Thursday, January 20, 2022
Sunday, January 16, 2022
So, being affectionately desirous of you, we were ready to share with you not only the gospel of God but also our own selves, because you had become very dear to us. 1 Thessalonians 2:8 RSV
“Mrs. Dickey, how much longer do you plan to teach?” one of the students in her English class asked.
“Fourteen more years unless God takes me to heaven first.”
“Do you believe in heaven?”
“I sure do.” She gave her testimony about her faith and shared the gospel with her class.
A female student in the front row mumbled, “I’m not good enough to go to heaven.”
Mrs. Dickey’s heart broke. She marched over to her bookcase and grabbed one of the Bibles she kept in her bookcase. She handed it to the girl. “This is for you.”
Her student is not alone in her thinking. Many feel they are not good enough for God’s love and forgiveness. They are ashamed of past sins and cannot forgive themselves or accept God’s forgiveness. They don’t realize He paid the price for their sins with the sacrifice of His Son.
Are we like Mrs. Dickey? Do we share our faith with the lost? Those who feel they aren’t good enough?
Help me be bold, Lord. Lead me to those who do not know You as their Lord and Savior. Amen.
The King’s Daughters
B J Bassett
B. J. Bassett encourages others as an author, teacher and speaker. Her books include a contemporary novel, Gillian’s Heart; a historical novel Lily; Sweet Charity; A Touch of Grace—The G.R.A.C.E. Ministries Story; and coauthor of a children’s devotional My Time with God, Focus on the Family, Heritage Builders, with over 55,000 copies sold.
As a contributing writer, publications consist of Writer’s Handbook 2000, The Writer, and The Focus on the Family Guide to Growing a Healthy Home, Wolgemuth& Hyatt, Publishers, Inc.—consistently on Bookstore Journal’s Best-selling Christian Books List from November 1990 - February 1991, and voted the 10 Best Books for 1990 by Today’s Christian Woman.
Magazines, devotional booklets, curriculum and newspaper publishers include Focus on the Family, Woman’s World, The Quiet Hour, Pathways to God, Devotions, Harcourt Brace, WordAction, Gospel Publishing and Times Standard (newspaper).
She teaches writing workshops at Umpqua Community College, Roseburg, OR and at writer’s conferences. As a speaker for Stonecroft Ministries, she tells her story of rejection and acceptance, not only in life, but as a writer as well. She also offers book talks, including discussion questions and shares the journey -- from the seed of an idea to a published book.
Memberships: ACFW and Oregon Christian Writers (OCW).
She enjoys reading, jigsaw puzzles, knitting, munching warm scones oozing with butter and strawberry jam and sipping earl grey tea.
Thursday, January 13, 2022
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