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AuthorizeMe®

Dream: You want to write a book.

Dilemma: You don’t know how to get started.

Discovery: AuthorizeMe is your answer!

 

Taught by Sharon Norris Elliott, published author, 34-year veteran educator, professional editor, sought-after conference speaker, Bible study leader

 

Attend an AuthorizeMe® seminar and you will learn how to write your book. You will leave the seminar with the following:

  • your book completely planned
  • a query letter
  • a complete table of contents
  • a full chapter synopsis
  • a full proposal minus only two things – your complete market analysis (which you will learn how to do) and your sample chapters.
  • Ideas on how to find markets for your book

August 30-31, 2019

Shiloh Church

3295 School Street

Oakland, CA 94602
Friday evening: 5pm – 9pm, All day Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Tuition: $199.00

Register at http://www.LifeThatMatter.net – hit the AuthorizeMe tab

For more information and to sign up, contact: Sharon Norris Elliott, CEO at AuthorizeMeNow@gmail.com      www.LifeThatMatters.net     310-508-9860

(For adult, teen, and children’s books – Christian, positive value, and positive message books only)

What are people saying about AuthorizeMe®?

In short, the storyboarding technique used in this seminar provided clarity and gave birth to the vision of writing I had been struggling with for so many years. Without this seminar, writing would still be a dream.                  –Wendy Collier, Pine Hill, NJ

I was preparing to attend my first writers conference (2006 Sandy Cove) and didn’t have anything to “pitch” to the editors I was to meet with. At the last minute I signed up for Sharon’s Authorize Me course, and ended up taking a nearly-finished book proposal. I had much more credibility and was taken much more seriously than I would have been without AuthorizeMe. I absolutely encourage writers to take the course, (especially) prior to attending their first writing seminar. It gives new insight into what to expect. –Deborah James Lemach, Baltimore, MD

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7-22-19 Do a Search

We live in the information age. Thanks to the Internet and devices like our desktop and laptop computers, smartphones, and tablets, we can access a wealth of information just by typing in a few words. Whenever we want to know something—anything—all that’s needed is for us to “do a search.”

Things were not quite that easy back in Old Testament times, but records were kept, and information could be sought out. One such incident happened in the book of Ezra when the builders of the temple were challenged. Tattenai, the governor of the region containing Jerusalem, noticed that the Jews were rebuilding the temple and asked them who had given them permission to do so. When the builders told him they had permission from the powers that be, he wanted to check out their story, so he sent a letter to King Darius asking about the matter.

Ezra 6:1-2 tells us, “Then King Darius issued a decree, and a search was made in the archives, where the treasures were stored in Babylon. And at Achmetha, in the palace that is in the province of Media, a scroll was found, and in it a record was written” (NKJ). Sure enough, the former ruler, King Cyrus, had issued the decree that the house of God be built at Jerusalem. King Darius didn’t just stop at telling Tattenai that fact; he added his own decree and a request:

  • Let the cost be paid at the king’s expense from taxes on the region beyond the River; this is to be given immediately to these men, so that they     are not hindered. And whatever they need—young bulls, rams, and lambs for the burnt offerings of the God of heaven, wheat, salt, wine, and oil, according to the request of the priests who are in Jerusalem—let it be given them day by day without fail, that they may offer sacrifices of sweet aroma to the God of heaven, and pray for the life of the king and his sons. Ezra 6:8-10

This story teaches us some lessons about working for God.

  1. Work candidly. Be involved openly in doing the work God has called us to do. Unless God has placed us in a ministry that involves undercover operations, we should not be ashamed of what God has called us to do. Anyone can see it and even challenge it if they’d like.
  2. Work consistently. We should not stop working for God just because we are challenged. When Tattenai confronted the workers, they answered him but kept right on working. “But the eye of their God was upon the elders of the Jews, so that they could not make them cease till a report could go to Darius” Ezra 5:5.
  3. Work confidently. When our work is firmly based upon the Word of the Lord, we can be confident in knowing God will back us up and supply abundantly for the work to be accomplished.

