Tuesday, 25 December 2012

CHRISTMAS' SONGS


Loh Lawrence
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Merry Christmas from Gary
 This is great!!!!   Just click on your favorite song, and enjoy the season.

 Merry Christmas! 

 
A Fabulous 50s
Christmas Songs
 
Away In A Manger
Loretta Lynn
Christmas Alphabet
The McGuire Sisters
Christmas Country Christmas
The Statler Brothers
Christmas Song
Alvin & The Chipmunks
Christmas Times A Coming
Bill Monroe
And The Bluegrass Boys
Christmas Waltz
Frank Sinatra
Christmas Without You
Kenny Rogers
Dolly Parton
Its Beginning To Look
A Lot Like Christmas

Bing Crosby &
The Andrew Sisters
Jingle Bell Rock
Bobby Helms
Jingle Bells
Roy Rogers
Most Interesting Middle!
Jingle Bells
Perry Como
Jingle Bells
The Jingle Bell Piggie
Joy To The World
Nat King Cole
Let It Snow
Andy Williams
Little Drummer Boy
Neil Diamond
O Christmas Tree
Nat King Cole
Please Come Home
The Platters
Pretty Paper
Roy Orbison

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

OUR GUEST AUTHOR POST - PAMELA JONES


SHOULD CHRISTIANS ENGAGE IN ONLINE DATING

In a world that seems to accept wrongdoing as the way of living, 
Christians must be resistant to this way of life. Some of the 
wrongdoing that troubles our world today transpires over the internet: pornography, gossip, identity theft, money scams, and so on.

The concern here is online dating. It’s an internet activity that 
brings people together. Some people find love; others get scammed out of money. There have even been situations where people were murdered after meeting their online date in person.
In other words, like anything else, online dating can have its problems. So, should Christians engage in it?

The Answer is in The Spiritual Voice

We must follow God’s plan for our lives. Otherwise we won’t find our true purpose for life; we won’t even be happy. So, to answer the question of whether or not Christians should engage in online dating – it depends.

If the Holy Spirit is telling you to engage in it, then follow the Spirit. The path is already set for you and your soul mate to find each other through this method. You’ll even be guided as to which website you should join since there are several.

Please note that if you feel led to join an online dating site that connects people for sexual purposes only, this isn’t God’s intention. God is about love, not one night stands. So make sure you’re being guided by God and not desperation or lust.

On the other hand, if you don’t hear or have a spiritual intuition to set up membership at a decent online dating website such as a Christian dating site, then follow your instinct. Doing so will never lead you in the wrong direction. It’s just happen that God could have for you to meet your soul mate another way.

Conclusion

So online dating for Christians … yes or no? Just wait and listen patiently for God’s wise, whispery voice and you’ll have your answer.

About the writer
Pamela “Penlady” Jones is the author of “Virtual Love: Everything You Need to Know About Online Dating.” This eBook covers Christian online dating. It’s available via the Amazon Kindle Lending Library


To read about our interview with the above author, please click the link below:-
http://liftyouup.blogspot.com/2012/12/interview-with-author-pamela-jones.html

Wednesday, 14 November 2012





Q and A

James: When did you begin to write?

Ever since I was a teenager, I enjoyed writing of one form or another. I love artistic expression of all kinds. I've written more than 50 songs since I first picked up a guitar at age 13. Written enough poetry to fill volumes. As far as writing "books", I started right after college. It was just something I wanted to try and once I finally graduated, I finally had time. After I self-published my first book I was HOOKED. Addicted. There was no going back. So, when my wife and I were going through the adoption process, that's where my brain went. I knew I had to write our story.

James : What make you to think of publishing a book to share with others and at the same time encourage others to share their faiths? So far what is your worst criticism/attacks, and how you overcome it?

I'm not afraid of putting myself out there. I'm not afraid of criticism. My wife and I have been advocates for adoption ever since we decided to adopt, and believe it or not there are a lot of people out there who strongly oppose adoption. Most of my criticism comes from those people- the ones who hate adoption. Some people think it's not possible for adoptive parents to love a child as much as a biological parent could. They're wrong. Some people think it's always the right thing to do for a single parent to raise the child. They're wrong. I'm not saying it's always right to choose adoption for an unplanned pregnancy because that's not true either. But there is a right time and a wrong time- all a personal decision. 
James: How you come up with title of your books?

