Showing posts with label #Putting on the New. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Putting on the New. Show all posts

Saturday, October 15, 2016

My 3 Questions about Church Buildings

See on the left how to read daily posts on our blessed group devotion blog, Putting on the New. God blesses me, allowing me to be a part of this blog. Many wonderful Christian authors write devotions each day of the month. Mine shows up on the second of each month, so watch now November 2 for the next one.

I wrote this post a couple months ago on the Putting on the New blog. It brought lots of reads and several comments. I decided to do a report of it on my blog today. What's your thoughts?


Question 1: Is the church relevant to this day in time?
My home church
Heritage Church, Wichita Falls, TX.


Many younger Christians don’t see the need to pay tithes, pool their funds, or keep a church going and growing. Most older Christians see this opinion as an outrage. God’s Word directs our steps. The Bible relates to every age allowed by God to exist. Let’s study and meditate on what is proper and needful for twenty-first century Christianity.


(See immediately left here for the URL link for Putting on the New blog of devotions.)

They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
                                                                    Acts 2: 42-47

Let’s break down these verses.


In the early church, we see they gathered together frequently, obviously feeling that the support, teaching, and joint prayers and praises were important to their walk with Christ.



Question 2: Is meeting together in a church building important in 2016?


An old country church
Where did the early church meet?
 
The above verses tell us they met in the temple courts. There were no churches, only synagogues. They used the outer court of the place where they had worshiped God all their lives.


When the church spread away from Jerusalem, did they still meet in synagogues?


Sometimes, yes. Synagogues-

At Iconium Paul and Barnabas went as usual into the Jewish synagogue. There they spoke so effectively that a great number of Jews and Greeks believed.
Acts 14:1

Homes –

You know that I have not hesitated to preach anything that would be helpful to you but have taught you publicly and from house to house.
Acts 20:20

Community event buildings-


But some of them became obstinate; they refused to believe and publicly maligned the Way. So Paul left them. He took the disciples with him and had discussions daily in the lecture hall of Tyrannus.
Acts 19:9


So, is it important to have a church building in 2016?



Question 3: Should we all give money to our church to fund the group where we worship?


They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. (See the top Scripture)


And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”
Mark 12: 41-44

Jesus put His blessing on those who gave to the church.


That’s my three questions. The controversy continues. On what side do you fall? How do you answer the three questions about the modern-day church.

Again, I encourage you to click on Putting on the New to the left and read the devotion for today and the previous week. Comment. Share online. What do you think about this post?


Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Blog Hopping

Many sweet author friends have welcomed me to their blogs while I'm promoting my new women's fiction release, Worth Forgiving. (See below for what the book is about). Here's the lists and links from August 24 through Sept. 8

August 24: I'm the guest of Beverly Stowe McClure who interviewed Katie, the main character of Worth Forgiving  How interesting that she's compared to Scarlet O'Hara. What do you think?
 https://beverlystowemcclure.blogspot.com/2016/08/worth-forgiving-by-janet-k-brown.html?showComment=1472414822942#c1165666535840572557

August 28 Peggy Chambers blog -I listed the things I'm grateful for about a writing career. See if your list compares to mine.
https://peggylchambers.com/2016/08/28/2016-cultivating-gratitude-the-blessing-of-writing/comment-page-1/#comment-1070

August 29 Gail Kittleson - Gail interviews Author, Janet K. Brown
http://www.gailkittleson.com/?p=1219

August 30 Blanche Day Manos - How did Worth Forgiving come to be?
http://www.blanchedaymanos.com/introducing-worth-forgiving/

Sept. 1 Julie Arduini - Hope comes from surrendering my food addiction to God. The Wharton Rock series focuses on God's power over addictions.
http://juliearduini.com/

Sept. 2 - This is my regular monthly date to write a devotion on Putting on the New, a blogging ministry of several authors. It was begun by author, Cherie Brubach.
http://puttingonthenew.com/

Sept. 3 - I post every Saturday on a Facebook devotion group called I Can Hear the Sound of Rain. I encourage you to join the group. The pictures and posts are fantastic, so uplifting.

