Miracles of Jesus: Feeding the people

by Deborah Horscroft

The miracles that Jesus performed have long been held by Christians as a proof of his identity as the Son of God, indeed Jesus condemns the teachers of the law for calling God’s miracle of casting out demons, performed through Jesus, an act of “evil”.

In his book “Miracles”, C.S. Lewis eloquently explains the “nature” of Jesus’ miracles. “…the Incarnate God does suddenly and locally something that God has and will do in general. Each miracle writes for us in small letters something that God has already written, or will write, in letters almost too large to be noticed, across the whole canvas of nature… Their authenticity is attested by the style.” (pp138-9)

C.S.Lewis goes on to state that in the case of the miraculous feedings as recorded in Mark’s gospel, Jesus’ miracle involves “the multiplication of a little bread and a little fish into much bread and much fish. Once in the desert Satan had tempted Him to make bread of stones: He refused the suggestion. “The Son does nothing except what He sees the Father do”… Every year God makes a little corn into much corn: the seed is sown and there is an increase… It was He who at the beginning commanded all species “to be fruitful and multiply and replenish the earth.” And now, that day, at the feeding of the thousands, incarnate God does the same: does close and small under His human hands, a workman’s hands, what He has always been doing in the seas, the lakes and the little brooks.” (pp140-1)

Source: Like Father, Like Son. Miracles: A Preliminary Study by CS Lewis (Fount 1974)

Book Recommendation: Catching Moondrops by Jennifer Erin Valent

Back cover blurb:

Jessilyn Lassiter no longer has to convince people she’s not a child. Having just turned 19 in the summer of 1938, her love for Luke Talley has never been more real. And Luke is finally beginning to care for her in the way she’s always dreamed of. But their budding romance is interrupted when Tal Pritchett—a young, black doctor—comes to Calloway, stealing the heart of Jessilyn’s best friend, Gemma, and stirring up the racial prejudice that has been simmering just beneath the town’s surface. The tension starts to bubble over when Jessie’s elderly neighbor Miss Cleta becomes the first white townsperson to accept Tal’s treatment. And when a young black man is lynched, Calloway is brought to its knees once again as Jessilyn realizes that her anger can make her heart as full of hate as the klan members who have terrorized her town and her family.

Narelle: Catching Moondrops is the third book in Jennifer Erin Valent’s Summer series.  A confronting and heart wrenching love story set in a small town in Virginia.

Jessilyn Lassiter lives in a town with a dark history. It’s 1938 and racial prejudices resurface after Tal Pritchett, a young black doctor, moves to town. Jessilyn’s best friend, Gemma, starts working for Tal as his assistant. Gemma falls in love with the kind hearted doctor, despite the danger she may face by working with him.

Nineteen year old Jessilyn has loved Luke Talley for many years, and it seems like Luke may soon be ready to act on his feelings. As Jessilyn dreams of a future with Luke, the townsfolk are divided over Tal’s presence. Klan members pursue their hateful agenda and Jessilyn is forced to deal with her own anger and faith issues.

Catching Moondrops provides an insightful and hard hitting perspective into the hearts of those who are full of anger, hate and prejudice. The harsh reality of racial prejudice and injustice, and the devastating consequences for all involved, is brought together in a brilliant climax with a page turning ending. I recommend this book to those looking for a compelling and honest historical romance that deals with the tough issue of racial prejudice.

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Luis Palau is visiting Australia

by Narelle Atkins

CityFest with Luis Palau will be held in Newcastle (Hunter Region) on November 17-18, 2012. The festival will feature a number of free events including live concerts by top artists, a Kids Fun Zone and extreme sports demonstrations. http://luispalaucityfest.com/

​Luis Palau has preached the Gospel for over 50 years to more than one billion people around the world. In September he preached the Gospel in Albania and you can follow his ministry on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/LuisPalauLive

Check out this video on You Tube to learn more about the vision for CityFest in Newcastle. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=BAwhLWqwHt8&feature=endscreen

If you live in or near the Hunter Region, mark the date on your calendar now. And let your family and friends know about this great event that will transform lives.

Prayer: Following Jesus’ example in Mark 1

by Narelle Atkins

A question that was recently raised in my Bible Study group was how should we pray? Is there a right way to pray? Morning or evening? Group prayer or solitary prayer?

In Mark 1 we are given an insight into Jesus’ relationship with his heavenly Father.

Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed. Mark 1:35

I’m not naturally a morning person who will wake when the sun rises. For a number of week in the dead of winter, I was getting up in the dark and driving in below zero temperatures to my local gym. It was a struggle to drag myself out of bed and get there in time for my class. My alarm would sound and I’d think about how I’d really like to ignore the alarm and go back to sleep in my warm and cosy bed.

Jesus prioritised spending time in prayer with His Father. He sacrificed the comfort of sleeping in to have uninterrupted and solitary prayer time. Are we prepared to make sacrifices to ensure we are spending time with the Lord in prayer? Do you have a regular time each day that you dedicate to prayer? How can we follow Jesus’ example in the way we prioritise prayer in our daily lives?

Award winning Christian fiction

Last month at the American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) conference in Dallas, the annual awards dinner was held to honour excellence in Christian fiction. The 2012 Carol Award winners were announced and we’ve listed below the 2012 winners and finalists in each Christian fiction genre.

This list could also be helpful if you’re looking to try a different genre or find new authors to read. A big congratulations to all the winners!

Debut Novel

Winner: Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott (Thomas Nelson)

The Loom by Shella Gillus (Guideposts)

Give the Lady a Ride by Linda W. Yezak (Sky Sail, Port Yonder Press)


Long Contemporary

Winner: The Search by Suzanne Woods Fisher (Revell)

Lost Melody by Lori Copeland/Virginia Smith (Zondervan)

Larkspur Cove by Lisa Wingate (Bethany House Publishers)


Long Contemporary Romance

Winner: My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren (Tyndale)

Save the Date by Jenny B. Jones (Thomas Nelson)

Lilly’s Wedding Quilt by Kelly M. Long (Thomas Nelson)


Long Historical

Winner: Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott (Thomas Nelson)

Captive Trail by Susan Page Davis (Moody Publishers/River North)

Mine Is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs (WaterBrook Press)


Long Historical Romance

Winner: To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer (Bethany House Publishers)

The Maid of Fairbourne Hall by Julie Klassen (Bethany House Publishers)

Lilies in Moonlight by Allison Pittman (Multnomah Publishers)



Winner: Falling to Pieces: A Shipshewana Amish Mystery by Vannetta Chapman (Zondervan)

Died in the Wool by Elizabeth Ludwig/Janelle Mowery (Barbour Publishing)

Yesterday’s Secrets by Kelly Ann Riley (Guideposts)



Winner: An Accidental Christmas from A Biltmore Christmas by Diane T. Ashley/Aaron McCarver (Barbour Publishing)

Reese: All Along  from Smitten by Denise Hunter (Thomas Nelson)

A Star in the Night from A Log Cabin Christmas by Liz Johnson (Barbour Publishing)


Romantic Suspense

Winner: Lonestar Angel by Colleen Coble (Thomas Nelson)

Deadly Pursuit by Irene Hannon (Revell)

Wolfsbane by Ronie Kendig (Barbour Publishing)


Short Contemporary

Winner: Lakeside Reunion by Lisa Jordan (Love Inspired)

The Protector by Shelley Shepard Gray (Cindy DiTiberio)

Oklahoma Reunion by Tina Radcliffe (Love Inspired)


Short Contemporary Suspense

Winner: Nightwatch by Valerie Hansen (Love Inspired Suspense)

Double Identity by Diane Burke (Love Inspired Suspense)

A Deadly Game by Virginia Smith (Love Inspired Suspense)


Short Historical

Winner: The Deepest Waters by Dan Walsh (Revell)

Promise of Time by S. Dionne Moore (Heartsong Presents)

Revealing Fire by Connie Stevens (Heartsong Presents)

Light to My Path by Erica Vetsch (Heartsong Presents)


Speculative Fiction

Winner: Broken Sight by Steve Rzasa (Marcher Lord Press)

The Story in the Stars by Yvonne Anderson (Risen Books)

The Chair by James L. Rubart (B & H Fiction)



Winner: Fallen Angel by Major Jeff Struecker/Alton Gansky (B & H Fiction)

Over the Edge by Brandilyn Collins (B & H Fiction)

Freedom’s Stand by Jeanette (J.M.) Windle (Tyndale)


Women’s Fiction

Winner: Dandelion Summer by Lisa Wingate (Penguin Praise/Berkley)

A Sound Among the Trees by Susan Meissner (WaterBrook Press)

When Sparrows Fall by Meg Moseley (Multnomah Publishers)


Young Adult

Winner: The Merchant’s Daughter by Melanie Dickerson (Zondervan)

Wreath by Judy Christie (Barbour Publishing)

There You’ll Find Me by Jenny B. Jones (Thomas Nelson)