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The Christian Olympics

The Christian Olympics

I would like to introduce to you a fellow author from the John 316 Marketing Group. Her name is S.E. Gregg. You can read more about her below in her interview and in her bio. Today she is offering a free audible book, The Christian Olympics, and is also requesting reviews.

Recently her book was produced into an audio book and she is offering review copies. Please email me at Janis if you are interested in reviewing her book.

The audio book is $14.95. but you can go to this link and find out how to get it for free through Audible.com.

http://www.audible.com/pd/Religion-Spirituality/The-Christian-Olympics-Going-for-the-Gold-Crowns-Audiobook/B01INZ5S4Q

Are you interested in reviewing an audible book, The Christian Olympics, by S.E. Gregg? (click to tweet)

Christian Olympics

1.Tell me a little bit about your church background. How did you come to faith in Jesus?

As far as I can remember I went to church all of my life. Everyone went to church, that was what we did on Sunday. I sang on the choir, was an usher and participated in the church’s youth group. I even joined the Bible club at school. But while I was involved with church activity, the Holy Spirit (Who I did not know at the time) began to draw me to Him and show me in so many ways that I was a sinner. Even though I heard about Jesus Christ dying on the cross, I did not know that I had to accept His sacrifice for my sins personally to go to heaven. The Holy Spirit continued to work on my heart until one day it became crystal clear to me that I was a sinner and it was time to do something about it and I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour.  

 2. When did your interest in writing start? Can you look back and see God working through and with you in your desire to write. If so, explain your thoughts.

I began writing and speaking when I entered the “National United Church Ushers Association of America, Inc., Essay Contest”. I felt compelled to share with the world “What Jesus Means To Me” the required topic of the essay.

And during college, I was given an assignment from an English professor, at the Pennsylvania State University, to keep a journal about personal thoughts. I wrote about my relationship with Jesus Christ.And even though this was a secular university, the speeches that I wrote and delivered for my speech classes were from a Biblical viewpoint. I continued to develop  my writing and speaking skills.And before graduating from the Bethlehem School of the Bible and Missionary Training Institute, I wrote an essay from the topic “The Greatest Act” ”that He gave” (St. John 3:16), to address the Conference of Christian Education during their general sessions.

3. What is the best thing you have written? Describe it. Tell me why you think it is the best. (so far) 

I think that the best thing that I have written so far is a book called, The Christian Olympics-Going for the Gold Crowns, the unveiling of the Bible’s comparison of the Christian race/life to the Olympics Games. 

In this book I explain how Paul wrote to a Hellenistic culture—one steeped in Greek philosophy, culture, and athletics—and so for the Christians of his day, marathon foot races run by Greek Olympians provided the perfect metaphor for the endurance, longevity, and persistence needed to finish the race of faith. I believe this is my best work because the Holy Spirit inspired me  and revealed to me how to take the metaphors in scripture and unveil them so that Christians can actually  imagine and visualize themselves in a spiritual athletic competition. Because God knew that when we see ourselves as players in an Olympic game, it gives us a new understanding and exhilaration for the Christian life. Helping us to endure our trials and tribulations as spiritual athletes. And this has never been done before in a Christian living book.  

4. How and when do you spend time with God? Do you have a favourite devotional? What version of Bible do you use the most?

I spend time with God every morning through prayer and reading Bible verses. I try to find a Bible verse or verses in the morning before I go about my daily routine so that I can meditate on them throughout the day. All of my Christian life I have read and studied scripture using the King James Version of the Bible. 

I have used it for so many years that I have become accustomed to the language. Prayer is my only communication with God, to Whom I have a personal relationship with, through Jesus Christ. And when I talk to Him in prayer He talks back to me through His Word.

I enjoy our time together so much that it makes my day.

5. What new project/s are you working on? Why do they seem important to you? Are you compelled to write or do you need to find inspiration? How do you deal with interruptions?

I would like to work on having The Christian Olympics translated into different languages. I believe this is important because there are many Christians all over the world that speak various languages. And they need help in learning how  to endure their trials and tribulations as spiritual athletes. I feel that I am a spiritual writer that is compelled to write the messages that God gives me. Every book that I have written was birth to fill the need of the Christian community.

To avoid interruptions, I set a time during the day or night when I will not answer the phone,door bell or emails. And I turn the radio and television off, find a quiet space so that I can just concentrate on writing or typing.  

