Bill Gaither’s Best of Homecoming 2016 #FCBlogger

I LOVE the Gaithers.  When they come together with their friends, it is truly a Homecoming!

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Every song on this CD is here for a reason.

My favorite, and the one that I will discuss the most is “We Shall Behold Them”.  This version is sung by David Phelps and there just isn’t a way to describe it.  So here it is

While this is full on David Phelps, it is presented by The Gaithers!  It doesn’t get better than this with these lyrics.

The sky shall unfold Preparing His entrance.
The stars shall applaud Him, With thunders of praise.
The sweet light in His eyes, shall enhance those awaiting
And we shall behold Him, then face to face.
We shall behold Him, we shall behold Him Face to face
In all of His glory.
We shall behold Him, yes we shall behold Him Face to face,
Our Savior and Lord.
The angel will sound, the shout of His coming.
And the sleeping shall rise, from there slumbering place.
And those who remaining, shall be changed in a moment.
And we shall behold him, then face to face.
We shall behold Him, we shall behold Him!
Face to face in all of His glory.
We shall behold Him, yes we shall behold Him!
Face to face, our Savior and Lord.
And we shall behold Him, our Savior and Lord Savior and Lord!

That song, those words, We shall behold HIM, Our Savior and Lord!  It doesn’t get better than that!  Then I listened to the rest of the CD

Here is the entire Track List and those that sing on the CD.  Oh My!  When you hear Jimmy Fortune sing Precious Memories, or the Gaithers singing Little Drummer Boy.  I have played these tracks over and over!  I love that they have the people singing the songs that usually do them at a Homecoming Gathering.

The Sweetest Song I Know – Goodman Revival
Farther Along – Oak Ridge Boys
Precious Memories – Jimmy Fortune
Love Is Like A River – Gaither Vocal Band
Touch Of The Masters Hand – Booth Brothers
Ghost Town – David Phelps
What A Friend We Have In Jesus – Lynda Randle
I Hold A Clear Title To A Mansion – Goodman Revival
In The Sweet By And By – Oak Ridge Boys
We Shall Behold Him – David Phelps
Faith Keeps Walking – Booth Brothers
Little Drummer Boy – Gaither Vocal Band

There isn’t better than old hymns, a little christmas music thrown in and the fantastic voices that you will hear belt out these amazing songs.  Now don’t get me wrong, I love new worship music.  Give me a Chris Tomlin, or Tree 63 or some Sidewalk Prophets any day.  I know my heart and mind is taken back to a simpler time though when I hear these old, beautiful hymns.  Sang by the people I used to sit around and listen to on Saturday night Singing at home with my parents.

What great memories that this CD brought back for me. You can buy CD’s like this one and many more at Family Christian Stores.

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Meet My Best Friend #FCBlogger

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In Meet My Best Friend by Sheila Walsh and illustrator Sarah Horne, Walsh takes her story with twins, Liam and Emma, and the pets Charlie and Wilson, all the way to Scotland!  Their mom explains that they have new neighbors with a daughter their age, named Abby.

Abby comes to visit the twins!  The twins have a wonderful treehouse in their back yard.

When they get to the treehouse, Abby recalls that she had a treehouse, and she used to play there with her best friend, and that she missed her so much.  So the twins ask Abby if she would like to meet their best friend. Then they lead Abby on a treasure hunt, going through several places like the treehouse, their bedrooms, running down the hallway, the bathroom.  All the time, Liam and Emma, keep telling her whether she is hot or cold with finding their best friend!   Abby never can figure out where the best friend is.  So she gives up.

Liam and Emma finally take her to their best friend!  

While I have problems with the outcome of this book, kids from 4-10, the ages that the book is written for are just finding out new and important things about the Bible. So for the book to call the Bible their Best Friend, for their ages, is a good thing, but for me, I believe Jesus is my all in all. He is everywhere and he should be considered as our best friend. That’s just me and I’m over thinking it I’m sure. The Bible as a best friend, while I understand what they are intending, to tell a 4-year-old that, that believes everything that their parents say usually, leads me to a bigger question of should we be telling this to kids. It isn’t something that I would say, however, opens up a very huge, dynamic path, to why Jesus is your best friend. Anything that starts and keeps the lines of communication open about Jesus, the Bible, and that Jesus is Lord of Lords, everywhere, and Savior of all, is a really good thing

Go check out this great book by Sheila Walsh and find out who Liam and Emma’s best friend is.  You can purchase it and many other children’s books at Family Christian® Stores.  Meet My Best Friend is part of The Bible Is my Best Friend Series.

