Dr. Kelley Varner

kelley-varner1I began my writing ministry in 1970.  But since my wife Joann read A YEAR IN THE NOW  by Bishop Jim Swilley, I am no longer her favorite author.  I have lost count of the number of copies of this classic that she has purchased as gifts for her special friends.  When I told her that I had been asked to write something about the new revision of this dynamic devotional, she immediately replied, “I don’t know how he could make it any better than it already is.”

 

Some men and women instruct staff members to edit their preaching into a book and then unashamedly claim its authorship.  Many others have ghostwriters (I have written several volumes for nationally known ministries).  But my friend and colleague Bishop Swilley is a commissioned scribe with a God-given grace to translate the profound mysteries of the Kingdom of God into a language that this generation, young and old, can readily grasp.

 

The volume before you breathes with the living Word.  It is an inspiration for the heart, an incentive to effective prayer, and a gold mine of truth for every preacher and teacher.  I heartily recommend the new and (if possible) revised version of A YEAR IN THE NOW as a must read for every Christian, especially us leaders.

 

                                                                                                                                                                                               Dr. Kelley Varner

Kelley Varner Ministries

www.kelleyvarner.org

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chosen1Chosen for Greatness by Dr. Kelley Varner (foreword by Bishop Jim Swilley)

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A YEAR IN THE NOW

ayitn2Would you like to…discover your destiny?…perceive your purpose?…validate your vision?…reinforce your relationships?…strengthen your self-esteem?…overcome your obstacles?…feed your faith? You can…this year! You can…by living in the now! You can…one day at a time! God is on your side! He is available to assist you in the pursuit of your potential as you develop the diligence to seriously search out your personal path for growth into greatness!  Through seeking first His Kingdom and righteousness, you can become the person that he created you to be!

You can only find God’s Kingdom in the eternal “NOW” as you endeavor to experience Him in your everyday existence. Kingdom-seeking consists of a constant effort to embrace the now and a commitment to the continual conforming of your consciousness to it. This empowers and enables you to escape the mental distractions produced by living in the past or in the future, so that you can comprehend a real Christ for your current real circumstances!

A YEAR IN THE NOW is a devotional designed to deliver a doable format for the daily development of your eternal life – to help you think creatively, beyond your familiar, time-bound comfort zones. These positive and powerful affirmations will provide the help you need to progressively put your life on the right track in realistic increments. You don’t have to become overwhelmed by the tremendous task of trying to lead a “now life” in a “yesterday/tomorrow world”.  You can do it day by day!  This is your year to change your world! You can change your world by changing your mind! You can change your mind one day at a time! It’s time for a fresh start, and you can start right now!

Reviews by Dr. Kelley Varner, Dr. Mark Chironna, Kirk Talley, Congressman David Scott, Doug Fortune, Germaine Copeland.  Available @ www.churchinthenow.org . On-line @ www.ayearinthenow.wordpress.com

Bishop David Huskins

huskinsI wholeheartedly endorse both this book (Twenty-Three: New Reflections on the 23rd Psalm and You) and the author. You will be encouraged, edified and uplifted with nothing but the good news. Bishop Swilley is a breath of fresh air in the religious climate of pretentiousness and egotism.

Bishop David Huskins, Th.D., D.D. Pastor, Cedar Lake Christian Center www.clccnet.org , Presiding Bishop of the International Communion of Charismatic Churches www.theiccc.com

 

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Kirk Talley

k-talleyIn the lowest point of my life, Dean and Mary Brown, from TBN, sent me this book, A YEAR IN THE NOW.  On days when I didn’t feel I could even get up and face the day, I would pick up A YEAR IN THE NOW, and I would read aloud.  Many days, the words I would read would be what got me up and out of bed and into life again.  It was as though God knew that one day, Kirk Talley would need the ministry that was poured into this book.  On days when I didn’t want to exist, it was life.  On days where I wanted to cry all day, it would speak joy aloud and I would claim that joy for my own life that day.  Most every day, I would hear myself reading from this devotional, saying, what I knew in my heart, I needed to proclaim.

 

Daily, I read A YEAR IN THE NOW.  And daily, it still is a great encouragement to me.  Thank you, Bishop Jim for writing into this book, life to me.

 

—Kirk Talley

Gospel Artist and Songwriter

www.kirktalley.com

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Twenty-Three: New Reflections on the 23rd Psalm and You

twentythree1The beautifully simple lyrics to David’s timeless masterpiece remain as life-affirming and culturally relevant as they were thousands of years ago when he originally wrote them. In this accessible topical devotional based on his song that we know as the 23rd Psalm, you will find a positive “now” word for your every situation. You’ll want to keep a copy handy at all times to remind you that you can live fearlessly, even when walking through your own valley of the shadow of death. And when you are stressed-out or feeling intimidated by those who try to oppose you, you will find in these pages the grace to help you lie down in green pastures and the encouragement to eat at the very table that the Shepherd has prepared for you in the presence of your enemies. His rod and His staff will comfort you at all times, and TWENTY-THREE will help you to use that rod and staff more effectively and to enjoy a more fulfilling life as you learn to dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Foreword by Bishop David Huskins

Available @ www.churchinthenow.org

Doug Fortune

dougfortuneDeeply profound, yet ‘DO-ably’ practical.  That’s how I describe Bishop Jim Swilley’s A YEAR IN THE NOW daily devotional.  Bishop Jim’s ‘easy to read’ style of communication, combined with his witty grouping together of words that start with the same letter, define this devotional as a delightful way to delve deeper into your divine destiny as a daily discipline.  Profound and practical, it’s the perfect proponent to promote your personal progress.

 

—Doug Fortune

Trumpet Call Ministry

www.dougfortune.org

 

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Congressman David Scott

david-scott1A YEAR IN THE NOW by Bishop Jim Swilley is extraordinary and powerful, giving day by day guidance on how to be strong in the Lord through seven pearls of wisdom each day.  Seven!  This is God’s number for completeness and fulfillment.  Through A YEAR IN THE NOW, God is truly using Bishop Swilley in a mighty way to unlock the wonderful mystery of the gospel so that each of us can live abundantly, and serve God abundantly, in the now!

 

—David Scott

United States Congressman, Georgia

www.davidscott.house.gov.

 

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