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KayleighAnne E. Stanton is surrounded by an older brother, three younger sisters and two fabulous parents. She loves acting, reading, movies, writing, and above all serving her God. She has loved writing ever since a very young age and now devotes quite a bit of free time to perfecting her art. She hopes to have her historical novel published in the near future.

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Risen Book Review

Risen Book Review

Risen

by Angela Hunt
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Book Overview

Who should read this?

Readers who are seeking an unsophisticated yet profound biblical novel will devour this story and relate with the characters and their struggles.

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Tribune Clavius has been training for battle all his life. But no amount of training would ever prepare him for this…

Clavius has just returned from a bloodbath when he receives news that a man has been condemned to death. A man who claims to be the King of the Jews. All seems right in the world for this Roman Tribune until, on the third day, trouble arises.

The body disappears.

While the followers of the man claim he has risen, Clavius knows that cannot be the case. So he sets out to prove the man is still dead in the grave only to find his entire world is about to be flipped on its head.

This epic novel by acclaimed author Angela Hunt is 306 pages full of non-stop action, simple truths, and the answer behind the question people have pondered for ages: Is He really risen?

This tale brings to life the oppression of Rome, forbidden love between a Roman and a Jew, and the hard lifestyle of the Disciples of Christ.

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Simple in detail yet strong in thematic elements, truths, and history, Angela weaves an artistic tale of love, survival, and hope that rises above the movie and gives readers a better understanding of Clavius and his mission.

Readers who are seeking an unsophisticated yet profound biblical novel will devour this story and relate with the characters and their struggles.

four-half-stars
By | 2018-05-01T21:50:10+00:00 April 11th, 2018|

Three Ways the Epic of Gilgamesh Relates to the Modern Human

Some say there is nothing to be learned from the Epic of Gilgamesh. I found that to be false. While reading Gilgamesh for school, one thing stuck out to me as I tried to make sense of all the poetic words.

To my surprise, I found that we can all relate to Gilgamesh! This man, though strongly fictitous, relates to the humans of past and present in one way- the desperate search for eternal life.

Three Ways the Epic of Gilgamesh Relates to the Modern Human

Humans don’t give eternal life a second thought until a terrible experience drives them to search forreason.

In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the main character is seen as proud and greedy- only thinking of himself. After the death of his friend Enkidu drives him to insanity, he begins the daunting quest for eternal life.

I see this around me today. Whether its a life changing accident or the death of a loved one, people don’t realize how precious real life is until they’ve lost it. That often drives them to search for that life again or, if they can’t obtain it in this world, they look beyond and try to find everlasting life on their own accounts.

 

We need to know that there is a purpose.

We see this clearly in the Epic as Gilgamesh goes very far to search for eternal life- and a reason for the here and now. After experiancing a life-changing event, the grief of it all drives us to scrounge in the dust for reason and purpose. Most times, people find purpose and ‘reason’ in something that won’t last for eternity. If only they looked farther, then they might see the actual purpose.

 

Humans are willing to go to a large extent to succeed in gaining life.

Unlike Gilgamesh claims, eternal life is not received by works. If it was, we would surely fail. Upnatism claims that if Gilgamesh can stay awake for seven days, he will gain eternal life. Gilgamesh fell asleep. He then says that if he can get a rosebud from a bush of thorns, he will gain life from the nectar. Gilgamesh succeeds in getting the rosebud, all battered and bleeding, but a snake snatches it away at the worst time. At this point, Gilgamesh was too weak to search for another way. He had to accept that there was no easy way to gain eternal life.

And there isn’t. Because we can’t gain eternal life by works- it is a gift given to us. Often times we believe that if we do a great thing, we will gain life. We get all bloody and beat up because of it while, really, it is not received by works. In the end, Gilgamesh marveled in how precious life is. And it is precious. So precious, in fact, that Someone came to die for it.

Gilgamesh relates to us humans in many ways. We forget eternal life until its taken from us, we need to know there is a purpose, and we will go to large extents to gain eternal life. Luckily, however, we don’t have to search far and wide for the Giver of life. He’s right here. His name is Jesus. This tale is one of the first epics ever recorded and, through the entire story, we see the desperation every human goes through.

Unlike the first author of the tale, we have a constant hope, supplication, and peace. We don’t need to search for an ancient man in a distant place. Jesus is right here with us and, as long as we remember that, that’s all we’ll ever need know.

By | 2018-02-19T04:47:54+00:00 February 19th, 2018|

What to Do When You’ve Already Failed Your New Year’s Resolutions

january 1st.

I was supposed to start running today but I’ve come down with a terrible flu.

January 2nd

I was supposed to start saving my money, but I just can’t get rid of this spending problem.

January 3rd

I was supposed to meet new people, but my anxiety is awful right now and I just don’t know if I can do it.

What to do when you've failed

If your diary looks anything like this, you have probably already felt the bitter sting of failure. Another resolution trashed. Another smart idea flushed down the drain. A new year was supposed to mean a new you and now all it means is a broken person trying to figure out why they failed so hard.

