Wednesday, September 16, 2015

We are More Than Conquerors

By June Foster

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28.

The church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, a horrendous, hateful crime, personified evil in action. And yet those godly people spoke to the alleged killer during a bond hearing, saying, "I forgive you."

The incident spoke volumes. Tucked into the happening were multiple messages demonstrating the Christian worldview and God's good news to the world.

How could grieving people stand up and say they'd forgiven the person who committed the crime? 

Not in their own emotions or ability, but solely through the power of God. Their brothers, mothers, grandfathers, sisters, friends had been stripped away from them in one wicked moment. They will never see their loved ones on this earth again, but each lived out their Christian faith and obeyed what the Bible says. "Forgive as the Lord forgave you." Colossians 3:13. Not only did they forgive, but they put into action the rest of the passage. "And over all these virtues put on love." Love prevailed that day in the courtroom and in Charleston.

I also grasped another message. Only four days after the shooting, Rev. Norvel Goff stood in the pulpit of Emanuel African American Episcopal Church and said the shooter had failed miserably in attempting to break their spirit of love and unity. He said they hadn't responded with riots but with love.

I can't help but wonder. Did the angry protestors in Ferguson, Missouri and Baltimore, Maryland hear the message from Charleston? Were some ashamed of the riots that took place in their city and the massive destruction? I can't help but believe God used the terrible crime in South Carolina for good, perhaps changing hearts. Not only that, but He profoundly demonstrated His message to people everywhere.

When Joella Crawford meets handsome accountant, JD Neilson, he's the man of her dreams—polite and clean cut with strong moral values.  He's the perfect Christian man. Or is he?

JD Neilson falls in love with interior designer, Joella Crawford despite his father's command to marry a woman of his faith, the one true church, the Exalted Brethren. Yet despite his efforts to
gain status in the afterlife, he can't attain the quiet peace he sees in Joella's life. Can he find the strength to forsake the teachings of his childhood to embrace The Truth? If he does, will Joella accept him or has he lost her forever?  

She thought he'd make the perfect Christian husband. She couldn't have been more wrong. Or How much more wrong could she be?

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June Foster's shortest bio
An award-winning author, June Foster is a retired teacher with a BA in education and MA in counseling. June has written four novels for Desert Breeze Publishing. The Bellewood Series, Give Us This Day, As We Forgive, and Deliver Us, and Hometown Fourth of JulyRyan's Father is available from WhiteFire Publishing. Red and the Wolf, a modern day retelling of Little Red Riding Hood and Books One and Two in the Almond Tree Series, For All Eternity and Echoes From the Past, are available from June enjoys writing stories about characters who overcome the circumstances in their lives by the power of God and His Word