Spreading the Word

So we have written a new book, now how to spread the word?  Enter Shelley Hitz and her new book, Marketing Your Book on Amazon, where she gives steps-by-step instructions of how to market our new book. Shelley walks us through the maze of Amazon’s sales page, helps us choose the best categories, tags, updates, as well as writing  the best description—all the little details that are so important.  She gently leads and shows through screen-shots strategies for marketing our new book. I have learned so much from reading this book, now I just need to study and implement her suggestions.

If you haven’t published your book yet, Shelley will help you with that, too, like she did us at www.self-publishing-coach.com.

Our new book: Victory Ground

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We’ve Published a New Book!

Yes, we finally did it—we have published a new book.  Well actually my husband, Gary Gilmore, is the author of this great new book, but I’m the graphic designer and editor.  The book is Victory Ground and explains the place where Jesus lifts believers to live.  I was greatly blessed to read the manuscript over and over again during the editing process.  Sometimes I even told Gary, when he got a little discouraged, “You need to read your book!” In it we learn about the goodness of God, taking the former children of Mr. and Mrs. Disobedience (Adam and Eve) above this world into the “Heavenly Places” of Ephesians 2:4-7.

Gary leads us through God’s victory transformation for believers, as well as God’s program for reprogramming His children.This book will encourage and uplift the reader about who we are in Christ.  Jesus is the Victor, who lifts all who believe in Him to Victory Ground, the place to receive and enjoy His victory and overcoming power!  Check out this link to learn more about this great new book—Victory Ground.

Gary’s blog: http://victoryground.com

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25. I Love You!

For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. —John 3:16

When the last present is opened under the tree, remember that the best gift ever given is still open for you.  The Father loves you and sent His very best—His most precious Son, to bring you back to Him.  Thirty-three years after his birth, that Son opened His arms wide on the cross to tell you how much He loves you. The one who was gift wrapped in swaddling clothes,wraps the world with love! Relish in the great hug of His love.

Know that you are never alone.  The One who created you, loves you, and wants you to spend time with Him. Treasure His presence.  He treasures you, and your time with Him. Read His love letter, the Bible. Receive and share His love today in the natural and supernatural through your prayers.

Thank you dear Father for Your amazing love, so great that You sent the Son of your love to save us and bring us back to You!  Thank You dear Jesus for leaving Heaven and coming to earth, resisting sin, so You could pay the penalty of our sin and bring us back to God.  What an amazing gift of Your love and presence!

Merry Christmas!

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24. Great Joy to All!

Joy to the World the Lord is come, let earth receive her King!

The angel announced to the shepherds:

Luke 2:10 I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.

Great joy comes when a war ends, and the soldiers come home to be reunited with their families!  There is great rejoicing and joy, because the enemy has been defeated and peace has come!  That is what happens when a Mighty Warrior, a Savior enters the war.  There is great joy and rejoicing, because the overcoming has started and the war is ending!

Jesus grew up, overcame the enemy, and made the way for all who believe and obey Him to be free from the enemy’s grip!  And with that freedom comes great joy!  Christmas is a celebration of joy.  Let’s be sure to receive and enjoy the great joy Jesus brings.

Joy to the World the Lord is come, let earth receive her King!

Luke 2:8-20 4: Master Rescuer Appears: The Rescuer is promised

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23. His Glory Shines!

Luke 2:9 And behold, an angel of the Lord stood before them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were greatly afraid….13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “ Glory to God in the highest,  And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

God’s glory shined on the shepherds, when the angel stood before them and announced the coming of the Savior.  Jesus came revealing the glory and majesty of His Father in Heaven.  His light shines in the darkness to whoever will receive Him.

John 1:12 But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name: 13 who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.  14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.

Remember what the Christmas candles and lights really reflect, the Glory of God, shining to us through Jesus!  Let us make a point to focus on His glory and majesty and worship Him.  Receive and reflect His Glory!

Luke 2:8-11; John 1:1-14

The Greatest Rescue: The Bible is the true account of the greatest rescue mission ever. God Himself came to rescue us!  BibleLearningLab.com

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22. The Creator & Fixer

John 1: 1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made…. 14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…

When Jesus took on flesh and was laid in a manger, it was His first time to put on flesh and blood, but not His beginning. Before He was called Jesus, He was known as The Word.  He was in the beginning of the beginning with God, and He was God.  It is hard to comprehend all the facets of who He is.  Not only was He there at the start, but through Him all things were made! Jesus is the Creator of all things!

