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Who will be victorious? You decide!

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I’m writing today primarily to my friends in the U.S., but not exclusively.  No matter where you are in the world, you can change your community too, so please feel free to stay and read. I make it a point not to be political on this page, and I’m not changing that now.  I’m simply writing to remind all of us that, as Christians, our citizenship is in Heaven.  We are only here for a season, but while we are here, we must also remember that there is only one who can heal our land and restore our country.  

Social media is buzzing after Monday night’s Presidential debate.  The two sides came out spitting – no, not the candidates – their supporters.  Friends, I submit to you for your consideration that neither of these two candidates are our savior.  Both of them are completely incapable of saving this country. They are only human.  Neither of these two candidates, nor the other two who were not invited to the debate stage, are physically or mentally capable of anything more than any of the rest of us.  

Everywhere I go, I hear people talking about how bad things are and how evil people are becoming. Friends, the enemy knows his time is almost up. His goal is to stir up as much strife and fear and trouble in this world as he possibly can. He is a liar and there is no truth in him (John 8:44). We, as God’s people, are tasked to stand up against him and refuse to fear. Do not let the lies of the devil shake you. Do not be moved by what you see.

Our God is greater than any need in this world.

He is greater than any government in this world.

He is greater than any evil in this world. Continue Reading

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Could Your Giving be Disobedience?

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Could Your Giving be Disobedience?

 

Giving to those less fortunate seems almost “trendy” these days.  In the age of social media, we’re not hard pressed to find a feel-good story with thousands of shares or a crowd-sourcing site set up for someone who’s found themselves caught up in less than ideal circumstances.  I don’t think there’s a single thing wrong with any of these things and I doubt that God would find a reason to frown upon them either. 

There was a viral story recently about a boy who asked a gentleman if he could help him carry his groceries in exchange for some donuts; and humanity came through for this boy and his disabled mother in a BIG way.  There are also great stories floating around about paying the tolls for the car behind you at the toll-booth, or paying for the coffee of the driver behind you at the drive-thru, and even buying lunch for law officers to say thank you (which I highly recommend).  Even Pinterest has countless ideas for “blessing bags” for the homeless. There are even free printable cards available to add to the bags.

All of these are wonderful ways to give and be blessed in the giving, and I have no doubt that each of these instances gives just a little bit of hope, or at least a little pick-me-up, to the recipients of these acts of kindness.

BUT …. Are you giving obediently?  Are Blessing Bags what God told you to do? Continue Reading

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How to Be Happy in One Easy Step!

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There is something I have learned over the past few years and life is good because of it. Yes, it took me a while to understand in my heart, and I paid the price of depression, anxiety, and discontent.  I finally learned the secret of how to be happy!  What is it, you ask? 

My life changing revelation was this:  A thing is only offensive if you take offense to it!

Does that mean that all is right with the world? No. Does that mean that we shouldn’t be passionate about things? No. What it does mean is that if we see or hear something that sparks an emotion in us, we need to stop right there and evaluate that emotion.  Just; whatever you do, do not put on the armor of offense!  That’s it – one easy step to happiness! (Ok, I’ll admit, it might be easier said than done – but it CAN be done.)

How to be Happy in one easy step!

If it is anything negative, we have a choice. We can consciously choose to let it go from within ourselves and follow the advice Jesus gives in Philippians 4:8 [AMP] ~ “For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them].”  We must choose to direct our thoughts to things that are good! Continue Reading

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The Truth About April Fool’s Day.

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TheTruthAboutAprilFoolsI think it’s time we examine the truth about April Fool’s Day – if we can find any.  As you probably guessed from the title, I’m not a fan.  However; this article is not a rant against the world; rather, it is intended to be thought-provoking.  I feel quite certain that millions of people have participated in pranking and practical jokes without even a thought to the implications against themselves.  Just because everybody else is doing it, doesn’t automatically make it right and here’s why:

Pranks and practical jokes are elaborate lies.  There is no other way to define it.  I searched diligently for a gentler word than lie; but none really fit the bill.  After all, a rose by any other name is still a rose, right?  The very nature of pranking someone requires the prankster to first set a trap to ensnare their victim.  That trap is built entirely of lies!  How can you spend days, or even weeks, scheming up an elaborate lie to victimize someone, yet still expect to be considered trustworthy?  You’re not.  A person can either be trusted, or they can’t.  There is no gray area for the 24 hour period of April 1.  Children learn what they see, not what they hear.  Are you teaching your children to get some narcissistic satisfaction from hurting another; or are you teaching them to respect themselves, and each other?  You can’t do both. Continue Reading

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Keep Your Peace in the middle of the Chaos

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Sometimes it’s easy to get stuck in a mood, or a pattern of moods, with regard to your current situation. Believe me, I know a lot about that.  It’s hard sometimes to keep your peace in the middle of the chaos!

Keep Your Peace

I was having one of those kinda days today. It seemed that everything that could go wrong was actually going wrong and bills were piling up behind my wave of misfortune. I was feeling pretty darn sorry for myself, and pretty much mad at the world on top of all that. (I really should be better at taking my own advice about putting my hope in things not yet seen.) It was then, that the Lord chided me in that still, small, voice of His. You know the one, it resonates loud and clear when not a single word was spoken. Continue Reading