If we are involved in work we clearly know God has told us to do, we can expect to be challenged. We need to keep working, but hand the confronters a Bible and tell them simply, “Do a search.” All God-inspired work will be backed up somewhere in the pages of Holy Writ where the treasures of truth are stored. And we shouldn’t be surprised if those same challengers end up helping in the completion of the work. Worship God today for being the validation of our work.

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©2014, 2019 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

Upcoming AuthorizeMe Seminar – Time to Register

AuthorizeMe®

Dream: You want to write a book.

Dilemma: You don’t know how to get started.

Discovery: AuthorizeMe is your answer!

 

Taught by Sharon Norris Elliott, published author, 34-year veteran educator, professional editor, sought-after conference speaker, Bible study leader

 

Attend an AuthorizeMe® seminar and you will learn how to write your book. You will leave the seminar with the following:

  • your book completely planned
  • a query letter
  • a complete table of contents
  • a full chapter synopsis
  • a full proposal minus only two things – your complete market analysis (which you will learn how to do) and your sample chapters.
  • Ideas on how to find markets for your book

August 30-31, 2019

Shiloh Church

3295 School Street

Oakland, CA 94602
Friday evening: 5pm – 9pm, All day Saturday: 9am – 6pm
Tuition: $199.00

Register at http://www.LifeThatMatter.net – hit the AuthorizeMe tab

For more information and to sign up, contact: Sharon Norris Elliott, CEO at AuthorizeMeNow@gmail.com      www.LifeThatMatters.net     310-508-9860

(For adult, teen, and children’s books – Christian, positive value, and positive message books only)

What are people saying about AuthorizeMe®?

In short, the storyboarding technique used in this seminar provided clarity and gave birth to the vision of writing I had been struggling with for so many years. Without this seminar, writing would still be a dream.                  –Wendy Collier, Pine Hill, NJ

I was preparing to attend my first writers conference (2006 Sandy Cove) and didn’t have anything to “pitch” to the editors I was to meet with. At the last minute I signed up for Sharon’s Authorize Me course, and ended up taking a nearly-finished book proposal. I had much more credibility and was taken much more seriously than I would have been without AuthorizeMe. I absolutely encourage writers to take the course, (especially) prior to attending their first writing seminar. It gives new insight into what to expect. –Deborah James Lemach, Baltimore, MD

 

 

3-14-19: Who Are You Hanging With?

Many of us know it’s a bad idea to spend a lot of time with people of reputable character. The Bible tells us not to be misled because “bad company corrupts good character” (First Corinthians 15:33 NIV). The first president of the United States knew this truth also and passed along his own version of this truth by declaring, “It is better to be alone than in bad company” (George Washington, Brainyquotes.com).

Well, an example of what God feels about this issue and how He is apt to react when we’re involved is clearly shown in Numbers chapter 25. The children of Israel were hanging around a place called Acacia Grove which was inhabited by the people of Moab. It must have been a pretty nice place with appealing folks because “the people (the children of Israel) began to commit harlotry with the [Moabite] women” and the Moabites “invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate and bowed down to their gods” (Numbers 25:1-2 NKJ).

Seriously? After all God had done for the children of Israel, it only took a few pretty women and some friendly, welcoming strangers to seduce them away from His true worship. And surely, God was not pleased. When Israel “joined to Baal… the anger of the Lord was aroused” (Numbers 25:3). As a result, 24,000 people died in a plague due to God’s wrath. (See the rest of Numbers 25 for the details of the story.)

So, what’s my point today? Watch out for the people you are hanging around with. Why do you enjoy being with those people? Are they enhancing your relationship with God or are they enticing you to worship something other than Him? Are they an influence on you, or are you an influence on them? Think it through.

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©2019 Dr. Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

Links you won’t want to miss: 

  • Watch Sharon in two shows on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network: 
    • Life That Matters with Sharon Norris Elliott, and
    • A View from the Upper Room

from any internet-connected device at www.HSBN.tv  and on HSBN’s You Tube channel.

