Books by Russ Lawson for Christmas

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Books by Russ Lawson – I’m  having a few technical problems with my website, so please forgive the random posts as I try and work things out.

 

Natural Cancer Cure: How I beat Cancer through diet and herbs and found a life of health and hope (Health, Hope and Herbs Book 1) by [Lawson, Russ]

Living The Dream: Our Life and Adventures in Africa (Traveling and Adventures in Kenya Book 1) by [Lawson, Russ]

 

 

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Dealing with Back Pain

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Back Pain and God

Somewhat different from my normal style of writing I have written a new book. It is quite a bit different from the things I have written in the past, but hopefully it will be a blessing to the lives of many as I explain. You see, I trust in God completely! He is my life and my all in all, but sometimes God asks something of us also. I know it may be stretching the use of this scripture just a little, but James writes in James 2:18But someone will say, You have faith, and I have works. Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith from my works.”

To me that says that we can sit around and complain about how bad our life is, or we can do everything we can to make it better. We can can have faith in God and pray about it, but sometimes God works through people in this world to help us get better.

My Story: From Injury to Relief

If you have followed my blog you will have seen that I have become disabled this past year. 13 months ago I injured my back and have been unable to work since that time. I have found some relief from the pain through a device called a “Spinal Cord Stimulator”.

I wrote a completely new book detailing the entire journey from the injury to the recovery and a mostly pain free life now.

Spinal Cord Stimulator

Like many of you, I had never heard of this device before the doctor mentioned it and then found it very difficult to find the answers to the hundreds of questions I had about it. I wasn’t really keen about having an electronic device implanted in my back and spine. Because of this I did tons of research to learn as much as I possibly could about the device, the procedure to implant it and life afterwards. My new book details all of that.

Knowing is half the battle

Knowing the answers to your questions or at least where to find the answers makes like better. Like they use to say at the end of the G.I. Joe cartoons, “Knowing is half the battle”. In my book I detail my research into the Spinal Cord Stimulator implantation and all it entails. It is a one stop shop kind of book in which I do my best to answer your questions and tell you where you can find more information about the device and the procedure to implant it into your body.

My prayer is that this new book can be of help to many in our world who face the same situation as I. Buy the book and just maybe it will help answer your questions as the information did for me.

 

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A Merry Heart…

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Christmas Wreath

Some things just make you stop and think…

As I was driving yesterday a song came on the radio that proclaimed that we should, “Have yourself a Merry little Christmas”. At the same time as I looked at a vehicle I was passing I saw this scripture on the back of a large truck: Proverbs 17:22, “A merry heart does good like a medicine, but a broken spirit dries the bones.” A paraphrase of this verse puts it this way, “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.”

Perhaps it’s a question of priorities! 

Priorities

So, which is more important, to immerse yourself in the “Spirit of the Season” and have a Merry Christmas, or have a “Merry (cheerful) heart”? I guess you could argue that they go hand in hand and perhaps they do to some extent. The thing is that the Christmas spirit only lasts a short time, while we are looking for something with greater lasting power aren’t we?

Maybe laughter is the best medicine 

Girls Laughing

I read one time of a man who struggled with a physical problem. He said it wasn’t going to beat him so to counter the problem he got hold of every funny movie and television series he could find. He sat and watched them for days on end and laughed so much his sides literally hurt. In the end his problem disappeared. Now, I can’t guarantee that this will work for everyone or every problem, but God’s word tells us it is important to be “Merry” or “Cheerful”. If God’s word says it, it must be important, don’t you think so?

Get rid of the negative 

Stop negativity

Our world is filled with so much gloom and doom, the television and movies are dominated by the negative and often ungodly things that we really need to avoid. Several of our friends have decided to give up “Facebook” for that reason and a few more have stopped their television cable or satellite subscriptions to cut off the bad stuff.

Hard decisions change lives 

tough decision take courage

Just maybe it is time that we as Christians make a decision and take a stand and refuse to let the negative in. I believe that we should refuse to support, listen to or watch that which implants the negative or ungodly in our lives. There is an old saying that puts it very simply by saying, “Garbage in, Garbage out.” It may be hard to make that change, but when has anything been too hard for you and God to accomplish, (if you really want to).