The main title- "Open Adoption, Open Heart" I came up with on my own. "Open adoption" means that our children's biological parents are still part of the picture. We love them, talk to them, share photos with them, and even visit face to face quite often. The subtitle "An Adoptive Father's Inspiring Journey" fits well with what the book is about. It's our story. We came up with that subtitle in a group meeting at the publisher.

James: Can you enlighten us a little more about your books?

This blog tour is focusing on Open Adoption, Open Heart. I've written a few other books, some adoption and some not. This book is our story. There are so many things about the adoptive world that people just don't know about and I strongly feel the best way to help people see into our world is not to just tell people what it's like. You have to come along on the journey and experience the entire process, with all the emotions and feelings. It's quite the roller coaster- one minute feeling secure, then the next minute wondering if the adoption is going to fall through and the baby taken away. Up and down, up and down. It's quite the story. And while it was so stressful, that only makes it that much sweeter in the end.

James: Is there anything else you would like your readers to pay special attention in regards to your book, which you have not mentioned above?

This book is not just for people who plan to adopt, or have adopted. In fact, although I think reading something like this is essential for someone considering adoption, the majority of those who have read it are regular people who just want to read a good true story and see what it's like to live through an open adoption. Even my next door neighbors and my best friends said things like, "We were near you the whole time and we had no idea." It's such a wild ride you would think it was fiction.

James: When do you plan to publish your book 2, if applicable?

Book 2 is written already! It continues the story from our first adoption since that relationship will always be growing and adapting. It also tells the journey of our second adoption- one that takes place locally and is also an open adoption. Even though we'd gone through the process once before, the second time through was just as intense.

James : How many volume of books for the above series?

There will be more than these 2, but the ones after these two will not likely be the same style or length.

James: Tell us your guided principle that governs your life? How you cultivate these values?

My wife and I are Christian, believing strongly in the power of meditation and prayer. God gives each of us personal revelation if we are seeking it. We also believe strongly in the constant need to nurture our spiritual side, or life would drift away from what brings true joy.

James: Is there any other advice which you like to share with our readers?
Whether you're interested in adoption or not, do what is right for YOUR family. We've found that out for ourselves. Nobody else knows what we need but us, and that's for us to decide.

Thank again for joining us today. Let us wish her a rewarding and fulfilling day.





Thursday, 12 July 2012

INTERVIEW WITH CHRISTIAN AUTHOR -TRACY KRAUSS






About the author

Tracy Krauss is a best-selling author, artist, playwright, director, worship leader, and teacher. Originally from a small prairie town, she received her Bachelor’s Degree at the University of Saskatchewan.  She has lived in many places in northern Canada with her husband, a pastor, and their children. They currently live in Tumbler Ridge, BC.

She currently has four romantic suspense novels and several stage plays in print. Visit her website for more details. http://www.tracykrauss.com



Now, onto the interview.




When did you begin to write?

I started writing shortly after I had my first child. (She’s 27 now.) I could hardly wait for her nap time so that I could pound away at my mother’s old typewriter. What started out as mere fun soon became a compulsion which has lasted all these years.
 

When did you first discover that you were a writer?

I was one of those kids that enjoyed making up stories, even at a young age. I wrote my first stage play while in grade four at school and convinced my friends to practice during recess. When our teacher saw what was going on she arranged for us to perform it in front of the entire school. It was my first ‘written’ work and my first time as a director.

How much did you write before you were published?

I wrote on a daily basis. I finished four full length novels before I even started submitting. It took some courage to finally share those early works with anyone, and then even more courage to keep doing so since they were soundly rejected multiple times. The candid criticism did me good and I learned from it, though. I’m thankful for it now, although it hurt at the time.  


What is your favorite part of writing?

There is something exciting about starting something new – the freshness of it. I also love it when the words just seem to flow, and then the best is that feeling of accomplishment when you finally finish the first draft.  


What made you think of publishing a book to share with others and at the same time encourage others to share their faith?

I guess my faith is an important part of who I am so it makes sense for me to write from this worldview. I remember being influenced early in my writing career by a Christian rock group that I liked. (DC Talk – this was the 90s, remember!) I was impressed that they were so blatant and unapologetic about their faith. I wanted to be like that with my writing.

Tell us about your latest release.

Here is the back cover blurb:

Marshdale. Just a small farming community where nothing special happens.  A perfect place to start over… or get lost. There is definitely more to this prairie town than meets the eye. Once the meeting place of aboriginal tribes for miles around, some say the land itself was cursed because of the people’s sin. But its history goes farther back than even indigenous oral history can trace and there is still a direct descendant who has been handed the truth, like it or not. Exactly what ties does the land have to the medicine of the ancients? Is it cursed, or is it all superstition?

