Christian Writer Author: Dixie Phillips
Location: Iowa , United States

Christian AuthorI'm a pastor's wife from northeast Iowa. My husband and I have four grown children; Rachel, John, Beka and Libby Lois. Paul and I have been honored to serve the congregation of the Gospel Lighthouse Church and Academy in Floyd, Iowa, for the past twenty-six years. We also are the promoters of the two-day, all-day Floyd Gospel Sing, which is an annual yearly event. Every September over thirty gospel groups from across the United States come and minister through testimony and song from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Over 1,800 gospel music fans attend this inspirational event. Our little town only has a population of 360. So, excitement is in the air when the Floyd Gospel Sing comes to town!

I'm ministry-minded to a fault. So, everything I write seems to have an inspirational "bent" or some ministry "twist" to it. I love to write for children. Their little souls are like wet cement that can be so easily molded and shaped.

Years ago I wrote a Christmas play, "Glimpses of Heaven," for the children and youth of our congregation. When the children of our church performed it, I knew it was something special and wanted to share it with other congregations. I sent it to Abingdon Press and it was accepted. I was so excited when it was published. They went on to publish another book, "More Speeches and Recitations for Young Children." I have received e-mails and phone calls from children's workers across America sharing with me how blessed they were to see their children minister through drama for the Lord.

I try to write for the small church because they might not have the financial resources or the manpower to put on a grand production. I've learned that children have a way of stealing the show with or without a lot of props.

Another children's ministry resource I co-wrote with our assistant pastor's wife, Lucy Robbins. It is entitled, "Bible Story Skits for Children" and was published by Eldridge Publishing. It geared toward early elementary children.

I've Written . . .

Pastor Paul Phillips' Testimony - Crossroads at the Cross  
Christian Article  - Salvation
Fiction: False
Ronnie McWilliams and I were born just three days apart. He came first on December 9, 1952, and I followed on December 12 – practically "womb mates" we often joked. Our mothers shared the same hospital room after our births. We attended the same schools, went to the same church and played on the same basketball team. In May of 1971, we graduated from the same high school – an exciting year bec ... Read Christian Article

God Winks  
Christian Article  - Family
Fiction: False
Grandma Eleanor was the stabilizing force in my life for as long as I can remember. Her wisdom and common sense echoed in the depths of my soul, long after she passed away. After her death, it seemed the grief would come in waves, and cast shades of suffocating bereavement throughout my day. I would always find comfort in the Scriptures and consolation in the old hymns about Heaven. But one day as ... Read Christian Article

Prayer Power  
Christian Article  - Healing
Fiction: False
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive. Matthew 21:22 KJV My grandmother only had a fifth grade education, but she graduated valedictorian from the School of Adversity. She was the firstborn child of alcoholic parents. Some of the painful experiences she endured left gaping holes in her soul. This deep inner pain drove her to God and it was when she was o ... Read Christian Article

Daddy's Home  
Christian Article  - Family
Fiction: False
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. Psalms 116:15 KJV I stared out the big bay window of our old farm house anxiously waiting for my father to come home. It was pretty common knowledge around our house that I was a Daddy’s girl. Daddy said that he was “addicted” to me the first time he held me in his arms. He joked frequently about how the moment he knew I was “all his ... Read Christian Article

Unlikely Friends  
Christian Article  - Friendship
Fiction: False
When a man's ways are pleasing to the LORD, he makes even his enemies live at peace with him. Proverbs 16:7 NIV "Get down!" hollered the young foot soldier. "It's no use!" screamed his comrade from the foxhole. The Germans have us surrounded." Private First Class Orville Willard Phillips sized up their predicament. "Fellas," he cried, "there's nothing more we can do. We must surrender ... Read Christian Article

From Generation to Generation  
Christian Article  - Overcoming Struggles
Fiction: False
His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. Luke 1:46:50 NIV From my earliest memories I can still hear my grandmother sharing, with anyone who would listen, how a simple prayer changed her life forever. During this difficult time in her life, she really didn't know if she even believed there was a God, but since everything else in her life had disintegrated, she dec ... Read Christian Article

Holy Deafness  
Christian Article  - Devotionals
Fiction: False
But Jesus, not heeding the word spoken. Mark 5:36 RV Lord, give us holy deafness when hurtful words are said. Help us to continue to be about our Father's business and not be shipwrecked because of cruel comments that have pierced our soul. Help us to pray as You prayed, "Father, forgive them for they know not what they do." Sometimes, Lord, those You have called us to serve sting us, and we fi ... Read Christian Article

Wise Old Owl  
Christian Article  - Devotionals
Fiction: False
"Mom, come quick! You've got to see this." John, our son, called. I scurried down the narrow hallway to the front door to see what all the commotion was about. There in our neighbor's yard in broad daylight was a bard owl sitting on a mound of freshly fallen snow. "Isn't she beautiful?" John cooed. I nodded my head as we walked towards our fine-feathered friend. She was in distress and ... Read Christian Article

