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40 Days of Prayer: Day 7

Day 7 Topic: Health for all attending the conference Psalm 139:14a–I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Father God, we give thanks to You today for everyone who is able to attend the ACFW … Continue reading

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When Building an Online Presence Don’t Forget They’re People NOT Numbers

By Edie Melson As writers, we all know the importance of building an online following. We spend time crafting valuable blog posts with SEO rich headlines. We follow others on social media, working to connect. All the while keeping a … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 8

Day 8 Topic: For a smooth registration Romans 8:28–And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. Heavenly Father, How grateful we … Continue reading

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Is Your Local Bookstore Your Local Bookstore?

by Suzanne Kuhn “My dream is to have my book published, but never be found on a shelf in a bookstore,” said no author ever. Instead, it’s every author’s dream to discover their book on the shelves of bookstores far … Continue reading

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“Dad, can you play me in a game of Othello?”

By Dr. Patrick Johnston My wife left me alone with my six-year-old boy as she took the older girls shopping, hoping he and I would get some “quality father-son time.” That was my wife’s euphemism for “Quit that important stuff … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 9

Day 9 Topic: Casey Miller as he finalizes appointments Hebrews 4:16–Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Father God, we … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 10

Day 10 Topic: The families we leave at home Romans 8:26-27–In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings … Continue reading

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First Impressions

by Ian Anderson My anxiety level increased as I approached the open door for the early-bird “writing skills” class. I hadn’t written anything for weeks and felt very unprepared for the session. Fortunately, when I walked into the large room … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 11

Day 11 Topic: That we mourn with those who mourn Romans 12:15b– . . . and weep with those who weep Dear Heavenly Father, please prepare our hearts as we near the upcoming ACFW conference. We all have hopes, dreams, … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 12

Day 12 Topic: That we rejoice with those who rejoice Romans 12:15a–Rejoice with those who rejoice . . . Father, Tenderize us. This business of writing can be so egocentric. Especially when it seems our careers are going nowhere and … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 13

Day 13 Topic: Hotel staff I Corinthians 9: 19, 23–For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a slave to all, so that I may win more. I do all things for the sake of the … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 14

Day 14 Topic: The ACFW choir as they prepare for the Saturday gala Psalm 66:1-2–Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious. Lord, Thank You for the joy that comes with … Continue reading

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What Are You Writing Into Your Story?

by Lanny Smith I like reading Christian action-suspense thrillers. One of my favorite authors is Joel Rosenberg. No matter how dark certain parts of his stories may seem, his novels have always glorified the Lord and inspired me. My first … Continue reading

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40 Days of Prayer: Day 15

Day 15 Topic: Robin Miller, conference director I Corinthians 15:58–Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord. Lord, You have all the … Continue reading

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Seeking Soup Perfection

by Shelley Shepard Gray I made French Onion soup today. My husband has had bronchitis and feeling under the weather. I’ve felt so badly for him I ran to the store, picked up 5 yellow onions, and started slicing. Hours … Continue reading

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