Monday, July 27, 2015

In a Christian Writer's Life: Something to Tweet about

[Note from Mary: This previously published post reminds us to "Tweet other people they way you want them to tweet you."

In a Christian Writer's Life: Something to Tweet about

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13 Deadly Sins of a Dying Church - The Malphurs Group : The Malphurs Group

[Note from Mary: Most of us have concerns and, perhaps, complaints about the church, but as Christian poets and writers, we can help to revitalize the Body of Christ by addressing specific issues, encouraging forgiveness, and offering workable solutions as we write in all genres.]

13 Deadly Sins of a Dying Church - The Malphurs Group : The Malphurs Group posted by Lindsey Beebe Bridges

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Unforgiveness holds us back | Commentary | Jamaica Gleaner

[Note from Mary: May this word bring healing to us, our families, our church, our country, and our readers in Jesus' Name.]

Unforgiveness holds us back | Commentary | Jamaica Gleaner by Apostle Steve Lyston

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Friday, July 24, 2015

Hearing the Voice of God | Spotlight

[Note from Mary: I love it when a theme comes together! This post and the one prior are almost like a discussion on a subject vital to our lives in Christ.]

Hearing the Voice of God | Spotlight by Beckie Lindsey

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Learning To Savor | Hearts Set Free Blog

[Note from Mary: Reading the Bible, cover to cover, is a necessity for all communicators for Christ as we go about the work God has given us to do with accuracy and love. But, as this post reminds us, focusing on a single verse or Bible story can strengthen our relationship with God.]

Learning To Savor | Hearts Set Free Blog by Elaine Miller Creasman

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Thursday, July 23, 2015

How To Keep Quality Volunteers In Your Church Or Organization

[Note from Mary: When we're on overload, we need prayers! Sometimes we need helpers too.]

How To Keep Quality Volunteers In Your Church Or Organization  by Joe Lalonde

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In a Christian Writer's Life: What to do if your work weighs you down

[Note from MarySummer often means taking vacation time, but a work overload needs more than just time away. Sometimes it means time with. Maybe this prior post will help.]

In a Christian Writer's Life: What to do if your work weighs you down

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

A Biblical Process for Decision Making | Christ My Cornerstone

[Note from Mary: In our lives in Christ and in our Christian writing lives, making decisions or determining the priorities God wants for us can be difficult! This article will help.]

A Biblical Process for Decision Making | Christ My Cornerstone posted by Joey Czellar 

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Interview with a Living Example of Christ - GodsLeader.com

[Note from Mary: This excellent word helps us to focus on the real meaning of the church and being one in the Body of Christ.]

Interview with a Living Example of Christ - GodsLeader.com posted by Jose L. Bosque

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Writing Fix: Sagging Middles | Linda S. Clare

[Note from Mary: Fiction writers usually have a strong beginning in mind as they start a new novel and, hopefully, a strong ending, but the middle can start to sag too subtly to notice without a synopsis and these good tips to tighten the plot.]

Writing Fix: Sagging Middles | Linda S. Clare

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How to Write a Poetry Review

[Note from Mary: If you have a book of poetry to review, as I do, you'll especially welcome this article. However, any poet or poetry lover or book reviewer of any kind will do well to read the suggestions.]

How to Write a Poetry Review by Glynn Young

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Monday, July 20, 2015

Why Write for Periodicals? -

[Note from Mary: Before blogging, before the Internet and the e-book, poets and writers wrote for publication in journals, magazines, church take-home papers, and other periodicals. If you only want to blog, fine, but if you want to be a freelance or assignment writer who's published by traditional print publishers and develops a large readership, you'll do well to read these wise words.]

Why Write for Periodicals? - by Ava Pennington

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Blessed Assurance - 364 Days of Thanksgiving

[Note from Mary: Thanks be to God, we can overcome obstacles in our lives in Christ and write what we've been given in Jesus' Name.]

Blessed Assurance - 364 Days of Thanksgiving by Andrew Schroer

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Meditation Monday – God Has Chosen You.

[Note from Mary: We are CHOSEN! YOU are chosen! And God has a plan for you.]

Meditation Monday – God Has Chosen You. by Christine Sine

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Saturday, July 18, 2015

Bedpans and Handkerchiefs | He's Taken Leave

[Note from Mary: Poets and writers who aim to adhere to the old adage, "Show! Don't tell," will find this post helps them to do just that.]

Bedpans and Handkerchiefs | He's Taken Leave  by Paul Phillips

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4 Verses To Use To Bless Others - Steve Wiersum

[Note from Mary: People all over the world often hear cursing, but who hears frequent blessings? May this post inspire us to write words that bless readers in Jesus' Name.]

4 Verses To Use To Bless Others - Steve Wiersum

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Thoughts of a Naked Alien

[Note from Mary: These words based on Ephesians remind us we're one in Christ.]

Thoughts of a Naked Alien by Tim Good 

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Scripture on Purpose | Before The Cross

[Note from Mary: Not sure what to write next? This post will help.]

Scripture on Purpose | Before The Cross by Mike Mobley

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One-a-Day Thursday 7/16/15 | A Life Worthy

[Note from Mary: May our lives in Christ and our writings consistently have the right amount of salt.]

One-a-Day Thursday 7/16/15 | A Life Worthy by Michael Burns

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Monday, July 13, 2015

Meditation Monday – Keeping Our Backs Strong

[Note from Mary: The more we know and adhere to God's Word, the stronger our "backbone" becomes as speak and write for Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.]

Meditation Monday – Keeping Our Backs Strong by Christine Sine

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The Faith Log: Christianity and American Culture

[Note from Mary: May this article spirit-tune our focus and increase our discernment as we write in Jesus' Name.]

