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Happy New Year, 2018


By Benjamin H. Liles

          I just want to tell everyone who visits my site how happy and fortunate I am for all of you. Also, to wish you and everyone out there a Happy New Year! I love being able to do what I do for you! So, I just wanted to extend those holiday wishes into this new year by saying that to you. I want you guys to be blessed. The way you have blessed me is wonderful and great. So, I ask our God and Lord to bless all of you. May all your dreams and aspirations be blessed in the name of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior! God bless you all. More articles will come as soon as I am able!

Prayer


By Benjamin H. Liles

            I know I have a tendency to admit things when I feel I have to and this is one of those times: I’m not like my wife, who is a passionate prayer warrior. To tell you the truth prayer doesn’t readily come easy to me as it does for and to her. It always seems she has the right words for the situation you find yourself. And that’s the thing, prayer isn’t just a onetime event and then you move on. It’s something you actively have to do. Do you have a job promotion that you’re about to get? Pray on it. Are you in pain and suffering? Pray over it. Have you faced the highs and lows of life, needing direction? Pray to God about it.

Have Yourself a Merry Christmas


By Benjamin H. Liles

          It's Christmas day here, going on about 9pm. So, here in a few short hours it won't be Christmas anymore. I could do a longer post tonight on Christmas, why we call it Christmas and all, but I'll save that for another time. Instead I wanted to give a sweet and lovely message of Christmas to everyone!

(A) Christmas Story


By Benjamin H. Liles

Bright star, do you see this thing going on? Do you notice this thing that's taking place before my eyes? I'm here keeping watch over a flock of sheep. The night so cold and deep. I stay with them in the hopes they will be kept safe and secure. But there's this action going on. Later on someone will sing "Do you see what I see?" But I'm telling you about this. This is the most amazing thing I have ever witnessed. 

God's Anger Against Sin and His Mercy (Ezekiel 16)


By Benjamin H. Liles

          When the Lord first spoke through Hosea, the Lord said to Hosea, ‘Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry; for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord.’ Therefore, behold, I will allure her, bring her into the wilderness and speak kindly to her. Then I will give her her vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor as a door of hope. And she will sing there as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt.”  ~ Hosea 1:2; 2:14-15, New American Standard

The Importance of Knowledge of God


By Benjamin H. Liles

          And speaking of the prophet Daniel, Darius said this of Daniel's God: "I issue a decree that in every part of my kingdom people must fear and reverence the God of Daniel. For he is the living God and he endures forever; his kingdom will not be destroyed, his dominion will never end. He rescues and he saves; he performs signs and wonders in the heavens and on the earth. He has rescued Daniel from the power of the lions" (Daniel 6:26, 27, NIV).

Useless vs. Useful: Allowing God to work in our Faith


By Benjamin H. Liles

            The next day when they came out from Bethany, [Jesus] was hungry. After seeing in the distance a fig tree with leaves, He went to find out if there was anything on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, because it was not the season for figs. He said to it, “May no one ever eat fruit from you again!” And His disciples heard it. They came to Jerusalem, and He went into the temple complex and began to throw out those buying and selling in the temple.
He overturned the money changers’ tables and the chairs of those selling doves, and would not permit anyone to carry goods through the temple complex. Then He began to teach them: “Is it not written, My house will be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a den of thieves!” Early in the morning, as they were passing by, they saw the fig tree withered from the roots up. ~ Mark 11:12-17, 20, Holman Christian Standard

Non-stop Action, Suspense


By Benjamin H. Liles

          The latest in the Recruits series has a lot of non-stop action. From start to finish it is a thrill-ride of Tolkienesque proportions. And that's the thing of it all. While I enjoy reading/reviewing Locke's books, it seems the further he goes with his writing as he's giving a nod to the late Lord of the Rings author. In a sense it feels that way to me. And in saying that it's not a bad thing in and of itself. Actually, if anything, Tolkien would be proud to see a man come so close to emulating his style and prose for a series as classic as Lord of the Rings.

Slavery: Bondage, or Set Free?


By Benjamin H. Liles

          This is too funny!  When I thought I was reading the 3 Dec 2011 Devotional, it turns out I was reading Monday's 5 Dec 2011 Devotional.  How can this tie in to not just the title but to the passage of Isaiah 49:9 can be stated in this way: What has you enslaved?