 S.E.Gregg

Christian Olympics

S. E. Gregg, a spiritual marathon runner in the Christian Olympics for several decades, is an award winning, best- selling author and founder of Sound Doctrine Christian Ministries. Gregg runs on her spiritual race tract using the spiritual gifts of: preaching, teaching, evangelism, exhortation and administration.

As a gifted Bible teacher and writer, Gregg has been a Bible curriculum writer for publications such as the Precepts For Living® Commentary. During her spiritual marathon, she has become the author of the bestselling books: Evangelism Counseling-How To Counsel People About Salvation and The Christian Olympics-Going For The Gold Crowns.

As a spiritual athlete,Gregg has been interviewed on many radio stations and blogtalk radio. Exercising her faith ,Gregg has written content for online magazines and has been featured in several newspapers including the Philadelphia Daily News. She is now a contributing writer for the Huffington Post. While on her way to the Finish Line, S.E.Gregg continues to write from a spiritual perspective and does her spiritual exercises from her home in the Philadelphia,PA area. 

You can reach her through the following:

Twitter-https://twitter.com/SEGregg

Linkedin-https://www.linkedin.com/pub/dir/S.E./Gregg

Facebook-https://www.facebook.com/people/Se-Gregg/100000187355812

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Friday Features – Sunday Stillness Most Clicked

Friday Features – Sunday Stillness Most Clicked

Congratulations to the following bloggers for having the most clicked for this week.

 

Laurie Collett – Saved by Grace “Why do men translate God’s Word?”

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A very interesting article on the differences in versions of the Bible.

Denise from RefineMe – “Home Brew”

How do you appear to your family? happy-home-285x300Martin from Love Lines from God – “What Speech Says”

Paul’s warning is appropriate. My speech reflects who I am (Martin).

 

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How to Use Three Little Dots ∴ in Prayer

How to Use Three Little Dots  ∴ in Prayer

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by Brenda Wood

I don’t remember much from my high school math classes and some might say that they were a waste of time. Those folks don’t know how often I’ve used one of the symbols I learned there. Three little dots,  ∴ placed in the shape of a triangle stand for the word therefore.

I’d spend ages working on a problem before I could write a clear conclusion that went something like this. Because of thus and so  ∴ (therefore) such and such is true. I don’t do fancy math anymore, but every time I see the word therefore in scripture, I mark it with those three little dots. Then I study to see what the therefore is there for.

Paul had a problem to solve and this is his conclusion.

 Therefore will I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake, for when I am weak, then I am strong (2 Corinthians 12:10,KJV).

 God’s grace + Paul’s weakness = Christ’s Power
 (Therefore) when Paul is weak, he is strong in Christ.

Tired, worn out and weak kneed from prayer? Struggling with family issues? Let’s draw our strength from Christ while he does a little math in our lives!

Prayer:

Lord, may the three little dots of therefore, remind us what you are there for….  In Jesus’ Name. Amen

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God’s grace + Paul’s weakness = Christ’s Power  ∴ (Therefore) when Paul is weak, he is strong in Christ. (tweet this)

 

Brenda J. Wood

A popular motivational speaker, Brenda, of Barrie, Ontario is known for her common sense wisdom, sense of humour and quirky comments. Brenda especially enjoys speaking at women’s retreats and conferences, community events, Mops, World Day of Prayer, and Stonecroft Ministries.

A prolific author, her current books include:

The Big Red Chair: a children’s book dealing with the loss of a grandparent.
Meeting Myself: Snippets from a Fractured Mind:  the author’s recovery from abuse and eating disorders.
Hearts Under Construction: A motivational cookbook designed to feed both body and soul
Heartfelt: 366 Devotions for Common Sense Living.
God, Gluttony and You: a Bible Study dealing with our relationship to food.
Read more at:
http://heartfeltdevotionals.wordpress.com
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What is Confident Prayer?

What is Confident Prayer?

by Janis Cox

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Have you ever read through the book of Ephesians? In Paul’s prayer to the Ephesians you can find a confident prayer.

It is a prayer we can learn to pray.

Let’s break it apart and learn how to use it in prayer for family, for friends, and for ourselves.

Read the entire passage in Ephesians 3:14-21. Try to read it in at least two versions. I used the NIV and The Message. But for this prayer I used NIV for everything except the last passage.

 

The Prayer

Get down on your knees.  

For this reason I kneel before the Father.

Ask God to strengthen you by His Spirit – an inner strength so you and Jesus are united.

I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being.

With that love, ask for power to see the expanse of God’s love.