Sept. 7 - Jodie Wolfe  This author had some interesting questions for Janet K. Brown.
http://www.jodiewolfe.com/#!blog/cqs9

Sept. 5, Labor Day!  Lena Nelson Dooley - Lena is known for her in-depth author interviews. This is no exception.
http://lenanelsondooley.blogspot.com/


Check out all of these posts. Some feature giveaways. All offer some interesting tid-bits.



Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning.

 

The state of Texas releases from prison Katie Smith. Full of optimism, she sets out to get a job, rent her own place, and make a home for her eight-year-old daughter, but Katie gave away her daughter three years ago. She could use a friend, but her past choices threaten to doom her to continued failure.

 

Larry Pullman graduated from seminary with high marks, but the fact that he has no wife makes finding a preaching job almost impossible. It doesn’t help that running from God as a teenager gave him a past that he can’t undo. All he needs is an ex-con, drug addict messing up his life, but then why did God lead him to her? Or did He?

 

Isn’t it enough that Lacey Chandler gave her sister’s daughter a home? Does that mean she has to clean up Katie’s messes forever?

 

Could it be that Katie is not Worth Forgiving?


This is the last day to preorder Worth Forgiving at http://www.pen-l.com/WorthForgiving.html

If you preorder, you're entered into a drawing. 1 lucky person will receive their copy signed and free. Don't miss out on entering the drawing by ordering before midnight tonight.

Tomorrow (Sept. 1) you can order from that link or through Amazon, Nook, or any retail store that sells books.

Which is your favorite blog post of the ones listed above?

Saturday, June 11, 2016

Author Interview of Jodie Wolfe

Today, we meet a new author and discover a new book. She's a fellow contributor of mine to Putting on the New blog and a writer of both devotions and Christian fiction. Welcome Jodie Wolfe to Writing with God's Hope blog:

 

Where did you get the idea for your book?

I started by asking a 'what if' question. What if twin sisters made a promise to always stay together? What would it take for one of them to change their mind? That became the kernel of my idea for Hearts Tightly Knit.

 

How did you find your publisher?

This novella was Indie published, but I have an agent who is trying to find a home for several of my stories. J

 

Are you working on any other projects that you can tell us about?

 I'm about ready to start working on the second book in the Twins & Needles Series - Love in the Seams. It will be out in November and will tell the tale of the twin who didn't marry.

 

What kind of books do you enjoy reading?

My favorite books to read are Christian historical romance with a thread of humor. I love to laugh, so I try to add humor into my stories as well.

 

What has your writing journey been like so far?

 Now that's a hard question to answer. I started writing my first novel at age 13. In my high school years and early twenties I worked at writing and trying to get published. Then my boys came along and I spent the next 20+ years raising and teaching them all the way through high school. In 2009 God called me back to writing fiction. I acquired Linda S. Glaz as my agent three years ago. She pitches my stories on a regular basis. I also am a columnist for Home School Enrichment magazine and have been published with Christian Devotions.

 

Where is your favorite place to vacation?

 For me, it's a toss-up between Disney World and Alaska. J

 

Tell me a fun fact about yourself.

I have two granddaughters and another one on the way.

 

If you could be a song, what would it be?

 "Live Like That" by Sidewalk Prophets. 

 

Give me you contact info:







Blogs I contribute to: Stitches Thru Time, Putting on the New and of course, Quid Pro Quills.

 

Tell us about your new book.
 
Orphaned at age ten, Ellie Stafford and her twin sister Mae made a vow—to stick together and never marry. Now in their mid twenties, they are bucking convention in Calder Springs, Texas, as women with respectable occupations who can take care of themselves. Ellie works at the Good Fixin's Diner and spends her evenings knitting garments for The Children's Aid Society. When a handsome local rancher shows up searching for a cook, she's hardly tempted, despite his good looks.

 
Luke Rogers owns a spread just outside of Calder Springs. It was running as smooth as cattle going through a chute until his cook up and marries and high-tails it back east. With no cook and a bunkhouse full of ranch hands ready to revolt, he persuades Ellie to temporarily fill in until he can hire someone else. He should have known better than to get tangled up with another woman.

