Saturday, March 29, 2014

God Grants More Than We Ask

Last Monday my husband kept prodding me to call my 94 year old mom and tell we safely arrived in Florida. I put it off and forgot. The next day I got the call that she had suffered a massive stroke. We had a 21 hour drive ahead of us to race back. Though I had recently seen her and talked on the phone (always ending with I love you) I felt awful for not calling her when I should have.
Please, God, don't let her die before we get there.
God is good. First of all, she could have had that stroke alone at home and not be found for days, but she was on her way to her weekly organ lesson and a friend was picking her up. The stroke hit as she was getting in his car.
Miracle 1 - she wasn't alone, EMS came quickly, and she arrived at the hospital within minutes.
She was paralyzed on the right side, both her arm and her leg, and her speech was gone. Gone. No way to communicate. There's a drug they can give to help, but the doctors said they don't usually give it to people over 80.
Miracle 2 - she didn't look 94. She was all dressed up to go to class. They gave her the drug.
We safely arrived the next night and by the following morning she was walking down the hospital hallway.
I had been planning a funeral in my head and hoping to see her one last time and look what God gave me! They discharged her yesterday and she has been moved into a rehab facility close to my sister.
Thank you, God, for giving us more than we ask. What a gracious, giving, loving Father.

2022 Update: She lived nine more years and passed away a few weeks before her 103rd birthday. God is good. 


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Biblical Plagues, part 2

In the part 1 we looked at the first three plagues (Blood in the Nile, Frogs, Gnats). The next three plagues get a little more severe. We have three destructive plagues. The land was ruined by flies. Then the livestock all died. Then men and animals alike were struck with festering boils. Yuck. The Egyptian gods that the Lord was opposing in this way were Uatchit, represented by a fly, Apis and Hathor, the bull god and the goddess with the head of a cow, and Sekhmet, goddess over disease and Sunu, god of pestilence.
Plagues seven, eight and nine were dreadful and alarming. God showed his superiority over Nut, the sky goddess, Osiris, god of crops and fertility and Set, god of storms, by sending a plague of hail. Hail fell and lightning flashed and it was the worst storm ever. Take that. And if that wasn't enough for them it was followed with the plague of locusts which totally invaded the country, covering the ground until it was black. The ninth plague was a plague of darkness which challenged the Egyptian sun god, Re, as well as the sky goddess, Nut.
The final plague was the most horrible, but its result was that Moses and his people could finally leave Egypt. The plague on the firstborn meant that the Lord struck down all the firstborn in Egypt – from the firstborn of Pharaoh to the firstborn of the prisoner – and the firstborn of all the livestock as well. Can you imagine the crying, the grief, the horror? The Israelites, however, were saved from this plague by a Passover lamb. By putting some of the blood of the lamb on their doorframes the Lord would “pass over” their houses and not permit the destroyer to enter and strike them down. This whole sacrificial idea is a foreshadowing of Christ, the Lamb of God, as our ultimate stand-in. The Lord will “pass over” us on Judgment Day because Jesus has already paid our debt – His blood saves us.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

You're Invited to the Facebook Launch Party for A SOUL'S KISS

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Please join the Facebook Launch Party for my latest novel A SOUL'S KISS.
Tuesday, March 25, from 6 - 9 Eastern Standard time 
There will be gift cards and books as prizes.
My publishers have put together a Grand Prize, too.
Of course the whole point is to sell more books so you'll have a better chance in some of the contests if you've read A SOUL'S KISS. Available in Paperback, Kindle, Nook or other digital formats.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Biblical Plagues, part 1

The Old Testament book of Exodus teaches that redemption is essential to a relationship with the most Holy God. Even a redeemed people cannot have fellowship with Him unless they are constantly cleansed and purified from corruption, defilement, and transgressions (sin).

