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Your Identity in Christ: 100 Powerful Reminders of Who You Truly Are in Jesus (Spiritual Growth by John Stange)

Your Identity in Christ: 100 Powerful Reminders of Who You Truly Are in Jesus (Spiritual Growth by John Stange)

John Stange

“Thanks for this great reminder of who I really am in Christ! I love to make a quick read through this book whenever I need a healthy dose of encouragement…”

Who are you?

This is one of the most important questions we all wrestle with in life. Just who are we? What is our identity? Who has God created us to be?

At different seasons in life, we probably struggle with this question more than others. When we’re young, we tend to adopt an identity based on our abilities or our reputation among our peers. As we grow older, we may try to base our sense of identity on our background, occupation, ethnicity or even the disabilities we suffer from or the trauma we have experienced. In our senior years, our identity can sometimes be centered around what we feel we accomplished in life or the kind of family we raised and how our children and grandchildren turned out.

Let me say that these are all faulty sources of identity and none of them answer the question of who we really are. Every one of these examples are circumstantial and while they may have been somewhat true of us for a time, they will not remain eternally accurate descriptions of us in Heaven. Our sense of identity should never be based on something that can change. Our sense of identity should never be based on something that we’ve done. What we’ve done and who we are are very different questions. By God’s design, the answer to the question, “Who am I?”, runs much deeper than many people realize.

The moment we trust in Jesus and receive His free gift of salvation, we are included into His family, given His name and blessed with a brand new identity. Scripture tells us that we become a “new creation” in Christ (2 Cor. 5:17).

Yet even though we have a new identity in Him, we often find ourselves living as if our identity is rooted in our flesh and in the things of this world. Even Christians can find themselves basing their sense of identity and worth on their background, education, accomplishments, family of origin, ethnic heritage and possessions. Unfortunately, this kind of thinking leads to discouragement and disillusionment and it shrinks the power of the Gospel and the reality of Christ’s presence in our lives.

Christ wants more for His people than that.

Throughout God’s Word, we are given many examples that powerfully remind us of our true identity in Christ. This is the lens we are to see ourselves through. This is who we need to remind ourselves that we truly are.

We aren’t who we once were. Our value isn’t based on worldly standards. Jesus has made us brand new people and our worth, sense of purpose and understanding of who we truly are and truly will be for all eternity is anchored solely in Him.

But we can be forgetful at times. We need to be reminded of the truth of our identity in Christ because it slips our mind. If we aren’t feeding our minds a steady diet of biblical truth, we end up gravitating toward the lies this world has been peddling for millennia.

I put this book together to serve as a reminder of the truth of Christ’s Gospel. Whenever you’re tempted to start wrapping your identity around ungodly things, I want you took look through these pages and experience a stimulation of your mind toward the truth.

You are not who this world says you are.

You are not who you have often told yourself you are.

You are not defined by your mistakes.

You are not defined by your experiences.

You are not defined by your accomplishments.

You are not defined by your behaviors.

You are not defined by your talents.

You are not defined by your earthly treasures.

The moment you trusted in Jesus, you were made brand new. Your real identity can only be found in Christ.


In the following pages, I will identify 100 powerful truths that Scripture reveals about your identity in Christ. I have also included biblical references for meditation and study.

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Life Creative

Life Creative

Wendy Speake

A celebration of motherhood, creativity, and the faith that binds them

In our Pinterest age of handcrafted children’s parties, artistic Instagram photos, tutorials for renovating old furniture into new treasures, and blogs filled with poetry, prose, and other creative expression, it is clear that a brand-new generation of creative women is rising up. It is a renaissance born not in Italian cathedrals or Harlem jazz clubs but in kitchens and nurseries and living rooms around the world. But when Christian women become mothers, they often feel expected to lay down their creative pursuits in order to properly parent.

Wendy Speake and Kelli Stuart know that struggle. While they acknowledge that some seasons of mothering require setting artistic pursuits aside, they also argue that these seasons don’t have to last until empty nest time. Instead, mothers with creative gifts are called to actively use them in order to bless their families, their communities, and everyone they encounter.

