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The End of the Road

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The Journey Begins:
In my own special moment, I take a step of faith and accept Jesus Christ as my Lord and Savior.
In a heartbeat, my life changes forever. The journey begins.
The peace and elation begins to fade when the questions start. Such questions as: How long have you been a member of this church? You meant “rededication,” right? How many times have you been baptized?
Fatigue seeps into my bones. I don’t doubt my decision for a second but how on earth could I miss Him? I’ve spent so many years in church. How could I not know Him? I’ve sung the hymns, said the prayers, and heard the very same sermons. I’ve walked the aisle and been baptized twice! What’s wrong with me?
After much prayer and meditation, the Lord comforts me. He reassures me that while I sat in those pews, I was empty and now I’m full. Before, I was alone but now, I have a Friend and His name is Jesus Christ.
Galatians 2:20 (NKJV) I have been crucified with Chris…

Guest: Why Me?

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“Why me? Why do You have to put me through all this stuff?” I remember a time in my life when things were crashing down on me and I couldn’t handle it. I was upset and angry at God for what I was going through and often lashed out at Him. I asked God those questions over and over again.   At the time, I was just getting over my fourth knee surgery but faced a back and shoulder surgery as well. I had fallen down a flight of stairs which led to the problems I currently have today. Then one day I decided to listen to God after asking those questions. This time, in prayer, I was really ready to hear what He had to say in the matter. I waited and listened. “Why not?” He replied. Now, I was confused. Isn’t it funny how God can meet our complex dilemma with a simple two-worded question? I meditated on His answer and discovered that God allowed my trials for me to comfort others. As I grew closer to Him, I found myself humbled and eager to…

Guest: Meeting Hurt with Love

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The other day a friend told me about someone who had done something really nasty to another friend.  Friend #1 was appalled that anyone would do such a thing.  “Aren’t we supposed to be about supporting one another, not tearing each other down?”
Well, yes.  We are.  And it would certainly be nice if we all remembered that.
However, I’ve lived long enough to know that even Christians don’t always behave very kindly to each other.
We get going on our own agendas with our own back stories and the hurts we’re dragging along with us, and sometimes that spills over into how we behave toward each other.
See, I believe in Heaven, the point is that we will all get this concept.  We will be so in tune with God and others that we will naturally respond in love.  In fact, that’s how Heaven can happen right now.
But right now, we also get a lot of “not Heaven.”  Why?
Because we haven’t yet learned that love always works and nothing else does.  Here, we’re still trying things out like jealousy and…

The Seed of Faith

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© Chamillewhite | Stock Free Images & Dreamstime Stock Photos Matthew 17:20 (NKJV)So Jesus said to them, “Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.”
Like a ship in the storm, I toss amidst the struggles in my life. When will the healing come? How long can I bear the pain? Will it last forever? What do I do if it doesn’t go away? Questions linger in my mind. Pain-filled nights chase dreams away and rest becomes elusive. Fatigue’s a new friend. I greet him with a nod as I prepare for my day. A prayer lifts my spirit and the Lord gives me strength one more time. A speck of dust catches my eye. It’s small; no larger than a grain of sand. I’m reminded of a mustard seed. Where is the verse about the mustard seed in the Bible? What did it say? My fingers whisper across the thin pages until Matthew drifts into view. I fin…

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