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,  may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ

Ask God to fill you with His fullness and to reflect it in your life.

that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

Praise God for all He did, is doing and will do.

 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever!

Know and believe that God can do anything – wilder than our wildest dreams and ask Him to continue His work in your, through the Holy Spirit.

him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine

Thank Him in the name of Jesus – the Name above all names. Thank You, Jesus. We pray this prayer in your Name. AMEN.

Glory to God in the Messiah, in Jesus!

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Get down on your knees. Ephesians 3:14

Praise God for all He did, is doing and will do. Ephesians 3:21

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Janis Cox

Janis Cox - Author and Illustrator

Janis, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. A writer since 2003, Janis co-ordinates a group blog called Under the Cover of Prayer. She is also a contributor to a group blog called Family and Faith Matters.

Janis is the author of the award winning children’s book, Tadeo Turtle, published by Word Alive Press. She is the author and watercolour illustrator. For more information visit Janis on her website He Cares for You. She is a member of The Word Guild andInscribe Writers Fellowship.

AN APPLE A DAY FROM GOD

An Apple a Day from God

We all know the saying, “An apple a day will keep the doctor away”. Apples are known to have very healthy benefits. I found another saying from 1886, “Eat an apple before going to bed, and you keep the doctor from earning his bread.” If you are interested in the health benefits of apples check out Apple: the Health Promoting Fruit.

I believe God gives us what we need to live on using the word APPLE as an acronym:

  1. A – All
  2. P – Passion
  3. P – Protection
  4. L – Love
  5. E – Energy

We need all of these things to help us grow and gain wisdom from His Truth. I love Paul’s words in Colossians.

“To this end I labour, struggling with all His energy, which so powerfully works in me” (Colossians 1:29 NIVUK).

We could substitute any of my ‘apple words’ for energy in this quote. Think about it –

  • with all His passion
  • with all His protection
  • with all His love
  • with all His energy

Now I need to find another word that will encompass His wisdom, His patience, His endurance, His grace, His strength, His kindness, His power – MORE? Can you come up with a word that can show some of God’s wonderful characteristics?

God I need an APPLE a day. My prayer is for You to help me use everything I gain from You in all I do to glorify You here on earth. I pray this in Jesus’ name. AMEN.

WHERE IS YOUR FAVOURITE PLACE OF PRAYER?

Where is Your Favourite Place of Prayer?

by Janice Keats

The Apostle Paul’s travel itinerary was quite extensive. He covered many towns and villages as he trained and fellowshipped with the saints of God.

As Paul was making travel plans to Jerusalem, he stopped at points in between and encouraged his fellow believers. But his farewell to the Ephesians was perhaps the most difficult because his time with them was growing shorter and he knew in part, the hardships that were to come in Jerusalem.

This is what he said to them:

“And now compelled by the Spirit, I am going to Jerusalem, not knowing what will happen to me there. I only know that in every city the Holy Spirit warns me that prison and hardships are facing me. Now I know that none of you among whom I have gone about preaching the kingdom will ever see me again” (Acts 20:22&25).

After a few more words of encouragement, Paul knelt with all of them and prayed.

“They all wept as they embraced him and kissed him. What grieved them the most was his statement that they may never see his face again. Then they accompanied him to the ship” (Acts 20:37,38).

Paul tore himself away from them and sailed to Tyre and stayed with the disciples there for seven days. When it was time to leave again all of the disciples and their wives and children accompanied him out of the city, and there on the beach they knelt and prayed. They said their good-byes and parted (Acts 21:5). Many discerned that he was going to be in danger in Jerusalem and urged him not to go.

Imagine a prayer meeting on the beach. Imagine how difficult it must have been to part from the fellowship of believers that Paul had trained, discipled and broke bread with. Imagine sending off your mentor knowing the dangers that lay ahead of him. Paul tore himself away from the family of God, and all the while the people pleaded with him not to go to Jerusalem. Paul responded by saying, Don’t break my heart with your weeping for me, I am willing to die for my Lord Jesus” (Acts 21:13).

Did Paul need to pray? Did Paul need the prayers of the people? Did Paul show any pride as he and the entourage of God’s family knelt in public on the beach? Was Paul effective in teaching the love of God to the various churches? What did they do in time of great need? They were there for him.

Why was there a prayer meeting on the beach? That was Paul’s point of need for protection and strength to carry out the Will of God. It was an informal gathering of the family of God. It was also a turning point of Paul’s life. Prayer was needed at that very moment in time! Knee prints on a beach provided solace to a soldier of God and the family of God!