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Words of Praise

Reflections from Corinne’s Garden: God’s Designed Pathway to the Sacrifice of Praise “Let us continually offer up a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His name” –Hebrews 13:15 May the Lord open our eyes to see His glorious Designed Pathway to the Sacrifice of Praise before us this week? The backdrop for this week together is a lovely garden where I spent many years with my disabled granddaughter Corinne. Behavior issues prevented us from going out in public, as a result we came so often that I lovingly named it Corinne’s Garden. Wandering …

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New Identity of Praise

Reflections from Corinne’s Garden: God’s Designed Pathway to the Sacrifice of Praise In our third day of looking at how we reflect on lifting a sacrifice of praise let’s continue in Colossians 3:10 which speaks of focusing our new identity in Christ. “And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Colossians 3:10 (NIV) My ID card Reads: Image Bearer of God ‘Who am I? What is my identity? This was a thought that crossed my mind today as I watched people come and go throughout the park. The sun sparkles through …

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Churches Should Be Model for Others

While We Wait for Christ’s Return – Our Churches Should be Models for Others Not only are individuals held accountable for how we live, but churches are accountable for their testimony in their communities. “We ought to thank God always for you, brothers and sisters, and rightly so, since your faith is flourishing and the love each one of you has for one another is increasing.” II Thess. 1:3 How would you rate the church’s relationship with God? Is faith continuing to grow?  Is your church consistently trusting God?  How would you rate relationships within the church? Is love increasing?  …

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God promises a King – a Redeemer

  Psalm 118:1  “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his faithful love endures forever.” (CSB) One of my favorite verses is found in Psalm 118.  I’m sure it is very familiar to you also. Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Following on down, just a few verses, we find vs. 26 -“He who comes in the name of the Lord is blessed.”  Let’s discover an Old Testament connection with the New Testament! In Matthew 21, we find the event we call the triumphal entry of …

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Roman Road

The Roman Road is a series of scriptures from the Bible that explains what’s necessary to obtain salvation. If we asked someone the question: “What are you being saved from?”, we may hear they’re being saved from an eternity in Hell. That’s true; however, we can take the definition of salvation a step further. Romans 3:23 is the first verse in the Roman Road. Sin is the act of doing something wrong in the sight of God – or a lack of doing something God commands us to do. Sin is immoral. This scripture tells us that everyone has sinned …

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Self-Testimony

      1 Peter 3:15-16  “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander. When we meet new people and develop friendships, how long should we wait until we begin talking to them about our faith? Have we even stopped long enough to consider their soul’s destination? Unless we’re in …

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MJOF Stats for 2021

  Greetings Sisters, I have some very special news to share with you. Over the course of the years that My Journey of Faith Ministries has been in existence we have grown. The Lord has blessed us beyond measure and this year in spite of the pandemic or maybe because of it, our reach has become international by reaching 174 different countries. The map above shows you the countries reached. The numbers are highest in the US, the pink represents the other countries reached and the gray are countries not reached. Some of these countries may only have one person …

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How Heavy Is That You’re Carrying

One of our grands’ backpacks has a strap that is fraying loose. I’ve got to sew it back tightly. The weight of what is carried in that backpack has found a weak spot. Without sewing it back the strap will eventually come totally loose. Oh beloved, God reminds me to sew that backpack. And He remind us all that sometimes the contents we carry is so heavy that our faith starts to fray. We’ve all tried to carry more than we were meant to. We can even get bent over with the heaviness of it all. Pretty soon we think …

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Trusting in the Power of Christ

  Early in my ministry, I often exhausted myself trying to manage everything. Though I knew with certainty my assignment came directly from God, I routinely behaved as if He expected me to carry the load alone. As if results came through sheer grit rather than the works of His hands. When one of my team members forgot or failed to complete a task, I felt responsible to step in and catch every ball that happened to get dropped. Though I talked a great deal about faith-filled, surrendered living, I routinely behaved as if our results depended on me. Unfortunately, …

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Fearless When Ill-Equipped

  God wants those who belong to Him to be brave and fearless. He Himself shows how weakness of the flesh is overcome by the courage of the Spirit. ~ Tertullian I felt squeezed. In every direction. Sleep deprived and with more on my to-do list than I could possibly accomplish, pressing deadlines, and an upcoming speaking engagement I hadn’t begun to prepare for, I felt ready to explode. Or hide. My brain, held captive by my insecurities and fears, refused to function. When I most needed it to shine. My fear—that I’d fail, and in failing that I’d let …

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Life Through the Spirit

      Romans 8:1-2  “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.” It was impossible to keep all the Jewish laws; and it especially was difficult for women who were not considered significant to society. It’s amazing Jesus raised status of women. And no matter how sinful. He forgave sins and instead of condemning a woman told her to go and not continue living sinful lives. “The teachers of the law …

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The Righteous and the Unrighteous

      Matthew 5:45b “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” For Your sake we face death all day long: we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered. As recorded in the Gospel of Matthew, God causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous. It is tragic that adults are dying as the result of COVID-19, but little children are dying also. When a tornado or other earth disaster comes righteous die with unrighteous. …