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In Galatians Chapter 3, we learn that the law was created as a teacher to teach us that we cannot be right on our own. The Law was created so that we would know that we needed something more.

Last week, we celebrated the holiday where God came to earth as a baby. In Galatians 4:4 it says that God sent his Son made of woman under the law so that we could be made sons. You see, we weren’t able to follow the rules, so God sent us one who could and did. As it says in 4:5, he came to redeem them that were under the law so that we could receive the adoption of sons. We receive this adoption when we choose to believe, as it says in Hebrews 11:6 that we must have the faith to believe that God exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

We can call Him Father

In Galatians 4:6 it says that because we are sons, God sent the Spirit of HIS SON into our hearts so that we could cry out to him as Our Father. WE are no more servants but heirs of God through Christ. Once adopted, God doesn’t unadopt us when we do wrong, but he does allow you to suffer the consequences of our actions until we ‘see the light’.

The Son That When Astray

Jesus told about a younger son who decided that he didn’t want to have to follow his father’s rules and decided that he wanted to go out and see the world for himself. He took his inheritance and went out into the world. At first he had a great time. He partied. He chased women. He enjoyed himself, but then his money ran out. the next thing he did was start accepting work that was against everything that he was taught to believe in. He had to feed pigs which were considered unclean animals in his culture. He was underpaid for the work he did and didn’t even have enough to eat. He started stealing the pigs food in order to survive. Finally he said enough was enough. His Father treated his servants better than that. He decided that he would go back to His Father’s house and ask to be his servant.

If you know anything about the story of the prodigal son, you know that the father would have none of that. When he saw his son coming from afar off, he run to him, took him in as the son that the son always had been even when  he was not acting like a son.

The Son That Didn’t Know What He Had

Which brings us to the part of the story concerning the older brother. This older brother was not happy when his brother who wasted all that he was given was welcomed back with open arms. The older brother could not understand how it was that the Father could accept him with no questions asked. He then compared himself to the other brother. he had done everything as the Father had told him, but the Father didn’t celebrate that. The Father then said that he could have celebrated any time he wanted, that everything the father had given him was his to do with as he wished. The older son, because he always obeyed the Father acted more like a servant than one who was to inherit everything that belonged to the Father.

Learning What We Have In Christ

This parable reminds us that though we go out into the world and live like the world, it’s not all its cracked up to be. However, this story also shows us that living under the Law is bondage as well because it keeps us living as though we were servants rather than the Sons that God created us to become. Like the older brother, we have not because we ask not. Everything that the Father has, belongs to us, and yet we don’t accept it because we think that we have to somehow earn it. The truth is, Jesus already earned all of it. What we have to do is learn to accept what he has already given us and it is more than simply keeping us from going to hell when we die.

During the coming year,I am going to look what our father has given us. He saved us from more than just hell. We simply have to accept what he has given us and celebrate those gifts. Won’t you join me in learning what it is that God has for us. He has so much more to give us than just a “get out hell” free card?

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church in Brandsville, Missouri.  As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

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Now that Christmas is in the Past. . .

At the computer, again

At the computer, again

I know that a lot of people are taking this week off to spend with family. I spent time with my daughter last week and she went home a couple days ago., so I am pretty much done with the Christmas celebrating and am already focusing on the upcoming year. Now that the holidays are winding down and the year is coming to a close, this week I am finishing three of my writing projects to give to my beta readers. Two are the booklets Help From Kelp and Better Living with Diatomaceous Earth. I have completed Better Living with with Diatomaceous Earth and intend to have Help from Kelp.ready before the first of the year. I hope I can get the novel-Sailing under the Black Flag done as well.

Filling in my Writing Calendar

In addition, I am also putting the final touches on the blog post calendar for the year. My goal is to clear my calendar of planning ongoing projects so that I can put more focus into building my career. I have a big job next month where I will be editing another author’s work. I cannot talk too much about that right now. In addition, I intend to put more time into actual online marketing of my books. My novel writing focus this next year will be final editing both of my books In the Shadow of the Mill Pond and The Anvil. In November I will then be starting a new novel for NaNoWriMo. It will be my eighth year. In addition, I intend to finish two nonfiction books about preventing writer’s block. One is about nonfiction writing and the other fiction.

Book Marketing

This is a big part of what I intend to do during the upcoming year. Now that I have a number of books written both fiction and nonfiction, I in tend to focus a lot of my time during the next year on this area of my work. This week my focus is researching different ways that I can improve my online presence. I will tell more about what I discover in upcoming posts.

Hosting Seminars

Recently it was suggested that my church host the OSLU seminar (Ozark Sustainable Living University) Seminar on Saturday January 23, 2016. (A second day would be held at a 7th Day Adventist Church on Sunday.). I have been thinking about planning an event or two over the course of the year as well. This may open a few other doors for me, my church and my community, and I am excited at this prospect.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church one and a half miles south of Brandsville, Missouri.  As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener. She is also coming out soon with two additional nonfiction healthy living booklets Help from Kelp and Better Living with Diatomaceous Earth

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


I am taking the day off with my family and friends. I hope you too are enjoying the season.