Maybe it’s time to change your life… 

Time for change

Let me encourage you to laugh more, to smile more and to find those people or that thing which is a positive influence to your life. And remember, that’s where daily bible reading can make a difference also. As that paraphrase said, “A cheerful disposition is good for your health; gloom and doom leave you bone-tired.” God said it, I believe it and that settles it, now go and do it, go out and have a merry…

    

 

 

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Banned from the Dishwasher

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The backstory

Just the other day I was banned from the dishwasher. It seems the other evening my wife was gone to a gathering with some of the ladies from our church. While she was gone I was puttering around in the kitchen. Then I thought about the dishwasher full of dishes. I checked them out and they seemed clean, (I really checked and looked them over to make sure), but they weren’t. She makes a practice of rinsing the dishes before she loads them to be washed by the machine…. So, anyway, I put all of the dishes, cups and glasses in their various cabinets and the silverware in its drawer and thought I had done something that would make her happy. It didn’t! She hadn’t run the wonderful machine called “a dishwasher” yet.

Needless to say, when she got home and I proudly told her what I had done, all of the dishes, cups, glasses, silverware, etc. were taken from their various storage places and rewashed properly. (I guess taking everything out of the cabinets occasionally and rewashing them is a good thing… right?)

Learning from our mistakes

I got to thinking about this in relationship to people’s lives. How many times do we, (or they), think we’ve done the right things in our lives before God, but we really haven’t. Wouldn’t it be a shame to think our lives were right, (really clean), only to find out we are not, and be banned from the Kingdom of God, from Heaven.

God’s Word is the only measuring stick that matters

You see, just because we think we did the right thing doesn’t make it so. God is really clear about what he expects from us and it is not always what the world, or society says is acceptable or alright to do. There is an interesting record found in Acts 19:3-5 that tells of Paul’s encounter with some men who though they were right with God, but were not. “And he said, into what then were you baptized? And they said, Into John’s baptism. And Paul said, John baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that they should believe on him that should come after him, that is, on Jesus. And when they heard this, they were baptized into the name of the Lord Jesus.”

It doesn’t matter what your friends say or society says

Popularity doesn’t make it right

You see, thinking you are right or society saying its right doesn’t make you right before God. 1 Corinthians 6:9-11, “Do you not know that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor abusers, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you are washed, but you are sanctified, but you are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

God’s law is not harsh to those who love him

Yes, God loves each and every one of us! I know many may not like to believe it, but the truth is that not doing the right thing can get your banned for eternity. Just thinking you are right is not enough!

Journey 101: Daily Readings: Knowing God, Loving God, Serving God: Steps to the Life God Intends by [Kirby, Jeff, Cartmill, Carol, Kirby, Michelle]

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78% of the bible

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78%

 

78 Percent of the bible

I pray that you have been keeping up with your daily bible reading through this year. I read my bible on my electronic tablet each day and today I noticed something that caused me to stop and think. My bible app has a feature that shows you just how much of the bible you have read each day. Today it said I had read 78% of the bible.

The bible was written with a purpose 

I thought about that in relationship to what was going on in today’s reading. The recorded scripture has brought us to the place of Jesus’ trial and he is about to be lead away to his crucifixion. 78% of the the bible, the recorded Word of God all points to this one event, the most important event in the history of mankind. It points to the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. It brings us into contact with God and helps us understand his plan from the beginning of time. It brings us to Jesus!

Time is passing quickly 

clock

Many of us are all busy celebrating right now or at least getting into the “holiday spirit”.  We just are at the beginning of our Thanksgiving holiday and quickly moving into the Christmas season. But have you ever considered that 78% of this present year has already passed us by? How much closer has it brought you to Christ?

The Gospel is the Message

1 Corinthians 15:3-4

When I was young an older man asked me, “Son, what is the Gospel?” I replied, “Hear, Repent, Confess and be Baptized.” He replied, “No son, look at 1 Corinthians 15:1-4.”  He was right of course. My response is really what takes place after you hear the gospel. Notice what Paul writes to the Corinthian church in that passage.

“And, brothers, I declare to you the Gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and in which you stand; by which you also are being saved, if you hold fast the word which I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, that Christ died for our sins, according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures.”

What is really important?

Is it really important to us as Christians to read God’s Word? It is really important 78% of the bible, God’s Word points us to this message. Yes it is! 78% of this year has now passed us by. How will you use the other 22% still left? It goes by more quickly than we imagine doesn’t it? Perhaps you need to recommit to catching up on your bible reading!