 

At the back of the book is a part called Parent Connect. In this part of the book, there are questions for kids, questions for adults as well as verses from the Bible and points just to get you talking as a family

The books are written for ages 4-10 and I LOVE the illustrations.

The series has the hardback book, kindle book a flipboard book and a devotional book, all of them can be found at Family Christian® Stores.  There are many other kids books that you can also find at Family Christian like these

If you have kids this age, (and even if you don’t) this book is adorable and leads children back to why The Bible is your best friend! Go check it out here.

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Author – Sheila Walsh
Sheila Walsh is an author, speaker and Bible teacher who has sold over 4 million books. Her heart isSheila Walsh to show what happens when your real life meets the Word of God. She is the author of the #1 best-selling line of Christian books for little girls, “Gigi, God’s Little Princess.” Sheila is the creator of Children of Faith and the Gnoo Zoo, a ministry to children that communicates God’s love for them. She is the author of several books for women including “Honestly,” “Gifts for Your Soul,” “Living Fearlessly,” and “The Best Devotions of Sheila Walsh”, “The Shelter of God’s Promises” and her latest book, “God Loves Broken People and those who pretend they’re not.” As an accomplished musician, Sheila has recently released the CD “Beauty From Ashes.” Sheila, her husband, Barry and their son, Christian live in Dallas, Texas.
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Vendetta #FCBlogger

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 Nikki Boyd goes through her life as a Tennessee Missing Person Task Force member, she always has her history in the back of her mind.  That history is that Sarah is abducted and no one ever found her body.

People encouraged Nikki not to go in law enforcement because of  emotions that tie Nikki to this latest kidnapping.  Nikki was shopping instead of picking Sarah up.  Nikki soon finds that this latest kidnapper of Bridget, wants Sarah involved in many ways, and wants Nikki to be tied to all of it.

Through the years, the time, the guilt, and everything that goes with this.  Nikki never forgave herself and vowed that she would find Sarah’s kidnapper.

So when 16-year-old Bridget goes missing,  everything comes flooding back to her, the memories, the guilt, everything.

as well as dealing with this, she was also dealing with the loss of her best friend.  On the day Bridget goes missing, Nikki and Tyler, Katie’s widow were celebrating the life of their best friend Katie.  

Now Katie realizes that through all of this, she is falling in love with Tyler. Something she never expected to happen.

Lisa Harris takes us down all sorts of twists and turns and surprises.  Vendetta is a clean read and for that, I was so excited.

This book will give you all the mystery, intrigue, suspense, who dunnits, all while staying true to faithful reading!

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I’m a wife, mom, teacher, author, dreamer, photographer, world explorer, but most importantly a follower of Christ Jesus.Lz3DZGLs

I currently live with my husband near the Indian Ocean in Mozambique where we work as church-planting missionaries. We’ve started the empty next stage with two
children spread around the globe and a third—thankfully—still at home.
As a homeschooling mom, life is busy, but I see my writing as an extension of my ministry which also includes running a non-profit organization.
The ECHO Project works in southern Africa promoting Education, Compassion, Health, and Opportunity and is a way for us to “speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves…the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” (Proverbs 31:8)
When I’m not working l love hanging out with my family at the beach, playing games, cooking different ethnic dishes, and heading into the African bush on safari.
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Tears of Dark Water #FCBlogger

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I received this book from Family Christian to review. I really wanted to like the book, but I actually didn’t like it at all.  I didn’t believe it was a true Christian Fiction book.

As well as, the storyline bounced around from one place to another, another every part of the story was mixed up in the explanations not the storyline to me.

This is one of the first books I didn’t finish and did not eventually go back too.  It just wasn’t that book for me.

I really wish that the book had been better for me.

