Calling All New and Soon-to-Be Brides!

Would you like to kick off 2015 strengthening your marriage?

Do you want to invest in yourself and your husband so that your marriage is still thriving at your twenty-fifth and even fiftieth anniversary?

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Join me, Jennifer O. White, for the inaugural study of my new book, Prayers for New Brides: Putting on God’s Armor After the Wedding Dress.  For three short weeks, we will explore the incredible gift of God’s Word and practice using it as the Sword of the Spirit to strengthen and defend our sacred unions.

I am a veteran of one failed marriage and one saved by God’s leadership. I’ve stumbled into the spiritual battle unarmed more than once. Today, I know Jesus as the savior and sustainer of marriages. I am excited to share with you from my own experiences how you can …

  • Trust God’s authority
  • Apply His perfect counsel to your life and your marriage
  • Maintain constant communication with the marriage Creator and Savior

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Prayer DOESN’T Change Things!

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I’ve really come to believe that prayer is powerless to change any of life’s problems. If prayer is all-powerful, why don’t we get everything we ask for? Why do we pray with no answer? It must be that prayer is unable to change our circumstances.

Before you disregard me as a total skeptic, let me issue this challenge: It isn’t our prayer that rescues us. It is the object of our prayer –God. Without a loving PrayingFather to hear and respond to our prayers, we are just talking to ourselves. This may seem like rambling over words, but the distinction is important to me. I used to put my faith in prayer. I expected to have every prayer answered, the way I wanted, and when I wanted it. After a while I became disillusioned, and wondered why my prayers weren’t being answered. I wondered why things didn’t turn out the way I expected. Continue Reading →

Time with the Family: The Power of Prayer Pt. 1

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Loss. Pain. Fear. Uncertainty.

Our world is full to overflowing of inexplicable hurts we seldom want to face. All you have to do is look on the internet or turn on your local news and you’re inundated with images of violence, warfare, riots and civil unrest. Suicide. Depression. Domestic Violence. Bullying. With everything coming at us so fast, this week’s devotional message on the power of prayer couldn’t have come at a more appropriate moment.

In a departure from the usual, our devotion time this week was led by one of our organization’s strongest prayer warriors, Tim’s mother Harriet. Reading to us from an excerpt based on a true story about another praying mother, she shared the following:

There was a woman who prayed for her children three times a day every day until the day she died at the age of 91. At the time of her death, only 6 of her 12 children had come to know the Lord. She died, never knowing if the other six would ever know Him at all. To make a short story shorter, more than 15 years later, the tally had changed: 10 saved and 2 to go. Her oldest son, the 10th to come to Christ, did so after a neighbor felt compelled in a dream to invite him to church. He later said that he could “hear his mother’s voice calling out his name in prayer,” just as he had his entire childhood, and that very day he accept the Lord. He was 92!

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~ Paraphrased from the short story: “Eternal Prayers” in Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle ~

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School Shooting: a Columbine Father’s Perspective

New Leaf Publishing Group aches for the families of the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown Connecticut. A tragedy of this magnitude leaves us speechless and very aware of the reality of sin in our world.

In times like these, we look for answers and wisdom. Brian Rohrbough lost his son, Dan, in the  1999 Columbine shooting. “I was standing on the sidewalk looking past the playground at all of the commotion when an overpowering sense of loss came over me: Oh, Lord, please don’t let this be true. Please, Lord,let this just be my emotions.”

 

As we approach the celebration of Jesus’ birth, we are reminded that

“He came to seek and to save the lost (Luke 18:10). And ” He came to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor (Isaiah 61:1-3).”

In these dark moments, we understand our need for a Savior. We are sure of the world’s need of His light and love.  The heaviness experienced by those who have lost innocent children can only be understood by our heavenly Father whose Son did not deserve to die.

Today we are even more resolved to teach the authority of God’s Word. Without it, there would be no hope, no peace. When the ways of our world do not make sense, like today, we are only sure of God. We are sure of our eternity with Him. And we are sure that many still do not know Him or believe His Word is truth.

Lord Jesus, move us. Use us to help those who are hurting to know Your love, Your hope, and Your peace.

FREE Book Friday! Vintage Attic Books Journals

Hey friends! Merry Christmas to you! Today we’re giving away copies of our new Attic Books vintage journals. They are great for daily devotions, prayers, and journaling. Keep this treasure for yourself or a gift for someone special!

There are four different journal styles available:

Men’s Professional

Men’s Rugged

Women’s Classy

Women’s Vintage

Each journal is sprinkled with wisdom and truth from Pilgrim’s Progress, Adam’s Chart of History, Life of John Knox, Complete Works of Flavius Josephus, Life of Luther, Life of Washington, and Life of Andrew Jackson.

To win: please “Like” the Attic Books Facebook page at www.facebook.com/atticbooks, then leave a comment here that explains why you would like to win one of these journals and what you would use it for!

We are giving away one copy of each, so there are four chances to win! Winners will be announced here today at 4:30 pm! Good luck!