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

God in the Dark: Light Pierces the Dark

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“It’s hard to be a Christian,” was a stranger’s comment when he asked me about God in the Dark. We were in the sun on a hot day waiting for the celebration to begin, a graduation ceremony.

The crowd, the heat, the noise disappeared as we explored Sarah Van Diest’s 31 devotions focused on recognizing God in the dark places of pain and suffering. We looked up Scripture on our phones; we found where he could purchase a copy, and we bonded with Van Diest.

God orchestrated a divine appointment, and He used God in the Dark as the tool to start the conversation.

God in the Dark goes deep into those places where some Christians are reluctant to admit that they are walking through–those shadows of doubt, the caves of despair, and the pits of pain. It asks, “Why?”

“Does God see me?”

“Can I see God in what I’m going through?” Continue reading God in the Dark: Light Pierces the Dark

15 Quotes from Ann Voskamp’s The Broken Way

 

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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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12 Quotes from Christ the Healer

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F.F. Bosworth’s Christ the Healer is truth for today. Keith and I read this book after the many times that I had been prayed for and anointed with oil for healing from fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue syndrome. After Keith read this book, he told me that he was going to preach a sermon after the Lord healed me. That was two years before God miraculously healed me on November 21, 2010. In January, 2011, he did preach on God’s healing touch.

 In the two-year interval from God’s promise to His healing, we pressed into the Lord, and He blessed us with His presence and comfort as He gently shared the Scriptures with us in a new way, removing the church traditions that we had learned about healing and spiritual gifts only being for the early church and not for today. We learned that God still heals today – through miracles, through physicians and modern medicine, and in His timing, whether in this life or in eternity.

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5 Reasons for Hope, 3 Steps to Hope

nathan-dumlao-487458“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you; Before you were born I sanctified you; I ordained you a prophet to the nations.” Jeremiah 1:5

But I’m not even 20!

I chose you to tell My people that they have sinned, and I’m bringing judgment.

They won’t listen to me or respect me!

I chose you.

“They will fight against you, But they shall not prevail against you. For I am with you,” says the LORD, “to deliver you.” Jeremiah 1:19

Tell My people that they will be overcome and go into captivity for 70 years because they have forsaken me and not repented of their wicked ways.

Alas! Lamentations! Jerusalem is lonely. It used to be full of people. Now, the few people it has scavenge for food.

But there is hope!

Continue reading 5 Reasons for Hope, 3 Steps to Hope