When Washington, D.C., power broker Daniel Parker and his family embark on a round-the-world sailing trip, they’re sure they’ll survive the dangers of the open ocean–until they’re captured by Somali pirate Ismail Adan Ibrahim. FBI negotiator Paul Derrick is dispatched to handle the crisis. As their paths converge, will the seeds of justice and reconciliation grow? – copied

If you like fiction that has several storylines going on at the same time, this book is for you. If you are looking for a straight up Christian Fiction book.  This is not the book for you.  You can find so many more books at Family Christian Stores and I know they will have just the book for you!  As you can see, Family Christian has a vast array of books for all different types of readers, 

I’m only giving it two stars because I did not like the way the book was put together. 

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Corban Addison is the author of three international bestselling novels, A Walk Across the Sun, The Garden of Burning Sand, and The Tears of Dark Water, which address some of today’s most pressing human rights issues. An

attorney, activist, and world traveler, he is a supporter of numerous humanitarian causes, including the abolition of modern slavery, gender-based violence, and HIV/AIDS. He lives with his wife and children in Virginia.

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I am not a fan of Motown music.  I love just about all music you could ever listen to.  However, Rap, Motown, Headbanging, and Heavy Metal.  I just do not have a feel for.

I have never been able to put my finger on why, but I just knew I didn’t like it.  When I got Richard Smallwood’s The Millennium Collection from Family Christian to review.  I really had to pray long and hard before I listened to it.  For God to send me the words out of the music that He wanted me to hear, to not listen to the musicality  while listening to the CD but hear the words, and boy did I hear some words!!

With songs like

1 We Magnify Your Name (Live)  2  What He’s Done For Me  3 In The Shelter  4 Center Of My Joy (Live)  5 Great Is Thy Faithfulness  6 He’s Able (Live)  7 Great Is The Lord (Psalm 48)  8 Wonderful Counselor  9 His Mercy Endureth Forever (Psalm 118)  10 The Lord’s Prayer (Live)

I am going to look at # 9 His Mercy Endureth Forever.  Which happens to be one of my all time favorite songs

This song, taken from Psalm 118  and oh what a lesson it teaches you.

(everything in italics is from me.)

Oh give thanks unto the Lord
For He is Good,  For He is Good   Have you ever just sat and thought about just HOW good God is?  HE IS GOOD.  I mean seriously GOOD.  There is no way to describe the Good that comes from the Lord,, there aren’t enough words
For His mercy endureth for ever and ever  His MERCY endures forever, infinite, eternal, everlasting,   can you even begin to think that long

Thy art my God and I will Praise you  Yes Lord, just because you are my God, I will praise you!!

The Lord is my strength and my song  What strength we find in the Lord  When we are weak and down to our nothing ness, my STRENGTH is in you Lord!
He has become my salvation, my salvation
I will praise you oh Lord, PRAISING THE LORD for the salvation he has given me that last eternal and forever, and infinite, everlasting,,,  What a gynormous promise the Lord has given us here in these three lines!!
You have become my salvation, my salvation

For this is the day that the Lord hath made
I will rejoice and be glad in it   You choose to rejoice in each day, no matter what comes your way, REJOICE IN HIM!!!

Oh Give thanks unto the Lord  – how can you NOT give thanks to the Lord  – When I think of the things that the Lord has done for me, I mean HE GAVE HIS SON.  to die on the cross, so that I might live forever, infinite, everlasting… 

He gives me everything I need, right when I need it  What JOY we see when we look upon His face

Now wrap all of this up into the soulful voice of Richard Smallwood and his choir and just listen to these words.

Does the meaning change?  No.  But the song I know, is sang so fast that there are words that run together and while it’s a great song, you are singing a beat that is tremendous.  Mr. Smallwood slows it down and you hang on every world he says.  “HIS LOVE FOREVER”

Smallwood’s career spans many, many years, with many awards, many albums!  He says on Instagram, this is all he has ever wanted to do!