Inspiring and encouraging, Life Creative celebrates the ways mothers can live their art in the midst of their mothering. They tell the stories of women such as author and speaker Angie Smith, recording artist Ellie Holcomb, and jewelry designer Lisa Leonard who do just that. By following God’s leading to embrace His gifts, renaissance moms can model the joy of obedience for their families.

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Salt Water Taffie (Boardwalk Brides Book 1)

Salt Water Taffie (Boardwalk Brides Book 1)

Janice Thompson

Taffie Carini enjoys working in her family’s candy store on the Atlantic City boardwalk. But when her parents begin planning their retirement, Taffie’s not sure she has the moxie or the know-how to manage Carini’s Confections on her own. When repairman Ryan Antonelli makes a service call at Carini’s, he’s irresistibly drawn to more than just the candy. Although his marketing degree has hardly prepared him to fix a taffy-making machine, Ryan will do anything to help Taffie, with the hopes of winning her heart. When a business mogul wants to buy Carini’s property to build a new casino, Taffie’s family’s future is threatened. Can Ryan help Taffie save Carini’s Confections? Will they find sweet love together in the process?

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Habits: The Mother's Secret to Success (Charlotte Mason Topics Book 1)

Habits: The Mother’s Secret to Success (Charlotte Mason Topics Book 1)

Charlotte Mason

A selection of Charlotte Mason’s writings on the topic of Habit Formation in children. Her teachings on the topic of education required six large volumes to cover. This book makes it simple for homeschooling parents to find exactly what they need to learn about Charlotte Mason’s thoughts on establishing good habits.

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Less: A Biblical Guide for Living Joyfully with Less Stuff

Less: A Biblical Guide for Living Joyfully with Less Stuff

Spencer Bernard

Does Scripture encourage us to live a simpler lifestyle?

After his mother passed away, Spencer Bernard and his sister cleared out his mother’s house. He was confronted with all his stuff from childhood, still kept in the bedroom where he grew from boy to man. Getting rid of those possessions—the treasures he hadn’t even looked at in years—was initially painful, but in the end the process felt freeing.

He and his sister donated useful items in his mother’s house to a charity that helps single mothers. That seemed fitting, since his mother had been a single mom.

The experience of sorting out his mother’s house spurred Bernard to learn more about minimalism, but he needed something more than blog posts to motivate him to action. Bernard, a pastor, realized that the lessons most meaningful to him had come from the Bible. He sought answers in Scripture.

“If you read the minimalism blogs, you’ll find that the point of simplifying isn’t just to tidy up. The purpose is to remove unneeded things so we can prioritize what’s most important. The goal is to live a richer and more satisfying life by clearing away the distractions. But as we’ll see, Jesus goes even further and deeper,” says Bernard.

In Less, a quick read enriched with anecdotes about guitars, snow blowers, and iPads as well as end-of-chapter questions to help the reader, Bernard discusses what is lost when we crowd our lives with stuff. He lays out a Biblical foundation to explain why abundant possessions can hinder an abundant life. “When looking at Scripture through a ‘minimalist’ lens, I find inspiration and power,” says the pastor. “I’m excited at the reasons the Lord gives us to live with less.”

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Freedom from Fear: A Devotional Bible Study

Freedom from Fear: A Devotional Bible Study

Pauline Creeden

Fear is a cage. It closes us in and keeps us from living in freedom.

Some people get so overcome by fear that they cannot even leave their house. Phobias have become almost fashionable. We label our fears and hug them tightly to us as if they are things we need. We coddle them and keep them happy so they don’t destroy us, and the last thing we want to do is provoke them. That powerlessness is what keeps us from accomplishing great things in our lives, whether personally or for God’s kingdom.

In Freedom from Fear, we explore the keys to our freedom through faith and obedience to God’s word. With this book, you’ll learn to put your trust in God’s character and turn to him when you feel out of control.

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The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith

The Rage Against God: How Atheism Led Me to Faith

Peter Hitchens

Here, for the first time, in his new book The Rage Against God, Peter Hitchens, brother of prominent atheist Christopher Hitchens, chronicles his personal journey through disbelief into a committed Christian faith. With unflinching openness and intellectual honesty, Hitchens describes the personal loss and philosophical curiosity that led him to burn his Bible at prep school and embrace atheism in its place. From there, he traces his experience as a journalist in Soviet Moscow, and the critical observations that left him with more questions than answers, and more despair than hope for how to live a meaningful life.

