Daily Bible Verse
Leviticus 19:18 (peshitta)
You shall not bear any enmity against the children of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself; I am the LORD.
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When we stand together

K Reynolds+
published . 2 min read
Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NLT I remember the moment as if it happened yesterday. It was the morning of December 14, 2012. It was the day my husband unexpectedly lost his job, a job he'd held for more than 27 years and our world was shaken once again. The preceeding five years had been very difficult. I'd suffered two life-threatening illnesses, one of which left me unable to continue to work. For five years our lives had revolved around doctor appointments, tests, treatments, surgeries, hospitals, endless forms, legal action and of course once again even more forms and evaluations. Though we'd had yet......

Living in the heavenlies

John Knox+
published . 2 min read
The Holy Spirit wishes to remind us that our position in Christ is located in the throne room of our Father.  For we have been ransomed from this earth and transformed to be seated with Christ; who is seated on the right hand of the Father.  Our positional rightful place is on the right side of the Father far above all dominion power and authority.  The word tells us that all things have been placed under the feet of Jesus and since we are in Christ, seated in the heavenlies, we to have all things under our feet. As the faithful witnesses of Hebrews 11 longed for another dwelling place whose foundations where made by God, we to are called and encouraged to seek the things that are above where our heart is.  As we sit on our throne we are to reckon that we have died to sin and earthly......

3 things I have learned more about God the older I've gotten

joyce+
published . 1 min read
I remember myself as the young christian, constantly running around doing things for God and trying to split myself in two simply to please Him. I would like to have the opportunity to go back and tell my foolish self these things I have over the years come to realise and learn. My darling you do not have to work to gain God's Love.  You do not have to work at every organisation there is. You do not have to be the last out the door.  You do not have to beat yourself up if you dont read your scriptures every day.  You see my little one God loves you simply because he chose to love you. 1 John 4 :19 tells me that we love God because he first loved us.   Don't strive for love that is already yours.  Sweetheart, you spend so much time hiding who you really are that you are......

Living in the lie

deepa+
published . 2 min read
We get trained to be Self centered, Self sufficient, Self sustaining, self righteous, self aware, self consious, self confident people. When we get into our schools, when we get into our jobs, when we want to get married to our spouses, these are the skills we are trained to be with so that we are successful. For us to live our daily lives, to fight our daily battles and to keep ourselves alive in this world we were taught to have all these skills. But are these the real skills that kepts us alive or is it the love of God and the will of God which kept us alive and brought us thus far. Most of the time it feels as though we will fail if we let go these worldly principalities and start living the life which God has called us to live, which is filled with love, compassion, humbleness,......

Three learnings about God over and over - I just keep gettin

Les B+
published . 1 min read
Matt. 26:74 - Then he began to call down curses, and he swore to them, "I don't know the man!" Immediately a rooster crowed. (NIV) No matter the number of times moved between rage, bartering, and grief with God. The Lord always holds and draws back to Himself. As I rage on, He never gives up … truly amazing grace. Now if only able to finally get and stay in acceptance. Heb. 13:5 - “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” The more learned of God the greater the realization of how little I apprehend Him. The Lord's boundless love, patience, and mercy in Christ. Job 36:26 - How great is God--beyond our understanding! The number of his years is past finding out. (NIV) Through the years as grief, upon grief, upon grief mount. The Lord insists......

3 things I have learned more about God the older I've gotten

K Reynolds+
published . 4 min read
I came to know Christ when I was a child of seven but over the past ten years, what I knew about God has been proven time and time again.   1. God desires to heal us from the inside out. When I was but three months old, I contracted pneumonia and had to be hospitalized for several weeks. I cannot imagine how my parents must have felt as they watched their tiny baby girl lie in an oxygen tent, struggling to breathe. What I do know is there were many prayers offered up on my behalf. That was not the last time. Throughout my childhood, prayer for healing was the norm and I have continued to do so. I've seen God do amazing things but I have also learned there is far more to healing than just physical healing. While physical healing is wonderful and should be sought (unless God makes it......

3 things I have learned about God the older I've gotten

John Knox+
published .
I will plunge straight in with the following hits on the nose that have woken me up.   1/ No matter how much I kid myself I really do not know how to pray.  Therefore, I have found that praying in the spirit is the only way to be sure that my prayers are Gods prayers. 2/ You cannot win every battle for as Ephesians 6 reminds us; we wrestle not against flesh and blood. 3/ God is always close by even if we do not perceive his presence.  Why am I so confident?  Because he often leaves us with love notes as he nudges circumstances in our favour.  Unfortunately, we miss most of these moments. Am I the first?...

3 things I have learned more about God the older I've gotten

Abela+
published . 2 min read
  As we grow older we hopefully grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus Christ. Below are three ways that I have learned more about God the older that I have gotten. What matters, matters, ignore everything else. An older and great man of God that I once knew used to love saying "If the Bible makes it clear, we know the answer, if the Bible does not make it clear, we should not care." He was one of those rare few that when it came time to talk about the more, well, hot topic side of Christendom, rarely had much to say, because he understood that if there are things in this life that we as Christians should spend time focusing on, then those are those things that the Holy Text makes clear and focus on. The rest of the stuff is probably stuff that most of us should probably......

Giving up - showing up

Les B+
published . 3 min read
Prov. 4:6 - Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. It is often said with age comes wisdom. I have found this not to be true. Wisdom only comes from the Lord. Wisdom as referenced in Proverbs is the Messiah Himself. For us who live since the cross, this is Christ. Bethy's blog Choosing a Title brought much reflection. The lady she mentioned openly sharing struggles with mental illness greatly challenged me. I have felt for some time a "call" to be minister to others who face suffering from mental illness. I start to thinking, 'Lord, look at where I am after battling for over four decades. What do I have to offer anyone when I'm so broken? You know the laundry list of diagnoses. Severe Mental illness (SMI) with......