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Now does it even GET any better than that?  I can’t possibly think of a better way to sing these words from the gospel!  Each song is a song from the heart and soul of each person that is singing with Mr Smallwood.  This album compiles his greatest hits into this Millennium Collection. and you can buy it at Family Christian Stores online now for 5.00 as well as the digital download for 5.99.  what a great Christmas or birthday present this would make for someone!

here is the video of Mr. Smallwood Singing His Mercy Endureth Forever from The Millennium Collection

You can read Psalm 118 here 

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A Friend In Me #BookReview #FCBlogger

CHT2HFPWUAMqPOj A Friend In Me – 
How To Be A Safe Haven For Other Women –Bridging The Gap with Younger Ones
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This book starts off with the forward by Nancy Ortberg. Nancy asks the question “where are the mentors?  The ladies that would tell you (Biblically) whether or not your ways were sound principle or you were stepping outside of God’s word.

Those women, that even if you were sick they brought the meals to help your family, or if you were in need, they did what they could, within their power to help you.  They showed love, not sat around and talked about it.  These women were any age, and any stage of Biblical maturity.  However, they gave grace, they gave mercy and they gave love

Those days are gone or so I find in our area my church and in my area.  By most.  There are still a few that no matter what will offer their help and I know I am guilty of saying “well someone else will help them” That’s all mentality that our way to busy lives have led us too.

Pamela Havery Lau, talks about just that, in her book about friendship and mentoring.

Younger women long for relational connection with older, wiser, “been there, done that“women. As do older women want to seek out that relationship.  In some cases.

Although in most instances there is disconnect between that generation gap. My thoughts are one because the older women are from a completely different generation and therefore that wonderful asset of knowledge goes untapped.

As well as the knowledge that younger generations have with new and better ways of doing things.

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That welcoming committee to a new church or a new neighbor. Just saying hello to a new person at their church? You never know when that stranger that just shows up that Sunday, all they need is someone to say hello to them. Because of a life broken, their walking in the door, was a struggle just in and of itself. Yet how many times does a stranger go unwelcomed at a church. We like to think that every person that comes through the doors of a church are greeted and met with the loving hearts we think we have, but do we? Or do we say, oh the ushers or pastor will talk to them, I need to rush out to get my kids the nursery so I will just let someone else handle it?? Or my dinner is going to be late if I stay very much longer, and I have a house full of family headed to my house right now.

Things like that. Yet, it would only take a few minutes of your time to show someone love that may never get anywhere else. Then when we don’t even take the time to say hello in the church. Where is Christ in this? Did we show them Christ? Did you just walk by someone new in church today?  Or worse yet, someone that has been there as long as you?  Without saying hello or without even an out-reached hand to welcome that person there today?!?

Now that being said, there is no way you can be everything to everyone. You must allow yourself some downtime. In doing so, you refresh your heart, you renew your spirit. Without your own emotional and spiritual refreshing you cannot be a good mentor to someone else. This means diving into God’s Word for your own healing and rejuvenation.  Also you can be a mentor at any age.  

This statement from Pam on her website pretty much wraps up the entire premise of this book.

“Every kind of Christian woman—conservative, moderate, liberal, suburbanite, city dweller, lover of liturgy, lover of charismatic worship, egalitarian, complementarian, single, or married—models and teaches something about God to the next generation. I have seen firsthand how difficult it has become for women across the generations to share deeply from their hearts, but I’ve got good news: I’ve also witnessed powerful transformations in women’s hearts when we finally do. For more than fifteen years I’ve spoken with all kinds of women who love God and want to make a difference by bringing God glory through their ministries, jobs, and families. In my conversations and prayers with them, we always come back to the condition of their hearts—something that is holding them back from deeply loving the younger women in their lives. These seemingly negative ideas of themselves or the ways they are being perceived can hold them back from sharing their faith out loud.”

  1. Silence – shut yourself down to the outside world and then invite the Holy Spirit to guide you into your own heart for healing of anything you need.

  2. Thanksgiving – exclaiming Thanksgiving to the Master.

  3. Self-examination – A time to look into your own heart and soul and ask God for forgiveness in what you may need

  4. Request – this is different from the asking in forgiveness. This may be something like asking God for the courage to go to that person that is new and you haven’t spoken to. Or the strength to go forward with something that you know in your heart is going to be scary to you.

