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Review of The Star (new movie) November 18, 2017

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I didn’t review this movie but someone who I review for has and shared the link to her review. If you would like to learn more about this new movie click here to read about it. It sounds AMAZING!!


Heal Our Land June 16, 2017

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Gabriel Jimenez

I wasn’t planning on posting this song today, I was going to do a different one by Kari Jobe but then I came across this one and thought how perfect for all that is going on in this world. We need to be singing this prayer over our churches and our country and our world. Will you join me?

If you haven’t listened to Kari Jobes new album I highly recommend it, so many good songs.

Click here and lift this up.


Review and Giveaway: Mother and Son: The Respect Effect by Emerson Eggerichs, PhD July 6, 2016

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Mother and Son


“We’ve coached fathers on how to love their daughters, but we’ve not coached mothers on how to meet the need a boy has to feel respected for who he is. This is what Mother & Son is all about.“ – Dr. Emerson Eggerichs

Love is important, but respect is the key to your son’s heart.

Author of the landmark book that transformed millions of marital relationships with a biblical understanding of love and respect— Love & Respect—Dr. Emerson Eggerichs now applies these principles to one of the most important relationships of all in his new book Mother & Son: The Respect Effect (Thomas Nelson).

As a researcher, Dr. Emerson Eggerichs, who has a Ph.D. in child and family ecology from Michigan State University, garnered testimonies from thousands of mothers following the release of his New York Times bestseller, Love & Respect. These moms consistently reported that they applied the respect side of the message with their sons and experienced significant effects. Read more at


  • The 6 desires God seeded in your son
  • Why a mother’s love is not the same thing as respect
  • Respect: the key to your son’s heart
  • Who’s respecting whom: mother or son?
  • Unconditional respect: a biblical idea
  • Top 6 mom misconceptions
  • How to see the man in your son
  • When you should discipline
  • It’s never too late: quick-start tips for those who feel short on time
  • 21 days of inspiration for the respect effect
  • Encouraging scriptures for parenting your son with respect

My thoughts and giveaway:

Whether you have read Love and Respect for husbands and wives or not you will enjoy this book. I have learned so much and realized that a lot of the ways I speak to my son are not respectful.

I also realize I can’t change overnight. But part of it is being aware of our own behavior. If we, as mothers, put into practice the advice in this book it could dramatically change our relationships with our sons.

As I was reading I was even thinking my husband could gain insight into his relationship with our son. Even though he is a man and wants respect too, I think men can forget that their son’s desire the same thing. So I honestly think dad’s could read this book and learn new things as well.

If you have a son I highly recommend this book. We all want strong young men of honor, let’s breath that into them no matter what age they are at.

Grab your copy at your local bookstore, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, or your favorite retailer.

Leave a comment by July 13th for your chance to win a copy. One winner will be chosen by (U.S. addresses only. I will not replace books lost or damaged in the mail.)

A copy of this book was was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 


Another Bethel Experience April 22, 2016

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 By Mayur Gala

By Mayur Gala

I had the chance to see Bethel worship this week. I saw them two years ago. You can read that post here.

This experience was much like the first one, so powerful. I almost forgot that worship could be so free. I’m glad I had this reminder.

While there they sang a song that I had heard before and loved but hearing it there added something more to it. I thought I would share it with you today. Enjoy!

Click here to listen to Pieces.


LOL, Right Now April 8, 2016

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By Matthew Wiebe

By Matthew Wiebe

Today I want to share with you how God showed up in my life over the last two months and forced me to speak His will over myself. Some people could say I was lying but I don’t think that is what I was doing. I believe God put me into situations where I was forced to speak what He promised even though I was in a dark pit that threatened to overwhelm me.

It was a Saturday morning in February. The night before we had a rehearsal for the musical. Having a Friday night rehearsal with high schoolers while a basketball game was going on across the hallway was a horrible idea. The kids where so unfocused and disrespectful. I almost cried that night but I didn’t.

However, the next morning I was depressed (and probably looked a lot like the picture above). I believed every lie the enemy told me. “It was a mistake to leave your previous job.” “You can’t handle this job.” “The musical will be failure and everyone will know you aren’t a good teacher.” “The kids hate you.” Yep, I fell for every one of those lies and just let the enemy beat me up.

Then, I get a text from my friend, out of the blue. I didn’t tell her that I was struggling at all. But she felt I needed to hear some words she was reading in a book called Birthing the Miraculous by Heidi Baker (I have since read this book and it is very good).

This is a bit of what she shared. It comes from chapter 2: “He looks for a church, for a people, for worshippers, who will not care about being stretched or pulled or inconvenienced, who will let the Lord take all of them.” Further on Heidi writes: “The Lord is looking for hose who are so in love with Him they will say yes when they are wooed and still say yes when great sacrifice is required.”