Merry Christmas! May the Holiday find you prosperous, healthy, happy, and at peace!

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“Behold, I bring you tidings of Great Joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” Luke 2:10-11.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church ione and a half miles south of Brandsville, Missouri.  As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener. She is also coming out soon with two additional nonfiction healthy living booklets Help from Kelp and Better Living with Diatomaceous Earth

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


The other day I was talking to a woman while we were in the Christmas section of Walmart. She was looking for Christmas cards to send to her friends. She said that she had a hard time knowing what to send and i told her that I always sent inspirational cards. She said that she had a number of friends who were not Christian and would be offended by the card. I told her that I also had friends who were not Christians, but I would give them inspirational Christmas cards too. Being a Christian is part of who I am. When I left her to continue searching for non-offensive Christmas cards, I left her as confused as ever.

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As I have been thinking about this and have been reading about others who are offended by the concept that God came to earth as an infant to save men’s souls from eternal torment, I have to wonder, “why the offense? Why can’t nonbelievers simply be tolerant of those of us who do believe that the creator of the Universe could love us that much? Can we just agree to disagree and agree that the idea of “peace on earth, good will is a good thing and it is something that we all want? Isn’t this a good place to start? No one wants war and death, right? Why the offense?

That SIN Issue

It is partly because of that SIN issue. No one wants to admit that they need a Savior to rescue them from their sins. The Bible says that all have sinned and come short of the Glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). Acts 4:12 says that the only way to God is through his son Jesus.
Jesus was born Emanuel meaning “God dwelling with us”. He conducted a ministry of as was reported to John the Baptist in Luke 7: 22 “BLIND RECEIVE SIGHT, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the POOR HAVE THE GOSPEL PREACHED TO THEM.” Jesus the Messiah completed his ministry here on earth when he took our sins with him to the cross that “whosoever believes in him (in his authority to free us from sin and the wages of that sin) should have everlasting life.” (John 3:16). He then left and left behind his spirit to live in anyone who accept that spirit and that spirit is the spirit of God’s Love for all mankind.

God Is Not Condemning Us

True Christian faith is love, not condemnation. This is why the angel of the Lord said in Luke 2:10-12 “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to ALL people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David, a Savior which is Christ the Lord.” and then all of the other angels joined Him by saying “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.”
The Christmas story is not a story of condemnation, but hope for the forever kind of peace that only he can give. God doesn’t want to fight you. He wants to teach you about his love for you! I pray that this holiday season, you will discover the truth that God wants to share with you

Putting Christ Back in Christmas Eve Celebration

Lately I have been thinking about how sad it is that people are going through the Christmas season and not even taking a moment to recognize why we celebrating in the first place. I am also thinking about all of the lonely people out there who have no one to share the holidays with. I wish that everyone had an opportunity to be with people they love. I want to do what I can to help, so I have opened my church on Christmas Eve for people to get together and celebrate the birth of our Savior and King. We are open to anyone during this time. We want to share Christ by singing traditional Christmas carols, reading of the Christmas story, and sharing this time together. We open the doors at 6 pm. We encourage everyone who attends to bring a plate of goodies to share.The festivities start at 6 pm.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church one and a half miles south of  Brandsville, Missouri on hwy 63..  As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


Always Darkest Before the Dawn

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I have spent far too much time alone lately. The church has not had the attendance that I would have liked so there have been Sunday morning and Wednesday night services where I have been the only one there. Also, I had been trying to contact my daughter for several weeks and she was ignoring my calls. I can’t tell you how frustrated I was and even more so I was lonely. Even though I attended activities with friends and even had perfect strangers visit me between services, I will felt neglected. Last Thursday night I was at an all time low and I called a friend to cry on her shoulder. You may ask, what does all of this have to do with latching onto new opportunities, well, its what happened after I hung up with my friend that things started to change. Within twelve hours, I had a completely different perspective.

Facebook Family Messaging

My friend suggested that I contact my son in Hawaii and talk to him. I messaged him on Facebook and told him about the situation with his sister and went about my business. Then a little later, my daughter finally contacted me. I am not certain if he contacted her first or whether it was a coincidence, but next thing I knew he was on FB messenger and we talked a lot time about what they were doing and what their plans were. The two of them were conversing to one another and they were conversing separately with me too. We all talked for over two hours. In the conversation, my daughter agreed to come down to stay with me a few days as well. Definitely good results.

An Amazing Phone Call

This morning, I was thinking about the time with my adult children when the phone rang. I answered it and it was Mike H. Brown from Springfield, Missouri. He had ordered my gardening book which I had sent to him along with a letter with some ideas that I had to help him do something that he had planned. He told me that he now had a name for the company and I was the one who came up with the name. I thought how cool is that. He then told me about some work that he wanted to send my way. That will probably occur next month. Plus he offered me some advice and more. (I won’t go into the details. Eventually I will be able to be more specific, but he offered to help open some doors not just in my writing career, but also with the church. I could jump in with both feet at this time, but I think that I will have to wait until I have finished the writing projects that I intended to finish by the end of the year. I have less than two weeks and none of those projects are completed yet.