  5. Write – always write! One of the ways Lau suggests, is this, to write a letter to someone you may be in conflict with either asking for forgiveness or offering forgiveness. Sometimes this just may not be possible, but writing the letter anyway is a good way of getting the anger out, whether you have been hurt by someone or you have hurt them. If you can’t get it to them, or there could be more harm done in doing so, writing and not sending is a great way to let the forgiveness come in your heart. You have done the act of forgiveness, and you do not have to do it in person if it could be harmful to you in anyway

In giving yourself totally to God, there are several things you can do to get you into that place, instead of

As you study this book, you may find that as you are doing things like mentoring and just helping with anyone who you can following that Acts1:8 mentality; once you start doing something, you must follow through.  However do not get that “burnt out” syndrome, where you start something and don’t finish it.  If you over schedule in doing so, you WILL end up losing the purpose of why you are there.  Jesus Christ… 

I really love the idea of what Lau writes in A Friend In Me. I can’t think of anyone I know who hasn’t been hurt by someone and the resources she offers are just good sound advice. This book is based on Biblical principle and references a lot of verses. However it is a stand-alone book, on mentoring, healing, forgiveness and loving our neighbors (which includes anyone you come in contact with, at any point of your life.

There is also a group of videos with discussion questions that you can find here!  I am so amazed at all of the resources that are available to work with when you dive into this book

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Pam Lau is the author of Soul Strength and numerous articles for such publications as Christian Scholar’s Review and Christianity Today. She has taught writing at George Fox University and speaks around the country at conferences and retreats. A graduate of Liberty University and Colorado State University, Lau lives near Portland, Oregon, with her husband and three daughters.
Find out more about Pamela athttp://www.pamelalau.com.

Also the Publisher and Pamela have made available to the public through Youversion.com a reading plan called A Friend In Me that can be found here https://www.bible.com/reading-plans/1586-a-friend-in-me

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I was given the privilege to listen and review a CD by Dan Bremnes.  When I was told I was accepted to this, I had never heard of him before.  I like music though.  So I knew as long as it wasn’t head banging, I could handle it!  Boy was I right!

Dan has always known he wanted to be a singer/songwriter.  At age 10 he started singing in his church.  That being said.  He loved opportunities that he received to lead worship and follow his faith.

After a 6 month mission trip with YWAM he knew exactly what his calling was.

In doing so, he has toured all over New Zealand and Australia racking up many accolades and #1s.  Being from Canada, he also knew he had to take a leap of faith, move his family to Nashville where the music industry revolves and with the release of his song “Beautiful”

he steps into a whole new world.  When Dan wrote the song, he based it on 2 Corinthians 5:17 –  Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[b] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

Beautiful is part of the CD Where The Light Is.  As I started listening to the cd from the beginning.  I knew this was going to be someone who I WANTED to listen to.  A LOT!  The songs have meaning, passion.  They tell a story.  From the very first words of Where The Light Is –

This is me / Grew up in church / Raised on the gospel trained in the word / Had a faith so fearless thought it was all I needed / But life hit me hard / More than I planned / It knocked me down / Like an avalanche / On the edge of hopeless I called you from the darkness // God, come quickly / Only You can save me / Will You lead me where the light is /

How many of us ask that same question on a daily basis when we face trials and tragedy like Dan was when a car accident killed his mom.  We fall on our knees, asking God please come quickly.

Dan’s songs on this CD lead me through so many emotions and words reaffirm my faith, like “He knows every pain every tear you’ve cried / Every single part of you / He knows every doubt, every fear that you fight / The battles you’ve been going through / And when it feels like you’re holding the world on your shoulders / Just let go and trust Him, ‘cause He knows /

How much more affirmation do you need in your faith in God?  To hear this with the music that is sometimes slow, sometimes really upbeat.  But always beautiful!  These words spoke to me so much and I knew I had to share this CD with my best friend. 

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She is deploying this Saturday for a year.  She’s my hero.  However she is leaving 4 beautiful babies home and while this is her 4th deployment and she knows this is her career.  It’s never easy for a soldier on deployment.  So being able to give her music to carry with her, that will give her any boost in her spirits or help her keep her faith during a term of being surrounded by war and strife.  Thank you Lord for blessing me with this CD at just the right time.  She’s my hero and I pray so much for her and her family.  While her life isn’t walking parallel to Dan’s when he wrote this song, everyone’s struggles are different.

Putting lyrics to paper like he has for this CD is a God thing and being able to be introduced to someone who can sing with talent that lets you feel their heart, is a blessing that comes so few and far between.

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