Woah. Needless to say I was in tears and knew the Holy Spirit was speaking through my dear friend. She had no idea I was questioning where God had placed me.

After that I had a full day of running to many different places. Every single place I went that day I saw someone from where I previously worked, the place I loved and was so easy for me. Of course they asked how things where going. I wasn’t about tell them I was just struggling that morning. Instead I spoke God’s promises. His Words says in Exodus 33: 14: I will personally go with you and I will give you rest — everything will be fine for you.

Everything would be fine for me so that is what I spoke. I told every sing person I saw that it was going well, it was challenging but I was enjoying it. And that was the truth. I was having a bad few days but really it was going well so I spoke that over myself all day long.

Isn’t God amazing? Even when we don’t want to speak His truth sometimes He puts us in situations where we can’t deny it. By the end of that day I was knew I was where God wanted me and I was covered in His promises.

Are you doubting something? Are you questioning God’s promises? Speak what He has promised you out loud. Laugh at the enemy, laugh at the lies He tries to tell you.

Lies you might hear:

Nothing will ever change. (Laugh)

I will never find a job. (Laugh)

My house will never sell. (Laugh)

My marriage will never be healthy. (Laugh)

I will never feel normal. (Laugh)

The lies can go on and on. You know the lies you believe, you entertain. Laugh at the lies, seriously, laugh out loud and speak the truth over yourself, OUT LOUD. There is something about doing it out loud then just in your head.

Seriously…LOL right now 🙂


Stars June 5, 2015

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By Blair Fraser

By Blair Fraser

Today let’s take a look at the stars. They’re truly amazing, aren’t they? And our Savior knows each one by name.  Sometimes I think He just put them in the sky to show off a bit 🙂

Why do we really need stars? The answer is actually very simple. We need to learn something from them.

There are many lessons we could learn but I’m going to focus on one part today, and that is the fact that they shine.

One day, during my prayer time, God took me out on a dark night and we looked at the stars together. They were brilliant,what else would they be?  But I made an observation.  Sometimes the starts aren’t shining, or at least that’s what we say when we can’t see them, “Oh, the stars aren’t out tonight.” Hmm…that’s not really true is it?

God quickly let me know I was wrong, that they in fact never stop shining. I had never thought about that.  But aren’t they like the sun (which is our closest star)? There are days when we don’t see the sun shining. Just because WE don’t see it shining doesn’t mean it isn’t.

The same is true with the stars.  Just because we, as humans, don’t see them shining doesn’t mean they’re not.  And He always see them shining.

He told me to be like the stars, a star that shines for Him.  He said even though others may not see me, even though no one might be looking I am never to stop shining for Him because He sees me and He wants me to shine.

I tried to let that sink in….don’t just try to shine when people are looking, but shine when people aren’t looking because the Creator sees all His creation and sees me shining.

The stars don’t stop shining when you aren’t looking at them, they always shine on the off-chance you might look up and see them, they don’t want to be caught not shining.  And even on those cloudy nights when we don’t see them they still shine because their Creator sees them and that’s all that really matters.

To me this means don’t just try to be a “good” Christian when I am at church or around other Christians, but even when I am driving and someone cuts me off, even when I am standing in line at the grocery store and the clerk is moving sooooo slow.  Even when my kids are driving me completely crazy, even when my job is not all I dreamed it would be, even when I am cleaning the house, doing laundry, dishes.


How do I do that?

I don’t let my thoughts grumble about people or my work.  I focus on my Creator, I need to shine for Him in all things.  This isn’t an easy task, but it’s well worth it when you think about your Creator watching you.

He smiles, nods and whispers, “I see you shining, my child, even if no one else does.”

So my dear brothers and sisters, my shining brothers and sisters that are more precious than the stars, never stop shining, for He is the God who sees you and He sees you shine!


Daniel 12:3 (New International Version)

 Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever.


Write to the Point with H.L. Wegley November 26, 2014

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Today we get write to the point with H.L. Wegley. He has visited us several times before. You can read his previous interviews here, here and here.

Today we thought we would have a little fun and I asked H.L. to interview one of his characters from his newest release. Read on to learn more about Katie Brandt.

For the June 11th edition of Who’s Who in Seattle, we have with us Katie Brandt, a graduate student and the University of Washington. Katie, it seems like just yesterday you were in the local and national news for several months, mostly related to your role in breaking up an international human trafficking syndicate.

Actually, that was five years ago. A long time ago for me, considering all that’s happened since then. Both my mom, Jennifer, and I were captured twice by the traffickers. Both times we escaped unharmed. I think God was watching out for us.

You say a lot has happened since then. Give us some highlights from the life of Katie Brandt over the past five years.

