Generosity and Faith

Generosity and Faith | Some people are just naturally generous and in this episode, we are going to talk about generosity and faith and a way to deepen your love for God which in turn will translate into your love for others. | #podast #Christianpodcast #Christianfaith #faithpodcast #believeinGod #Generosity #trustinginGodGenerosity and Faith ~ Episode 164

Some people are just naturally generous and in this episode, we are going to talk about generosity and faith and a way to deepen your love for God which in turn will translate into your love for others.

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child book — A Few Minutes With God

Other episodes you may enjoy:

Thanksgiving and Faith 

Thanksgiving and Trust

Recently I was thinking about the book the Five Love Languages. In this book, the author, Gary Chapman discusses the different ways that we say I love you, and this is especially important for couples.  I’m going to share just two with you that actually apply to my life and that of my husband. My husband‘s love language is to spend time with me, he thinks that expresses his love for me and he does this with something he considers valuable, and that is his gift of time. My love language is to bake you something or to give you something I am a gift-giver I love thinking about what will make someone else happy whether it’s something that I put effort into in making or something that I buy. As you can see these two things are different. And as my husband likes to say isn’t it wonderful that God made us so different. That definitely is a positive spin to what could possibly be a difficult situation.
But when I think about generosity it comes in all different shapes and sizes. When we look at each other in the human sense generosity comes from something that we personally think is valuable or important and often if we are honest it is something that makes us happy. So, it that really being generous if we get something out of it? That is food for thought. But, when I think about generosity as a focus of faith it is so much deeper.
When we look at our lives objectively we can see that often we gather things that we can’t possibly use. Have you ever cleaned out a closet of clothing? Have you ever looked at things that you may have purchased for your children and more than half of the things were never worn? We gather these things so many of which we can never use. But the gift of faith the gift that God has given us? That is the gift that just keeps on giving.
Let’s look at just one tiny aspect of the generosity of God and that is faith. Faith is freely given to all, but few accept it. If you are thinking, Felice you are wrong! My church is huge, many accept the gift of faith–then, my question is where were all the faithful when they shut our churches down? We hid in our homes afraid. I was one of them. However, if I told you in January of 2020 that our churches would not be at full capacity by November 2020 when I am recording this show, what would you say? You would have a hard time believing me. I am not condemning you -or me, it is just what happened in our lives and some of our church leaders and pastors are now in court suing for the constitutional right to worship, freely. This is a gift of the generosity of our faith that we took for granted. Never again will we do this. So, back to faith–yes, it is freely given by God but what do we do with this gift?
I personally want a deep sense of faith, and I am going to pray this for you.
1. The faith of knowing that God is in charge of our lives.
2. The faith of knowing that the Lord will never leave us.
3. The faith of knowing that God is in the here and the now.
4. The faith of knowing when we are weak that Almighty God is strong.
5. The faith of knowing that the battle against evil has already been won by the birth, life, death, and resurrection of our Savior Jesus Christ.
If we know these things we will have a deeper sense of the generosity of the gifts God has given us and the truth that these become in our lives.
God’s gift to us can never be repaid and that is another thing that is different about the gift of faith. Usually, if someone gives us something we can gift them with something back. In a way, it almost negates our generosity. And if you give with the thoughts of what you were getting back, that further dilutes generosity. Generosity from the Lord is in the fact that he died for our sins, that he gave us everlasting life. Look around you, is this all there is? For those who are Christian, we believe there is more.
This world that God has given us has its ups and downs and many of the ups are from Him and the downs are from things and choices that we make. The saying that “God is good all the time and all the time God is good,” is a refrain the Christian say, but the question is do we believe it? If you have strong faith the answer is yes, and it’s not because we say it over and over again so that then we believe it. No, it is because we truly believe in our hearts that God can only give us things that are good. Do bad things happen in our lives? Of course, they do, because God has also given us free well.

Another amazing gift of the generosity and love of Almighty God is the gift of free will and how that allows us to do what we want in our lives, and that want can include the love of our Lord, but we love the Lord because we want to. We can choose not to do that. That is also part of our free will as well. Whenever I have a hard time grasping the concept of the free will that God gave us I think about forcing someone to love me. We all crave love in this life. We want people to like us and those close to us, to love us. However, we want this freely, right? We don’t want this to be forced and so it is with Almighty God.

We can never understand the mind of God all we can do is strive to do the best that we can do each day. As the holidays are coming up as I record this show, I think about all of the things that I will do soon and maybe you as well. I will shop, I will bake, I will buy or make some gifts, and I will be with those I love. But what will I do as a gift for Almighty God? The one thing I want to share with you again and again because to me this has been an a-ha moment and one gift that we can give Almighty God is to give Him our will. Why? Because we have the free will do to this and HE gave us free will, so we can give it back to Him as a form of humility. Do this takes deep faith. Do you have the faith that surpasses all understanding?

Friends, that is what I’m going to pray for you during this season. To have faith to have trust in Almighty God and all that he will provide for you!

Let’s pray
Dear Lord, I praise you and I thank you and I give you all of my will to do with as you please help me my God to understand the gift of generosity, to understand the gift of faith, to understand the gift that you have given me and allow me my God to be aware of these gifts. I ask my God, for the prayers that I have in my heart for those I love in my life and for myself… and I praise you and I thank you in Jesus’s Name. Amen.

Mercy and Thoughtfulness of Our God

Mercy and Thoughtfulness | This is a time of mercy and thoughtfulness because with both of these items there is hope. It is almost like a math equation. Mercy + Thoughtfulness = Hope, but more than that God has an abundance of both. | #christianpodcast #podcast #mercyMercy and Thoughtfulness – Special Replay

This is a time of mercy and thoughtfulness because with both of these items there is hope. It is almost like a math equation. Mercy + Thoughtfulness = Hope, but more than that God has an abundance of both.

Show Notes: Mercy and Thoughtfulness

Who else but the creator of the universe considers the sinfulness of man yet gives us mercy to overcome thought His ever-present Spirit and His love for us in the small and simple things. When you think about the things that bring us joy on an ongoing daily basis it isn’t looking down on your fingers and a piece of jewelry you are wearing, or admiring a handbag – or if you are a guy, success in business, being a good provider or perhaps winning at a game or having a team win or something similar.

The things that give us joy are those things that are fleeting like family, friends, love, and those more everlasting like faith, and hope. God thought of everything. God is thoughtful!

God is merciful and God is truth – God is everything that is good. But do we realize this in our everyday life or do we allow our situations to get us down? If you look up the word thoughtfulness in the Bible you won’t find one entry – try it! But we do know by definition the Lord is thoughtful because He has provided for us in so many ways that we can never thank him enough or repay him!

Mercy and Thoughtfulness takes grace from God!

I love the Book of Proverbs because if you want to see morsels of truth you should read it end to end. I’m going to read you some wisdom from Proverbs 18 – just a few verses because I invite you to read it for yourself in your quiet time and meditate on the words…

Do we have the heart to discern – to acknowledge that God is the seat of mercy and thoughtfulness for our lives – that we want to seek out the wise and not the foolish. SO many times friends we are wiped out because of something we have no control over.

Think about it: Are there things in your life you are holding on to that you can not control? Are there people in your life that bring you down to your knees? For all of those things, we can not control that hold us bound – put them on paper and release them to the Lord. For all those people who upset or bother us – pray for them. In fact, I am taking my own advice and some people that I do not know personally but are upsetting to me are going to be the recipient of my prayers starting today!

The human spirit in Proverbs 14 talks about how we can overcome illness but our spirits become crushed by so many things in this world. Our spirits are our reasoning powers – they consist of the ability to make decisions, have insights and judgments, to reason and understand, to be aware and have feelings, emotions – and passions! But our souls – our souls will not die. Our bodies will die and our spirt might be crushed but our soul, if we are a believer will rest with God – and that my friends is the goal of my life to do everything I can each and every day to be held to account by a merciful God.

Do you praise God for His Mercy – for His thoughtfulness – for His creation? Remember this when we are down or “crushed” as Proverbs reminds us by the weight of the world.

God is the giver of all gifts – as I record this we are coming into the time of Thanksgiving and Christmas times that either bring you warmth and joy or make you sad. Why are we sad? Usually, it is for things we can not control, such as the death of a loved one or someone we are missing. And, yes – we remember as we should and keep those we love close to our hearts but not to the point that we can not move forward and be present for those who are here and need us.

Every single one of us is needed – do not let the enemy rob you of your joy and peace. We are needed as prayer warriors as those who help our families, those at church or our neighbors. Ask the Lord each day – how do you want to use me today, Lord?

Proverbs 18:16 says a gift opens the way – who is not receptive to gifts? But, maybe you are like me and like to give gifts rather than receive? Interesting side note here – the Lord taught me that it was okay to receive gifts. There was a time when money was tight and I could not give as I wanted and someone gifted me. Instead of being grateful I was horrified and wanted to refuse the gift! But, then a wise pastor reminded me that in time past when I gave the recipients were grateful. The gift was ultimately from God. God knows our hearts and He does provide – not always as we want but as He wishes.

If we are filled by God’s love we can’t help to be overflowing with love for others. Think about it. God’s love spills over on us and it gives us so much joy we can not help to share this joy with others.

Let’s Pray: God you gift us with so many things but your mercy and thoughtfulness for the little and big things in our lives often go unnoticed or overlooked by us. You are the author of life. You are the giver of every good thing. During this time of giving thanks, we ask you, Lord, to help us to remember those who are less fortunate, and to bring to mind people you want us to pray for on a daily basis. Dear Lord we pray for these people right now, and those near to our hearts … Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with your love, your joy, and your mercy. And I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen!


Thanksgiving and Trust

Thanksgiving and Trust | When we give to God all that we have, we will find ourselves filled with thanksgiving and trust that all things work for good for those that love and serve the Lord. Romans 8:28 | #podcast #christianpodcast #Christianfaith #thanksgiving #praisingGod #faith #faithandfamilyThanksgiving and Trust – Episode 163

When we give to God all that we have, we will find ourselves filled with thanksgiving and trust that all things work for good for those that love and serve the Lord. Romans 8:28 – of course, this is a paraphrase of the scripture in the Holy Bible, but nonetheless, it is a scripture that speaks to my heart.

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child book — A Few Minutes With God

Other episodes you may enjoy:

Thanksgiving and Faith 

 

Years ago I began keeping a prayer journal, but this one had a twist. Instead of a prayer request journal that I’ve had for many years, this one contained something different. In my prayer journal, I would petition God and put my laundry list of needs down many of them heartfelt and many of them answered prayer However when I began this other journal it was at a time that was actually a very low point in my life and I realized that I was focusing on what I considered the insurmountable problems in my life. Instead, when I prayed I felt a strong sense that I needed to be thankful.
Why did I need to be thankful? Because I had nothing or I thought I had nothing to be thankful for. So many things were going wrong in my life and they were disrupting my trust in prayer. What were these things? They were a mix, some included health issues with members of my family, financial issues, and of course many things breaking down that were costly within our home. So many issues in such a short amount of time and I felt they were all insurmountable. What happens when you feel like you are in the “debts of despair” to borrow a phrase of one of my favorite movies, Anne of Green Gables. Well, when you feel like that you can be sure that it does not come from God.
So, it is time to pray and change the way you pray — at least that is what I did, and truly it helped me to praise God with heartfelt thanksgiving and trust came right alongside this decision. One of the first times of awareness of what I should be thankful for was on my way to Mass one morning. I remember driving in my car on one exceptionally beautiful day and marveling at the beauty of the sky. Living in Southwest Florida we have flatlands and a big sky. And I realized at that point in time that some of the most beautiful things that I should be thankful for were free!
Do you think that only money or security in someone or something can bring you the peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7)? No. That is not how it works. While we need finances to get along in this world, financial security is NOT what we need to be happy. I know some very wealthy people who are some of the most miserable people in the world. We’ve heard the saying that money does not buy happiness. However, if you don’t have money that is a very hard concept to buy into. No pun intended!
So fast forward why should we be thankful? Why should there be praise and worship on our lips, because we have been made to love and to serve the Lord and if you’re not a Christian this is such a foreign concept. We think in our humanness that we should love and serve our families our friends and even our fellow man, but for many, an obscure God that very rarely answers our prayers even when the prayers are sincere and heartfelt seems like a far off concept. But it’s not.
So many things are happening in our world today and I believe that many of these things are a result of mankind turning our backs on God. Many self-sufficient people feel they don’t need a Lord because they can rely on hard work, or their jobs, or their family. We truly are creatures of comfort, and anything that is outside of our comfort zone is something we dislike. Extremely dislike. What is outside of your comfort zone when it comes to faith?  Is it standing up for your faith? Is it wearing a cross or some other type of Christian jewelry? Is it a pro-life sticker on your car or license plate?
You won’t know which direction to take if you are not … do you know what I am going to say? It has something to do with spending time with God… that is right! It is time to spend a few minutes with God, in prayer, and in quiet. Many of us do not have that sense of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Recently I heard a talk from a charismatic Catholic priest who also added that he was a conservative and then he jokingly said, “wrap your mind around that one.” He talked about how he was astounded that at one time the charismatic renewal was everywhere and people had a renewed sense of faith. And he wondered about where this infilling of the Holy Spirit was now, and how so many of us were drifting and appeared lost. We have lost our sense of the holiness of God and that connection to God. God requires nothing of us other than being open to his will. Being the wonderful father that He is, He wants what is best for each one of us. We are reminded that God will provide for all of our needs in Matthew 6:26: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.”
Are you not much more valuable than the birds, the Word of God asks? So what do you have to be thankful for? Has the enemy robbed you of your peace of mind? Do you have a sense of hopelessness? Well, today is the last day of any of that.
Today is the first day of a renewed sense that God is in control. Today is the day to make a choice of good over evil. Today is the day to decide to find something to thank God for each and every day, multiple times a day how about that for a novel idea? We can begin our days with praise and Thanksgiving or we can begin days with heaviness which will you choose? The choice is really yours. We are given free will we are given choices:
1. You have the choice to be sad to be despondent and to focus on everything in your life that is falling apart. Once we do that even for a brief second time our minds to be taken over by doubts and insecurities. Remember God is in the now for us God is in the present. When we worry about things in the future when we worry about things that we cannot control when we worry about things that are insurmountable in our own minds we are setting ourselves up for failure.
2. The second choice is to choose to praise God in thanksgiving we lift up our voices. If you sing, sing your favorite hymn or praise and worship song–what will it be? What do you have to be thankful for? The air that you breathe, the fact that you have food to eat today, shelter, and people, like me who pray for you and with you each and every week during these broadcasts!
When we are thankful we allow the Lord to work in our lives and then we will see that we have trust in the outcome no matter what happens. Did you hear that? We will have trust in the outcome no matter what happens. Either good is good and bad is bad and God is in control. If we do not feel like God is in control then we need to make a decision and in prayer give our will to God. It is a simple prayer that I taught you in a past broadcast: Knowing God’s Will

God, I give you my will. Please give me your will. Thy kingdom comes thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. The ending of that prayer is the Lord’s prayer that Jesus gave us when he was asked, how we should pray. If we give our Lord the will we have we are going to be in union with him and then, what happens? Miracles!

Which will you choose today? The choice is up to you. Let today be the last day of feeling despondent and the first day of praise and thanksgiving and what will come next? That’s right trust in the Lord.
Let’s pray:
Oh Lord, I praise you and I thank you and in praise and thanksgiving, I ask you to give me an infilling of the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity. Before you rose into heaven you said you would not leave us alone, but send us your Spirit. I ask for this in a deeper way today. Please fill my heart with the joy and love that only comes from you. Allow this to overflow into everything that I do. I ask You to help me with all that I have to do in my every day, the details Lord but allow me to see the big picture.  I am not too proud to pray, to be aware of all the things I should thank You for and I ask that you show me the things that I should be thankful for in my life. Help me to begin each day with the words of praise and worship on my lips and I ask this in Jesus’ Name. I also offer up prayers and petitions for those in my life, but Lord I need prayer for myself as well. There are many injustices in this world my God and I have no control over these things so I give them up to you. And I praise you and I thank you for all that is good and holy, and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

Special Replay: Thankful All The Time

 Don’t you wish we could be thankful all the time? Especially in this time of joy sometimes we can’t see because we are covered with the business of every day. In this episode, we will discuss ways to keep thankfulness at the forefront of each day. | #ChristianPodcast #podcast Thankful All The Time – Special Replay

Don’t you wish we could be thankful all the time? Especially in this time of joy sometimes we can’t see because we are covered with the business of every day. In this episode, we will discuss ways to keep thankfulness at the forefront of each day.

Colossians 3:15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Can we be called to peace and thankfulness – of course, Scripture command it but without the love and providence of Almighty God we can’t do it alone. If only we have time, right? It is always about time. It is the one thing people say to me over and over again.

  1. I have not time to pray.
  2. I have no time to listen to podcasts.
  3. I have no time – no time – no time.

In fact, I bought into the no-time lie for so many years that I am not a time hoarder – I hate to waste time! I am serious about this – but God has shown me that HIS ways are so much greater than my ways.

I thought that someday when my kids were grown I’d have so much time. You know I use to worry that I would be lonely, and I would have nothing to do – whatever would I do if I wasn’t being a mom to five and helping my husband with his business as well as working on mine – in my spare time? Well, fast forward and I’m here! I’m in an almost-empty-nester home and have so many projects underway that I forget the main thing I want to focus on this time of the year and that is being thankful, not only each day but all the time.

Why? Because it reminds me that my heritage is not here on earth but above. I am reminded that when I am weak He is strong. I am nothing without God in my life. Nothing, not even chocolate makes me happy the way God does! I have a glass paperweight that says “We do not know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future.”

Who holds your future? Is it your accomplishments? Is it the people you love in your life, your family? Your friends? The future is not only now and if we can think “be thankful all the time” even in the midst of hardship, but we do have a slice of heaven with us each day. How do we grow for the better? Usually, it is after overcoming a hardship in our life. We can have a wonderful testimony at the end and always point to God. In fact, have you ever looked back to a particularly difficult time in your life and seen the hand of God? I have and then I’m sad that I was not more thankful for the situation.

I’m reminded of this wonderful scripture – Hebrews 12:28  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe

The song 10,000 Reasons, “Bless the Lord oh, my soul, worship His Holy Name.”

When we play praise and worship music it is easier to be reminded of the ways we should be thankful all the time.

Sometimes we just need to write the ways we are thankful.

  1. I am so thankful for you my, God.
  2. I am so thankful for the family you have gifted me with.
  3. I am so thankful for my Christian friends.
  4. I am so thankful for my non-Christian friends because you have put them in my life for your Divine purpose – not mine!
  5. I am so thankful for the air I breathe, for the day you’ve given me, for the way you love me, for the grace you’ve given me for continuing each and every day.
  6. Add your own ways to be thankful!

Funny story – I’ve always avoided exercise and I married a man who was not only a stellar and decorated athlete – but he was a Physical Education major and my children are almost all athletic. Why avoid exercise – oh, we don’t have enough time for me to share all the reasons. But, what am I most thankful for now – the fact that my husband purchased a treadmill for me! Yes, I am making the time for walking each and every day and I have used this time to pray – to listen to podcasts and to read, all while walking in my own home.

Who would have thought! Friends, the strangest things happen in life – and they are mostly wonderful! So, I praise God for the gift of time to walk each day.

Ephesians 5:20

2 Timothy 1:7

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, I worship you and I love you – You have given me a spirit that is not timid – a spirt that give us power, love and self-discipline and I chose you Lord – 1000x a day I chose You! I come just as I am and you know all of my faults, I come to you with an open heart – I come asking for the spirit to be thankful all the time and joyous! I ask you, Lord, to bless those I pray for now … and I thank you, my God, for all the wonderful blessings ahead of time because you are an awesome and righteous God! I praise you and I thank you, Amen!

Thanksgiving and Faith

Thanksgiving and Faith | Thanksgiving and faith go hand in hand even when our faith is always being tested by the forces of this world. Even if everything in your life is going well, or as well as can be expected. | #podcast #christianpodcastThanksgiving and Faith Episode 162

Thanksgiving and faith go hand in hand even when our faith is always being tested by the forces of this world. Even if everything in your life is going well, or as well as can be expected, it is as if we have one eye looking in the rearview mirror just waiting for something to happen. Maybe, however you are an optimist and you look at things as being in God’s hands, a very good place to be… and for us as Christians there is a very simple lesson and that is to get our priorities in the right place.

Where are your priorities? Your family, your immediate needs, maybe you are struggling with an illness and your priority is to get better. We must get our priorities straight and that includes thanking God in all things, having faith when faith seems distant, and looking at our lives as a temporary place yet, somewhere the Lord wants us right now.

Do you remember, some time ago (for those of you who have listened for a while) I did a show on being in the present moment? When our peace is robbed, it is because we are looking too far in the future. Today, focus on today. And, as you are focusing on today—what are you thankful for. As I record this it is a time of difficulty as well as the holidays around the corner. And truthfully, many people might feel like there is not much to be thankful for…however, that is never true. As disciples of Christ, we have so much to be thankful for!

Gratitude is something that is innate for some people, it comes naturally—yet, for others it is difficult. Being grateful means we see the little things, the things often overlooked by others. We see the it in the sunset, in the time with family or friends. We see it in the ability to go to church and praise God. Without gratitude, we have no hope. Without hope we have no future. Where is our hope? It is with the Almighty.

Lately, the news has been dire. And when you listen to the news you hear doom and gloom, yet when you open the Bible, the Word of God is encouraging for those who love and follow the Lord and His commands. Remember the children’s song, based on scripture? This is the day that the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad? Psalm 118:24 says, The Lord has done it this very day; let us rejoice today and be glad. But what about verse 25? Lord, save us! Lord, grant us success!

Remember success varies, and what you consider success is not what I consider success. For some success translates into money earned, and for others, success is in the smile of a child or a sunset or sunrise. Thanksgiving doesn’t depend on success. Thanksgiving takes a conscious effort of determining that you will be thankful…why? Why not? What is it in your life that you can praise God for, and mean it? Take some time to think about this. I see people post things on social media that show a sense of hopelessness. There is a sense that things are all bad and there is no redemption, but those people have not only lost a sense of hope and dare I say, faith. If we have faith—the faith that surpasses all understanding we have hope. And, if we have hope – we are thankful.

Why is it that it is easy to list all the things that upset you? If I gave you five minutes to list all your grievances you could probably fill a sheet of paper, but if I asked you to list all the ways you are thankful and have hope, what would your paper say? The enemy does not want us to have hope and he has robbed a society glued to social media and television of hope. Do you have the weight of the world on your shoulders? Do you feel defeated? Think about this:

Here is what we know.

  1. God is the victor, and to Him goes the glory and honor.
  2. You are a child of God. Remember that.
  3. Unite your will to God’s every day – Lord I give you my will, please give me your will. Thy kingdom come thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
  4. In God there is hope. Never forget that.
  5. The battle is not for us to fight, but the battle is for us to prepare for (Ephesians 6:10-18- put on the armor of Christ: –because once again the battle has been won. Let me remind you what this amazing scripture says:

Ephesians 6:10-18

New International Version

The Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. 16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. 17 Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.

How can we be vigilant? By praying dear friends, praying to our Lord because only God and God alone can change our hearts from being burdened to overflowing with Thanksgiving and hope!

Let’s pray.

Dear heavenly Father, I praise you and I thank you for everything. For the sun, the moon, and the stars, for the mornings and the evenings. For giving me the breath each and every day to not only survive but to thrive and to praise YOU who are worthy of my praise. I love you my God and I thank you, only YOU are victorious against the enemy and I thank God the Father for sending His only son that we can not only be saved but to be healed and to be joyful and hopeful people. Dear Lord, I pray for the following needs:   And I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Replay: Take Jesus With You

Take Jesus With You – Special ReplayTake Jesus With You | Is Jesus with you each and every day? Learn how to notice God in your life | #podcast #christianpodcast

Many times people feel alone and forgotten but you can take Jesus with you each and every day. In this episode, we are reminded that God is always with us until the end of time. We are not alone!

So, how do you take Jesus with you and why is this a strange concept to so many? We learned as children that Jesus is always with us – we are told in the Scriptures after Jesus resurrected that the disciples were asked to go to the mountain in Galilee where they found the Lord – and he instructed them before he went to heaven. This is known as the “great commission.”

Matthew 28:16-20

  1. The eleven went to find Jesus
  2. Some doubted
  3. The great commission – make disciples of all nations
  4. The Trinity: Baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit
  5. Teach them to obey
  6. …I am with you always, to the very end of the age

Jesus is with us … always … to the very end of the age…

We should be shouting and rejoicing in the streets – hallelujah the Lord is with us – He is here – He is always beside us. OR… if we are not sure of our relationship with God it may be a little bit intimidating.

Each of us has a different relationship with the Lord. We worship in our own way. Some in private, other’s in the community, some lifting their hands and worshipping in song and others on their knees in the privacy of a church chapel or home. Yet we should work on our communication with the Lord.

Is Jesus with you each and every day? Is he right

Dear Jesus, thank you for always being with me, until the end of time – thank you for giving me the grace to believe you are here – that you are with me. I repent of any way I have not allowed you to work in my life, anything I have done that is not pleasing. I ask you, Lord, to come into my life in a renewed way – to see your hand in the little things in my life, to honor my prayers and to go with me, wherever I go. I praise you and I thank you, Lord! Thank you for answering the prayers that I ask of you now…

You are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and I give you all the honor and praise as the one true God and I pray this in Jesus Name – Amen!

Cooperate with God’s Grace

Cooperate with God's Grace | We've heard the scripture verse, "My grace is sufficient for you..." but how do we cooperate with God's grace in a practical way? In this episode, we will explore the ways we work against the Father, and how much easier it is to just listen. #podcast #Christianpodcast #God'sgrace #grace #God #faith #ChristianfaithCooperate with God’s Grace – Episode 161

Cooperate with God’s grace? Is it possible? We’ve heard the scripture verse, “My grace is sufficient for you…” but how do we do this in a practical way? In this episode, we will explore the ways we work against the Father, and how much easier it is to just listen.

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child book — A Few Minutes With God

Other episodes you may enjoy:

Knowing God’s Will

Against All Odds Prayer Works

Many times children rebel against their parents, sometimes it is overtly but many times and the most insidious is when it is not as evident. They give lip service with a yes, but instead, their actions say no. Are we similar to the children who say yes to God but don’t follow through with the actions required for a solid relationship with the Creator-God?

God the Father has always fascinated me. He walked in the garden with Adam and Eve. He spoke truth and love and kindness and they, who had witnessed perfection in their world and with their maker turned their backs on Him. how does that happen? Sure, we all know the story of the temptation but how does one get tempted? How do we allow ourselves to fall into that path where temptation comes along and we do not recognize it for what it really is, sin.

Recently our pastor and I spoke about this issue and he distilled it down to a simple fact, that while Adam and Eve walked with God their relationship was lacking because if it was strong and solid they would not be in a place where temptation would work, and they would have used the words of Jesus, later when Peter tried to spare him his cross, “Get behind me Satan.”

Paul says in 1 Corinthians 12: 1-12 and especially in verses 9-10 that Jesus gave us a grace that is sufficient and when we realize his power is made perfect in our weakness we can reveal our true selves to him and that is that we are nothing alone.

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

For when I am weak then I am strong … this is a contradiction in our minds but it means we are letting go and letting God. We are standing beside the cross with Him, but he is doing all of the heavy lifting. When we are down, depressed, angry, frustrated, and just under a burden that we can not lift, we must cooperate with our Lord and Savior.

Let me spell it out to you.

  1. Do we believe? Do we have the faith that withstands the daily temptations in our lives?
  2. Are we distracted by all of the things that bombard our lives?
  3. Do we have the peace that surpasses all understanding or are we afraid?
  4. Do we have the moral fortitude and the will to turn off the things that rob us of our peace?
  5. Do we go to God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit and ask for that infilling of the fire of Pentecost to come into our lives and strengthen the bond and relationship with our Maker our Creator, Our Savior, and His Spirit?

Are we unruly children who work against God’s grace instead of with and in cooperation with God’s grace? And, that is the issue, many times we continue to think we are with God when indeed we are for ourselves and our own ideas.  I’ve realized that the only way to stay grounded is to spend time with God, going to daily Mass helps me but it is just the beginning. When I leave the doors of the church am I still in prayer, and I still looking and seeking Him in a relationship all day long? I pray this for all of us, and that the infilling of the Spirit of God remains in you and you in Him.

Let’s Pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, I yearn for a deeper relationship with you. I ask you Lord for the grace to see things as you see them and to open my eyes to the truth of your love for me. Please Lord give me an infilling of Your spirit to renew and sanctify me so that I can repent from my sins and look to you for salvation. I pray for the following intentions if it is within your Divine Will… and I pray this in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

Special Replay: Promises To Abraham

Promises To Abraham | When we read Genesis we learn, soon after the fall that all is not lost. We have hope in the promises to Abraham, from God. All is not lost and we know that through Abraham came the lineage to David and through David the lineage to Joseph and in essence to Jesus. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastSpecial Replay: Promises To Abraham

When we read Genesis we learn, soon after the fall that all is not lost. We have hope in the promises to Abraham, from God. All is not lost and we know that through Abraham came the lineage to David and through David the lineage to Joseph and in essence to Jesus.

We learn so many things, yet one fact remains, Abraham (Abram) doubted. It resonates with me and it should resonate with all of us that we as a fallen people can not possibly understand the mind of God. God entrusts man to carry on His will and man in turns often fails. Even those who are considered by scripture to be righteous.

Promises to Abraham:

  1. Fear not (echoes what the angel Gabriel told Mary – “Fear not…”)
  2. The Word of God came to Abram
  3. A servant would not be his heir but his own flesh and blood.
  4. “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (Genesis 15:5)
  5. Genesis 15:18 “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.”
  6. God’s promise and blessings were to be upon Isaac who would be blessed with a huge lineage as well. (Isaac’s name would be changed to Israel and the Twelve Tribes of Israel was his heritage.)

God’s Promises To Abraham

God’s promises to Abraham still come even though Abram did not wait! While it is difficult for us to understand this since our ways are so different now, it was acceptable back then to take on other “wives.” Sarai his wife told him to sleep with her slave, Hagar and Abram agreed.
God protected Hagar because she carried the son of Abraham. The angel appeared to her in the desert and told her she would name her son Ishmael.

This is one of the hardest things for me to read, that Abram who heard directly from God did not wait upon the Lord. Friends, how often do we do this? Not wait even though we know we should? This is something to meditate upon and journal. The entire section of the Bible that deals with Abraham and his life is filled with mishap, sometimes lies and always forgiveness from God.

The promises to Abraham include Abraham’s request, God agreed to bless Ishmael He would be the father of twelve rulers and he agreed to make him into a great nation.
But God’s covenant was for Abraham and the blessings would ultimately fall upon Isaac (Israel).

We learn about God’s ways as He “cleans” house by destroying Sodom and Gomorrah.

God’s judgment is always rooted in truth and righteousness.

The key in these scriptures for me is to wait upon the Lord. Remembering that His time is not our time.

Knowing God’s Will

Knowing God's Will | If you think that knowing God's will is impossible, think again. How can I make such a bold claim? It is easy, and I promise it will set you free. This podcast will change the way you think about prayers and promises to grow your faith. | #podcast #christianpodcast #Christianity #WillofGod #ChristianFaith #howtoprayKnowing God’s Will Episode 159

If you think that knowing God’s will is impossible, think again. How can I make such a bold claim? It is easy, and I promise it will set you free. This podcast will change the way you think about prayers and promises to grow your faith.

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child book — A Few Minutes With God

You may think it is a bold claim to proclaim that God’s will can be known to us, but truthfully it is a decision on our part to allow the Almighty to work in our lives and that takes trust, we truly do not have the ability to do it on our own. So, what do we need? We need grace from God. Jesus himself gave us a directive in the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer He directly gave the people, and in turn us. In Matthew 6:9-10 the first half reads “This, then, is how you should pray: “‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Knowing God’s Will

And in a nutshell, this is how we should pray each and every day:

  1. Lord, I give you my will.
  2. Lord, please give me your will.
  3. Thy kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

This is life-changing, and if we can do this multiple times each day, your life will change. This prayer unites our will to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. This prayer reminds us that we have free will and can make choices each day to that can help us or hinder us and our spiritual life. If you want to grow in your prayer life try this prayer.

Many of us are going through a hard time. And if you are not, just wait–each day brings its own challenges. By asking that the Lord’s will be done in our life at least insures to a small degree that we have done our part. We have accepted the Lord and His divine and permissive will for our lives. But why do good people suffer? My sarcastic answer would be, “Because we are not in heaven.” But, the scripture has much to say about this:

1 Peter 4:17:19. (read on audio)

Wow, is that harsh? We are not used to hearing that God’s household can be judged because frankly brothers and sisters we don’t hear it in our churches, in our Bible studies we want the glory and praise version, and when we are hit with this verse, we think about this person and that person who should hear this–because of course, this applies to their lives and not to yours. Am I right? How often have you heard a sermon or even podcast -or even this podcast and you are thinking of someone you wish could hear this. But, we–me and you —we need to stop and say “I hear Lord ready to do your will.”

Just consider this. If you have a child who says, mom or dad, I want to do what you want me to do. Please instruct me and allow me to do your will. What would we think? We’d be so excited that our child finally got it! Our kid is brilliant, our child realizes that it is easier to go along with parental instruction than it is to buck God’s authority. Am I right?

Well, now consider God and how he thinks about those who want to do His will, who want to follow the narrow path that has some bumps, twists, and turns but ultimately leads to everlasting life.

In  James 4:13-17 (read on audio)

Friends, we make plans daily and we think, no worries I have tomorrow. What about those who don’t have tomorrow, what then? What about their everlasting life. I think about officials in high places that lead the sheep astray, I think about the clergy who are too afraid to say anything negative about politics or shutdowns of our church, our right to the freedom to worship. What about the souls of those who were not fed? God said, “Feed my sheep.”

The sheep do not have well-formed consciences, the sheep follow blindly, the sheep do not have the gift of discernment because it has not been formed. You want the grace to know God’s will? Pray, I give you my will, please give me your will. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Friends if all Christians prayed God’s will, if all Christians repented and asked God for a relationship or deeper relationship in their lives, if all Christians in one voice said–your will God not mine, we’d see a revival.

Let’s pray:

Dear Father, Son, and Holy Spirit I come before you sinful and sorrowful. I ask you my God to give me the grace to form the gift of discernment, this is a gift that you freely give us, it is a way we can see evil for what it is and not be dissuaded in our mission to serve you. Please my God give me the grace to say, my Lord and my God, I give you my will, please give me your will. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Dear Lord, I ask you the following prayer… and I pray this in Jesus’s Name. Amen.

Faith and Hope

Faith & Hope | Where do we find faith and hope in our lives? We tackle our mountainous to-do lists daily and find ourselves overwhelmed and floundering. And then we wonder where does our hope comes from, surely not the things we turn to daily for escape. Tune in for the answers. | #podcast #Christianpodcast #faithandhope #faith #hopeFaith and Hope Episode 159

Where do we find faith and hope in our lives? We tackle our mountainous to-do lists daily and find ourselves overwhelmed and floundering. And then we wonder where does our hope comes from, surely not the things we turn to daily for escape. Tune in for the answers.

Thanks to our sponsor

I wish I had all the answers for every struggle you are going through right now. But, while I don’t have all the answers I know someone who does. And, that is the focus today, where do we find our faith and where do we place our hope? Is it in the escape of a movie or a book? Is it in micromanaging the lives of others, or reading social media posts in order to find humor or join in a discussion that will surely bring anxiety before it brings peace?

Where does your faith and hope come from? It comes undeniably from our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. But, that does not mean we do not have to pray for it daily. Here are some helpful ways to pray with the scriptures:

Daily pray: Lord helps me in my unbelief. Give me faith and hope!

  1. Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
  2. 2 Timothy 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
  3. Leviticus 26:12 And I will walk among you and will be your God, and you shall be my people
  4. Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee though no one pursues, the righteous are as bold as a lion.
  5. Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

When we pray with those scriptures as well as others we will find that faith and hope is renewed. Recently I was messaging a friend on Facebook, they sell my books when they travel to speak. And he left me with this – God is good all the time. So I responded in a message back, “And all the time God is good.” – that is so uplifting. It is like a secret handshake when we can acknowledge with another believer that we realize that only in God’s goodness are we redeemed and are we happy. Because even with faith we find ourselves at a loss from time to time. Floundering.

When we find ourselves stressed and out of sorts it is due to relying on ourselves instead of asking our gracious Lord for help. I learned that when I am overwhelmed it is time to Stop. Drop. And Pray. It is the SOS to the Lord that I need help and I need it now. Even in times where there is nothing pressing or weighing on us we use it as a pick-me-up.

In the Scriptures, we feel a sense of urgency often when Jesus is surrounded by crowds. They are urgent to rush him and ask him for a healing or a prayer or some type of favor. Why is there this rush? Because the people who did not fully understand – or had less of an understanding then we do today could sense the holiness surrounding him and they thirsted for this. Just as we thirst for more of Him and less of us in our lives. We pray Lord I do believe, help me in my unbelief. We pray in a way that is foundational for all of the times we have lacked the faith to see our ways through a tough situation. God will not leave us orphans. He is our Father and at the time of challenge, He may be stretching us to grow us in our faith.

God challenges us to grow in our prayer lives as well. Our eternal happiness is in heaven and it awaits us. We must die to self to fully appreciate and understand that this world lacks, by a pale comparison to the bliss of heavenly life. Friends we have absolutely no conception of this life and that is why we cling to our lives here. We have the free will to choose daily. And what do we choose? Matthew 16:26 says “What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?”

I choose the life that the Lord has for me. I choose God. I choose everlasting life.

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord, I ask you to continue to increase my faith and my hope in You. You are the answer for all joy, peace, and love in the world that has turned upside down. I thank you, Lord, for giving me clarity eyes that see and ears that hear. I pray that you continue to give me a sense of discernment and sound judgment. Dear Lord, please continue to bless me, my family, and my friends’ and I pray specifically for the following needs: And I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Cure For Fear

Cure For Faith | There is no cure for fear, or is there? Everywhere we look, no matter what time or place there is something to fear, if we allow it to creep in. Fear is a tool of the enemy. But, there is an answer! | #podcast #Christianpodcast #cureforfear #combatfearCure For Fear – Episode 158

There is no cure for fear, or is there? Everywhere we look, no matter what time or place there is something to fear, if we allow it to creep in. Fear is a tool of the enemy. There is indeed a faction out there that wants us to be fearful. But, with Almighty God we can combat fear, we have weapons and tools!

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child book — A Few Minutes With God

Do we recognize Jesus in the everyday? He promised to be with us always. And while we understand so many things on the intellectual level our hearts are often heavy and burdened. The first thing I would like you to do is briefly think about what is your fear, what are you carrying on your shoulders? What is it that is weighing you down? Is the state of our world? Is it your children? Is it fear of fires, hurricanes, floods, disease, viruses, tornados, or other disasters? What is it in your life that has caused you to fear? If we look at Psalm 10 the beginning verse may sum up how you feel: “Why, Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide in times of trouble?” Is that how we feel that the Lord is a far way off?

Sometimes I catch myself thinking way too much, psychoanalyzing things and wondering and worrying. I think we do more harm to ourselves in overthinking things at different times. What does God expect of us? I can’t talk for the Almighty but I do know that the Scriptures are clear on what He expects. The Israelites were a prime example at the time of the prophet Jeremiah in showing us what turning your back on all that is good and holy does for a kingdom. It destroys it!

We have an everyday choice to obey, love, and seek the Lord, to give him our hearts. Everything I have, everything I am, is a gift from God. So, in other words, what I am is God’s gift to me. Think about this. What I am is God’s gift to me. Many times we think we are not enough but if we consider that we are a gift from God it changes our perspective.

Evil on the other hand is a very frightening thing and the way we respond to evil says much about ourselves and our state of being. in Mark 3:22-30 we read:

22 And the teachers of the law who came down from Jerusalem said, “He is possessed by Beelzebul! By the prince of demons, he is driving out demons.”

23 So Jesus called them over to him and began to speak to them in parables: “How can Satan drive out Satan? 24 If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. 25 If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. 26 And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. 27 In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house. 28 Truly I tell you, people can be forgiven all their sins and every slander they utter, 29 but whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.”

30 He said this because they were saying, “He has an impure spirit.”

We can not credit the evil one with what belongs to God. At the root of all evil is pride. Pride is the root of all sin. Do we find ourselves prideful? Do we think we know better than others how they should live their lives? Do we choose the world over God?

We read here the Lord’s admonishment is that we can not be a house divided. And. let me pause here and say that we need to form our conscience on the rock of truth. Not truth as the world tells us but truth as it is presented by the Christ, the living Word of God. If a kingdom is divided against itself that kingdom can not stand. If a house is divided against itself the house cannot stand. We must be unified and. we must be in prayer with Almighty God.

Once again, how much time do you give the Lord? Is he foremost in your thoughts daily? Do you begin and end the day in prayer. Set reminders if you forget in your busy day, but truthfully our Lord takes precedence over every other thing in our lives.

Once again do we choose the world over God? God wishes us to resist the tactics of the evil one and those are the things that rob our peace. Recently I was blessed with an outpouring of pure joy. It made no sense. I was just joyful! It wasn’t something I was thinking of something I was doing it just was. These times are far and few between, and please Lord bless me with more of this because it was heaven! It was a sense of security, and love that surpasses all understanding and just a sense of well being that all was right in a world where all is wrong.

So, friends the cure for fear as I have found are the five following points:

  1. As a believer, you are NEVER forsaken. Realize that the Lord is Lord of all. He knows everything. He will not leave you floundering or wanting. He is there for you.
  2. Be grounded in the word and the Scriptures. Memorize Romans 8:28Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.2. Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

    3. Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.

  3. Choose Christ over the world. Choose God each and every day.
  4. Surrender your will to God – more on this in upcoming podcasts – Daily – Lord I give you my will, Lord please give me your will. They Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
  5. Trust. Trust God with your life and your future. This of course takes faith but God will give you the gift of faith. Just ask!

Simple right? Of course not. It takes a daily walk and a large dose of faith. The faith that surpasses all understanding. And, for that my friends, we will pray!

Dear Jesus. You are the Lord of Lords and we know without a doubt that you have us in the palm of Your hand. We love you and we praise You Jesus and ask that you watch over us and give us that dose of joy that sustains us through any dark times. We give you our fears and lay them at the foot of your cross – you have overcome death and with your resurrection have conquered evil once and for all> evil has no power over you, and I pledge my allegiance you to my God who are good and deserving of all of my love! I pray for those I’d like to life up today… and I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen!

 

Photo Credit: Copyright 2020. Samantha Moss. Permission to use granted by subject and photographer for use as a marketing tool for this broadcast. Graphic Credit: Emma Moss

 

Special Replay: Worthy of Blessings

Are you worthy of blessings? Blessings come to us in different ways and in this episode we will look at the blessings we receive as well as the cost. | #podcast #christianpodcastWorthy of Blessings? Special Replay!

Are you worthy of blessings? Blessings come to us in different ways and in this episode we will look at the blessings we receive as well as the cost.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels and the book, One More Child – download a free chapter at MediaAngels.com

In the book of Revelations 5:12 we read the phrase many of us are familiar with, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessings.” I don’t think any of us would argue that Christ is worthy of these blessings. He suffered and died to bring us salvation and this sacrifice has withstood the test of time, The Holy Bible is the most read book in the world.

Who do we consider worthy of blessings in today’s world? Is it someone who has accumulated wealth, someone who is famous or someone we admire for something great they have accomplished? Worthiness is in the eye of those who consider it important. Yet in the time after the Resurrection, we learn that worthiness meant something totally different.

Peter had denied Jesus three times! He was a man that walked with the Lord for many years, who watched him teach, perform miracles and at at the table with him. Yet, this was also a man who did something dishonorable, and he was even warned about it by our Lord – then became a changed man. This change came when he was forgiven.

We read that after the resurrection, the apostles went back to their old way of life and while fishing they noticed a man on the shore — the man asked them if they had caught any fish and they said no. SO he instructed them to throw down their nets yet again (similar to when he first called them to be his apostles). They had fished all night and when morning came they were asked …

Worthy of Blessings

John 21: 1-7

Peter became a new man – he was forgiven! We have hope friends! But with this hope comes the fear and we feel it today. Unborn babies are in even more danger than before with new laws being enacted. Believers who stand up for the rights of the unborn are ridiculed and condemned. Recently a lawmaker did a live stream video of him harassing a lady praying at the sidewalk of an abortion clinic. She was praying for the unborn baby who was about to lose their life – and this man was calling her horrible names and telling her how evil she was.

If you stand for the truth – for the Lord you will be worthy of blessings but also at a price.

When the apostles began to do as Jesus asked they were harassed.

It meant that if you preached in the name of the Lord, you would be condemned by the Sanhedrin – as Jesus was and it was considered an honor.

Read all of Acts from about Acts 5:20-41 -this is where the apostles were captured for preaching and put in jail – when the guards went to get them they found the jail still locked and the men preaching to the crowds.

They rejoiced because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name!

Are we worthy of blessings? Yes, if we are willing to pay the price.

Let’s pray!

Dear Lord God, you are worthy of all praise, all glory, and all honor. I thank you, Lord, for what you have done for me in my life. I love you Lord and I ask that you help me in my faith journey, show me the ways you want me to feed your lambs and tend your sheep. Help me in my process of worthiness and I ask that you walk alongside me each and every day. Make my path straight and righteous Lord! I ask Lord that you hear my prayers for the following people and needs … I praise you, my God, that you hear all of my prayers and answer them as I need them to be answered and I pray this in your Name – Amen.

 

Special Replay: Spiritual Discernment

Spiritual Discernment ~ Special Replay

Spiritual Discernment | The gift of spiritual discernment is one we all need! It allows us to see the truth to avoid darkness and to be ready for what is in store for those who love the Lord. | #podcast #christianpodcast #spiritualgifts #UCPNThe gift of spiritual discernment is one we all need! It allows us to see the truth to avoid darkness and to be ready for what is in store for those who love the Lord!

Welcome to AFMWG – this is a milestone episode for me – 100! When I began this podcast I had a handful of listeners and I believed the Lord wanted me to continue, even if I could fit all of you in my living room! However, as this show has grown in the number of listeners I am blessed by the power of God and some of you have given me feedback on what this show means to you – thank-you. If the Lord has helped me to help one person then this show has been worth it.

How do you connect to me? Via social media – we have a FB group for this network, look for the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network. You can also comment on our website at AFewMinutesWithGodPodcast.com – each show has it’s own post where we are open for comments.

And, please share this podcast with a friend to keep us growing and give me a star rating on your favorite podcast app. Thank you again for being a listener.

I was chatting with some moms that were talking about seeing a miraculous manifestation. Some thought it looked evil, others thought it was a miracle, a sign from God. Friends, in this case, we need discernment. Why did God perform miracles? He did this to increase the faith of those who saw Him do this, it is to increase our own personal faith. The importance of the gift of discernment could take up the next ten episodes of A Few Minutes With God Podcast! The gift of discernment keeps us from evil. Discernment allows us to see right and wrong, it allows us to recognize a sign that is not from God.

