Tuesday, October 17, 2017

The Face of the Lord by Shirley Raye Redmond

Do you recognize this image of Jesus? For decades this picture and others by the same artist hung in living rooms and Sunday School classrooms all across America.

The artist is Warner Sallman (1892-1968) of Chicago. The son of Finnish and Swedish immigrants, Sallman was a devout member of the Swedish Evangelical Covenant Church. So popular were his depictions of Christ that they appeared in Sunday School materials, gift items and even clocks and jigsaw puzzles.

During World War II, the Salvation Army and the YMCA handed out pocket size copies of “The Head of Christ” to soldiers being shipped off the Europe and Asia. Later, the illustration was circulated among churches of all denominations when a Lutheran organizer suggested that there should be “card-carrying Christians” to stand against the “card-carrying Communists.” It is estimated that more than 500 million copies of this picture have been circulated around the world.

Today, Sallman’s illustrations can still be found on display in Christian homes and businesses—even in faraway Africa and Asia. Do you have a copy of one of Sallman’s illustrations in your home—perhaps inside the front page of a Bible or hanging on a bedroom wall?

An award-winning writer and frequent conference speaker, Shirley Raye Redmond is the author of three inspirational novels, PRUDENCE PURSUED, VIPER’S NEST, and AMANDA’S BEAU, as well as two dozen children’s books, including LEWIS & CLARK: A PRAIRIE DOG FOR THE PRESIDENT (Random House), which was a Children’s Book of the Month Club selection. Shirley Raye holds an M.A. in literature and teaches through the Institute of Children’s Literature. She has been married to her husband Bill for over forty years. They live in New Mexico and are blessed with two grown children and three adorable grandchildren. Touch bases at shirleyrayeredmond.com or Facebook.

Monday, October 16, 2017

Weekly Windup: Comment to Win Grafted Into Deceit by Sherri Wilson Johnson

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Grafted into Deceit by Sherri Wilson Johnson

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Answers are hard to find when there's no one to trust.

Disappearing business funds and a missing dead body have Marina Acres doubting everyone — including the detective whose case can't be solved without her help.
When Marina Acres launches an investigation to find her company's missing money, she becomes a killer's target and uncovers a tangled vine of deception in the process. Detective Steven Pennington, who suspects drugs are at the root of the problem, must keep Marina safe from the killer while keeping himself from falling for yet another victim. Marina refuses to believe that her business partner could be part of a drug trafficking ring, but when evidence points its finger at her, she must join the fight with Steven to weed out the killer.

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Coming up this week:

Monday, 10/16: A devotional by Norma Gail
Tuesday, 10/17: The Face by Shirley Raye Redmond
Wednesday, 10/18: TBA
Thursday, 10/19: Jenn Fromke's book review The Illusionist's Apprentice
Friday, 10/20: Catherine Castle
Saturday, 10/21: TBA

Storm Warning

The day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly 1 Thessalonians 5:2

Streaking from the dark clouds above, a lightning bolt struck the center of the empty soccer pitch with my daughter’s team playing on the next field. When the referee refused to stop the game, another off-duty ref agreed to help and we ran to the officials stand.

The officials agreed to stop the games, but their method was far too slow. Riding a golf cart from field to field of the large complex would never send the kids to safety in time. As fast as I could run, I returned to my daughter’s game and told the referee to send the kids to the cars. One after another, girls sat down to pull off shoes, socks, and shin guards in the pelting rain, lightning crackling overhead. Yelling to leave their things and run, we finally cleared the field.

Drenched and breathing hard, I ran to my own car, satisfied that everyone was safe.

“Mom, are you crazy? Did you ever think you might be killed?” My seventeen-year-old daughter’s indignant tone showed both concern and embarrassment at my rampage to clear the fields.

Never once did I feel concern for myself. All my thoughts were for others in danger from the fast-moving storm. “No.” I replied. “All I thought was that those kids might die. I’m an adult, and I know where I’m going when I die.” 

People die every day without the certainty of heaven. Our world belittles Christians but fails to heed the call to salvation. They are quick to blame God, but slow to approach him for help. In recent years, natural disasters and attacks by dangerous and depraved men have rocked our world. There is no safety, and often no warning. It’s more critical than ever for Christians to speak out about the hope we have in Jesus Christ.

How many would find salvation if I proclaimed the gospel with as much fervor as I stopped those soccer games? What if Christians gave no thought to their reputation or the reaction of others in order to warn others of the approaching storm of judgment?

I must determine to live each day in the light of the Cross. People’s lives depend on it.

© Norma Gail Thurston Holtman, October 10, 2015, October 13, 2017

About the author:
Norma Gail’s debut contemporary Christian romance, Land of My Dreams, won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals and poetry have appeared at ChristianDevotions.us, the Stitches Thru Time blog, and in “The Secret Place.” She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers, Romance Writers of America, Historical Writers of America, and the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Norma is a former RN who lives in the mountains of New Mexico with her husband of 41 years. They have two adult children. If you’re interested in connecting with her, you're invited to follow her blog, or join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, or Amazon