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Lord teach us to pray

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Man praying at sunset

In Luke 11:1-4 we see a well known story of Jesus and his apostles and his method of teaching them to pray. We don’t know why they decided at this particular time to ask Jesus to help them learn to pray properly, but they did and we have it recorded here for us. Notice the text:

“And it came to pass, as he was praying in a certain place, that when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, even as John also taught his disciples. And he said unto them, When you pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil. (KJV)

Prayer should be taught early 

Teach a child to pray

If you were blessed as I was you learned this prayer at an early age, in fact we used to begin our day in grade school with the pledge of allegiance to the flag of the United States, then a bible reading and reciting this prayer. Sadly for some their learning about prayer never got beyond that point.

There is a example or pattern to follow

The thing about this prayer is that it is a “model prayer”. It represents what prayer should look and sound like; it is an example of prayer for us. It was used to show the disciples the types of things which should be included when speaking to our Father who is in Heaven. But, it is just that, an example, not something that needs to be repeated by rote after we have matured in Christ.

The example still works 

Best wireless connection

Today we still learn to pray by example, often the example of others we hear pray, that’s a good thing, that’s how we learn. But at some point our prayers must become our own and not someone else’s. We must learn to speak from the heart to our God, who is also our Father who is in heaven. I was reminded of this again this week when Julie posted (Kindergartener), Gracie’s prayer on Facebook. “Dear God, thank you for the Bible, cheese, rain, Jesus dying on the cross, bacon, and robots. Oh, and my family.”  Also I’m reminded of our oldest son’s prayer as he knelt beside his bed at about 4 years of age. Where he bowed his head and said, “God, thank you for grandma because she gives me everything I want.” I can imagine God smiling at both of those prayers.

It’s the thought that counts

You see, with prayer, it really is the thought that counts and for us as adults that is no less true. It is not repeating worn out phrases that God wants from us, it is sharing with him the things that are on our heart, the things that are really important to us. It is sharing our appreciation for all he gives us and the blessings he showers upon us. It is also sharing with him when our hearts are breaking and we don’t have anyone else to talk to. He is the father, the friend, that will always be there to listen to you no matter what.

Prayer by [Yancey, Philip]                               

 

 

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Remembering your blessings

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Someone sent me a thought something like this: “If you woke up tomorrow with only what you had thanked God for today, what would your have?” Remembering your blessings is important.

Something to think about!

Wow! That’s a tough question isn’t it, perhaps even a wake up call as they say? I don’t know about you, but I’m not nearly as good at thanking God as I should be. Do I thank him daily for some things? Yes I do, but there is so much in my life that I just take for granted. Well, maybe not take for granted, but perhaps I don’t spend enough time “remembering my blessings” as I should.

The Problem

How about you, do you have the same problem? In times past I have made a list, a “prayer list,” that I would use for a “gentle” reminder. Somehow I have gotten away from that lately, but I think I need to start using one again. After all, I’m only human as the saying goes and I need some help remembering.

Remembering

You may remember the old country hymn titled “Remind Me Dear Lord,” it’s one of my favorites because it speaks to me and one of my weaknesses and helps me remember my blessings.

An important hymn

“The things that I love and hold dear to my heart, they’re just borrowed they’re not mine at all. Jesus only let me use them to brighten my life, So remind me remind me dear Lord.

Nothing good have I done to deserve God’s own son I’m not worthy of the scars in His hands Yet He chose the road to Calvary to die in my stead, Why He loved me I just can’t understand. Roll back the curtain of memory now and then, Show me where you brought me from and where I could have been, Just remember, I’m human and humans forget,
So remind me remind me dear Lord.”

How do we apply this?

There are many occasions in God’s Word that we are encouraged to remember God and what he has done for us, but here is one that fits the occasions I think. Psalm_63:3-8Because your mercy is better than life, my lips will give you praise. So will I go on blessing you all my life, lifting up my hands in your name. My soul will be comforted, as with good food; and my mouth will give you praise with songs of joy; When the memory of you comes to me on my bed, and when I give thought to you in the night-time. Because you have been my help, I will have joy in the shade of your wings. My soul keeps ever near you: your right hand is my support.”

Maybe it’s time we do a better job of remembering, because: “If you woke up tomorrow with only what you had thanked God for today, what would your have?” Really?

 

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What are Elders and Deacons in God’s Church?