Back when I was learning about the gifts of the Holy Spirit the one gift I didn’t want was anything that had to do with discerning evil. I was young in my missionary walk with the Lord, in other words, I believed I loved the Lord and followed Him, but it was a personal journey – I would never consider doing a podcast or ever talking about anything religious in any sense of the word! Why didn’t I want the gift? Because I was afraid of evil. When we are strong in the Lord there is no need to fear. My mother use to say the devil was the size of an ant and the Lord the size of the entire world, and she is right! Jesus has already won the battle, and he has been victorious so what do we need to fear?

Holy Spirit Podcast here

There was an instance in my life when I met a person and I could sense evil. Don’t ask me how, I could, and it made me shudder. I warned one of my son’s about this person because he had to work closely with her on a ranch and he was very kind and could easily be swayed. Some things happened that caused him to feel the intuition I had was right and he came to me to talk about it, it turned out leaving a job was the best way to deal with the situation.

This “feeling” or “intuition” or gift has happened to me time and time again. It is something you can pray for and ask the Lord to give us and you will find it is one of the biggest blessings!

Starting with 1 Kings 3:11 when God said to Solomon that he didn’t ask for riches, or for the life of his enemies but for discernment to know what is right all the way to 1 Corinthians 12:10 discernment has been sought after by followers.

Proverbs 16:21 – The wise of heart is esteemed for discernment, and pleasing speech gains a reputation for learning.

1 John 5:20 – We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment to know the one who is true. And we are in the one who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

In 1 Corinthians the gifts of the Holy Spirit are layed out and especially in 10 we read, “…to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues.”

To grow in the gifts of discernment we need to pray for the help of the Holy Spirit, ask for the spiritual gifts of knowledge and understanding, and continue to read and study the Scriptures. Get connected to a church, and be sure to keep your eyes on Christ.

Friends, these gifts strengthen us in our walk with the Lord!

Let’s Pray For the Gift of Spiritual Discernment

Dear Father, I ask for an infilling of Your Holy Spirit, please give me the gift of discernment, please help me on my spiritual journey and I ask for the following prayer intentions… Father if it is in your will please answer my prayers, and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

Against All Odds Prayer Works

Against All Odds Prayer Works | Sometimes we pray for the wrong thing, but often, against all odds prayer works. It is in the little things that we see the hand of Almighty God and in this episode, we will explore that while things seem hopeless we should focus on today, and hope for tomorrow. | #podcast #christianpodcast #prayerworks #praying Against All Odds Prayer Works – Episode 157

Sometimes we pray for the wrong thing, but often, against all odds prayer works. It is in the little things that we see the hand of Almighty God and in this episode, we will explore that while things seem hopeless we should focus on today, and hope for tomorrow.

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child book — A Few Minutes With God

Christian faith revolves around the concepts of love and hope. God is a God of truth, justice, love (unfailing), and hope! We should wake up each day and rejoice, but instead, we are bogged down by the “what ifs” in our lives and the burden of our daily schedules or the things happening in the world around us. No matter when you listen to this podcast I am sure there is a world crisis that is causing you stress and tends to overwhelm you.

How do we overcome and get through just our every day lives and still have hope? Some days are better than others, but it appears that one thing happens it seems like there is a snowball effect in our lives and shatters any sense of peace.

Then there is social media. I am not sure if it has improved our lives or caused us to suffer. Especially when there are disagreements of opinions. it pits family against family and friend against friend. Often it pits people against each other who do not even know each other! What is this? It is senseless strife and worry that only adds to our anxiety.

We can pray things like, “Lord give me the right words to use,” or “Lord please change the other person’s heart.” But, what we should be praying is Lord, do I even engage. We don’t ask the right questions and that is an important prayer, “Lord what should I do?” Remember the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob is our God, and we are His people. As His people, we stand up for Him in our daily lives even when things get hard.

Currently, I’m reading a book that is way above my pay-grade. It is stretching me intellectually because it deals with the philosophy of faith. The title of this book is, “God is Not Nice,” by Ulrich Lehner.  It is an eye-opening in that it makes the argument that if God is good, and kind, and “nice” He is not a God worth following because we get comfortable in our faith. Our faith should stretch us, but our belief in a God that changes our lives, our perspective on the world, similar to windshield wipers on our soul IS a God worth following.

That is where our personal faith convictions take place. When we realize that God offers each one of us a relationship with Him as Creator, we realize that we are special and in essence, we are given dignity. If you think about what an atheist believes it makes me so sad in the fact that after this life that is all there is… nothing follows. What a sense of horror that would be for me to consider that there is nothing more than this life. I wonder if that is why there are so many suicides because of that hopeless despair.

Often I challenge you to think about God, to consider your faith, to spend time with God. Today, I want you to consider a life with God, without hope, without change, with all you see is what you get and there is nothing else. Horrific. That is the only term I can give to this thought. Atheism wants us to believe it is a freeing in the sense that it allows the human person to do whatever they want without any holds on their “free will,” but what it really does is place bondage on their free will by giving into our nature, which at its core is animalistic without a God who gives us a sense of dignity.

Dignity is something that is truly a human trait. It is the thing that pulls us out of bed and helps us to strive for the common and greater good each and every day. God is love but what does love do? It calls us to a greater and higher good, it makes us think of other things besides ourselves.

Good gives us back our dignity – think about this as you listen to this scripture in Luke 8:43-48

Just think about the times we pray. It is different for each one of us. But in those times do we really hold out any hope that God is available to hear us and we hope, answer us? Many times it appears that it is against all odds that prayer works. It is like a lucky hand of cards, or playing a game of chance. It is a thought in our minds, sometimes prayer works and sometimes it doesn’t. Is that how we pray? Is that the best we can do as believers?

I’ve asked you many questions in this podcast and as a Christian, I sometimes struggle with my place in all of the madness in this world. As I write this our world is embattled in a grab for our very souls. So many Christians believe the lies of what they hear on the air-waves and it is hard to discern what we believe and what we hold dear, especially as Christians. But where is our faith?

Matthew 17:20 He said to them, “Because of your little faith. For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of 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.”

This is the faith that moves the mountain of our unbelief and gives us hope in the everyday. The God who gives each one of us the dignity of life and the dignity to strive to be the best also gives us the hope that “nothing will be impossible for you.” May God be praised.

Let’s hold on to this thought, the God of the impossible will – against all odds help us in our struggles and give us the words to pray.

Let’s Pray.

Dear Lord, I pray for eyes that see what faith has in store for me, in that there is hope in my life and dignity and love that surpasses all understanding. I realize that nothing will be impossible for you and I ask that you help me not to fear the everyday issues in my life! I give you my day Lord and ask that you help me in what I need to do, to prioritize, and to let go! I chose joy and happiness because I am created by a loving God who laid down His life for me so that I can have life in the world to come. Dear Jesus, I pray specifically for the following needs: And I pray this in the Name of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. AMEN!

How To Pray

How To Pray | When I think about how to pray sometimes I am at a loss. So, how can I dedicate an entire podcast to this topic? Well, it is a challenge. And the key is the following words, God's will be done... | #christianpodcast #podcast #Christian #prayer #prayingHow To Pray ~ Episode 156

Have you thought about how to pray? When I think about how to pray sometimes I am at a loss. So, how can I dedicate an entire podcast to this topic? Well, it is a challenge. And the key is the following words, God’s will be done…

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child book — A Few Minutes With God

How to Pray:

Is there a formula? Is there a quick way to have a hotline to the Almighty? I’m sure if you do a search online you will see the correct way, the wrong way, and everything in between. For me, prayer is a conversation with the One True God. The God that cares about everything I do and cares about the number of hairs on my head (Matthew 10:30) or has us in the palm of His Hands:

“See, I have inscribed you on the palmof my hands; your walls are continually before me.”

I think struggling with prayer happens when we are in the midst of a tragedy or are fearful and feel a situation is hopeless. Nothing is easy, so why should pray?  In addition, we think that if we pray and the prayers are not answered we will struggle with our faith. So, again why pray? Then there is the prosperity gospel which is a spin on Christianity as it focuses on our beliefs. If we believe (and that depends on the strength of our belief),  we will get the outcome we deserve in prayer. God will only answer us if we pray hard and believe harder. Right? That simple philosophy of prayer has led more people out of the church and away from their faith than any other. I’ve talked to people who have turned their back son Christianity because their belief did not pan out in answered prayers, so in essence, God has let them down.

Let’s think about this… we worship the Almighty God of the universe in Exodus 3:14 we read: “God said to Moses, “I am who I am.” He said further, “Thus you shall say to the Israelites, ‘I am has sent me to you.’”

Do we really think we have power over God? Of course not!  As humans, we are given the dignity that only a Creator God who loves us gives – God has given us hope that the future we see on this earth is not all there is. Faith is not a coping mechanism. It is also not a “get out of hell card.” Some think that if we pray we don’t have to worry about eternal damnation. Prayer is so important but also living a life that is right and just. In other words, walking the walk instead of talking.

Yes, we can pray a salvation prayer. Or, if you are a Catholic participate in the sacraments, but once again it is more. There are many forms of prayer for a pentecostal or charismatic there is praying in tongues, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, there is praying extemporaneously, from the heart and in prayers such as the Lord’s prayer. There is singing with I’ve been told is like praying twice. Christian prayer is as diverse as the people praying.

Prayer, like faith, is a choice–a decision that you embrace wholeheartedly, or is it another step in the list of things you should do. Complacency in our faith is a tool of the evil one.

Prayer does not necessarily save us, only Christ can. But, prayer does save us from ourselves. When we pray we are in a state of humility realizing that we are not in charge, and we are in a position of asking the Lord that His will be done for us, and the hope and prayer that we accept His will.

We realize with faith that we are not in charge, we can not manipulate our world or “make our own luck,” as I’ve heard countless people say. Yes, we can choose to be happy, chose to follow God, and select a greater good in this life, but that is a choice. Luck is chance. Faith is not.

Some people think that when prayer is answered, it is pure luck. No! Absolutely not. Answered prayer is Divine intervention of God’s will. I’ve shared this in previous podcasts that sometimes when we pray it is no, not now or yes, but as I contemplate prayer it is really more. God in His infinite wisdom and goodness knows what is best for us so His answer is always His will.

In the Scriptures, Jesus taught us how to pray in what is famously known as the Lord’s Prayer. This is the key to praying and it is simply praying in the Father’s will. I know I recite the Lord’s prayer daily, but like some of you, I have become complacent and say it without thinking.

You should read the entire book of Matthew, but here in chapter six is where we find the Lord admonishes us to pray, not as those who give alms and want everyone to see their good works, but as someone who is humble and realizes our lives are in the care of One who really loves us and not only created the world in which we live but had a hand in creating each one of us, we are the handiwork of God.

Concerning Prayer Matthew: 6:5-14

Please pray the Lord’s prayer, ponder the words and place then in your heart. The keys for me might be different than for you, but the main points are to pray God’s will be done, to pray to forgive others and to ask that the Lord forgives us as we forgive others. God wants us to have peace not turmoil in our lives and it calls to mind

Faith is a gift from our Father. Matthew 16: Peter said, “You are the Christ the Son of God.” For those of us who are believers then our focus as we pray is that the Name of the Almighty the great I AM should have greater significance and be front and center in our lives. Thy will be done–now and forever! Lord give me the words to pray…

Let’s Pray:

Dear Father, thank you for the gift of faith, I believe you are the great I AM and I ask that you continue to increase my faith, and I pledge to follow you in all things, the things that matter, the focus on what is right and good. I stand for life, Lord — all lives from conception to death. I stand for all the is holy and righteous. Thank you, Lord, for all the ways you have answered my prayer, and I pray your will be done. I pray for the following needs and intentions…. and Lord, if your will be done, grant these prayers and petitions in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

Choices We Make

Choices We Make | Christians are held to a higher standard and so are the choices we make. Are we held to this standard by ourselves, or by God? How do we live our lives? In this episode, we will discuss the choices in this world of a wide array of paths that will lead us to sin. | #podcast #christianpodcast #choiceswemake #Christians #ChristianChoicesChoices We Make – Episode 155

Christians are held to a higher standard and so are the choices we make. Are we held to this standard by ourselves, or by God? How do we live our lives? In this episode, we will discuss the choices in this world of a wide array of paths that will lead us to sin.

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child book — A Few Minutes With God

In life, there are so many choices to make and the reason I wanted to share this topic with you is that the choices I see people make are often based on little thought. Currently, there is a war of words going on that slander and hurt, words become two-edged swords. Doesn’t scripture talk about this? Yes, in Hebrews 4:12 we read, ”

For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”
God gave us this gift of communication and we use it all wrong! Recently in a private group that I am on with a group of moms that I have known for more than 20 years, someone was offended and decided to leave the group for political reasons. I was heartbroken until I saw a post from one of my friends who said, “Let’s pray for her, and begin for the next nine days with prayer specifically for her and her family.” That was a choice made by friends who are grounded in truth and in Christ! We love everyone, even if they hurt us!
The Scripture reminds us that God’s word is truth. And that if you discern, you often see that the thoughts and intents of our own hearts are not as they should be. Do we look at our motivations? The reasons why, or do we react? So many times the choices we make are based upon reactions, quick judgments, and ill-conceived through behind our decisions. I am very guilty of this.
Currently, on social media there is a war of words and if you are listening to this in five years, I am sure it will be as true in five years as it is today. There is always going to be a difference in the way that people look at things. Yet the way we respond can be godly or in a way that is harmful and tears apart relationships. I have seen families torn apart as well as friends, and it grieves me to no end. And, for what? The choice being made is proving you are right. You will never prove this with anger.
Which brings me to time, and the choices we make to serve. Years ago I realized that I was very quick to volunteer my time. I wanted to help and it gave me a sense of self-worth (translation pride) to receive the approval of others. I realized, finally by the grace of God that I didn’t have to say yes to each and every project and that I could work myself to the bone if I kept up the pace to the detriment of my family. The people I loved the most in this world. These choices were not necessarily a decision between good or bad. That is why it was so hard to figure out what was going wrong.
I find that the way we make our choices are tied to the place you are in your walk with the Lord. Are you grounded? Are you full of God’s love? Are you a half full or half empty type of person? This refers to the analogy of looking at a cup and seeing it as half full or looking at it as half empty. If we look at our lives in a positive light, which I believe is a gift that some have naturally, then it will help us in many ways.

Where are you in your faith walk? Are you raring to go each and every day, looking forward to the day that God has created and looking for those blessings you are sure will come to pass? Or are you looking at faith as a second thought that you remember especially when you are crying out in prayer? I believe how we live our lives is just the beginning.

We are living in what people keep calling “unprecedented times. But, truthfully I believe that each age could say the same thing. Each day there will be things that happen that will threaten our peace, our joy, and even the safety of our temporal earthly bodies. But the love of God is something we can count on and this is not something that we have to worry about or consider. It is a steady force, to describe God is to describe unconditional love. God created therefore he loves. So, with this in our lives, how can we feel saddened or afraid?

2 Corinthians 5:14-21

14 For the love of Christ urges us on, because we are convinced that one has died for all; therefore all have died. 15 And he died for all, so that those who live might live no longer for themselves, but for him who died and was raised for them.

16 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view;[a] even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view,[b] we know him no longer in that way. 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation; 19 that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself,[c] not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting the message of reconciliation to us. 20 So we are ambassadors for Christ, since God is making his appeal through us; we entreat you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. 21 For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Friends that is all we need to know. We can no longer regard people from a human point of view. We have to look at people from the point of view that God has given to us. How do we judge? How do those choices we make affect us as well as those in our life? Do we choose for good or for bad? We are ambassadors for Christ. God is making HIS appeal through us! For our sake, HE made HIM to be sin who knew NO sin, so that in HIM we might become righteous of God.

We are called. You. Me. To live this life to the fullest knowing that Almighty God has got this. Whatever “this” is in your life. What choice are you making?  I pray this is a wake-up call for all of us to chose Christ.

Let’s Pray:
Dear heavenly Father, I thank you for loving us for giving us our Lord and Savior who was without sin but took on our sins so that we could be cleansed. I chose to make good decisions, I chose Christ, I chose to live my life in a way that is pleasing to you! Please Lord, take on my burdens and lift them from me. Allow me to understand your will for my life, and help me in my daily yes to you. I pray specifically for the following needs:    And, I pray this in the Name of Jesus. Amen.

All Men Are Created Equal

All Men Are Created Equal | Do you believe that all men are created equal? If you are a Christian this truth has been ingrained into you from the beginning of your faith journey. In this episode, we will discuss the issues of our times and how we can combat hate with love. | #christianpodcast #allareequal #Godlovesall #God #Christ #ChristianityAll Men Are Created Equal – Episode 154

Do you believe that all men are created equal? If you are a Christian this truth has been ingrained into you from the beginning of your faith journey. In this episode, we will discuss the issues of our times and how we can combat hate with love.

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child book — A Few Minutes With God

What has happened to our world where people of dignity do what is wrong in with a sense of right? Yeah, I’m purposely being vague here because most of us can’t even agree on what is right and what is wrong. There is anger and division that has been sowed on our streets and the discord is taken to levels we have never seen in this country.

We know that the evil one is running scared and rampant and into the hearts and minds of those who are weak and can be manipulated. How strong are you? Can you be manipulated by evil – can you turn against those you love for the sake of being right? I see long time relationships crumbling. If I say that all people are created equal I can be seen as insensitive. But, it is the truth and we are – so where do we go from here?

All men are created equal – yet from the beginning of time we were at war with each other. First the rebellion of Adam and Eve against God’s perfect plan and then with their children,  Cain and Able – brother against brother.

The Bible warns us of this in Matthew 10: 21-23

 “Brothers will turn against their own brothers and hand them over to be killed. Fathers will hand over their own children to be killed. Children will fight against their own parents and will have them killed. Everyone will hate you because you follow me. But the one who remains faithful to the end will be saved. When you are treated badly in one city, go to another city. I promise you that you will not finish going to all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes again.”

God did not decree that one set of people is over another set that is manmade. In the history of our world, we see that stronger men tend to rule over the weaker. There were pharaohs in Egypt, Kings, and Queens in Europe and royalty throughout.

We see that even in the United States of America men tried to rule over men in the form of slavery and prejudice. I grew up in an immigrant family and we were looked down upon at different times yet we were taught to hold our heads high, to work hard, and to look to God for all our help and answers. My family excelled and while not wealthy were very comfortable with their livings, although I did have uncles and cousins who reached millionaire status. Yet, prejudice will always be in the hearts of men who do not look to God for all their answers. Is it right? No, and we as a people should not stand for it, but it begins with the one person you have jurisdiction and authority over, and that is you. Begin with yourself.

Our constitution has the words in the Declaration of Independence. Let me read a section to you, you should read it yourself. “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”

Friends, when we allowed the “powers that be” to push God out of the schools and out of the hearts of our children we get anarchy and a sense of despondency. What does the Bible say about equality?

Genesis 1:27 – So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; man and female he created him.

Romans 2:11 – For God shows no partiality.

Proverbs 22:2 – The rich and the poor meet together; the Lord is maker of them all.

Galatians 3:28 – There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

Acts 10:34 – So Peter opened his mouth and said: “Truly I understand that God shows no partiality…

and the final one that I love, James 2:8-9

If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself,” you are doing well. But if you show partiality, you are committing sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors.

That my friends is the key! The golden rule – love others as you want to be loved yourself. Sounds narcissistic but it is true. We should not show partiality but we must stand true to what the Scriptures say and that is there is not one that is better than others.

Truths:

  1. All men were created in the image of God. God doesn’t make junk.
  2. People who elevate themselves over others are called bullies.
  3. If you think you are better than others, try walking on water.
  4. Everyone is a child of God – even if they shun the creator, He still loves them.
  5. If you want to be blessed, try out giving God.

If we are joyful we will share joy. If we are hopeful we will share hope. You may be the only Christian people see and in that way our responsibility is huge! How do you respond, how do you act? Is it with kindness and love? We must pray for each other, for our world and for a sense of brotherhood and unity to come into our hearts and poor into others.

Let’s pray:
Dear Lord you didn’t create junk, we are created in your image and we love you. We praise you that you are a God of justice and we ask that justice reign over our world and our hearts. It starts with us Lord, so make us strong in order to combat the evil one in our world, we ask for love and joy that surpasses all understanding and I bring you these prayers and petitions: And, I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Overcoming Fear

Overcoming Fear | Overcoming fear is something that is important and real for all time, but especially for this present time in which we live. In this episode, we will discuss how we can allow fear to rule our lives or combat it with the spiritual tools we have freely available to us. | #podcast #christianpodcast #overcomingfear #faithoverfear #perfectlovecastsoutfear #fearlessChristians #Christians #Christ #christianfaithOvercoming Fear – Episode 153

Overcoming fear is something that is important and real for all time, but especially for this present time in which we live. In this episode, we will discuss how we can allow fear to rule our lives or combat it with the spiritual tools we have freely available to us.

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child book — A Few Minutes With God

Are you fearful? If so, join the club with many of my friends on Facebook. It seems that everyone is fearful of something and angry and upset. Fear is something that creeps in without us even expecting it and then it quickly turns to anger, because fear is a great motivator of self-preservation. And if we are fearful we tend to lash out.

Do you know about the tools you have in your arsenal as a Christian? The spiritual tools? Well, let me introduce you to a few:

  1. The Word. The Bible is filled with the tools we need to overcome the evil one. The armor of Christ comes to mind – Ephesians 6:10-18
  2. Our faith. Our faith will sustain us but needs to be shored up – that is why we watch uplifting shows or videos and we listen to podcasts that will enrich and encourage our faith journey.
  3. Our community. This is our family first, then our friends. We have a prayer force that is very strong if it is used wisely (no gossip – just the prayer request, and it does not need to be specific. God knows.)

Let’s start with the Word of God. The word became flesh and dwelt among us – why wouldn’t we call on the Holy Name of God?

John 1:14 – The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Friends, as I share these scriptures with you write them down and read and memorize the verses that you can call to mind in a time of need. If you need a quick prayer, try the Jesus prayer. Invoking the name of Christ is all you need. Another quick prayer is, Jesus I Trust In You – this comes from the Divine Mercy prayer.

At the Name of Jesus – every knee will bow and tongue profess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

Philippians 2:9-11

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
    and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
    in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
    to the glory of God the Father.

We know that perfect love cast out all fear, or as the Scriptures so eloquently puts it in 1 John 4:18 But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment.

Fear is horrible and it is crippling. Every time you are fearful turn to the Scriptures. And, this is food for thought. If we do not fear death we have nothing to fear. If our life with God is on a solid foundation why do we fear? Nothing will happen without the permissive will of God, especially over the elements. God is the God of all. He parted the waters of the Red Sea. I believe there is a time of persecution coming – and it is already here in some places of the world – but I also know that if we stay vigilant and in prayer HE will protect us. If not we get to see Him sooner! I know that alone will cause some of you to become worried, but we do not know the time or place, the hour when the Lord is coming back. If we are a Christian our hope is in Christ. Period.

So many people today are paralyzed with fear and are angry. They are angry that people don’t understand or see their side of things or are just plain evil. Groups and sides are aligned with no middle ground. What happened to brotherhood, sisterhood, and praying for each other? Only the silent majority is silent. I’m not saying to go out there and slam into people as people slam into you. I’m saying that our voices can be heard where they really count, in prayer, and in the Divine will of God. Do what he tells you. This is what Mary said, the mother of Jesus at the wedding feast of Cana. She said to listen to the Lord and then you can watch miracles happen, in your own life and in the lives of others.

We are in a time where the scriptures say that we will be against each other this level of anger is unprecedented. I have never seen more sparing of brother against brother and sister against sister. We are in a war of words where right is considered wrong and wrong is right. You can not post an opinion on social media without the people who know better swoop down to tell you you are wrong. The question is not of right and wrong it is of principalities of darkness.

The Bible warns us of this in Matthew 10: 21-23

 “Brothers will turn against their own brothers and hand them over to be killed. Fathers will hand over their own children to be killed. Children will fight against their own parents and will have them killed. Everyone will hate you because you follow me. But the one who remains faithful to the end will be saved. When you are treated badly in one city, go to another city. I promise you that you will not finish going to all the cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes again.”

The Son of Man, the second person of the Trinity has already come and as we read in the Scriptures, will come again. God told us in the 10 Commandments – Thou Shalt Not Kill.  Yet abortion is still running rampant in our cities – and people today even Christians do not think that pro-life politicians is the only issue we should be concerned about. Friends, Pro-life as the ultimate issue. We look at our conveniences and our livelihoods but we do not think the murdering of innocent children is evil? No wonder we live in fear.

Do we have love? Does perfect love cast out all fear? Let’s look at 1 John 17-20

This is how love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment: In this world, we are like Jesus. 18 There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

19 We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen.

Let us Pray:

Lord help us to love each other – give me the words to mend fences, to love my neighbor to love those who persecute me for righteousness sake. Dear Lord please cast out the fear in my life. I ask for the following prayers – and I pray this in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Fearless Faith Journey

Fearless Faith Journey | How do we have a fearless faith journey when our lives are fearful and full of confusion? In this episode, we will discuss how our journey should be one with hope instead of fear, and we should not be afraid. | #podcast #christianpodcast #fearlessfaith #christianfaith #christian #faithjourneyFearless Faith Journey –  152

How do we have a fearless faith journey when our lives are fearful and full of confusion? In this episode, we will discuss how our journey should be one with hope instead of fear, and we should not be afraid.

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child book — A Few Minutes With God

Our fearless faith journey looks different depending on where we are in our lives. If we are young, our journey has just started and as we age we are wiser (I call wisdom learning from our past mistakes and making an oath not to do them again!) And, in the sense we now see this journey with a rearview mirror and some of us like what we see and the others want to forget. There are some things that keep us pinned down unable to move forward in our faith journey. These things are:

  1. Fear
  2. Regret
  3. Paralysis

Many people base their feelings on emotion and what is happening in their relationships but if our relationship with the Lord is on a solid ground out a relationship with our loved ones, our friends will all fall into place. (Podcast on Relationship with Christ here)

Life is a journey and so is our faith. We plan for our lives, our retirement our vacations. We plan for futures but we don’t look at our faith the same way. For some, it is a one-time acceptance. I’ve accepted the Lord Jesus as my Savior, I have repented of my sins and I promise to sin no more, Amen. And that is it – then they live their lives as if they don’t have a care in the world and no outward sign to others of what they have been given. A gift of eternal life. How can we not want to shout it from the rooftops? “JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!” This is a precious gift that some have accepted on their life journey and they don’t ever tell anyone about it!

We begin as baby Christians on a path where we don’t really know what we are doing or what is expected of us. Many think that Christianity is a list of what we need to give up! In fact, the list is more extensive the more someone has lived. God doesn’t say, don’t have fun and live your life in sackcloth and contemplation of your past sins. No, Jesus has died for our sins and all we need to do is release them.

Fearless Faith Journey

Faith is freeing and sin bogs us down, it gives us anxiety it makes us feel horrible. We are built with a conscience whether you like it or not. Let’s say you steal and you are not caught, how does that make you feel? If you have a well-formed conscience you will feel horrible. Picture this, a clear glass that is brilliant and multi-faceted. The light that is pure can flow through the glass and in the glass. Now put the glass in a pit of mud, and what do we have … we have glass that is dirty and the light filters through there and there but mostly is blocked from entering. That is the state of our souls when we sin and have an absence of God – and for many of us, we don’t even see it. Lying. Gossip. Anger. Self-Righteousness. Stealing. Killing. and so forth.

When we see rioting or looting we think, “How can people do this?” We see evil for evil. We see good for good. Others may not see this as clearly or if they do, they chose evil.

Our faith journey has ups and downs but that happens when we forget that Jesus is Lord and God reigns. We forget and we become sad or despondent. We take the cross of illness, anxiety, stress, and allow it to bog us down to the point that we are indeed paralyzed and fearful. The question is how do we get past these roadblocks in life?

Write them down. Right now. Stop this audio and write down what is preventing you from your travels, your personal life journey. What are you holding on to? What can you not let go of? What fear is overwhelming you? What is the issue in your life that has no solution? Our fearless faith journey begins with these five point:

  1. Remember that we have been redeemed by the Lord ~ Revelations 5:11

    11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they were saying:

    “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!”

    2. Jesus has already died and paid the price for our sins – do you believe, truly? If so, why are you fearful?

    3. God the Son, the eternal word became flesh and dwelt among us in order to share in our life in all things except sin. Have you given your life to Christ and invite Him to walk alongside you?

    4. Every issue in life has a solution, but sometimes the answer is not we want.

    5. Our hope is in the Lord and in no other.

    Recently I heard a sermon and it was beautiful in that the Priest reminded us that our hope is in Christ he talked about praying and I felt that sometimes when we pray we can use different words. We can learn so much from the Scriptures – what did Martha and Mary say to the Lord when their brother Lazurus was sick? “Lord, the one that you love is sick.” Take those words and apply them to your own prayers – Lord the one that you love is fearful, Lord the one that you love is worried, unemployed, hurt by the words of someone they love…” We can use these words as we pray and the needs in our life and the needs of others.

Our journey in life should be joyous and fulfilling. It should be rich with the knowledge that we are not going it alone. Who do you have in your life? Even though I can not see you I know that you are listening and I have so many of you in my life, I pray for you and you pray for me. It is a journey we are talking together. This journey of life is not lonely if we have the Lord. It is full of richness and love, a love that flows our of us and can’t help but spill onto others.

I pray that your journey begins to improve that those uphill battles begin to even out, that those dips in the road become filled with the sweetness and joy that comes from knowing that God has not forsaken you, and He is right there alongside you – only if you have asked Him to come into your heart and onto the road of life.

Let’s pray:
Dear God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit – thank you for filling me with joy as I teach today’s session and I ask that you allow this joy to filter through the airwaves to those who are listening. Give them a sense of you alongside them on this journey of life, allow them to see your hand in their lives and be thankful. Dear Lord help us and come with us as we continue on toward the journey of life and our faith journey. Allow it to become deeper and deeper with more of you and less of us. I pray for the following intentions: And, I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Relationship with Christ

Relationship with Christ|  Relationships come and go and yet with Christ, the relationship is everlasting. In this episode, we will explore the meaning of hope, the senselessness of fear, and the relationship that keeps on giving! | #podcast #christianpodcast #relationshipwithChrist #relationshipwithGod #christianrelationships Relationship with Christ – Episode 151

Relationships come and go and yet with Christ, the relationship is everlasting. In this episode, we will explore the meaning of hope, the senselessness of fear, and the relationship that keeps on giving!

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child book — A Few Minutes With God

We all know about relationships and how much work they take. If we were sitting together in a room filled with 100 or more people we could share our experiences and I bet they would be all over the board in many cases but the essence would look like this:

  1. Relationships are wonderful and precious.
  2. Relationships take work.
  3. Relationships can be horrible and scar you for life.

We’ve all had ups and downs in our relationship and my list of one through three is the gamut from everything is wonderful to it was the biggest train wreck ever. But our in-person relationships would be wonderful if we have a solid relationship with God. There is no way we can be loving, generous, and kind without the love, generosity, and kindness poured into us by God.

While our relationships with others may not work out our relations with the Lord will always work out! We can be sure of the love of God is endless and unending. God loves us no matter what, His love is unconditional.

How can we love someone we have not spent time getting to know? We can’t. Yet, we expect to have a relationship with Christ that is amazing and wonderful, and yet so many of us do not want to put any time into it … yes, there is that pesky word again. Time. Just a few minutes, a few minutes with God. The refrain has been used over and over in my podcasts, but it is so true. Without spending time with God in His Word, in listening during times of quiet, in watching good and wholesome shows and videos that encourage an uplift us and do not terrify us!

So much of what I see shared are videos that want to scare us into submission or into a panic. The idea of the world ending has always been an age-old issue. The Bible talks about world destruction. The world-wide flood, the destruction of Sodom and Gomora. And, we are currently living in a time that is as bad as those days, so of course, the people who make videos are going on an on about the end of times. But fear is not from God. In addition, the Lord himself told us that we were not to fear but to realize the (Matthew 24:35) “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

Matthew 24 – beginning with verse 32 and ending at verse 32 is amazing – I will read you a section of this in regard to the Lord assuring us about the end of time… Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.

A couple of noteworthy phrases I want to mention:

  1. No one knows the hour – not the angels or the Son
  2. We should be watchful
  3. The hour will be when we least expect it.

We need to worry not about the day or time – but about the state of our souls. Where are we in our relationship with Jesus – do we truly have a relationship with the King of King, the Lord of Lords, the Bright morning star, the Alpha and the Omega? Or do we just think of the Lord as there always, and use as needed?

Relationships take work friends, and our work takes all of our time. I am guilty of this as well, yet when I go to my Lord, when I picture myself resting my head on his shoulder I am filled with the truth that He has not forsaken me. He is waiting and he is ready. The question is – am I ready? Are you ready? Where are you spending your time?

Relationship with Christ

How can we work on our relationship with Christ? Realizing these truths:

  1. If we are fearful that means we don’t trust – so trust God!
  2. Praise God each day. One of the easiest ways to enjoy the day is to begin by thanking God for our life.
  3. Don’t fear death. Death is everlasting life without sadness, pain, or anger. It is a place of happiness and joy – so get ready!
  4. Remember, each day is precious. Set up reminders if you can not find the time to spend with the Lord – plan it, and stick to the plan.
  5. Enjoy your relationships with your family and your friends. Seek out the good in others and bless them with a smile and pray for those who irritate you!

Let’s pray –

Dear Lord, we are a people that long for you and we will never be satisfied unless we have you in our life. Our souls thirst for fulfillment but nothing on this earth will fulfill us as you can. Please Lord, help me to see this as I continue to grow in my relationship with you. Help me to find the time, give me more time for this purpose. Dear Lord I pray for the following intentions: (prayer request here), I praise you and I thank you, for hearing me and providing for our needs, and I pray this in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

Modern Missionaries

Modern Day Missionaries | Where are all the modern missionaries today? The Lord has taken people that I feel were the saints of the day, including Mother Theresa home. | #podcast #christianpodcast #christian #missionaries #missionariestoday #ChristModern Missionaries – Episode 150

Where are all the modern missionaries today? The Lord has taken people that I feel were the saints of the day, including Mother Theresa home. There are many pastors and preachers that are also enjoying their eternal reward. But, what about now when our world needs these modern-day and women, the prophets to share the good news and call the people back to Him.

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child bookA Few Minutes With God

Many of us have read countless stories of missionaries and the work they did in spreading the word of God to the people. It was important work because communication was limited. Travel was difficult, books were scarce and it took dedicated men and women with the fire of the Holy Spirit in their hearts and an overflowing of God’s love to put aside worldly comforts and to seek souls for the kingdom of God. Where are the people today with a zeal of Christ who are not looking at making a quick buck, or promoting a book, or getting thousands of views on YouTube? Is it wrong to make money? Of course not, a laborer is worth his wage, 1 Timothy 5:17-18 speaks not only to those who help those in need and preach but also pay.

And, I’m not above making money, in fact without funds from sponsors or selling my own books with commercials on this very broadcast, I could not bring you a podcast network the size this one has grown to be. But, sometimes I feel that it is hard to listen to the radio preachers or even the ones on talk shows because there is so much filler stuff – commercials or every other word is upselling a book or product. Does this make their work less important, no it doesn’t but those missionaries of God seem to be a thing of the past.

So, here is the challenge – some of you probably knew this was coming…the challenge is for those of us who have or feel they are working out their salvation (Philippians 2:12 – Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling…”) we have an obligation, a duty to God to carry out His work. When the Lord left this world He ordained those who watched Him rise up to heaven he asked the apostles to spread his word. Matthew 28:19- “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit…”

If we truly believe the Word of God is not only for those living at the time but for us now, the everlasting Word then we have hope. Salvation gives us hope and God’s desire for all of us, salvation is dependent on knowing the truth, but also acting on this truth, this knowledge and sharing it with others. It is not just for us, it is for all nations. Many people do not follow God because they have a misguided notion about what Christianity truly is — is it a set of rules and the “thou shall nots” or is it feeling and liberating and joyful? Do you fill the overflowing love of God in your heart from time to time that just takes your breath away? If not, maybe it is time to spend a few minutes with God – you probably knew I was going to say that! Sorry, I could not resist.

It is said that hell is a testimony to God’s respect for our freedom. Let me say that again – Hell is a testimony to God’s respect for our freedom. He will not force us to share the good news – to go to church to love Him and serve Him. God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit is not a dictator, He is pure love. Love knows no bounds, it blesses without discrimination and it fills our life with every good thing. How can we keep all of this inside of us? I’ve shared this before but I’ll share it again because while it is so simple it packs a wallop of truth. The best spiritual plan for evaluation is the simplest, I’ve learned! “Make a friend of Jesus, be a friend of Jesus, make a friend yourself, and introduce your friend to Jesus.” Simple.

We must recognize Jesus in our lives in all that we do and say and know that the Kingdom of God is at hand. While Jesus, in the physical left this earth, His Spirit is here among us. The light of Christ is within us but if we dull it with the worldly we can not be that light to others. God became man for us and he experiences everything with us. Remember the saying some time back, “What would Jesus Do?” It was on t-shirts, bracelets, and mugs. It even had an acronym, WWJD – but it is the truth of understanding that God is here with us always. I use to remind my children of this when we talked about movies or books, or the internet. What would you do if Jesus was beside you?

Well, He is – so if you are a missionary–a modern missionary, you have Jesus with You. We can show the love of Christ by breaking bread with others, having a meal, sharing a story, listen to the struggles and the pain of the feelings of loneliness or abandonment. Jesus will multiply our words like he multiplied the bread. Sometimes in life, we feel like we are on a voyage and the seas are calm, but at other times the sea is rough but we stay the course. If you can share a story of how you were able to overcome hardship with the help of Christ that is so amazing.

How are we feeding the hungry and clothing the poor? How are we volunteering our time or our resources? In some cases it is not your season, you have kids or obligations or duties and you do not have the resources or the time. In other cases, you may have the time as the Lord leads you. We can all be missionaries but we don’t have to follow we can forge our own path if God gives you the thought to do it. I remember seeing a young boy who watched the homeless shivering on the sidewalks and he wanted to collect blankets at home to bring them to the people. He not only did this, but he had started an effort that involved the entire town. This was one person, with the help and encouragement of his family that made a difference. The gospels are full of stories of Jesus tending to the poor but more so the poor of heart, those who were hopeless.

Pray friends, that the Lord leads you to become a modern missionary for him and for those who need your words of love and encouragement and support. These people may be in your very own family. I remember visiting my mother-in-law in the assisted care facility and my father-in-law had dementia. She suffered from bouts of loneliness. He was in a hospital-bed within her line of vision and day-after-day she watched as he had no hope of recovering. While she was able to go-to meals and talk to the other residents, it was understandably difficult for her to have hope, and struggle from loneliness. We can be surrounded by our family and still be lonely. Start within your family and work outwards and see what the Lord has in store for you.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Lord, you are pure love – fill me with your love so that it overflows and allows me to be an instrument of your hope, love, and joy for others. Help me to put you first in my life, fill me with hope and banish any negative thoughts and fears. Thank you for your steadfast love and I ask for the following prayer intentions. … Thank you and praise you, Lord and I pray this in your precious Name. Amen.

 

 

Secret Mission For God

Secret Mission For God | I love the idea of a secret mission - but a secret mission for God? In this episode, we will discuss how many of us keep our faith hidden and ways we can share the "good news," and the love that is only in Christ. | #podcast #christianpodcast #christian #missionaries #christianmission #christianmissionaries #spreadingthegoodnews #JesusSecret Mission For God -Episode 149

I love the idea of a secret mission – but a secret mission for God? In this episode, we will discuss how many of us keep our faith hidden and ways we can share the “good news,” and the love that is only in Christ.

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child bookA Few Minutes With God

Do you remember the song from your childhood, “This Little Light of Mine”? It is a song that is often sung during children’s choir or Bible Camps. This is an uplifting song that reminds children that the light of God is not just for them but for the world. The song comes from the scripture, in Matthew 5:14-16 Jesus said,

The Lord said this after the Beatitudes (Matthew 5: 3-12) The entire chapter 5 should be read and savored, because our Lord, who gave up His life for us, was teaching us a way to live. And so, what do we do to say, “Thank you my God you have the everlasting words of truth?” We hide it under a bushel. We are on a secret mission for God – that is how we treat our faith. We hide it, because we don’t want to be prideful or to brag or to act like we are “holier than thou.”  So, here is where we need balance.

Do you know people that are professed Christians who think they have all the answers, put others down who do not know Christ,  and are judgemental? Yeah, we can probably think of a few of those, if fact even if you are a Christian you are not the right “type” of Christian. And, that is the problem. In an effort to not be “that person” we go to the extreme. We hide the truth, our own light and keep our faith secret. Friends, we live in a volatile world of negative opinion, name-calling, and false rhetoric. We have to learn what we should and should not say, but never-ever discount your love of God. Love those that are hard to love, and speak love to all people. Remember the scriptures about loving our enemies? Again we are in Matthew 5 this time 5:43-48

How can we be perfect? We can’t without Christ. True perfection lies in letting go and letting God. Is it easy to love your enemies? No, of course not. Talking to people who you disagree with is often difficult, but talking with love is always important or we will be no better than the tax collectors.

Recently I spoke to a business acquaintance that believes the opposite of everything I hold dear. In our conversation, we shared ideas, opinions, and left the conversation with an understanding that we did not agree. However, there was no name-calling, no minimalizing my stance or my faith and I did share what I hold dear and good. And, yet we left as friends. If more people did this, talking with love and conviction for all, we would not be in the place we are now. We are in a place that Jesus spoke about in the scriptures, honoring Christ with our lips but our hearts are far away from Him.

Matthew 15:3-11

What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them. That is why the English playwright and author from the 1800s said the “pen is mightier than the sword.” Can we take that to heart? Can we speak in ways that are uplifting (and friends, I’m talking to myself here as well as asking you to do this with me!). How can we be Christians by our light and our love?

Are you on a secret mission for God? Are you praying for others, are you putting time into your relationships with God first to infill and bring our lives to the joy that overflows into others? Are we looking for the good in others, are we praising and worshipping and thanking God with every living breath that flows out of us?

Of course not. Life keeps getting in the way. We may wake up with high hopes and aspirations and then the next second we turn around and someone or something irritates us! I’ve learned to keep the news off, to pray for the welfare and the health of those who are being maligned and hurt by the lack of leadership in our world. It begins with the strength of fathers and mothers within the family and their faith in God. Moral children begin with moral families and those who have risen above their situation poor upbringing and situations are all the stronger.

The take away is that if we are truly a person of faith and we truly want to live the life that God has for us, one that is fulfilling and joyful, one that looks at adversity and says, “Lord help me find the way around it,” a person of prayer and a person of strong faith and conviction, we need to ask the Holy Spirit for an infilling so we can be warriors for truth. We must be warrior of God, putting on the armor of Christ so that we can fight the enemy of words and slander that is plaguing our world.

The true crisis today is that children have not been taught how to think. The true crisis is that people are puppets of the flavor of the week or the whim of the day. The true crisis is that people believe that right is wrong and wrong is right. It is never okay to hurt others, to destroy property for the sake of righteousness, and to ask others to give up or abdicate their roles or responsibilities for the sake of control. We have been lead down a path of godlessness for years friends. God was taken out of our schools and good Christians did not flock to Christian schools, no–they stayed in the cheaper alternative and what was at stake was the souls of our children. What the public schools began the universities have finished.

Stand up friends, take back our land, our faith, our churches. Let your voice join with mine in prayer, a prayer that remains unceasing. We need to pray in a way that is so different than anything we have done before. The enemy is loose friends, not that he has ever been contained, but the people were moral and good – or at least trying… they were able to resist the tactics of the enemy. What about now? Now morals have been loosened, they have been undermined, they have been challenged and those who were strong, or grew up with good morals are turning their back to God. Why? Because that road is less traveled and they feel the burden of Christianity is heavy. I agree it is – when you try to carry it on your own. Are you carrying your burdens on your own are you trying to “do it” whatever “it is” by yourself? In those times we come depressed or despondent and feel like our faith is hollow. It is not – our faith is and can be strong if we allow God to work in our lives. Friends, the mission from God is to stay the course to learn, to pray, to spend time in communication…and most of all to allow the love of God–that none of us deserve but He freely gives to fill us with every good thing.

Let’s Pray:
My God you are so worthy of my love and my praise and I know you love me more than I can possibly understand by the virtue of the fact that I am living. Dear Lord, you know all things and you know the state of the world, the state of our lives, and the state of those who want to love and serve you. Please help me, my God, to allow more of you and less of me, help me to put you first, allow me to share the good news, not to hide the light, your light under a bushel. I pray specifically for the following prayer intentions: Thank you for every good thing, and I pray this in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

 

 

 

Faith Beyond Measure

Faith Beyond Measure | What is the true measure of success? Some would say, faith without measure. Think about those you love, can you put a limit on the love? | #podcast #christianpodcast #christian #afewminuteswithGod #faith #faithbeyond #believe Faith Beyond Measure – Episode 148

What is the true measure of success? Some would say, faith without measure. Think about those you love, can you put a limit on the love? No, our love knows all bounds and if we give a portion of that love to our Lord, our faith will grow beyond any of our hopes and dreams.

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child bookA Few Minutes With God

The way the world measure success vs. the way God measures success is vastly different. The world says things like, “you deserve it,” and “think of yourself first,” and “you can do it, you don’t need anyone’s help.” We have become a narcissistic society, look at how many people take selfies all day long to post on social media, or apps, expressing their pleasure, displeasure, or just for fun. God has given us free will and we pray, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” If those words sound familiar to you, they come from the Lord’s Prayer in Scripture (Matthew 6:9-13) where Jesus taught us how to pray. Free will is God’s will. God’s will is always accomplished. Horrible things happen to good people and when the world is one where “self” is proclaimed as God the society as a whole fails.

If we look at history and the revisionist history taught in the schools is not what I am discussing here…but when we look at the history of mankind we see that any society that ignored faith ignored family. In the present age, we see that the families have been torn apart. Husbands and wives divorce because of irreconcilable differences, the “me first” generation is waging a war and fathers have abdicated their duties in many cases.  We create our own hells on earth – we look down instead of up and in so doing we find that what we see as earthly pleasures are unfulfilling. Hell on earth is an absence of love of God, all love is communicated through the creator. We can choose God or we can choose ourselves.

Sometimes I wonder what unbelievers think about death and turmoil without hope of everlasting life. If this is all there is, “earthly pleasures,” then I can’t imagine what happens when tragedy hits, especially death. Is death truly the end? Is this is all there is? For a Christian, if we “know” the truth, why the heck don’t we act like it? We should be joyful and sharing the good news, we should have faith without expecting things to turn out as we have planned.

Our pastor talks about working on the vertical – or relationship with God and if we do, He will work out the horizontal, the life we live. How can we work on the vertical, by prayer by spending time with God, by words filled and inspired but the Holy Spirit? Do we quietly listen for the prompting of God? Set reminders to pray – why not? We set reminders for everything else. My phone pops up a calendar reminder daily to pray. Communication is the key to any relationship and if we are not spending time talking to God pouring out our heart to Him, not in complaint, but in prayer, how much better our life will be.

Faith without Measure

The prayers God answers are ones of faith, and a deepening of our relationship with Him. Why create our own “hell on earth,” instead of seeking the kingdom of God, and earthly happiness with those we love? God’s faith is unconditional our faith is this-for-that. We deal with relationships in that way, when we feel marginalized or maligned we want to retaliate and fight back. Faith is understanding that our human condition is fragility and not expecting others, even those we love to give us the craving of love without limits. Our husbands, wives, kids, grandkids, extended family members, friends – they will all let us down at one time or another. Who can never let us down? The Almighty, the King of Heaven and earth.

