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Sabbath Sunday: When I See a Cave

Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. John 20:8, NIV

Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. John 20:8, NIV

Every time I see a cave, I think of the empty tomb.

I think about Jesus.

What were His first thoughts as He looked and saw the linens?

The angels as they received that assignment and positioned themselves?

The guards, when the cave started to shake?

Mary, when she realized the tomb was empty?

The questions consume me as much as the curiosity of a cave.

What about you? If you’re not familiar with the story, read a chapter a day from John in the Bible.

And don’t be afraid to ask questions.

This is the Kunjamuk Cave in Speculator, NY, the area I based my contemporary romance, Entrusted, on. Photo credit by CT

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Sabbath Sunday: When I See a Cave

Posted by Julie on April 12, 2015 in encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Nature, photography, Sabbath Sunday |
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Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. John 20:8, NIV

Every time I see a cave, I think of the empty tomb.

I think about Jesus.

What were His first thoughts as He looked and saw the linens?

The angels as they received that assignment and positioned themselves?

The guards, when the cave started to shake?

Mary, when she realized the tomb was empty?

The questions consume me as much as the curiosity of a cave.

What about you? If you’re not familiar with the story, read a chapter a day from John in the Bible.

And don’t be afraid to ask questions.

This is the Kunjamuk Cave in Speculator, NY, the area I based my contemporary romance, Entrusted, on. Photo credit by CT

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Sabbath Sunday: When I See a Cave

Posted by Julie on April 5, 2015 in About Me, encouragement, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Nature, photography, Sabbath Sunday |
CristaKuncave

Finally the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went inside. He saw and believed. John 20:8, NIV

Every time I see a cave, I think of the empty tomb.

I think about Jesus.

What were His first thoughts as He looked and saw the linens?

The angels as they received that assignment and positioned themselves?

The guards, when the cave started to shake?

Mary, when she realized the tomb was empty?

The questions consume me as much as the curiosity of a cave.

What about you? If you’re not familiar with the story, read a chapter a day from John in the Bible.

And don’t be afraid to ask questions.

 

This is the Kunjamuk Cave in Speculator, NY, the area I based my contemporary romance, Entrusted, on. Photo credit by CT

 

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Book Review: Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe by Max Lucado

Posted by Julie on March 3, 2015 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons, surrender |

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Chelsea Chambers is on her own. After a public split from her NFL superstar husband, Chelsea takes a bold step out of the limelight and behind the counter of the Higher Grounds Café, an old-fashioned coffee shop in dire need of reinvention. But when her courage, expert planning, and out-of-this-world cupcakes fail to pay the bills, this newly single mom finds herself desperate for help. Better yet, a miracle.

Then a curious stranger lands at Chelsea’s door, and with him, an even more curious string of events. Soon, customers are flocking to the Higher Grounds Café, and not just for the cupcakes and cappuccino. They’ve come for the internet connection to the divine. Now the café has become the go-to place for people in search of answers to life’s biggest questions.

When a catastrophe strikes and her ex comes calling, Chelsea begins to wonder if the whole universe is conspiring against her quest to make it on her own. After a shocking discovery opens her eyes to the unseen world around her, Chelsea finds the courage to ask, and heaven answers in a most unexpected way.

I wasn’t sure what to expect with the first fiction offering from Max Lucado. One of the reasons I love his non fiction work is his ability to paint such descriptions when sharing a principle. I confess, I found Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe a slow start and I was a bit skeptical about the plot. I was sure as I started it would be a bit cheesy and like most movies with angels in them.

Here’s the thing, the story picks up and becomes a sweet read with characters to root for. The angelic aspect wasn’t cliched and the little “quirks” Max Lucado created Manny with were humorous. The “miracle” was high-tech and creative.

I believe this fiction work is a solid start for an author with an amazing track record. I hope to see more fiction from him.

To purchase Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe, click here.

I received a copy of Miracle at the Higher Grounds Cafe in exchange for an honest review.

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Book Review: Judith MacNutt’s Angels Are for Real

Posted by Julie on May 30, 2012 in Book Review, God's Word, Julie Arduini, Life Lessons |

Every so often Bethany House sends me an e-mail asking if I would like to read some of the books for review. The books end up being from Chosen, and they are a division of Baker Publishing, as is Bethany, if I read correctly.

Today, I’m able to review Judith MacNutt’s Angels Are for Real.

Angels have been, and will continue to be, a vital part of God’s Kingdom–from creation to Jesus’ birth and ascension to the end of days. Throughout the ages they have been messengers, protectors, healers, comforters and more to the people of God. Sometimes their presence is as subtle as a whisper of wind, other times as visible as the sun.

 

 

In this accessible, comprehensive and encouraging guide, Judith MacNutt pulls back the curtain on these intriguing heavenly beings. She offers insight and many stories of miraculous encounters, revealing what the Bible says about

  • what angels look like
  • what they do
  • why they are important in believers’ lives
  • the heavenly hierarchy
  • what fallen angels are
  • and more

When you begin to grasp the importance of angels to God–and your very own life–you will better understand God’s power and His extraordinary love for you.

I love inspiring stories and the Bible is real to me. So I’m always ready to read stories about angels and their impact on our lives. The author breaks down the different assignments and classes angels have, and I definitely related to guardian angel testimonies. I’ve listened to many missionaries and others who were in peril that did not know each other who all had warrior angel type protection stories. I know because of my Bible reading and personal experiences there is a fallen angel who is out to seek, kill, and destroy. This book explores and explains all of these things in detail and made for an engaging read.

What is a bit of a negative is a lot of the testimonies are marked anonymous and their credit isn’t always given directly to Christ. It’s important to know angels are messengers and they are not God, nor should angels be worshiped. The testimonies, as inspiring as they are, needed a bit of clarification, I believe, in that manner.

The author references Billy Graham and his book on angels and I confess, I need to do the same. Angels Are for Real is a good book and I recommend it. But Billy Graham’s book is great, and I highly suggest you make it a double read and take both of these books on. Angels Are For Real alone leaves me wanting a bit more. Complemented with Billy Graham’s book, it’s a complete read.

Purchase here.

I received Angels are for Real from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



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