If you’re looking for a way to get back on track, to pick up where you left off, you’re not going to find that here. God doesn’t ask us to always stick to our plans. Because, sometimes, they’re just our plans.

Not His.

So that anxiety you feel? The flu you’ve come down with?

It’s not God’s way of punishing you, and it’s not His way of welcoming you into the New Year. God will give you what you need and take away what you don’t.

So, if you’re like me, and have already failed some of your resolutions, don’t go looking to fix the resolutions. Because, in truth, there’s nothing wrong with them.

What should you do, then?

1. Know that God is enough

Thousands of time in the Bible we see God being there for His people. When Abraham was going to sacrifice Isaac, God provided a ram. Thousands of years later, when we were going to have to sacrifice ourselves, God sent the final sacrifice to save us. He was the perfect lamb. When I think about this, the mistakes I made the day before seem so small.

Most resolutions we make don’t matter. And, oftentimes, we forget that.

2. Trust God’s plan

Our lives become so focused on what we’ve decided, we often forget God has decided something different. So that child you were supposed to have? God wanted you to adopt. That race you were supposed to run? God wanted to keep you safe. That friend you wanted to meet? God wanted you to help the life of someone different.

If our lives went according to the way we wanted them to, they would be an absolute disaster. If my life went the way I wanted it to, I never would have met the people I’ve met or seen the things I’ve seen.

God isn’t ruining your New Year by changing your plan. He’s morphing your plan into His so that it will keep you safely on the path He has designed.

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3. Accept your failures and look for new opportunities to learn

I used to live in this delusion, believing that everyone remembered all of my failures. Little by little, however, I began to realize they didn’t. I was the only one who remembered, and with good reason.

Failures are there to teach us and to get us looking to what really matters. People forget, we move on, but one thing sticks with us for a lot longer.

People will fail us and we will fail them. We will learn, and we will move on.

But there is someone who will never fail us, and who will never move on from us.

Him.

And I think that’s the morale of all of these ‘resolutions’. People come up with these amazing, grand ideas, and soon lose sight of why they mattered in the first place. But God, when He created the universe, had this grand idea of fellowship.

And we ruined that. We failed that.

But He didn’t give up on us like we were a New Years Resolution, no. Instead, He continued to fight for us and love us– and He still does the same today.

So that’s all that matters.

Sure, running and dieting and financing and meeting new people is all great, but those will soon pass.

But God will never leave us.

That’s why He’s my New Years Resolution.

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By | 2018-01-31T02:27:06+00:00 January 23rd, 2018|

No Strings Attached

No Strings Attached by KayleighAnne E. Stanton

No Strings Attached by KayleighAnne E. Stanton

My heart broke when one of my closest friends revealed the state of her faith. “I want to go to heaven,” she told me, giving a slight shake of her head. “And I think I will… I mean… I do think I will. But part of me isn’t certain. Like… I’m only ninety percent certain that I’ll go to heaven.”

When I asked her why she told me that she didn’t seem deserving. “I believe in God and everything and I asked him the big question when I was eight. But that was before I grew older and made so many mistakes. And now I wonder… is this part of me still enough to enter into heaven?”

Maybe you are plagued with that same doubt. It isn’t unnatural to wonder if you will ever qualify for the Final Round, the Great Paradise, the Beautiful Eternity. But God loves even the broken, the ‘unclean’ and the lost.

 

Firstly, God used some messed up people in the line of His Son.

In the beginning of the New Testament, we are given the genealogy of Jesus and His ancestors. It gives us a clear overlook at his relatives over a span of two-thousand years. Though there are some rather ordinary people in the line of Jesus, we see others that were not so clean- and some that weren’t Jews. Abraham was afraid of being killed so he told his wife, Sara to proclaim that she was his sister to keep from getting himself killed. Judah was jealous of Joseph and sold him into slavery. David was lustful and killed another man just so he could have his wife. Solomon was born of Uriah’s wife, not of David’s. God even used a prostitute, Rahab, to protect the spies of the Israelites and then put her in the line of David. All this proves that God doesn’t use the perfect and complete. Sometimes he uses the shameful and the imperfect to complete his perfect plan.

 

Second of all, Jesus healed the leper and gave sight to the blind.

In Bible times, people were very superstitious. They believed that if one was diseased, lame, blind or had some other sort of imperfection, it was because of the deeds of the person themselves or because of the deeds of their parents before them. People avoided these morbid humans because they believed they were sinful or unapproachable. Yet, as the leper cried out ‘unclean’ Jesus walked up to him and healed him and as the lame beggar begged for alms, Jesus gave him his legs. It didn’t cost anything at all, but one thing was required of the men. They had to believe that Jesus could do it. And they did, as weak and blind as they were. After that, they were healed and given the kingdom of heaven. If Jesus loved and healed the unclean and unworthy, who is to say that he can’t love and heal you too?

 

Third, Jesus came for all people.