Friends, hell is real, the scriptures talk about a hell that is everlasting. We may wonder how God could create hell. Hell is the absence of something – the absence of a thing – the absence of the light of Christ. If Christ is love then hell is without love and it is pure evil and suffering. God has communicated His love for us by creation. I wondered from time to time, why did God even bother to make us – frail humans that have such weaknesses compared to the glory of God. But, as a parent and one who loves her spouse, I realized that love by its nature wants to create. The outcome of love is family. That, my friends, is a taste of heaven on earth. We create hell when we turn our backs to God when we put ourselves first above all others when we believe that this is all there is and heaven may or may not be there, so why bother? When we can’t tell ourselves no.

We have a precious gift just waiting to be given to us – and that is faith without measure. We can use our freedoms, not given by the state or the nation, but by God. We need to pray to God for help to use our freedom wisely and to enter that narrow gate and walk on the narrow and less traveled path. If everyone else is “doing it,” you can be sure you won’t find me “doing it,” as well. God does not predestine anyone to go to hell, only by our free will can we turn away from God. Our hope, our joy, our love, our faith is all in God.

He is the way, the truth, and the life. John 14:6 – “Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” We Christians are just as guilty as our counterparts – we pick and choose what we like or don’t like. If it is too hard we decide to take the easy road. In near-death experiences, when a person is on the threshold of heaven, often the person talks about light, happiness, and peace. If a person has a negative experience the result is conversion, going toward God rather than away from God. It is a balance, a balance of doing life – living life in this world and understanding that a merciful God is waiting for us with open arms.

Let’s Pray:

My God, I come before you sinful and sorrowful, for all the ways I have offended you and put my wants and needs over what You have rightfully wanted for my life — You have given me free will and I have taken this will and turned my back on what is right and just. I ask you, Lord, to help me to see my life as You see it – and to lead me, by the still voice of the Holy Spirit back into the path of goodness and happiness. Jesus come into my life in a deeper way, I crave a closer relationship with You, each and every day. Bring me people in my life who are also surrounded by Your love and Your joy. I pray specifically for the following people and the needs:  And, I ask this is Jesus’ precious Name, Amen.

Identity In Christ

Identity In Christ | Is your identity in Christ? Do we allow other people to take away our peace and to become dismayed or despondent? What about all that is happening in our world? | #podcast #christianpodcast #Christ #Christian #I love Jesus #faith #christianfaithAuthority & Identity in Christ – Episode 147

Is your identity in Christ? Do we allow other people to take away our peace and to become dismayed or despondent? What about all that is happening in our world? In this episode, we will discuss our identity as Christians needs to be rooted very firmly in Christ for us to have a life that is meaningful and with purpose.

Sponsor Media Angels, Inc. – One More Child bookA Few Minutes With God

I was dismayed recently to hear of an incident where a child was being bullied by a supposed Christian friend. I say supposed because I do not know, nor claim to know the heart of this child. But, I do know the child that was hurt is one who loves deeply, who sees the good in other people, who gives people the benefit of the doubt. This child was hurt by the cruelty of words the words that cut and slash and take away all that she believed about herself. How does this happen? How can the words of another hurt us to the point that we question everything?

Those we love are given the power by virtue of our trust to hurt us – we are handing them our hearts. Now, in the case of friendship it is not our love, but our friendship and our ability to enjoy the other person’s company. We in essence trust them not to hurt us physically or psychologically. I’m not a psychologist but it doesn’t take one to know that those who lash out are often those who are hurting themselves. There is a reason, perhaps deep down that they are crying out for help – but instead of showing vulnerability they come off as being harsh or judgmental.

In a conversation, I shared with these children about the beatitudes which they were aware of – and we went over a few of them. I also explained that our identity, our self-esteem, our self-worth can only come from Christ. It should not have been a surprise, but it was to see that today, when I attended church, the Gospel readings for the day (June 8) were on the Beatitudes. It was as if the Lord was saying, yes–you got this right. It is only in me that your identity lies.

Matthew 5:1-12 New American Bible (Revised Edition) (NABRE)

Chapter 5

The Sermon on the Mount. [a]When he saw the crowds,[b] he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. He began to teach them, saying:

The Beatitudes[c]

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,[d]
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
[e]Blessed are they who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.
[f]Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,[g]
    for they will be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.
[h]Blessed are the clean of heart,
    for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.
10 Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,[i]
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. 12 [j]Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

The true solution only rests in Christ and His love. But how do we move this away from our heads to our hearts? We want to be loved and cherished not only by those in our families but those who we call friends. How do we, who yearn for true happiness find it if we are constantly allowing others to rob us of our peace?

Happiness? What is this and why do we allow others to steal this away from us? The keyword in the teachings of Christ are the proclamation of joy, and where do we find this? In the Beatitudes – Blessed are they… people are made for happiness and we “thirst” for righteousness sake – of happiness. Christ has the answer to our desires, but He asks us to TRUST Him. True joy is can’t ever be attained without God – we can’t have it without understanding pain, the strife, and all that happens in our life that is not easy. Living the Christian life is not easy. The Beatitudes are the roadsign that shows us this journey (this comes from a speech from St. John Paul II at world youth day). Jesus didn’t just proclaim the Beatitudes – he didn’t just give us a roadmap or point to the “way” with this sign. No, Jesus lived the beatitudes.

Romans 12:

Chapter 12

Sacrifice of Body and Mind. [b]I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship. Do not conform yourselves to this age but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect.

This conversion must take place within our minds – the transformation in our minds often leads to peace in our hearts. How can we not be conformed to this world? We live in this world! Yet, while we live in this world we do not need to be transformed by this world – and the only way to do this… are you ready for this profound idea? Spend a few minutes with God – more than that spend time with God in quiet. Can you do it? In our loud world with all the noise that bombards us external and internal, it becomes more and more difficult.

Identity in Christ a Bridge To God

Christ is the symbol of peace between man and God and between man and man.  Christ has destroyed any obstacle to peace. He is known as the Lord of Lords, King of Kings, Mighty God and Prince of Peace. In reverse, the prince of darkness keeps us in bondage and allows us to remember over and over and over again as if the record is stuck every mistake we’ve made or every hurt that has been uttered by someone we care about. Christian peace comes from the cross – from the death and resurrection, the struggle in ourselves. Can we follow, can we truly be an instrument of God’s peace? Our own hearts must be conformed to Christ.

St. Mother Theresa of Calcutta showed what is what like to be a peacemaker. She showed this in a country where those who were poor were considered less than human. We know, by her faith that Mother’s identity in Christ was firm. Mother Theresa said: The fruit of silence is prayer – the fruit of prayer if faith, the fruit of faith is love, the fruit of love is service, and fruit of service is peace. I pray the peace and joy that surpasses all understanding comes to you, friends, and this is my prayer for you!

Let’s Pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, Give us the time, expand our time so that we can truly spend time and silence with you – we want to hear your voice, we want to experience a taste of heaven on earth, we want to believe – for we know it in our heads, but need it in our hearts, that your love can and will sustain us. We ask my God for a blessing on all of those who have hurt us, we ask that you, who are love will bless them and show them your love for them and love can blot out any hurt. Dear Lord, I ask that you shower me with your grace, to realize that my identity as a person is only in you and that you help me Lord to become the person you have made me to be! I ask for the prayers I now ask – and those in my heart …. please Lord help those I pray for and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

St. Joseph Model For Fathers

Joseph Model For Fathers | Recently my family read about St. Joseph model for families and my life will never be the same. In this episode, we will discuss how the saints that lived before us are powerful examples... | #podcast #christianpodcast #modelforfathers #fathersday Joseph Model For Fathers Episode 146

Recently my family read about St. Joseph model for fathers and my life will never be the same. In this episode, we will discuss how the saints that lived before us are powerful examples of what it means to live our Christian faith.

Today we are going to talk about a great Biblical figure that we hear very little about in the Scriptures. In fact, we can find verses on Ruth, David, Abraham, and Isaac and the other Joseph – the one who was sold by his brothers into slavery – but Mary and Joseph… we hear very little. And, why is that? Truthfully, I’m not a Biblical scholar so I don’t know – but what I do know as a passionate Christian that when we look at the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary, and Joseph we see a blueprint of what Christian life and true fatherhood should look like.

What do we know about Joseph?

  1. He was a man of faith.
  2. He was handpicked by God Almighty as the best – do you think the creator of the Universe would pick any man? Joseph was elevated to this status by his Yes.
  3. He had the most important job of a lifetime! The care of the Savior of the world before he was born, by taking care of the mother – Mary, and then after birth from infancy until he died. Joseph heard from God – first in a dream when he was told not to divorce Mary – and then later when he was asked to take Mary and the newborn, Jesus to Egypt for safety. Can you imagine a more important job as a Father? Joseph was the greatest father in the world. He protected and cared for Jesus and Mary. The scriptures called St. Joseph the father of Jesus – Luke 2:33, 48

I always thought of Joseph as old – but, he couldn’t have been that old, because he had to travel far – and if he was old, he couldn’t have done it! The distance from Nazareth to Bethlehem (where the census took place) was 80 miles! That was a huge distance and then they had to go to Egypt to escape Herod, and then, back to Nazareth where they lived and Jesus grew up.

Joseph as head of the family took Jesus and Mary to dedicate his child in the temple. We know the family was poor – how do we know this? Through the sacrifice they brought – it was a sacrifice of the poor, a gift of the poor, two turtledoves, and after Simeon spoke – Simeon who was an old man was in the temple waiting for the Messiah – we are told Simeon was guided by the Spirit and prophesied over the infant… Luke2: 28-32

Can you imagine what Joseph and Mary thought? Here Joseph was in charge of taking care of this family that God Almighty had entrusted to him – and he was hearing this dire prophesy – of the future for his wife and son. I’m sure he thought about this often.

I’m sure Joseph had to be strong, and I am sure that he thought, “What can I possibly teach the son of God?”  Joseph as head of the household was in charge of the most precious of all children, he taught him alongside Mary. Can you imagine Jesus as a young boy calling out to Joseph? I doubt he said – foster-father or step-father – no, He would have called Joseph Father or even Daddy.

Jesus grew up as the commandments taught – to honor His father and mother. I always wondered about the private life of Jesus, all those years that we don’t know about – we get a glimpse of his life when he was about a young boy – but other than this we know nothing. It was as if Jesus was given this time with his family, to be a family. Jesus learned a trade, he had friends, how could he not! I’m sure he was loved by all who met Him.

We hear a tiny bit about Jesus as a boy. This was the only incident that we know about where he caused Joseph and Mary anxiety

Then, after losing Jesus for three days on their way back from the temple, after Passover, Mary and Joseph found Jesus in the temple. He was talking to the teachers in the temple – we read in – Luke 2:28 – “When his parents[i] saw him they were astonished; and his mother said to him, “Child, why have you treated us like this? Look, your father and I have been searching for you in great anxiety.”

Of course, Jesus goes on to tell them – why should they be surprised to find him in the Temple as it was His father’s house!

If Father’s today would look a St. Joseph as a symbol of all that summarizes true Fatherhood we would be so blessed as a society today. The Holy family did not have money or status – but they had what all families crave and that is love – the love of a Father and a Mother.

In fact, the statistics – which I won’t look up but you can, of children raised without father’s show that they tend to have a greater risk of poverty, behavioral problems, abuse, and neglect, more likely to go to prison or commit a crime, become high school dropouts and suffer from drug and alcohol abuse. Where are the fathers of today? They do not realize the job they have or the importance of their role.

We should turn to the example of Joseph who followed what the Angel of the Lord said, and was an upright and just man. He was handpicked by Almighty God to care for two of the most precious people, the Savior of the world and his mother – St. Joseph, our model, and example, pray for us!

Let’s pray –

Dear Lord, thank you for giving us the holy men and women in scripture as an example for us to see your providence in all things. You did not allow Jesus to be born or cared for by just anyone but you handpicked the man who would do the best job. Thank you my God for this example of true fatherhood and allow all of those who are hurting and without godly father examples in their lives to turn to you –please Lord be a father to them. We ask, Jesus for the following prayers … and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

Jesus For All People

Jesus For All People ~ Episode 145

Jesus for all people, not some people not just for you and for me – but for all the people in the world who are open to hearing His voice. In this episode, we will explore that if we really want the true peace and joy that surpasses all understanding – we need Jesus, now more than ever.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc. and the featured books, A Few Minutes with God and One More Child. 

Did you know that Jesus came for all people? The message of Christianity is not some but many in the scriptures we read about the foolish people of that age – I am sure you agree that people have not changed for the better – but foolishness is so prevalent by what we hear and see. Jeremiah 5: 20-23

Friends, there is a not-so-secret agenda in our world today to divide people.  I’m not talking about race here – I am talking about Christian vs. non-Christian. If you are a Christian who loves God and believes that God, Jesus is for ALL people there is no hatred and harm. There is only love. People – we do not know the Bible! If you read the New Testament you will see over and over again that Jesus went to the poor, the oppressed, those who hungered not only for righteousness but for truth. So, what has happened in our current day? There are those who are evil – and think they are better than everyone else. Those evil people harm and kill and because of the evil works of a few we are all punished – not only that but other evil people aid and assist those who want to destroy.

We need to keep our eyes open and be ready because with the closing of our churches – something I have not outwardly spoken about up until now – and yes, we have reopened – at least here in Florida, we have allowed our rights to be trampled on. Did I get closer to God in the times I could not attend church? Yes, and I feel that is a blessing from above, but to be ordered by our government to shut down and for those in the hierarchy of the church to listen. Wow. I get it people were sacred – and rightly so, but we have the right to worship and no one can take that right away from us … but they did.

So what do we do? We don’t protest we listen and follow along. What else is coming, friends? I have no answers but I do know that we must get back to our roots – Jesus is the answer – Jesus is the reason we worship – Jesus is color blind – Jesus loves all – does he care how much money you make, or the type of car you drive or what neighborhood you live in?

Jesus cares about you – He cares about me – He cares about the people in nursing homes my own father-in-law with dementia that I cannot go and visit because the facilities are still shut down. I am praying and visualizing that Jesus is beside his bed and He is there to comfort Him. I know Jesus cares about Him and Jesus hears our prayers! If we want peace in our world people let’s look within.

Are you ready to do a self-analysis? Here is your homework for the week – are you ready?

  1. Where is your mind? When you wake up each morning what are you thinking?
  2. Do you pray daily?
  3. Do you read Scripture daily?
  4. Do you ask God to take your day and time for HIS glory?
  5. Do you praise God daily? In words or in singing?

How did you do? To be honest there are some questions – which just came to me as I was doing this episode and were not planned – that I did not do so great on… which means, friends we only have one way to go and that is UP – we can pray and we can improve. We also need to pray for the state of our world and for those who do not know the Lord. If everyone loved Jesus as I am sure you do this world would be a better place.

One last thing – will you share this episode with a friend? I believe we need more of Jesus in our world and I’m doing my tiny, small part along with your help to spread the good news. Jesus is for all people, not just us!

Let’s pray.

Dear Heavenly Father – you sent your one and only Son into the world for our sake – you sent the Lord and Savior of the world not just for me – but for all people. My Lord, please enter the hearts of those who are hurting, open the eyes, and the ears that are closed to hearing the truth and the love that you have available and offer to them freely. Please help us, Lord, to come to you in humility but with the knowledge that while You know all things and see our sins, you will also see our repentant hearts. Dear Jesus, please listen to our prayers as we pray for the following needs…    thank-you Lord for taking away the spirit of fear and instead of giving us a spirit of joy that surpasses all understanding and we pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

Replay Challenges For Christians

Challenges for Christians | I don’t need to tell you that as a Christian we are in peril. There are many challenges for Christians to overcome each day. | #podcast #christianpodcast Challenges For Christians – Replay

With the virus and all the chaos that followed it is time to learn that now the challenge is getting our hearts focused on the Lord! Enjoy this replay.

I don’t need to tell you that as a Christian we are in peril. There are many challenges for Christians to overcome each day. We are persecuted people worldwide but currently, in our own world, the things we held dear are slowly being eroded.

In the scriptures, Jesus challenges us again and again that following Him is not an easy road but it is one that is eternal. In the last episode, we read the Sermon on the Mount and how the Lord challenged us in the beatitudes. Today we are going to read about a further challenge that seems so applicable to our world today.

In the Scriptures, Jesus challenges us that it is not enough to be his disciples and to be blessed when we are persecuted but then we must turn the other cheek. I want to read the Scripture and have you process this and what it means for our lives because I feel the Lord has revealed something special in this passage and I will use it in my life. If you believe He wants you to use it in your lives as well then I invite you to think and pray.

Challenges For Christians

Matthew 5:38-40 New International Version (NIV) — Eye for Eye

This lesson from our Lord and Savior was to show us that the Kingdom of God does not operate as our world operates. Jesus characterized unfailing truth, mercy, forgiveness of sinners, and finally sacrificial love by his dying on the cross.

We are told to go above and beyond what is expected – but this verse does not mean we sit there and be abused. Not at all – we do not put ourselves in danger by allowing someone to hurt us. That would be against all that is good and holy. This verse shows us that in a world of mediocracy, of doing the least amount, of caring only about ourselves to the detriment of others we are to be a light in a hurting world. Recently on the news, I saw a story of a man who walked five or ten miles to work and had to get up super early to get there and was always on time. Someone saw this and purchased him a car so that he could drive instead. This is an example of what the Lord is showing us. The news received national attention and the donor was hailed as a “good Samaritan,” synonymous with the Scriptures intent.

Jesus is the one who challenges – and there will always be challenges for Christians

What Jesus says to us in the Scripture is that we should not retaliate – we should forgive, we should in essence “turn the other cheek.” The world expects us to retaliate, in fact, it is instinctive. We want to get back to insult, to hate. All of these things make the enemy rejoice while good suffers. So many people are held in bondage of guilt and unforgiveness and it will eat away at your health and eventually your soul if you let it.

Jesus is the perfect example of silence before his accuser when he was sentenced to death on the cross. We all know he could summon the angels of heaven or freed Himself with just one word but he did not. As I share this message we approach the Lenten season. It is a time of reflection, the 40 days before Easter. Friends, even if you are not Catholic, spend this time in prayer before the Lord daily and pray. Think about how the Lord did not avenge His death, instead He used it to set us free and what a heavy price. Something we should be grateful for and rejoice!

In the Old Testament, we see a similar example of acting counter culture with the sparing of Saul’s life by David. Even though Saul wanted to kill David, David showed that God was in charge of his life. And, Saul had been chosen by God.

We are told to be merciful as God is merciful. Jesus isn’t only teaching He is showing us a glimpse of himself and His mission. Where there was hatred Jesus came to bring us love. We are called to imitate Christ. Can we do that in our daily lives? Can we be a gateway of love and joy to those in our families, to those we encounter every day, to the random person on the street?

As Christians, we can show that when we are slandered and persecuted that we will pray for them. I once ended a conversation with someone that was pro-abortion that I would pray for them. They were taken aback. We should not say it in a way that is condescending but in a way that is heartfelt!

God does not call everyone but those He calls He equips. He has given us all the tools we need by the power of the Holy Spirit, by the grace from on high, by His words in Scripture. We have everything we need and yet we fall short. We must pray to be the light and to bring the light of Jesus to others and that should be our goal as we approach the 40 days of Lent.

Let’s Pray!

Lord, I want to imitate You, your goodness, your mercy, and your forgiveness but I fall short. I cannot do this on my own. I need the Father. I need You, Jesus. I need the Holy Spirit. I need help! Please, Lord, hear my prayers and help me in this time of persecution to place you first. If I put you first I know that everything else will work out. I put all of my trust in you, Jesus. Help me to be a light for a hurting world. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me. Help me to let go of the things that I have carried for many days, weeks or even years. I give all of my needs to you and I am free in the precious Name of Jesus. You died so that our sins could be forgiven and I praise Your Name!

Thank you for hearing my prayers for answering my prayers and for being ever faithful. Thank-you for this time to dwell on your words, to place them in my heart and to learn from your lessons even though it is many years later it still makes sense. Dear Lord, please listen as I pray for the following intentions… thank-you for hearing and answering my prayers. Dear Jesus I ask a special blessing on all of the listeners of this podcast, I ask that you bless them 100-fold for their faithfulness in listening and studying your Word in Holy Scripture and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Meaning of Life

Meaning Of Life | What is it all about? What is the meaning of life? What is our purpose here? This is an age-old question, and in fact, you probably have joked about it at some point, right? | #podcast #christianpodcast #meaningoflife #life #ChristianFaithThe Meaning of Life Episode 144

What is it all about? What is the meaning of life? What is our purpose here? This is an age-old question, and in fact, you probably have joked about it at some point, right? The meaning of life is clearly unfolded in the books of Sacred Scripture but can we read between the lines? In this episode, we will delve into the way the Lord reveals Himself to us in His Word.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc. and the featured books, A Few Minutes with God and One More Child. 

Listening to various sermons online from some of the best preachers has been so eye-opening for me. I learn something new every day or perhaps glean a new insight that has escaped me in the past. In the last episode, we spoke about Pentecost – the infilling of the Holy Spirit after Jesus left this world and went up to heaven. He promised he would not leave us or abandon us and sending His Spirit gives us comfort.

As a Christian, I know that Jesus is the way the truth and the Life and that whoever believes in Him has salvation. The Resurrected Lord appeared to the disciples after His death and there were many eyewitnesses which is why even with the threat of death, the apostles would not deny Him. He appeared to them and selected another apostle to take the place of Judas who betrayed Him and He selected Mathias. We learn from the Scriptures that Mathias had been traveling with them all along and had been learning from the Lord just as the others had. But, something called to the Lord to select Him as a replacement. Have you ever wondered why? Remember we’ve discussed how the New Testament is a fulfillment of the Old Testament of the Bible. And the number twelve was significant so it makes sense that the twelve apostles would symbolize the power of God through the new Evangelism – the new testimony of His witnesses. Because they were filled with the Holy Spirit the power of God was working within them. They would be able to share the good news that all was not lost and that the salvation of many would take place.

God works through us in the same way as He worked through His apostles and we see this through salvation History. In the Old Testament God began His revelation in the beginning – when He created the heavens and the earth. And even after the fall of man in Genesis 3:15

We know that “your offspring and hers” – hers signifying Mary and He signifying Christ. Christ crushed the head of the beast, while the beast only wounded his heel – in the Crucifixion, the heels of Christ were pierced. The verses of Scripture are so rich and continue to reveal more and more each time we read them. From the beginning, we were promised salvation from evil – and the Word was made flesh and lived among us. Let’s look at Hebrews 1:1-14

In God’s own words the mystery of life is revealed. God reveals himself constantly through the years as they unfold in the Scriptures. He shows himself in the created order, in the world he gave us, in the natural beauty, and even in us – in the humans, he created in His image… He shows himself through the revelation and the witness of the prophets in Hebrews we read that – He revealed Himself in his covenants – with Abraham and the 12 tribes of Israel – one of the descendants from this tribe was David where Mary and Joseph’s lineage can be traced. From this covenant, he laid down the laws as they were revealed and he made his promises to the people.

But, in no way even with the greatness of all the words and the deeds and the miracles of the Old Testament is it surpassed by the glory that God gave us in His Son. He fully revealed Himself to us and this is the New Covenant – it is the meaning of life – it is the Word of God made flesh. If the creator of the universe could send His Son to die for us – what else is there? There is nothing else to be said – it is time to drop the proverbial microphone! It is done. It is finished. There is no other revelation that we need to know about or want, for our salvation.

As we study our faith, as we ask for a deeper understanding of the Holy Spirit as we grow in our love for what the Almighty has done for us we realize that His love for us surpasses all understanding and the meaning of our life is only in the understanding of what it means to be in Christ and to have him in us.

Yet people always ask that age-old question – “if God is so good and all-knowing how can he allow suffering…” First, even the Son of God the second person in the Trinity did not save Himself from pain and suffering. We can read all the times in the New Testament where He suffered, where he even shed blood in the Garden of Gethsemane before they came to arrest Him because He knew what was coming. Do you think he does not understand what we are going through? Do you think he could have chosen a better time in history to show up, like now—where maybe he would be deemed crazy but harmless rather than at a time where punishment for supposed blaspheme was death by crucifixion? Think about it.

God gave us His Son out of love for us – if we, humankind understood this would we not make other choices and live in harmony? It is with those people – the ones he has given free will that choices – and many times the wrong choices by selfish people who are full of pride for themselves that we all suffer. Just think about the enemy, Satan – his fault was that he was filled with pride and though He was greater than God and disliked that the angels bowed before God when he felt they should bow before him. Friends, it isn’t God who sent us death and destruction it is caused at the very hands of the people God created who have turned their backs on Him.

The meaning of life is right before us – it is in our giving of our lives to the Lord. He is here. He is waiting. He is knocking. Will you let Him in? If you have not opened yourself up to the Lord in a deeper way, get down on your knees and do it today – ask the Lord to give you the words for repentance, ask him to forgive those things you have done in your past – if you can’t remember them ask the Lord to bring them to your mind, and then He will give you forgiveness no matter what you have done! Ask Jesus to come into your life in a deeper way and offer your life to Him. Ask Him to cleanse you from all the things that are not of Him and give you a heart that wants only what is good and holy. By opening your heart, the Lord can fill the void that sense of loss that sense that no one cares or understands you. God will bring it all to you in a way that you will understand and the truth will set you free.

Let’s Pray – Dear Heavenly Father how can I thank you for revealing yourself to us through the words of the Old Testament and then giving us your son in the New? How can we thank You, Jesus, for the gift you gave or your very life for our salvation? Please send us your Holy Spirit to renew our faith to renew our wants and our needs only in You, my God. I know the purpose of my life and that is to have a life filled with the joy that Your love brings. I ask for the following needs, You, my Jesus know my heart …. If it is your will, and in

Pentecost

Pentecost | The truth can set you free, and on Pentecost, the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit and became embolden speaking in tongues, in languages they did not know. How can we be filled with this spiritual influence and use it in our everyday lives to go out and proclaim the good news? | #podcast #christianpodcast #holyspirit #GodsGift #TheSpiritofGodPentecost Beginning For Christians ~ Episode 143

The truth can set you free, and on Pentecost, the Apostles were filled with the Holy Spirit and became embolden speaking in tongues, in languages they did not know. How can we be filled with this spiritual influence and use it in our everyday lives to go out and proclaim the good news?

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc. and the featured books, A Few Minutes with God and One More Child. 

I have several other podcasts on the topic of the Holy SpiritGifts of the Holy Spirit and Family  of the Holy Spirit  

As I shared in a previous podcast I had a revelation that without the Holy Spirit it is difficult for us to understand faith, and to understand Biblical principles. What is so clear to me seems fuzzy to some, and what is so clear to my pastors or teachers sometimes seems difficult for me to understand. We have different levels of understanding in academics, right? For some calculus or maybe writing a 20-page essay may come easy, but others may look at these two topics and say, no way! I can’t do either! For academics, we need to study, but sometimes studying doesn’t mean we can understand the material – we need to study about faith as well and expose ourselves to readings and a good book.

With faith, we understand what we are capable of understanding at that time and place. But one thing I’ve always been in awe of is the faith of a child. My grandchild sometimes says things to me that leaves me breathless in their faith and thoughts about God.

Faith is a gift and it is given freely. The answer to this call is totally up to us. If we look at the Holy Word of God the Bible we will see that throughout salvation history, God the Father revealed Himself to us. How did He do this? We see it in the garden when he walked with our first parents. Can you imagine walking with God the Father? We see it when they sinned against God and he prophetically shared in Genesis 3:15 – This was the foreshadowing of the coming of Christ who would defeat evil. In the Old Testament, we continue to read about a God who lead an imperfect people. But we also read that when we see Jesus, we see the Father. And, after Jesus rose from the dead He sent the Spirit. Pentecost Sunday is celebrated seven weeks after Easter. It is a reminder to us about the ability to be ready at all times, and the infilling of the Holy Spirit will open your mind and heart to all that is good and Holy.

Where is the Holy Spirit in your life? On Pentecost, we Christians celebrate this awakening of awareness and understanding of God – we see that in our imperfection we are made whole and we are loved by the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. When we pray, we are opening ourselves up to gifts that are greater than anything we can even imagine on earth, and if you are like me—your imagination can be grand! How can we stay in our complacency when our eyes have been opened to the glory that is available, freely from our God? He is ready with all the gifts of the Holy Spirit and waiting for us to open our hands in the ready for what He has to offer to us! Not the neighbor down the street, not to other people who you think are more worthy, but to us! If we continue to live our lives on our own terms there can be no change in us for the better. I hear all of these talks about being the “best person you can be,” but at what cost? So many people walk around miserable and unhappy. Happiness, true happiness is based upon faith! It is a deep-down realization that we are not alone and we are in the care of a Heavenly Father.

Do we live life on our terms? Are we really open to the glorious blessings that the Almighty has in store for us? The gifts of the Holy Spirit — God is greater than all the kings and kingdoms of this world, all the great men and women that we see or know about because they are famous, and God does not puff Himself up sharing His importance with us—no, He comes to us in humility. Do you want to get to know God? Humility is your key.

Years ago I met a man whose father held very important positions and was a remarkable man in intellect. He was knighted by the Queen of England and was now know with the title of “Sir” … so teasingly I asked this man, who was sitting at the table in our home, if we had royalty in our midst. He humbly smiled and said something like, only in Christ are we truly heirs to the Kingdom. That resonated with me… only in Christ are we heirs.

Christ did not shy away from humility in the life he lived with Joseph and Mary. The life of a poor carpenter. God could have claimed all the riches of the earth, yet he lived among the people who were detached from worldly goods. He also didn’t leave us alone. He promised and advocate – the Holy Spirit.

In Acts 2 – you should read the entire chapter, but it talks about the effects of the Holy Spirit among the 12 that were hidden in the upper room, where it was believed that Mary was with them. She had been left under the care of John, the Apostle by Jesus at the foot of the cross. If he was hiding out in the upper room, I’m sure he would not have abandoned the mother of our Savior! You can read about the apostles speaking in tongues because that is what we typically read and hear – but I want to point out Acts 2: 17-20 It was a reminder of the prophet Joel from the Old Testament – the New Testament we are reminded over and over again is a fulfillment of the Old.

Some think the Holy Spirit was only for then—not now, but that is not true. First let’s look at the gifts of the Holy Spirit: wisdom, understanding, counsel, knowledge, fortitude, piety, and fear of the Lord. But let’s look at what comes after these gifts! After these gifts come to the fruits – especially for those who are open to God in their life Scripture always tells us we can judge others, their motivations, and intentions by their fruits. If you say you are a Christian how are you showing it? Just in words or in deeds?

… In Galatians 5: 22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.

Friends we can’t do it alone. I pray this for you, today is a new beginning and all things for us are impossible but with God all things are possible

Let’s Pray – Dear God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit we ask for an infilling of all of the gifts of your Holy Spirit not so that we can boast but so that you can be glorified. Help us to grow deeper in the love of You – help us to be detached from the things of this world and know that you hold the meaning of joy and a fulfilled life… I ask for the gifts and the fruits of the Spirit so I can better serve you each day. I ask for the following prayer requests and intentions… Dear Lord if it is your will I ask that these requests and intentions be heard. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Christian Faith Essentials

Faith Essentials | Have you packed your Christian faith essentials away, or do you have them on hand when you fight the enemy? How do we explain the way our lives have changed over the course of the last few months...| #podcast #christianpodcast #podcastsforchristians #Christianity #Christianfaith #faith #essentialsforfaith #Acts2Christian Faith Essentials Episode 142

Have you packed your Christian faith essentials away, or do you have them on hand when you fight the enemy? How do we explain the way our lives have changed over the course of the last few months of shelter at home and fear of getting sick from a virus? In this episode, we look at Acts 2 and how the essentials of faith have been laid out in the Bible.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc. and the featured books, A Few Minutes with God and One More Child. 

If you have listened to A Few Minutes with God I end each session with a prayer, usually, I summarize what we’ve discussed and I ask the Lord for a blessing on the listeners as well as a time for prayer for our special intentions. But I had an aha moment while listening to a sermon on television. And it answered a nagging question I had about the disciples. Why couldn’t they understand the Lord’s teachings, why did they find his message too difficult and many turned away. And the answer was because they did not yet have an infilling of the Holy Spirit–the Lord was still with them and after he rose and left for heaven He would send down the Holy Spirit to dwell among them! And then another aha moment – we should begin each episode with prayer! So, here we go…

Dear Lord, I ask that you send your Holy Spirit so that you give me the words you want me to use as well as my listeners a heart to hear what you want them to hear — Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Oh God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant us in the same Spirit to be truly wise and ever rejoice in His consolation. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

We learn that after Jesus rose from the dead there were fifty days of celebration, and Jesus is the only person in recorded history who rose from the dead. He, in turn, brought other people back from the dead, Lazurus is the one that everyone who knows Scripture recalls, but no one has come back to life, with eyewitnesses except for Christ. The story of salvation is the greatest story ever told and we are the recipient of this gift. If we look at Acts 2 we will see that the Lord did not leave us without the most wonderful gift of all, the Holy Spirit.

The word “Trinity” does not appear in Scripture but Christians define this as one God, three persons. God the Father, God the Son (Jesus) and God the Holy Spirit. As I said earlier, Jesus gave these amazing teachings to the disciples and I always wondered why they didn’t get it but they did when they received His Holy Spirit! (Many times we do not understand the fullness of the Scriptures but I feel sometimes it is like an onion with layers being removed one by one as God touches our hearts and the teachings are applicable to us in our current state of understanding or need.) The Holy Spirit opens our hearts and our minds to a greater awareness and understanding.

He promises to send his disciples the Holy Spirit… in John 14:15-31 and I’ll read an expert for you but please, look this up in your Bibles and meditate on these words. What beautiful words! I am going away and I am coming back to you! Do we think about the Holy Spirit? I have two podcasts on the Topic the first is on The Holy Spirit and the other Gifts of the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit seems to be misunderstood by some, but when we read Acts 2 we see a complete picture of the power of God. We have the entirety of the Bible and we are blessed. We see the power of God the Father in the creation of the world, and the Son was with the Father as was the Spirit during the beginning of time as we know it. We see the power of the justice of God in the expelling of our first parents in the Garden of Eden, sin must have a punishment and restitution. And we see it happen again and again through our salvation history. God promises us salvation. We see it in the sacrifice of Abraham tested in faith as he offers up his son Isaac but God intervenes. We see God’s intervention against the slavery of the Hebrew nation under the Egyptians. We read that God heard the cries of his people and sends Moses. We watch as Moses leads the people to freedom as they cross the Red Sea (a foreshadowing – and signifying Christian baptism). But, what happens? The people forget their God and are forced to wander around for 40 years!

God sent the Holy Spirit – we read in Acts 2

Coming of the Holy Spirit Acts 2:1-4

When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” 

So, what happened? Did they stay in the safety of the house? Were they still scared? No! They were given Divine grace to begin speaking in other languages, and the knowledge to understand the teachings and the foundation that the Lord gave them for the three years they walked with Him. We too need to study, to seek and to pray for the infilling of the Spirit so we can proclaim the good news.

The people who heard them were amazed and they realized something was miraculous – Acts 2:1:12.  “So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”

But, Peter – who is considered the first Pope stood up with the eleven, and explained because He was filled with the Spirit and given wisdom and understanding – so much so that he was able to show that Jesus was a fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecy.

Peter went on to attest that Jesus of Nazareth performed miracles, wonders, and signs – and while he was crucified and put to death, God raised Him – he then went on to explain by the words of David, again in the Scriptures what was said, prophetically about Christ. He also explained that while David who was revered and acclaimed was still dead, and buried while Christ has risen and they were the eye-witnesses.

Read all of Acts 2 – pray and meditate on these words, they are truly essential to the Christian faith! And especially in times of stress or when we feel deserted or oppressed, we must remember that the Lord is with us until the end of times.

Let’s pray –

My God your works and splendor continue to astound me, and the infilling and power of the Holy Spirit is something I crave in my life. Help me oh, Lord to decrease so that you can increase in my life. Allow me to be an open book, to be used, and to be transformed. Let the old fall away and let the new reflect You, your light, and your goodness. Continue to enrich me Lord and bring me to a deeper understanding of your goodness and will in my life. Dear Lord, I come before you humbly with the following prayers and petitions… I praise you ahead of time for all that you have done in my life and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Faith Tested

Faith Tested | During this time of quarantine and stay-at-home orders, we've experienced faith tested under pressure. It seems that it was a time of growth for many | #podcast #christianpodcast #christian #stress #faithunderpressure #faithtested #helpforChristiansFaith Tested Under Pressure – Episode 140

During this time of quarantine and stay-at-home orders, we’ve experienced faith tested under pressure. It seems that it was a time of growth for many but panic for some who have not yet experienced the providence of God. In this episode we discuss how your faith tested can come out stronger than ever.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, Inc. and the featured books, A Few Minutes with God and One More Child. 

Before I begin, let’s pray. Dear Lord, I ask that you send your Holy Spirit so that you give me the words you want me to use as well as my listeners a heart to hear what you want them to hear — Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created. And you shall renew the face of the earth. Amen.

When faith is tested it either brings out the worse or the best in people. Our true colors are showing and for some, it doesn’t look too good! In order for our faith to hold up it needs to have a firm foundation, right? And that foundation needs work, it needs time and it needs pouring into ourselves first before we can pour into others.

When things happen and we do not have control we typically cry, “Why me Lord? Why is this happening to me?” Instead, we should say, “Why me Lord, what have I done to deserve the beauty of heaven that you have reserved for me!” Can you imagine if we could turn every complaint into a praise report? I’ve taken Jesus for granted. I’ve taken the ability to enter my church for granted. I’ve taken my health for granted. I’ve taken my kids for granted. Just think, friends. God brought the children home – and not just here in the US but all over the world schools were closed. How did we use this time, did we embrace our children tell them we love them and thank God for this unexpected blessing?

Each and every day is a gift from God. Jesus died for our sins, he was raised from the dead, hundreds of people saw Jesus after His resurrection. Read Acts 2 which contain the basics essential to faith, and we will discuss this in the next podcast.

But our faith has been tested, just like the Hebrews who were rescued from the Egyptians by Moses under the direction of Almighty God the Father we have forgotten our deliver! We have been in quarantine many approaching 40 days or more! What have we learned? For me, it has been an eye-opening experience and I pray that the Lord never lets me forget the longing I had for Him during this time!

Just like you, my schedule has pretty much been shredded. My routine of attending church each morning turned into watching a pre-recorded or live church service on television. The sermons were astounding and I’ve taken pages of notes, and while I feel like I’ve been in a Bible boot camp, I still miss that connection with Jesus. I didn’t realize how much I would miss Holy Communion.  My brother who grew up Catholic (and I dearly love) who now attends a Protestant church, was trying to console me when I told him how much I missed receiving Communion at church. He was super sweet and told me not to worry, to spend time in Scripture to pray as a family! While this is wonderful advice, it is something I do each day in addition to attending church, so for me, a vital piece is missing. This distance from God in the Eucharist has forced me to grow in faith and to realize that I took so much for granted.

John 6:54-71  

Whoever eats My flesh and drinks My blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up at the last day. For My flesh is food indeed, and My blood is drink indeed.

Many Disciples Turn Away – Friends – Have you come to believe and know that Christ is the Son of the living God? Do we worship Him each and every day even when our faith is tested? We can ask for an infilling of the Holy Spirit to come into our lives in a deeper way. If you want an infilling of the Holy Spirit pray and you will receive!

Let’s Pray:

Dear Father, Son and Holy Spirit we come before you with eyes opened that under this test that has fallen upon the entire world we see that we have taken You, our faith, our family, our friends for granted. We have taken our freedom for granted, the ability to leave our homes whenever we want. We have taken our finances for granted. But no more! Dear Lord, send us an infilling of your Holy Spirit to open our eyes, to discover our sins, and to repent. Lord, you make crooked lines straight and I ask you in to my life today to mend those places of hurt and to give me Your love and peace. Dear Lord, I pray for the following needs… thank-you and praise you Almighty God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit for the gift of faith and for answering our prayers. Amen.

Glory and Praise Forever

Glory and Praise | Recently I was reminded that we don't talk enough about giving God all the glory and praise, and honor He deserves. | #podcast #christianpodcast #gloryandpraise #gloryandpraisetoourGod #christianworship #worshipGod #christianfaith #faith #ChristianityGlory and Praise Forever ~ Episode 140

Recently I was reminded that we don’t talk enough about giving God all the glory and praise, and honor He deserves. In this episode of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, Felice shares the importance of praise in worship in our lives.

Thanks to our sponsor – 40: The Temptation of Christ

Recently I was reminded that we don’t talk enough about giving God all the glory and praise, and honor He deserves. In this episode of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, Felice shares the importance of praise in worship in our lives.

We are so busy with our own lives and our own problems that while we might consider God from time to time in the sense of asking for something. We more often than not throw up pleading prayers and say, “Please, Lord – can you do my will?” I am guilty of this, and I am sure that many of you would agree as well. Of course, we should believe, and we should pray and ask the Lord for help. But what about those times we feel like he is not answering us or we don’t feel he is even near?

The keyword here is “feel.” Please know that if you have confessed that Jesus Christ is the Lord of your life and you have attempted to live a life pleasing to the Lord – He. Is. With. You. And He is with me! How could we not want to give God the glory and praise He so rightly deserves?

As Christians, we should live our lives in a way that is pleasing to God because we know that what matters is the next life as nothing in this life is constant or stays the same. This life is fleeting. Nothing is meaningful without God – and He is our help and support in times of darkness and trouble. Jesus wants our hearts even when we have sinned and are ashamed; sin isolates us from God. It keeps us away from Him. Sin requires restitution – it requires some type of forgiveness. And, Jesus gives this freely if we ask.

I did some reading of spiritual books during the time of Lent and was so blessed to re-read a book by Sr. Briege McKenna, who I’ve talked about in a previous podcast, who is known as the healing nun. She did not want the gift of healing even though she was completely healed from a crippling disease of arthritis. She was wheelchair-bound at this point, and in a time of prayer, she felt God heal her – she said it was like a banana being peeled. While she was grateful and stood up and gave God all the glory and praise, she immediately started putting conditions on her healing and asked the Lord not to tell anyone.

Yes, she was a nun, but she was not in a cloistered order – meaning that she was around people, she was a teacher and lived in a community and had many chances to interact with people. Yet she still resisted this gift. At a certain point, she finally realized that it was indeed a gift of God, and she would try in her humility to allow God to work within her. She also spoke about the times she spent in prayer no less than three hours each day. She explained that in this time of prayer, she learned about healing and why some were healed, and others were not and also, how she could be an instrument of God’s love in all cases.

She also shared about her times of temptation when she went to “prophet,” who turned out to be a false prophet and an instrument of the devil – and how she encountered Satan that night, and her life was almost taken. When we open ourselves to evil, it allows the door to be opened, and this was a warning to us all.

Do you feel a block in your spiritual life that keeps you from praise and worship? Look at the scriptures and the warnings – 1 Corinthians 15:33 – Do not be deceived: Bad company corrupts good morals.

There is so much demonic influence in our world today with all of the occult movies. I’ve seen some of the commercials, and those are horrific. Why would anyone watch them? Even things such as ESP (extra sensory perception), haunted houses, astrology – which by the way is scientifically proven incorrect, vampires, zombies and on and on and on. Can a movie be considered evil? No, but leading one into sin can never be good – we have to be a willing participant in that sin, and guard our eyes from everything that is not going to be of benefit for us.

Matthew 6:22 – “The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is clear, your whole body will be full of light.

And Genesis 3:5 Genesis 3:5 (Read online)

For many, our eyes are closed, and praising God is the last thing we want to do – yet did you know in your praises God resides, and if you have ever wanted to be filled with the Holy Spirit of God, it is time to use your tongue for good! Miracles happen when we are praising God. Sister Briege spoke about what she does in her three hours of prayer, and she said she begins with a time of praise and worship because that helps her to forget the cares of the day.

Can we do that in our lives, begin the day with giving God the glory and praise and leave aside just for a short time the cares of the day, our schedules, what we are supposed to do next? When we pray, we are often distracted right? And, those other thoughts come into our minds – even when at church. We should pray the Lord’s prayer, Matthew 6:10 reminds us, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

Psalm 26:8 – “Oh Lord, I love the habitation of thy house, and the place where thy glory dwells.”

When we praise God, He shows up; He is in the midst of our praises. Some time back, I did a podcast on the praise and worship songs that lift me up, and after hearing them, I am ready to do anything the Lord wills! I am so excited to start my day in this way. Yet, life starts to creep in, and our habits change, and then we find ourselves in despair. You are not alone! I’m right there with you from time to time.

As I’m writing this, a funny story comes to mind. I was in labor with my third child, and I was super excited to be able to be in the deluxe birthing suite! Years ago, with my first two children, no such thing existed—I was in a sterile, surgical room where surgeries were performed. Well, the hospital was full, and there was no room in the proverbial inn – so instead, I was placed in an intensive care unit – while waiting for a room to open up. The nurses were super sweet and told me that I may have ugly accommodations but the best nurses and for any of you who have been in ICU, they are amazing. When the nurses left the pain became stronger. As the pain intensified, I started to praise and worship the Lord! I was really getting into my praises when my husband, who was sitting beside me holding my hand, squeezed it and asked me to lower my voice – apparently, as the pain levels were rising, so were my praises. Yet I did not feel the pain as much at that point and went on to deliver a healthy baby boy who will be twenty-five this year.

Our praises should be from the heart, and we can look at the Scriptures to give us reasons to praise God. 1 Chronicles 16:23-27

Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day-to-day. Tell of His glory among the nations, His wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are [a]idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him, Strength and joy are in His place. Do we only praise God when we believe?

Take a look at how you praise the Lord. Make your own list, and truthfully you can begin to praise God anywhere, even in a line at the grocery store!

I tend to start with a litany of praises? Mine tends to be the same… “I praise you, and I thank you, Lord! You are the King of kings, the Lord of lords, the Bright Morning Star, you are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end – you are the Name above all names… we can find litanies in prayer books, and I’m sure online if you search, but I feel the best ones are the ones that come from the heart inspired by the Holy Spirit if you have a prayer language use it!

Let’s Pray:

Lord, you inhabit our praises, and I ask that you, please inhabit mine – I know you are here with me now – help me to worship you more frequently and in all things. Thank you, my God, for the gift of faith for the gift of love and for the gift of trust that You are in control and love me greater than anyone else because I was specially chosen and created by you – my Dear Lord I ask you for blessings and for the following people and intentions I pray for now… and I ask this in Your Name, Jesus. Amen.

 

 

Fireproof Faith

Fireproof Faith | How strong is your belief in Christianity? Are you a weekend Christian or do you have fireproof faith? In this episode of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, Felice shares how all of us need put on the armor of Christ, each and every day. | #podcast #Christianpodcast #fireprooffaith #faith #Christianfaith #faithwalkFireproof Faith ~ Episode 139

How strong is your belief in Christianity? Are you a weekend Christian or do you have fireproof faith? In this episode of A Few Minutes With God Podcast, Felice shares how all of us need put on the armor of Christ, each and every day.

