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Help Me Continue Jesus’ Ministry

Matthew 28:16-17 “And Jesus came and said all authority had been given Him; so go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all He had commanded them always to the end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20  Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I …

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Stories

        Life is a series of short stories. A year ago I was hiking the jungles of Peru. Two weeks before that, I was sitting on a front porch with an elderly gentleman, watching the clouds go by and thankful for my blessings. It’s only been a year, but he’s passed on, and even though I am sad that he’s gone, I feel blessed to have known and cared for such a great man. Today, I sit with a lovely lady. Once a model, today she faces her days with lost memories of the past. But still, …

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Create a Story

          Facebook has a feature called, “create a story,” which allows you to tell a short story, include photos or a video. It’s a short message to capture your attention. I’ve always been intrigued with people in different cultures, and those who have lived a totally different lifestyle than me. After listening to the many stories from the people of Peru, I realized for the first time in my life how blessed I am with material possessions. These people possess more than that, they possess a spiritual awareness. They spoke of how God has brought them …

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Inventory of God’s Faithfulness

I’ve often paused and taken an inventory of my life. And, this leads me into seeing God in every detail. A pastor once reminded me that Christians especially need to reflect on God’s goodness. We need to stop and make a list of all the times God stepped in and helped us through difficult moments. How about you? Have you ever made a list of all the times God has blessed your life? The seasons where life just wasn’t as you had planned, and then something shifted, in your favor. We often remember the bad times, when we didn’t get …

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Memories

      As I hung my wind chimes on my new front porch, I’m reminded of my mom who has gone on before me. This particular wind chime was given to me from one of my dearest friends. She had engraved my mom’s name, her date of birth to death. When I hear the chimes ringing, I’m reminded of the many memories we shared as mother and daughter. Memories are a funny thing. Some things people say will remind you of good or bad memories. Some things you see from older days will remind you of those gone on …

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Family Secrets

        Some families have their traditional holidays.  Some have their own secret family recipes.  This is a good thing.  But, just try and get that secret recipe or secret ingredient that grandma puts in the pumpkin pie and you’ll realize soon that some things should be left alone. There’s no secrets in God’s kingdom.  There’s no mystery in how you can get to Heaven.  God’s plan of salvation is laid out all throughout the Bible. Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are …

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Tell Your Story-Carissa Hardage

    In today’s episode, host Carissa Hardage looks back over this first season of the podcast and shares why knowing your story and sharing it with others is so important. If you would like more information or personal coaching on exploring your story, or if you are interested in sharing your journey in the podcast, contact Carissa at hardage5@hotmail.com or on instagram @myjourneyofaithministries and on Facebook at My Journey of Faith. You can find out more about My Journey of Faith, the On the Journey Podcast, and Encourage Retreat at www.myjourneyoffaith.com.

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We Can Trust Him With Our Scars

    On a walk the other day, I found a leaf with a hole in the middle of it.  I held it up to the sun, and the sun shined perfectly through it.  It reminded me of the scars we all have.  It was a great illustration of how wounds and scars tell our story and how telling our story is part of our story.   The message from that leaf didn’t stop there.  I carried it with me for the rest of the walk and eventually ended up at a pond.  I felt I needed to release it …

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Your Ministry Reach

        If you have a Christian blog, a website, social media, or any other means of delivering your faith in Jesus Christ, your witness can be seen world-wide.  The internet reaches many more than you realize.  If a country has internet availability, your words and videos can be viewed. You have an opportunity to share the gospel of Jesus Christ. My Journey of Faith Ministries recently had the privilege of sharing some of our “Tell Your Story” videos with a women’s conference in the Congo.  These precious women yearn for more about Jesus and how He works …

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Are You Convinced?

The definition of convince is “to persuade someone with evidence or argument.” Most times, you have to have proof to convince someone of something. Matthew 13: 13 – “This is why I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand.” As Christians, we are commanded by God to tell others about Jesus. It is not our job to convince others to believe in Jesus. Evangelism is not about ‘winning’ a person to Christ, but about proclaiming the truth of the Gospel, with the exception that God might …