The Faith Log: Christianity and American Culture by Jeff Doles

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Bible Reviewer: Life in the Spirit Study Bible, KJV

[Note from Mary: Although the Life in the Spirit Study Bible, kindly sent to me by HarperCollins, does not contain the deuterocanonical (aka apocryphal) books found in the original King James Version (KJV) of the Bible, I highly recommend this study edition for Bible students and Christians from every denominational background within the Body of Christ. Protestant, Catholic, Charismatic, Orthodox, or Evangelical perspectives make no difference as the Holy Spirit knows no boundaries but yearns to bring us to God, ourselves, and one another in Jesus’ Name.]

Bible Reviewer: Life in the Spirit Study Bible, KJV

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Friday, July 10, 2015

If Jesus had a blog, what would He post?

The above title repeats a question considered by members of our Christian Poets & Writers group on Facebook. As you read the responses, notice if any remarks aim to gain your attention. If so, that could be the Lord’s leading you toward what you’re to write! May God guide us as we think about what Jesus might write about today:

Robert The Beatitudes.

Paul Parables - a Teacher or Rabbi teaches.

Keren Oh, I like Paul's idea, and not just because I am blogging parables and fables this year!

Helena The Word!

Sharon Beth The Truth in ordinary situations and yes, I like the idea of parables, too.

Jewell That we should love one another: Put aside pride and self-righteousness, let go of legalism, and simply love one another.

Susan (Jesus might say) "Hi, Friends!!!"

Linda Jesus would post "I love you” to the moon and back - always and forever!

Marla Write what is right: You will know them by their love. Do not judge. Keep your heart clean. Put on the mind of the anointing.

Annie Oh, my that is a great and mighty question. Well, He would say “I Am is always speaking to you and desires for you to listen intently with understanding. Now go do what I have spoken.”

Lisa Such a great question! Wouldn't that be awesome, if He'd just step in now and then with a post? I like the parable suggestion, but I'd be happy with anything. Can you imagine the day when we can sit around His throne and listen to Him speak throughout eternity?

Christine The Beatitudes come to my mind.

Samuel He could post about love because He is Love. There is so much hate everywhere, so He could post about love to make a distinct difference between love and hate and show us how to love everyone despite who they are and what they have.

Crystal Wow! I would say that He would speak on Eternal Life because He is just that, LIFE.

Donna I came to post the same thing Samuel. Love is the only way – love for God, love for self, love for others.

Samuel I have seen Christians without love, but who then do they represent? Christ? I don't think so. Jesus is Love and Love is Jesus. Without Love we can't receive from Jesus. Everything about Jesus is Love.

Dawn (Jesus might post about) the adulteress woman (See John 8:1-12); The Samaritan woman (See John 4:1-42.)

Cherrilynn (He might say) “be back later – having lunch with the harlots, drunkards and wayward and teaching them I love them and to follow Me."

Glenys I pondered this same question myself a couple of years ago in a post on my Children's Ministry website.

Joyce "Come unto Me, and I will make you fishers of men. Love Me and love others.”

Pamela Rose I think He would regularly have "I Love You" kind of stuff (posted on His blog.)

Marshel Would He "like" anything you posted? Would He have to unfollow you due to the ungodly things read or seen on your page?

Beckie Jesus would post the truth.

Julien So would His people.

Harry He would say "You might claim to like Me, but I know the truth. If you really liked Me you'd follow My commandments."

Joyce “I know the thoughts I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope,” Jeremiah 29:11. More in number than the sand are God's thoughts toward us. His thoughts and ways are greater than our own. We cannot comprehend His intentions and actions out of His wisdom, yet He thinks of us. He has thought about us from the very beginning of time. He has not forgotten us, and He is aware of everything we do. He is even aware of where we are at all times. He says,“I have loved you with an everlasting love, therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you.” His eyes and hands have been toward us. Everything has been arranged for us to enjoy. His intentions and actions are toward us. He fights against our faults and works things toward His good. David once said, “I am poor and needy, yet the Lord thinks about me.” He thinks thoughts of peace toward us. He offers us His salvation and eternal life. He remembers us night and day. He prepares us a future and a hope with Him. He shows us His mercy and compassion.

Marla You can read His blog in the Bible!

Lisa Marla, you're so right!

Samuel Marla, that’s a perfect answer.

Ibidun I love Marla's response! (And) Jesus would blog everyday about love because God is love. He would conquer every barrier with love.

Kelly Parables

David "Come unto me all ye that are heavy burdened, and I will give you rest."

Eileen I was just about to post the same verse, David!

Carole Jesus would say: "I am the Resurrection and the Life."

Judith “Follow Me, and love one another.”

Linda I'd love it if Jesus would tweet a verse of scripture every day to bring it to everyone's attention, and then use His blog to explain its meaning to us dense humans – as He had to explain His parables to His disciples – and apply it very clearly and unequivocally to the life issues of our day. Wouldn't it be fantastic to squelch the disputes over what would Jesus really do and what does the Bible really say?

Marla Jesus' blog: John 3:16-17, “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish but have ever-lasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved.”

Linda I think of what Henri Nouwen said, “I love you because I love you because I love you.”

Ginny “Be not afraid!”

Patti (Jesus’ blog would have) messages of love, hope and compassion.

Mary Right on! And write on! May the Lord give us the topics to address and words to speak for Christ as we blog in Jesus’ Name.


©2015, Mary Harwell Sayler, poet, writer, founder of the Christian Poets & Writers group, and lifelong lover of Christ, the Bible, and the church in all its parts

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

upgradeyourlife - BLOG - Rest in the Midst

[Note from Mary: Like any job, loved or not, writing is work! If you really love to write, as I do, you might enjoy your job so much, you forget to rest!]

upgradeyourlife - BLOG - Rest in the Midst by Ava Pennington

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