(Stream current show or view past episodes anytime!)

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  • 366 Glimpses of God: Getting to Know the God Who Knows You.
  • Start every day of your new year with one of these thoughtful devotional readings that will focus your attention on our amazing heavenly Father.

http://www.hsbn.tv/_store.html#!/366-Glimpses-of-God-Getting-to-Know-the-God-Who-Knows-You/p/77442498/category=15564996

  • Pick up copies of Sharon’s books for yourself and as gifts for your family members and friends!

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Boomerangs Videolink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2JH_gbinMk

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Dr. Sharon’s On Spotify!

Dear Blog Followers,
My ministry program from HSBN.tv is now up and playing on Spotify.  Just click the link below!
LIFE THAT MATTERS: HSBN.tv
Thanks for listening! Please spread the word!
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3-1-19: Sharon’s Now on Spotify!

Hello Blog Followers,

The title above is my exciting announcement!

Life That Matters, the teaching ministry of Dr. Sharon Norris Elliott, is now a podcast that you can listen to on Spotify! Here’s another great opportunity to delve into the Word of God and to hear interviews with interesting people whose lives God is using in special ways. For example, a 10-part series about prayer is already waiting for you!

So, download the Spotify App to your phone, tablet, or computer; search for HSBN.tv; scroll to my photo; and choose the podcast you want to hear.

Wouldn’t it be cool if this regular teaching of the Word of God could go viral? Here’s how you can help to make that happen:

  1. Listen regularly.
  2. Spread the Word by encouraging all your friends to listen regularly. (Then have them encourage their friends to listen too.)
  3. Donate to keep the ministry on the air. Please prayerfully consider donating $10, $20, $25, or $50 a month for the purpose of helping to reach the world with the Gospel. If all of you wonderful blog followers would make that small commitment for just a few years, these podcasts would be totally supported and Dr. Sharon could pour full-time attention into teaching the Word. Schedule your donations:
    1. through the HSBN.tv website, (when prompted, type in a note to apply the donation to Life That Matters), or
    2. make checks payable to: HSBN.tv, C/O Life That Matters Ministries, P.O. Box 6811, Orange, CA 92863.

Thank you in advance, faithful blog followers, for making this new venture an incredible, worldwide, viral success. Let’s work together to assure that the Word of God reaches the whole world!

Ablaze,

Dr. Sharon

2-2-2019: How Soon We Forget

Wouldn’t it have been amazing to have been one of the Children of Israel who actually walked through the Red Sea the day God parted it for them? I imagine being caught up in the escape from Egypt. All of us had been only used to behaving as slaves, yet here we were, having seen the tables turn. The Egyptians were scared of us due to the plagues that had hit their land, their livelihoods, and their very lives. In essence, they had begged us to leave, had even given us their best parting gifts to get the heck out. And so we had happily obliged.

Oh, but Pharaoh had one more trick up the sleeve of his ornate robe. He must have got to thinking about how releasing his entire work force would affect the Egyptian economy. The thoughts of his financial demise mingled with the grief he was still reeling from due to the death of his own son, the crown prince, thanks to that last plague brought on by the Hebrew God, and he lashed out. Pharaoh ordered his army to pursue us. The joy of our escape turned to horror at the prospect of being killed by the Egyptian soldiers. But God came through again, and now we were running on dry ground across the Red Sea with two walls of water standing up on either side of us. As we ran, we could glimpse the oceans’ creatures staring at us as if we were the ones in a tank, wondering why their swim up or down stream had been interrupted.

Then, after the last Hebrew clambered up the opposite bank, we looked back to see that the Egyptian army had decided to use our escape route to chase us. Horses and chariots were racing toward us fast.

Then something happened. All of a sudden, the chariots’ wheels began to just fall off of the chariots. The horses continued to try to drag them and their drivers, but it was no use. The army began to bunch up on each other. God then told Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea, that the waters may come back upon the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen” (Exodus 14:26 NKJ). To our utter amazement, the entire Egyptian army drowned, just like that.