Thanks to our sponsor – 40: The Temptation of Christ

As I think about the movie 40: The Temptation of Christ I remember specific scenes of Him wandering in the desert. This was a time for Him to go away and pray. He was filling himself with strength from the Father.

Often we are tempted to believe only what we can see, what is right in front of us and when we look at our lives objectively we may or may not like what we see. How can a righteous Lord, we ask, allow all the turmoil and problems in this world?

Recently I heard a talk where the pastor said that faith and hardships go hand in hand. That those who love the Lord and believe still have trials to go through. If you do not believe that think about the life of Christ. In the desert Jesus suffered, in His life, Jesus suffered, in His passion, the Garden, the scourging, the crowning of thorns, the nailing to the cross, He suffered. He suffered willingly and died for our sins…those past and those we have not even committed yet.

Our world teaches the opposite. Do what you want and be free to live your life in any way you want. And, this freedom does indeed come to us but from a righteous God who allows humankind to have free will.

The closer we grow in our walk with the Lord the clearer we see our own sinfulness. Believe me, this doesn’t happen overnight. I was in the righteous crowd not in the too far distant past. In fact, if truth be told, I probably was President of the Holier Than Thou Club. Of course, I was on the right path as a God-fearing, prayer saying, Mass attending Christian I was doing all the right things. But every time there was a problem, I’d crumble and say, “Why me? What now? What I am I to do?”

Fireproof Our Faith

We need to fireproof our faith it needs to be shored up in Christ so that we can weather the storms that are sure to come in this life. I think part of the issue stems from the fact that while we do not physically see Jesus, yet as a believer, we must know He is here. Right here. But it is a faith issue.

The Pharisees in John, Chapter 7 verses 30-36 kept trying to have Jesus prove He was the Messiah, but even if they saw Him perform miracles they still didn’t believe. Today so many people who say they believe in “a God” or “have faith” are still struggling with the faith they profess. That is not to point fingers but a fact we all deal with from time to time. It is easy to say, “praise you Jesus,” when everything is working out in our lives, but much harder to say, “praise you Jesus in all things,” when it is not. Praising God in everything is when we have real faith. The faith that surpasses all understanding.

We need that living water in our lives. Living water is a way to fireproof our faith.

John 7:37-38 (Read on air.)

Verse 38 bears repeating: “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’”

Living water puts out the fire! Living water cleanses us from sin and gives us new life – this is reason to rejoice! We continue to doubt because we live lives that are so sad and filled with worry. But, God hears us. Even if we don’t feel it – with the virus that plagued our world so many people were sick with worry because supplies were not readily available, strict travel curfews were set for our protection, and truthfully the air of uncertainty was very scary. When will it end? When will we go back to unrestricted travel, open churches and more? During this season there have been so many people that are stressed, nervous and unsure about the future. Yet we learn from Scripture that God always wins.

God has not forsaken us – He has not abandoned us, we are in the palm of His hand. We can look at Daniel Chapter 3 for an example of a situation where believers had the choice of life or death and they chose death over denying God.

I once taught a high school class at church and asked the children about the strength of their Christian belief. We discussed faith in the broadest sense, and then I asked if you were asked to forsake God or be killed what would you do? That brought about a lively discussion each has a perspective of what they would do in that situation, however, the consensus was that lying (because of course, you would not mean it) would be preferable to dying. That shows the level of faith for some. In situations of faith we often say there is no right or wrong answer, but the truth is the correct answer for a person who knows Jesus laid down his life for their sins – the sinless lamb was slain for us – should be willing to acknowledge that they would die in return. That my friends is the goal, to believe in a way that is unyielding.

Many of you are familiar with the book of Daniel, especially Chapter 3. King Nebuchadnezzar was a proud man and had destroyed many cities including conquering and invading Judea where he destroyed the temple. He had persecuted Daniel, his friends, his people. This King was renowned and today is attributed to creating one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon.

Daniel opens with an account of King Nebuchadnezzar who had a massive gold statue built that he wanted everyone to worship. The King was informed that certain Jews who were administrators of Babylon would not bow before the graven image. This infuriated the King and he ordered these men burned in a furnace – giving orders to heat it up seven times more than usual.

When the King presented the men with an option they were firm in their faith and replied … Daniel 3:16-18 (Read on air.)
Does this describe our faith? God can deliver us from pain, suffering, difficulties in our lives and our struggles. But it is as the men prayed… if it be so, our God will deliver us – but if he does not… what then? What will we believe?

Maybe God says yes and delivers us – and if He says no, there is a greater plan a greater good. That is our hope as Christians. We praise God anyway. Faith is clinging to God in all circumstances. These men knew their lives would end in a horrible way, yet they chose death rather than forsake God.

The story goes on that even the men the King commanded who were in his army, that tied up Shadrach, Meshach and Abed-nego and threw them in the furnace died from the extreme heat of the blaze.

But we learn that as the King looked on he questioned the witnesses saying, Daniel 3:24-26 (Read on air.)

When they came out the witnesses saw the men were untouched by the flames, not a single hair on their heads was singed and they didn’t even smell like fire!

For this reason, the King responded…Daniel 28-29 (Read on air.)

These men had a relationship with God, and the Book of Daniel is in the Old Testament – they didn’t even know about Jesus yet! And, look at their faith.

Oh if we could only have this type of faith! But we can! If we praise God in all things we will also find that our praises will lift up our spirits. We are weak when we let the enemy infiltrate our thoughts and cause us to stumble in sin. God inhabits our praises.

1 Peter 5:8-10 (Read on air.)

In the same way that the men resisted bowing down to the idol – we can have new life in Christ. Do we only praise God when things go well in our lives? Or are we the Easter People that I talked about in the last podcast? A sign of our strength of faith is to praise God in all things even those things that don’t go as we would like or as we planned. In order to fireproof our faith, we must be obedient, to believe even in our unbelief. Mark 9:24 “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Recently when something traumatic happened to a member of my family I held tight in my prayer and I was so uptight and upset. It was a situation that was totally out of my hands and I had no control, yet I believe in God and therefore believe in miracles. I had several sleepless nights as I thought about the possibility of dire outcomes. (I was in the future when God is here in the now.) Once I gave these negative thoughts over to the Lord and said, “Your will Lord not mine,” only then did I feel peace. Once we unite our will to that of the Lord’s we become obedient children and allow the Lord to work in our lives – He is a God of miracles, and I for one can’t wait to see what He will do with our yes!

Let’s Pray:

Oh my Jesus, you are the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. You are the living water, the great I AM – you are the Alpha and the Omega the beginning and the end. I believe and I ask you to come into my life and fireproof my faith. I realize in my trials I am weak, but I know that you are strong. Dear Lord, I ask you to bless me abundantly with the gift of faith and the good news that you are here now. Dear Heavenly Father, Son and, Holy Spirit please hear the prayers that I ask for today… in your infinite wisdom and mercy my God I ask for you to bless those I prayed for and if it is your will, answer these prayers. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter People

Easter People | We are Easter people, that is we have hope and faith. In this episode of A Few Minutes with God Podcast we will discuss the amazing impact of our Savior, Jesus Christ in our lives. He has indeed risen! | #podcast #christianpodcasat #easterpeople #JesusChrist #Christian #ChristianTeaching Easter People 138

We are Easter people, that is we have hope and faith. In this episode of A Few Minutes with God Podcast we will discuss the amazing impact of our Savior, Jesus Christ in our lives. He has indeed risen!

Thanks to our sponsor – 40: The Temptation of Christ

This year our Easter service for the first time ever is going to be celebrated at home. Our churches are all closed because of the pandemic and it is a tragedy to all of us so accustomed to our joyous church celebrations, yet while sad, we have hope. And I know we will give God the glory and praise no matter what.

Easter is the holiest of holy days of the year for a Christian. It is the time we remember and recreate in our prayers and services the days leading up to the resurrection. We begin with Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane all the way to His crucifixion and then finally, the day we’ve been waiting to celebrate, the resurrection, Easter Sunday. It is time to rejoice, to celebrate. In Acts 4:2  we read…”They were greatly disturbed because the apostles…”

We need to rejoice and shout it from the rooftops, my Lord lives. Do we really think the Lord is alive today? Do we only remember one day only, Easter Sunday—or is it an ongoing celebration? Do others look at us and say, “What is different about you?” or “I want what you have.”

The power of faith transforms us from ordinary people to extraordinary heirs of the kingdom of God. We long for the resurrection and the celebration of the day because it shows us that Jesus by his sacrifice opened the doors of heaven for us. We have an advocate we have a Savior, a redeemer.

1 Corinthians 15 is the account of Christ’s resurrection from the dead written by Paul – who was once Saul and had persecuted the church and its people.

1 Corinthians 15: 3-11 (read on air)  Through the centuries unbelievers have questioned the authenticity of Jesus no so much as living on the earth, as there is a historical record of that. But, whether or not he is the Son of God. Did Jesus really raise-up from the dead? There were so many eye-witnesses and many of these died rather than deny Christ.

Acts 10:34 Peter (read on air)  The Holy Spirit is given to us – but are we open to receiving it? Do we recognize ourselves as Easter people? What about those all around us who have been given the gift of faith that –once again bears repeating – is always freely given by God, are inspired to share it with others. Easter people are those who give selflessly, are the ones who look at their own families and are satisfied without looking at others. Easter people are the ones who show the love of God by their example no matter what. They know that God has never forsaken them and he does not show partiality. Faith is a gift and salvation is not something we can earn but something God freely gives. Those who are so blessed by this gift of faith are the ones who can’t help but serve others, who share their resources, who have open hands and arms and say more of you Lord and less of me.

They are the ones that believe that the cross of Jesus Christ as horrific and painful is what transforms us because without the cross there would be no resurrection, the cross has transformed suffering into the blessings of eternal life yet to come. There is more, there is a life with God where there is no pain and suffering, not stress, no virus, no uncertainty, no strife or hurt—no depression. When we consider heaven, we picture Jesus with His arms open wide. He is waiting for us! Are we willing to deny ourselves temptations that ultimately lead us into sin? Do we want everlasting life? Christ by the power of his resurrection promised to restore all things!

Matthew 19:27-28 -(read on air)

Mark 10:28-31 (read on air)

How do we want to be received? I pray the Lord is there with open arms!

Dear Lord – we praise you and we thank you especially for the grace and blessings you have given to all of us. I ask you Lord, for your help to realize that every day is a day to celebrate, to rejoice and to be open to the Holy Spirit in our lives. Pour into us dear Lord the blessings to accomplish your will and the strength to rejoice in all things. Please bless our families and I lift up the following people that I am praying for…  and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

 

Eternal Life

Eternal Life | The things of this world are passing but for those who believe we know this is not the end but the beginning of eternal life. A life with God in heaven. | #podcast #christianpodcast #eternallife #theBible #Bible #prayers #Jesus #Christianity #Christians The things of this world are passing but for those who believe we know this is not the end but the beginning of eternal life. A life with God in heaven.

Eternal Life – Episode 137

Recently I noticed a friend of mine who has produced a Bible study about Heaven. Apparently she has been working on it for some time. But it is so perfect for today. She wrote a book called, “Heaven: How to Experience Heaven On Earth,” which is a part of a Trilogy. She goes on to explain that when we have those wonderful soul-lifting moments that it is an example of heaven on earth. In reverse when we crash and burn and have those heartwrenching issues that happen from time to time. That is hell on earth.

How much more I’d long for heaven! For that eternal life that God promises. The promises in the Bible are amazing and give us such hope. Yet, appearances deceive us. Often we make judgments based upon appearances based upon our own preconceived notions.

Obviously we do not see as God sees! Even the blind man in the gospel ends up seeing Jesus more clearly than even those who could already see. His ability to see becomes a process just as his ability to see Jesus for who He really is and in this way his faith grew. First, he knows the Name of Jesus, then he sees him as a prophet then he sees him as God then the “Son of Man.” Meanwhile, the learned at that time, the Pharisees’ sight became more and more shallow and they were the ones who were teaching people about eternal life!

We can choose to live in darkness or light. Christ is the light of the world. He assures us of eternal life because of His death (for our sins) and resurrection. He brings us life. Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11:) Read that chapter, your eyes will be open there are so many things that happen.

  1. Jesus is alerted by Martha and Mary that their brother was ill. “So the sisters sent word to him, saying, “Master, the one you love is ill.” When Jesus heard this he said, “This illness is not to end in death, but is for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.” Wow! The one you love. Jesus loves us all and here we are given an example of his love. He also said, “For the glory of God, that the Son may be glorified through it.” So he was setting giving us a forewarning that there would be a miracle.
  2. Jesus then tells his disciples that he wants to go to Lazarus. The disciples warned him about going back, and then the Lord spoke about the light (Scripture read on air.) Again the symbolism – he sees the light of the world, but if one walks in the dark – there is no light in him. We must walk in the light and ask the Lord to show us that light.
  3. When Jesus arrived he found his friend had died. Martha complained to the Lord that if he had been there, her brother would not have died.  “Jesus told her, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live…  (Read on air.) Do we believe that? Do we believe in Jesus and have the hope of everlasting life? 
  4. Jesus wept. His friend died and he wept.  Some were empathetic with Christ and the others were critical. Just like us today we have an opinion – we know how we would do things and are critical of those that don’t agree with us. This is exactly what the Pharisees did – and Mary and Martha were familiar with Ezekiel’s prophecy “I will open our graves and have you rise from them – Ez: 37:12
  5.  The fact that Jesus did signs and wonders was terrifying because of what? Their job? Their land and their nation? In the Bible, we read: So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, “What are we going to do? This man is performing many signs. (Read on air.) So from that day on they planned to kill him.— This is ridiculous to us, right? But to these supposed righteous men it made sense. They were fearful and fear makes people do things that are so horrible. 

Even though for those who believe that we have eternal life it still is difficult not to worry to be stressed and to think that we must do all of these things to be righteous. People will know we are Christians by our fruits but our good deeds alone will not get us to heaven. God knows our hearts, and just because you claim you know God does not earn you heaven. In fact, we can’t earn heaven it is a gift given by faith. And that, my friends, should cause us to rejoice.

Let’s pray!

Dear Lord, we know you have the gift of eternal life for each of us who believes that the Lord Jesus Christ is the savior and that he died for us to set us free. Dear Lord help us to believe give us the gift of faith, fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we can live lives that are pleasing that we can be filled with your love so that we can pour that love into others. I praise you and I thank you for every good thing. Please Lord hears the prayers of those I pray for now… and I pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

Not Abandoned

Not Abandoned | I select my podcast topics typically after prayer and this topic, not abandoned was selected months ago! It seems so timely for our current situation. We are not to fear, and we have an Almighty God that calms us in the midst of the storm. Let's focus on those two points as we listen to this podcast. | #podcast #christianpodcast #notabandoned #helpwhenlost #christians #christianity #Christ #Prayer #Prayers #BibleI select my podcast topics typically after prayer and this topic, not abandoned was selected months ago! It seems so timely for our current situation. We are not to fear, and we have an Almighty God that calms us in the midst of the storm. Let’s focus on those two points as we listen to this podcast.

Not Abandoned – Episode 136

Just the word abandon upsets me. Yet we feel abandoned so many times in our lives. We feel lonely or misunderstood. I often say, “No one listens to me,” typically many times a day when my kids are home. When we apply our feelings to that of Almighty God it gives us pause.

Exodus 17:7 asked the question, “Is the Lord in our midst or not?” Even the “chosen” people asked one another this question as they traveled out of bondage into the desert. This has so much symbolism for us, doesn’t it? They were bound as slaves to the Egyptians, but we learn as we continue to read in Exodus that their minds were also bound to sin. They were slaves to sin. The wandered and wandered making mistake after mistake and ultimately while they reached the promised land, only their descendants would actually set foot upon this place, “flowing with milk and honey.” Exodus 3:8

When I read the scriptures I often see myself. I see that I often don’t trust the Lord. Why would I believe that the Lord was with the Israelites in the desert but that He is not here with me now?

Friends, we must vigilant and not let the anxiety go unchecked, anxiety leads to fear and fear leads to panic and depression. It might seem like an endless road and every time we get through one obstacle another one comes up. That is why we must choose to fill our minds with good things, with the things that will be a blessing to us and not worry or cause us to become anxious.

God is here He is providing for me and He is holding me in the palm of His hands. Isaiah 49:10

When Jesus spoke to the Samaritan woman at the well – the woman was known to be in a sinful situation, she became changed and she also told everyone about the Messiah, the Christ, the savior of the world. He was there in their midst and he is here now in ours. We gather in His Name at church, we pray in His name, we cry out to Him. Why do we get upset (or I do) when someone uses the Name of God in vain, or in a blaspheme– because I know that the Lord’s Name has significance and He is all-powerful and Almighty. If he did not abandon the woman at the well, I know my Lord and Savior will not abandon me!

What can we do so that we do not feel abandoned?

  1. Spend time with God. Just a few minutes with your eyes closed every day. Make it a habit.
  2. Read the Bible. Start out in the psalms, or read Isaiah Chapter 49
  3. Journal what you are thankful for each and every day.
  4. Journal your prayer requests. Journals help us to see prayers are being answered and we will know that we are not abandoned.
  5. Ask the Lord to use you. What can I do for you today?

In Isaiah, we read, “I will never forget you, see, upon the palms of my hands I have engraved you, your walls are ever before me.”

Let’s Pray:

Dear Lord I know I am not abandoned because you tell me over and over in the scriptures that you will never forget, and you have me in the plans of your hands, you hold me up each and every day, you help me through the life burdens that sometimes seem so difficult! I want to praise you and thank you for this and ask you, my Lord, to help me to help others, how can I bring joy in the lives of others? Please, my God, hear my prayers as I pray for the following… I praise you and thank you for hearing my prayers and pray this in Jesus’ Name Amen.

Calm In The Storm

Calm in the Storm |Can we really have calm in the storm of life as our world is thrown upside down? In this episode of A Few Minutes with God the idea of spending time with God has never been stronger.

Calm in the Storm Episode 135

Jesus calmed the sea and when the apostles thought for sure they would surely die. In the midst of the chaos, and the churning waters Jesus appeared to be undisturbed. That was then and this is now, you might say. You might also add — and Jesus was with them, in the flesh and He is not apparent now as he was at that time. Even though the apostles had Jesus there with them, in the same boat they doubted. So, what hope is there for us?

I know I’ve been thrown into upheaval by the events of the last few weeks as a new virus was discovered that was easily transmitted by human contact. All of a sudden the store shelves are emptied and everyone is scurrying to stock up on food because an order to stay at home will be issued soon. This is the first time ever in my life that I’ve been asked to stay at home because of the spreading of a disease. Anyone who hears this, no matter where you live in the world will remember this time in our history. While schools are closed and stores that are non-essential lock their doors we have more time to think.

This self-imposed isolation for many causes us to rethink our lives and all the running we do. I believe the Lord is giving each and every one of us new eyes. New eyes as we read the Bible, new eyes as we think about our lives and new eyes as we think about the frailty of human life.

But we should rejoice. Because our Lord brings us calm in the storm of our lives, in the storm of our indecision, in the storm of our medical issues or those of our loved ones. The Lord helps us and he is there for us. He is steadfast, He is our rock and our refuge. Where else would we go? We echo the words of Peter when he said, “Master, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life.” 

Where do we go in the midst of the storm? Where do we hide? Do we hide in the Word of God, in our prayers, in our journal, in our time with God? Our Lord is a Lord of justice, a Lord of order, a Lord of calm. In Deuteronomy 4:29 we read:  “Yet when you seek the Lord, your God, from there, you shall indeed find him if you search after him with all your heart and soul.”

In times of temptation or trouble, we cry out to the Lord and feel abandoned. Those who do not know Him I am sure are in a state of despair. If I didn’t believe in a righteous God I can’t imagine how I would feel! But we who believe say, “There is a God and I chose to believe.” He is here even in the midst of chaos and strife, even in the midst of all that is broken he is the calm in the midst of the storm.

We can choose to say things with bitterness or with faith. I chose faith – I chose time with God. The Psalms remind us over and over that God does hear us. He always hears us. The issue is with us, do we hear him? Are the windows of our life washed clean so that we can hear Him in the Scriptures in the time of prayer? He wants us to help Him to be cooperative with him to be His eyes, His ears, His heart to give people hope to reach those who do not have faith or feel lost.

If we seek the Lord He seeks us – the famous verse in Psalm 23 (read on air).

He shall comfort me – do you hear that? He shall comfort me and comfort you. We can become a new creation in Christ – there will be a new heaven and a new earth – where we will be always rejoicing. Friends I love my life but sometimes I wonder why are we so afraid to die? For those of us who believe in heaven how much rejoicing and happiness will we have when the Lord is ready for us?

We need to turn off the news and pray, contemplate and get filled up! God gave the woman at the well and a new chance at life–she was redeemed, the man born blind received new eyes and Lazarus was raised from the dead. These scriptures apply to our lives each and every day.

Let’s Pray:
Lord, we rejoice in your because you are a God who cares about us, about our every need. You know what is happening in our lives right now and we give you all our cares, we toss them upon the seas and the same way that you calmed the seas when the apostles were so worried and scared about drowning in the boat we ask you to calm our fears. Anoint us with the gift of your Holy Spirit so that we may be renewed once again, that our eyes are open to sin and we can turn away from it that our ears can listen to those things that are pleasing to you, that our minds are made new. I pray specifically for the following needs… and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Be Not Afraid

Be Not Afraid | In the face of this pandemic, we must "be not afraid," and realize that all of this is not a surprise to God. How are we acting? | #podcast #christianpodcast #christian #fear #worryBe Not Afraid ~ Episode 134

In the face of this pandemic, we must “be not afraid,” and realize that all of this is not a surprise to God. How are we acting? If we as Christians are not setting the example then who will? In this episode, Felice shares how God is showing her through the events of this current time that is still in control.

Wow, what the difference a week makes. I had planned for a work-friends retreat for over six months and was set to leave on Monday when I heard the news about an outbreak in the US of the Coronavirus (more information here). One person had died and there were other cases of people who were on cruise ships and in quarantine.

Within a few days, the news was filled with more and more cases, we heard of countries where the virus had taken over it seemed in Italy among other places. I quickly sent a message to cousins who live in Sicily to learn they were healthy yet staying at home to avoid others. By the time I was heading home on Saturday I worried at the wisdom of leaving home in the first place. You can imagine my surprise when I attended church to learn that the doors would remain open but social distancing was recommended and no handshaking. The ushers greeted us at the door wearing plastic gloves.

Watching the news increased my anxiety but then being uninformed is not helpful either. So, what are we to do? The first words that came to mind were “be not afraid.” I looked in the scriptures and found so many!

Scriptures that discuss why we as Christians should not fear!

Genesis 15:1
Deuteronomy 20:3
Isaiah 41:10 
1 Samuel 22:23
In this time of confusion, misinformation, and alarm we must keep our eyes on the Lord. We will never look at our world the same – but the bigger question is, will we ever look at ourselves the same way?
This time is a challenging time for everyone in the world. Not just in my home or yours but the entire world. Is this an accident, is this something that has been known since the beginning of time. I don’t have answers however what I do know is that it is a time for us, as Christian believers to set our sights on the Lord and what is important in our lives. The only precedent we have is a world war – and it has been so many years since that happened that I believe we became complacent as believers.
Today I spoke to a friend of mine who is a Catholic priest and he shared that I should read the scriptures beginning in Isaiah about how the Lord deals with the unfaithful. We need to use this as our guide to repent (we all sin) and to rejoice that we at least have our faith and the Lord. Fr. David shared that he believed this was a judgment of all humankind. Our world has become pagan and I believe now is a time for self-examination. It is a springtime of re-evaluation, not to point fingers out but to point fingers inward, to ourselves. I hope to do a podcast with him soon on the topic of Spiritual imperfection and how, to be honest with ourselves and to look at our weaknesses and repent. He explained it was similar to the 12-step program to get free from addiction and in this case, it is the addiction from sin. So many things we consider not that bad – now is the time to look at those things and wash the window of our souls so that instead of spottiness there is a clean surface that can only happen by the mercy of God.
Let’s pray:
Dear Lord, please send your mercy and provisions for us all – as you said in the scriptures over and over again, “Be not afraid,” or do not fear, do not lose heart. In this time of need, we do not want to despair but we want to take the time to examine ourselves, our souls and our outlook on life, the life we have known and the life we hope to lead in the future one that rejoices in the Lord. Dear Lord, we lift up the following intentions… and we pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.
Scripture verses that discuss why God says we should not fear!
Genesis 21:17
Genesis 26:24
Genesis 26:24
Genesis 35:17
Genesis 43:23
Genesis 46:3
Genesis 50:19
Exodus 14:13
exodus 20:20
Numbers 12:18
Numbers 21:24
Deuteronomy 7:18
Deuteronomy 20:1
Joshua 10:25
Joshua 11:6
Ruth 3:11
1 Samuel 4:20

Tips For Lent

Five Tips For Lent | Do you take the journey to Easter with seriousness? If so, this episode contains tips for Lent to develop a deeper prayer life and contemplate the meaning of the days leading up to this day of celebration when our Lord and Savior paid the ultimate price for our sins. #podcast #christianpodcast #lent #lentjourney #fivetipsforLent @simplelifelessonsTips For Lent Episode 133

Do you take the journey to Easter with seriousness? If so, this episode contains tips for Lent to develop a deeper prayer life and contemplate the meaning of the days leading up to this day of celebration when our Lord and Savior paid the ultimate price for our sins.

Thanks to Media Angels our sponsor – our sponsorships keep us on the air so be sure to check them out. MediaAngels.com Check out the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child

Show Notes Tips For Lent

Scriptures to Study 

  • Matthew 16: 24-26
  • Matthew 9:35-38

Top Five Tips for Lent

In Matthew 16:26 we read for what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? I’m going to share my top five tips to really think about these 40 days leading up to the time that we celebrate the Resurrection, on Easter!  Do you look at this time with great introspection?

I mean, what else do we ever have the time or luxury to really think about our lives and where we are going? I used to hate plans. I used to hate to have goals. And the reason for this was that I am a pretty competitive person. Mostly against myself. And so I always felt if I can’t win, I’m not even going to participate. And it was a horrible attitude to have, right? That’s why I didn’t like to play games.

I didn’t make goals because I could possibly fail. What a horrible way to live and think. And it wasn’t until I got older and really took a look at why don’t I like doing these certain things or why was I not setting goals, I realized it was a self-defeatist attitude. Lent is one of those times for me, and it is a time to really delve into the scriptures. It is a time to really go into prayer. It is time to really give my life to the Lord in a renewed way. And so I hope it becomes that time for you as well.

Five Tips for Lent:

  1. Prayer and contemplation. You know, it’s taking that few minutes with God. Be quiet before the Lord. Even if you don’t hear anything, open up the Bible and you read the Scriptures, that’s the Word (God) talking to you.
  2. Forgiveness. Making atonement or amending relationships. Unforgiveness can cause us to be held in bondage. A tool the enemy uses is this unjustice. You know, that’s not fair. I can’t believe that person did this to me. Or you know, whatever that is, let go of that guilt. Let go of that unforgiveness. Let go of whatever that is and just pray blessings upon the person that irritates you. P
  3. Say no to whatever “that” is in your life. What is that thing in your life that is again holding you down? You know, it can be a giving up something like a piece of chocolate or dessert or foul language.
  4. Giving, your time, talent and treasures. What are those things, those gifts that you have? For me, time is very, very precious. My time is one of those things that I just hoard. And so during this Lenten journey, during this time of lent, I am going to give my time, talent and treasures. And for me it’s actually going to be teaching a class online. And while it’s a topic I love, just the time it took to put it together was a labor of love to help other people. And so whatever that is, whether it’s visiting family in the nursing home, or just visiting with a neighbor.
  5. Spiritual growth. It is that time to, you know, get into the Word, to read a book that may be sat on yourself shelf for a year.

Let’s Pray.

Dear Lord, help me, help me in my unbelief. We all struggle at times my God really focusing on You and really seeing clearly the path that you have opened for us. And I just ask you my God to shine a light upon our path, to help us with our focus, to give us clarity, to give us a vision, to give us that joy of life that you want for us, that you so abundantly want to give us. And I pray, Lord, that you help me during this journey to focus on the things that you want me to see. I just praise you and I thank you for all things. My God, I asked you to help me to focus and be thankful, and I would like to lift up the following needs and prayers… And, I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

Lent Begins

Lent Begins | Lent begins and it is a journey, the forty days before Easter. It is a time of prayer and reflection and it can be life-changing if we take the time to spend some time in quiet with God. Are you ready for the best Lent ever?  | #podcast #christianpodcast #lent #40days #lentenjourney #christianfaith #catholicfaith Lent Begins – A Prayer Journey – Episode 132

Lent begins and it is a journey, the forty days before Easter. It is a time of prayer and reflection and it can be life-changing if we take the time to spend some time in quiet with God. Are you ready for the best Lent ever?

Thanks to Media Angels our sponsor – our sponsorships keep us on the air so be sure to check them out. MediaAngels.com Check out the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child

Mark 8:36 What profit is there for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?

Do we consider this as we live our daily lives? What is in it for me is how most people think about their journey and they are surprised when their relationships fall apart especially their relationship with Almighty God. I believe that Lent – whenever that is for you – is a time that God gives us these forty-days to do some serious soul searching and introspection. What are we about – what is this thing called life – do we want eternal happiness with God in heaven or do we want death and damnation Those are real choices and we have the free will to make them.

Have you heard the saying – to live in joy is to die to self. This is a truth – when we chose -whatever that choice is we live our lives freely and that choice becomes the way we live our life. Let me ask you what you would think about someone who is very wealthy but got that way because he cheated poor people out of their money? You probably would not think very highly of that person. Right?

Some things – some truths are black and white – very clear but others are not.

Our pastor shared this quote, “He is no fool who gives up what He cannot keep gaining what He cannot lose.” Think about that.

Our lives are temporary but how we live our lives is what the journey is all about. The Lenten journey is a forty-day journey of victory that started with our Lord Jesus Christ in the desert. He was tempted by Satan who used the Scriptures against Him and Jesus answered back with the Scriptures. Jesus lived, died and rose again in a victory that has saved those who believe.

In the history of the Bible, we see Moses and the people of Israel wandering in the desert and never seeing the promised Land because they continued to give in to the temptation and sin.

Adam and Eve when tempted fell into the lies of the evil one and sinned.

You think that was then but this is now? Friends – the sins of the past are universal.

Sins such as pleasure, power, and prestige are ones that can be used to destroy those around them. How about futility – disparity – hopelessness – why bother because of nothing matters?

What about pessimism or shortcuts – attaining things fast while cheating others ?? Procrastination, unforgiveness, putting things off –

We all sin. It is a human fact but the wonderful thing about this time of prayer is that we can turn things around for the better and while we can try to do it alone we have our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who comes alongside us and says, I am here always until the end of time!

The true translation of the Lord’s prayer – where it says, Lead us not into temptation

In Greek the translation is: Lead us so we do not fall. Lead us, Lord, away from sin – lead us Lord far from temptation.

The temptation is a suggestion that someone disobeys and commits sin – why does God allow it – because we have free will we are not puppets of the Almighty – he gave us the ability to chose.  It is to the temptation that is the sin it is what we do with this temptation and how we act upon it. God gives us the grace to overcome and Jesus gave us this example in the Scriptures – he experienced temptation and remained obedient to the Father.

Praise you and thank you God the Father in heaven that you have set us free – that you lived, died and rose again so that we could have eternal life. I thank. You for this time of Lent this time to pray and discern what we should give up in our lives – to be aware of the temptations in our lives – the sin of unforgiveness, the sin of hopelessness, the sin of pessimism or despair. Dear Jesus forgive me of my sins especially these I now pray about… dear Jesus I lift up and pray for the following… And I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen!

 

Depend on God

Depend on God | They will know us by our love and by our fruit, but if we do not depend on God how will we show others the love of Christ? Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and depend on the Almighty? | #podcast #christianpodcast #dependingonGod #dependonGodDepend On God ~ Episode 131

They will know us by our love and by our fruit, but if we do not depend on God how will we show others the love of Christ? Are you ready to step out of your comfort zone and depend on the Almighty?

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child

The last podcast was on trust in God and how we often say we trust Him but then we take it back and we stress and deal with things in a way that is harmful to us. We let go and let God and then let the world crash down upon us with a to-do list that is longer than the longest highway. Those lists and those thoughts can keep us up at night and keep us in bondage. Today I want to share some ways to overcome this and truly depend on God.

When I think of those with great faith I think of the martyrs of the past or those who died or were persecuted for their belief in God. They cared so much that they would rather die than deny God. This is the opposite of what we see today and in our world, so many times all we want to do is focus on the negative or overreact to every little thing so that it gets blown out of proportion. how did we get in this state of anger or division?

I believe much of it has to do with taking our eyes off of God. If we are Jesus to our brothers and sisters, as you can imagine the world we live in would look so much different and obviously so much better. We could be joyful and help as the Lord would have us help. Instead, we put our heads down, try to avoid conflict and live our lives in isolation with walls and yards dividing us from our fellow man. Is that what God wants of us? I doubt that very much.

If we are honest our dependency is on ourselves and our abilities. Why ask God when we are capable? We discussed this in the last episode. When I talk bout depending on God I’m focusing on the outcome and the joy that belief and faith bring into the soul. How can you be in a state of joy when you are worried about all of the gloom and doom that people are shouting about on national television. Even the local news is enough to cause us to retreat. That is why a focus and dependency on God is important.

Do you depend on God to:

  1. Provide for your needs?
    1. Mathew 6:21
    2. Romans 8:28
  2. Answer our prayers?
    1. Our way or God’s way?
    2. Isaiah 55:8-9
  3. Take away your worry?
    1. Proverbs 20
    2. Proverbs 20:24-26
  4. Provide for the hope of everlasting life
    1. John 6:38-40
    2. Romans 8: 1-2:

Hope everlasting life:

What is the hope? The hope is ultimately everlasting life but the dream is a life well lead, one without regrets because in Christ there is no condemnation when you repent and ask for forgiveness!

 

Let’s Pray!

Dear Jesus, we love you and we know that when we depend on You my God you make crooked lines straight, you take our hand and are truly our Father. You lead us as any good father would do and protect us from what really could happen. You help us out of confusion and we praise you and thank you ahead of time for clarity of mind and the joy in our souls. I pray in the Name of Jesus for the following people and needs including my own… Thank you for hearing me and offering me the truth, the hope and the joy that is in You, Jesus. Amen.

Trust In God

Trust In God | Of course, you trust in God, right? But do you really? In this episode, we will take a hard look at our lives and shine a light on all the times we thought we were trusting when we really holding back! \ #podcast #christianpodcasat #trustinGod #christian #trustinginGodTrust In God ~ Episode 130

Of course, you trust in God, right? But do you really? In this episode, we will take a hard look at our lives and shine a light on all the times we thought we were trusting when we really holding back!

Thanks to our sponsor …

Our lives are like a tapestry that begins with a simple thread but is woven into something beautiful, if we allow the Lord entry and to work in our lives. I don’t think that any Christian would argue that the Lord is all-powerful, all-knowing and always just. But even so, even if we know the Lord of the Universe the Creator God has our best interests in mind – we fail to trust.

This podcast is mostly for me, and maybe this applies to your life as well – so here is the challenge. When it comes to our most personal thoughts, prayers, wishes and desires do we really trust the Lord? This year as I prayed (at the beginning of the year) I asked the Lord for a word – one word that I could think about and pray about and for me that word was trust. I write the word in my journal I even purchased a coffee mug with the word “TRUST” on the side that I use to drink coffee out of daily. But still, I find myself slipping into old behaviors and thoughts and yes – unfailingly forgetting to trust!

I get worried, I’m impatient when I pray and don’t feel that God has answered me. I worry about my children, our finances and things that are upcoming in my business. I worry about the weather, the time it will take to get to the store or if I have time to do the things I want to accomplish each day. Worry is a form of taking trust out of His hands and putting them back in our own. We trust that we are capable but we also stress that capability. Am I making sense? We trust in ourselves more than we trust in God.

You may ask, “Why should I trust in the Lord? Didn’t God give us the ability to make decisions, what about free will? Shouldn’t we stand on our own two feet and stop bothering the Almighty?”

Is this what you think?

Let me ask, does it bother you when someone you love asks you for a favor or wants to hear your opinion about an important matter? Or how about this, when a loved one fails to ask you for help and then disaster happens! Do you feel annoyed when you have a wonderful solution to a problem but no one bothered to ask you?

Think about the Lord. He created us. He knew us before we were born. Do you think he cares about us and wants us to ask Him and ultimately trust that His providence, His will, and His wisdom is for our good? He does care about us and our eternal souls! So why don’t we trust?

Jeremiah 17:7-8

Blessed are those who trust in the Lord; the Lord will be their trust. They are like a tree planted beside the waters that stretches out its roots to the stream: It does not fear heat when it comes, its leaves stay green; In the year of drought it shows no distress, but still produces fruit.

What is the fruit of you life? Are we upset and tired and do we feel defeated? Or are we excited to spring out of bed each day because we can’t wait to see what joys and excitement is going to happen! That’s the dream, right? Well, it can be a reality in our lives.

Friends, I know that things are going to happen and not go the way we hoped or dreamed. But you know what is probably for the better. Trust. I recently made plane reservations and when I looked at them I realized instead of arriving at 10 am the flight was arriving at 10 pm. Well, I had to buy a new plane ticket and I was upset, but I just trusted that God had a plan. Can you imagine how I felt when that 10 pm flight was canceled? Was I happy I had spent the extra money on rearranging that flight? Yes! Trust.

Philippians 4:7 talks about the peace we should have when we trust, “Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

 

Renew Your Mind

Renew Your Mind ~ Episode 129

It’s time to renew your mind with a mini-retreat! Every once in a while we need to be filled up to overflowing so we can be a joyful Christian and others can look at us and say, “I want what they have!” Are you joyful? No? Well, in this episode I’ll share some ways to change for the better!

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child

I was listening to an inspirational speaker who grew her business way beyond her imagination. She was able to help to provide for her family after her husband was ill and then became disabled. One of the things that resonated was when she shared that she would time everything in her life even her prayer time, and when she gave God her time she would constantly look at her watch. She realized this was not what she should be doing and when she gave her time to God her prayer life grew.

Stress is a huge factor in our lives. Those who get to a breaking point or are overwhelmed are often the same ones who do not take the time with the Lord. This is a reminder for myself as well as for you! IF we take the time with God another blessing comes. The Lord is asking us to slow down and spend more time with him! We will recover and receive Divine Strength and who doesn’t want that!

Renewing your mind is so important and if you listened to my last episode on the Ten Lies of Satan you will find that we get worn down by the lies of the enemy when we do not know what our Christian faith means. I can’t tell you how God works because our Almighty Father, the creator of heaven and earth is a mystery the more I learn the more I want to learn. But I can tell you this. God does not create junk and the enemy would like you to think that you are not worthy, or too sinful, or not good enough, or you need to be perfect, or you can’t trust or forgive, and on an on. But no, God loves you, baggage and all and He wants to fill you up with his love, peace, joy and grace!

Renew Your Mind

  1. Find a place that is quiet and you can relax and pray.
  2. Be ready. Don’t try this when you have laundry to do or something else pressing.
  3. Brew your favorite drink or grab a glass of water. You don’t want to give yourself excuses to get up!
  4. Play background music quietly if helps. No words just instrumentals. You can also use sounds of nature if those help you to relax.
  5. Set aside at least fifteen minutes or more. Don’t wear a watch!

Mini-Mind Renewal Retreat:

  1. Start with a prayer welcoming God. Thank you, Lord for every good thing. I want to give you this time my God to worship you, and to thank you. Please fill me with the joy that surpasses all understanding and fill me to overflowing. Again – in your own words.
  2. Praise and worship. Either use music or pray a litany such as I praise you, Lord, you are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning, and the end, You are the Almighty King of Kings the Lord of Lords. Just praise God. If you have difficulty you can find something online or in a prayer book or your favorite song. This is important to come into God’s presence.
  3. Read the Holy Bible. Slowly and savor each word. It can be a short passage to begin with.
  4. Write in a journal or just let the words wash over you. Does anything resonate?
  5. Meditate on these thoughts and add some of your own:
    1. What I am is God’s gift to me and what I become is my gift to God!
    2. God’s Word is an everlasting rock.
    3. God’s will is always accomplished.
    4. Salvation is dependent on knowing the truth and acting on this knowledge.
    5. Make a friend of Jesus, be a friend of Jesus, make a friend yourself and introduce your new friend to Jesus!
    6. Picture Jesus calming the sea and you are in the boat with Him. What does he say? What do you learn?
    7. The invisible God becomes visible when we spend time with Him.
    8. What I am is God’s gift to me and what I become is my gift back to God.
    9. Everything good thing comes from God.
    10. God is good all the time. More of God and less of me!

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord first give me the time to spend time with you. I want to do this every day but I especially want to do this in a retreat with you. I thank you Lord for every good thing that you have given me! I ask you Lord for the grace to be aware of the sin in my life and to avoid it. I pray my God that I put you first above everything else and I choose you! Dear Lord, I ask for the following prayer intentions:

I praise you and I thank you ahead of time for all answered prayer. And I pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen!

Lies We Believe

10 Lies We Believe | We all do it we believe lies. There are ten lies we believe! The worse thing? The lies we believe are by definition not true! | #lies #podcast #ChristianPodcastTen Lies We Believe ~ Episode 128

We all do it we believe lies. There are ten lies we believe! The worse thing? The lies we believe are by definition not true! We give the enemy credit when all the credit should go to Almighty God! In this episode, we explore the most common lies and ways to combat them.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child

Why do we believe lies? Because many of us are wounded in some way or like to think of ourselves as broken. We are shaped by so many of life’s events. Sometimes it is our own sins, the sins of others, the death of a loved one, or a tragedy within a family. These things shape us and how we consider the future choices we make. God predestines no one to hell! God is the creator, he is love, truth, goodness, beauty. When we see those things in our world they originate from God. Sin is the refusal to live in the beauty that is God. God’s mercy allows us to choose. God never forces His love upon us, he respects human dignity and our free will.

Think about this. Hell is a testimony to God’s respect to our freedom. Love redeemed us and won heaven for us. God will not violate our capacity for choice. So if we want to believe the lies of the enemy we have freedom to do this. The only thing we can give ourselves credit for is sin – every good thing comes from God!

Remember the song, “…and they’ll know we are Christians by our love, by our love. Yes, they’ll know we are Christians by our love…” I use to think that it was an injustice that I was not showing others God’s love because I did not feel His love myself. I was under a false impression. I believed the lies of the enemy. In my steps as a Christian, I had learned about God’s unconditional love – meaning we don’t need to work at it or earn it, yet I believed that God’s punishments were very real and the thought was depressing. Lies these are all lies. It took me years to undo and become free from these lies! And, friends, this freedom is amazing and I pray this for all of you listening today as well.

Jesus spoke about Satan in the Holy Bible, he said the enemy is the “Father of lies.”

John 8:44 You belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, not holding to the truth, for there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

John 8:45-47 Jesus continues… “Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me! Can any of you prove me guilty of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 Whoever belongs to God hears what God says. The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.”

If we can not hear what God says in the Word, from our pastors and from our prayers, the bigger question is, “Who DO you belong to?”  The first step in combatting the lies of the enemy is to recognize them. Evil is frightening and how do we respond to evil? First by recognizing it! We often credit the evil one with the things that belong to God. At the root of evil is pride – the root of all sin.

Top Ten Lies of Satan

  1. Satan is a myth. Does Satan really exist? The enemy likes people to believe he does not exist – God is a myth and all of this “penance” or “fasting” or “being good” or “faith” is a tall tale. My question is to people who do not believe in God, “If you believe in God and there is no heaven, you are assured a life where good is called good and evil is called evil. There is no confusion. But if you do not believe in God, and you follow the ways of the enemy (because of course, you are following Him – he has already duped you in believing he does not exist) and then you die and learn there is God. What is the alternative? A life in eternal damnation because a person who denies God and lives a life without God in it will turn their back on God eternally. Our pastor calls it the fundamental option.) I feel sorry for those who do not believe because they are missing an amazing joy! The joy of the love of a benefactor, a Father who loves us not matter what! We have the choice of obedient love or self-seeking which often leads to destruction. What I am is God’s gift to me and what I become is my gift to God!
  2. Not good enough – false pride- You are sinful and therefore not good enough to follow God. God made us on the sixth day of creation and He said it was “very good” therefore, God made us good. I know there are plenty of people out there that will argue with this statement. So, let’s look at Genesis 1:26-31

    26 Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals,[a] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds in the sky and all the creatures that move along the ground—everything that has the breath of life in it—I give every green plant for food.” And it was so. 31 God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. And there was evening, and there was morning—the sixth day.                                                                 So the question I have for you to think and pray about is this, if God made us good why do we think we are destined for evil, yes we adopted a “sin nature” as the term goes from Adam and Eve but that is why Jesus came! To take on our sins. Think about it.

  3. You must be perfect to be a Christian, and if you are not you fall short. First, there is no perfection outside of heaven but that does not mean we do not try. Secondly, we can not be perfect again this doesn’t mean we are lazy Christians but we don’t become holy by the way we dress or act toward others. Instead, the way we dress or act is an extension of our love of God and His goodness within us. It is a flow-through not a doing it on our own strength.
  4. Doubt — don’t believe what God says. Satan wants us not to believe what God says. Read Genesis 3:1-4

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

We must believe that when God says it, He means it. And do not believe or doubt God!

5. God Punishes You –– If you are a Christian nothing bad can happen to you. (So when bad things happen to good people, obviously God let you down or there is no God. God punishes you for your sin. Sin does have a consequence and a recourse but we must believe that God is good all the time and all the time, God is good!

6. Guilt, Envy, Infidelity – The evil one will tell you that these things are not bad but they are serious. Guilt can eat us up and make us focus on the problem or the issue rather than the solution. Envy is another one of those sins that takes our eyes off of God. Infidelity – well, enough said. Sins may start small but then it snowballs, and as you’ve heard there is no small sin.

7. You can’t trust God you have to do things yourself.  This is such a lie, we can trust God and we can ask God for help. You know you are believing this lie if you do not ask the Lord for help throughout the day!  Do you say, “I need your help Lord. How do I do this? or How can I carry on?” Or is it that I must take charge and take care of the issue without God’s help? God gives us the ability to handle things but a little prayer can go a long way to finding a solution.

8. Small Sins are not bad. Everyone sins – and your sins are just not that bad compared to everyone else. This is a truth I have heard people say! We are living a life after the fall is a battle. It is good against evil. Good is the promise of everlasting life and evil is the promise of a wonderful life on this earth without any thought of an afterlife.

9. God can never forgive you for your past sins, so why try. Your past does not define you. We are stuck in the past or worried about the future but miss that God is here now. And today? He gives us grace for today! Not for yesterday, or for tomorrow. This can cripple you and make you depressed. You may feel that God has punished you in some way due to past sins. You are a child of God! God lived, died and rose again to give us eternal life. He shouldered that pain and burden when He carried the cross. By His stripes, we are healed. Christ died for you and for me and now lives to give us abundant life! Ask for forgiveness, if you can go to your pastor – if you are Catholic go to confession and let it go!

