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I’m Moving Sites

Hello family! First I want to thank you for reading my posts. I pray every time they encourage and edify you in Christ, or bring someone closer to Him.

I officially have my own website now. It has all the same content (the blogs I’ve posted here), and I will continue to post blogs regularly—just not on WordPress anymore. So, if you would, please check it out. There’s also a subscription option on the site.

Here’s the new blog site. I pray you join me and continue to grow in your love for Christ.

Grace and peace to you,

Natasha


Christians Don’t Have A Right To Be Offended

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Earlier this morning I sent a few sisters a Scripture from the Holman Christian Standard Bible:

Abundant peace belongs to those who love Your instruction; nothing makes them stumble. (‭Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭165‬)

Later on, I decided to read from this devotional I’ve had for years, but never finished, and just started reading again a few days ago. And wouldn’t you know, Psalms 119:165 is today’s verse, but in the King James Version:

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them. (‭Psalms‬ ‭119‬:‭165‬ KJV)

The author of the devotional writes about how much better we take it if a friend or stranger criticizes us, but if our husbands mention any slight imperfection, or wound us, or try to iron-sharpen-iron us we get very hurt and offended. Then she says this profound little nugget of truth:

We who have been forgiven by a holy God have no right…

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Purpose and Schedule

Author, Bryan Davis, is my mentor and can certainly benefit any writer. He’s a fantastic writer and has truly transformed my writing from rookie to quite good! His insight will certainly sharpen your skills. I’ve gotten the most help from Bryan’s input than any other writer or editor. Are you ready to take your writing to the next level? Begin that journey by following his blog today. God bless you, Bryan aka Obi-Wan Brynobi!

The Author's Chair

Announcing The Author’s Chair Blog!

Writers and readers, this new blog is for you.

Writers – Make your writing sparkle by implementing writing tips, participating in critique sessions, and gaining insight into the publishing industry.

Readers – Watch me develop a story over several weeks, read works in progress from up-and-coming writers, and chat with an author and other readers.

Here is the blog’s proposed schedule:

Monday – Writing Tips (Weekly).

I will be providing a tip on writing each Monday that will include examples so you can see how the tips work in practice.

Tuesday – Watch a Story Develop (Frequency dependent on story progress).

I will post regular updates to a story so you can see how it develops as well as the edits I make over time. I will include commentary on why I made certain story decisions. For readers this is a great opportunity to get a…

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Quit Kidding Yourself: Part 2 (James 1:22–27)

This is powerful truth—if we put it to practice! Thank You, Lord for this post.

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

look-yourself-in-the-mirrorThere are true believers who are fooling themselves concerning their Christian walk. If a Christian sins because Satan deceives him, that is one thing; but if he deceives himself, that is a far more serious matter. In these verses, James says we have three responsibilities toward God’s Word; and if we fulfill these responsibilities, we will have an honest walk with God and men. In Part 1, we saw the first responsibility: receive the Word. Today, we will look at the next two responsibilities.

Practice the Word (James 1:22–25)

Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens to the Word, but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. But whoever looks intently…

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I’m A Christian, But I’m Not Joyful

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If you remain in Me and My words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be My disciples. As the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you. Remain in My love. If you keep My commands you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commands and remain in His love. I have spoken these things to you so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete. (‭John‬ ‭15‬:‭7-11‬ HCSB)

“Ask whatever you want and it will be done for you.” What an awesome promise Jesus gives! But notice the key to having our prayers answered: “If you remain in Me and My words remain in you.”

We first have to be in Jesus. That means we must…

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Confused About God’s Will? Pray Seriously.

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“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. (‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭7-8‬ NKJV)

More and more, God is reaffirming to me just how important prayer is. And I’m not talking about mini grace-prayers over our food, or quick “protect me” prayers at night, but a genuine marking time out and disciplining yourself to meet with God and petition Him.

