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Gasp! A Book Review! Hannah’s Civil Pirate by Joanna Emerson — Post by Mary C. Findley

It’s been a long time since I wrote a book review. I think I have a backlog. Since Amazon banned me from reviewing, I guess I’ve been sulking in a corner, thinking writing reviews anywhere else wouldn’t matter.

But you need to read this book. It’s wonderful. My review is posted on Goodreads, but, since Amazon owns that, too, I don’t know if it’ll stand. So I’ll also put it here.

” Get it! Read it! This is a triumphant account of historical characters. I feel certain it is fiction only where necessary and still based on truth. Such a sweet romance amid suffering and hoping for freedom. Loved the sudden twist at the ending when I thought the story was over!”

Hannah's Civil Pirate cover image
Hannah’s Civil Pirate cover image

Get it here. Do it now. https://www.amazon.com/Hannahs-Civil-Pirate-Joanna-Emerson-ebook/dp/B07BMNS77B

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The War on Christmas

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Christmas originated in the Roman Empire when Christians gathered together to worship Jesus during the feast of Saturnalia. Since most Christians were poor or slaves, when the pagan majority celebrated Saturnalia, Christians were given the freedom, for that one day, to do whatever they wanted. They had “the day off.”

So when their masters, neighbors and friends went to drunken orgies to worship their gods, Christians gathered in purity to worship the true God. For almost two thousand years, very little has changed. As Christians attempt to exalt the God of Heaven and turn every heart to Him, unbelievers use every possible excuse to hearts away from Him.

“The Christmas season” has become an endless string of time consuming and expensive distractions. The purpose of Christmas has become making children happy or pleasing family members or helping poor people or anything else to divert our attention and energies from pleasing the God of Heaven.

That does not mean that we should not help the poor, or spend time with family members, or make children happy. It means, as Jesus said, “these things you should do and not leave the others undone.”

So what is a Christian’s responsibility to Christmas, since it is not even a Christian holiday? First, exalt the Lord Jesus Christ. Second do all to the glory of God. Do not allow others, events, traditions or even job responsibilities drive or distract you. Third, do not look down on the decisions other people make.
Let your moderation be made known to all.

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A Slave of God Guest Post by Sophie Dawson

I am a slave of God. We shy away from the concept, and understandably so, given the history of slavery here is the US. I am one, however, and proud to declare it. As a believer in Christ, I have been paid for by Jesus’ death as payment for my wrong doing. Thus, He owns me and I am His slave. Paul, Timothy and James, the brother of Christ, all claimed it.

Phil 1:1 “Paul and Timothy, slaves of Christ Jesus: To all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, including the overseers and deacons.”

James 1:1 “James, a slave of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ: To the 12 tribes in the Dispersion. Greetings.”

We, as Gentiles who trust in Christ as our Savior, become Israelites through adoption by God. It is not that we take anything from Jews who have accepted Jesus as savior or have replaced Israel as God’s chosen nation. Israel will never be abandoned by God.

Joshua 1:5 “No one will be able to stand up against you as long as you live. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Rather we have become part of His chosen people.

Hos. 2:23 “I will say to Not My People: You are My people, and he will say: You are My God.

We have become His chosen people and so are His slaves. God, Himself, declared that we, as Israelites are His slaves.

Lev. 25:42 “They are not to be sold as slaves,  because they are My slaves I brought out of the land of Egypt.”

Lev. 25:55 “For the Israelites are My slaves. They are My slaves I brought out of the land of Egypt; I am the Lord your God.”

In other translations the word ‘servant’ is used.  Looking at the Hebrew Strong’s number 5650 and NIV G/K 6269, the translation includes “bond-servant” and “slave”. This indicates ownership by God Himself.

This brings a truth of God’s consistency in both the Old and New Testaments.  In Leviticus God states that His chosen people are His slaves.  He claims perpetual ownership of His people. In the New Testament, in Philippians and James, Paul claims bondage to God through Christ for himself and Timothy as does James in his greeting.

Now, through Christ, I am in perpetual slavery to God.  I have been “bought at a price.” (1 Cor. 6:20)

I thank God that He loves me enough to purchase me forever.  Are you glad to be a slave of God?

All verses are from the Holman Christian Standard Bible.

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Sophie Dawson has been making up stories in her head ever since she was a child. She lives with her husband on the family farm in Illinois. Two grown sons, a daughter-in-law and granddaughter round out her immediate family.

Sophie does all kinds of needlework and was a professional machine quilter in the past. She loves to travel, read, garden, snuggle with her cat and now write.

In her books, Sophie shares the wisdom God has taught her in stories of faithful living. Her hope is to demonstrate how acting and reacting the way the Bible teaches can bring a positive impact on her readers.

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Impossibilities and Possibilities: a Review of The Beautiful American by Marilyn Holdsworth

The Beautiful American

“La Belle Americaine” is a phrase often repeated in this story. It appears in the diary which Abby Long finds hidden in a beautiful antique desk she buys at auction. But it isn’t used to describe the person I believe is the truly “Beautiful American” in this story.

Jasmine is a slave who providentially comes to live on the plantation of James Monroe around the time he serves as ambassador to France. This story is about slavery only incidentally. Mostly it’s about true freedom. The polar characters Gabriel and Jasmine exemplify two kinds of bondage. Gabriel rebels violently. He has reason to be bitter. But Jasmine serves cheerfully and dutifully. Jasmine asks for nothing but is given clothes, an education, and a privileged place in the household. The mesmerizing, powerful Gabriel seeks to take what he wants by force. Gabriel insists Jasmine is “his girl” and he is coming for her someday.

Andre is a charming example of the right kind of man, a rare thing in modern fiction. His master demands a hole in the roof to get the right lighting for his artist’s work. But Andre isn’t above climbing up to plug it when they need to keep out the rain. He is a gentleman even while being a persuasive wooer. He has plans, and he’s not just dreaming about them, he’s working to make them a reality. His possibilities in the midst of Jasmine’s insistence on impossibilities make the story that much sweeter.

The frame tale in modern times also includes a good man, Nathan Edwards. He’s also a hard worker, decisive, able to make dreams come true and lead Abby to find a new life. James Monroe is also a good man, loving his wife, calling her his “champion,” finding ways to make his whole family stronger and wiser and happier in subtle ways.

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Who Do You Serve?

“No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Matthew 6:23-25

An oft-stated goal of Secular Humanism is to put every citizen in slavery by debt. They conceal this purpose by such phrases as “loyalty to the federal family.” On facebook some people said they could be both Secular Humanists and good Christians. Either these people are Christians, but ignorant that Secular Humanism is a religion seeking Christianity’s destruction, or they are wolves in sheep’s clothing trying to destroy Christianity from within.

And Elijah came unto all the people and said, “How long halt ye between two opinions? if the Lord be God, follow him: if Baal, then follow him.” And the people answered him not a word.
1 Kings 18:20-22

“Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’s side? let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him. And he said unto them, Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, Put every man his sword by his side and go in and out from gate to gate throughout the camp, and slay every man his brother, and every man his companion, and every man his neighbor.”
Exodus 32:25-27

We are not advocating killing anyone. But this is a serious matter. Any time we bring up this matter, Christians ignore it or become angry. We are not trying to make enemies, but “friendship with the world” really does make you God’s enemy.

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