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I'm just one short week away from the release of my new book

Encounters With Jesus

Encounters With Jesus Full Cover

The current plan is to have the kindle version will be available for purchase NEXT MONDAY!!

I can't tell you how excited I am about the book's release.

Here is an excerpt from one of the stories...

Crumbs for a Dog

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He spoke again.

“It’s not right to take bread out of children’s mouths and throw it to dogs.”

If anyone else had said that to me, it would have hurt. Another slap in the face. But coming from Him, I knew I had no right, no entitlement, to special treatment. And yet there was compassion in the air, drawing me in, bidding me come and ask again.

“You’re right, Master, but beggar dogs do get scraps from the master’s table.”

All was silent for a moment, and then He laughed. He wasn’t mocking me. It was more like my words found their way through a crack in a wall. Not a wall of His making or mine, but a wall that separated us nonetheless. My humility mingled with His compassion dissolved the boundary that seconds ago stood as a roadblock to my salvation.

His laughter was infectious. Soon I was laughing, too, as were all the men who stood with Him.

“Oh, woman, your faith is something else. What you want is what you get!”

There was a glee in His voice, a delight, as though granting my deepest need gave Him His deepest joy.

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Thanks for poking your head in

See you again soon

Ben

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As you may or may not know, I'm getting close to publishing my first book. I'm hoping to have it out before Easter.

This is where you come in. I am trying to decide between two cover designs, and I would love your opinion.

Below there are two options, each one with a full spread and just the front cover. I want to know what you think. Which should I use?

Don't you love the artwork? It's an oil painting by Al Young that I discovered when I released "Blood in the Sheets." Check it out for a sample of what's in the book. And while you're at it check out Al Young Studio's web site and his collection of oil paintings called Women of the Bible.

By the way, my son Christopher designed these options. He's an art director for a New York City ad agency. Thanks Chris.

Option one

Encouters Cover 1

Encouter cover samples covers only

Option two

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Encouter cover samples cover 2

Thanks so much for telling me what you really think.

Walk in the light.

Ben

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question-markWhere’s Ben?

I know I have not been around much so far this new year - Happy New Year by the way.

Here's the news:

I'm trying to put the finishing touches on a book I’m hoping to publish shortly. I'm working with an excellent editor (thank you Susan Hughes) and have booked time with her next month, so I am putting most of my writing time into that project.

I am really excited about the project. It’s a collection of first person narratives from the life of Christ. If you’ve followed me for any length of time, you have probably seen a few of them. It’s a form I have really grown to love. It's a way to teach and encourage through story telling.

I expect to have books available by Easter, and I hope you’ll love it as much as I do.

The idea for this project comes directly from folks who have encouraged me right here - in other words - from you! So thanks much.

I’ll keep you informed here and on Facebook and Twitter if you do such things.

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Ben NelsonThanks for caring

See you again soon.

Ben

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My Christmas Gift

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Here's a rebroadcast from a couple years ago that I think you will enjoy - Merry Christmas!

God is the ultimate giver. I was thinking about this, and wondered if I could catch God giving in every book of the Bible. Most of the books of the Bible have way more than one gift from God. This is a very – VERY – limited.

He Gave:

Genesis – a covering for sin - 3:21
Exodus - the law – 20:1-17
Leviticus – the scapegoat – 16:10
Numbers – a bronze serpent for healing – 21:9
Deuteronomy – Salvation and Victory – 33:29
Joshua – a leader, Captain of the Lord’s army – 5:15
Judges – a deliverer – 3:9,15
Ruth – a Kinsman Redeemer – 4:1
1 Samuel – a giant killer – 17 
2 Samuel – a shepherd king – 5:2
1 Kings – His presence dwelling in His temple – 9:3
2 Kings – Eyes to see into the spirit realm – 6:17
1 Chronicles – mighty men of valor - 11
2 Chronicles – His presence in the temple – 7:14
Ezra – Protection to temple builders - 6
Nehemiah – rebuilt walls – 6:15
Esther – a happy ending – 10:1-3
Job – double restoration – 42:10
Psalms – sins forgiven, diseases healed – 103:3
Proverbs – Wisdom – 8:1-31
Ecclesiastes – Time – 3:1-8
Song of Solomon – Romance – 8:7
Isaiah – The Messiah – 7:14, 9:6-7, 53
Jeremiah – a hope and a future – 29:11
Laminations – new mercy every morning – 3:23
Ezekiel – assignments as watchmen – 3 & 33
Daniel – miraculous signs and wonders – 4:2
Hosea – Love when we were unfaithful – 3:1
Joel – prophesies, dreams and visions – 2:23
Amos – His word to proclaim – 3:8
Obadiah – Deliverance – 1:17
Jonah – His enemies repentance – 3:10
Micah – a ruler from ancient times – 5:2
Nahum – a just punishment – 1:3
Habakkuk – a revelation for a set time – 2:3
Zephaniah –Justice – 3:5
Haggai – the fear of the Lord – 1:12
Zechariah – a fountain to cleanse us from our sin – 13:1
Malachi – the Sun of righteousness with healing – 4:2
Matthew – great rewards – 6:6
Mark – a King making His triumphal entry – 11:10
Luke – a Father to come home to – 15:24
John – His Only Begotten Son – 3:16
Acts – His Holy Spirit – 2:1-4
Romans – sonship – 8:15
1 Corinthians – The gifts of the Spirit – 12:1-11
2 Corinthians – Spiritual weapons – 10:3-6
Galatians – The Fruit of the Spirit 5:22-23
Ephesians – The full armor of God – 6:10-18
Philippians – righteousness through faith – 3:9
Collisions – redemption, forgiveness of sins – 1:14
1 Thessalonians – the Word of God – 2:13
2 Thessalonians – a share in Jesus’ glory – 2:14
1 Timothy – abundant grace – 1:14
2 Timothy – all scripture – 3:16
Titus – Salvation – 2:10
Philemon –every good thing – 1:6
Hebrews – access to the throne – 4:16
James  – every good and perfect gift – 1:17
1 Peter – pure spiritual milk – 2:2
2 Peter – all things that pertain to life and godliness – 1:3
1 John – forgiveness to those who confess 1:9
2 John – grace, mercy and peace – 1:3
3 John – prosperity and good health 1:2
Jude – prayer in the Holy Spirit – 1:20
Revelation – The Lamb of God – 1:6