Oh, we sang and danced and rejoiced then. We knew for sure that we were really free. But just three days later, as we came upon a placed called Marah, we seem to have forgotten all of that. We were thirsty and complained to Moses because the water there was bitter. God was testing us and we failed. Rather than just telling Him of our need and trusting Him based upon what we had seen Him do for us in the past, we got ugly and unruly.

About two-and-a-half months later, God tested us again at the Wilderness of Sin, this time using hunger. And again, instead of remembering our release from Egypt and victory at the Red Sea, we complained, even saying it would have been better if we had died in Egypt! (See Exodus 16:3.) What a slap in God’s face! How soon we had forgotten. Nevertheless, God not only sweetened the waters of Marah, but he led us to a campsite where there were “twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees” (Exodus 15:27). Now, we not only had water, but we also had shade from the brutal sun of the wilderness. And to address our hunger argument, God supplied fresh manna (bread) every morning and quail for meat every night. (See Exodus 15 and 16 for the entire story.)

Well, those of us reading this devotion weren’t there to run through the Red Sea, but we have experienced God’s deliverance from our own haters, problems, and bondages. And we weren’t there to feel the thirst at Marah, or suffer with hunger pangs at the Wilderness of Sin, but we have had troubling times. Have we learned to simply trust God instead of complaining? Can we look back on the big things God has done for us and rest in the fact that He can certainly handle the little, day-to-day traumas we face? How soon we forget. Let’s start practicing turning our stresses over to the One who can abundantly handle them.

 

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©2019 Dr. Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

Links you won’t want to miss: 

  • Watch Sharon in two shows on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network: 
    • Life That Matters with Sharon Norris Elliott, and
    • A View from the Upper Room

from any internet-connected device at www.HSBN.tv  and on HSBN’s You Tube channel.

(Stream current show or view past episodes anytime!)

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  • 366 Glimpses of God: Getting to Know the God Who Knows You.
  • Start every day of your new year with one of these thoughtful devotional readings that will focus your attention on our amazing heavenly Father.

http://www.hsbn.tv/_store.html#!/366-Glimpses-of-God-Getting-to-Know-the-God-Who-Knows-You/p/77442498/category=15564996

  • Pick up copies of Sharon’s books for yourself and as gifts for your family members and friends!

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Boomerangs Videolink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2JH_gbinMk

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Your Vision Becomes Reality

Habakkuk 2:2 says, “Write the vision and make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.”

God has called me to teach, encourage, and empower my sisters and brothers in Christ to focus on their visions, act upon their visions, and see their visions become reality. When it comes to writing, I sponsor and participate in events that help you get your book out of your head, down onto paper, and into the hands of a publisher. It’s time to invest in your vision!

In the next couple of months, I will be teaching at the following conferences:

2019 West Coast Christian Writers’ Conference, Feb. 14-16, Livermore, CA

http://westcoastchristianwriters.com/

 

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HSBN Next Horizon Conference, March 8-9, 14642 Bushard St., Westminster, CA

 

 

 

Writing for Your Life, University of Southern California, March 28-29, Los Angeles, CA

https://writingforyourlife.com/writing-for-your-life-spiritual-writers-conference-los-angeles-march-2019/

 

I need to see your familiar face at one or all of these conferences! Let 2019 be the year in which you see your vision become reality!

Ablaze,

Dr. Sharon

 

 

 

12/24/18 The Exception

At final grading time, my students who have not studied as they should have, always want me to make exceptions for them. If the work packet had to be completed by a certain date, they want me to make an exception and allow them more time to finish it. If the extra credit notebook needed all the assignments to be three-hole punched and attached to the rings of the binder, they want me to make an exception for theirs which has papers stuffed in the binder’s pockets. Some students even ask me to make an exception for their lack of study by allowing them to retake the final exam.