Next Year is Shaping Up to Be a Banner Year

Over the past year, my confidence has soared and I will be bringing that into the coming year. With those books finished, the New year is shaping up to be a banner year for me. I intend to launch two booklets, two fiction books and two nonfiction writing books. In addition, I will be helping with that startup company. Plus there’s the fact that I am going to be focusing more of my time on marketing and sales of my books than I ever have before.I have already started gathering ideas.  I cannot wait to see what unseen opportunities will come my way next.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church in Brandsville, Missouri.  As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


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Last blog post we talked about deciding on topics to write throughout the year. Now we are going to discuss formulas that we can use for approaching individual blog posts.

The First is to problem solve and application.

Here is how it is done.
State problem, Use vivid, impactful language to get the reader’s attention so that they will stay on your post for five minutes.
Solution and Application: give 3-5 practical ideas or tips to solve their problem. Offer an action step to get them started.

Another is: Why What, How, Tools

First you want to ask why. This is your emotional appeal. It focuses on your reader’s needs not yours, tells why if they don’t do it, what will happen. Provide an emotional support.
Next is the What. Tell your reader why this is important to them, show evidence, methodology, experiences that inform your perspective. This is for left-brained thinkers who are not easily swayed by emotional appeals.
Finally, tell How: Give 3-5 practical steps to help them solve their problem. Make these steps easy to implement

A Third is the Interview or Pop Culture Mashup

Spotlight a star or celebrity as this person relates to your topic. Introduce star, connect star to your topic. Focus on your inspiration based on this connection and make certain that the reader gets it as well.

Number four: Focus on the Villain

An alternative to the Pop Culture Mashup is Focus on a Villain-talk about trigger of this villain, how did this thing (not person) become a villain? Describe the villain, point finger at the concept, idea, or position. Contrast villain’s view with your own.

Finally: The List

Tried and true list of things that work. This is probably the easiest type of post to write. We writers are bored with them, but readers still love them!-state the problem, list the solutions, include title, brief commentary, and a link or downloadable view.
See how many of these types of blog posts that I use during this upcoming year.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church in Brandsville, Missouri.  As Author Cygnet Brown, she  has recently published her first nonfiction book: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .


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Last week, I told that part of my mission was to bring others to the one (Jesus Christ) who could rescue them from the consequences of their sins.
This brings me to the second part of my pastoral mission.

A Vision

Years ago, I was getting ready to fall off to sleep when I had a vision. In the vision, I was sitting in a tree overlooking the town where I lived. The tree was a real tree that I saw often and if I knew that if I were to sit up in that tree I could see the whole town just as I did in the vision.
While sitting there, I began to see these little fish like things floating around in the air. This fish like things reminded me of the design on a paisley print. They moved everywhere. Suddenly I knew what those were. They were demons and I immediately knew that there was nothing that I could do about them. I was also afraid because I knew that they could hurt me.
Next thing I knew, I felt a reassuring hand on my shoulder. I turned and it was Jesus Christ. How I knew it was Jesus, I don’t know, but I instinctively knew.
He looked me in the eyes and told me. “Don’t worry about them. I will deal with them. Your job is to bring my people together.”
Recently, this vision has come back into my remembrance because it is now significant to my current mission. The second part to my pastoral mission is to bring people together in Christ.

So what exactly does this mean?

What comes to mind is this parable that Jesus told in Luke 14:16-23 (Berean Literal Bible)
16)“A certain man was preparing a great supper, and invited many. 17)And at the hour of the supper, he sent his servant to say to those having been invited, ‘Come, for now it is ready.’
18And all with one voice began to excuse themselves. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I have need, going out, to see it. I beg of you, hold me excused.’

19And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to prove them. I beg of you, hold me excused.’
20And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and because of this I am not able to come.’
21And the servant having come, reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house having been angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’
22And the servant said, ‘Sir, as you did command, it has been done, and there is still room.’
23And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24For I say to all of you that not one of those men having been invited will taste my supper.’”

Will You Accept Your Invitation?

You are invited to a great feast, and as a servant of God, it is my duty as a servant of God to invite you to that feast. The feast is not whether or not you come to my church. Attending my church is not the feast, although I would hope that by coming to my church it would show you how to get to that feast. Whether you come or not depends on you. I pray I see you there.

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Donna Brown is pastor at Faith in God Church in 1 1/2 miles south of Brandsville, Missouri on hwy 63. She would be happy to answer any questions about this or any other post. Comment below or direct any questions via email at cygnetbrown@gmail.com.

She is also Author Cygnet Brown, author and publisher of: Simply Vegetable Gardening: Simple Organic Gardening Tips for the Beginning Gardener

She is also the author of historical fiction series The Locket Saga. which includes When God Turned His Head and Soldiers Don’t Cry, the Locket Saga Continues, and most recently, A Coward’s Solace, Book III of the Locket Saga.For more information about Cygnet Brown and her book, check out her website at http://www.cygnetbrow.com .

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