Go thou and do likewise!

Be a giver this Christmas.

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1958 Rambler

Knowing what the Bible says does not mean you know God.

You do not have His word abiding in you, for you do not believe Him whom He sent. - John 5:38 NASB

The Bible is NOT a textbook full of facts about God.

The Bible is NOT an owner’s manual or life’s instruction book.

Don’t get me wrong – I believe in the study of Scripture. But these words in John 5 ring inside me today.

I have heard the Bible called a life guide and all these other things.

But Jesus said:

You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; - John 5:39 NASB

The Bible is not the life – it is the book of Jesus.

Jesus is The Life.

David tells us that if we hide the Word in our heart it will help us avoid sin – and that’s a good thing.

Your word I have treasured in my heart,
That I may not sin against You. - Psalms 119:11 NASB

That’s a good promise

But there is a better promise; there is a new thing – a new covenant based on better promises.

For instance:

When you were dead in your transgressions and the uncircumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions, having canceled out the certificate of debt consisting of decrees against us, which was hostile to us; and He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. - Colossians 2:13-14 NASB

WHOOOT

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ben rin and noraOK – rambles over for now folks – move along – nothing to see here [grin]

See you again soon.

Ben

 

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What does the Love of God look like?

I can trust my Father because He has my best interest in mind at all times. He loves me. What does it mean to love? Many of us know that there are a few Greek words for love, but the one used most often to describe the Father’s love for us is Agape. Here is the best definition of Agape that I know:
Love does whatever is in its power to bring about the best for its object. Notice I did not say give the object of my love what they want, but what is best for them. The fuller the love, the higher the expenditure of resources involved. What I mean to say is this. If I love you a little, I will expend some of my uncommitted time or energy to see that you are benefited. I will consider what I see as the best outcome for you, and put some of my free resources to work for you. That may be time, money, talent, whatever.
If there is a deeper love (agape) commitment, there will be a higher level of involvement on my part. I will be more focused on what would be best for you, and expend more effort seeing it through.
Now let’s just say I am the One who created you (as well as everything else) and love you unconditionally, with a love that never fails - a love that is stronger than death - a love that can not be separated from Me by anything, created or uncreated - and I know you better than you know yourself, and I understand all possible outcomes of your life. My resources are limitless, and are completely at My disposal to bring about the best outcome for your life.
That is how Your Father loves you.
BN Writers Page 150Thanks for stopping by today.
See you again soon
Ben

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Photo credit - PatriotLeader.com
Photo credit - PatriotLeader.com

Merry Christmas!

Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men. Being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

For this reason also, God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus EVERY KNEE WILL BOW, of those who are in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and that every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. - Philippians 2:5-11

He humbled himself.

He took off His royal robes and put on swaddling clothes.

He took off the purple robes of majesty and put on diapers.

The same mouth that uttered the words “Light Be” and exploded the universe into motion, now cooed and drooled and spit up on His mama’s shoulder.

The same mind that informed Solomon would soon sit and ask questions of the Spiritual leaders in Jerusalem.

The Captain of the Lord’s army who lead Israel into battle against Jericho would soon be taken captive by a Roman cohort.

The same lungs that breathed breath into the dust of the ground and brought forth Adam, would heave with the words, ‘it is finished’ and then be silent for three days.

The same Christ, this same Jesus, who condescended to put on flesh, would again put on immortality, and ascended into heaven.

This same Jesus who talked baby talk and ate baby food will one day judge all men dead and alive.

This same Jesus who was mocked and scorned is the One before whom every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess.

O come let us adore Him.

Ben NelsonHave a great Christmas Incarnation Celebration

Come back soon!

Ben

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Welcome Home
Welcome Home

Welcome Home Eleanora Juliette

We Love You!

 

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Eleanora Juliette Nelson
Eleanora (Nora) Juliette Nelson

7 lb 10 oz - 20" born 8:15 AM 12/12/2013

Thanks for sharing our joy!

Grampa Ben

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WHOOO HOOOO

Pictures to follow tonight.

Thanks for sharing our joy!

Grampa Ben