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Make the Choice to Rejoice
Happiness is fine, but you can’t depend on it. It’s cool, but it comes and goes. The great challenge of life is to constantly, at every turn, choose joy, especially when we’re not happy. Happiness always fades away. It changes as circumstances change. Sometimes the wind blows favorably, and other times it blows contrary. Happiness is as dependent on circumstances as a sailboat is to the wind.
Joy, however, is the real deal. Whether there is wind, no wind—or even a fierce storm. And here’s the awesome thing—we can experience joy every day.
So just how do we tap into the power of joy in real-time? Joy is triggered when we make the choice to rejoice.
I AM PRODIGAL: MOVING FROM SHAME TO GRACE
Life takes us down many roads, and for some of us, those roads lead far away. But as David R. Stokes delves deep into Jesus' familiar parable, it's clear that God wants us to realize that he understands our nature and our tendencies - even those that take us away from His heart. He chases after us, wanting us to come home. We can either let conviction and repentance lead us to grace, or let guilt and pride lead us to the grave. It's our choice.
When good samaritans get mugged: hope and healing for wounded warriors
Your mother probably said it - maybe your grandmother, too. They parroted the overused maternal maxim: "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me." They meant well, but they were being less than truthful. When was the last time you were hit by a stick or a stone that was hurled at you? When was the last time someone did or said something that hurt you? David R. Stokes' latest book on Christian living details practical strategies for overcoming the depression, frustration, anger, fear, and discouragement we experience when we feel the pain of criticism, rejection, and personal attack - even though we are trying to do the right thing. There is hope, and there can be healing, WHEN GOOD SAMARITANS GET MUGGED.
Flour Power - never run out of what you need
A single mom. Economic collapse. Political corruption. Desperate times. Sound familiar? Almost 3,000 years ago, a ragged Jewish preacher visited a Phoenician city on the Mediterranean coast in what is now the country of Lebanon. A severe famine was ravaging the region, but the preacher - a man of God name ELIJAH - asked a young widow for food. That audacious request was the beginning of a dramatic story that would save her and her young son. FLOUR POWER, though centuries old, is still available to us today!
the simple life: reflections on the twenty-third psalm
These words have provided comfort and strength for more than 3,000 years: "The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever." Psalm 23:1-6 In The Simple Life, David R. Stokes explores these ancient words that are ever new.
In his famous poem, "IF", Rudyard Kipling extolled the virtue of knowing how to "keep your head when all about you are losing theirs--and blaming it on you." This book is for people who want to be like that. The principles shared are derived from the writings of Simon Peter, an early follower of Jesus Christ. Jesus saw Simon's potential from the beginning. That's why he gave him such an ironic nickname -- ROCK (Peter). Simon was anything but "solid" for quite awhile. But God knew what he would become. And when Simon Peter was much older, it fell to him to comfort and calm thousands of Christians who lived in fear of harassment, persecution, and even death. The affirmation "Keep Calm and Carry On" originated in a morale campaign in Great Britain in the build up to World War Two. These days, however, the phrase has become part of popular culture. This book describes ancient concepts that are ever new. Practical, in-depth, and thoroughly biblical, "How to Keep Calm and Carry On" will challenge your mind and comfort your heart.
Just as some of the pivotal moments of progress in human history began with someone getting upset enough about something to act toward change, so it is in our personal lives. And the fact is that there are times when we feel burdens that can lead to extraordinary breakthroughs in our personal and professional lives. That’s exactly what happened with a man named Nehemiah. He later wrote his memoirs. They’re in the Bible. He was THE BOTHERED BUTLER.
What does it take to stop you? To discourage you? To keep you from finding your purpose, reaching your goals, or becoming the best version of yourself? The pressures of life can actually be co-opted and transformed. The bad things can become pathways to good things. It may sound paradoxical, but it's true. In this short and easy to read e-book, David Stokes shares some wisdom from a song those who dug the Panama Canal loved to sing.