Wind Over Marshdale is the story of the struggles within a small prairie town when hidden evil and ancient medicine resurface. Caught in the crossfire, new teacher Rachel Bosworth finds herself in love with two men at once. First, there is Thomas Lone Wolf, a Cree man whose blood lines run back to the days of ancient medicine but who has chosen to live as a Christian and faces prejudice from every side as he tries to expose the truth. Then there is Con McKinley, local farmer who has to face some demons of his own. Add to the mix a wayward minister seeking anonymity in the obscurity of the town; eccentric twin sisters – one heavily involved in the occult and the other a fundamentalist zealot; and a host of other ‘characters’ whose lives weave together unexpectedly for the final climax. This suspenseful story is one of human frailty - prejudice, cowardice, jealousy, and greed – magnified by powerful spiritual forces that have remained hidden for centuries, only to be broken in triumph by grace.



Wow! This book sounds really good. Are you planning on writing more in the years to come? 

Writing has been such an integral part of my life for so many years that I can’t imagine NOT writing. I currently have two more novels ready for revision which I plan to submit to my agent soon. Beyond that I have several works in progress. New ideas keep popping up all the time.




So far what is your worst criticism/attacks, and how have you overcome it?

I haven’t really been attacked, per se, since getting published. My worst criticism came before publication and all of that was justified, as I already said. I have had a few less than glowing reviews, but I’ve decided that any publicity is good publicity, so I don’t let it bother me. In fact, a few lower reviews might even add credibility. Not everyone likes the same things, so this just shows that people are actually reading my work and being honest about it.


 

What is the accomplishment that you are most proud of?
Besides raising four kids who are now great adults, I guess I am proud of the fact that I reached my goal to become a published author by the time I reached a ‘certain’ magic age. I’m zeroing in on that age and I’m happy to say I have four books and five stage plays in print.





What does your writing process look like? 

After I get an idea, I write a brief outline. Simultaneously, I create detailed character sketches that help me to understand each person’s motivation. Then I write a chapter by chapter outline. It’s at this point that I actually start writing the book, and of course, it usually changes quite dramatically. The outline helps me to have a sense of where I’m going, but I don’t let it dictate to me. If something interesting crops up, I go with it.


How did you get published?

I started sending out a few tentative submissions in the early 2000s, and as I already said, met with a lot of rejection. I took all the criticism to heart, however, and finally, in 2008 I decided I was going to do a submission blitz once and for all. I sent out a ton of submissions and after a few months I ended up with three requests for more. Out of those I signed a contract for my first book AND THE BEAT GOES ON with Strategic Book, New York, NY. I was quite happy to continue my relationship with them for my next two books. Then my agent found me a deal for my fourth book WIND OVER MARSHDALE, with Astraea Press. At the same time, I regularly submit to a variety of play publishing houses and, much the same as with my novels, I’ve had lots of rejection, but also some success. I have plays published with Pioneer Drama Services, JAC Publishing, and Big Dog Publishing.



How do you come up with title of your books?

MY MOTHER THE MAN-EATER came to me in the shower. (True story) In a couple of cases, I thought of the title before I even started writing. Other than that I just toss different ideas around as I’m writing the thing. 



Can you enlighten us a little more about your books?

My novels are: AND THE BEAT GOES ON, where archaeological evidence for creation comes at a heavy cost; MY MOTHER THE MAN-EATER, the story of a ‘cougar’ who takes on more than she bargained for; PLAY IT AGAIN, about an unlikely match during the 1980s rock n’ roll scene; and WIND OVER MARSHDALE, where strong spiritual forces rock a seemingly peaceful prairie town. All of them have a redemptive element and are sometimes called ‘edgy Christian’, although they are not graphic by any means.



Tell us your guiding principle that governs your life? How have you cultivated these values?

Strive for excellence in whatever you do. This comes from a verse in Ecclesiastics which says, ‘Whatever you do, do it as unto the Lord’.  

Do you have any advice for writers looking to get published?

 Number one, hone your craft. Take classes, read books, get others to critique your work -  do what it takes to get good at writing. Number two, always get fresh eyes to look at your work. I suppose I said this in number one already, but I can’t stress enough how important this is. We can become too emotionally attached to our own work and not see it objectively. Number three, be persistent. Submit, submit, submit is my motto.