With first-hand insight into the blurring of the line between politics and the Church, Hitchens reveals the reasons why an honest assessment of Atheism cannot sustain disbelief in God. In the process, he provides hope for all believers who, in the words of T. S. Eliot, may discover “the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.”

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Christmas Blessings: Seven Inspirational Romances of Faith, Hope, and Love

Christmas Blessings: Seven Inspirational Romances of Faith, Hope, and Love

JoAnn Durgin

Come to Me Joyful- Leah Atwood

Although Kate Jergens presents her life as the picture of perfection to everyone, old insecurities prevent her from letting people see who she really is. As the holidays approach, those insecurities reappear.

Luke Tatum realizes he doesn’t know Kate as well as he thought when he sees her with her guard down. As he discovers who Kate really is, his admiration and attraction to her grows.

When faced with the possibility of losing someone she loves, Kate’s faith wavers. This Christmas, will she accept support from Luke or will she push him away?

When You Believe- Belle Calhoune

Maggie Kilcannon lives in Breeze Point, Cape Cod after leaving her native Ireland. After tragically losing her parents, Maggie’s weary about loving and losing anyone. When she meets Alec Donahue, a soldier on Christmas leave, she falls madly in love with him. Can she live with the uncertainty of loving a soldier on active duty?

Alec Donahue always wanted to serve his country, but his life changes when he meets the beautiful, spirited Maggie. He wants forever with Maggie, who’s reluctant to give her heart to someone who might leave her. Can Alec make Maggie believe in happily ever after?

Perchance to Dream- JoAnn Durgin

Ellie Franklin and Ryan Sullivan are the hometown sweethearts of Cade’s Corner, Ohio. As their Christmas wedding approaches, Ryan is expected back from his second deployment to Afghanistan. When an unforeseen event occurs, will Ellie’s plans be postponed or come to a screeching halt? With faith, family, and the support of an entire town behind her, will this bride’s prayers for a holiday miracle be answered?

Nowhere for Christmas- Heather Gray

Avery’s a journalist and mom to teenager Eli. Gavin’s an enigmatic photographer. A botched schedule lands them all in a rental car for Christmas. With everything that goes wrong, it’ll take a miracle to get them anywhere. But miracles come in surprising packages. Like a bait shop owner and a family that can’t agree on how to remove a skunk’s stink.

Join the trio as they learn reaching the destination doesn’t mean the journey’s over. God has so much more in store for them. After all—anything can happen on the road to Nowhere.

Christmas Lost and Found- Angel Moore

When Serena comes home determined to save her mother’s shop, the manager blames her for her mother’s troubles. But he’s the only person she can rely on for help.

Has Michael wasted the years he spent trying to keep All Things Christmas open? Serena’s resolve to correct things financially threatens the heart of the store. It’s about Christmas. Not just sales. Has Serena become so calculating that she doesn’t celebrate her faith anymore?

One Enchanted Christmas- Melissa Tagg

Last December, author Maren Grant went on a magical date with her book’s cover model—Colin Renwycke. Fast forward one year. With a looming deadline, Maren is desperate to recapture her creative spark. Then she remembers Colin’s invitation to visit his family’s Iowa farm…

Drew Renwycke never planned to move home and take over the farm. But he’s spent too many years watching his siblings unravel—including Colin. When Maren lands on his doorstep, he realizes she may be the key to coaxing his brother home. But what if he’s in for an unexpected holiday romance himself?

Season of Miracles- Alexa Verde

Nurse Lana Smith gives herself a gift for Christmas, a fresh start in a small town. After escaping a dead-end relationship with a celebrity, she avoids her patient’s grandson, a pro football player. When Arturo gradually thaws her frozen heart, can her Christmas wish for family and affection come true?

Football is Arturo De La Vega’s life, but he returns to his hometown to help his ailing grandfather. Lana challenges Arturo to reach for stars of faith and love. Is Arturo’s quest for glory worth crushing Lana’s dreams and sacrificing his heart’s true desire?

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High Button Shoes

High Button Shoes

Margaret Brownley

A feisty widow; a dashing outlaw—something’s definitely afoot.

The Widow

Beautiful Maggie Turner was the soul of respectability, determined to earn an honest living for herself and her town children in rough and tumble nineteenth century California.