God Can  
Christian Article  - Devotionals
Fiction: False
Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26 NIV It’s barely daylight. I can see the sun trying to make an appearance. There was no use in trying to go back to sleep. It just wasn’t going to happen. Fear had held me captive again! I was a prisoner to all the “What ifs?” and “You remember what happened to them, don’t you? They ... Read Christian Article

From The Heart Of Dixie - Sins of the Spirit  
Christian Column  - Devotionals
Fiction: False
The older brother was angry and wouldn't go in. Luke 15:28a NLT Lord, today I was angry. When friendship was extended, I responded coolly. I felt justified. After what "she" had said, I had a right to treat her that way. Who does "she" think "she" is making such condescending statements? I haven't done anything to deserve her cruel comments. In the long run, this will teach her a valuable lesso ... Read Christian Column

From The Heart Of Dixie - Passing the Faith Along  
Christian Column  - Faith
Fiction: False
Maggie Meadows' gnarled fingers gently floated across a weathered piece of paper. "What is that, Grandma?" Pam asked. "Oh, I was rummaging through the cedar chest in my bedroom and stumbled upon my baptismal certificate. Pastor Johnson gave all of us baptismal candidates this signed document after we were baptized. He said it would serve as a reminder of the most important decision we'd eve ... Read Christian Column

Angel Eyes - Dixie Phillips' New Book Release  
Christian Press Release  - Children
Fiction: False
Pastor Paul and Dixie Phillips have survived the “Summer of ’08.” It started with Paul’s kidney transplant on June 12th. Two of their daughters were married; Rachel on July 12th and Rebekah on August 9th. In the midst of all the excitement, Dixie’s first children’s book, “Angel Eyes,” will be released from Guardian Angel Publishing in two weeks. “Angel Eyes” is straight from the heart of Dixi ... Read Christian Press Release

Professional Praisers  
Christian Article  - Angels
Fiction: True
Angels stood in silence, wing-to-wing on Heaven's portals, waiting for their orders from King El Shaddai. Sir Gabriel lifted the majestic trumpet blasting it triumphantly, as the populations of mankind shouted in unison, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive glory and honor forever and ever. Worthy is the Lamb upon His throne." The corridors of Heaven rang with the praises of the redeemed. ... Read Christian Article

Roll Call  
Christian Article  - Other
Fiction: False
James Black scurried through the back alley mumbling to himself, "Good thing I found this shortcut or I'd be late for my next appointment." A young girl stood on her porch and watched the stranger hurrying past her house at a rapid pace. "People sure are in a hurry these days." She sighed. With a quick swipe of her tattered broom, she attempted to sweep some debris in a pile. James glanced ... Read Christian Article

When it Pours, God Reigns  
Christian Article  - Devotionals
Fiction: False
A sudden flash of lightening lit up the dark sky. Nebulous clouds hung low, as the thunderclouds clapped. I peered out the window and watched the rain cascading down in sheets. The stormy weather mirrored the tsunami that raged in my soul. The ones I love are hurting and sick. Haunted by fear, the accuser of the brethren mocked me. Falling on my face I cried, “Jesus, I believe. Help my unbelief.” ... Read Christian Article

The Apron  
Christian Article  - Inspirational
Fiction: False
I will never forget a treasured Christmas present I received from my paternal grandmother over forty-eight years ago. I was only three or four, but I still can envision in my mind’s eye how Grandma watched with anticipation as I opened a package and pulled out a red gingham checked apron that she had hand-stitched just for me. The single pocket on the front was solid red cotton, cut out and sewn i ... Read Christian Article

The “Dear John” Letter  
Christian Article  - Family
Fiction: False
In honor of my husband Paul's successful kidney transplant, we decided to share his thoughts from a father's point of view. Paul and I sat down and wrote this together. With our pens raised and thankful hearts, we pray that this story will be a blessing to you. The “Dear John” Letter I’ve experienced first-hand the love of a father for his child. I’ve even known some fathers who have laid do ... Read Christian Article

New Book Available - Stubby's Destiny by Dixie Phillips  
Christian Press Release  - Announcement
Fiction: True
“Stubby’s Destiny” is an inspirational story about a defeated donkey, Stubby, who feels he was born wrong. He was just about to give up when divine destiny tapped him on the shoulder. He was chosen to carry the King of Kings upon his back. “Stubby’s Destiny” will bring hope to hurting children who feel their situation is hopeless. Available at Guardian Angel Publishing in print and eBoo ... Read Christian Press Release

From The Heart Of Dixie - Shine  
Christian Article  - Devotionals
Fiction: False
In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 NIV Our four children are grown. Two are married and our baby daughter will be getting married this summer. My husband and I have spent the past two years adjusting to our "Empty Nest Syndrome." When the children were at home, their father and I were constantly ... Read Christian Article

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