I think when you’re interceding, it eventually starts to feel like a work out. You will likely even feel tired afterwards. I believe this is because when you are serious about your requests, you are engaging in warfare. You are coming against the demonic spirits oppressing the ones you are interceding for, and there is a battle going on in the…

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How Changing Our Focus Can Stop Us From Sinning

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By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter and chose to suffer with the people of God rather than to enjoy the short-lived pleasure of sin. For he considered the reproach because of the Messiah to be greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, since his attention was on the reward. (‭Hebrews‬ ‭11‬:‭24-26‬ HCSB)

Sometimes sin entangles us because our focus is off. We are not looking up, where Christ is enthroned at the right hand of God, or ahead, where our eternal rewards await.

When we sin, we forget we are to live for the future, not for the present, although we are living in the present. We, like the heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11, are pilgrims in a foreign land. This place is not our home, but rather, a rented space until we are brought to our…

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I Am New And So Are You

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We are ambassadors of Christ. We bear His name like a cross on our back. We have put on Jesus and taken off our old self. Everything we do, we do for His glory, not ours. We magnify His love and beauty, His holiness with our bodies, which we offer up to our Blessed Savior as living sacrifices.

We desire to be shining lights in the midst of this crooked generation. We are His light. We represent Him. And we do so out of love and devotion for Him and for the sake of the lost, that through us, they might taste and see that the LORD is good. We no longer live for ourselves; too much time has been wasted on selfish living in our past. We now live for the only King and LORD.

We are not of this world, so we do not act, talk or dress…

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The New Way To Handle Sin In Other’s Lives

A number of people in the Church have created a new system of getting people out of sin, and too many good-willed Christians are buying into this unbiblical notion of “encouraging the sinner.” Speaking life is good yes, but in what context? When someone is sinning? Paul addressed the Corinthians very sternly about their acceptance of someone sinning among them. He didn’t tell them to speak life over them. He told them:

In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when you are gathered together, along with my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, deliver such a one to Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that his spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus. (I Corinthians 5:4-5 NKJV)

When you sin, you are in death because the bible itself says sin brings death. Those in sin need to know they are not walking in life and need to repent from their sin that is destroying them in order to begin walking in life. There is a time to be more firm and a time to be more gentle, depending on the sinner, but you are never to avoid speaking the truth about sin and how the Holy God hates it. Mind you, He hates it because it is the greatest offense to Him and His purpose for us as living beings: to glorify and imitate Him, to be like Him. Whenever we sin, we misrepresent God and slander His holy character. God is love, God is good, God is many wonderful things, but He particularly emphasizes His holiness.

Hearing the truth doesn’t cause people to stay stuck in their sin. There is freedom in the truth. Jesus taught that light exposes darkness and those who love darkness will stay there by their own choosing, not because the truth of their sin made them stay there. Once light is shed on darkness, a choice is to be made that all of us, by God’s granting, are able to make, for He gave us free will: Choose Him or choose self.

I know people who stay stuck in sin because they don’t fear God because no one has really confronted them on it, but only encouraged them. But when God sent His prophets to the Jews because they were sinning against Him, God had the prophet call out ALL of their sins. God labeled them and then delivered harsh judgment.

People must be warned. There is a time for everything, and when someone is sinning, it is NOT the time for encouragement.


Abortions Are So Much Fun

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I don’t see a problem with women desiring equal voting rights.

I have some quibbles with women desiring to be in the military though. I don’t think fighting in the military should be a right as much as it is a test of skill and strength because you need both in order to effectively protect the nation. The physical grit it takes to be a solider is serious and yes, between two healthy humans, men are physically stronger than women. Not only that, but women can be targeted as sex slaves and become rape victims if they’re captured by the enemy where as most of them just want to kill their male adversaries. But throw a woman their way and they might just abuse her sexually before killing her. I don’t know about you, but there is naturally something more gentle and nurturing in a woman than in a…

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