The Creator humbled himself to become a human person, so He could fix things between God and people.  Can you imagine the change from being the Creator of all things, being worshipped in Heaven, to being laid in a manger in a smelly stable?  It was as if a very successful creator and founder of a huge airline company, put on coveralls and gets all dirty climbing into an engine, working on a problem that was plagueing his jets, and therefore the company. Jesus came into the world to seek and save the lost and bring us back to God.

We honor you, Lord Jesus, the Word, who became flesh, our Creator and Savior!  Thank you for coming and making things right between You and Your creation.  You are Wonderful!

John 1:1-14; Philippians 2:5-11; Colossians 1:16

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21. Shepherds & The Lamb

The glory of the Lord lit up the field outside Bethlehem, as God chose faithful shepherds to be the first to hear, that the earth’s Savior had finally come. Guardians who raised countless sheep to be delivered to the Temple in Jerusalem, to be sacrificed for the sins of the masses. They heard those lambs’ first cries, then heard the first cries of the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world.

An angel gave the birth announcement, then the choir sang:

Luke 2:10 Then the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. 11 For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying: 14 “ Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

The shepherds took the challenge and went on the treasure hunt to find the baby in a manger.  Did they go to several animal shelters or were they lead right to it? Either way, they found the treasure—the Savior in the manger.

When they left the little family, the group was changed forever!  They rehearsed the sights and happenings—the glory, the angels, and the young couple. But it was the manger’s holy provision that touched them so deeply.  The shepherds kept glorififying and praising God for the baby, the Lamb of God, who would grow up to save the world from sin, forever.  Echoing the angels, one shepherd raised his hand to Heaven and declared, “Glory to God in the highest!”

Several others joined in with him saying, “And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

Luke 2:8-20; John 1:29

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20. Her Seed?

The plan to bring Jesus into the earth did not start nine months or even a few years before He came, but it was at the least milleniums in the planning. The first announcement of Jesus’ birth came as soon as there was a need for a Savior, when sin separated God from people. Just after Adam and Eve sinned, God declared forcibly to the serpent (satan),

“And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, And you shall bruise His heel (Genesis 3: 15).”

In a type of code, God was announcing the coming of Jesus, who would come to fix things on the earth, between God and people.  This was the preview of the Conqueror born of a woman, who would crush Satan’s power.  We know this to be when Jesus would die on the Cross and come back to life three days later making the way for people to be free from Satan’s dominion.

“Enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed,” but wait, a woman has an egg and a man has the seed.  This is not only the first prophecy of Jesus coming, but also to His miracle birth of being born to a virgin.

Dear God, You are amazing in Your plan to make things right with mankind.  Thank you for coming to earth in Jesus, so we could be free from Satan’s grip, and come back into fellowship with You!

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19. Wrapped with Salvation

Jesus was not only wrapped in swaddling clothes, He was wrapped with the message of Salvation.

Gabriel told Mary, “Call His name JESUS (Luke 1:31).”  Jesus means Jehovah is salvation, or savior.  Later her praise was,  And my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior (Luke 1:47).

Zacharias prophesied about Jesus Luke 1: 68 “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel, For He has visited and redeemed His people, 69 And has raised up a horn of salvation for us In the house of His servant David,…

And he  prophesied about his baby son, John (later called John the Baptist), the one who would go before Jesus to prepare His way.    He foretold his mission and ours, “To give knowledge of salvation to His people By the remission of their sins, 78 Through the tender mercy of our God, With which the Dayspring from on high has visited us; 79 To give light to those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, To guide our feet into the way of peace (Luke 1: 77-79).”

The angel informed Joseph in his dream,  “You shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins (Matthew 1: 21).”

And the announcement to the shepherds in Luke 2: 11 was, “For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.”

Jesus was born to be the Savior of the world!  Jesus came wrapped in salvation, so He could wrap us with His saving power, when we believe and obey Him!

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18. There Is Room!

Luke 2:7 NKJV—And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

There was no room for our ancestors, Adam and Eve, in the heavenly Garden, because of their sin of disobedience.

God Himself came to earth in Jesus, but there was no room in the inn for Him.

There was no room in Heaven for people, because of our sin of disobedience. But God came to earth to make room.  He took on a coat of flesh, filled with blood.  He lived a totally sinless life.  When He died on the cross, His death became the sacrificial payment for all our sins.  His resurrection from the dead bombed open the door to Heaven.  Jesus is the Door.  All who come through The Door of Jesus are blasted clean of sin!

Now walk on into Heavenly places through Jesus on earth and in Heaven.  There is room for you, he made room for me! He made room for us!  Be sure to make room in your heart and life for Jesus!

Luke 2:7; Genesis 3; John 10:9,10; 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

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