 

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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Sunday, 19 February 2012

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

NARROW PATH TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD

NARROW PATH TO THE KINGDOM OF GOD

It is no surprise at all if you find the path to heaven is a narrow one. But don't be afraid and disappointed with God's plan. In fact, it is great news that no one is able to reach its destination by his own doing. This is because no one is perfect and therefore can be saved by our own action of doing good.
 
Because of His great love of all creatures especially man which was created out of His image. This One big plan, had never been changed or altered since day one when the world was created. This plan has been recorded in the Scripture. From the old testament, we were told that there is no one, from Moses to King David, who was ever perfect. 
 
As a result of God's love of His own creatures, He even sent His only begotten Son to save the world. The formula of one man (Adam's) sin, the whole world sin. Similarly, this sin can only be redeemed through one Man i.e Christ. Read John 3:16. By believing in Him, you can only be saved. This is because such grace will then be bestowed to us so to speak.
 
This is consistent to what Apostle Paul said in Romans    ..............if we can be saved by our own action, then Christ's death on the cross was in vain. God knows that due to the sin inherited from Adam, we cannot save ourselves from our action, even if we were united and work together toward this destination.
 
The good news here is that God know our limitation and stand by us to help us at any time so long as we extend our hands to this Mighty God. In order to strengthen us to overcome all these challenges, we need to open our hearts to Him. Acknowledging Him is the very first step towards this destination. By doing so, we can then open our hearts and souls voluntarily to Him. The ultimate outcome of repentance will occur. Once repentance takes place, He will then be able to remove all impurities from our hearts so that we are able to see the way He wants us to see. 
 
This simple process is called "born again". It may sound irrational to out natural understanding. God knew in advance that we may have difficulties to apprehend this. As a result, Jesus had to explain to Nicodemus, who was the prominent Priest at that time. No surprise at all if we are not able to apprehend it.
 
What is more important is that you are able to see His plan and how much love He has for us. Believe in Him is the key to the destination.  This is the plan He has for us so that we can be saved. By believing in Him, He is not taking control of us. This is because He still fulfills His promise of giving us our free will. Our free will will decide whether to follow Him or take our own path. Therefore, the choice is still with us. One thing you must understand is that by following our own free will, we will not be able to enjoy all the fruits He promises us.
 
For us to enjoy these fruits, we need to be guided so that we can act according to His will. By then, your flesh will not feel the pain and or discomfort; either physically, mentally or spiritually. But, you still can claim joy just like all the great man recorded in the Scripture - overwhelm by the joy no matter what situation they are in. In short, untouchable and unstoppable at all - well demonstrate the greatness of God's power.
 
Trust the above article will help you to see God's grace to a certain extent. Amen.
 
 

Saturday, 21 January 2012

Sunday, 15 January 2012

HE HAS SET US FREE


HE HAS SET US FREE
 
We sometimes can not overcome old emotions arising in new circumstances. If it is so, are we not raising doubt on Him? Be mindful, He has done everything to set us free from everything. Why let the old bondage hold you back. Therefore, do not give in and let the circumstance stir up our emotion and control us instead. Do not underestimate this force. To overcome it, we need to stay focus on Him and not let the surrounding events influence us. He knows much more and therefore reminded us numerous times through numerous occasions where He reminded Apostle Peter.
Therefore, let us replay what we did acting on those negative emotions and remember not to repeat it in this same manner. Be mindful that we are already free of all these so long as we trust Him wholeheartedly. If you have not, pray to Him and let Him convicts your heart. Do come to Him and we need to let go. The only way is to seek the Lord and let His Word break the cycles. Think, pray and talk to the Utmost High about it. He is the ultimate and the best Counselor. He has ALL the answers and solutions.
Walk by faith and not by sight is possible through Him. Let Him leads our lives and be blessed with all the fruits of faithfulness. Nothing is impossible to Him as advocated "I can do everything through Him who strengthen me" Philippians 4:13. There is nothing that can stop Him. When He opens the door, no one can close it. Similarly, when he closes the door, no one can open it.
God is so graceful to human beings and He even let His son, Jesus Christ, to redeem all our sins when His son died on the Cross. He knows that none of us can do good by our own means as advocated in the Scripture. If we can attain perfection through law, then Christ died on the Cross in vain.

Therefore, let us pray and thank to Him always. To walk with Him, we need to listen to Him through our inner hearts, which we must ensure that we always stay connected with Him through submission to Him always. As such, praying and spending quiet time with Him constantly so as to maintain intimate relationship with Him.
 

James Oh

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