The Outlaw

Dominick Sanders was shrouded in mystery, known to Maggie as the notorious Kissing Bandit—a man who kissed the women in the stages he robbed! It was enough to make Maggie’s blood boil—and heart pound faster.
The Marriage.

But now these two are thrown together in a mock marriage designed to deceive the world. Maggie has no choice but to play along—or else risk losing everything she’s ever worked for, including the man she has no business loving.


RT Book Review …
There is nothing like a good laugh combined with a captivating read to brighten the day and Margaret Brownley’s High Button Shoes is the perfect pick-me-up.

This book is sheer delight. This amusing, yet poignant tale evokes the atmosphere of the West, the hardships faced by single women, and the joys, pleasures and most of all, dangers of falling in love. Readers will be enchanted by Ms. Brownley’s imaginative love story and find themselves smiling with glee as Maggie and Dominick play out their masquerade.

RT Kiss in Shining Knight Award (K.I.S.S) …
If a sense of humor combined with a bit of arrogance and sensitivity is your ideal man than you’ll love Margaret Brownley’s Dominick Sanders in High Button Shoes.

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Amish Daughters (Amish Christian Romance): 7 Book Collection

Amish Daughters (Amish Christian Romance): 7 Book Collection

Samantha Bayarr

7 Book Collection!
Twenty-eight-year-old LIZZIE BARLOW is running from her past and present mistakes. Not knowing which direction to go, she finds herself hiding out in the same Amish community in which she grew up. With her ten-year-old daughter Abby, in tow, she fears her secrets will catch up to her.

When ABBY discovers her real father may be living just down the road from where they are staying, she sets off on an adventure to meet him. What she doesn’t know are the many secrets that her mother never shared with her–the same secrets that will turn her life upside down.

JACOB YODER is an Amish widower, trying to raise his ten-year-old son, when his past shows up on his doorstep unexpectedly, threatening to change his life forever.

Twenty-five-year-old LILLIAN STOLTZFUS is living in the shadow of her deceased brother. When her dad gives her the gift of land that would normally go to the eldest son, it includes a bakery he built as an offering to a suitor for her. No one wants marriage for Lillian more than she wants it for herself, but at twenty-five, she fears she will end up a spinster if Seth never returns her secret feelings for him.

Thirty-year-old SETH MILLER is loaded down with the responsibility of caring for an overbearing father. His loyalty to his father’s farm has caused him to put his own needs on hold his entire adult life. Being secretly in love with Lillian for many months, he finds it difficult to speak to her because he lacks the confidence having never dated before.

Will the contents of an old spice box change everything for both of them? Or are they destined to admire each other from afar indefinitely?

Lizzie’s lies from the past have finally caught up to her, and are wreaking havoc in Abby’s life.
When Abby and Jonah Beiler get branded by the youth in the community as “kissing cousins”, will the truth be able to set them free, or will it be too late?
Find out in this story of forbidden love…

Caleb has a secret he’s kept to himself for too many years. When he crosses paths with Katie Graber, the new school teacher, he discovers she has a secret of her own.
Hoping for an opportunity to get out of a prearranged marriage to a man she doesn’t love, Katie enlists the help of Caleb. In exchange, she must agree to help him change his own life to overcome the shame his secret has brought him. The two of them make a promise to help one another, and to keep each other’s secrets. But those secrets will change things in a way neither of them could have ever expected.

After tragedy struck Noah Beiler’s life nearly two years ago, he turned his back on his faith and the community. No one except Rose knows he has remained in the dilapidated home that overlooked the pond that he’d grown to despise.
When new tragedy strikes, he is forced out of hiding.
Will chasing fireflies on a warm, summer night change his life forever?
Find out in this tale of summer love…

Lizzie’s troubled past has finally come full circle.
When Levi Schrock shows up to work as a hired hand on her father’s farm,
no one suspects he’s an impostor A chance meeting with her daughter, Rachel, on his first day in town could change Levi’s mind about his plans, as well
as his heart.

Lila King pays a visit to her uncle Jessup and her new Aunt Bess at the B&B, and ends up getting into the middle of more than she bargained for in this final look into the lives of the families you have come to know in the series.

