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It’s about the Journey

“Faith” is a word that is as common to our Christian dialogue as the words “Jesus Christ”, “salvation” or “pray.” Many of us use it at least once a day, everyday. It is a vague idea, a concept thrown around by believers and nonbelievers alike, and is easily minimized or misunderstood. If you are like me, you don’t often stop and really look at the role faith plays in each aspect of life. So, what does faith really look like in my life? Faith is a process. It is not something that we have once, in our moment of salvation, …

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Sickness

  While living as an evacuee in a rehabilitation center after suffering three sieges of pneumonia, I was almost helpless: even must wear diapers, wear a container of oxygen, and endure physical therapy. However, rehabilitation was necessary if I was to regain my strength. For a woman with type A personality, who wants to be in control of all her circumstances, this was a humbling experience, but during my weakest moments the Holy Spirit gave me strength to endure it. Though in the hospital and unable to celebrate my one hundredth birthday, my son Doug brought my pretty birthday cake to the hospital and I ate a slice of cake before it was placed in the hospital refrigerator. …

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Rumors of Wars

Yesterday we had a great day together. In spite of wars and rumors of wars. Just sayin. My sweetie and I took the beautiful sunny day as an opportunity to go do some things and spend a Christmas gift card from one of our kids. During the day stuff happened of course. We had a phone call that didn’t go well. But one of the main things was we got word that Danny’s best buddy since early elementary went home to be with Jesus. Frustration and sadness threatened to totally take over our day. The sun kept shining, the weather …

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We Run Because We Know Him

“Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.”  John 17: 3 Eternal life is all wrapped up in knowing God. There is no other way to receive eternal life. It’s not enough to just believe Jesus is God’s son – even the demons do that. Real believing leads to knowing. To bowing and committing our lives to Jesus Christ. I want to ask you a very direct and pointed question today: Do you know God? DO YOU KNOW GOD? Not just know about Him? Not just know …

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Jesus Our Source of Endurance

        Paul wrote these words to believers at Corinth, “No temptation has come to you that is not common to man. But God is faithful, and will not allow us to be tempted beyond what we can endure, but when tempted, will provide a way of escape that you may be able to endure it..” 1 Corinthians 10: 13       Through Jesus also we have obtained access by faith into this grace in which we endure, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  Sometimes when circumstances are almost overwhelming, what a great comfort to rest in the security of …

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Importance of Endurance

    Perhaps other than Jesus, no one who lived on earth, suffered more than the apostle Paul. Yet while in prison, waiting to travel to Rome to see Caesar, he wrote some of the inspiring letters we read and endeavor to pattern our lives by today.  And we are not qualified to encourage others, unless we have endured the same situation.  I remember before death claimed my parents, husband, and only daughter, that I cared for those grieving in a sense, but  was not able to truly empathize with them, until after my loss of a loved one. However, Paul had suffered many hardships; so he was qualified to …

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God Is Aware of Our Problems

    Sometimes while an individual is enduring a problem or difficult situation, she might ask: where was God when I needed Him? He was at the same place he was when His Son was hanging on the cross paying the debt for your sins and mine. He is aware of each little sparrow that falls to the ground, he knows the number of hairs on your head and mine. Also I might add that He sees each tear I shed, every fall I take, and shares with me in every blessing He gives.   The writer of Hebrews stated: “And no creature is hidden from his …

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Endurance Produces Patience

    I confess that I have not matured in my faith sufficiently to ask God to send me trials, but when they come uninvited, I accept them without bitterness, trusting God will use them to help me grow more like my Savior.   In the letter of James 1: 2  he addressed this when he wrote:  “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you face trials of different kinds. Because you know the testing of your faith produces patience.”     He continued by saying we are to allow patience to run its course and be perfected, and blessed is the …

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Did Job Always Have Patience

  Many people refer to Job as our model of patience, but did he always manifest patience? Perhaps no man on earth suffered more than Job, but remember though God allowed his trials and suffering, He put a limitation on how far Satan could tempt him.  At first God told Satan he could do anything to Job except afflict his body; so after the loss of all his children, herds, flocks, and all other earthly possessions; still Job trusted God.   Then after Satan failed to conquer Job, he told God if he were allowed to afflict his body he would not …

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God Controls Our Suffering

    While enduring trials and suffering, and they seem to go on and on, do not become discouraged. God will allow Satan to go only so far, and recall he must have God’s permission to afflict Job, and after God gave His permission, He put restrictions on those afflictions.  I have met one or two people through My Journey of Faith Ministries, who are enduring severe illnesses, and I want to assure them, and myself, that Satan can go only so far. Then one day God will intervene and stop his hand, or take us to be with Him. Either way, we are winners.   …

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Do You Have Some Questions?

        We had to attend a stroke education meeting. As I looked around the room feeling very uncomfortable I tried to pretend I did not belong there. Just then I heard the voice of another woman pierce the quiet conversation of the teacher. “Excuse me. I have some questions. Who sent me here? I don’t belong here. I did not sign up for this.” Oh beloved can you relate? When we sign up for this life of faith it looks pretty easy. After all we aren’t being burned at the stake nor are we being hung on …