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CALL TO CHRISTIANS

How are you doing in your walk with the Lord?  What is most important to your life?  These questions are of paramount importance, especially in these Last Days.

In my book, THE CASTING OF CROWNS, Carissa takes seriously her relationship with Jesus Christ.  She works on this everyday, aware that she has issues in relationships.  She gives her extra time outside her college hours to winning souls for Christ.  This is of upmost importance to her.  However, she encounters a snag.  Her new boyfriend is not spiritually connected.  He lost a friend in the past and blames God for not coming to his friend’s rescue.  He can’t see the value in coming back to Jesus.  His life feels fine the way it is.  Carissa attempts to chip away his resistance.

The signs of the times unfold with worldwide events becoming more and more frequent and growing in intensity.  It becomes evident to Carissa and her Bible study friends that Jesus wants everyone to repent and turn to Him for salvation.  His life, death, and resurrection testify of His vast love and His ability to save.

In the meantime, the world looks to the New World Order, a union of church and state to solve the pressing problems of mankind.  Persecution starts and the Bible is banned.  Carissa and her friends gather weekly to study the Bible on improvised devises.  For those who stick with the study, there is an eagerness to learn Bible truths and help each other in their walk with Jesus.

At the same time, Carissa and her friend Sally begin to discover why knowing Bible truths are essential for the Last Days.

In the midst of a chaotic world, Carissa’s growing love for Christ is threatened as she considers becoming involved with her boyfriend’s scheme to improve the world by working with the New World Order.

THE CASTING OF CROWNS can be purchased online on Amazon, Barnes and Noble online,  or any online bookseller.

PSALM 40:1-3, a Psalm of David

“I waited patiently for the Lord;
And He inclined to me,
And heard my cry.
He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,
Out of miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock,
And established my steps.
He has put a new song in my mouth —
Praise to our God;
Many will see it and fear,
And will trust in the Lord”(Psalm 40:1-3).

Most of us, when in a terrible situation, eventually cry out to the Lord after we’ve exhausted our other possible sources of help. Not David. He cried out almost immediately to God for assistance. In faith, with patience, he waited for God’s help. He was in a horrible pit situation, perhaps being pursued by a jealous King Saul and his army. David couldn’t even move. He was stuck, as in heavy, mucky clay. Yet he didn’t despair because he knew God would help Him.

God did more than rescue David. He set him on safe, solid ground and guided his next moves — indeed, when David permitted, God directed his entire life. The Lord had a powerful effect on David’s outlook on life. David made a habit of giving God the credit — of praising Him. Often we, too, praise God after he’s rescued us. This is a form of worship God loves to receive.

Those who witness God snatch us from harm and hear us praise God will be in awe of God and put their trust in Him.

In my coming novel, THE CASTING OF CROWNS, John typifies many wordly, young men. He trusts in himself, not in God. Whereas, John’s girlfriend, Carissa, develops a growing relationship with Jesus, learning to lean on Jesus. You can see the friction. Will John swing toward God and what other challenges and dangers does Carissa face in this Last Days scenario?

Why do you feel it’s difficult today for people to abandon their own efforts in the face of trouble and instead lean on the Lord? Please feel free to comment.

(Quoted Scripture from NKJV.)

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