 
 
Available for purchase at:


 

Jodie Wolfe got bitten by the writing bug as a young girl after reading and watching Little House on the Prairie.
She loves writing stories about feisty heroines and strong, godly heroes. The power of story to influence lives and change hearts is what motivates her to weave tales that tell of the Savior’s faithfulness and forgiveness. Her books provide history, hope, laughter and happily-ever-after.
When not writing she enjoys spending time with her husband, reading, walking and being a Grammie.




Thanks for visiting with us, Jodie.  I loved getting acquainted. What a delightful interview. Any of you have a question for her? I have one more. Jodie, is this your debut novel, or do you have other books?
 

Saturday, March 12, 2016

A Visit with Cherie Burbach

I wish to introduce you to my new online writing friend, Cherie Burbach. I first met her on the loop for American Christian Fiction Writers. She started an excellent blog site intended to give readers a devotion each day. I joined the group of writers taking part in this. If you're looking for a good daily devotion, I highly recommend the blog called Putting on the New.

Go to http://puttingonthenew.com/
or click on the square to the left of this blog just under the e-mail subscribing slot.

I asked Cherie to visit us today and let us know about her book. She agreed and even shared one of her wonderful devotions. Thank you, Cherie.

 
We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19


I found God very early and have always been glad for that. My life could have been so much different, so much darker, if I didn’t have God. He came to me around the age of three, before I even knew what was happening. We didn’t go to church, we didn’t pray as a family, and yet, even at that young age, I felt His presence and His love.

The verse from 1 John 4:19 I shared above brings home the gift of God’s love. He loved me first so I didn’t have to think and wonder about what real love was like. I could experience it through Him. And once I had that love, I had an example I could follow in loving others and accepting their love in return.

This wasn’t so easy. My dad was an alcoholic and I was told I was worthless a lot. And yet, despite his verbal attacks, my dad couldn’t break me. No matter how bleak it was, there was always a part of me that was safe, separate from his abuse, because God loved me. My spirit was whole.

My upbringing formed me into a young woman who didn’t quite know how to love. I couldn’t accept goodness from people, but welcomed bad thoughts and actions. Even then, my spirit belonged to Him, and God didn’t let go. I didn’t always know that then. It’s only with time that I can look back and see how prominent His influence was in my life.

God’s love covers us, calls to us, and fills us with all we need. I am grateful of this as I live my life now, years of distance between me and my alcoholic dad. Now, I have a happy marriage, good friends, and relationships that buoy me. I have Jesus’ example on how to love others and accept their love. I have all I need, all because He loved me first.

He loves all of us that way, and to have Him all we need to do is open our heart to Him, believe in Jesus, and embrace this gift.

Think on these words today:

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

Dear God, thank you for coming to us first, always, and showing us the way to truth and love. Thank you for holding on to us no matter what.

 
Oh, that is beautiful, Cherie. What an inspiration to young people who struggle with low self esteem. Thank you for that.
 

Cherie Burbach's book is titled Art and Faith.

In Art and Faith, Cherie Burbach shares original mixed-media paintings that contain a positive, faith-filled message. There are times when a Bible verse you’ve read many times suddenly becomes clearer to you with a meaning and message you haven’t realized before. Many of the paintings in Art and Faith are inspired by a particular verse that stood out for a variety of reasons. Celebrate your faith with this collection of verses and art that represent hope and encourage belief.

 

BUYING LINK:   http://amzn.to/1WNXckX

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cherie Burbach is a poet, mixed media artist, and freelance writer specializing in lifestyle and relationships. She's written for About.com, NBC/Universal, Match.com, Christianity Today, and more. Her latest book is: Art and Faith: Mixed Media Art With a Faith-Filled Message. Visit her website for more info, cherieburbach.com.

 
Thank you so much, Cherie, for visiting Writing with God's Hope blog today. The book sounds fascinating, and I love the devotion.

Any questions or comments for Cherie?