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It’s not what the world thinks…

What are Elders and Deacons suppose to be? Most of the religious world had developed a complex system of one ruling body or person over a group of churches or congregations. Many times this is known as a diocese, but is this what God had in mind? To determine that we need to look more closely at what God thinks and not what the world thinks.

God’s guidance is clear…

The New Testament church is provided with a government for each individual local congregation. This government is sufficient for each church to be and to do everything God has designed for it to do by using Elders and Deacons. That is why this study book is so important for us today. It gives you the resources to study the question for ourselves and understand just what God says about Church Leadership or Elders and Deacons.

There is help in understanding God’s instructions…

To this end I have written a book titled: Elders and deacons in the church, A study of God’s directions for leadership in his church.

This study has developed from years of personal study and practical application. In working with local churches and schools of preaching in Africa we have seen the effectiveness of properly understanding the purpose of Elders and Deacons as well as their qualifications and duties.

This book is an in depth, yet easy to follow study of the leadership of God’s church as He directs it to be. Elders and Deacons are given this place of leadership, yet it is much misunderstood in the religious world. God meant it to be simple, mans interference makes it difficult. It is my hope this study will help all who read it understand God’s will better.

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Available in both Digital (Kindle) and Paperback.

 

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A New Book

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Something Brand New

Somewhat different from my normal style of writing I have written a new book. It is quite a bit different from the things I have written in the past, but hopefully it will be a blessing to the lives of many as I explain.

From Injury to Relief

If you have followed my blog you will have seen that I have become disabled this past year. 13 months ago I injured my back and have been unable to work since that time. I have found some relief from the pain through a device called a “Spinal Cord Stimulator”.

I wrote a completely new book detailing the entire journey from the injury to the recovery and a mostly pain free life now.

Spinal Cord Stimulator

Like many of you, I had never heard of this device before the doctor mentioned it and then found it very difficult to find the answers to the hundreds of questions I had about it. I wasn’t really keen about having an electronic device implanted in my back and spine. Because of this I did tons of research to learn as much as I possibly could about the device, the procedure to implant it and life afterwards. My new book details all of that.

Knowing is half the battle

Knowing the answers to your questions or at least where to find the answers makes like better. Like they use to say at the end of the G.I. Joe cartoons, “Knowing is half the battle”. In my book I detail my research into the Spinal Cord Stimulator implantation and all it entails. It is a one stop shop kind of book in which I do my best to answer your questions and tell you where you can find more information about the device and the procedure to implant it into your body.

My prayer is that this new book can be of help to many in our world who face the same situation as I. Buy the book and just maybe it will help answer your questions as the information did for me.

 

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To Vote or not to Vote… that is the question?

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Should We Vote?

Election time is coming up very quickly and I have been doing some checking regarding the last major election. The results vary of course, but something like 48% of all of those who claim to be Christians did not vote in the last election. Granted you may not have liked the candidates, but if you don’t vote you loose all rights to complain also.

Founding Principles tells us we should!

There is no doubt that our nation was founded upon godly principles and with our God being the foundation stone of our nation’s political system. If you are aware at the entire political goings on in our nation for “lo these many years,” then you know that God is being removed from that system one piece at a time.

Constituion

But it is so frustrating!

I know exactly how frustrating it is to look at the political ranglings in the day to day news. I like many of you want to just throw up my hands and back away. The question is whether we can do that as Christians or not. To vote or not to vote, yes that is a very real question for some.

This week in our daily bible reading we have been reading the story of Queen Esther and her uncle. They chose to try and influence the seat of the government, the king, even with the very real possibility they could die. In stead they saved the Jewish nation and saw the end of thousands of those who were persecuting them. The key is that they made a choice, they chose to do something even if they were unsure how it would end, maybe even with their death.

The scripture encourages us to be in subjection of legitimate governments, (Romans 13). However it never prohibits us from either being involved in that government or trying to influence (in a legal way such as voting,), the way that government functions.

Your vote really is important!

For me it is not a question of “if I’ll vote”. It is understood that I will vote. Will I like all of the candidates? No, I won’t, but we can never help direct the change back to being “One nation under God,” unless we are involved. So I’m encouraging each and every one of you not to be in the 48% of Christians who do not take advantage of the gift God gave us to vote. Rather, we need to express ourselves and give direction to those who have rule over us.

 

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