4 Reasons to Create Memorials in Your Home

We observe, we talk, and we remember. We remember what was done, what was said, and what happened.

How we choose to view our past informs our future. We can sit down and frown. We can talk about how life isn’t fair.

We can wonder, “Why is this happening?”

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Napalm Girl’s Fire Road to Hope

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Keith and I just returned from Vietnam and Cambodia. Fire Road and Kim Phuc Phan Thi were on my mind the entire trip.

The Anti-American War (the Vietnamese name for the Vietnam War) is ever present there and in the scars of Kim Phuc. Yet, the same spirit that Kim Phuc demonstrates in Fire Road was apparent in the Vietnamese. They say they bear no grudge, “after all, we won.”

The Vietnamese welcome Americans and look to the future robust economy.

Kim welcomes the faith in Jesus that came through her fire road, and she looks to the future of people living a life of peace.

Fire Road adds the “spiritual stepping stones that, unbeknownst to me, were paving a path to get me to God,” (p. vii) that were absent in Denise Chong’s The Girl in the Picture. 

From a carefree childhood to an instant of horror, from being left for dead for three days in the morgue to 17 surgeries and painful treatments, from minders tracking her every move to interruptions in her education, from Vietnam to Cuba, Kim’s journey was a walk through the agony of war, the control of the Communist regime, and the pain of napalm.

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Walking in The Holy Spirit’s Stunning Power

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The Beautiful Gate or Eastern Gate where the lame beggar sat was the largest gate to the temple and the most beautiful. In Hebrew, the name of the gate means “Gate of Mercy.” It took 20 men to move the gate. The gate faces the Mount of Olives across the Kidron Valley. It was sealed shut, and a cemetery was placed before its entrance to render anyone who walked through the cemetery unclean. Jewish tradition says that the Messiah will come through the Eastern Gate when He comes to reign. Ezekiel writes of the glory of God entering the temple through the Eastern Gate.

Look at him! He’s walking. He’s jumping. He’s prancing around and praising God. Wait … he’s going into the temple with those men. He can’t do that; he’s unclean. Hasn’t he been lame since birth? I’ve seen him begging every day for decades. What happened?

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Experiencing the Supernatural – A Review

For some Christians, the physical world dominates their thinking and their actions. They miss much of the supernatural experience that is available to them.

Rabbi Schneider, a Messianic Jewish Rabbi, challenges the readers to ask if they live as if God’s Word is superior and “reigns above the visible world.” (p. 16)

What if Christians lived like they really believed what Scripture reveals?

Experiencing the Supernatural: How to Saturate Your Life with the Power and Presence of God is a thoughtful examination of the power of God that is available to each Christian.  Continue reading Experiencing the Supernatural – A Review

Still Waiting … There’s Hope in Waiting on God

The Bleeding Woman’s story is my story, and it’s Ann Swindell’s story. In Matthew 9, Mark 5, and Luke 8, we read about a woman who suffered from a hemorrhage for twelve years. Twelve long years … until she reached out and touched the hem of Jesus’ garment.

Swindell suffers from trichotillomania, a disorder that causes her to repeatedly pull out her eyelashes and eyebrows. Like the Bleeding Woman, Swindell has tried many remedies and spent many dollars, but she has not found a cure.

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