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The Vintage Wren: Week 6

The Vintage Wren: Week 6

Chautona Havig

The Vintage Wren is a serial novel released in several chapter episodes.

Cassie Wren. Legal assistant. Convenience queen. Thrifter extraordinaire. If there was a “green police” she’d be a fugitive from eco-friendly justice.

But when a friend’s teasing feels like a challenge, Cassie accepts it. The result? One year. Twelve months. Fifty-two weeks. Three hundred sixty-five days–of green.

It seemed simple enough. Cut back on paper plates, plastic forks, and straws. Easy peasy. But when her competitive side wars against her desire for convenience, Cassie finds it’s not so easy to be “eco-friendly” and “Cassie-friendly.”

Week 6 February is in full bloom–or rather, blustery blizzards! Regardless, love is in the air as Valentine’s Day approaches, and Cassie has a lot on her plate…s.

The mystery of Cassie’s antagonistic commenter unfolds as Cassie confronts who she thinks it is, meanwhile this week’s eco-plan turns out harder than she expected.

Cassie’s car threatens to retire, Think threatens the silent treatment if she fails to call if she isn’t coming home at night, and Grandma Higgins handles the “intervention” in this episode.

But worst of all, her trip to HearthLand gets more than a little heated.

The Vintage Wren. A serial novel released in fifty-two episodes (for obvious reasons).

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More Than a Tiara: A Christian Romance (Christmas in Montana Romance Book 1)

More Than a Tiara: A Christian Romance (Christmas in Montana Romance Book 1)

Valerie Comer

From a USA TODAY bestselling author!
“Absolutely delightful! I loved every minute.”
“Will leave you cherishing the heart of Christmas.”

Marisa Hiller abandoned her modeling career to nurse a broken heart in Montana, far from the photographer who ruined everything. Her family farm is now part of a CSA program teaching gardening and cooking to single moms, but when the coordinator begs her to represent the program in the Miss Snowflake Pageant, Marisa balks.

Jase Mackie has long regretted the hot accusations he’d flung at Marisa over two years before. God has forgiven him but hasn’t answered his prayer to bring Marisa back into his life… until Jase finds himself out West as the official photographer for a beauty pageant, face to face with the woman he’s never forgotten.

Can Jase make amends for past mistakes and offer Marisa not only a tiara, but a partner in her crusade to help needy children and families?

Christmas in Montana Romance Series

1. More Than a Tiara
2. Other Than a Halo
3. Better Than a Crown (fall 2017)

Enjoy the rich heritage and innate charm of Helena, Montana, in this Christmas romance series celebrating all that winter and Christmas has to offer. This Christian contemporary romance series includes heart-warming stories of love and second chances as Marisa, Bren, and Heather discover love amid the glitz of beauty pageants.


Avalon gripped his free hand — the one not holding the camera — and leaned in. She said something more, but his gaze riveted on the front door as it opened once again.

Marisa. No one pulled off casual as elegantly as she did. Dark skinny jeans ended in over-the-knee boots. Gucci, if he wasn’t mistaken. A vibrant purple sweater allowed a coral top to peek out. Makeup today, just the right amount. And her hair, with loose curls tied back at the top.

Jase shifted around Avalon. Was she still talking? In just a few steps he’d reached Marisa’s side. “You came.” You’re gorgeous, he wanted to say. He’d told her before. He’d said more than that.

Way too much more at JFK.

“Hi, Jase. I see I found the right place.” She glanced around the entry hall, her gaze focusing on the parlor to her right. “In there, I assume?”

“Yes.” He backed up a step. Gave her space. She was here to sign up for Miss Snowflake. He’d see her often for the next two months. Have the privilege of shooting her. No need to push her today.

In those boots she nearly matched his height. Unlike the surprise meeting in the walking mall downtown, today she was on her game. She gave him a breezy smile, wiggled her fingers in his direction, and strode into the parlor as though it was a catwalk. A stage. All eyes trained on her.

From what he could see of the group in the parlor, it was true. His sister stood behind her desk with a big smile. “Marisa! Good to see you.” She winked at Jase.

He was sunk. Clammy hands gripped his camera. Buzzing circled his head. God had given him another chance. He couldn’t blow this one.

“Well, that certainly puts a new spin on things.” Avalon’s voice dashed over him like an Arctic wave.

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