10. Judgmental – We see the sins and failings of others and use that as an excuse to say that all Christians are hypocrites. Of course, some are and ruin it for the rest of us, but the majority of Christians that want to love and serve the Lord are too busy with their own lives to worry about the lives of others. This goes for our adult children. We can pray for them but must allow them to make their own mistakes. Intervention time is when they live under your roof! Christians do not put each other down or point out each others sins – not unless someone asks you! Committed Christians also give don’t flaunt their “holiness” in fact you will know someone is a good Christian if they don’t believe they can ever outgive God and they give God all the glory!

So how do you combat the lies?

  1. Pray. Keep your eyes focused on God. The #1 Satan buster is prayer. Even if it is just, “Jesus.” or “Jesus help me!” God hears us.
  2. Arm yourself with the power of Scripture – pray this verse daily! Ephesians 6:10-12 – I love Ephesians 6:10-12 10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
  3. Surround yourself with like-minded Christians. This is so important!
  4. Go to church. I go to Mass each day as much as I can. By the time I get home, and I feel joyful!
  5. Listen to praise and worship music. It is difficult to believe the lies of the enemy when we are infused in a joyful atmosphere.

Friends, every day we have a choice. We can be obedient and love the Lord with our whole hearts and ignore those lies or be self seeking which leads to death! Often we chose the world over God! God wishes that we do not rest upon anything other than the infinite goodness of God!

Let’s pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, our Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit please hear our plea to help us to combat the lies of the enemy who is fighting for our soul. We know you have won the battle by your life, death, and resurrection. You are so much greater than the forces of darkness. You are the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end, the Name above all Names and we claim the healing power of You God in our lives. We ask that you help us to combat those lies that we hear in our minds and instead give us words to praise and worship you. I pray for those that are in need of your healing and I lift up the following prayer intentions … and I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Caring and Compassion

Caring and Compassion | Some people are just natural at caring and compassion and nurturing or so you would think - we have this innate desire to be loved and to love. But sometimes we are so focused on ourselves that we miss those who are in need. #podcast #christianpodcast #ChristianMinistryCaring and Compassion ~ Episode 127

Some people are just natural at caring and compassion and nurturing or so you would think – we have this innate desire to be loved and to love. But sometimes we are so focused on ourselves that we miss those who are in need.
I remember going to the nursing home – not assisted care, full-care nursing homes where people look lifelessly out at nothing, sit in wheelchairs and are basically in God’s waiting room ready to be called. They have lived for many years and appear to sit there forgotten.
One time we walked by a little lady sitting in her chair, with her daughter next to her painting her fingernails bright red and chatting away. By the time we came back the poor, little lady was distraught. She asked us if we had seen her daughter. She said, “She is here one minute and gone the next!” I’m sure her daughter was painting her nails something she must have enjoyed for years and then, wished her mom good-bye until the next time. But in her age this lady forgot.
Do we forget those who are less fortunate or those who are lonely? Is it our neighbor or someone we know at church? It’s easier to have compassion for someone in our own families or our immediate friends and more difficult for those we did not know.
Jesus is a perfect example of love and compassion.
So what is compassion?
  1. Part of this is realizing each other’s needs for love and attention and fulfilling these.
  2. Having respect for others.
  3. Listening when others speak
  4. Empathizing with someone’s struggles
  5. Being willing to spend time with those in need.
Being compassionate often means self-sacrifice something that does not come easily for us. Sacrificing our time or something we want to do for someone else. In this case, our human instinct is to be annoyed or upset that we “have” to do this for someone else, and this often negates our ability to give selflessly. A decision to do something requires effort and action.
There are many rewards of being loving and compassionate especially if this does not come naturally to you or requires efforts. Some of the rewards are tangible and others are intangible. The tangible rewards would be approval or favor from those who observe your unselfish action or becoming friends with someone or developing a deeper friendship as a result of your efforts.
The ones we can’t see are those in heaven, those gifts that are waiting for our heavenly reward. You can never outgive the Lord – he is the one of abundance and blessing in our lives and one that we can count on to fulfill every place in our hearts that are hurting or empty.
A relationship with the Lord takes time, effort and listening something we discuss often in the podcast. Spending time with God in order to be infilled with his love and to listen to direction, which can be a feeling or a thought or even a Bible verse. We can pray and meditate on these and learn.
We live in a hurting world and this side of heaven is not always a happy place. We eat and exercise in a healthy way which often prolongs use our bodies but not necessarily helps our mind. It is the food of heaven, the acting on the gifts that God has given us like love and compassion that can bring joy to others in as a result of satisfaction in our lives.
Let’s Pray:
Dear Jesus, I praise you and I thank you fo fall the gifts and blessings you have given me in my life. I ask that you increase my love for others and my compassion. Bring me incidents where I can serve you and those around me. Help me to see the good in others and to seek to bring comfort to those who are in need or hurting. I ask for the needs of those I am praying for, Lord please grant these prayers and petitions … I pray this in Jesus, precious, Name. Amen.

Miracles Happen

Miracles Happen | We read about miracles in the Scriptures but do miracles happen today. Yes, miracles do happen! In this episode, we discuss the miraculous from the Bible but we look at the miracles all around you that defy explanation. | #podcast #christianpodcast #miraclesMiracles Do Happen – 126

We read about miracles in the Scriptures but do miracles happen today. Yes, miracles do happen! In this episode, we discuss the miraculous from the Bible but we look at the miracles all around you that defy explanation.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child

Some time ago I read a book, Miracles Do Happen by an Irish nun, Sister Breige McKenna and her story was riveting. She was very ill and suffered from rheumatoid arthritis that was so crippling that she had difficulty walking. She was sent to from Ireland to her community, the Sisters of St. Clare in Tampa, Florida with the hope that the warm Florida weather would help her. She was miraculously and instantly healed during the celebration of the Eucharist at Church. This was in 1970 and she was twenty-four. Later she received, in prayer, the gift of healing for which she is known. If you read her testimony you will learn that she was reluctant to receive this gift. I was blessed to work with a team of people to bring a book that contains her testimony in it to print, and I laughed when I read how this humble nun had to be told over and over by different people that they felt that God wanted to give her the gift of healing. One was a gentleman who was a protestant and said something to the effect that I don’t typically talk to Catholic nuns, but God keeps giving me this message to give me and won’t leave me alone until I give it to you! She realized then that she was being called. She has traveled the world bringing the hungry the word of God. She brings the focus to Jesus. I’ve met her several times and she has a riveting sense of humor. She spends at least three hours a day in prayer. I’ve been to prayer services that she has lead and it is truly a spiritual awakening.

When God uses us he often uses those who are humble and think they are the least of the ones that should be called. This humility can sometimes be a stumbling block. It can be false humility – yes that is a thing. When I learned about all of the gifts of the Holy Spirit I learned that these were to uplift the community and show the grace of God to the flock.

Miracles happen every day and we don’t see them because we are busy with life. Just waking up each day is a miracle. One more day, Lord – thank-you!

We don’t expect miracles but they are available for us. Maybe you’ve prayed for God to heal you or someone you love and the answer was no. That doesn’t mean that miracles don’t happen. They do. Everyday.

The first miracle we read about in scripture is when Jesus turned the water to wine at the wedding feast of Cana. The guests were amazed that the wine was better then what they drank at the beginning of the celebration, and usually, the wine that wasn’t as good was served later. We saw Jesus heal the blind, multiply the loaves and fishes, heal of the ten lepers, cast out demons and even bring Lazarus back to life. So, why do we limit the miracles to the time of Christ?

When Jesus rose He commanded us to go forth and make disciples of all nations – “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. ‘ Amen.” Matthew 28:18-20.

We are commanded to follow in the steps of our Lord and Savior. At Pentecost, he left us with the gifts of the Holy Spirit. (An aside, Sister Breige was born on Pentecost Sunday in 1946)

In the Book of Isaiah 11:2-3, the Gifts of the Holy Spirit are listed and they are considered the gifts that Jesus had and used. How do you receive these gifts? As a Christian, you can kneel beside your bed and pray for them! For me, as a Catholic we receive these gifts in the sacrament of Confirmation, we were told as teens we were becoming soldiers of Christ. This was our chance as a teenager to make our profession of faith, accepting Jesus as our Savior and following him.

The gifts are available to us – but why don’t we use them? Maybe because we fear what might happen. The gifts are wisdom, understanding, knowledge, counsel, fortitude, piety and fear of the Lord.

Friends, miracles do happen and it is time we are available to be used by God. The harvest is plenty but the workers are few applies to us today. Are you available to help the Lord? Sometimes it is just planting seeds, we don’t need to reap, God does that.

 

 

Prayer Partner

Prayer Partner | One of the biggest blessings that can come in our lives is to have a prayer partner, someone you can go to and pray with for your special needs. In this episode, we will discuss how to use this for the advantage of focused prayer. | #podcast #christianpodcast #prayer Prayer Partners – 125

One of the biggest blessings that can come in our lives is to have a prayer partner, someone you can go to and pray with for your special needs. In this episode, we will discuss how to use this for the advantage of focused prayer.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child

Prayer Partner Defined

So, what is a prayer partner? As you can imagine it is a person you can pray with from time to time or even daily for the needs of those closest to you or for the needs of others. Typically it is one person instead of a group of people. This can be someone you know from church or a friend. It can even be your spouse. This person should be someone who is close to God or who wants to grow closer to God.

Why should you have a prayer partner? It isn’t necessary but it is nice to have someone to lean on and help you through a rough spot. Matthew 18: 19-20: “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

What a wonderful promise! God created us as social beings and he even honors and gives grace to us when we partner in prayers.

A prayer partner is someone who:

  1. Is available to pray via the phone or in person.
  2. Is not a gossip
  3. Is not judgmental
  4. Is someone who can keep a confidence
  5. Is someone who is faithful and follows God

While there are no rules to praying with a prayer partner for me the outline below helps tremendously since it is not a time for visiting with a friend, which can actually come later after prayer. Some people don’t want a spouse as a prayer partner and would rather have a friend. It is whatever you feel comfortable with as well as the other person.

  1. A place that is quiet and you won’t be interrupted.
  2. Reverence, going before the Lord takes a time of praise and worship, praying something like this, “Please Lord help to clear my mind of the busyness of the day and help me to focus on you.” I also begin to pray in the Name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, the Trinity.
  3. Thank the Lord and praise Him. In worship, we can be in the presence of Almighty God.
  4. Sometimes I pray Matthew 18: 19-20 – and then each person takes a turn in lifting a need or petition. It may be a prayer for someone else or yourself. Let your needs be known. At this point you do not need a bunch of details – God knows. You can ask specific, like for a healing or a general, “Please Lord I pray a blessing on ___ as she graduates please provide a job and help her in her new journey.”
  5. Does something come to mind that might be helpful in this situation or is God leading you to another way to pray – speak it out and ask, “Lord I’m not sure if this is from you but please provide…” Or you might feel the Lord is prompting you to pray a specific way.
  6. End with thanksgiving and praise once again.

This is a thumbnail or a brief outline and you can pray in any way you want to – sometimes there is not time to go through each stage and it might be a quick text to your prayer partner asking for a specific prayer request. Many of us are on prayer chains where we get requests from people in need and many times we get so many emails we are unable to pray for each and every one. We pray a generalized prayer for those needs daily – and that makes having a specific person to pray with so important.

Your prayer life will grow as well. And, your prayer partner may change over time. I’ve had various prayer partners over the years and some close friends that I can text for prayers. I have a Facebook Page, A Few Minutes with God with the intent of those in need of prayers. I get notifications and pray!

Prayer, in general, keeps us grounded and it gives us the hope that is in Christ to overcome the evils of this world. Let’s pray!

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank you for reminding us that where two or more are gathered in your Name, you are here in our midst. I praise you and thank you for being here always for us. Thank you for providing for our needs and helping me to grow in my love for you. I see that through prayer I feel closer to you and I thank you for this. I also ask specifically for the following needs: Thank you, my God, for your provision for your Divine Will and for the grace you give me each and every day. And I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

Faith Walk Commitment

Faith Walk | Are you ready to make this the best year with a faith walk commitment? We have choices to make and this New Year is a clean slate! We can select our faith walk as one where we get closer to God, walk with purpose and have a goal of hope in mind! | #podcast #christianpodcastFaith Walk Commitment – 124

Are you ready to make this the best year with a faith walk commitment? We have choices to make and this New Year is a clean slate! We can select our faith walk as one where we get closer to God, walk with purpose and have a goal of hope in mind!

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child

In our lives, the choices we make often have repercussions for the good and for the bad. We want to choose what is right but more often doing the least amount is easier. Let’s face it is it easier to turn on the television and veg out rather than pour over the Bible, pray, listen and journal with the hope of making a significant change for the better in your life.

The Christian faith walk brings us to freedom and join. But it does not come, as with any good thing without challenges. There are obstacles in our walk, roadblocks, and detours. We want to go right and yet we turn left, we plan to move up and instead find ourselves down. The more we try the worse things seem. I remember telling my pastor that the more I tried to follow God the harder life seemed to get, and he reminded me of a simple truth. He said the keyword was the “I” the more “I” tried to follow God. Following God is simply a decision, putting one proverbial foot in front of the other. It isn’t what I am doing it is what I am deciding, each and every day. I choose You, God. I choose Your will for my life. I choose to follow You.

Check out this audio on making a new year’s faith journey.

The series of A Few Minutes with God began, as most of you know with the urging that I was doing quite a bit of talking to God but never stopping to listen. I have a ton of words – and I believed the more the better. But as an adult, my faith matured and I began to really seek God not only as a generous and benevolent Father – God, I need this, I need that… preferably now – to wanting more in my life. I wanted more faith, I wanted more focus, I wanted more of God. This translated for me into a much, much happier life which translates into relationships that were happier with my husband, my children, and my friends.

Relationships hinge on a simple truth which most of us miss. And, that is a relationship that is healthy can only we accomplished when we have the love of God in our life. Without God’s love, we can not pour into others. That is one of the reasons that there are so many dysfunctional families in our world today and truthfully depressed Christians.

Our eyes have been removed from the sacred above and focused on the devices in our hands—and all the temptations that come with this. In my lifetime I have seen such phenomenal growth in technology. We used to think that television was distracting and now we carry our televisions and computers in our hands many unrestricted with all types of temptations that lead to sin. These devices are amazing and valuable – in fact, all of you are listening to this podcast on a digital device. Yet, all of this distraction takes our eyes away from God—and sometimes right into the hands of the enemy and ruin relationships.

Relationships take time with God. Relationships take time. They take work. They take listening. They take change. Who has time for this?

But, guess what friends – what if I told you this can be easy. God isn’t complicated we make Him complicated. A faith commitment means saying yes to God – I want more. I want to live a life that is beyond good, beyond great – a life that is amazing and faith-filled. I want to live a life where God knows my needs before I even know them and provides. Easy.

Friends – this can happen and happens to me over and over again. I think it has happened my entire life but I was never tuned into God to see it! God is all around us but we do not have eyes that see!

A faith walk commitment means knowing that you have agreed to learn this year and to be wowed by the miraculous. Think about this. The Divine – Almighty God is the God of miracles. Our lives are a miracle the technology we have is a miracle, the advances in the medical field and so on are miraculous. Not long ago I did a podcast with a friend of mine who is a scientist on DNA and how it was believed that most of our DNA was considered junk (PUT IN LINK) because they didn’t understand it’s purpose. Well, with the advances in science the realization is that most of this DNA is now accounted for – and that is a problem for those who do not believe in God because it is basically impossible to happen out of nothing. I’ve placed the podcast link in the show notes on AFewMinutesWithGodPodcast.com – Faith Walk Commitment or visit CreationSciencePodcast.com for more.

As Christians, we believe in a Divine Creator, we walk in faith and our commitment just deepens the more we learn about God. We are not fearful about what science shows because everything points to a Divine Creator. Our commitment is not to know everything but to be open to learning. Are you ready?

Get out a piece of paper and think about what a faith walk commitment means to you.

Faith Walk Commitment:

  1. Saying yes to walking closer to God.
  2. Less words.
  3. Commitment to learning.
  4. Relationships
  5. Mentoring

My husband and I were asked to help mentor couples that are considering marriage. This is a huge responsibility to us and one we do not take lightly. My first response was, “Sure, after forty years of marriage I can tell you all the things not to do!” But, seriously it is a shame that among Christians the rate of divorce is similar to that for non-believers. Why? Because of relationship. If we get right with God everything, and I mean everything will be easier to handle in our lives. Are you ready? Make a faith walk commitment right now.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, I pray that you provide for each of us to walk closer to you this year, to make a decision each and every day for more of you Lord, more of you in my life. God, I can not do this alone. I need You. Please help me in my every day, in my decisions, in my choices and expand my time. I ask that you help me to see you in the little miracles of daily life. Dear Lord, I ask for the following prayers … Lord provide for those I pray for and for my special intentions even those I have not asked for – you know my heart, my God. And, I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen.

 

New Year Faith Journey

New Year Faith Journey | As we turn the calendar are you prepared for a New Year Faith Journey? In this episode, we will explore the exciting New Year that God’s got for you, and we look at it with expectant hope. | #podcast #christianpodcastNew Year Faith Journey 123

As we turn the calendar are you prepared for a New Year Faith Journey? In this episode, we will explore the exciting New Year that God’s got for you, and we look at it with expectant hope.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child

The end of a year brings celebration, not because the year ends – well, I guess it depends on the summation of the year you’ve had – no, the celebration is symbolic of the excitement of the year to come. We look at it with excitement and hope for the best. This is how we as a Christian should look at the coming year.

Our Hope is in Christ and the New Year Faith Journey should look something like this:

  1. I can’t wait to see all that God is going to do in my life this year.
  2. I am so excited about how I can serve others this coming year.
  3. I look forward to the new insights and revelations in my studies about God.

The world looks at the future so much differently than a Christian does. Success to a Christian is being in God’s will – it is the joy of waking up each day and saying, “God’s got this!” It is realizing that God’s will is so much better than our will.

The Lord’s prayer reminds us of this –

“…thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Free will is God’s will.

What Does A New Year Faith Journey look like to you?

But the new year gives us a blank slate and as we as Christians look at this we can begin to map to look forward to our life as a journey of faith. We can make changes for the better but in order to do this, we must have an examination of our life. Some people think they don’t need to make any changes. They are great! They are living a wonderful life. No changes to be made – nothing to see, move on.

I heard a wonderful sermon recently at Mass where our pastor said, “Sometimes we get comfortable in our sin and we don’t think it is bad – or that bad, in fact sometimes we don’t even recognize it as sin! We go along cloaked in sin, comfortably wrapped!”

Wow – food for thought but he went on.

There are consequences of sin! And know this we should change, right? We want to live a life that is free of guilt or misgivings. A life that is happy and successful in the belief that we are living a righteous life.

God has a perfect will for us but we often spurn God’s will to find our more “perfect will.” We want to do things our way. Our first parents who were created out of nothing by the hand of God and given the perfect place to live turned their backs on God and sinned. Decisions and choices have consequences and our rebellion causes this – not God, but for us. People often blame God for their problems but the real person is us. Sin causes a breakdown in a relationship and the breakdown is between us and our creator. But there is good news!

We can restore our relationship by asking for forgiveness – just as a good parent who punishes a child to ensure that this child does not continue to sin, God’s justice means punishment for sin. Jesus took on our sins on the cross to free us from sin and this is the beginning (asking forgiveness) of our restoration.

As we look at the new year it is like a new beginning~ we look at the answer Jesus gave the scribe when he asked, “What is the greatest commandment?” Jesus said (Matthew 22) – “You shall love the Lord your God with your heart and all your soul and all your mind. This is the greatest and first commandment. And as second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

What hope! What joy! WE can go to the Lord and ask for forgiveness from all the ways we have turned away from Him, for rejecting Him and because of all the bad decisions we have made that caused us to sin and to harm ourselves. Even if we have done so without knowing! Secondly, we can move forward by depending on God’s love and His promises. To be with us always. We don’t have to do it alone. We have an arsenal of tools!

Faith Journey Tools

  1. We have God’s love. The Holy Spirit to guide us, ask Him into your heart (repentance first and a promise to change!)
  2. We have prayer – talking to God. (We do this at the end of each podcast.)
  3. We have quiet before the Lord – listening.
  4. We have the Word of God – in the Bible.
  5. We have the thanksgiving – praising God each day.

So what is it going to be? Will you trust God this year that He has the best in store for you? Will you trust that His will your faith journey be on that least traveled road that leads to heaven or that wide highway to that other place?

Let’s pray for a journey that is protected by Almighty God with an abundance of Grace.

Dear Lord, I thank you first for the gift of faith. Without this gift, I would be nothing. I have no worry about the future because I know that you are with me. I ask for the outpouring of your Holy Spirit and an abundance of grace to carry me through the day. I can’t wait to see what is in store for me this coming year as I grow closer to You, as you reveal your truth to me, as I see your hand in my life. Thank you, my God, for all of this and I ask for the following prayers: God I know you have my needs and my wants in Your precious hands and I thank you for this, and I pray all of this in your Name, Jesus, Amen.

 

 

 

Holy Family Our Family

Holy Family Our Family | What a beautiful example the Holy Family is in our lives and in this episode we will explore the examples of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and how to live lives that are filled with hope! | #podcast #christianpodcastHoly Family Our Family – Episode 122

What a beautiful example the Holy Family is in our lives and in this episode we will explore the examples of Jesus, Mary and Joseph and how to live lives that are filled with hope!

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child

At Christmas time we decorate our houses with scenes of the Nativity. These scenes are familiar and if you are like me, it brings me great joy to see them around my home. I have several that are in different rooms because for me the focus of the holiday surrounds the birth of Jesus. It causes me to consider the holy and the things I hold sacred in a way that is tangible in my life.

The prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of the Messiah: Isaiah 11:1-7

It hit me recently when we read this exact scripture with my family that there was a great parallel between the verses… Justice shall be a band around his waist and faithfulness a belt upon his hips with Ephesians

Exhortations for Spiritual Warfare – Ephesians 6:10-18

1It is at times like this that I wish I was a scripture scholar. I’m not. But what I can tell you is that the parallel really spoke to me – The prophet Isaiah foretold the coming of the Messiah and in the New Testament Christ is the fulfillment of the prophecy and the key to winning over souls out of the hands of the enemy.

The opening of the kingdom – the eternal kingdom and our salvation comes from Christ. And what an example the Holy Family is to us –

Do we consider ourselves in that situation? The Holy Family gives us an example of overcoming hardship for the greater good. Mary and Joseph were scorned in their own town. Why? Because Mary was “with child” before she lived with Joseph. She was betrothed but then went to visit Elizabeth. When she returned, they could see she was pregnant. She explained in her own words that an angel had appeared to her. Can you imagine what her parents thought? Can you imagine being Joseph?

Take time to think about this and apply it to your life. How do you face those hard decisions in your life? Do you do it with faith and help from the Lord or do you do it on your own without thought of God? Look at the lives of the Holy Family. I came up with five things I’ve learned from the life they lived.

What we learn from the Holy Family:

  1. Dying to self. They took upon themselves the hardships of what the yes to God would mean – a huge disruption in what they envisioned for their life.
  2. Ability to persevere – in the face of hardship they forged on having to travel to Bethlehem for the census (God knew this, right? Again it was a fulfillment of prophecy but how difficult for Mary and Joseph.)
  3. Understanding the truth. They believed. They may have questioned, who wouldn’t? But, they believed that God would provide for them, and He did. Even if it wasn’t easy.
  4. Responsibility – can you imagine being in charge of the upbringing of the second person of the Trinity, Jesus? Many of us can barely raise our own children and to have this mind-blowing responsibility put on our shoulders. Wow. Just wow. Friends, think about this!
  5. The faith that we read in the Scriptures that surpasses all understanding. That is the faith I want that I crave. I want to believe without a doubt, I want to follow God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit in every single thing I do in my life.

Can you add to this list, is there something that speaks to your heart as you contemplate this most Holy of Families?

We know the end of the story and we celebrate this story every year. The prophecy was fulfilled with the yes from Mary in response to the request of the angel, archangel Gabriel – it comes again from the yes when Joseph, once he realized through a dream that Mary was telling the truth and indeed carried the Word of God soon to be made flesh that he had a responsibility to care for them both.

It also shows us that faith is a belief in that which is unseen and resonates truth in our hearts. Today we hear the media talk about “individual truth,” – for example, “she spoke the truth as she believes it.” But, truth is not subjective, it does not change, it always is. God gave us the intellect to believe in a truth higher than we could possibly imagine. Yet we think we know better. We twist the truth to meet our expectations of what we want it to say.

There is only one truth, friends. The truth that God came as a babe in humility for me, for you, for all. God is not exclusive. Do we hunger for truth and righteousness? That is truly what God is – He doesn’t lie, He doesn’t make unfulfilled promises. He came, He lived, He died and He rose.

The intelligent always think they know better. God sent his Son to live with a humble carpenter and his poor wife. Jesus wasn’t born to a king. He could have been, right? He is God, He could do whatever He wanted. We are shown that the Kings, the three Kings paid him homage. What an amazing proof that is—even to King Herod who sent out his men to kill all of the firstborn sons. But as we read in Ephesians evil will not triumph.

Friends, death is not the end. Think about this – those holy innocents, those poor souls who were murdered were vindicated once the gates of heaven were opened. They received their glory not on this earth but in the next. We look for our glory here – how many toys can we buy, how many events can we experience, we need this we need that. We do need to enjoy our life, God gave us this beautiful world in which we live, but not to the exclusiveness of all else.

God’s word is everlasting it is our rock. If we trust God and His Word we can be grounded in righteousness. We can use this rock to build our lives.

Even the gifts the Kings brought of gold, frankincense and myrrh are rich in meaning. Gold we are familiar with – it is a valuable commodity even today, frankincense as well is used by many of us as a potent and valuable essential oil – and incense, and a symbol of deity and myrrh was a symbol of death used as an embalming oil.

Again the Scriptures give us so much to think about to meditate on.

As we remember this precious gift, the birth of Christ and his earthly parents, Mary and Joseph let’s purpose to live our lives in a way that includes the Almighty and how much better off we will be!

Let’s Pray:

My God, there is so much to be thankful for even in times of hardship but we have faith the faith that you give us. Please God, during this very wonderful season, increase my faith, that is the gift I ask for to have more of You in my life to bless me with an abundance of Your grace to overflowing so that I can pour out this grace to others. All that is wonderful and righteous is in You my God, and I thank you for the gift of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph. Please, Lord, I ask for these special intentions for my family and friends:     I love you my God and I thank you for all the answered prayers and the miracles in my life that come from you and I thank you in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

 

 

True Meaning Of Christmas

True Meaning of Christmas | The commercial aspect of the holidays almost destroys the true meaning of Christmas. In this episode, I want to share an easy way to bring Jesus to the front and center where He belongs! | #podcast #christianpodcast #christmasTrue Meaning of Christmas Episode 121

The commercial aspect of the holidays almost destroys the true meaning of Christmas. In this episode, I want to share an easy way to bring Jesus to the front and center where He belongs!

Thanks to our sponsor to learn more and get today’s show notes to visit AFewMinuteswithGodPodcast.com. And, please share this episode with a friend, that is one of the ways that you can spread the word!

The beautiful decorations and lights are uplifting to our spirits and the idea of gift-giving is symbolic of the gift that God gave to us by the birth of His only Son. Yet when we get distracted by all the symbolism that is a time to recall the true meaning of Christmas.

Here are three very easy ways to keep our focus on Christ.

  1. Take time each day to read John 1
  2. Spend time with God. Just a few minutes each day.
  3. Close your eyes and listen.

If you have a journal take some time and write your thoughts. How do you feel? Are you excited or do you lean more toward depressed?

Christmas can be a time of anticipation and excitement but it also tends to be a time of disappointment and depression. Especially if we dwell on the past or on what could have been. Or if our expectations surround materialist things. We feel that we are not doing enough or perhaps can’t afford the things we want. But that shouldn’t be the focus.

Life happens each and every day and we can look at it as what we have or don’t have or we can look at each day as a blessing from God.

Recently two of my friend’s husbands died suddenly of heart attacks. Both were robust and active. Both full of life.

Only God knows the reason for taking them home. Only He knows the time and place when we too will be called home. I think it is especially difficult during the holidays to lose a loved one, but I also know that the Lord is not surprised by any of it. These families need prayer as well as all the families who are saddened or struggling during this time. It is hard to be joyous when we struggle with loss.

That is why the Scriptures are so inspiring. They speak to that part in us that longs for relationships and what better relationship than with God? I want to read part of John 1. This is one of my all-time favorite Scriptures and it is the one I always read at the beginning of Advent – the days leading up to Christmas.

John 1:

In the beginning, was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made.

Just stop and think about these first sentences! The Word – which is Scripture is also God! And the Word was there at the beginning. Imagine! This really helps us to understand and put into perspective the mind-blowing aspect – and that is, God and Jesus are one … it is one of those verses that give us a glimpse of the deeper mysteries of faith. It is also one, that for me is so uplifting it gives me joy and it gives me a deep abiding hope.

And it goes on… In him was life and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

True Meaning of Christmas

Jesus is referred to as the light of the world – the fact that God became man was an act of humility! He came as an infant to save us – to give us eternal life by his life, death, and resurrection. We should rejoice because we know the end of the story – the Scripture tells us, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” – the darkness, the evil in this world is uncovered for what it is when you shine the true light – the goodness of God upon it, we find that we, who are called by name can not turn our backs upon what is right and good.

When we feel down when we feel depressed when we don’t feel we want to get out of bed and face the day we have only to look at the Word of God for our inspiration. Write out the words, “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” What joy those words give us!

Our focus is not on the glitter or the gift-giving, or even the baking – which I love! The focus is on Almighty God who came as a babe to conquer sin and set us free. Friends, Christianity is a joy! It is not what those who don’t believe say, “Oh. My. Gosh. You Christians are so boring. You have to give up this and that.”

Friends Christianity is freeing because of the joy of knowing that I am living a life without regrets. I am not giving up anything. I am gaining so much.

Think of it this way. In fact, close your eyes for a minute. Imagine a gift that is so amazing – take a few minutes and really think about this gift. What would you do with it? How would you share it?

Now – consider this. God gave us a gift that is so much greater than anything you can imagine! It is 100 thousand times greater. How could I not want to go to church and thank him, and worship Him?

Isaiah 9:6 (read)

How can I not want to live a life that is pleasing to God? How could I not say thank-you Lord, each and every day for the gift of life – yes, but everlasting life? I will live my life on earth but will have full confidence that I will live a life eternally with Him!

This time of joyous celebration that comes around every December reminds me that the real meaning of Christmas is to give all the honor and the glory to Jesus – the Divine One.

Celebrate with your family with your friends but know that the opening of gifts is a small symbol of the greater joy in the gifts that God gave us. This joy of giving gifts to those who are important to us is a symbol of our love for them and their love for us! God gives us an abundance of love and it flows from God – to us to them! Allow the Lord into your life today!

John 1:14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Let’s Pray:

Dear God the Father, thank-you so much for gifting us with the Son, and then leaving us with the Holy Spirit until the end of time. Thank you for helping me to understand the true meaning of Christmas. Thank you for allowing me to understand that the truth of the season comes in the love that is shared from you to me! Dear Lord Jesus, today I ask you in a deeper way to come into my life. I repent from the sins of the past and ask for your forgiveness. I choose you, my God. I choose you today, and tomorrow. I ask you, Lord, to bless me and cleanse me. I ask that you fill me to overflowing with joy and your love. Help me to sin no more. Help me to follow you in all of the ways that are pleasing to you, my God. Thank you, Lord, for this gift that is more precious than any gift I can imagine. Dear Lord, I ask you know for these specific prayers for those I pray for now…

Thank you, Lord, for hearing my prayers and for answering them and I pray this in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

 

God Loves You

God Loves You | I probably don’t need to tell you that God loves you – however if you suffer from stress or find yourself overwhelmed you need to hear it again and again. In this episode, we will discuss God’s love and how closely tied it is to who we are and our relationships. | #podcast #christianpodcastGod Loves You ~ Episode 120

I probably don’t need to tell you that God loves you – however if you suffer from stress or find yourself overwhelmed you need to hear it again and again. In this episode, we will discuss God’s love and how closely tied it is to who we are and our relationships.

Thanks to our sponsor – Overcomer Movie to learn more about the DVD.

When I think about God’s love the refrain from a popular Bible song resonates although the words are slightly different than, “God loves you,” the words go — “Jesus loves you this I know because the Bible tells me so…” Yet do we really believe this and if we do why do we live a life that isn’t trusting that God’s got this – whatever “this” is in your life.

We take God’s love for granted. How do we know that He loves us?

  1. You exist – so the very fact that you are here is because of the fact that you were created. Your parents had to meet!
  2. You are who you are because of the love of God – our relationships hinge on who we believe God is – think about it.
  3. God has a purpose for you – yes, you. He created you for a reason and some understand it better than others but our entire life is striving to grow closer to him.

I purposely left out the fact that God sent His only son – to become man, in order to be born, suffer and die for our sins, and ultimately resurrected into to heaven. That is the number one reason I know that God loves me – but for me to know this I must be a professed Christian. John 3:16 is a favorite Bible passage of so many. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

We know God loves us because He loves us unconditionally. We do not need to perform good works or deeds in order to have God love us. He just does. Of course, we should do good things, please don’t misunderstand that it isn’t needed – the point here is that it isn’t needed for God’s love. We try to understand God with a human mindset. We love those who love us – we love those who are kind who gift us things who are welcoming and generous. But we can’t understand the mind of God – because for us it makes no sense.

Can we love unconditionally? No – it is very difficult to do – but for God all things are possible.

In the Bible, we read again and again about the mercy of God through the actions of his son Jesus. We read about mercy. We read about the Pharisees who often criticized him. Yet in Matthew 9:12 it says, “It is not those who are well who have need of a physician but those who are sick.” We are sick as sinners – we have a sickness in our souls and it is that sickness that causes us to doubt, to stress to be overwhelmed by this thing we call life. We need mercy and we need a Savior and it is in this Savior that loves us just because.

Think about that. Someone who loves you just because you are. Just because you exist. Who knew you before you were born, who knows the number of hairs on your head, who held you in the palm of His hand. Wow. Psalm 84:8 reads – “Show us, O Lord, your mercy; and grant us your salvation.” This is repeated again and again in our Bible readings during the time of Advent the days leading up to Christmas. We are reminded of this time and time again.

To receive the mercy and compassion of God we must show others mercy and compassion. This is not to be confused with God’s love. God’s love is unconditional. But there is, for a Christian a recourse if you will for sin. God teaches us in the parable of the Good Samaritan that because of sin (a man who was a Jew was robbed and left for dead. We learn that two people walk on without helping him, one man – the Samaritan stopped and helped the Jew – and he did this without a repayment. The Bible uses this as a lesson because the Jews and the Samaritans were adversaries – you can read more in Luke 10:25-37

The point here goes further that God knows our hearts. He knows what drives us – we can lie to the world but God knows our motivations. It is important for us to have compassion for others and if we have the love of God in our hearts this should come naturally.

Friends, for those of us who are believers we should go around looking joyful and hopeful with a smile on our face. Who would want to be a Christian if they think that Christians are a bunch of judgmental and depressed people! We need to open our hearts to God’s love – He is waiting with outstretched arms and all we have to do is say yes, Lord. More of you Lord and less of me.

Let’s pray.

Dear Lord, first I thank you for your unconditional love – I thank you for allowing me to be created and for giving me the opportunities to share the love you have given me with others. Pour into me oh, my God – your love and your mercy. Help me to be compassionate to others to be in the right place at the right time to be used by you! Help me to show this love to others. Take away my stress, my anger my feelings of being overwhelmed and replace them with the peace that surpasses all understanding knowing that you are right beside me. I pray particularly for the following intentions:  Thank you ahead of time Lord for all the blessings and provisions you send and I pray this in Jesus’ Name. Amen.


Thank you to our Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

NOW AVAILABLE: OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.

Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.


Gift Giving

Gift Giving | What is the greatest gift that we can give to others? Well there are plenty that come to mind but the greatest gift-giving comes from Almighty God and His Son, Jesus. | #ChristianPodcast #podcastGift Giving Episode 119

What is the greatest gift that we can give to others? Well, there are plenty that come to mind but the greatest gift-giving comes from Almighty God and His Son, Jesus. In this episode, we will discuss how gift-giving sometimes takes center stage when the focus should be on the Lord!

Thanks to our sponsor – The Star Movie – limited run December 7 and 8th 2019 – the DVD is still available for purchase.

Faith brings us together. Happy Anniversary to The Star, which debuted on this day in 2017! Celebrate the film by seeing its re-release in theaters this holiday season, December 7 and 8! Tickets here: http://www.thestarmovie-tickets.com

We celebrate Jesus at Christmas and Easter the two biggest seasons for Christians. And, when my kids were little I’d ask them what season was their favorite and would you believe it was Easter? Yes, there was definitely candy involved but the main reason was the fasting that came beforehand!

As a Catholic-Christian we celebrate the 40 days of Lent the time leading up to Easter Sunday and we “give up” something. Whether it is tangible like chocolate or candy to something like not being negative or perhaps setting aside a longer period of time to pray. In this giving up we are reminded each time we want to stray that we can not and this equates and is symbolic for giving up sin. So when Easter Sunday comes it is a time to put aside the fasting and to celebrate!

But, at Christmas time while Advent is similar to Lent in that we are counting down to the glorious day of our Savior’s birth (and yes – I realize it is not the exact date). It is much more difficult with full calendars, invitations from friends and families and a variety of to-do’s that center around baking – shopping or writing cards.

Christmas tends to be a time of giving – and while we give we often overlook that all some people need is our gift of compassion and to feel needed. When we are in the midst of our giving we overlook the real needs.

I once did a podcast on the things that kids want for presents (Presents Kids WantPresents Kids Can Make) and it was not what you might think. Sure that shiny object is fun for a short span of time but truthfully the gifts that you can give that last often can not be purchased from a store.

My kid’s favorite gifts consisted of time camping or time we spent together as a family reading in front of the fireplace. Once on a trip to Canada from Florida, my son asked if I brought along our storybook and if we could read in front of the fireplace in the lobby of the hotel! Friends, it was summer! What did this show me? That my son loved the time we spent together.

The gifts that keep on giving are the gifts we consider and think about. It is the gifts of baked goods, or the refrigerator magnets grandkids make, or just time spent doing something special.

My gifts to my grandkids consist of Zoo Family Membership and things they need. Most of all it will be time spent together baking and doing crafts – one of my favorite things and theirs as well. But the greatest gift you can give your family? The gift of Love and the gift of Faith.

Faith is the gift that keeps on giving. When my kids were little I created an Advent Calendar and each day I gave them a number, on the back was a Scripture Verse and a short note I wrote them. It was not only a count down to Christmas but a time of prayer and personal love notes written to them! The calendar is still up on two of my children’s rooms – all these years later! Another way we celebrated faith is with an Advent Wreath and we lit one calendar each week (and each evening we lit that same candle). We would pray a Scripture verse each night and then spent time in prayer for our family and each of us gave a “praise report,” what we were thankful for each day.

Remember this year that the best gifts are the ones that last!

Dear Lord Jesus thank you for giving me the gift of faith – and I ask, precious Lord that you give me the grace to pass on this gift with those I love and cherish! I know this is one of the greatest gifts are love and the gift of faith. Please fill me to overflowing with your love, the love that surpasses all understanding so that I may share this love with others. Please help me with my gift-giving this year to focus on the person and their needs. Please, Lord, hear the prayers I pray for the following people … help them Lord in their struggles and bring joy and victory in the Name of Jesus! And, I pray this in Your precious Name, My God. Amen!

 


Thank you to our Sponsor -The Star Movie

 

The Star Is Coming Back To Theaters for a Limited Time!

Experience The Star again December 7 and 8 in select theaters!
Back by popular demand, you and your family can celebrate the true meaning behind the season. Be sure to check out all of the great resources for your family to use this holiday season! There are discussion guides, along with tons of FREE downloadable activities! Don’t wait, get your tickets today!

Peace Within Families

Peaceful Families | Next to world peace, we want peace within families! I’ve heard horror stories of siblings not talking to each other for years and in this episode, we will pray for broken families and those who are lost to the hope of Jesus. | #ChristianPodcast #podcastPeace Within Families Episode 118

Next to world peace, we want peace within families! I’ve heard horror stories of siblings not talking to each other for years and in this episode, we will pray for broken families and those who are lost to the hope of Jesus.

Thanks to our sponsor – Media Angels, Inc. and don’t forget to download our Prayer Journal free for subscribers on this website.

Peace on earth – peace be with you – peace within families it all goes hand-in-hand. I sometimes marvel that we want world peace but those who are born with the same parents, sometimes can’t get along! Of course, there are many psychological reasons that this happens, but truthfully the real reasons are not so complex if we really think about it.

I’ve created podcasts on the topic of forgiveness and sometimes it is the hurt and the forgiveness that keeps people apart. One of the biggest problems I see among families it the ability to communicate.

We get upset, our feelings get hurt, we can’t understand, we are floored and we are … well, fill in the blanks. We’ve all had arguments with those we love – and the more you love the harder it is at times to keep from getting hurt. We wear our hearts on our sleeves especially those of us who are parents, and we hope that our kids and our grandkids will see that we love them. But, seeing is often difficult when our actions may show something different.

How do we show we love – for different people it is in different ways – two quick examples for me it is doing something, baking you cookies, having you over for a meal, opening my home or well-doing. For my husband, it is time – and it is kindness. But peace is something that transcends doing!

John 16:33

Peace is the feeling of being protected, safe and most of all it happens when we feel people understand us. That is why within families without good communication it falls apart! With God we talk, He listens – very rarely do we hear the Lord … but when we do, whether it is through the Word, a friend or in prayer it may not be what we want to hear.

God is our safe haven. In God, we are guaranteed peace. Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

But back to peace within families – how do we achieve this? Especially in the toxic climate in which we, as Americans live – and at the time of this recording! I’ve heard of family members who avoid getting together for the holidays because they do not want to get into heated discussions!

So friends, here are some things to pray about if we want peace!

  1. Pray for the Lord to shower those you love and are family members with love, and that surpasses all understanding. Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
  2. Listen: when others talk listen and pray for discernment – and Proverbs 1:5 Let the wise listen and add to their learning, and let the discerning get guidance—
  3. Pray to do God’s will – whether that is to comfort or love. We don’t have to agree but we can do what God would do – maybe not agree, but love

Only God can love unconditionally but I do believe that as family members we have a special grace from God to forgive if we allow ourselves to be humbled and realize we are not perfect! I know hard to do and easy to say –

SO, Let’s Pray for His Divine Grace.

Dear Jesus, I pray for peace within my family. I know You love me all the time with your unconditional love and I ask for the Divine grace to love those who have hurt me and ask that those I have hurt forgive me. Lord I don’t want to conform or be less than I am, I want to be a shining star that shows Your love to others. I want to reflect Your light, and I want to be the one who plants the seeds for You to reap. I ask my God that you bless those I pray for and specifically for their needs … thank-you Jesus for all you have done in my family and for the peace and joy that we will feel – and I pray this in Jesus, precious Name. Amen.

Thankful All The Time

Thankful All The Time | Don’t you wish we could be thankful all the time? Especially in this time of joy sometimes we can’t see because we are covered with the business of every day. In this episode, we will discuss ways to keep thankfulness at the forefront of each day. | #ChristianPodcast #podcast Thankful All The Time Episode 117

Don’t you wish we could be thankful all the time? Especially in this time of joy sometimes we can’t see because we are covered with the business of every day. In this episode, we will discuss ways to keep thankfulness at the forefront of each day.

Thanks to our sponsor, Sony / Affirms Films and the movie A Beautiful Day Movie.

Colossians 3:15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.

Can we be called to peace and thankfulness – of course, Scripture command it but without the love and providence of Almighty God we can’t do it alone. If only we have time, right? It is always about time. It is the one thing people say to me over and over again.

  1. I have not time to pray.
  2. I have no time to listen to podcasts.
  3. I have no time – no time – no time.

In fact, I bought into the no-time lie for so many years that I am not a time hoarder – I hate to waste time! I am serious about this – but God has shown me that HIS ways are so much greater than my ways.

I thought that someday when my kids were grown I’d have so much time. You know I use to worry that I would be lonely, and I would have nothing to do – whatever would I do if I wasn’t being a mom to five and helping my husband with his business as well as working on mine – in my spare time? Well, fast forward and I’m here! I’m in an almost-empty-nester home and have so many projects underway that I forget the main thing I want to focus on this time of the year and that is being thankful, not only each day but all the time.

Why? Because it reminds me that my heritage is not here on earth but above. I am reminded that when I am weak He is strong. I am nothing without God in my life. Nothing, not even chocolate makes me happy the way God does! I have a glass paperweight that says “We do not know what the future holds, but we do know Who holds the future.”

Who holds your future? Is it your accomplishments? Is it the people you love in your life, your family? Your friends? The future is not only now and if we can think “be thankful all the time” even in the midst of hardship, but we do have a slice of heaven with us each day. How do we grow for the better? Usually, it is after overcoming a hardship in our life. We can have a wonderful testimony at the end and always point to God. In fact, have you ever looked back to a particularly difficult time in your life and seen the hand of God? I have and then I’m sad that I was not more thankful for the situation.

I’m reminded of this wonderful scripture – Hebrews 12:28  Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful, and so worship God acceptably with reverence and awe

The song 10,000 Reasons, “Bless the Lord oh, my soul, worship His Holy Name.”

When we play praise and worship music it is easier to be reminded of the ways we should be thankful all the time.

Sometimes we just need to write the ways we are thankful.

  1. I am so thankful for you my, God.
  2. I am so thankful for the family you have gifted me with.
  3. I am so thankful for my Christian friends.
  4. I am so thankful for my non-Christian friends because you have put them in my life for your Divine purpose – not mine!
  5. I am so thankful for the air I breathe, for the day you’ve given me, for the way you love me, for the grace you’ve given me for continuing each and every day.
  6. Add your own ways to be thankful!

Funny story – I’ve always avoided exercise and I married a man who was not only a stellar and decorated athlete – but he was a Physical Education major and my children are almost all athletic. Why avoid exercise – oh, we don’t have enough time for me to share all the reasons. But, what am I most thankful for now – the fact that my husband purchased a treadmill for me! Yes, I am making the time for walking each and every day and I have used this time to pray – to listen to podcasts and to read, all while walking in my own home.

Who would have thought! Friends, the strangest things happen in life – and they are mostly wonderful! So, I praise God for the gift of time to walk each day.

Ephesians 5:20

2 Timothy 1:7

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, I worship you and I love you – You have given me a spirit that is not timid – a spirt that give us power, love and self-discipline and I chose you Lord – 1000x a day I chose You! I come just as I am and you know all of my faults, I come to you with an open heart – I come asking for the spirit to be thankful all the time and joyous! I ask you, Lord, to bless those I pray for now … and I thank you, my God, for all the wonderful blessings ahead of time because you are an awesome and righteous God! I praise you and I thank you, Amen!

 

 


Thank you to our Sponsor – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Movie!

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.

Mercy and Thoughtfulness of Our God

Mercy and Thoughtfulness | This is a time of mercy and thoughtfulness because with both of these items there is hope. It is almost like a math equation. Mercy + Thoughtfulness = Hope, but more than that God has an abundance of both. | #christianpodcast #podcast #mercyMercy and Thoughtfulness Episode 116

This is a time of mercy and thoughtfulness because with both of these items there is hope. It is almost like a math equation. Mercy + Thoughtfulness = Hope, but more than that God has an abundance of both.

