Walking with God: How to Hear His Voice (Thomas Nelson- 2008, 2016) John Eldredge, director of Ransomed Heart, a ministry devoted to restoring men and women in the love of God, originally wrote Walking with God in 2008.  He completed a revision in 2016.  In the Introduction, John defines our...

Released as an exclusive hardcover available only through Ransomed Heart, with a new epilogue for walking with God into new seasons of life! Our deepest need is

Grace Is Greater (Baker Books, 2017) Kyle Idleman titles his latest book Grace Is Greater: God’s Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story.  Kyle, teaching pastor at southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, uses Hebrews 12:15 as the inspiration for his...

Grace Is Greater: God's Plan to Overcome Your Past, Redeem Your Pain, and Rewrite Your Story Grace Is Greater God s Plan to Overcome Your Past Redeem Your Pain and Rewrite Your Story

Your Powerful Prayers (Bethany House, 2016) Susie Larson – radio talk show host, national speaker, and author- wrote Your Powerful Prayers: Reaching the Heart of God with a Bold and Humble Faith in 2016.  At the outset, Ms. Larson stresses that Jesus wants you to be comfortable with, yet...

Your Powerful Prayers: Reaching the Heart of God with a Bold and Humble Faith…

West Waterfall at Anderson Japanese Gardens in Rockford, IL “Leisure is a form of silence, not noiselessness.  It is the silence of contemplation such as occurs when we let out minds rest on a rosebud, a child at play, a Divine mystery, or a waterfall.”- Fulton J. Sheen “The...

The silence of contemplation - Crown of Compassion

A partial rainbow rises above Chestnut Mountain Resort near Galena, IL. “It is said that when we see the rainbow the shower is over.  Certain it is, that when Christ comes, our troubles remove; when we behold Jesus, our sins vanish, and our doubts and fears subside.  When Jesus walks the...

"When we see the rainbow, the shower's over" is the latest Short Meditation from Crown of Compassion and includes Kari Jobe singing "Let Your Glory Fall.

The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God’s Best Version of You (Zondervan, 2010) John Ortberg, senior pastor of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church, wrote The Me I Want to Be in 2010.  First, John explains that the most important task of your life is not what you do, but who you become.  In other...

"The Me I Want to Be: Becoming God's Best Version of You" by John Ortberg is the latest addition to Crown's Annotated Bibliography.

Rev. Otto G. Thieme, longtime shepherd of Timothy Lutheran Church and School, c. 1965 “When we can’t see the way/ He will part the waves/ And we’ll never walk alone/ Down the Red Sea road.”- Ellie Holcomb “Blessed are those who have learned to acclaim you, who walk...

"We'll never walk alone down the Red Sea road" is the latest Short Meditation from Crown of Compassion, with a song from Ellie Holcomb.

“Knowing where the land mines lie is the first requirement of a safe journey.”- John Ortberg John Ortberg concludes Chapter 4 of The Me I Want to Be as he states every human being possesses a unique temperament.  Hence, certain practices come more naturally to you than others.  So,...

In "Knowing where the land mines lie," John Ortberg states "knowing where the land mines lie is the first requirement of a safe journey.

Lagen’s Supermarket, originally an IGA, closed in 2014. “A wise man once said that . . . the three laws of relationship are observation, observation, observation.”- John Ortberg “And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all...

"The three laws of relationship is the latest Short Meditation from Crown of Compassion and includes the song "Call My Name" by Third Day.

Mr. Henning’s first class, Grades 3-4, St. Paul (Dorchester), Chicago “But even if You don’t/ My hope is You alone”- MercyMe “If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and he will rescue us from your hand, O king.  But...

"But even if you don't" is the latest Short Meditation from Crown of Compassion Ministries and includes the song "EvenIf" by MercyMe.

Hawthorn-Mellody Farms’ “free of human touch” production process “God made you to flourish — to receive life from outside yourself, creating vitality within yourself and producing blessing beyond yourself.”- John Ortberg “For we are God’s...

Hawthorn-Mellody Farms’ “free of human touch” production process “God made you to flourish — to receive life from outside yourself, creating vitality within yourself and producing blessing beyond yourself.”- John Ortberg “For we are God’s.

On its 50th Anniversary in 1991, an Electroliner passes a Silverliner (built 1917) at the Illinois Railway Museum. “Each day holds a surprise.  But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us.  Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise,...

On its Anniversary in an Electroliner passes a Silverliner (built at the Illinois Railway Museum. “Each day holds a surprise. But only if we expect it can we see, hear, or feel it when it comes to us. Let’s not be afraid to receive each day’s surprise,.

The streamlined diesel train awaits passengers at Playland Amusement Park in Willow Springs, IL. “We all need a vivid point of light from Scripture — a particular verse that resonates with us personally, to guide or paths and give us a reference point, no matter the size of the...

A vivid point of light from Scripture - Crown of Compassion

“Inside your soul there is a battle between a flourishing self — the person you were created to be — and a languishing self.”- John Ortberg As John Ortberg concludes Chapter 1 of The Me I Want to Be, he notes it’s humbling you can’t be anything you want.  In...

In "Battle between a flourishing self and a languishing self," Pastor John Ortberg says that this battle occurs inside your soul.

“One of the reasons we have a hard time believing that God’s grace is working for good in our lives is because of how we define the word good.  We have our own ideas of how God should work for our good . . .”- Kyle Idleman Pastor Kyle Idleman concludes Chapter 10 of Grace Is...

“Keeping heaven on our minds is healthy for our souls.”- Pastor Judah Smith “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”- Colossians In Chapter 10 (“Heaven”).

“I have learned that the weaker we are, the more we need to lean on God, and the more we lean on God, the stronger we discover Him to be.”- Joni Eareckson Tada “We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure.  This happened that we might not rely on ourselves,...

“Keeping heaven on our minds is healthy for our souls.”- Pastor Judah Smith “Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth. For you have died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.”- Colossians In Chapter 10 (“Heaven”).

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