Needless to say, as gently as possible, I tell my students “no” to each one of these requests. Deadlines are deadlines, due dates are due dates, and requirements are requirements; meet them or suffer the consequences, which in their case is a low grade in the course. The exception that does happen is one my unfortunate slackers could have been a part of all along. When poor grades are being handed out, the students who have read the material, turned in homework on time, and followed the dictates of each assignment become the exception. The diligent students have nothing to fear. Their hard work and deportment throughout the semester pays off with high grades of which they can be proud.

God’s economy operates in the same way. The Old Testament book of Zephaniah and the New Testament book of The Revelation are replete with warnings of God’s coming wrath upon those who refused to worship Him in favor of worshipping the idol gods of the earth. Devastating phrases announcing that people will be “cut off,” and will send up “mournful cries” should be enough to get people straight. God goes on to say He will “punish the men… who say in their heart, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will He do evil’.” God says, “I will bring distress” and “I will destroy you” (Zephaniah 1-3 NKJ). Then Revelation tells us that when God’s judgement comes, so many will be judged that their “blood [will be] up to the horses’ bridles” (Revelation 14:20).

However, the good news is that we can be the exception to being on the receiving end of all this horror. Both Zephaniah and Revelation mention that God has a mighty soft side for those who love and worship Him. “The Lord your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness” (Zephaniah 3:17a). And Revelation says, “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, ‘Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ‘Yes,’ says the Spirit, ‘that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them’” (Revelation 14:12-13).

In my students’ case, thankfully, more students receive good grades than bad grades. However, the Bible tells us that “narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it” (Matthew 7:14). We want to be counted as the exception – in the number of the “few who find” the way of life forever with God. We become the exception through Jesus.

My Christmas gift to you this year is a reminder of just why we celebrate this holiday. Jesus, that baby born in a manger, allows us to be the exception and miss the wrath of God. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life… that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation” (John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-10). Merry Christmas!

12/8/18: Just One Rule

I like to tease the high school students I teach by telling them, “There are only two rules in my class. Rule number one: Listen to me because I love you, I’m the teacher, and I’m right. Rule number two: In case I’m ever wrong, refer back to rule number one.” So, my two rules actually boil down to just one.

John, one of the Bible writers, communicated in much the same way to his readers. Second John 6 says, “This is love, that we walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, that as you have heard from the beginning, you should walk in it (NKJ).” Do you see the similarity between John’s words to us and my rules for my students? John says: Love is walking according to His (God’s) commandments. So, what is the commandment? To walk in what you’ve heard from the beginning, which is to walk according to God’s commandments.

How many different ways do we have to be told to operate in the one rule that really counts, the rule of love?

  • John 15:11-12 quotes Jesus saying, “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
  • Matthew 22:37-39 again reveals Jesus’ answer to someone’s question about the greatest commandment. Jesus told he guy, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
  • Then Paul summed things up in Romans 13:10 by writing, “Love does no harm to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfillment of the law.”

So, as another one of my friends likes to say, this is Barney simple. Operate in love. (Drop the mic.)

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©2018 Sharon Norris Elliott. Feel free to forward this devotion in its entirety, including this copyright line. Leave comments, ask questions, read past devotions, or subscribe to receive these devotions daily in your e-mail at www.sanewriter.wordpress.com. Also, periodically check in at www.LifeThatMatters.net to see what’s going on in the ministry.

Links you won’t want to miss: 

  • Watch Dr. Sharon in two shows on The Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network: 
    • Life That Matters with Sharon Norris Elliott, and
    • A View from the Upper Room

from any internet-connected device at www.HSBN.tv  and on HSBN’s You Tube channel. (Stream current show or view past episodes anytime!)

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  • 366 Glimpses of God: Getting to Know the God Who Knows You.
  • Start every day of your new year with one of these thoughtful devotional readings that will focus your attention on our amazing heavenly Father.

http://www.hsbn.tv/_store.html#!/366-Glimpses-of-God-Getting-to-Know-the-God-Who-Knows-You/p/77442498/category=15564996

  • Pick up copies of Dr. Sharon’s books for yourself and as gifts for your family members and friends!

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Boomerangs Videolink: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f2JH_gbinMk

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