Thanks to our sponsor, Sony / Affirms Films and the movie A Beautiful Day Movie.

Show Notes: Mercy and Thoughtfulness

Who else but the creator of the universe considers the sinfulness of man yet gives us mercy to overcome thought His ever-present Spirit and His love for us in the small and simple things. When you think about the things that bring us joy on an ongoing daily basis it isn’t looking down on your fingers and a piece of jewelry you are wearing, or admiring a handbag – or if you are a guy, success in business, being a good provider or perhaps winning at a game or having a team win or something similar.

The things that give us joy are those things that are fleeting like family, friends, love, and those more everlasting like faith, and hope. God thought of everything. God is thoughtful!

God is merciful and God is truth – God is everything that is good. But do we realize this in our everyday life or do we allow our situations to get us down? If you look up the word thoughtfulness in the Bible you won’t find one entry – try it! But we do know by definition the Lord is thoughtful because He has provided for us in so many ways that we can never thank him enough or repay him!

Mercy and Thoughtfulness takes grace from God!

I love the Book of Proverbs because if you want to see morsels of truth you should read it end to end. I’m going to read you some wisdom from Proverbs 18 – just a few verses because I invite you to read it for yourself in your quiet time and meditate on the words…

Do we have the heart to discern – to acknowledge that God is the seat of mercy and thoughtfulness for our lives – that we want to seek out the wise and not the foolish. SO many times friends we are wiped out because of something we have no control over.

Think about it: Are there things in your life you are holding on to that you can not control? Are there people in your life that bring you down to your knees? For all of those things, we can not control that hold us bound – put them on paper and release them to the Lord. For all those people who upset or bother us – pray for them. In fact, I am taking my own advice and some people that I do not know personally but are upsetting to me are going to be the recipient of my prayers starting today!

The human spirit in Proverbs 14 talks about how we can overcome illness but our spirits become crushed by so many things in this world. Our spirits are our reasoning powers – they consist of the ability to make decisions, have insights and judgments, to reason and understand, to be aware and have feelings, emotions – and passions! But our souls – our souls will not die. Our bodies will die and our spirt might be crushed but our soul, if we are a believer will rest with God – and that my friends is the goal of my life to do everything I can each and every day to be held to account by a merciful God.

Do you praise God for His Mercy – for His thoughtfulness – for His creation? Remember this when we are down or “crushed” as Proverbs reminds us by the weight of the world.

God is the giver of all gifts – as I record this we are coming into the time of Thanksgiving and Christmas times that either bring you warmth and joy or make you sad. Why are we sad? Usually, it is for things we can not control, such as the death of a loved one or someone we are missing. And, yes – we remember as we should and keep those we love close to our hearts but not to the point that we can not move forward and be present for those who are here and need us.

Every single one of us is needed – do not let the enemy rob you of your joy and peace. We are needed as prayer warriors as those who help our families, those at church or our neighbors. Ask the Lord each day – how do you want to use me today, Lord?

Proverbs 18:16 says a gift opens the way – who is not receptive to gifts? But, maybe you are like me and like to give gifts rather than receive? Interesting side note here – the Lord taught me that it was okay to receive gifts. There was a time when money was tight and I could not give as I wanted and someone gifted me. Instead of being grateful I was horrified and wanted to refuse the gift! But, then a wise pastor reminded me that in time past when I gave the recipients were grateful. The gift was ultimately from God. God knows our hearts and He does provide – not always as we want but as He wishes.

If we are filled by God’s love we can’t help to be overflowing with love for others. Think about it. God’s love spills over on us and it gives us so much joy we can not help to share this joy with others.

Let’s Pray: God you gift us with so many things but your mercy and thoughtfulness for the little and big things in our lives often go unnoticed or overlooked by us. You are the author of life. You are the giver of every good thing. During this time of giving thanks, we ask you, Lord, to help us to remember those who are less fortunate, and to bring to mind people you want us to pray for on a daily basis. Dear Lord we pray for these people right now, and those near to our hearts … Thank you, Lord, for blessing me with your love, your joy, and your mercy. And I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

 


Thank you to our Sponsor – A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Movie!

Tom Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in A BEAUTIFUL DAY IN THE NEIGHBORHOOD, a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about kindness, love and forgiveness from America’s most beloved neighbor.

Faithful Families

Faithful Families | As we approach the season of joy, we look at this through the eyes of faithful families. But does this always happen? What can we do when we have loved ones who have left their faith behind or loved ones that we want to encourage and pray for? | #christianpodcast #faithfulfamilies #UCPNFaithful Families Episode 115

As we approach the season of joy, we look at this through the eyes of faithful families. But does this always happen? What can we do when we have loved ones who have left their faith behind or loved ones that we want to encourage and pray for? Or loved ones who have let us down? In this episode, we will discuss faith from the standpoint of putting God first and all else second.

I want to thank our sponsor, Sony / Affirms Films and the movie A Beautiful Day Movie.

  1. We know the importance of faithful families but how can we accomplish this in a broken world?
    • Constantly sabotaged with the media, education systems that may not align with our thought, etc.
  2. God created perfection – after each day of creation he said, “it was good,” but after he created man on the sixth day he said, “it is very good.”
    • Man was created in the image and likeness – and it was very good.
  3. Only God will not let us down!

The Bible tells us that

1 Corinthians 13 [Full Chapter]

The Excellence of Love ] If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I surrender my body to be burned, but do not have love, it profits me nothing. …
Genesis 1:27-28
27 God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the [a]sky and over every living thing that [b]moves on the earth.
So 1 Corinthians 13 tells us that we must have love – and if we don’t have love we are like a noisy gong — and if we have faith to move mountains but don’t have love were are like nothing – and we are told in Genesis 1:28 that we are to be fruitful and multiply. So, we have love and we have a family – husband – wife – kids – inlaws – brothers – sisters – parents – grandparents – extended family and friends, that is when life gets messy.
We mess up and many times we get upset because of what we believe the ideal is – what we see on television, or the movies, or novels, or our best friend’s marriage. We always think the other person has it together – knows what they are doing – is a better parent – a better person, a better everything.
Don’t believe it! It is a lie. I want to do an entire episode on the lies we tell ourselves but in a nutshell – we listen to these lies we tell ourselves but as the author, we can change the script! So change it, believe that God doesn’t create junk. God is amazing, all-powerful, wonderful and such a gentleman – he allows us free will. And since we have this free will we love our families even when there is a mess.

Importance of faithful families

  1. We as a family are a microcosm of the Holy Family – Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.
  2. We are on a special mission as apostles, do we listen to what the Lord is telling us and apply it first to our lives (put on your own oxygen mask0 and then to others.
  3. We are laborers. We are the workers and it is up to the Lord to harvest.

Some people carry around guilt about their status as a family or having a faithful family or a family that loves the Lord. Yes, that is our ideal and we need to strive for this ideal. But, it is up to God to reap the seeds we plant. I know some of us came from broken homes or homes that lacked love or awful things that have happened in the past. But, all good things come from God and we need to pray for those who have hurt us and let go.

Pray and let go!

Faithful families require work – it takes time to pull out the Bible, read stories about Holy men and women of God, look for mentors, those who can lead you such as your church group and pastor. Pray. Pray. Pray. And remember God has this. No matter what this is. If we are faithful and keep our eyes on Jesus it is difficult to see the fault in others.

Faithful Families:

  1. Make God the Lord of your home.
  2. Prioritize prayer – morning and evening prayer.
  3. Pray at meals even when out.
  4. Discuss God and faith as a family.
  5. When all else fails pray and let go.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, we know all things are good, very good at your hands. You will for us is to allow us to live our lives in a way that is pleasing to you, but we fail each other, we fail ourselves and most of all we fail you – but through all of this you are love and mercy. You, my God are grace and hope. You are the everlasting light that shines in the darkness. Please, Lord, I ask a blessing upon my family allow them to be faithful, allow them to hope in you to place you first and most of all Lord, allow me to release them into your hands. In the same way, you gave your spirit at your death on the cross to the heavenly Father – we release our hopes, our desires our wants and our dreams to you. Please hear my prayers for those I now pray … and I pray this in Jesus, precious and righteous Name. Amen.

 

Fasting

Fasting | Fasting has never been anything I’ve enjoyed and probably the experience is the same for you. However, it can be redemptive and help us to put into perspective God’s holy will for our lives. | #podcast #christianpodcast #fastingFasting – Episode 114

Fasting has never been anything I’ve enjoyed and probably the experience is the same for you. However, it can be redemptive and help us to put into perspective God’s holy will for our lives.

Thanks to our sponsor: Media Angels.com and Felice Gerwitz on Amazon

Does anyone even fast anymore? That is a question I wonder and ask. As a Catholic, I grew up fasting from meat every Friday. We ate other foods and often they were equally delicious. To this day during the season of Lent, we hold strictly to the no meat rule. For some it is easy and for others, it is not.

Fasting isn’t easy – it isn’t fun and most avoid it or have never fasted in their lives.

Why fast? Well, even Jesus fasted before he began his public ministry and for forty-days. And during this time he was tempted by Satan. Interestingly, Satan used words from Scriptures to make his point and Matthew 4:1-11

Here are some points to consider:

  1. Health benefits
  2. Helps us to remind us to conform to God’s will (why this is important)
  3. To no longer live for himself but for him who loves him and gave himself to us
  4. Unity of the whole person body and should
  5. Helps us to avoid sin
  6. Grow in intimacy with the Lord
  7. Bible talks about fasting
    1. Ester: 4:3
    2. Psalm 35: 13
    3. Daniel 6:16-18
    4. Matthew 17:21 – “But this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”
    5. Acts 13:20

By not eating or denying ourselves nourishment (not drinking coffee, fasting from meat, or having only water, or only bread and water) we allow our souls to be in a position where we are open to listening to Christ to be fed by his saving word. Through fasting in prayer, we become open – we have a hunger that goes beyond food or drink, a hunger to understand and know more about the Almighty. If we fast with the right mindset and heart then it can as the Bible tells us over and over again, be a benefit for us spiritually.

I invite you to try to fast. If you can’t fast from food all day, then fast from a specific thing or fast part of the day, but whatever you do, do it for the glory of God!

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord, I thank you for today and for allowing me to recognize the importance of fasting to get closer to you and I pray for all those who are hurting, all those who cry out to you and need you today Lord. I intercede on their behalf. Teach me how to fast in a way that will help me to understand and love you more. I want to grow in my faith. Dear Lord, I ask specifically for these needs that I have today: and I thank you Lord for being here for me, for listening and for the gift of faith. And, I pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

 

 

Abundant Harvest

Autumn Harvest | God’s beautiful abundant harvest makes me think that God saved us from death. In this episode, we will discuss God’s mercy and his endless forgiveness for our sins. #podcast #christianpodcastAutumn Harvest God Saved Us From Death  113

God’s beautiful abundant harvest makes me think that God saved us from death. In this episode, we will discuss God’s mercy and his endless forgiveness for our sins.

Thanks to our sponsor: Media Angels.com and Felice Gerwitz on Amazon

When we think of the harvest we think of all the beauty of the leaves, the produce, the fruit. But the harvest means that the leaves have died. The fruit has matured and will not live but be eaten and really while it is beautiful and fulfilling to us – sometimes we don’t realize the sacrifice that happens for us the saving power of God.

God is rich in mercy, we hear this over and over again. By grace, we are saved (SCRIPTURE). In his ultimate mercy God died for us and raised from the dead to leave this world for His true home and ours. Heaven. Read Ephesians 2:8-10

For by grace we are saved through faith – and not from us but from the gift that God gave us – not from works so we might boast but by the handiwork created by God! Lord uses us to plant seeds – but He is the one who harvests.

What does abundant harvest mean to us?

Joy – love – excitement – gifts from God! How can we not shout from the windows of our cars as we are driving by in excitement? Friends we have been adopted into a family of God, during this time of abundant harvest we can look at a world that is in dire need of a Savior a world that is hurting, that is divided were just wearing a hat can set people on edge. Our world needs healing! God saved us from death!

Colossians in a letter to St. Paul – … Spiritual Fullness in Christ  — Colossians 6:-9

We do not need to fear – the battle is not ours to fight. This time of harvest reminds us of this that in death there is the resurrection.

When is the last time you read the Psalms? Listen to Psalm 145 – Read all of it and meditate on the words.

So during this time of harvest let’s keep our eyes upon the Lord and remember his compassion for us – that he is trustworthy in his promises and faithful and he will uphold us – all of us who fall. Let’s pray.

Lord, thank you for this time of harvest and for the beauty of the world you created. Thank you for looking upon me kindly even in the times when what I do is not pleasing to you. I pray for all those ordained that they follow your holy will for their lives and please bring any stray sheep back to the fold. Thank you for your compassion, your promises and for the splendor of your kingdom, I have so much to look forward to. As I continue to live my life allow me to see your kingdom, to see your compassion to see your promises and I ask Lord that you hear the prayers I pray now …And, I pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

Salvation History & You

Salvation History | Have we considered salvation history in the light of not only what Jesus did for humanity but what Jesus did directly for us? In this episode, we will learn how to apply this to our lives and others. | #podcast #christianpodcast #salvationhistorySalvation History and You Episode 112

Have we considered salvation history in the light of not only what Jesus did for humanity but what Jesus did directly for us? In this episode, we will learn how to apply this to our lives and others.

Thanks to our sponsor: Media Angels.com and Felice Gerwitz on Amazon

The Bible consists of the Old and the New Testament. The first book of the Bible begins in Genesis and ends in Revelations. It is the behind the scenes look at the new heaven and the new earth and at the apex or the center is Christ. This is a story of love – the greatest love of all, the love of God for a humanity that He created, that is fallen. It is the story of God’s promise before Jesus came and about Jesus fulfilling the promise by his life, his death, and His ultimate Resurrection.

Simply put, the salvation of history is the storyline of the beginning of time, the creation of man and the redemption by God. The Bible is this intricate puzzle with many books that seem to be unrelated yet overall paint this amazing picture of our history and God.
When we read the Bible we get a glimpse into the lives of the saints that lived before us, the tragedy and the triumph. It really happened. It isn’t an allegory, a theory or a fluff piece. It is real.

Before God created the world He existed. The Father. The Son. The Spirit. For us it is difficult to imagine an always was – always is and always will be because we are finite people.
And before

History is His – Story, the story of a God who was not made, not created, but who always was and will always be. This amazing creator God wanted to enjoy the universe he created with us. He began our story with our first parents, Adam and Eve.

Before the fall we read a wonderful, idyllic story of our ancestors that lived in this beautiful garden with everything they wanted or needed provided. This was how God planned it. No toil, no sin, no problems.

God created the angels before our first parents – and we learn about their sin in Revelations:

And there was a great battle in heaven, Michael and his angels fought with the dragon, and the dragon fought and his angels: and they prevailed not, neither was their place found any more in heaven. And that great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, who is called the devil and Satan, who seduceth the whole world; and he was cast unto the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. (Apocalypse 12:7-9)

We know the story, our first parents sinned and were banned from the garden, from that idyllic place because they were tempted by the devil or Satan. The punishment from God to the enemy was swift yet he did not find mercy from God, but man did. Read 2 Peter 2:4

We do not know the mind of God – from paradise on earth, our parents were condemned. The need for a Savior was born.  Read Genesis 3:15. Then the trouble began and continued throughout history to this present moment and we still need a Savior!

God has not deserted us – God is active in our lives, each and every day. It is the mission of you, of me, of the CHurch to
The history of salvation leads us to be disciples, and bring others the gospel message.

We must understand the beginning to realize the end.

Salvation history forces us to look at the actions of those who went before us, the story of God’s people from God’s point of view. God’s word tells us all about the way he time and again saved the people who cried out to Him.  Do we cry out to God for saving? And if we do, how do we apply what we know not only to our lives but the lives of others? Are we a witness not by word, but by deed? If not we should be.

Let’s pray:

Dear God Almighty the Creator of Heaven and Earth, we thank you for sharing the story of how the world came to be and the history of your people through your point of view. I thank you, God, for giving us this world in which to live, for our family, for our friends, and for those who we will meet in the future. Let us be an example of your kindness, your love, your peace, and your joy. Let us learn from the holy men and women who went before us as well as those who turned their backs on you. Please keep us free from the temptations of the evil one and keep us in your holy mantle of protection. Dear God Almighty we pray for the following:  …  Please hear our prayers and grant them if they are in your Divine Will. I praise you for all you have done in my life and I thank you until I draw my last breath. And, I pray this in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.

 

 

 

Faith Journey

Faith Journey | Each of us comes from a different place in our walk with God, but our faith journey typically has some of the same factors. In this episode, we discuss ways to grow in faith. | #podcast #christianpodcast #faithFaith Journey Episode 111

Each of us comes from a different place in our walk with God, but our faith journey typically has some of the same factors. In this episode, we discuss ways to grow in faith.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels, and the books and here on Amazon.

Do you have a favorite book? A favorite chair? A favorite television program? What about a favorite song? If you think about it, I’m sure you could answer every single question, but if I asked you the same thing five years ago, the answers might be different. Our solutions change as we change. And, so it is with our faith. Our faith can grow, especially at the beginning when we are excited to learn everything we can, we can’t wait to read the Bible and soak up the Word of God, we love to pray, and we find many of our prayers are answered. It is a time when everything seems glorious, and it is often called the honeymoon period, because similar to a young marriage, everything is bright, new, wonderful, and we are in love! We are in love with Jesus.

Has your relationship with the Lord gotten comfortable? Is it like a favorite recliner or chair? It molds and fits you, but it isn’t the same as when it was new? If we do not work on our relationship even with the Lord, it can stagnate and even in some cases, slide and go backward. We hear of people who lose their faith or their way, and some we might know that we’re on fire for the Lord. Maybe they were preachers or wrote books or even were pretty famous. What happened to them? What made them go from hot to cold?

Yes, life happens, but I believe the same way we nurture a relationship with people we love, we must nurture our relationship with the Lord. So, here are some questions I want you to ask yourself.

  1. Do you become excited when considering reading the Bible, or is it something you do to check off the daily list?
  2. Same question about prayer… excited or just a check in a box?
  3. Same question about quiet time before the Lord.
  4. Same question about attending church.
  5. Same question about your relationship with God.

How do you grow in the Lord without it looking like a to-do list that is done each day out of obligation? Ahh… here it is the real question. The real question is do you know Jesus? Do you know Him? Who is He? Who does He say that He is? If we know Jesus as He knows himself to be (as my pastor says) and love Jesus as He knows Himself to be, then we can’t help but grow in the Lord.

The reality is that life happens, and we get busy, sidetracked, and find that we are spinning our wheels when it comes to faith. Sure, maybe you are well-meaning — I know I am, but I have to admit that I do have a little bit of that “check-off-the-box” mentality. I’m super happy if I make it to Mass each day if I pray on the way and stay in church a little while after to pray some more if I think about God in the car on the way home or play some praise and worship music. But you know what? It doesn’t matter. God knows our hearts!

Today I was joyous. I mean giddy, exicted happy…joyous! And I asked God why. “Why Lord am I feeling so happy?” and I felt the answer was …”No reason, because I love you.”

Friends, we don’t do any of these things for God – we do them for ourselves to grow in our love for the Lord. If you are taking a step, even if it is a tiny step in the direction toward God, that is great! It is wonderful! It is the ideal for you today. Remember, guilt is not from the Lord. It is from the enemy that wants to keep us down.

Does this mean you don’t have to learn, spend time with God, read the Bible, listen to spiritual and uplifting music that praises God? No – of course, you can, but you don’t have to! Your faith journey is unique to you! Your faith journey is your relationship with God. Your faith journey is learning and growing and spending time with the Almighty, the King of Heaven and Earth, the King of Kings the Lord of Lords! Who doesn’t want to know more about Him? Who doesn’t want to shout “Jesus Reigns” from the car as we drive by unsuspecting motorists? Yeah, okay – that may be a bit weird, but you get my point.

If you search for the word “faith journey” in any Bible app nothing is going to come up. It is not in Scripture. But, if you search for faith -it shows up 378 times and, the verse that speaks to me is Hebrews 11.

Hebrews 11:1-8 … Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…(use your Bibles to read more, or go here).

Friends, our journey toward God can be steady and slow, as long as we are moving forward. It is in those times when we pause or outright stop that the enemy can and does attack us. It is in those times that we feel despair and cry out to God, “Do you even hear me?” … yet, I assure you He does. He is here with arms open willing us to walk toward him.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, thank-you for the gift of faith for it truly is a gift. Please allow us to have the faith of Noah, who built an ark because you commanded it, and the faith of Moses who lead the chosen people out of Egypt, and the faith of all the holy men and women who have gone on before us. Dear Father, give us the faith of the thief on the cross who knew He was a sinner and unworthy of the kingdom, but asked anyway. Please help us in our faith journey to walk ever closer to you, be beside me, Lord for those times I falter and fall. Be beside me, Lord, for those times that I do not know what to say to those who hurt me. Be beside me, Lord and, help me to put one foot in front of the other and continue walking, praying, studying, and listening … please, Lord, hear the prayer I ask for this day… let me grow ever closer to you, and I pray this in Jesus’s Name. Amen.

God’s Timing

God's Timing | God's timing is perfect, this is something we hear about all the time but in reality, when we ask something in prayer we often expect immediate results. In this podcast, we discuss how our time is so different to God's time and ways to let go! | #podcast #christianpodcastGod’s Timing – Episode 110

God’s timing is perfect, this is something we hear about all the time but in reality, when we ask something in prayer we often expect immediate results. In this podcast, we discuss how our time is so different from God’s time and ways to let go!

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child. You can find more information about both titles on Media Angels or Amazon.

We are a society of immediate gratification. We don’t have to haul our water in from the well or farm our own food or any of the things that in the not so recent past our ancestors had to do. My own parents had a garden, and I grow herbs – okay, not quite the same thing, but I buy a plant and plant it – I don’t even use a seed!

So why does it surprise us that when we pray to God we want instant answers? God’s timing is not our timing and His timing is perfect! Yet we lack patience, faith, hope, and we become anxious! How does this happen?

There is a reason our prayers do not have an instant answer. What is it – I don’t know. I’m sure the reason is different for each one of us. Our job is to keep focused, continue to pray and to read your Bible! Stay grounded in God’s Word.

When we become anxious and stressed over God’s timing it is usually because we want the Lord to answer a prayer about a difficult situation or perhaps we are ill and want to be healed. Believe me, I get it!

Does God not know about your situation? Does he not understand. Of course, he does.

Psalm 18: 20 As for God, His way is blameless.

Psalm 31:14-15

We must surrender our needs to him, and we can learn through the waiting. Sometimes the lessons we learn are so much more effective in growing our faith!

Jesus Stills the Sea  —  Mark 4:35-41

Can you imagine what the apostles learned from the calming of the sea? I have a picture in my living room to the right of the TV that depicts this Scripture verse. It is a reminder to wait on Him – on His timing.

And, I want to leave you with a thought. As we are waiting for the perfect timing for the answer to our prayers, please let’s not forget to be thankful in all the prayers He has answered. Take out your praise and thanksgiving journal and write in it — go back and read it, see? He has answered prayers in His perfect time.

Let’s Pray

Dear Lord, Your timing is perfect. I know that you have everything in the palm of your hand. That you know the time and place of everything that we worry and stress about, and I ask that you help to let to go and let God into my life in a deeper way. Thank you for fulfilling all of my needs. Thank you for giving me my daily bread. Thank you for giving me the very things I need, just when I need them. You are the God of perfection and I ask you to allow me to rest in You. Thank you for providing for all I pray for today … I know you have the perfect time to answer all of these prayers, and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

Christian Hope

Christian Hope | What is the difference between hope and Christian hope? Do we hope in what we want, or do we hope in God's will for our life? We explore this theme today. | #podcast #christianpodcastChristian Hope – Episode 109

What is the difference between hope and Christian hope? Do we hope in what we want, or do we hope in God’s will for our life? We explore this theme today.

Hope in Christ – it is already accomplished – God’s will has been done, it is finished. So we can go on with our lives and not worry about anything. Don’t you wish it were that easy?

Our hope is that our “will be done” that God answers our prayers the way we want our outcome to be. Just think about this – it is humbling. We “hope” things go our way.

The Garden of Gethsemane – Matthew 26:36-46

How do we hope in a seemingly hopeless world? How do we hope when we are depressed – lonely – or feel abandoned?

Some pastors teach that if we pray it – believe it – it will come. And if the prayers are not answered, we then lose hope and think the Lord has abandoned us!

Christian Hope – is different. While we hope for the Lord’s will in my life – yet not as I will, but as You will.”  We still hope for the best possible outcome.

As I record this it is 9-11 and it is a horrific time in American history when we had a terrorist attack on American soil. As I listened to reports of what was expected in the death toll from the Twin Towers, the estimates for 14-15K because of the number of people believed to be in the building.

One death is too many, but the numbers were way, way less than was predicted. We read so many miracle stories. We see the hand of God, we see that even those who went to rescue the fallen were never the same.

Yet we continue to believe. We continue to hope.

We read in Psalm 121. 

Romans 8:24-25

We don’t know the answers, but … we read in Isaiah 38:18 New International Version (NIV)

For the grave cannot praise you, death cannot sing your praise; those who go down to the pit cannot hope for your faithfulness.

Yet then we read in Lamentations 3:17-20 New International Version (NIV)

Romans 8:23-30

Christian hope is when we read about what God has promised within the pages of the Bible—within the knowledge that God is never changing, within the trust that God never lies—His word is inspired, true and without error.

1 Peter 1:13-16

Let’s Pray!

Lord thank you for Christian hope and the knowledge that when we trust in you our trust is secure, we are confident you hear our prayers and you will answer them according to Your will for our lives. We know we will mess up and only you are holy and worthy of every good thing, yet we love you Lord and we do hope in you. where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth and I am glad and praise Your Name for this promise. Dear Lord, please hear the prayers we ask now and those in our hearts… and I pray this in the hope that is in Christ. Amen.

OverStimulated Christians

Overstimulated Christians | Christian information is everywhere, on our phones, on television and the radio and we become overstimulated Christians! In this episode, we will look at our relationship with God | #podcast #christianpodcastOverstimulated Christians – Episode 108

Christian information is everywhere, on our phones, on television and the radio and we become overstimulated Christians! In this episode, we will look at our relationship with God, and how to in doing things to get closer we sometimes end up being further away.

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child. You can find more information about both titles on Media Angels or Amazon.

We get information everywhere, everyone has a blog, a book, a podcast. In addition each day:

  1. We have our devotions
  2. Our prayers
  3. Our prayer books
  4. We pray at church

Do we do the right things but do they feed our soul? Think about that? This thought hit me hard. Each morning I like to go to Mass if I can and on the way there, I will pray, then at church I pray, then after church on the way home I will pray. Sometimes I listen to praise and worship music, which really does bring me joy. And, by the time I get home around 8:30 I feel pretty good, but am I feeling good because I’ve spent time with God or because of what I did?

Many times we do things to check them off the list. Not consciously – I do them because I want to spend time with God, but at times I do think I’m heading at least on the right path. However, it is always good to look at our motives.

But the question is are you doing your “devotions” or are you “devoted to God?”

  1. Spend time in the Word but meditate on the words.
  2. God talks to us in The Bible
  3. God’s word is a two-edged sword

Hebrews 4:12 [Full Chapter]
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

Psalm 149:6 May the praise of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands,

We can do a quick check on our motivation for learning and filling our lives with good things, but maybe not the best things God has for us.

  1. How do you feel after praying? Are you elated or stressed because you’ve put other important things off. If you are elated – good, right path if you are stressed… look at your motivation.
  2. Do you pray because you want to spend time with God or because you feel you have to?
  3. Spend a few minutes analyzing your motivation.

This was a wake-up call to me – I tend to get over-committed and oversaturated in trying to learn all that I can, and sometimes the quiet, the time listening to God or being still in His presence is more than I can hope for! It is what fills me and brings me joy. Joy is a decision sometimes – it is a commitment to live out our lives praising the One who created us.

We can be overcommitted even by spending too much time with friends, having to fill our days with chatter and noise with things that are not important in the grand scheme of things! Our hearts should belong to the Lord. And our time is His as well.

Let’s pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you that you open my eyes each and every day to the times I become overstimulated and overcommitted. I ask you to bring me the peace, the love and the joy that I crave. Dear Lord still my soul, allow me to feel the peace that surpasses all understanding today. Right now. This very second. Bring me the peace and the joy that I need … and allow it to permeate my life. I ask you Lord for the prayers that I now pray for those near to me or for my own special intentions … Dear Jesus thank you for clearing out the cobwebs of my mind and bringing the light that is You. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Asking God

Ask God | Thy will be done in heaven as on earth is a form of asking God in prayer to guide our life. But is it that simple? Welcome to A Few Minutes with God, where we delve into the scriptures in a practical way. | #podcast #christianpodcast #askGodAsking God – Episode 107

Thy will be done in heaven as on earth is a form of asking God in prayer to guide our life. But is it that simple? Welcome to A Few Minutes with God, where we delve into the scriptures in a practical way.

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels and the books A Few Minutes with God and One More Child. You can find more information about both titles on Media Angels or Amazon.

So many times we begin the day with our to-do list running in our heads and frantic with all the things we need to do each day. I found myself in this mess in the not too distant past and I finally had to reevaluate my life as I found myself unintentionally clenching the insides of my mouth as I silently stressed over things I could not avoid and had no control over.

As a Christian, I carried on the guilt that I was not living up to the ideal. All Christians are happy they walk with inspiration from the Lord and have a ready smile for all they meet. Sure, that was me on occasion but more times than not I hid behind the discontent. I was frankly too busy.

Well fast-forward to today and I am still extremely busy but guess what, I’ve learned from my past mistakes the biggest one? I forgot to ask God.

  1. I forgot to ask God if I should take then next big project.
  2. I forgot to ask God if I should implement the “great idea” I had about work.
  3. I forgot to ask God about the little things as well as the bigger things.

Friends, you have often heard me say, “Pray about this, or pray about that…” and now I am reminding me and you that this is necessary!

I’m sure I’ve mentioned James 4:3 before, “When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.”

Or James 1:22 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

We all know talkers, and I am one of those, but if we don’t do what we recommend then we are as bad as those who do not believe. Many people want to say that faith is a one time commitment to the Lord and a one time decision, and to some extent it is, but if we do not walk in faith or do the good works that the Lord has prepared for us (Ephesians 2:10 -For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.) then we are talking the walk and not walking the talk.

James 4:7-8 is another wonderful example of asking God.

Friends, study James there is so much wisdom in that book as well as all the books in Scripture – it is not only for teaching but for blessing us and bringing the Christian faith to us in a very real way.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Heavenly Father, please remind us daily to ask you for our daily bread, our daily needs and to test all things first through you. Dear Lord, we humbly come before you and ask that you use each one of us as you have called us to be lovers of the word and to increase our faith each day. Pour out your blessings upon us and upon those who we now pray … I praise you Jesus for every great thing and I pray this in your blessed Name, Amen!

 

Food From Heaven

Food From Heaven | Are Christian's suffering from malnutrition? Food from heaven is the only food that sustains us in the spiritual sense, but how do we go from hearing the Word to doing what the Word says? In this episode, we will explore these concepts and more. | #podcast #christianpodcast #spiritualfoodFood From Heaven – Episode 106

Are Christian’s suffering from malnutrition? Food from heaven is the only food that sustains us in the spiritual sense, but how do we go from hearing the Word to doing what the Word says? In this episode, we will explore these concepts and more.

Thanks to our Sponsor A Few Minutes with God ~

Please check out my books and products – my other podcast Life

We are fed in many ways – our physical bodies with the food we eat, and how long could we go without food? Sometimes three times a day isn’t enough and we need or crave snacks. We feed our spiritual bodies with faith, the Word of God in the Bible, and listening or reading what others have to say, our pastors, voices out there who are Christian leaders.

But still, we are suffering from spiritual malnutrition we are missing that food from heaven. If I asked you to describe physical hunger you could do that, but what about spiritual hunger?

Ask yourselves these questions:

  1. Have I craved the Word of God?
  2. Do I feel lost without praying?
  3. Do I feel empty if I do not “do” my devotionals?
  4. Do I “do” my devotionals (prayer time, praying, listening to God, studying the Word, etc.) to feel better or because it feeds me?
  5. Do I sometimes feel lost like I am floundering?

These questions are meant to make you think. Not to feel guilty (repeat!)

Let’s listen to the bread of life discourse from the author, Jesus himself. Read John 6:25-59

We don’t lack food from heaven – we don’t lack hearing the Word of God – we hear many different interpretations from pastors, and from those who read the Word in private.

However, if you are a Catholic you believe the bread of life is in the Eucharist which is why it is available at every Mass, every day, and all over the world in every Catholic Church. It is the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and I can tell you that often even Catholics only believe it is symbolic. The manna the Israelites ate was a precursor – a bodily food that showed, it was evidence of food from heaven, basically a miracle to keep the people from starving. The food we receive now is miraculous as well but in a spiritual sense.

God is calling us – a call to change.

God is all around us. We see Him in creation, in every good thing, what we lack is doing something about what we hear, what we learn, and that is something we should take to heart.

Are we changed? The word of God is like a two-edged sword, are we changed and challenged after hearing it?

How can we improve upon ourselves and our lack of fulfillment? We are malnourished in the sense of always looking for the next best thing, people often fill their lives with meanless chatter, events, and possessions but we all know those things do not fulfill us. The happiness of things is fleeting.

We have the Word of God all around us – but what we lack is the implementation of truth in our lives and in our hearts. If we truly have this food from heaven we can never be hungry. God promises!

Believers have malnutrition, we have the word which feeds us spiritually but we must do what we need to move forward.

It is time to be in the Word and to walk by faith and not by sight! That is the topic of another podcast coming soon. Faith in the unseen, because if we could see it, would it be called faith?

We must seek God and continue to seek only Him!

As a reminder, this podcast seeks to encourage you toward a deeper relationship with God. I ask questions often, and while I share my thoughts, I want you to grow in your walk with the Lord in this episode I feel we are scratching the surface on a deeper issue and that is how everything else is more important to “feeding” us in a temporal sense – a here and now, rather than an everlasting sense.

Let’s Pray.

Dear Heavenly Father, you are the Bread of Life, the food from heaven. You are the one and only God, there is no other, and I praise You and only You and I worship You – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. I ask you, Lord, to fill me with wisdom, understanding, and peace as I seek you in a deeper way. Let me put Your words in Holy Scripture in my heart and allow me to change as you would have me change for the better. I can not do this on my own Lord and I need your help. I ask you Lord for the prayers and petitions that I now ask for… I ask that you give us your love, your peace and your joy as we continue to pray and ask and seek you, and I pray this in Jesus’ Name, Amen!

Christian Ministry

Christian Ministry | Have you considered volunteering in a Christian Ministry? In today’s episode, we discuss why ministry work is important and ways to pray to the Lord for help in leading you. | #podcast #christianpodcastChristian Ministry — Episode 105

Have you considered volunteering in a Christian Ministry? In today’s episode, we discuss why ministry work is important and ways to pray to the Lord for help in leading you.

Sponsor: MediaAngels.com

Recently on a trip, I met two very sweet nuns. It is often that you see nuns wearing a habit and so, they pretty much stand out. One, in particular, caught my eye and she seemed to have that peace of Christ. She had a smile on her face and looked so inviting that I fell into easy conversation with her. She told me she wasn’t always Catholic and actually had a late calling to become a nun. I was so taken by her story that I asked her if I could interview Sr. Cecilia at some point for the One More Child Podcast and she said yes! So, I hope to do that soon.

That started me thinking. Here is this lady who has given her life to Christ and is by worldly standards “giving up everything,” to serve in a life of ministry. One of our family friends’ oldest son is a Catholic priest and we knew him as a young boy. He was a good student, started out homeschooling and then into a private Catholic high school, went to college and then, God called him. He said that when he was twelve he told us he wanted to be a priest but no one took him seriously. He had a bright future and he too “gave up everything,” to serve the Lord.

Do we give up everything when we serve? I don’t believe we do because as I am sure you know, you can’t out give God. Try it!

Ministry in a way is framed in Scripture with hospitality. We read of times when the Lord appeared or showed himself to those such as Abraham.

Abraham greets three stranger and gives them a wonderful meal – A and S did not know this was the Lord until he predicted that Sarah would bear a son (well past her childbearing years)

Later we read that Martha and Mary open their home to the Lord and his disciples – Mary listens to Jesus and Martha does the work – yet each serves God in their own way.

Last week we spoke about desiring God in our lives – more of God and less of us – and the love of God changes our hearts! We read in the Bible about how God showed us this love in serving others.

Have you asked yourself how you can serve God? Is there a Christian ministry that needs your help? I’m part of a women’s ministry, Magnificat that hosts a prayer breakfast four times a year. At this breakfast, we open our hearts to the women who attend, we have music and we sing praises to God and then we pray, we listen to a speaker who tells us their testimony about what God has done in their lives. Not so they can boast but so that they can point to the Lord and say, see where I am now thanks be to God.

Every time I attend I feel a stronger pull and call to serve God. We see examples of today of ministries. There are Christian ministries serve in nursing homes, they take communion to the people there, they set up prayer times and visit with the people.

We see those who serve in ministry to help bring the word of God whether in testimonies – This is what God has done in my life – or teachings that will allow us to make life changes and want to also be open to hospitality.

There are people who write books, who give talks, who host podcasts. Of course, when we think of ministry we think of those who go into the “mission field” to bring Christ to people in foreign countries.

Christian ministry can be as simple as a smile to a stranger, a smile to someone at church or even baking a bit extra to give a neighbor or friend. If we love the Lord we will open our hearts to serve those around us in any way that we can.

Look at the time you have and also your gifts. What do you have to offer? Sometimes a smile and a love for the Lord is enough! I remember one time praying that God uses me to bring more people to him… kids little … at home… no time. Repair people, cleaning people, bug guy!

Take some time and open your journal and ask God:

  1. Do you want me to serve you in Christian Ministry?
  2. How do you want me to serve?
  3. Bring me opportunities
  4. Open the doors
  5. Show me which ones to walk in!

Let’s Pray – Dear Lord you have called each one of us by name. You have asked us to make disciples of all nations, and while I have little to offer I give you the little I have. Please God, use me in this time of confusion, in this time of hardship and heartbreak. We live in a hurting world Lord, please use us to bring love and peace in your precious Name. Lord I ask for the following: (pray here). Lord, I praise you among all Names, and I thank you for every good thing and I pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

Desiring God

Desiring God | Above all things desiring God is the key to our happiness. Or do you look at cheap substitutions and find yourself feeling lacking? In this episode, we will discuss how our desire for God can make us whole and realize what we are missing in our lives. | #podcast #christianpodcastDesiring God – Episode 104

Above all things desiring God is the key to our happiness. Or do you look at cheap substitutions and find yourself feeling lacking? In this episode, we will discuss how our desire for God can make us whole and realize what we are missing in our lives.

Sponsor! Overcomer Movie

Trailer URL for Overcomer Movie: 

Site URL for the Overcomer Movie

In the episodes of AFMWG Podcast, we’ve talked about spending time with God in prayer, in the word, and in silence. In this way, we can grow in our relationship with Him. But we are busy, life has a way of throwing us curves and we find ourselves overwhelmed many times and ready to channel surf or mindlessly check social media accounts.

Talking To God In Prayer takes persistence ~ Desiring God Is A Choice

We talk to God, when we read the Bible, we try to listen to that still, small voice. We are not blessed to walk with God as Adam and Eve did, or talk to God as Abraham did, and the prophets who heard the Lord, clearly and distinctly.

When we think about persistence we think about Abraham asking God to spare Sodom and Gomora – over and over again reducing the number until it was down to 10. Unfortunately for the people only four survived, Lot his wife, and his two daughters (until his wife turned back to look after being warned not to – and the Bible says she turned into a pillar of salt) and then only three survived, Lot and his two daughters, because the people had hardened their hearts against God.

When God gives us a warning we must listen, and his justice –  We can never know the mind of God – we can read the Bible but sometimes what we read is puzzling which is why we need:

  1. Quiet and prayer first.
  2. Pray to the Holy Spirit ~ who will help us! Just ask
  3. Good pastor or spiritual counselor.

Why is this? Desiring God doesn’t necessarily mean we understand his ways. For example,  why didn’t God get angry when Abraham asked him over and over again to spare Sodom and Gomora? This evil was spreading and spreading to everyone who entered and set foot, yet God listened to Abraham’s prayer.

Jesus showed us how to talk to the Lord and how to pray – the Lord’s Prayer.

Jesus told us to call, God – “Father,” and no matter what your relationship is with your Father – God is a God of blessings.

Jesus illustrates the persistence

With a relationship, with a desire to know God, we understand that the source of all we need centers on God. If we fill our time with cheap substitutes we learn, rather quickly that it leaves us feeling lacking.

Many times our desire for God centers around our need to have prayers answered. If you pray and the Lord hasn’t answered you do you give up? We know God hears all of our prayers – even those we have in our hearts and are afraid to ask! If you give up then you are not serious in their request, and how can I say that? I don’t know you do I? I can say that because I know that God is all good, all-knowing and His generosity and mercy is immense. He has gifted us with the gifts through the Holy Spirit! I was able to interview an author of a book on the Holy Spirit who had some amazing insight, and I can’t wait to share that interview with you.

We desire God because we are commanded to love God.

Greatest Commandment is to love God with all your heart and to love your neighbor as your self…

Knowing things in our hearts, memorizing Scripture, doing works of charity and mercy all bring us closer to God and it is the desire and faith that changes our hearts.

Moses realized when he spoke to the people about God’s commandments – Deuteronomy 30:14 – “It is something very near to you…in your hearts.”

What better way is there to know something than by heart – to commitment things to memory. Whether it is prayers, or whether it is memorizing the Scriptures. When we have things in our hearts, we open our hearts to the words and it becomes part of our life, it molds our life and changes it – hopefully for the better!

But can we apply these things to our own lives?

We all know the story of the Good Samaritan the story of someone who goes out of their way for someone that they don’t know. The story is of the man who helped the person left to die on the side of the street after being victimized, we see people walk by who are the very people who should help this man, but they do not. These people walk on the other side of the road to avoid the victim.

Yet this story is one of the most popular because we find that the person who should be the one the least likely to help turns out to be the person who helps.

There were many major religious difference between the Samaritans and the Jews, but the parable teaches a greater truth, and that is the focus of the law over love.

Caution here – we hate the sin but love the sinner. We are not the ones to condemn, we leave it up to God. I feel that people use situations in the Bible to fit their own preconceived notion of how things should be. That is an error.

The story has a great impact on our lives and makes us think – it stretches us – it is how we should feel when we read the Word of God – we should want to be changed for the better. Deut. 30:10 … Moses asks the people to return to God with all your heart. Can we do this, especially with prayer?

If God’s will is in your heart so that you can desire Him, then you will know what to do in difficult situations, in times when there is nowhere else to turn but to God for the answers, when things are out of our control. You cannot help but follow God when times are difficult because you’re the desire for God has increased your faith and He has changed your heart.

Desiring God can increase with:

  1. Pray – make time each day.
  2. Scripture
  3. Sing to the Lord
  4. Journal
  5. Listen

I know friends, nothing new, but if we do not practice these things we will become stagnant and empty and seek things that will not make us happy!

Let’s pray. Dear Heavenly Father, you are the provider of every good thing, I ask God for a desire for you – I want more of you Father, more of you in my life. Increase my desire to know you, love you and do all things that bring you glory. Dear Lord thank you for today and all you have given me, even those things that are hard and I do not feel I can carry. I don’t need to worry because I know that you have me in the palm of your hand. Thank you, Father, and please hear the prayers I am asking for and I will continue to pray with the faith of Abraham who asked over and over again. I pray for the following…

And I pray this in the Name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit Jesus Amen.

Transforming Faith

Transforming Faith | Do you have a transforming faith? A faith that withstands persecution or a faith that would leave everything behind to follow God? We have many excuses for following God The disciples left everything, family, and home to follow Jesus. In this episode we will discuss following God will transform us. | #podcast #christianpodcastTransforming Faith – Episode 103

Do you have a transforming faith? A faith that withstands persecution or a faith that would leave everything behind to follow God? We have many excuses for following God The disciples left everything, family, and home to follow Jesus. In this episode we will discuss following God will transform us.

Sponsor! Overcomer Movie

Trailer URL for Overcomer Movie: 

Site URL for the Overcomer Movie

Friends, let’s be real here – we are attached to the things of this world, our homes, our sense of security and of course comfort, and every technological toy that helps us in our daily lives. And, why shouldn’t we be attached? We are living in this present age, right? We should have the things we need to survive.

In Matthew 8:20, Jesus replied, “Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.”

Jesus left home to preach, teach and heal. He was sent by the Father. He called simple men to follow him, and they did. Once the men followed they changed, they learned, they became transformed.

Faith will transform us! We see it in the lives of the disciples, and that God equips those He calls. Did they get it right the first time? No, it was over and over again.

What hits home is when we read that not all those who were called followed. Why?

Some had good reasons – one had to bury his father, one wants to say goodbye to his family, and we know the point being made is that follow Jesus requires total commitment. Like Elisha Jesus’ disciples are called to leave everything behind – even home.

In Luke 9:60 we read – Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.”

We are asked to leave everything and follow him. The question is can we? The next question to ask is do we follow him in our daily lives?

Friends, when I think about what the disciples went through I am amazed and in awe, but then I remember, again that God equips those He calls.

Luke 10:3 – Jesus sends his disciples “like lambs among wolves.”  Jesus asked the disciples to depend on the kindness of strangers, as they travel without belongings or money. If people did not welcome them they were to dust off your feet their feet –

Luke 10:9-11

 Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’ 10 But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and say, 11 ‘Even the dust of your town we wipe from our feet as a warning to you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God has come near.’

So many people think that Christianity means, “what you give up.” No. This is an untruth. Christianity is all-inclusive, it is about redemption, but remember it is about the cross as well. Faith in the power of the cross, the redemptive power of Christ’s crucifixion for our sins – not the sins of our neighbor’s but our sins.

How can you thank someone who died for you? For the sins that you committed yesterday, today and tomorrow? We become new with our Christian faith and it is transforming faith.

The door is open and everyone is able to receive salvation – yet are we willing or do we have excuses. Yes, we can be laborers for the kingdom, this means to our neighbors to our friends to those who have hurt us the most. We forgive as we are forgiven. We are transformed.

Let’s pray. Dear Heavenly Father, I thank you for today, for all the blessings and for those blessings that are yet to come. I thank you your provision, for keeping us safe, for protecting marriages Lord, for coming against the evil one who wants to harm us and to break up marriages. I thank you for all the things you have done that I do not know about…and Lord I ask that you give me transforming faith, the faith that allows me to leave behind the old creation and become a new creation in Christ. Dear Lord, I ask for the following prayers … please, Lord, I ask that you help those I pray for that you help me and I pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

WRAP Yourself in Scripture

Wrap Yourself In Scripture | What happens when you wrap yourself in Scripture? You will find yourself in a closer relationship with God! Why wait? Learn what the acronym WRAP means and some great resources to get you started. | #podcasat #christian podcast Wrap Yourself In Scripture Episode 102

What happens when you wrap yourself in Scripture? You will find yourself in a closer relationship with God! Why wait? Learn what the acronym WRAP means and some great resources to get you started.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Trailer URL for Overcomer Movie: 

Site URL for the Overcomer Movie

Great Resource!

