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It pleases God when we don’t ignore those in need. There are so many scriptures that speak of this.
One of the scriptures which speaks of this that stands out in my mind is Isaiah 58. Here God proclaims the kind of fast that pleases Him. It has nothing to do with what is eaten or not and has everything to do with the way we behave towards others.
Here are some of the things He says we should do in that chapter:
- free those who are wrongly imprisoned
- let the oppressed go free
- remove the chains that bind people
- share your food with the hungry
- give shelter to the homeless
- give clothes to those in need
- do not hide from those who need your help
There follow great promises of the blessings God will pour out on those who do these things.
A similar discussion is in the Gospel of Matthew, in chapter 25, where Jesus talks of the end days when the sheep will be separated from the goats. He equates our behavior to those in need to the way we treat Him. It is by our kindness to those in need that we are identified as belonging to Him.
When was the last time you considered the needs of others? Was it today? Yesterday? Last month? Last year?
Even if you are not being called to lead a SWAT team and rescue those who have been imprisoned, take some time to look around you and consider the many ways you can be of help to others. Live in such a way that expresses the love that distinguishes His people.
How will you respond to His call?
In Too Deep
by Lynn H. Blackburn
Published by Revell
Publication Date November 6, 2018
Genres: Mystery, Suspense, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: North Carolina Contemporary
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
When the dive team is called in to recover a body from a submerged car, they aren't prepared to find an encrypted laptop--or an unsettling connection between investigator Adam Campbell and the dead accountant.
Adam turns to his friend Dr. Sabrina Fleming--a professor at the local university with unparalleled computer security and forensics skills--to recover the files from the laptop. But the deeper they dig, the deadlier the investigation becomes. When evidence uncovers a human trafficking ring and implicates members of Adam's own family, he and Sabrina will have to risk everything to solve the case.
The truth could set hundreds free--but someone is willing to do whatever it takes to silence anyone who threatens to reveal their secrets. Award-winning author Lynn H. Blackburn invites readers back to Carrington, North Carolina, where everything is not as it seems and sinister elements lurk behind the idyllic façad
I would like to thank Netgalley, Revell for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
What an exciting second book in the series! I really liked the first one, Beneath the Surface, but liked this one even more!
As a self-proclaimed wimp when it comes to all things scary and yucky, I have to again say how much I appreciate that author Lynn Blackburn has such balance in her stories, making them fully suspenseful and yet not dwelling on the gory and the depressing.
I loved the character of Sabrina, or Bri, as Adam called her. She was the brilliant, nerdy professor who assisted in the computer-related situations. So when a laptop was recovered from the submerged car of a woman who was suspected to be a murder victim, she was the one called in. Bri could have been made too perfect, she was, as I mentioned, super intelligent and she was beautiful. Yet again, the author had the right balance and gave her a social awkwardness that made her perfectly imperfect.
Adam was captivated with Bri and had been since he met her several years earlier. Yet he didn’t feel like he was free to act on that attraction. I loved the way that once he realized he could, how awkward he was at first. And then he was just simply sweet in the way he wooed and cared for her. His jealousy when the “baby cops” were falling all over themselves around Bri and the fact that he considered these young officers as such was too cute! I also thought it was so sweet that though he was from such an important family in the community, was wealthy and poised in so many ways, he was insecure about letting Bri know he liked her.
The attraction between Adam and Bri practically sizzled off the page, and yet neither of them thought the other was interested in them that way. I was very impressed with the way the author wrote this so I could actually feel this as I read.
I have read other books that deal with the subject of human trafficking and found them very depressing and having unnecessary details. Again, I marveled at how the author gave due diligence to the subject without dragging the story into the mire of depression and depravity. And coming from the perspective of the people trying to make a difference rather than that of the victims was wonderful. I loved hearing their passion for righting the wrongs that had been done.
If you enjoy suspense and romance, don’t pass on this one!