“Tie Me To The Altar, Lord!”

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By Cindy Wiebelhaus
Guest Writer

When “life” happens, our flesh (the natural man, as the Bible calls it), can look at it either positively or negatively. However, when we look at it from a spiritual perspective, whether what happens is good or bad, we KNOW it’s good, right? How do we know that? Because the Bible says in Romans 8:28 that all things work together for our good.

We know that this tiny inch called “life on earth” is so incredibly small compared to the length of eternity.  However, when we are pressed on every side, this life on earth can be overwhelming and requires us to draw near to our Lord.  When I’m overwhelmed, I crawl under His “wing” (Psalm 91:4) and try to remind myself that is where I am 100 percent of the time! Continue reading

Make 2016 Your “Comeback” Year!

If you ar31Tc8CDh2NL._SX325_BO1,204,203,200_e in need of (and are expecting) a turnaround, a fresh start and a new direction in 2016, then The Comeback: It’s Not Too Late and You’re Never Too Far is for you.

Author Louie Giglio, pastor of Passion City Church in Atlanta, Georgia, has written a book to show his readers how they can go through – and get to the other side of – the obstacles they are currently facing. Pastor Giglio says that God is “in the business of giving fresh starts to people,” and proves this statement by highlighting his personal experiences as well as those of others.  For instance, Pastor Giglio tells of his battle with anxiety-driven depression that gripped his life and how he slowly emerged from his tunnel of darkness only by the hand and grace of God. Continue reading

Move Forward in 2016!

door-1013705_1920If God closes a door in 2016 that is familiar  to you, don’t stand in front of it and knock. Sometimes God closes doors because He knows it is time for us to move forward. However, He knows we won’t budge unless circumstances force us to move. If you believe that God is rearranging your circumstances, then make it easy on yourself and ask Him to help you move forward with His plans for you in  2016.

Let’s Celebrate Jesus Christ

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As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Christmas Day, let’s not get lost in the crass commercialism that’s around us during this time of the year, but let’s remember the real reason for the season – Jesus Christ.

The Christmas story begins with Joseph and Mary having to leave their home in Nazareth and travel to Bethlehem due to an order by the Roman Emperor Caesar Augustus. The emperor issued a decree that a census should be taken and had to return to the place of his or her ancestors to be counted for the census. Failure to do so meant death.  Continue reading

Pray For Persecuted Christians

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Courtesy of Open Doors USA

In a previous post, a statement was made that Christians in America are under persecution for their faith. Although we have been criticized and minimized for what we believe, we have not come to the point where we are intentionally being murdered for our belief in Jesus Christ.

There are Christians worldwide who are experiencing unbelievable horrors for their confession of faith in Jesus Christ. Christian families have been harassed, arrested, kidnapped, discriminated against, beaten, stabbed, sentenced to death, and killed. Continue reading

Prayer for Roseburg, Oregon

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ROSEBURG, OR – OCTOBER 03: Dave (L) and Robin Griffiths leave flowers at a memorial along the road to Umpqua Community College on October 3, 2015 in Roseburg, Oregon. On Thursday 26-year-old Chris Harper Mercer went on a shooting rampage on the campus killing nine people and wounding nine others before killing himself. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

On October 1, 2015, 26-year-old Christopher Harper-Mercer shot and killed nine students and one teacher on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon.

Students quoted in the media said that the gunman asked his victims, prior to shooting them, whether they were Christians. If they answered,”yes,” he told them, “Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.” He then proceeded to shoot them in the head. Although the gunman shot non-Christians, his online profile showed that he did not like “organized religion,” basically Christianity, according to media reports. Continue reading

Book Review: “It’s A New Day!”

BookCoverImageDevotionals are among the most popular books ready by Christians today. Devotionals can enhance your daily time of prayer and Bible study as well as provide inspiration and encouragement that you need for that day.

What readers like about devotionals are the spiritual truths explained in these daily gems and the writer’s personal experience that often mirrors the readers’ experience in certain matters. Whether it’s humorous, serious or matter-of-fact, most readers can relate to the slice-of-life examples presented by devotionals. Continue reading

Welcome to Jubilee!

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For those who follow the Jewish biblical calendar, we have now entered a Jubilee Year. The year began on September 23, which is Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement (Leviticus 23). According to the Bible, Jubilee occurs every 50 years and is announced by the blowing of trumpets or shouts of joy:

In addition, you must count off seven Sabbath years, seven sets of seven years, adding up to forty-nine years in all. Then on the Day of Atonement in the fiftieth year, blow the ram’s horn loud and long throughout the land. Set this year apart as holy, a time to proclaim freedom throughout the land for all who live there. It will be a jubilee year for you, when each of you may return to the land that belonged to your ancestors and return to your own clan. – Leviticus 25: 8-10 Continue reading

Preparing For The Unexpected

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“Blood Moon” lunar eclipse

The month of September is filled with very important events. There have also been warnings of another major economic disaster to begin this month, similar to (or even worse than) the financial crisis of September 2008 and the stock market crash in September 2001 stemming from the September 11 attacks.

There are also concerns that certain activities of the sun and moon may portend disaster. For instance, a partial solar eclipse is set to occur on Sunday, September 13. Moreover, on September 28, a Super Moon (a full moon at its closest point to Earth) will become a “blood moon” (a total lunar eclipse in which the moon casts a red glow). Click HERE to watch a video of Mark Blitz discussing blood moons. Continue reading