Let’s look specifically at The Plagues. (Read Exodus chapters 7 through 11.) There are nine plagues before the horrible 10th plague that culminated in the Passover. The plagues were 1) Blood in the Nile, 2) Frogs, 3) Gnats, 4) Flies, 5) Death of Livestock, 6) Boils, 7) Hail, 8) Locusts and 9) Darkness. Let’s take them in groups of three since they seem to cluster nicely that way.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Book Launch Today! A SOUL'S KISS

It's so exciting to have a book I've worked on for a year and a half finally make it to the bookstores, especially that big one called Amazon.

Get your copy today! 
My other young adult books are sliding over to make room for A SOUL'S KISS in Paperback or Kindle or Nook or other ereader.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Colossians, part 2

Colossians, part 2
In the third and fourth chapters of Colossians Paul reminded Christians how they should live. They should think about the things in heaven because they belong with Christ. They should not do evil deeds. Instead, they should love other people. And they should serve God.
Paul gives us “rules” for holy living. Here they are:
1.   Set your hearts and minds on things above.
2.   Deny your earthly nature of sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires, and greed.
3.   Rid yourselves of anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language.
4.   Do not lie to each other.
5.   Be compassionate, kind, humble, gentle, and patient.
6.   Bear with one another and forgive whatever grievances you may have.
7.   Put on love and let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts.
8.   Be thankful.
9.   Let the word of Christ dwell in you.

10. Do all things in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Goodreads Giveaway - Enter Soon

Seventeen-year-old Jessica thinks high school would be perfect if she could catch the eye of super jock Michael Hoffman instead of shy Tyler. Michael, a sociopath in the making, pulls a prank that results in a horrible accident.  Jessica’s physical body falls into a coma while her spirit splits off to invade the thoughts and dreams of friends and . . . not friends. She roams her school, harvesting slivers of others’ souls and unknowingly spreading everyone’s secret memories. 

When she indwells Tyler she experiences not only his feelings for her, but a dream kiss that makes her question her faulty self-image. Maybe she could be the type of girl Tyler envisions – if she ever wakes up from this coma.
Just one week until A SOUL'S KISS will be available.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

A Soul's Kiss by Debra Chapoton

A Soul's Kiss

by Debra Chapoton

Giveaway ends March 14, 2014.
See the giveaway details at Goodreads.
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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Colossians, part 1

Colossians, part 1

Colossians was written by St. Paul to the Christians at Colosse. Paul had not visited Colosse, but he often prayed for the Christians there. In fact he says early on in his letter (1:9) that he had not stopped praying for them. This is a short book and you can easily read it straight through.
Paul reminded the Christians about the importance of Jesus. Jesus is God, and He created everything.  Jesus became a man so that He could die for us and because Jesus paid our “death debt”, God will accept us. He forgives us our sins and accepts us. If we invite Jesus into our lives, we will become friends of God (Colossians 1:15-23).
Then, Paul warned the Christians about some people (Colossians 2). These people wanted the Christians to obey the ancient rules of the Hebrew nation. And these people said that real Christians must obey all such rules. Paul did not agree.
See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ.
Christians ought to obey Christ, instead of tradition. Traditions might seem wise, but they cannot help us to live good lives .

Such regulations indeed have an appearance of wisdom, with their self-imposed worship, their false humility and their harsh treatment of the body, but they lack any value in restraining sensual indulgence.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Animals in the Bible - Cankerworms and Locusts

Chapter 9 –Cankerworms and Locusts

Cankerworms are mentioned in the Old Testament books of Nahum and Joel.  In Joel chapter 1 we read a strange prediction:

 That which the palmerworm hath left hath the locust eaten; and that which the locust hath left hath the cankerworm eaten; and that which the cankerworm hath left hath the caterpillar eaten.
There was an actual plague of locusts in the land that historians can verify. All of chapter 1 of Joel deals with an actual ancient event. The palmerworm, locust, cankerworm and caterpillar are all developmental stages of the desert locust which as recently as 1915 devastated Palestine.