The Key to Being Blessed

“Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of those things which were told her from the Lord.”Luke 1:45

Blessed because you believe? That’s the story of the Christian life, isn’t it? From Genesis to Revelation, we read of men and women who received promises from God, and they believed in those promises. Sometimes, they had to wait a long time for those promises to become reality, and sometimes, they never saw those promises in their lifetimes. But they believed, and they were blessed.

The promise that Gabriel revealed to Mary was unthinkable. Mary, an unmarried teenager, a virgin, engaged to a poor carpenter, learned that her womb would carry the Messiah, the Savior of Israel, the Savior of the world. 

How can this be?

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8 Reasons to Believe God for Healing

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Six months after the Lord healed me, I climbed half-way up the Great Wall of China (only halfway because the bus was going to leave). I would not have been able to climb the steps without healing.

Wednesday will be the eighth anniversary of the Lord’s healing. On November 21, 2010, Jesus healed me of fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue, confirmed a miracle by my doctor. I struggled for about 15 years with pain, fibro fog, and other issues. I was about to resign from the job I thought God had chosen for me when God healed me. Sometimes, God brings those of us who are strong-willed and A-types to our knees in utter hopelessness before we will give Him control of our lives, our bodies, and our circumstances, even though we try. In our weaknesses, He is strong!

The next two days are dedicated to Jehovah Rapha, God our Healer. Continue reading 8 Reasons to Believe God for Healing

God’s Mystery Revealed

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There’s just something about a good mystery that I like. What about you? Do you like to look for the clues? Do you feel elation when you discover the answer?

Keith was in the Air Force for 22 years, and we lived in the Philippines, Italy, the East and West Coasts and in the Midwest. We enjoyed unwrapping the mystery of the differences in the lifestyles, priorities, values, and ways of thinking of the different cultures. Yes, people on the East Coast have very different ways of “doing life” than Californians.

Have you ever felt like some passages in the Bible are a mystery to you? You see the words, but you don’t understand them, nor do you understand how to apply the passage to your life. Continue reading God’s Mystery Revealed

15 Quotes from Ann Voskamp’s The Broken Way

 

Broken Way

Ann Voskamp’s The Broken Way challenges readers to dig deep within themselves. We’re prompted to ask the gritty questions.

“Is there a purpose in the brokenness that I’m experiencing?”

“What can I learn from my pain?”

“What is really important? To God? To me?”

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30 Blessings & 25 Responsibilities for Christians

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Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. Ephesians 1:3-6

Every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Think of it! The Creator of the Universe chose that His followers should be holy and blameless before Him and has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places. Not some. EVERY spiritual blessing! Continue reading 30 Blessings & 25 Responsibilities for Christians