Well, Jennifer and Lee, now Mom and Dad, married and adopted me. Then using the Running Start Program, and some special testing, I squeezed high school and college into 4 1/2 years so I could start my PhD program this past year. My 21st birthday is coming in a few days and, if all goes well, I’ll have my PhD in Computer Science before the end of the year.

That’s an amazing accomplishment. But, didn’t you also play on the women’s fast pitch softball team at UW?

Yes, but my schedule was so packed academically, that I only played softball one year. Fortunately, it was the right year, the year we won the NCAA championship.

We’ve heard that you have quite an arm. You played shortstop, right?

Yes, I did. Our coach wondered why all our ladies playing first base were complaining of bruised hands, some sitting out games. I tend to throw a natural sinker. It moves from the webbing down into the palm of the first baseman’s mitt. Well, the coach brought out the radar gun, put a men’s baseball in my hand, and had me throw all out a few times. On a couple of those throws, I hit 90 mph.

 Are the Mariners interested in you?

I hope that was tongue-in-cheek. I can’t maintain 90 mph for 1 inning, let alone a whole game. Seriously, you would not want to see me on the mound at the Safe.

 You are beautiful, athletic, one of the brightest students ever to graduate from UW, so what’s next for Katie Brandt?

My mom, Jennifer, dropped out of her doctoral program to work for NSA. I’m carrying her research forward.

Would you please summarize this research for us, in layman’s terms?

Sure. Some big-data analysis problems, like analyzing raw Internet traffic to isolate interesting patterns of communication, were thought to be not computable, at least not in a workable time frame. But, using our knowledge of the way the Internet works, things like routing and the structure of the backbone, I am defining special cases that are computable.

And why do we want to do these types of analyses, Katie?

Compared to the current state-of-the-art, my techniques are an order of magnitude more efficient at identifying bad guys, like terrorists, collaborating on the Internet. I’m already getting some contract work with the FBI, NSA, and a couple of other organizations. But finding the bad guys is so interesting and so much fun that I haven’t stopped long enough to write my dissertation. Also, this area of research is so big, it really should be split into two parts. There’s plenty of room for two dissertations here, and I think I found just the right person to work with me.

Would this happen to be a male student by the name of Joshua West?

Yes. But who told you about him?

Agent Peterson at the FBI’s Seattle field office.

Uh … he didn’t tell you about our little disagreement, did he?

Whose little disagreement? You and Agent Peterson, or you and Joshua West?

Both of them. I mean, either one?

 No, but he did insinuate you were involved in locating active terrorist groups and that you take too many risks. How do you feel about that?

I think you’re probing into areas we should not get into.

 But, do you consider yourself a risk taker?

Look, Agent Peterson is like a second father to me, as well as my mentor. Like a father, he worries too much. Josh and I can take care of ourselves.

 Well, you heard it, folks Katie Brandt and Joshua West don’t need the FBI to take care of them.

Are we off the air now?


You said you wouldn’t talk about the fake honeymoon or Joshua West.

No. That’s not quite what I said. And … oops. I guess we aren’t off yet. It’s time for a commercial break, listeners.

Triple Threat blurb:

Brilliant, beautiful, 21-year-old Katie Brandt, PhD candidate and woman of faith, detects a deadly conspiracy. perf5.500x8.500.inddSuspecting it’s only the tip of an iceberg, she dives in, pulling fellow grad student, Joshua West, with her into a high-risk investigation of a cyber-terrorist plot. Damaged by the foster-care system, Katie takes huge risks to win acceptance and love. But when she risks Josh’s life, an agnostic, who isn’t prepared to die, she fears her mistake might have eternal consequences for Josh, a mistake that could break Katie’s heart, a heart rapidly falling for Josh.

Will Katie and Josh survive the investigation? If they do, can they ever span the chasm of divergent worldviews that separates them? How can they awaken a dozing nation to a three-pronged danger that threatens its very existence?

Triple Threat, an adventure that spans the Pacific Northwest from the shores of the Olympic Peninsula to the mountains of Whistler, BC, a conspiracy you might read in tomorrow’s paper, but pray you never will.


H.L. Wegley served in the USAF as an Intelligence Analyst and a Weather Officer. In civilian life he performed research in atmospheric physics. After earning an MS in Computer Science, he worked 20+ years in systems development at Boeing before retiring near Seattle, where he and his wife of 48 years enjoy small-group ministry, grandchildren, hiking on the Olympic Peninsula, snorkeling Maui whenever possible, and where he writes inspirational thrillers and romantic suspense novels. He has a contracted 4-book, Christian-thriller-series with Pelican Book Group. He is currently finishing his 8th novel.

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Thanks so much for visiting us Katie…I mean H.L. It’s always great to have you here on Genesis 5020 🙂