Friday, April 26, 2013


Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs are marriage partners for the second time.

Their writings include the well-known book “I Do Again,”  their 30 year story of marriage, betrayal, infidelity, divorce, emotional damage and scarring, forgiveness and re-marriage. This remarkable and life-changing story has been featured on The Today Show and Focus on the Family besides other TV programs.They share their love story of Hope, Redemption, Restoration, and God taking hold of their lives.

Jeff and Cheryl are the founders of Hope Matters Marriage Ministries. Their ministry includes sharing God’s heart for marriage and relationships through professional counseling and speaking. They passionately seek to help make marriages whole in His power. Jeff and Cheryl are intimately familiar with a marriage focused on the principles of the world, the sting, heartbreak and pain from a divorce, and the deep rooted hope and joy of a fully restored marriage centered on God. It is this unique perspective and experience that they obediently share in counseling and with audiences nationwide. Jeff and Cheryl Scruggs offer several services when it comes to ministering to individuals and couples concerning Marriage and Leadership in the home, their family, and their relationships. Their remarkable story offers renewed hope for even the most troubled marriages

Friday, April 19, 2013


Loved, Cherished and Safe in Darryl's Arms
Lynne Stringer shares:

"At the age of twenty-six I decided God didn’t want me to get married.
I’d never had a boyfriend. All my friends were settling down. I’d tried not to give up, but all the time I wondered why there never seemed to be anyone for me.
My father advised me to carry on as if I was going to be single, and if God had someone for me, he would come at the right time.
Yeah right, I thought.

About then, my brother introduced me to internet chatrooms. He’d discovered a Christian one and I thought it sounded interesting and gave it a go."

Lynne goes on to explain that she met Darryl there but he lived in Melbourne over a thousand miles away. In time, while looking for work, he moved north to Brisbane where Lynne lived and they met face to face.

"Although I knew I was attracted to him, I didn't know if what I felt was love. It didn't feel like the way I had imagined it to feel. I didn’t go weak at the knees when I saw him, but having him around seemed natural and right. We started dating and he was reluctant at first. He didn't want to start a relationship that would end with us both getting hurt. So he prayed about it, asking God what he should do.
'You know that you've been praying for your wife all these years, God said. You've always asked me to help her do well.'
'Yes?' Darryl replied.
'That's her.' 
It took God a little longer to convince me. But when I looked at my list of what I wanted in an ideal man, I quickly found every point being filled.
Someone who was a strong Christian.

Someone who didn't go along with the crowd.

Someone who would think about issues with an open mind.
Someone who wasn't a party animal.
Someone who wanted to explore the word of God with me.
After we'd been going out about a month, Darryl turned to me and said, 'Do you mind if we have a weekly Bible study? I think it's important that we study the Word of God together so he can direct us.'
Aha, but then there was my most difficult requirement to fulfill …
Someone who would read me poetry.
One evening I happened to say to Darryl, ‘Oh, how I love thee, let me count the ways …' And he proceeded to recite the rest of the poem from memory.
Then I went weak at the knees!
Darryl and I married on 13th May 2000. I had no hesitation in marrying him, because he was everything that was right for me. He complements my own character, as I complement his. We enjoy spending time with each other and have many similar interests. God has blessed us by giving us a beautiful son, and I cannot fault God's timing, not to mention his attention to detail. He gave me both what I needed and what I wanted. I am truly blessed."
Lynne Stringer has been passionate about writing all her life. She has written a YA sci-fi romance novel, The Heir, which is scheduled for publication in June 2013. This novel is the first in a trilogy.
She was the editor of The Queensland Baptist newspaper (later magazine) for seven years, and during her time there won the ARPA award for Best News Item and a highly commended for Best Reporting in a Magazine. 
Lynne currently works at Even Before Publishing.  And is a professional editor and proofreader. 
Thanks for sharing your personal story with us Lynne.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Maybe Not Quite Normal

Sharon Hincke shares:
"My favorite college theatre role was in an opening monologue where the character prays, “Please, 
God, please. Don’t let me be normal.” 
I think God answered my prayer…

"I fell in love with my husband Ted when he threw seaweed at me during a class picnic when I was fourteen. While Ted and I were in grad school, 
our car was shot at (we weren’t in it at the time).

"During the rehearsal for an outdoor production of 
West Side Story that I was choreographing, the 
police barreled into the parking lot responding to 
a call from neighbors that gangs were fighting. 
I told the dancers to drop their chains and knives 
and start singing. None of us were arrested!"

Sharon’s undergrad degree is in education, and she earned an M.A. in Communication from Regent University in 1986. She spent ten years as the artistic director of a Christian performing arts group, CrossCurrent. That ministry included three short-term mission trips to Hong Kong. She has been a church youth worker, a choreographer and ballet teacher, a home-school mom, a church organist, and a bookstore clerk. One day she’ll figure out what to be when she grows up, but in the meantime she’s pouring her imagination into writing. She’s published dozens of articles in magazines and book compilations, and released her first novel in 2006. In April, 2007, she was named “Writer of the Year” at Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference.

Sharon writes “stories for the hero in all of us,” about ordinary people experiencing God’s grace in unexpected ways. Known for their authenticity, emotional range, and spiritual depth, her novels include 
contemporary fiction such as The Secret Life of Becky Miller, Stepping into Sunlight and TheRestorer’s Son–Expanded Edition.

I love Sharon's dry sense of humour. This is one lady with real depth and we're sure to hear of many more of her stories being published.

Thanks for sharing with us Sharon. We wish you God's richest blessings.

Monday, April 8, 2013


Married couple Mark Burnett & Roma Downey openly confess their deep love for each other. They both came from poor backgrounds and became US citizens; Mark from Britain and Roma from Ireland.

Roma is a talented  actress and Mark has been involved in the film business for years and produced many popular TV series, including The Voice and Survivors

As committed Christians they had a burning desire to reach a new generation of people who had never read the Bible, nor heard anything of the wonderful history and true life stories contained there. That's when they began the long process of searching out scriptwriters, actors and technicians and the country that looked much as it had thousands of years ago.

The series, simply called The BIBLE has just finished its run of ten full length films. It was seen by millions of US viewers to rave reviews. The last segment showed the crucifixion and the resurrection. Many viewers shed tears as many admitted they never had any real idea what Jesus suffered to pay the penalty of mankind's sins.

We look forward to it being shown to countries world-wide. DVD's will also be available.