Where to find the book ~ WRAP Yourself in Scripture by Karen Dwyer

There are many ways to pray and prayer is different for each person. Some people pray with words, others are with the Lord listening to his small, still, voice and others may sing or talk to the Lord as if they were talking to a friend. Prayer is two-way communication with the Lord. In this way, we are able to grow closer to God.

Recently I attended a conference and heard Karen Dwyer speak, and was really blessed. In one of the books she wrote, she explained a concept about called WRAP, wrap yourself in Scripture. I felt that this process helped me to not only read the scriptures but to allow the words to touch my heart in a deeper way. Reading the scriptures allows us to be in fellowship with God and brings us joy. We should want a deeper encounter with the Almighty God in daily prayer.

Wrap stands for:

  • W stands for Write
  • R stands for Reflect
  • A stands for Apply
  • P stands for Praise

According to Dwyer, the WRAP process takes the same skills we use when we worry and transfers to prayer. She goes into this in detail in her book. But this process really works!

I think what I found the most encouraging is that she said we should spend time after reading the scriptures to allow the Lord to love us! Just think of it! We know God loves us unconditionally. But when we pause after reading the scriptures and try to seek what the Lord is telling us from His word, we are allowing His love to flow upon us! What a blessing!

There is power in prayer, in praise and in reading scriptures. Our Lord Jesus quoted the scriptures many times. The scriptures were memorized and made part of their lives. Do we memorize the Word? Do we commit verses to mind so that we can recall them in times of darkness when we need the Lord the most?

In order to wrap ourselves in scripture, we need to make an effort, and as in past podcasts, I’ve discussed setting aside time, using a prayer journal, finding a good place that is quiet to read the Bible and to pray. These are simple directions in how to get the most out of your time with God.

Let’s pray.

Dear heavenly Father, we praise you and we thank you for every good thing in our life and in the lives of those around us. We thank you for all the people who never appreciate or thank you for what you have done in their lives.

Power of Praise

Power of Praise | The power of praise is amazing! It can uplift your spirits in a way that nothing else can. Want to feel like you are touching heaven? Praise God. In this episode, Felice shares the amazing power of praise and ways you can use this in your own life. | #podcast #christianpodcastPower of Praise Episode 101

The power of praise is amazing! It can uplift your spirits in a way that nothing else can. Want to feel like you are touching heaven? Praise God. In this episode, Felice shares the amazing power of praise and ways you can use this in your own life.

Thanks to our sponsor – Overcomer the Movie! In theatres at the end of August 2019 but guess what? The video is available afterward as well. This is one of the must-see movies for families (who love sports) of the year.

I just came back from a Christian conference and it was amazing. Yes, the talks were great, the setting was wonderful. It was a split between time to have quiet and pray, worship, listen to amazing speakers, pray as a group, visiting wonderful churches and sampling the local cuisine. I even rode in my first non-taxi! But even with all the wonderful things that happened was praising God in a large group. This group was an International Ministry with leaders from around the world and we were all singing praises to Jesus! Our Lord and Our God.

One of the greatest books I read on the power of praise was written by Merlin R. Carothers, Power in Praise. It is a life changer if you have never read it. I purchased this book in bunches of five to ten. While Mr. Carothers is no longer alive he was such a powerhouse. I was on his mailing list and even received an email from him after he died!

When we praise God we are keeping the first of the Ten Commandments. “I am the Lord thy God, thou shalt not have any strange gods before Me.”
It puts our eyes back where it belongs, on God. We forget our problems.
It makes the enemy flee! The devil hates our praise, evil can not stand when we praise and thank God. Feeling depressed? Praise God. Try it. Praise reminds that we need God. God will bless us

Psalms 100:4 – Enter his gates with thanksgiving, his courts with praise. Give thanks to him; bless his name!”

Here is an example of a litany of praise.

  • Praise you, Jesus.
  • I thank you, Lord Jesus.
  • You are the King of Kings.
  • You are the Lord of Lord.
  • You are the Bright Shining Star.
  • You are the Alpha and the Omega – the Beginning and the End.

You can add to this and it will, I promise to change your life.

Let’s pray:

Dear Lord Jesus, I praise you and I thank you for all that you do. Please help us to worship you in praise, there is power in praise and it lifts us to the gates of heaven and beyond. I love you, Lord. I worship you, Lord. You are the Creator of the Universe and all that is in it – and you are the Almighty God. Dear Lord, in humility I come before you and lay out all of my petitions to you… I place them in your most competent and loving hands. Please Lord, if it is for my eternal good and those that I pray for, please answer my prayers… Thank you God for giving me the ultimate gift, the gift of faith, salvation and I pray, someday eternal life with you.

 

Spiritual Discernment

Spiritual Discernment ~ Episode 100

Spiritual Discernment | The gift of spiritual discernment is one we all need! It allows us to see the truth to avoid darkness and to be ready for what is in store for those who love the Lord. | #podcast #christianpodcast #spiritualgifts #UCPNThe gift of spiritual discernment is one we all need! It allows us to see the truth to avoid darkness and to be ready for what is in store for those who love the Lord!

Welcome to AFMWG – this is a milestone episode for me – 100! When I began this podcast I had a handful of listeners and I believed the Lord wanted me to continue, even if I could fit all of you in my living room! However, as this show has grown in the number of listeners I am blessed by the power of God and some of you have given me feedback on what this show means to you – thank-you. If the Lord has helped me to help one person then this show has been worth it.

How do you connect to me? Via social media – we have a FB group for this network, look for the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network. You can also comment on our website at AFewMinutesWithGodPodcast.com – each show has it’s own post where we are open for comments.

And, please share this podcast with a friend to keep us growing and give me a star rating on your favorite podcast app. Thank you again for being a listener.

Thanks to our sponsor OvercomerMovie.com

I was chatting with some moms that were talking about seeing a miraculous manifestation. Some thought it looked evil, others thought it was a miracle, a sign from God. Friends, in this case, we need discernment. Why did God perform miracles? He did this to increase the faith of those who saw Him do this, it is to increase our own personal faith. The importance of the gift of discernment could take up the next ten episodes of A Few Minutes With God Podcast! The gift of discernment keeps us from evil. Discernment allows us to see right and wrong, it allows us to recognize a sign that is not from God.

Back when I was learning about the gifts of the Holy Spirit the one gift I didn’t want was anything that had to do with discerning evil. I was young in my missionary walk with the Lord, in other words, I believed I loved the Lord and followed Him, but it was a personal journey – I would never consider doing a podcast or ever talking about anything religious in any sense of the word! Why didn’t I want the gift? Because I was afraid of evil. When we are strong in the Lord there is no need to fear. My mother use to say the devil was the size of an ant and the Lord the size of the entire world, and she is right! Jesus has already won the battle, and he has been victorious so what do we need to fear?

Holy Spirit Podcast here

There was an instance in my life when I met a person and I could sense evil. Don’t ask me how, I could, and it made me shudder. I warned one of my son’s about this person because he had to work closely with her on a ranch and he was very kind and could easily be swayed. Some things happened that caused him to feel the intuition I had was right and he came to me to talk about it, it turned out leaving a job was the best way to deal with the situation.

This “feeling” or “intuition” or gift has happened to me time and time again. It is something you can pray for and ask the Lord to give us and you will find it is one of the biggest blessings!

Starting with 1 Kings 3:11 when God said to Solomon that he didn’t ask for riches, or for the life of his enemies but for discernment to know what is right all the way to 1 Corinthians 12:10 discernment has been sought after by followers.

Proverbs 16:21 – The wise of heart is esteemed for discernment, and pleasing speech gains a reputation for learning.

1 John 5:20 – We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment to know the one who is true. And we are in the one who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

In 1 Corinthians the gifts of the Holy Spirit are layed out and especially in 10 we read, “…to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues.”

To grow in the gifts of discernment we need to pray for the help of the Holy Spirit, ask for the spiritual gifts of knowledge and understanding, and continue to read and study the Scriptures. Get connected to a church, and be sure to keep your eyes on Christ.

Friends, these gifts strengthen us in our walk with the Lord!

Let’s Pray For the Gift of Spiritual Discernment

Dear Father, I ask for an infilling of Your Holy Spirit, please give me the gift of discernment, please help me on my spiritual journey and I ask for the following prayer intentions… Father if it is in your will please answer my prayers, and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Gifts of the Holy Spirit | The gifts of the Holy Spirit are real and free and available to all. At Pentecost, the disciples were able to speak in different languages and those who heard them understood. | #podcast #christianpodcast #holyspiritGifts of the Holy Spirit Episode 99

The gifts of the Holy Spirit are real and free and available to all. At Pentecost, the disciples were able to speak in different languages and those who heard them understood. The disciples were taught by the Holy Spirit in other ways as well, by reminding them what Jesus had taught them. Remember, they learned from the Lord but often did not understand what he meant. (John 14:26) We even read passages where Mary buried things in her heart. And Mary kept all these things, reflecting on them in her heart. Luke 2:19

The Holy Spirit allowed them to remember and bring God’s word with them wherever they went and any time they wanted it, it was available to them to use as they became missionaries for the Lord. I once read an analogy of how the information we have today available to us at a push of a button via our cell phones is similar to what the apostles must have felt when they had access to the gifts of the spirit.

Starting with 1 Kings 3:11 when God said to Solomon that he didn’t ask for riches, or for the life of his enemies but for discernment to know what is right all the way to 1 Corinthians 12:10 discernment has been sought after by followers.

Proverbs 16:21 – The wise of heart is esteemed for discernment, and pleasing speech gains a reputation for learning.

1 John 5:20 – We also know that the Son of God has come and has given us discernment to know the one who is true. And we are in the one who is true, in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

What is impactful is the following verse in 1 Corinthians 1:10 – “…to another mighty deeds; to another prophecy; to another discernment of spirits; to another varieties of tongues; to another interpretation of tongues. ”

Holy Spirit Podcast here

Please read all of 1 Corinthians 12 –

The overall purpose was to teach the believers that when they were pagans they were attracted to the way of the idols and that it was difficult to resist sin. god sent us the Holy Spirit so that we could use these gifts, which are many to be steadfast, to have wisdom and discernment.

1 Corinthians 12, verse four talks about the different spiritual gifts but the same Spirit.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Wisdom
Understanding
Counsel
Fortitude
Knowledge
Piety
Fear of the Lord

Wisdom is considered the first and the greatest of the gifts.

Understanding helps us to realize the importance of God as the Almighty, opens our eyes to the spiritual and allows us to read and understand Scripture

Fortitude has to do with courage, and also endurance

Knowledge: The gift of knowledge allows one, as far as is humanly possible, to see things from God’s perspective. It “allows us to perceive the greatness of God and his love for his creatures” through creation.[24]

Piety is the awe of God and the understanding of our own weaknesses – this virtue can be overused in the sense of condemning others and become judgemental.

Fear of the Lord is an understanding of the awesomeness of Almighty God.

 

Promises To Abraham

Promises To Abraham | When we read Genesis we learn, soon after the fall that all is not lost. We have hope in the promises to Abraham, from God. All is not lost and we know that through Abraham came the lineage to David and through David the lineage to Joseph and in essence to Jesus. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastPromises To Abraham – Episode 98

When we read Genesis we learn, soon after the fall that all is not lost. We have hope in the promises to Abraham, from God. All is not lost and we know that through Abraham came the lineage to David and through David the lineage to Joseph and in essence to Jesus.

We learn so many things, yet one fact remains, Abraham (Abram) doubted. It resonates with me and it should resonate with all of us that we as a fallen people can not possibly understand the mind of God. God entrusts man to carry on His will and man in turns often fails. Even those who are considered by scripture to be righteous.

Promises to Abraham:

  1. Fear not (echoes what the angel Gabriel told Mary – “Fear not…”)
  2. The Word of God came to Abram
  3. A servant would not be his heir but his own flesh and blood.
  4. “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (Genesis 15:5)
  5. Genesis 15:18 “To your descendants I give this land, from the Wadi of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates.”
  6. God’s promise and blessings were to be upon Isaac who would be blessed with a huge lineage as well. (Isaac’s name would be changed to Israel and the Twelve Tribes of Israel was his heritage.)

God’s Promises To Abraham

God’s promises to Abraham still come even though Abram did not wait! While it is difficult for us to understand this since our ways are so different now, it was acceptable back then to take on other “wives.” Sarai his wife told him to sleep with her slave, Hagar and Abram agreed.
God protected Hagar because she carried the son of Abraham. The angel appeared to her in the desert and told her she would name her son Ishmael.

This is one of the hardest things for me to read, that Abram who heard directly from God did not wait upon the Lord. Friends, how often do we do this? Not wait even though we know we should? This is something to meditate upon and journal. The entire section of the Bible that deals with Abraham and his life is filled with mishap, sometimes lies and always forgiveness from God.

The promises to Abraham include Abraham’s request, God agreed to bless Ishmael He would be the father of twelve rulers and he agreed to make him into a great nation.
But God’s covenant was for Abraham and the blessings would ultimately fall upon Isaac (Israel).

We learn about God’s ways as He “cleans” house by destroying Sodom and Gomorrah.

God’s judgment is always rooted in truth and righteousness.

The key in these scriptures for me is to wait upon the Lord. Remembering that His time is not our time.

Mary Mother of Jesus

Mary Mother of Jesus | Mary, Mother of Jesus is known throughout humanity, nations and time. We can learn so much from her! Most Christians know her name and read about her in the Bible. | #podcast #christianpodcast #MadonnaMary Mother of Jesus – Episode 97

Mary, Mother of Jesus is known throughout humanity, nations and time. We can learn so much from her! Most Christians know her name and read about her in the Bible. She receives a staring role in the New Testament that begins with humble roots, becomes elevated by her, “Yes,” to the Angel, Gabrielle – the spokesperson for Almighty God and culminates in the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Thanks to our sponsor, Bridgestone Academy.  Learn more information at HomeschoolAcademy.com

Why are we discussing Mary – as I record this it isn’t anywhere near Christmas when people consider Mary’s part in redemption history as they set out a Nativity scene perhaps to commemorate the birth of Christ. Yet, I believe that Mary is more than that and we need to take a closer look. She is a kindred spirit. She suffered as we suffer, she felt compassion, loved, trusted God and she is our example.

Mary is known by many names, she is known as Mary Mother of Jesus, she is known as the Virgin Mary, as Theotokos in Greek  -Mary Mother of Jesus or in Easter Christianity and the Latin translation is Mother of God or God’bearer

Yet, while the Bible talks so little of Mary. We know her by her attributes:

  • She was a willing servant
  • She trusted God
  • Mary Obeyed God’s call
  • Mary had great suffering in her life

Can you imagine being a poor girl and learning that you were chosen by God for a great task? As a young Jewish girl, Mary must have learned as all the children did that they were awaiting a Messiah, a Savior to free them from Roman rule. She learned the Old Testament and she must have known about Isaiah and the prediction that a young virgin would bear a son, and he would be named Emmanuel which means God with us. Read all of Isiah 7 but the verse I will read to you is at follows and begins in verse 10-15

Emmanuel – God is With Us: Isiah 7: 10-15

When Mary was approached by the angel she didn’t say – “I’m sorry you’ve got the wrong person, didn’t you take a wrong turn at a castle somewhere?” No – she said, “Let it be done to me according to your Word.” She said yes.

How often do we feel like God asks us to do something and we are conflicted. As I’ve shared with you its happened to me often. Yet, Mary was from a poor and humble family. Luke 1:38

The Infancy Narrative is in the Scriptures and you can read the entire verses in Luke 1:1-50 read this in your Bible and think about the words and what they mean. How can you apply this to your life? Luke 1:26-45 especially announces the birth of Jesus to Mary by the angel Gabriel. He was sent by God, and Mary humble servant said, “Yes.” She then visited her cousin Elizabeth. She was unselfish. And the visit turned out to be a blessing when Elizabeth greeted Mary. “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” (Luke 1:42)

Mary Filled with the Holy Spirit: Responded with, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Luke 1:46-47  Mary needed a Savior, and her son was the Savior.

For many of us these verses are so familiar and if they are not for you – go back and revisit them, take your time, journal about them. While they are often read around Christmastime, it is so important we take time now to study them now.

God sent His Son for us – and God picked a humble lady. Now, Joseph’s lineage we read is from the house of David with a direct lineage to Abraham, this is very important and not the topic of today’s podcast. However, know that because of prophecy and the fulfillment of prophecy

First known miracle -wedding feast of Cana – do what he tells you.
Mary reminds us that Jesus serves our needs – but we must be obedient to Him.

She was present in the days before Pentecost and she was there at the foot of the cross

A woman of great courage and self-giving – went to visit Elizabeth to help her!

Isaiah 7:14 speaks of the Virgin Mother of Emmanuel
“Virgin-Mother of Emmanuel”: “Therefore, the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, a virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and His name shall be called Emmanuel.”

Emmanuel means God with us

The child – Jesus, would be a

Luke 1:46-49 – My soul magnifies the Lord …

Greatest of all saints – chosen by God, prepared by God to be the mother of his son – His divinity at the Council of Nicea was determined by defining his mother. Was Jesus half man and half God – God his human form from May and his Divinity from God or was he fully man and God – all as one?
Mary was called Mother of God –

Mary was immaculate by an act of God at the time she was conceived so that she would be sinless and therefore a worthy vessel

God gave Mary so many wonderful attributes of Grace
She is the symbol of hope, obedience, and pointing us constantly to her son – do what he tells you. Her life is a witness to the Glory of Jesus

Is Mary Mother of Jesus a Kindred Spirit?

Image Attribution:
Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Giovanni Battista Salvi da Sassoferrato – http://www.bridgemanartondemand.com/art/104827/The_Madonna_in_Sorrow

Model Christian

Model Christian | Being a model Christian requires responsibility, but what does a model Christian look like? Is it someone who talks the talk or walks the walk. As a Christian, you can no longer act like a heathen and there is a standard to uphold – or is there? | #podcast #christianpodcast Model Christian Episode 97

Being a model Christian requires responsibility, but what does a model Christian look like? Is it someone who talks the talk or walks the walk. As a Christian, you can no longer act like a heathen and there is a standard to uphold – or is there?

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels, Inc. check out the latest book One More Child on Amazon, to receive a free chapter check out MediaAngels.com for more information.

Some believe that becoming a Christian requires a statement of faith – and acceptance of the Lord in a prayer, a declaration, perhaps an altar call they believe it is a one-time thing that is forever and there is never anything you can do after that that alters that commitment if it is done willingly and with an open heart. Others believe that the model Christian is someone who honors the church teachings, receiving the sacraments of Baptism, Communion, and Confirmation. Of frequent confessions and attending church on Sunday. Some think it is a combination of the two and others may think just being good is the way to be a model Christian.

So many people who have been held in high esteem – those who are pastors or tele-evangelists have fallen in horrible ways – those who believed they had the answers were left shocked and hurting. Friends, we can never place our hope in man – no matter how eloquently he/or she speaks, We read about failings each and every day,  whether it is about financial sin or sexual sin – it is a betrayal not only in their own life but in those whom they serve.

Our hope is only in God. The model Christian examples are given so beautifully in the story of the first person to die for his faith.

We learn in the scriptures that being a model Christian has a price, we can no longer be the same. Being a disciple means living a life that models Christ, that is selfless, generous, charitable to our neighbors, some have even suffered for their faith and were put to death. There are places even today where those who are Christians are killed in the same way as in the time of the apostles. The first martyr we read about is Stephen. He was sharing the truth – what it meant to be a model Christian – but his words infuriated the Sanhedrin –just like when Jesus shared the truth and the teaching was too hard for them to believe.

Read and study all of Acts 7:29-70.

As he was dying he echoed the words of Christ – he cried, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,”

Jesus said in Luke 23:46  Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”; and when he had said this he breathed his last.

He also said “Lord do not hold this sin against them” an echo of the Lord who said,

(Acts 7:60) and in Luke 23:34  Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, they know not what they do.”

Stephen paid the price of being a model Christian – he did not back down and say, “Oh, sorry, didn’t mean to offend you, just forget everything I said and have a nice day.”

Instead, Stephen is a true model of anyone who wants to follow Christ, who wants to be one with the Lord – who wants to know that we pay a price by being a Christian. Just think of what it is like today if you believe as I do that life begins at conception – you will be shouted down for being pro-life. You will be called all kinds of vile names, you will be accused of being narrow-minded and a stupid. What price do we pay to do what is right?

Christians are still the majority but we have been silenced and until recently have not stood up for ourselves but this is no longer true. We have been shut out and shunned but we are now called in a greater way in a world of darkness to stand up for our faith, our beliefs and for our Christ. Revelations 22:12 states, Whatever the price we pay, we are assured in the end to receive recompense according to our deeds. Behold, I am coming soon. I bring with me the recompense I will give to each according to his deeds.

We pray –

Dear Lord Jesus, come, please come. We are at a time when evil is considered good and good evil and I know it is much the same as in your day the time you walked the earth. We as Christians need model Christians as examples to us – we need saints of today that will encourage us to be all that we can be and to be fearless to stand up for our beliefs and call evil – evil and good – good. Lord fill us with your Holy Spirit so that we can have the grace to do what is right. Dear Lord, we ask for the following prayer requests… please hear our prayers and answer them if it is in your perfect will and we pray this in your precious Name, Amen.

 

 

 

Presence of God

Presence of God | For a Christian the presence of God is an amazing feeling and even without that feeling we have faith that God is with us always. How we understand God’s presence? We will look at the Scriptures for clarification during this episode. | #podcast #christianpodcast #christianPresence of God – Episode 96

For a Christian, the presence of God is an amazing feeling and even without that feeling, we have faith that God is with us always. How do we understand God’s presence? We will look at the Scriptures for clarification during this episode.

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels, Inc. check out the latest book One More Child on Amazon, to receive a free chapter check out MediaAngels.com for more information.

The ascension of our Lord is talked about in the Scriptures and often we don’t give it more than a passing thought. Yes, Jesus lived, died and rose from the dead, yes Jesus ascended into heaven after forty days – yet this was the first time after the birth of Jesus that the presence of our Lord was no longer physically present. His apostles felt what we feel today – we can’t just turn around and say, “Lord, what do we do?”

We have spent our entire life in this way. Each one of us has a different story about how we came to learn about God. Maybe you chanced on listening to this podcast and you don’t really know God or believe if He even exists. Maybe you learned about God from your parents and are not sure He is real enough to you – maybe you believe but still, have many questions.

Each of us didn’t know God at one time of our lives – we all began one day at a time, one Bible story or Scripture verse or someone sharing the God news about God that really loved Him and wanted to share what God had done in their life. Faith is a gift if you have faith never discount it or consider it unimportant – you have faith because God has called you by name. You grow in your faith because you take the time to pray, spend time with God in quiet, read the Bible, go to church, surround yourself with Christian readings, or podcasts. You grow your faith by believing but also by doing something about your belief.

Think about this – our lives even those who are not Christians surround two major Biblical events. Christmas (the birth of Christ) and Easter (the resurrection of Christ). Even if the world has tried to secularize these holidays (Winter Break, Spring Break, etc.) we Christians really understand the meaning and significance. Our lives have been impacted by these events and especially the ascension of Christ into heaven.

I’d love for you to Read Acts 1 yourself – especially Acts 1: 1:12

The power of the Holy Spirit was poured on the apostles in order for them to be given the strength to be witnesses at a time that being a Christian was a death sentence – but I love this part when the Angels – two men in white garments questioned the apostles and said, “Why are you looking at the sky?” – in other words, get going you have work to do!

They carried on their mission. Do we carry on our missions in the same way – do we make haste as those in the scriptures do to share the words of everlasting life? They were like us – men and women living their lives, eating, sleeping trying to make the best of things. They had the one advantage over us – they had witnessed Christ in their midst!

Yet, we are just like them in many ways. We have our doubts, our trials, our problems that bog us down daily. But we also have hope and without hope, the human condition is doomed. We have hope for a better tomorrow, hope that everything will work out fine, hope that God is with us today – He is here in this present grace-filled moment to give us encouragement and the blessings to face even our harshest challenges. We are called in our baptism to be the witnesses of Christ’s love and providence. We are in a time that shuns all that is holy – a time where evil is called good and good evil. Now, friends, it is our time to be that light for a hurting world.

Call To Action:

  1. Spend time in prayer and quiet with the Lord.
  2. Seek the Word of God – fill yourself up with the wonderful words of the Bible each and every day.
  3. Ask the Lord how He wants to use you each day. Is there someone lonely that needs a smile or a helping hand? All little things are mighty if they are done with a spirit of love and humility for God.

Some people just look at things as in the “what is in it for me,” and never try to look at how they can bless others. Maybe your burdens are too heavy right now to care for others – but if that is the case, that my friends is how the Lord is using you – to minister to your needs or those of your family. Selfishness is never a right but it can be changed and it happens slowly and with purpose.

Sometimes we get complacent, God doesn’t need me He has so many others so much more capable (friends, this is what goes through my head when I get ready to sit down and podcast). Why am I doing this – I am no one – why me Lord, why me? And, the answer I get is that He asked and I said yes.

What are you saying yes to? Have you prayed and said, Lord how can I help, or are you standing around looking up into the sky and wondering where are you, Lord?

He is here. He is now. This my dear friends is a grace-filled moment… understand it and believe.

Dear Lord, I thank you for all that you did during your time on earth so that your actions, your words, your miracles, and even your death and resurrection could be read about so many years later. I thank you for the gift of faith, for ascending into heaven so that through not only Baptism of water but also of the Holy Spirit we can be filled with the grace to share the good news with others. Dear Lord, I ask you today how you would use me, please Lord help me to understand your will for me and the ways I can let others know more about your goodness and mercy. Dear Lord, I pray for the following intentions … please hear my prayers and help me in the answers, and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

Holy Spirit

Holy Spirit | The Holy Spirit is one of the greatest gifts from God! All we have to do is look at the Gospels and rejoice that God did not leave us alone, He sent His Spirit to be with us always. | #christianpodcast #podcast #faithinGodThe Holy Spirit – A Gift From God – Episode 95

The Holy Spirit is one of the greatest gifts from God! All we have to do is look at the Gospels and rejoice that God did not leave us alone, He sent His Spirit to be with us always.

Jesus promises the apostles that the Holy Spirit will not only guide them but teach them everything they need to know about what they should do. (John 14:26) But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

There were so many questions the new Christians had at the time. Some of them were life-altering. It is the same with us as Christians. What is acceptible for us to do, and what appears to be a gray area? This is an age-old question and one that even the most committed Christians will argue about. Is it okay to drink if it is socially? Should you go to church – or can you just pray at home? Do you need to go to confession or can you just pray and ask the Lord to forgive you? Some of these answers are specifically found in the Bible and we are blessed that we have this available to us. It is after all thousands of years since our Lord died and rose from the dead to give us everlasting life.

Jesus gave the disciples strict instructions, to preach the Good news to all nations. He did not explain how the Gentiles should live their lives. At the time that these questions came up it was about 50AD and it had been about twenty years since the Lord’s resurrection when he sent them the Holy Spirit to guide them. Yet they were meeting to decide what to do and make the right decisions. They decided the Gentiles needed to follow limited Jewish laws.

The Holy Spirit guides our church today – when men fail – those in leadership it is because they have forgotten the Gospel message. They have failed to take it to their hearts and ask the Lord in every circumstance, big and small. Recently a megachurch suffered a scandal due to mismanagement of funds among other accusations. It is always newsworthy and always disheartening when these things happen. Often there are coverups – those who bring accusations are falsely punished, excommunicated and worse. Their reputations are ruined and they face legal consequences. All of this could be avoided by following the simple instruction from the Lord in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Why do we forget about the Holy Spirit? Because we are distracted by our schedules, by the things of this world, by those who do not mean nearly as much to our eternal life as the Lord. How can we make disciples of all nations when we can’t even manage our own household? Friends, we must rely on the infilling of the Holy Spirit and ask Him to come into our lives today. To live within us and to guide us!

What are the gifts of the Holy Spirit? They are wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord.

True story – how the Lord lead me to the Charismatic renewal within the Catholic Church. You can pray for an infilling today!

Dear Lord, we praise you for this time together to think about you and to worship you – we thank you for your gift of the Holy Spirit the third person of the Trinity. Come Holy Spirit Come and fill the hearts of the faithful! Dear Lord, I ask you to allow those listening today to understand the power of the Holy Spirit and how it can help them in their life. Give them the gifts of wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. Dear Lord help us to realize that the Holy Spirit is here to guide us and to help us in our daily walk with you. If we have a need or a worry allow the Holy Spirit to fill our heart and guide us. Allow us to test all spirits that they are holy and righteous and do not allow us to be deceived by the evil one. Dear Jesus, thank you for listening and please hear and answer the following prayer requests:

We pray this in Jesus precious Name, Amen.

Overcoming Religious Persecution

Religious Persecution | Who would have thought that religious persecution would come to the shores of America? We know about persecution happening to all faiths in foreign lands, but on our soil? | #podcast #christianpodcastOvercoming Religious Persecution – Episode 94

Who would have thought that religious persecution would come to the shores of America? We know about persecution happening to all faiths in foreign lands, but on our soil? In this episode, we take a brief look at the persecution of the church in the first century and how our hope rests in Christ. He has Risen!

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels and the book, One More Child – download a free chapter at MediaAngels.com

When we read the scriptures after the death of Jesus we learn that the Jews who believed in Christ and ultimately were called, “Christians” were persecuted in ways we can’t even imagine. Religious persecution came in the form of abuse, verbal and physical. It came in the shunning of people, in crowds shouting, and so much more. Yet every time we read about the religious persecution we are given a sign of hope and reassurance that only comes from the Holy Spirit. While the church thrived in these early years it was in the midst of adversity.

When Christianity broke away from Judaism the religious and state authorities targeted these believers on both sides. Paul and Barnabas were expelled from Antioch in Pisidia and this was a form of religious persecution. You can read the full version in Acts 12:25-13:52.

Barnabas and Saul Are Sent Off On A Mission For God:

  1. Barnabas and Saul finished their mission and returned to Jerusalem
  2. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.
  3. After they fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off.

Religious Persecution In Antioch:

  • On the Sabbath they entered the synagogue and read from the Law and the Prophets, the leaders of the synagogue sent word to them, saying, “Brothers, if you have a word of exhortation for the people, please speak.” 
  • Standing up, Paul read the Scriptures and then rebuked them.

As we know the people asked for a King and he gave them Saul from the tribe of Benjamin, who ruled for 40 years – and as we know the scriptures talk about how Saul and his failures and that of his sons – then David became King, and verse 22 states:

And it continues – Jesus brought us the message of salvation and the people of Jerusalem and their rules condemned him which was a fulfillment of the prophets – they had no crime to try him with – yet they crucified Him anyway.

The Answer to Religious Persecution: 

The answer to religious persecution is the example Paul and Barnabas gave us – they were filled with joy and the Holy Spirit. They were not angry or resentful, they did not fear and despair. Why? Because God was with them and in them.

We know that true joy – the kind that surpasses all understanding comes from the one true God!

The Romans did not offer their citizens religious liberties and Christians would be killed for rejecting the pagan faith of the Romans. And this is happening on our own shores today. If you want to stand up for your faith you will be persecuted. It has become more difficult to take a religious exemption for your beliefs.

Religious Persecution Today:

The liberties of Christians have been attacked worldwide, but now on our own shores. Turn on the news and you can hear this on a daily basis 24/7. If you are a conservative you are narrow-minded, bigoted or worse. Many Christian speakers have been run off of college campuses, they are not allowed to present an opposing view in a place where we should be able to express our differences. Political parties are at each other’s throats. Our rights to claim religious exemptions are being thwarted. Did you know that it is extremely difficult to get a religious exemption – but you can get a medical exemption?

But friends – we have hope! We should not worry or fear. Just like Paul and Barnabas whose lives were on the line, they trusted in the providence of God. John 10:28 – I give them eternal life and they shall never perish! That is what I pray for us.

Dear Lord – you gave us a wonderful example with the holy men and women who preached the good news. You promised not to abandon us, you promised to provide, you promised to give us eternal life. I am grateful Lord for your providence, for your protection and for your Word that remains with us in the Holy Scriptures. Thank you that we have The Bible to read, to learn from and to enjoy. I ask you, Lord, to protect our religious freedoms and our human rights – of the born and unborn. I ask you to watch over us – our families – and our friends. I ask you, Lord, to hear the prayers we pray today … please Lord provide for all we pray for, and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Worthy of Blessings

Worthy of Praise | Are you worthy of blessings? Blessings come to us in different ways and in this episode we will look at the blessings we receive as well as the cost. | #podcast #christianpodcastWorthy of Blessings? Episode 93

Are you worthy of blessings? Blessings come to us in different ways and in this episode we will look at the blessings we receive as well as the cost.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels and the book, One More Child – download a free chapter at MediaAngels.com

In the book of Revelations 5:12 we read the phrase many of us are familiar with, “Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches, wisdom and strength, honor and glory and blessings.” I don’t think any of us would argue that Christ is worthy of these blessings. He suffered and died to bring us salvation and this sacrifice has withstood the test of time, The Holy Bible is the most read book in the world.

Who do we consider worthy of blessings in today’s world? Is it someone who has accumulated wealth, someone who is famous or someone we admire for something great they have accomplished? Worthiness is in the eye of those who consider it important. Yet in the time after the Resurrection, we learn that worthiness meant something totally different.

Peter had denied Jesus three times! He was a man that walked with the Lord for many years, who watched him teach, perform miracles and at at the table with him. Yet, this was also a man who did something dishonorable, and he was even warned about it by our Lord – then became a changed man. This change came when he was forgiven.

We read that after the resurrection, the apostles went back to their old way of life and while fishing they noticed a man on the shore — the man asked them if they had caught any fish and they said no. SO he instructed them to throw down their nets yet again (similar to when he first called them to be his apostles). They had fished all night and when morning came they were asked …

Worthy of Blessings

John 21: 1-7

Peter became a new man – he was forgiven! We have hope friends! But with this hope comes the fear and we feel it today. Unborn babies are in even more danger than before with new laws being enacted. Believers who stand up for the rights of the unborn are ridiculed and condemned. Recently a lawmaker did a live stream video of him harassing a lady praying at the sidewalk of an abortion clinic. She was praying for the unborn baby who was about to lose their life – and this man was calling her horrible names and telling her how evil she was.

If you stand for the truth – for the Lord you will be worthy of blessings but also at a price.

When the apostles began to do as Jesus asked they were harassed.

It meant that if you preached in the name of the Lord, you would be condemned by the Sanhedrin – as Jesus was and it was considered an honor.

Read all of Acts from about Acts 5:20-41 -this is where the apostles were captured for preaching and put in jail – when the guards went to get them they found the jail still locked and the men preaching to the crowds.

They rejoiced because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name!

Are we worthy of blessings? Yes, if we are willing to pay the price.

Let’s pray!

Dear Lord God, you are worthy of all praise, all glory, and all honor. I thank you, Lord, for what you have done for me in my life. I love you Lord and I ask that you help me in my faith journey, show me the ways you want me to feed your lambs and tend your sheep. Help me in my process of worthiness and I ask that you walk alongside me each and every day. Make my path straight and righteous Lord! I ask Lord that you hear my prayers for the following people and needs … I praise you, my God, that you hear all of my prayers and answer them as I need them to be answered and I pray this in your Name – Amen.

 

Blind Faith vs. Real Faith

Blind Faith vs. Real Faith | Blind faith is not what is required of us. We should question and wonder in our walk with the Lord, but truthfully while we believe without seeing, it is far from blind faith.  #podcast #christianpodcastBlind Faith vs. Real Faith: Episode 92

Blind faith is not what is required of us. We should question and wonder in our walk with the Lord, but truthfully while we believe without seeing, it is far from blind faith. In this episode, we will think back to the time of the Ressurection of Our Lord and what we can learn from the scriptures that can be applied to our lives.

Thanks to our sponsor Media Angels and the book, One More Child – download a free chapter at MediaAngels.com

Jesus did not call us to blind faith – because he has opened our eyes!

Luke 21-24:

When I think about those who doubted I think about doubting Thomas. I wonder, would I have been any better? I hope the answer is YES!

In John 20:24-29 we read about the way that Jesus appeared to Thomas.

Are we the blessed who have not seen and yet believe? This is something to think about to journal about and to really consider when we look at our lives. In this podcast, I ask a lot of you! And, I’m so happy for all of you who listen, because this is a lesson for us all!

There were many signs and miracles that happened after Jesus rose – and we learn more and more as the story unfolds.

Because of the witness of the faith of the twelve so many people were converted into believers.

In Acts 5: 1-14 we read a tragic story of those who followed but on their terms. They followed half-heartedly and allowed greed to get in the way of blind faith. They wanted to believe, but on their terms, like many of us!

Our faith should grow every day, if we are not going forward we are not just stagnating we are regressing. We see the works of the Lord all around us if we look – even though Jesus rose over two thousand years ago we see the witness of this faith. We see it in the men, women, and children that go to church each week. We see it in those who honor the Lord in their dress and their speech. Who proclaim Jesus and give him all the glory and the honor on the sports field.

We are the people who witness now. How can we do this?

  1. Smile – that goes a long way in letting strangers know we have something special.
  2. Praise God in conversation. Give God the glory. (I share a story about my husband here.)
  3. Tell others what God has done for you, in your life.
  4. Ask others to share their story – I’d love to hear yours!
  5. Tell people the good news – if you see someone is depressed who seems to be without hope ask them about their faith, invite them to church.

Remember to be able to witness we must first, fill up! Are you filled to overflowing with the love of Christ? We are the witnesses as believers. As we gather in prayer, as we gather as a faith community, as we share what the Lord has done for us.

Be sure to spend time this week in prayer and with your journal in recording how your faith has sustained you.

Let’s pray:

We will pray in the Trinity – in the Name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Dear Lord, we thank you for giving us faith – the faith that believes without seeing. Oh, how I would have loved to be with you and talk to you when you lived upon the earth, but Lord, I know that you are more present now, through the Holy Spirit and the graces your death and resurrection have purchased for us sinners. I am so blessed Lord that you opened my eyes to the Christian faith and that you are so ready to deepen my faith if I just ask! Please help me to be a Christian witness to others for your glory, Lord! And, Father God thank you for your love in sending your Son and the Spirit – please hear our prayers … I praise you my God for all you have done and for all you will do in my life, and I pray this in the name of the Almighty God. Amen!

 

The Resurrection

Resurrection | The ressurction is life changing. We know that as Christians our life changed the minute Jesus rose from the dead. This was such a surprise to his apostles! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastThe Resurrection Life Changing For Christians Episode 91

The resurrection is life changing. We know that as Christians our life changed the minute Jesus rose from the dead. This was such a surprise to his apostles! They didn’t really understand what that meant, but do we? In this episode, we will explore the meaning of the resurrection and how it impacts our lives.

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels, Inc. and the book One More Child available for a limited time with bonuses. You can purchase it on Kindle or Print form on Amazon.

We are currently living in a time when I dread turning on the news. When I listen I feel like this entire world has gone off the deep end. It is so depressing and often the truth is that people have lost their faith. Maybe they never had faith, to begin with! As a Christian, we can be assured that the real story for us doesn’t take place until our life here ends and that friends is the joyous news! The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ changes everything – the resurrection is life changing!

Resurrection is Life Changing!

John 20: 1-10 explained finding the tomb empty.

Can you imagine being in their shoes! Where was He? Where did He go?

Recently I did a series of podcasts on prayer – the prayers that appear to go unanswered and the prayers Jesus always answers. But at times we feel the way the apostles did – we feel lost without our Shephard. Our Shepard is with us always and this proof of the empty tomb that was guarded by the way by the Roman guards! The guards ran away, they knew they were in trouble.

Jesus defeated death.

Jesus lives today.

Paul tells the Colossians in verse 3:1 to seek what is above. Paul tells the Corinthians to throw out the old yeast and bake a fresh batch of dough. Jesus is the new yeast and we are the dough! We are reborn in Christ – through our commitment and through our Baptism of water and the spirit. This is our hope. We can use this message and allow it to bless us and to change our lives. How can our lives change?

  1. Seek what is above. Colossians 3:1 Mystical Death and Resurrection. If then you were raised with Christ, seek what is above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. We are so worn down with what is happening today – when I began this episode I talked about that – we worry about politics, about money, about our kids – we worry without any provocation! Yet we know that Jesus opened the gates of heaven and this life is temporary – we are to look at the things above and if we do and keep our eyes focused we will be so much happier! I promise.
  2. What about 1 Corinthians 5:7 – Clear out the old yeast, so that you may become a fresh batch of dough, inasmuch as you are unleavened. For our paschal lamb, Christ has been sacrificed. We are to grow in Christ. If we have old yeast the bread will not rise, it will not grow and change it will never be nourishing to our bodies and our souls. Jesus Christ died so that we could have life – we hear that in church often. We must allow the Lord to work in us – and like the bread the kind the raises anyway, you have to punch it down a time or two so that it rises light and fluffy – and sometimes we too are knocked down so that we can rise again.

Do not lose hope! Jesus Christ is risen and we celebrate this each and every day!

Dear Lord Jesus, we thank you for being our paschal lamb, for your sacrifice which opened for us the gates of heaven where we hope to be joyful with you at the end of time. I ask you, Lord, to send your Holy Spirit upon us to open our eyes so that we can look upward, and not dwell on the things that get us down. I thank you, Lord, for the new yeast that will allow us to grow and change and become a new creation in You! I ask a blessing on all those who are listening to this broadcast, for their families, their friends, that you infill them with the joy that surpasses all understanding. We praise you, Lord! And please Lord, hear our prayers as we ask for these specific things:  … we thank you for all you provide for us and pray this in Jesus, Name. Amen.

Prayers God Answers

Prayers God Answered | We know God can do anything, and he can answer each and every prayer that we ask. In this podcast, we discuss the prayers God answers and will answer all the time! | #podcast #christianpodcast #GodanswersprayersPrayers God Answers ~ Episode 90

We know God can do anything, and he can answer each and every prayer that we ask. In this podcast, we discuss the prayers God answers and will answer all the time!

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels, Inc. and the books available:

One More Child  — and A Few Minutes with God 

Like any good father, God has our best interests in mind. When we pray many times it is self-serving, and minor such as; God, help me find a close parking space or Lord help me eat healthily. Our prayers can be urgent, God, help my friend who has cancer, and help those who are lost and don’t know you. These are all good prayers. The first, while self-serving show trust in the Lord to ask Him for everything because we know that every good thing comes from God. It also is important to keep God in our thoughts and what better way than prayer.

The problem comes — not in the praying but in unanswered prayers when we feel that God does not hear us and He will not answer. When we look at the grand scheme of things, God has answered the most important prayers and that is in giving us life, a world to live in and loved ones that make our life complete.

There are important prayers we pray but there are some prayers that are always answered. And, I’m not being presumptuous. God answers them because it is for our own good.

Here are the prayers He answers:

Faith:

If we pray for faith, or for more faith God will give it to us. Faith is what completes our lives, makes it full and makes it worth living. Faith gives us hope, it gives us joy and it gives us an outlook that there is more than what we can see, hear and touch. Faith gives us the belief that God is the Creator and we are the created. God has an everlasting place for us that will never end and we prepare for this place while each and every day. Faith lets us know there is more.

Salvation:

If we pray for salvation it will be a prayer that is answered. First, we pray for faith, because without faith, we can not have salvation. Jesus came, sent by the Father to live, die and rise from the dead to break the bond of sin and open the gates of heaven so that we can have everlasting life. Salvation is what Jesus gives us and we can accept this for free.

Forgiveness:

God will give us the grace of forgiveness if we pray to Him for this specific grace. He will give us the grace to forgive others who have hurt us. Just as we forgive He too will forgive. The Lord’s prayer states: “Forgive us as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.”

More of You Lord:

If we pray to the Lord for Him to give us more of Him – to reveal Himself to us more fully He will answer this prayer. We long for communion with God to know Him better, but we can not even imagine how much more the Lord wants this for us. If we ask God to let us learn more about Him, to learn to love Him more, to spend more time with Him–He will answer this prayer.

Prayer for Guidance:

If we pray to the Lord to help us and guide us He will!

Psalm 25:4-5 –  James 1:5 – John 16:13

Prayer for Perseverance:

Pray to the Lord for the prayer to persevere, to continue on to keep going when we can’t do it any longer. We pray this prayer when we are at the end of our rope–when we really need help. I’ve prayed this prayer and each time God comes through. I was leaving for a trip and had so much to do. I had my book launch another podcast to prepare that was brand new.

Prayer to Share The Good News With Others:

Pray to the Lord to help you share the Gospel and salvation, through Christ with others. The Lord will give you the opportunities and the words you should use. This is a prayer the Lord will answer. God commissioned the apostles to go forth and make disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:18-20

These prayers as you can see are all other serving – not self-serving. They are things that will increase our relationship with the Lord and with our relationship, we can serve Him better.

Friends pray for these specific things, for faith, salvation, forgiveness, relationship with the Lord, guidance, perseverance, and sharing the Gospel – and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Unanswered Prayers

Unanswered Prayer | What happens when we pray and we feel our prayers have been unanswered. In this episode, we tackle the topic of unanswered prayers and what we can do as Christians to hope! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastUnanswered Prayers – Episode 89

What happens when we pray and we feel our prayers have been unanswered. In this episode, we tackle the topic of unanswered prayers and what we can do as Christians to hope!

Thanks to our sponsor, Media Angels, Inc. and the books available:

One More Child  — and A Few Minutes with God 

How many times have you prayed for something and feel like God doesn’t answer your prayers? Recently I’ve been praying and praying and I’ve been surrendering to the Lord, but my mind just won’t stop. Like a spoiled child, I keep asking, “Why?” I feel that there must be something blocking this prayer request.

I’ve come to learn some things that I will reveal to you and this is one of those hard self-teaching moments. Truthfully, many times when I share a podcast about a particular topic I feel that I am talking to myself.

The first thing is we can not do anything to make God greater than He is — we try in our limited words to say things like, “I give you all the glory and the honor.” But nothing we give God changes Him – it changes us.

God gives and we receive. It is a pure gift. My next podcast is on all the prayers that God will answer! However, we need to understand specific truths first.

Truth #1 – God can do anything.

If God wanted to answer our prayers immediately he could. He is God! God created the world, he parted the Red Sea, Jesus healed the blind, he brought the dead back to life – he can answer our measly prayers.

Ephesians 3:20-Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us,

Corinthians 9:8 – And God is able to make all grace abound to you so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed;

Matthew 7:7 – Prayer and Ask, and it will be given to you; [b]seek, and you will find; [c]knock, and it will be opened to you.

Jesus promised, “The Father will give you whatever you ask in my name” (John 15:16, 16:23)

So, what’s the deal? Keep listening and you will learn what I did as well as working on a better way to pray – not that it means God will answer but that you can rest assured that your unanswered prayers are being heard!

Truth #2 – God doesn’t need to do what I say.

This hit me hard. What? God does hear my prayers – I know He does, and He is a loving God, and He can answer them if He wants to, but He doesn’t have to do it my way. I felt like a little kid as if I was stopping my feet and demanding that He hear and answer – and then when there was no answer I wanted to know why. Sound familiar? If you have a child you know exactly what I mean.

SO what do I do next?