He came for the murderers, the thieves, the prostitutes and the liars. He came for the sinful. So, if we look at the Bible and read through it, we come to realize that he came for all of us. Every. Single. One. He wasn’t impartial to the Jews or to the whites. He came for the whites, the blacks, the yellows, the oranges and the browns. He came for everyone. All they have to do is put aside their pride and believe. Even as Jesus was in pain and suffering, the murderer beside him begged for Jesus to remember him. Struggling to take a breath, Jesus said ‘today I shall see you in paradise.’ The criminal had no time to correct his life, do good things, or help those in need. He couldn’t even bow at Jesus’s feet. Instead, all he could do was believe. And that was enough.

 

In the end of all of this,

I want to present you with a single verse. Romans 8:35-39.

“Who shall separate from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation or distress or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written, ‘For your sake we are being killed all the day long, we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.’ No, in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loves us. For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything in all creation can separate us from the love of God in Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Whatever you’ve done, whatever you are doing is forgivable. Your past nor your future can change God’s love for you. Though you may only be ninety percent certain of going to heaven, remember these things. It takes faith but, above all, it takes Christ’s love. His love doesn’t fill up that ten-percent, however. It fills up a hundred and ten. No strings attached.

By | 2018-01-31T02:31:09+00:00 November 21st, 2017|

Drop the Mic: 365 Days of Fearless

Drop the Mic: 365 Days of Fearless by KayleighAnne E. Stanton

Drop the Mic: 365 Days of Fearless by KayleighAnne E. Stanton

You’ve probably heard it said before that ‘do not be afraid’ is said 365 times in the Bible. Imagine my disappointment when I realized that this was not the case. After further researching that fact, I came across the truth. That phrase is only used a little over eighty times.

The meme artist who created that internet musing, for some reason, decided to make a random guess and lie to his dear fellow Christians. Yes, he was wrong.

But the more I thought about it, the more I realized that he had some truth in his words.

Sure, the exact words may not be seen that many times in the Bible, but the truth behind them is.

What if we applied the courage we’ve seen over and over again in the Word to our own lives? What if, one morning, we woke up completely unafraid because we knew that God was on our side? How different would the world be then?

A famous quote caught my attention when I was researching. “I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” (Nelson Mandela)

Sometimes God uses the most fearful people in this life for His good. He uses them, the brokenhearted, weary sinners, to fulfill His plan.

Take Moses, for example. After killing an Egyptian slave-driver, he fled into the desert. This man did not intend on returning to the wealthy land of Egypt- because he was afraid of what his adoptive family might do.
When the Lord asked for Moses to return to Egypt to free his people, Moses did not want to go. He begged of the Lord to choose someone else- someone worthy.

“O Lord, I am not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied and my words get tangled.” (Exodus 4:10)
Moses was afraid.

He was afraid that he could never succeed in God’s plan. He was afraid that his adoptive brother might hurt him. He was afraid because he did not want to return to Egypt. There have also been discussions about the verse I quoted above. Some theologians proclaim that Moses had an issue with stuttering.

He may have. Which means that he was also afraid of people making fun of his words- or lack thereof.
And so he begged God to relieve him of this duty- asking for Him to choose someone else.

How did God respond to this?

“Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go. I will help you speak and teach you what to say.” (Exodus 4:11)

The Lord is telling Moses that He will be with him every step of the way- guiding him and helping him to know what to say. He is telling Moses that the excuses he makes are small compared to what the Lord can do.
And this is the same God who commands you to be fearless in Joshua 1:9.

“Have I not commanded you?” He asks us. “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged. For I, the Lord, will be with you wherever you go.”

I am not telling you to get a grip on your life and never be afraid. In fact, it is perfectly alright to be afraid. Fear is a human emotion- something used to express our hearts deepest desires.
Jesus was afraid.

In Luke 22, Jesus went into the garden -right before He was handed over to the crowd- and prayed, begging his Father to withdraw this cup of suffering. It says that His sweat was like drops of blood.

Hematidrosis is actually a rare condition where blood is expelled through your sweat pores. It is caused by extreme physical or mental stress and is usually activated by severe mental anxiety or, as I like to put it, fear.
Jesus, the savior of this world, was so terrified of what was to come that He sweat blood. He asked for God to find another way, but also accepted his Father’s plan.

An angel was sent down from heaven to give Jesus strength to face His fear.

God doesn’t ask us to not be afraid. He asks us to realize that He is bigger than that fear. Over and over again, the Bible shows people full of fear. But whenever those people trust God, He always comes through.
You are going to be afraid because we live in a scary, terrifying world. But we don’t have to face anything alone. No matter what we go through, God will always be there.

We should be fearless 365 days out of a year. Not because some meme tells us that God says ‘do not be afraid’ 365 times. But rather, because through our lives, the lives of the Bible characters, and through the lives of those around us, proves to us that fear has no hold on those who hold onto the right hand of God.

“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

No matter what you go through tomorrow, I want you to remember that, though fear may take control of you, you can trust God to take control of that fear. He’s right there waiting to help you.

All you need to do is ask.

 

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By | 2018-01-31T02:45:29+00:00 July 7th, 2017|

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