity with her classmates. She is excited for the activities to begin, not only because of the races, games, and snacks, but so her new, elderly friends can meet her old, young school friends. As she watches the faces of her Homestyle friends while her school classmates compete, she notices that both groups are having a terrific day.
As Carlyn and Granny Girl’s relationship grows, Carlyn is anxious to learn more about the special conditions of the residents. Her accepting and welcoming attitude teaches children of all ages to develop their circle of relationships to include senior adults.
Follow Carlyn’s numerous visits to the community to learn how this multigenerational relationship expands as Carlyn treasures her visits. Likewise, explore ways a child can become involved in the lives of an entire community of elderly.