Choosing a title.

joyce+
published . 2 min read
Its funny in a strange old kind of way to sit and ponder a title for a blog.  What fits?  What makes sense?  How will it relate?  Today I sat and pondered my title.  Often I choose a title that gives the game away as to what the content will be.  But today, today I really cant think of one.   So I dont really have one. If I did have one, and I am only saying IF then it could be  "Here we go again" or Onward Christian soldiers or as we say here in Ireland "Wise the head".   So for those here who know me and have been wondering at the flurry of weird stetements coming from me recently I thought I would be as brave as our Shani and let you know where I am. I have Clinical Depression and PTSD .  The depression from things,  but the PTSD from stuff that......

Perfectly imperfect perfection

Nancy+
published . 4 min read
Our two older kids have birthdays in September and October, just a few weeks apart. For many years we have had separate birthday parties with both family and friends. As they have gotten older we found this to be very hectic and expensive, to say the least. If you have ever held a kid s sleep-over type birthday party, you know that most plans and activities typically go out the window real quick, and at least a few of the kids end up bickering about something silly. So this year, we decided that instead of having all these sperate gatherings, we would let each kid pick one friend, and we would take them on a mini weekend vacation. A little Great America, some swimming in a hotel pool, and some good outlet mall shopping. Sounds perfect, doesn t it? A win-win for all! I thought so! As we......

My big old secret

Shani+
published . 2 min read
Shani, I know you aren t going to want to hear this. But given your symptoms, I think your depression is really bipolar 2.   I sat there, looking at the psychiatrist, dumbfounded. No, no, that doesn t seem right. No way. My mind was spinning, trying desperately to comprehend his words. In that moment, nothing seemed to make any sense.   Bipolar. The word still tastes like Vinegar.    Now it s 6 day old vinegar.    6 days since the diagnosis and most are a blur.    Bipolar. Bi-polar. Manic Depressive. No matter how I say it, it doesn t get any easier.  I have tried to use mood disorder or depressed instead because in my messed up brain, I  think it will have less stigma, but i know the truth. At the moment of diagnosis, i have gone from being that person the......

Nothing can seperate us from the love of God

deepa+
published . 2 min read
Romans 8:38-39 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow not even the powers of hell can separate us from God s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord. Paul's testimony of his inseperable relationship with the Lord is so amazing, we will all want to stand with the same testimony by the end of this life. But the difficult part is we get distracted and we walk into the sins and the stand in front of God with repentence and as God not to take away His Holy Spirit from us like King David. As long as we are on......

Do you know your purpose in the kingdom of God

Kristen Gray+
published . 4 min read
"God has appointed in the church first of all apostles, second prophets, third teachers, then those who perform miracles, those who have gifts of healing, those who help others, administrators, and those who speak various kinds of languages." (1 Corinthians 12:28)NIV Can everyone say out loud, I HAVE A PURPOSE IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD! GREAT! Now, let s begin to discuss what Kingdom purpose is.  In 2002, Pastor Rick Warren wrote an NY Times bestselling book A Purpose Driven Life to give clarity to the Body of Christ regarding many questions that most people have asked themselves at one time or another concerning their purpose in life.  Warren sums it up with the question, What on earth am I here for? Good question, right? You may have even wondered about specific traits that......

My name is shani

Shani+
published . 1 min read
My name is Shani and I m OK.   I might not be. In fact, there s a high probability that I m not. I won t admit that to you though, because I can t even truly admit it to myself. There s a voice inside my head that s screaming, desperately needing me to reach out, to let someone in, to let the people that love me be there the way they want to be, but the inability to let myself be vulnerable with anyone wins out every time. I can t show my weakness, that means I m not strong, and that is not an option, because that s all I want to be, for myself and for those close to me. So instead, I bottle those feelings up and push them down as far as I possibly can.   My name is Shani and I m OK.   You can see that I m not, but I ll continue to tell you that I am, even if there are tears streaming......

50th wedding anniversary

Dorothy von Lehe+
published . 1 min read
Fifty years ago today on Saturday October 21, 1967, William Albert von Lehe and Dorothy Christine Oman, stood at the altar of Mount Carmel Lutheran Church in St. Paul, Minnesota, and entered into the sacred covenant of marriage. Standing before God we took our vows to take each other as husband and wife, for better or for worse, for richer or for poorer, in sickness and in health as long as we both shall live. We have been true to each other for 50 years and have not broken this covenant relationship. We made it this far, so we will stick to the "so long as we both shall live" part of our vows, too. It has been an interesting and challenging 50 years. I do so love our three children, Angela, age 48, Richard, age 47, and Cathleen, age 42, and our awesome five grandchildren,......

Written in my heart end time dreams with messages

Dorothy von Lehe+
published . 4 min read
Written In My Heart: End Time Dreams with Messages As promised, I will now begin to share the specific end time dreams God chose for me to receive. In this writing I am sharing four dreams. In other writings I will further discuss each dream and prayerfully provide a greater sense and perspective of what I believe the dreams are revealing. As I begin, I wish to point out: The four particular dreams discussed in this writing are the only dreams I have received that include a spoken message from the Holy Spirit. I believe the Holy Spirit had me focus on "sequence" so I am starting with some of the testimony shared in a previous writing. During the early morning hours of Saturday, October 27, 2001, God revealed this assignment to me spoken by the Holy Spirit: Minister to......