Today at church our pastor Jeff taught on the importance of discipleship: Paul discipling Timothy, who later became his co-worker in sharing the gospel of Christ. I was challenged by this sermon: who is discipling me right now in my life and who am I discipling? The word "disciple" means "citizen" in the original Greek language, and of course for us believers that means a citizen of the Kingdom of Heaven. It also means "follower." The Scripture I shared in today's podcast was Colossians 2:7, NLT: "Let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on Him." Today ask yourself, as I did, who is discipling you and who are you discipling? Who is pouring into you by teaching you God's word, praying for you, and keeping you accountable with your sins? Who are you pouring into sharing your faith, praying for him or her, and keeping them accountable? As believers in Christ, let your roots grow down deep into Christ.
One of the questions that I've been asked most frequently as a speaker, author, wife, and mom is, "Beth, how do you write your books so fast?" I don't feel that I do, but my Facebook friend Maria Newcomer did and she asked me this question recently on Facebook. I'm about to publish my 13th book on Amazon, which is my new fiction book, Afflicted: A woman missionary kidnapped by terrorists in the jungles of Africa. The way that I've written all my books is the "butt in chair" method: sitting my butt down in the chair and writing! In this episode of "The Question Box" podcast, I answer Maria's question, sharing my best tips as an Amazon Best Seller author. To be first to hear about my new book, Afflicted, sign up with your name and email address at BethJones.net. To learn more about my other books at Amazon, visit my Amazon Author page at http://www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones
Do you want to write a book? Or have you already started writing one, but need to finish it? Or maybe you have a new book idea! When I was a child, all I wanted to be when I grew up was to be a mom and a writer. I am a mom of three beautiful daughters, Heather, Eden, and Leah. I'm also the author of 12 books, and am working on my thirteenth one now. I love encouraging women to use their gifts for God, doing what they love. If you have a desire to write a book, but don't know how, or you just need someone to help spur you on to finish your book, I'm offering a class this summer 2016 called From Laptop to Launch. This telecall is once a week for four weeks, beginning July 6. If you can't attend the live class, there will be a replay, as well as downloadable recorded replays, my training guide and resources, and weekly motivation videos that you'll get in your inbox. I want to help you write that book THIS year! To find out more or sign up today, visit http://www.bethjones.net/laptop-to-launch/
Are you trying to write a book and wondering what the heck is going on? Are you experiencing spiritual warfare when you write? Then, welcome to the club! If you're a Christian writer, then Satan doesn't want you writing--or finishing--your book. He is the thief who comes to steal, kill, and destroy, and he'll do everything he can to hinder or stop you from writing that book idea in your heart. Be encouraged that the battle belongs to the Lord. In this podcast, I share the 3 times you experience the spiritual warfare, and practical tips of what to do. You can find my book on spiritual warfare, The Hands of a Woman: Everyday Women in Everyday Battles, and the other nine books I've written at Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/author/bethmjones
My husband Ray loves to collect swords, guns and weapons. It is very much the warrior in him. He could tell you about the history of each different weapon. They are mounted on the walls or on tables of his "man cave" downstairs.
Today is my birthday and I want to invite you to celebrate with me with free eBooks. Just go to Amazon and download my 4 free eBooks:
- The Cinderella Story: The Power of Shoes;
- The Call of Wisdom: Teaching Your Children at Home;
- Showers of Blessings: Affirmations for Christian Women Entrepreneurs;
- Storm Tossed (my only fiction book).
When you read today's headlines, it's hard not to be afraid: the U.S. and world powers' agreement over Iran's nuclear program, the Supreme Court decision allowing same sex marriages, five U.S. Marines killed in Chattanooga, Jade Helm 15, riots, unstable world economies, earthquakes, hurricanes, new diseases, and more. But Jesus doesn't want us to be afraid. He told us that all these things would happen before His coming. In this podcast, International Speaker Beth Jones shares Scriptures about the end times, the different views on the Rapture, the seven year Tribulation, today's news headlines in America, and how God wants us to respond to all these events taking place: to trust in and have faith in Him. You don't need to be afraid; you can have peace and faith in the storm. To find out more about Beth's speaking and books, visit http://www.BethJones.net.
The Supreme Court ruling on same sex marriage. Abortion. Hurricanes. Earthquakes. Racial tensions, shootings, riots. The threat of nuclear weapons against Israel. People murdering others. The blood moons. So much tragedy and evil is happening today. Jesus told us it would happen and that they are the signs of His coming. In this podcast, I share from my friend Diane Bishop's teachings on the end times, what the Bible says, and my own beliefs about the rapture and the ending of this world. No matter what your doctrinal beliefs are, what gender, age, economic background or culture, God wants you to use your spiritual gifts, talents, and skills for His purpose and glory. It's time to fulfill YOUR calling! At the end of the podcast, I also share about my new fiction book, Storm Tossed, coming July 2015. To learn more about my speaking and books, visit http://www.BethJones.net.
Have you ever been through a bad storm-a hurricane, a tornado, or a thunderstorm? Recently my husband Ray and I went through a terrifying thunderstorm in Texas: it was lightning, hailing, and whole trees had fallen across the highway that were like an obstacle course. God protected us and brought us back safely to Ray's parents' home there. What about a spiritual/emotional storm such as the events which just happened in Charleston, SC, where a young man, Dylann Roof, allegedly shot and killed 9 people inside the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church? How do you even begin to cope with such a tragedy? In this podcast, I share how difficult forgiveness is in a situation like this and yet God commands it in Mark 11:25 and Matthew 18:21-22. Listen in as I testify from my own life how Jesus can be your peace and your anchor even in the worst storms of life, and about my new, first-ever fiction book I'm writing, Storm Tossed. To find out more about my speaking and books, visit http://www.BethJones.net.
Have you ever seen some cute shoes at a store but they didn't fit-or you bought them and then tried them on at home for the first time and they didn't fit? God created you for a unique, great purpose. You can't walk in anyone else's shoes and succeed! So many women compare themselves to other women and feel jealous and envious of them. The Bible says that envy rots the bones. (Proverbs 14:30) It also says in James 3:16 NLT, "For wherever there is jealousy and selfish ambition, there you will find disorder and evil of every kind." God doesn't want you to feel envious, jealous or "less than" anyone else. Comparison is a big distraction and a trap that will trip you up in your walk with God. Just be unique you, walking in the beautiful "glass slippers" (purpose) for which God created you.