Truth # 3 – Motives

We should look at our motivation in prayer. Was I asking for something that was selfish? Was it self serving? For example, Lord let me win the lottery, or Lord let me do pass a test that I didn’t study for. We ask for something that could be missing for our prayers. We need to pray for things that are a priority. What is it that you really need and look at your motives for this prayer. Without faith we are lost and when we change how we pray it is amazing.  Read Hebrews 11:6 – Jesus leads a man with a child who is possessed to prioritize his prayers for faith overhealing.

“Whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive if you have faith.” Matthew 21:22 – faith. That is so important in all of our lives.

Lord, allow me to have more faith even if I have unanswered prayers. We should pray with a clear conscience and Deuteronomy 1:43-45 explains this well. If our conscience is guilty we should confess and get this taken care of, and I don’t need to explain why. We may need spiritual healing and we should ask our pastors for help!

Acts 28:27. and read Jer. 15:18-19

Truth #4 – Forgiveness.

What is your heart telling you? Are you holding grudges against other people, are you forgiving others from our heart? Before praying we should ask the Lord if there is anyone we need to forgive. Matthew 11:5 – “Whenever you stand praying, forgive if you have anything against anyone so that your Father who is in heaven will also forgive you your transgressions.”

When we pray are we holding anything against anyone if so we must forgive them. I’ve done several podcasts on forgiveness.

Forgiveness — and Asking for Forgiveness

Yes – we should ask ourselves if we are in sin, a great sin we need to know that these need to be taken care of before we can expect God to answer our prayers.

Truth #5 – We should pray without ceasing and always hope.

Do I keep asking God for my unanswered prayer? Why not – if our motivation is good and if we in good standing with the Lord, we pray and we should not stop praying. Especially if you’ve asked yourself the questions about motivation and forgiveness.

 Please let me caution you, there is no magic formula. There isn’t any guarantee however, we have faith, we must have faith, we must pray for faith. We must ask the Lord for the words to use in prayer. The Lord will help us! We must have hope friends, without hopes we cannot be live.

Let’s pray.
Dear Lord we ask for additional help for our unanswered prayers – we know you hear us – we know you can answer all of our prayers, we know you want what is best for us – but, Lord we are still hurting and still in need of your answers. Lord, please give me the words to pray, not only now for those who are listening but also in the future for when I ask for a particular answer to prayer. Lord help me, help me to look at my motives, I want purity of motives Lord – I want to honestly ask in my prayer. God if my motives are not pure, please show me and allow me to see this, please bring to mind people I need to forgive. I want what you want Lord, and I don’t know what that is but you know. Please give me hope to know that you will hear and answer! Dear Lord, I pray for the following: ……….. and I ask that if it is in your perfect will that you answer my prayers but either way Lord, I want to be obedient to your will. I thank you, Lord, for my unanswered prayers because I will thank you and praise you in all things. I also ask Lord that you give me faith, that you fill me to overflowing with your hope and the peace that surpasses all understanding and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen!

 

Easter Blessings

Easter Blessings | The peace of the Lord is always with us, especially for those who believe but what about Easter blessings, why is that a special time? | #christianpodcast Easter Blessings Episode 88

The peace of the Lord is always with us, especially for those who believe but what about Easter blessings, why is that a special time?

On Easter, we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord and Savior! He is risen is the cry – and we are so blessed at the thought that Jesus Christ who was sent by the Father, lived, died for our sins and rose from the dead to break the bond of sin for us all.
His was the ultimate sacrifice and on this day, Easter we celebrate it in a fuller way.
Reflection

“On entering the tomb, they saw a young man in a white robe seated on the right-hand side, and they were struck with amazement. But he said to them, ‘There is no need for alarm. You are looking for Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified: he has risen, he is not here. See, here is the place where they laid him. But you must go and tell his disciples and Peter. He is going before you to Galilee it is there you will see him, just as he told you.’”

Mark 16: 5–8

And Luke 24 – 1-12  – The Resurrection of Jesus

 

Total Surrender

Total Surrender | Total surrender is easy, right? Well, as a Christian, it should be easier, in theory at least. In this podcast, we will discuss a way that is helpful to let go and let God. | #podcast #christianpodcastTotal Surrender – Episode 87

Total surrender is easy, right? Well, as a Christian, it should be easier, in theory at least. In this podcast, we will discuss a way that is helpful to let go and let God.

Thanks to our sponsor – MediaAngels.com

How can we give God a total surrender of our concerns, worries, and problems if we do not trust? This is a question I’ve had time to reflect upon lately and I am not happy to say that after thinking about it, I’ve come been helped by certain realizations I’ll share with you. One is that we sometimes use God only in the sense of need – when we need him we pull him off that figurative shelf.

While this sounds sacrilegious we have all done it from time to time. Think about it – when all is going well do we cry out to God. No, because there is no need, but when we need him, we “cry out,” and wonder why He does not appear to answer. So we resort to that very human element in our lives worry.

Surrender it is not weakness it is a necessity. It is the only way we can survive in a world that wants to bring us down. Sometimes we just can not change our life circumstances – they are what they are. We have to pray – Lord, you take care of it for me, because I can not. I recently prayed, “Lord I pray a blessing on this person because you love them and I can not love them right now.”

Believe me, it helps!

I asked myself these questions and invite you to do so as well:

  1. Is there something that will change if you worry?
  2. Is there something you can do about the situation you worry about?
  3. By insisting in prayer to God that he changes the outcome to the one you want, are you convinced He will hear and answer your prayer the way you want Him to?

Truthfully that last one is what hit me. I wanted to know why God was not answering my prayer and it was for someone else. I found out that I could not control the situation (I’m sure you’ve already figured that one out) and while I could pray — and I am positive the prayer was heard, the outcome was not what I hoped for. The good news, it was not a life and death situation.

Sometimes what we love the most is what is taken away from us in order that we turn to Him. I’m talking about a career, an achievement, or something that is more on the superficial human level here. My husband always said, “God gets my attention when I don’t have much work.” He is self-employed and our work is steady only by the grace of God – to Him we give all the glory.

Is God getting your attention, and instead of total trust we worry?

Giving Up Worry – Total Trust

I decided this year for Lent (the season of 40 days before Easter) to fast from worry. For the most part, it has worked. Whenever I began to feel worried I gave it to the Lord, I realized very quickly that I could have a life that was calmer and focused on what matters and that is God’s will over mine. I’m sure you’ve all memorized Proverbs 3:5-6 and if not you should commit it to memory:

Proverbs 3:5-6

Total surrender takes:

  1. A decision – I will totally surrender to you, Lord.
  2. A recommitment daily if not minute-by-minute to total surrender.
  3. A realization and acceptance of a different outcome than what we hope for.
  4. A peace – knowledge that God IS always there for us.
  5. The belief that God will give us the grace we need to do this!

Let’s pray with expectant hearts!

Dear Lord, total surrender to you is an absolutely freeing idea and I pray that you give me the grace to surrender all of my problems, my concerns for those in my family, for myself, for those who are struggling. I place all of the issues I have into your very capable hands. You Lord know all things and I know you have my best interests at heart. You care is for my salvation Lord, and I pray a total trust in you. Jesus, I trust in You! Dear Lord, help me especially to surrender the following prayer intentions: (family, friends, work, home, etc.) Lord, I know that you hear me and I especially pray for the grace that comes from the Holy Spirit to shower upon me and bring me that peace that surpasses all understanding. And, I pray this in the Name of Jesus, Amen.

Take Jesus With You

Take Jesus With You | Is Jesus with you each and every day? Learn how to notice God in your life | #podcast #christianpodcast Take Jesus With You – Episode 86

Many times people feel alone and forgotten but you can take Jesus with you each and every day. In this episode, we are reminded that God is always with us until the end of time. We are not alone!

So, how do you take Jesus with you and why is this a strange concept to so many? We learned as children that Jesus is always with us – we are told in the Scriptures after Jesus resurrected that the disciples were asked to go to the mountain in Galilee where they found the Lord – and he instructed them before he went to heaven. This is known as the “great commission.”

Matthew 28:16-20

  1. The eleven went to find Jesus
  2. Some doubted
  3. The great commission – make disciples of all nations
  4. The Trinity: Baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit
  5. Teach them to obey
  6. …I am with you always, to the very end of the age

Jesus is with us … always … to the very end of the age…

We should be shouting and rejoicing in the streets – hallelujah the Lord is with us – He is here – He is always beside us. OR… if we are not sure of our relationship with God it may be a little bit intimidating.

Each of us has a different relationship with the Lord. We worship in our own way. Some in private, other’s in the community, some lifting their hands and worshipping in song and others on their knees in the privacy of a church chapel or home. Yet we should work on our communication with the Lord.

Is Jesus with you each and every day? Is he right

Dear Jesus, thank you for always being with me, until the end of time – thank you for giving me the grace to believe you are here – that you are with me. I repent of any way I have not allowed you to work in my life, anything I have done that is not pleasing. I ask you, Lord, to come into my life in a renewed way – to see your hand in the little things in my life, to honor my prayers and to go with me, wherever I go. I praise you and I thank you, Lord! Thank you for answering the prayers that I ask of you now…

You are the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords and I give you all the honor and praise as the one true God and I pray this in Jesus Name – Amen!

Power of Family Prayer

Power of Prayer | I recently attended a prayer breakfast where I heard an amazing testimony to the power of family prayers. The prayers of a family or friends for a particular person are so powerful. In this episode, I want to share with you some of what I learned and the power of prayers for your family. | #podcast #christianpodcastThe Power of Family Prayers – Episode 85

I recently attended a prayer breakfast where I heard an amazing testimony to the power of family prayers. The prayers of a family or friends for a particular person are so powerful. In this episode, I want to share with you some of what I learned and the power of prayers for your family.

Family prayer is so important – we don’t realize the impact. We can unite as a community to pray for someone, we pray in the gap for those who may be struggling with their faith OR for those who need our prayer:

Jesus Prays for His Disciples – The Power of Family Prayer

John 6:26

  • I pray for them. I am not praying for the world, but for those you have given me, for they are yours ((John 6:9).
  • All I have is yours and all you have is mine (John 6:10).
  • While I was with them I protected them (John 6:12).
  • I kept them safe by that name you gave me. (John 6:12). (The name? Jesus Christ.)

God knows what we need and He is what we need! Think about that. We are worried, concerned and we allow these feelings to overcome us to the point that we can’t function. I understand, life is a struggle and guess what – we hold this inside and don’t want anyone else to know. We continue on as if everything is okay.

And, to make matters worse? The enemy uses this to torment us and keep us bound to a place where can’t escape on our own. Friends, the only person who can set you free is the Lord. He is the one who knows all of our needs – all of our wants and keeps everything in perspective for us.

When we rely on Him for everything we will be victorious. One of the ways to get out of our own problems is to pray for others. Not in a way that has us tied up in knots with worry but in a way that releases the situation to God.

I keep learning and growing along with all of you on my journey of faith. I decided that the time before Lent I would give up worry. It was eating me inside and I was so concerned about things I could do nothing about – yes, I prayed and I stood in the gap, but instead of releasing things to God for Him, in His wisdom and mercy to take care of… I was concerned He wouldn’t answer, or that He would answer but not how I wanted Him to answer.

Instead every time I was tempted (do you hear that word, “tempted” it is true – we are tempted) so, when I was tempted to worry I said, “into your hands Lord I place this situation.” And left it there! Is it easy? No way, but I have faith.

In Exodus 3:1-15 we read about Moses and the burning bush – one verse really stood out for me. The Lord God told Moses he was … “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.” And, He went on —The Lord said, “I have witnessed the affliction of my people in Egypt and have heard their cry of complaint against their slave drivers, so I know well what they are suffering.”

God knows what we are suffering and what our friends and family are suffering. I spoke to a friend who is praying for her friends who are suicidal or have children who are suicidal. Another friend’s daughter was given a dire diagnosis of no hope after cancer treatment. We can stand in the gap, we can pray. One friend was so moved about another friend’s situation she took a calendar and started a prayer chain with each of us taking one day to pray for this person.

God hears the prayers of the family. The family can be blood-related but the family of God is interrelated. We, those of us listening to this podcast – we are family, we are the family of God. No matter what your faith journey if you are starting out or you are a committed Christian we all have people to pray for. I received a text as I was preparing this talk for a friend’s daughter who is having her first baby – she is on the way to the hospital so we pray!

Are you connected to others who pray? For those of you on Facebook we have a large group of prayer warriors – you can join us there, or email me at Felice (at) MediaAngels.com and I will add your prayer request https://www.facebook.com/AFewMinutesWithGod/

 

Remember – God knows our needs – he took the Israelites out of Egypt, and that was a miracle and He had not sent His Son, Jesus Christ at that point! Now the Lord has lived, died and is resurrected! He is here for us and we need to trust.

Jesus, I trust in you and I pray for those listening to this episode. You hear their prayers just like you heard the prayers of the people in Egypt who were under slavery. Lord we are under the slavery of sins such as anger, a feeling of injustice, pride, hate, impatience and all those little sins we think are minor and not important. I ask your forgiveness of these sins and I say right now, that I am sorry for the way I have sinned against you in Word, in thought, and in deed. I ask you, Lord, to fill me with Your Holy Spirit, to wash away those feelings I have and to allow me to focus on what is good and right. Dear Lord, you know my needs – and I know you are what I need. I ask you, Lord, to hear my prayers especially for myself and those I now pray for ….

I praise You Jesus for this time to give you all the glory and all the honor that you deserve, and I thank you for the hope you give me each day, and I pray all this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

Judgmental Christians

Judgmental Christians | In a world that has gone astray the last thing we need is judgmental Christians getting in the way of the goodness that is truly God. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcastJudgmental Christians

In a world that has gone astray the last thing we need is judgmental Christians getting in the way of the goodness that is truly God. In this episode we are going to take a hard look at ourselves and ways we can improve upon our nature to forgive and repent for pointing the finger at others when the finger should be directed at ourselves.

In the last few podcasts, we’ve listened as the Lord taught us first in the Beatitudes about how we should live and then in the verse about turning the other cheek and going above and beyond what is expected of us by normal situations. Today we are going to look at ourselves and the tendency we have of blaming others and not taking the blame that most squarely falls on our own shoulders.

Friends I am talking to myself here and don’t want you to see this episode of pointing fingers at you!

Luke 6:43-45 New International Version we read about A Tree and Its Fruit

What we produce depends upon what is in our heart – and that is unfortunately typically hidden from the world until something sets us off. I have to admit that I am not happy with my younger self. I was quick to follow Jesus in all things but then believed I had to correct all those around me. I was involved in a Bible Study focused on the Book of Corinthians and I was so excited with what I was learning. At a meeting with my CPA who had been Baptist but now was not practicing I was attempting to find out how to get her back to her faith.

I realized that not everyone was going to lead a life that was pleasing to me. When another friends’ marriage was ruined by infidelity on her husband’s part she went off what I would consider the “deep end” and began to live a life of promiscuity herself. It was retaliation on the hurt she felt by betrayal and the way she reacted was just the same. I thought it was my job to point out these issues and became self-righteous. After all, I told myself I was concerned for their souls. What if they died in a state of sin?

I looked at these friends and thought I am not doing anything remotely wrong in comparison, but judging them was wrong. “Every tree is known by its own fruit.” And my fruit was tainted. We think we are being compassionate but we are not.

In our family, we fall into this same trap. Whether it is an extended family member or someone in your immediate family. Yes, we want to help our children but at some point it is time to release them to God and allow the Lord to work in their lives.

Just for clarification – Being judgmental is putting someone else down to elevate ourselves – to make ourselves feel like we are holier and better than they in a spiritual sense. That is why it is sinful. Being helpful, loving guiding is not the same. As much as it pains me to admit I was judgmental in the bad sense of the word. And, I want to praise God that I finally “grew” out of it – and it was a spiritual immaturity that leads me down that path.

Can we pray for those that we feel are going down the wrong path? Absolutely… we can storm heaven for them. However, always reprimanding, nagging and chiding them for incorrect behavior is going to push them further away.

Matthew 7:5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

How are we doing? What does our life look like to those around us? Are we showing good fruit while we are harboring unforgiveness and condemnation toward others inside?

A splinter or a branch or maybe an entire plank can be blocking all the goodness in our lives and the ability for the Lord to work within us.

I know that when I prayed blessings on those who hurt me (I have podcasts on forgiveness and if you haven’t listened go to AfewminuteswithGodPodcast.com to find them), I was set free.

When someone who bothers you or you have judged comes to mind, pray a blessing upon them. Ask the Lord to bless them beyond measure and leave it at that. Do you think you love these friends or relatives more than the Lord does? No, not at all.

Now, what if someone asks you for help or asks your opinion on a matter that might be sinful? That is different, then it is advisable to pray to the Holy Spirit first for an infilling of His wisdom and help and then pray with the person first and then listen.

I want to warn you about being too scrupulous. Sometimes we are so focused on the outer trappings that we forget what is inside. That does not mean we need to lower our principles.

Recently dress has become more and more suggestive on television. My husband and I love to watch some of the cooking shows. We had to change the channel recently because the show host had a very low cut dress on – totally unnecessary. We will see more and more of this I am sure and it is time for us to take control and turn the channel and perhaps turn off the television.

I’m not suggesting you lower your own morals but in this episode, I pray it has given you food for thought. I’d like you to journal about the following questions or take them to prayer.

  1. Have I been judgmental of someone recently?
  2. Did I do it out of compassion or to show I knew more and was superior in my faith?
  3. Did I share my beliefs with this person in a harsh way?
  4. Did I condemn their actions?
  5. Did I pray with them?

Looking at ourselves:

  1. How am I living my life according to the gospels?
  2. Are there places that I need to improve?
  3. How can I forgive those that hurt me?
  4. What is in my life that is a flaw and fault that I need to change?
  5. How do I plan on making amends to those I have hurt?

Take some time and go through these questions, pray, ask God to forgive you and pray a blessing on those you have hurt! And watch the miracles happen.

Let’s pray:

Dear Jesus I thank you for the hard life lessons we must learn to be new creations. If we do not grow and change for the better, we cannot develop into the people you want us to be. Please help me to show good fruit that is from the heart, increase my heart with love especially for those who have hurt me. Help me to pray an abundance of blessings upon those who have hurt me. Help me to stop condemning or judging others and allow me to focus on myself and my family and allow me to be the best example of your love to them. Dear Lord, I pray specifically for the following intentions … I ask a blessing upon those I pray for and I ask you to hear and answer my prayers. Come Holy Spirit, infill me with your love and goodness and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

Challenges For Christians

Challenges for Christians | I don’t need to tell you that as a Christian we are in peril. There are many challenges for Christians to overcome each day. | #podcast #christianpodcast Challenges For Christians Episode 83

I don’t need to tell you that as a Christian we are in peril. There are many challenges for Christians to overcome each day. We are a persecuted people worldwide but currently, in our own world, the things we held dear are slowly being eroded.

In the scriptures, Jesus challenges us again and again that following Him is not an easy road but it is one that is eternal. In the last episode, we read the Sermon on the Mount and how the Lord challenged us in the beatitudes. Today we are going to read about a further challenge that seems so applicable to our world today.

In the Scriptures, Jesus challenges us that it is not enough to be his disciples and to be blessed when we are persecuted but then we must turn the other cheek. I want to read the Scripture and have you process this and what it means for our lives because I feel the Lord has revealed something special in this passage and I will use it in my life. If you believe He wants you to use it in your lives as well then I invite you to think and pray.

Challenges For Christians

Matthew 5:38-40 New International Version (NIV) — Eye for Eye

This lesson from our Lord and Savior was to show us that the Kingdom of God does not operate as our world operates. Jesus characterized unfailing truth, mercy, forgiveness of sinners, and finally sacrificial love by his dying on the cross.

We are told to go above and beyond what is expected – but this verse does not mean we sit there and be abused. Not at all – we do not put ourselves in danger by allowing someone to hurt us. That would be against all that is good and holy. This verse shows us that in a world of mediocracy, of doing the least amount, of caring only about ourselves to the detriment of others we are to be a light in a hurting world. Recently on the news, I saw a story of a man who walked five or ten miles to work and had to get up super early to get there and was always on time. Someone saw this and purchased him a car so that he could drive instead. This is an example of what the Lord is showing us. The news received national attention and the donor was hailed as a “good Samaritan,” synonymous with the Scriptures intent.

Jesus is the one who challenges – and there will always be challenges for Christians

What Jesus says to us in the Scripture is that we should not retaliate – we should forgive, we should in essence “turn the other cheek.” The world expects us to retaliate, in fact, it is instinctive. We want to get back to insult, to hate. All of these things make the enemy rejoice while good suffers. So many people are held in bondage of guilt and unforgiveness and it will eat away at your health and eventually your soul if you let it.

Jesus is the perfect example of silence before his accuser when he was sentenced to death on the cross. We all know he could summon the angels of heaven or freed Himself with just one word but he did not. As I share this message we approach the Lenten season. It is a time of reflection, the 40 days before Easter. Friends, even if you are not Catholic, spend this time in prayer before the Lord daily and pray. Think about how the Lord did not avenge His death, instead He used it to set us free and what a heavy price. Something we should be grateful for and rejoice!

In the Old Testament, we see a similar example of acting counter culture with the sparing of Saul’s life by David. Even though Saul wanted to kill David, David showed that God was in charge of his life. And, Saul had been chosen by God.

We are told to be merciful as God is merciful. Jesus isn’t only teaching He is showing us a glimpse of himself and His mission. Where there was hatred Jesus came to bring us love. We are called to imitate Christ. Can we do that in our daily lives? Can we be a gateway of love and joy to those in our families, to those we encounter every day, to the random person on the street?

As Christians, we can show that when we are slandered and persecuted that we will pray for them. I once ended a conversation with someone that was pro-abortion that I would pray for them. They were taken aback. We should not say it in a way that is condescending but in a way that is heartfelt!

God does not call everyone but those He calls He equips. He has given us all the tools we need by the power of the Holy Spirit, by the grace from on high, by His words in Scripture. We have everything we need and yet we fall short. We must pray to be the light and to bring the light of Jesus to others and that should be our goal as we approach the 40 days of Lent.

Let’s Pray!

Lord, I want to imitate You, your goodness, your mercy, and your forgiveness but I fall short. I cannot do this on my own. I need the Father. I need You, Jesus. I need the Holy Spirit. I need help! Please, Lord, hear my prayers and help me in this time of persecution to place you first. If I put you first I know that everything else will work out. I put all of my trust in you, Jesus. Help me to be a light for a hurting world. Help me to forgive those who have hurt me. Help me to let go of the things that I have carried for many days, weeks or even years. I give all of my needs to you and I am free in the precious Name of Jesus. You died so that our sins could be forgiven and I praise Your Name!

Thank you for hearing my prayers for answering my prayers and for being ever faithful. Thank-you for this time to dwell on your words, to place them in my heart and to learn from your lessons even though it is many years later it still makes sense. Dear Lord, please listen as I pray for the following intentions… thank-you for hearing and answering my prayers. Dear Jesus I ask a special blessing on all of the listeners of this podcast, I ask that you bless them 100-fold for their faithfulness in listening and studying your Word in Holy Scripture and I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus Calls

Jesus Calls Us To Transformation | In Christ not only are we transformed and made into a “new creation” but the entire world is transformed! | #podcast #christianpodcastJesus Calls Us To Change — Transformation In Christ ~ Episode 82

In Christ not only are we transformed and made into a “new creation” but the entire world is transformed! I’ve done another podcast on Christian Transformation, and the link for that is here. However, in this podcast, I want to think about the charge, the call to action in the Beatitudes. In the different books of the Bible, the author had a specific inspired message by the Holy Spirit directed to the children of God. As Christians with access to the entire text, we see that there is a difference between Luke’s version of the Beatitudes and Matthew’s version. In Luke’s, it is not the poor in spirit who inherit the kingdom of God, but the actual poor. It is not those who hunger for righteousness who will be satisfied but those who are actually hungry. And it goes on to the rich. Not only is there an admonishment to the rich but the words, “Woe to you who are rich…woe to you who are filled now.” (Luke 6:24-25)

Jesus Calls Us To Change

I want to read both versions, the Beatitudes in Luke and in Matthew. Here you will hear how Jesus calls us to change. Allow the words to touch you and focus on what the Lord wants you to do about it. Let me just say that as a young and immature Christian I looked at the Beatitudes and said – okay, well there is no chance for me to even get into heaven because there were verses like Blessed are the poor in Spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven… I didn’t feel that I was poor in spirit, I didn’t understand what this meant. Friends,  pray to the Holy Spirit – like I will before I read these to you that you will be blessed to understand what the Lord wants you to understand.

Dear Lord, I praise you and thank you and I ask for an infilling of the Holy Spirit that you can help us to discern your calling and your will in our lives.

Matthew 5:1-11

Luke’s version 6: 17-49

The requirements of the kingdom of God is different than those that we look at in our current world, our society, even our homes. It is a call to change. To become a new creation. In Baptism we are made new, our sins are washed away by the cleansing waters of the Holy Spirit, but we also die with Christ. In the death and resurrection of our Lord and Savior, we receive the promises…the promise of eternal life for those who believe.

Jeremiah 17:8

We can be assured that we are transformed in Christ by the power of His being – we are believers and as believers in the Word of God that is infallible, we know without a doubt that we are on the path that leads to heaven because we believe.

Believing has its own set of requirements and not to get denominational here – but know that just believing is not enough. No, you can’t earn your way to heaven but we are called to disciple others to share the good news. If we as believers keep our thoughts to ourselves we will continue to have a world that is sharply divided where good is called evil and evil is called good.

Let’s look at the right of an infant to get help after birth if it was due to a failed abortion – that was ruled against recently by our government. We the people need to stand up and take note of every person who voted against affirming the right to live. Friends this is satanic worship – it is worshiping the god of death and destruction. This is a sacrifice a human sacrifice to evil. Please pray for our world, pray for yourselves and pray that you are transformed by Christ with the Father and the Holy Spirit to minister to a hurting world.

Jesus Calls Us

Let’s pray –

Dear Lord Jesus we live in a time that breaks my heart, a time when good is not revered when life, as we know it, has changed for the worse. Please Lord, help us, fill us with your Holy Spirit – help us to do what is right and live a life that gives glory to you every single day. We do not want to do anything Lord but we need your help and direction. Thank you for all you have given us, thank you once again for the gift of faith. I ask for the gift of discernment and I ask that you fill me with the ability to share the good news of the gospel with others. Bring me people that I can minister to, Lord. I pray specifically for the following intentions…

Thank you, Jesus, for hearing my prayers and for answering them, and I pray this in Jesus precious Name. Amen!

 

Chosen People

Chosen People | The Israelites were God's chosen people. Why would he pick Israel? | #podcast #christianpodcastChosen People Episode 81

The Israelites were God’s chosen people. Why would he pick Israel? The Scripture explains this well beginning in Abraham when he was promised that his descendants would be as many as the stars in the sky and sand on the seashore.

Genesis 22:16-17

By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, that because you have done this and have not withheld your only son, I will surely bless you, and I will multiply your descendants like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will possess the gates of their enemies.

These descendants are the Israelites. But God has called many people throughout the years and they have been what we would consider less than stellar. Why would God choose Isaiah a man who admits to being unclean? Why would God select Peter, who was stubborn, sinful and fishermen of all things! He also inevitably denied Jesus three times. Yet God chose these people among so many others to play very important roles in our salvation history. Look at Paul. He persecuted the Christians as “Saul” until the Lord called him out of darkness to serve Him.

God uses miracles when he calls these men. Peter’s empty nets are filled with fish and though I’m sure he felt unworthy yet he accepts the call. The same with Saul, he is blinded and hears a voice that says, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”

Here is the Scripture in Acts 9:-1-7

Paul recognizes that it was not due to his own virtue that he was called but by the grace of God that made him worthy. Only God’s grace can cause these men to say, “here I am Lord,” and they left all they had and followed Him.

We must recognize God’s call for us today. How is God calling you? I’ve asked you this many times in past podcasts. I’ve challenged you to spend time in quiet with God to listen to his small voice.

In the quiet, we hear the Lord and he calls each of us today as His chosen people.

Dear Lord thank you for calling me, I am here Lord and I come to do your will. Please help me to understand your will for me today. Please help me to chose you each and every time over all of the other things I could be doing. Please help me to focus on the work you have for me and please give me the grace to do this work because I can do nothing alone. Personally, I thank you for the ability to create this podcast and for all of the people who listen to this show. Please bless them Lord and give them the desires of their hearts. Dear Lord, we pause now to ask you for the following needs:

Thank you, Lord for hearing our prayers and answering them and I pray this in Jesus Precious Name, Amen.

Faith Under Pressure

Faith Under Pressure | In today's world, our faith is under pressure. There are so many things pulling on our time. | #podcast #ChristianPodcastFaith Under Pressure ~ Episode 80

In today’s world, our faith is under pressure. There are so many things pulling on our time. We are bombarded with the news, the things happening in our day to day work, the pressure of home and family. Everywhere we look we just can’t catch our breath until the next onslaught of issues comes barreling into us. It doesn’t have to be this way, and in this episode, we take a look at our faith and the pressure of the world, and the good news? God is victorious!

In the Scriptures, we read about the fate of the prophets. The prophets by definition are rejected. Whenever the Lord asked a prophet to give the people a warning most of the warnings fell on deaf ears. The people thought they didn’t need to change, they thought they were doing fine. Jeremiah told the people of Judah that they must repent on their infidelity or God would destroy their temple. They responded by threatening to put Jeremiah in jail.

In the Gospels, Jesus also faces similar opposition. He was not what the hometown people expected. They knew him and his family. They possibly watched him grow up. They rejected his teaching and drove him out of town. Jesus was able to bear all of this – and I can’t imagine how it felt to him to be rejected by those He loves. Saint Paul writes in 1 Corinthians 13:7 Love bears all things –It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

Because of God’s love, he served the people and continues to serve us each day. What do we give him back? Our faith and when we are under pressure whether it is from family, pain, illness or from things we can not help, our faith can be tested. We are able to bare all things only by the grace of God only by the help we get in every day of prayer and time with God. We need to be shored up to be infilled and to be created more in His image than our own. Our faith survives when we die to self, putting others first. When we look at things as black and white that is when the filters of this world tend to come crashing in and threatened to overwhelm us.

Put on the armor of Christ daily, rely on God and even the hardest day can be victorious because as we all know – God has already won the battle.

Dear Lord Jesus, I praise you for all you have done for me in my life. I thank you ahead of time for listening to my pleas and calls in prayer. Dear Lord, I ask that you help me when my faith is under pressure and ask that you fill me with your Holy Spirit to overflowing so that I can withstand all the evil that happens daily.  I need your help Lord each and every day. I ask that you listen to my prayers for the following needs:

Thank-you Lord for all of your blessings, thank you for all of your answered prayers to come and those of you have already answered and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

 

God Given Gifts

God Given Gifts| God is amazing and he has given you a present. Your God given gifts are something you can discover. #podcast #christianpodcastGod Given Gifts Episode 79

God is amazing and he has given you a present. Your God given gifts are something you can discover. In today’s episode, I share a personal story about how God used my son, who the world would consider a struggling learner. He did me a favor this week that just blew me away and I give all the glory to God!

Thanks to our sponsor, BrightIdeasPress.

Today I share a heartfelt story about the amazing God we serve. I’ve been sick, fever, flu for about a week and yesterday I realized the neatly packaged boxes, fixed with goodies for my two college, out-of-state students sat waiting for the homebaked goodies I never made! I couldn’t make them too early and then last week I planned to mail it on Friday for a sure delivery by Thursday. Since I was so upset about this failure, I asked my oldest son, Neal, if he’d go shopping for two Valentine’s cards for me. I wanted one that was to a daughter and one to a son. I’ve asked Neal in the past under emergencies to shop for me because he has this gift!

Well, he purchased them and today I finally had the energy to quickly whip up some baked good. As they were baking I took the cards out and almost started to cry! They were perfect. Both were delicately wrapped in plastic, were not ridiculously expensive as we all know cards can be, and had amazing words! I share what each said on the air.

If I had sent my husband the results would be far from similar. These cards were heartfelt and described how I felt about my children. I asked him how long it took him to select the cards and he said fifteen minutes! God has given him a gift. God gives each of us special gifts. And we tell our son this over and over again.

  • Do you know what your gifts are?
  • Do you use the gifts that God has given you?
  • Do you help others identify their gifts?

If we work under the gifts of the Holy Spirit it is amazing how God will bless these efforts. All grace, all power, all glory goes to God. This is the son we were so concerned about for so many years. I am thanking God once again for His mercy, His grace and His providence for my family. I pray this story inspires you. If felt it was a story God wanted you to hear.

Dear Lord, we praise you and we thank you. I want to shout from the rooftop for the entire world to hear that you are the Lord of Lords, the King of Kings, The Bright Morning Star, The Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. You are worthy my God of all praise. I know you hear all our prayers even those in the depth of our heart. You can answer them anytime so we ask you once again for our own personal intentions. Thank you, God, that your words and promises are true and I pray this in Jesus Precious Name. Amen.

 

 

Abortion And Sacrifice

Abortion | Abortion has taken on a new meaning. What happened to love? In our world, it seems that love is no longer a factor in so many people's life.  #podcast #christianpodcastAbortion and Sacrifice Episode 78

Abortion has taken on a new meaning. What happened to love? In our world, it seems that love is no longer a factor in so many people’s life. The recent news has shown the sin of abortion toward the unborn. We as Christians need to wake up and take a stand and I see the root cause of this is an issue of sin, yes–but a lack of love.

Thanks to our sponsor The Christian Standard Bible. You can find more information at CSBible.com. Our sponsors help us tremendously by providing the needed funding to bring you this show as well as others on the Ultimate Christian Podcast Network for free. Again, check out CSBible.com for more information.

Recently I heard a riveting talk by a Jewish convert to Catholicism, Roy Schoeman, a graduate of MIT and Harvard Business School. He had an amazing conversion experience which he details in his book, “Salvation is from the Jews.” The topic of his talk wasn’t about conversion it was about the occult and some religions outside of Christianity and Catholicism. The details were remarkable, and I urge you to check out his website.

In his talk, he covered many things but what struck me are what he termed the sins the cry out to heaven for vengeance, or “the sins that cry out to heaven.”

Sins That Cry Out To Heaven

  1. Murder of a child by the parent, (or the killing among families)
  2. The sin of the “sodomites.”
  3. Slavery and marginalization of people
  4. Taking advantage of people and defrauding

 

What struck me the most was the first one, the murder of a child by the parent. He gave an example in scripture about the war between Israel and the Moab. 2 Kings 3. The Israelites were winning the battle, and . as they were in retreat, the King of Moab realized they were loosing. Listen as I read this passage:

King of Moab Sacrifices His Son to satan (god of Moab) ~ 2Kings 2: 26-27

When the king of Moab realized that he was losing the battle, he took seven hundred swordsmen with him and tried to force his way through the enemy lines and escape to the king of Syria,[c] but he failed. 27 So he took his oldest son, who was to succeed him as king, and offered him on the city wall as a sacrifice to the god of Moab. The Israelites were terrified[d] and so they drew back from the city and returned to their own country.

The king offered up his son to the god of Moab. Who is this god of Moab? It is the devil. He offered his son to satan. Why is this important? Because love is a powerful thing. If he loved his son, and I am sure that he did, giving up his son was a huge sacrifice. However, love was not enough. The power of evil was stronger because of the sacrifice of the son to the god. The decision of this king was for himself. He was selfish. He wanted to win. He wanted something he desired more than he wanted his son to live. So he sacrificed his son to a god. A god that we think, “well this god does not exist,” but the entity he sacrificed his son to was satan.

King kills his son and wins.

The connection between the king slaughtering his son and abortion hit me. We all know about abortion, and if you are listening to this podcast, my educated guess is that you agree abortion on demand is evil. However, I never thought of abortion in terms of the fact that a mother is killing her child in the same way as the sacrifice of the king of Moab. Think about it. If abortion is evil – and it results in death, the death of an innocent child, therefore the sacrifice of a child for the selfish reasons of the mother, whatever that might be is, in essence, a sacrifice to satan.

Our speaker explained that evil has power. And we can see that in the sacrifice by the King of Moab which turned around the war. There have been so many abortions, and that has fueled the hate in the hearts of those at the top of government the governor just signed a law reaffirming that a woman can have an abortion all the way up to birth. Another governor from Virginia in a radio interview explained they were hoping to pass a similar bill. The evil side has power. The speaker further explained that satan does not want people to think he exists. You can see that as well.

Where is Love?

Love of the human race is ultimately replaced by love of self. I won’t go into all the terminology used to spin abortion in a good light – we know it is false. It has nothing to do with women’s reproductive rights and everything to do with satanic sacrifice and worship. I can see that clearly. As a mother of five and two miscarriages, I know the power of love. The love of a mother, the love a mother has for her child.

The love of a mother should be sacrificial. If our children are hurting, we will do anything and everything we can for that child. We would lay down our lives for our children. But that is not what I see today. I see women who are hurting and confused pushed into abortions by those they think love them. If they are truly loved would they consider harming their own child?

Abortion is Murder of a Child

Abortion is murder, but now it has another face, it is a ritualistic sacrifice to the evil one. Friends, we can no longer sit back and allow the politicians and the court of the public to make decisions for us. We must pray as we’ve never prayed before and plead to heaven as a reminder that this is the number one sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance.

I keep thinking this is a nightmare and that I will wake up and find out it is a horrible dream, but day after day I hear the relentless chatter on the news that everyone is up in arms because 80% of the population is against late-term abortions. What about 80% against all abortions? How can any abortion be okay? I know how I felt when I lost a child in a miscarriage. What is the mental cost of a woman who has an abortion and later realizes she has killed her child? There are recovery groups of those who have had an abortion. One group Silent No More link helps women and men who are suffering from the effects of their decision.

Another point made by the pastor, Father Cooney after the talk is that these human sacrifices do have strength in making evil stronger. And, the church, Christians as a whole are lacking in faith. Our churches are full, but the faith of the average person sitting in the pew is in need of a revival. Maybe, friends, this is our revival. It is time we do something in the form first of prayer, and second in fasting. Fasting and prayer is a secret weapon of Christians that is not utilized. I have a special friend who I know has amazing results when she prays and fasts. It works!

Pray ~ Pray ~ Pray

We need to pray not only for an end of abortion but for the Lord to infill mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters with love. The love that comes from God. The love that will change hearts. If our world was filled with love if we could get along with each other, if we were focused on the task of following the Lord’s will for our lives we would not have this nightmare in our time.

So, friends, we have a job ahead of us, we have to pray as we’ve never prayed before. I am asking you to join me in asking the Lord for a miracle.

Dear Lord, I praise you like never before. You are the Almighty One, The King of Kings, the Lord of Lords. My God I worship you as the true God, the Alpha, and the Omega, the beginning and the end. Lord, I thank you for life, I thank you for each of the children you have given me and I lift them up to you by name. I thank you for my family, my extended family and all those loving people you have put in my life. I ask you, Lord, to hear our prayers. I know you are victorious and the battle over evil has been won, and I claim that in the precious Name of Jesus. I ask that you protect our country and our world and please stop this insidious call for abortion on demand. I ask you, Lord, to fill us with your love, fill us to overflowing because true loves cast out all fear and we should not be fearful but put on the armor of Christ to defeat the evil one. We can do nothing without you, Lord, this I know. So I ask that you empower those with real power to combat this on the local, state and national level. That you infill us, your prayer warriors with direction and instruction to join the Army of Christ. And, I pray this in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

to join the Army of Christ. And, I pray this in Jesus’ precious Name. Amen.

Second Chances

Second Chance | Is there a time for second chances? Of course, there is and we see that again and again in the Scriptures. #podcast #christianpodcastSecond Chances Episode 77

Is there a time for second chances? Of course, there is and we see that again and again in the Scriptures. We find the opportunities in our own lives to try for a second time. We are close to the New Year as I record this episode and one of the traditions is making a New Year’s Resolution. For years, I’m not afraid to admit I would not do it because I was afraid of failure. If you don’t make a resolution, a plan, and attempt to change then guess what? There is no failure. Or is there?

Well, just the simple act of not doing anything in truth is failure. We must strive to make gains each day, to grow in our faith, in our relationships and be present for those around us. When we make a plan or a resolution to change our behavior or bad habits we are trying to become a better person not just for ourselves but for those who surround us.

The Bible is a wonderful example to use for ourselves to see the way that we were redeemed throughout Scriptures. Much importance is put on Moses and freeing the Israelites from oppression, and we know the story, the Israelites at first could not leave behind the idols and we learn that not only did Moses go up to the mountain of Mt.Sinai to receive the 10 Commandments from God, but he went up twice! How often have you said, well if I were the people of Israel I would have been so happy to leave Egypt that I would want to change.

Habits. We get into bad habits and we have the hardest time letting them go. So, the people of Israel wandered in the desert for 40 years until they were shown the promised land. This was definitely a trial by fire. Yet, they were God’s chosen people.

Did you ever wonder what happened once they were in the promised land? You can read about it in Nehemiah Chapter 7 and then 8 – in this passage it tells us that Ezra the scribe was asked to bring out the book of the law of Moses “which the Lord had given to Israel,” and he read it from the town square in the presence of men and women, some who were specifically named in the Scriptures. Read Ezra 8:5-6

The people were so overwhelmed by the Word that they prostrated themselves on the ground. This was an opportunity for the people of Jerusalem to change their ways.

How different of a reception to the 10 Commandments to the people who had wandered and their descendants! Radically different. When we suffer we learn don’t we. We don’t want to make the same mistakes. The people of Israel had just returned after generations in exile so living according to the law would be something they were interested in that they bowed and worshiped the Lord with their faces on the ground. It was now an opportunity to change their lives and those of their descendants for the better.

In Isaiah 61:1 we also hear a call for freedom from captivity.

What captivity? What is darkness for prisoners? What are you captive to? What is the darkness that makes you feels as if you are a prisoner? It can be something simple from a bad habit, biting your nails, or eating the wrong foods that cause sickness or even telling lies, bad jokes, or gossip. Or it can be serious, and addiction that needs help.

God is a healer. He has brought us the good news to the oppressed and to bind the brokenhearted.

We often face rejection. From those nearest to us, those we love, our friends, neighbors – but Jesus too was rejected in his own home town as he was reading from Isaiah.

Luke 4:16-20 (read)

It was the beginning of his ministry – Jesus gave them a new opportunity, a new beginning a new life in essence. While many in his town rejected it we have a choice.

It is a free will choice. Will you be set free by the power of Jesus Christ? Will you let go of past hurts, of those you can’t forgive of all the ways you keep thinking about the way people have hurt you. Friends, we need to let it go. Life is not fair and we only get one life to live so how do you chose to live your life?

Let’s pray. Jesus, I chose you – I choose you every single time. I am thankful Lord and I give you all the praise. Thank you for coming for us, thank you for setting us free from oppression and from slavery. I chose yes Lord. I chose to follow your ways, to follow the ten commandments to being a new year, and a year acceptable to the Lord, or in the Lord’s favor. I ask Lord for the following need that is pressing on my heart and mind… Thank you Lord for your miracles and I know you can work miracles in my life as well. I thank you no matter what the outcome and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

 

Christian Marriage and God

Christian Marriage | Every Christian marriage has its ups and downs and when you think about marriage as a Christian it is important to look at the scriptures! #podcast #christianpodcastMarriage and God Episode 76

Every Christian marriage has its ups and downs and when you think about marriage as a Christian it is important to look at the scriptures! In this episode, we will explore the Bible and look at the example of the marriage at Cana as well as all the places where God shows up in every day in our lives.

Thanks to our sponsor CSBible.com

Christian Standard Bible #csbible

In changing water into wine at the wedding feast at Cana we look at it so many years later as the first time we see the Lord, Jesus performs a miracle. But in the gospel of John, he does not refer to it as a miracle, he calls it a sign. It was a sign that was performed in order to reveal God’s presence in human history. What does this sign reveal? It reveals so many things personally to me. First, Jesus performed the miracle because his mother, Mary asked. I often wonder, did Mary realize this was a first in human history? Did she realize that in asking her Son to bless the water and in turn create wine that was the best the guests had tasted that it was the beginning of His public ministry? Did Jesus previously perform miracles at home with just Joseph and Mary as a witness? There are so many questions that are left unanswered.

I believe that Mary was given Divine grace, first in her ability to say yes to the angel, Gabrielle so many years ago. Then, in the way to raise Jesus. The only glimpse we are given into his childhood is when He is lost for three days and Mary and Joseph had to return to the temple and when they did, they found him among the elders teaching. Was this a time that Mary and Joseph had an argument? The men and women did not travel together so they both possibly thought the other had Jesus and then somehow learned he was not among them.

How did this family deal with adversity with the Savior of the world in their care?

This leads us to our own families and the conflicts that often arise. There is no one marriage manual that explains the differences between men and women so well that we understand our spouse completely. There is no manual to read before entering into a marriage that will solve all of your marriage issues because marriage is fluid. It changes. I am definitely not the same person I was when I said, “I do,” many, many years ago. That person was used to getting her own way and compromise consisted of my husband saying he was sorry and next time he’d do it my way! Okay, I wasn’t that horrible but you get the picture.

Marriage changes us and if we focus on God as a couple it will help us get through all of the tough times to come. Thankfully, we committed on our wedding day before God and our friends and family to put God first. If you have not committed your marriage to God consider doing that today! If you are not married remember the importance of this covenant with each other. We read about covenants in Scripture.

  1. Isaiah uses wedding imagery (Isaiah 62:4-5) … “as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride,” and the metaphor of marriage, “makes your land his spouse,” which describes God’s relationship with the land, no… with us, with humanity. God is united with humanity as we are united with a spouse in marriage. Scriptures often use words that we understand to describe that which we can not possibly understand.
  2. A covenant and a bond is created various times throughout scripture. In Cana, Jesus transforms the water into wine. The water was used for ceremonial washings and the wine was used by the guests to celebrate the wedding. Again, common day symbols for an understanding at that time.
  3. Wine is again used at the Last Supper, where it becomes His blood on the cross. Jesus drinks from the cup at the Last Supper, but on the cross, He says, “Father if it is possible let this cup pass me by.” It was not possible and Jesus embraced the cross and His death. The cup of our salvation. Jesus is the bridegroom sent by God to humanity, which is His bride.

Just as Jesus lived life with challenges as God and as man, we too are called to live our lives as men and women.

We expect nations to get along and often cannot get along in our own families. These Scriptures show us the price paid for our salvation. We join in marriage as a covenant and a symbol to God and to the outward world of a promise. How does that promise get so messed up in our daily lives? Well, one is that we face so many pressures the minute we wake up!

Ask yourself and journal about the following:

  1. What is the covenant you’ve made with your spouse? (If you are not married what is the covenant with God?)
  2. How are you living a life that is pleasing to God?
  3. If you live a life that is pleasing to God how will that help you in your marriage?
  4. Thanking God each day for the gifts of life and all of the things that happen in your life is the first step to a long and happy marriage. Can you begin this today?
  5. God is love, does that translate into your married life?
  6. Looking at the word sacrifice is there any way you can sacrifice in your life or in your marriage more than God sacrificed for you?
  7. Can you begin to put God first in your life?
  8. Can you put your spouse and their needs above yours and after God?
  9. What does dying to self mean to you?
  10. Name one thing you can change beginning today?

Love is a sacrifice. The two cannot be taken apart. We believe that love conquers all things and it does to a certain extent but until I learned to die to self, which is one of those very hard life lessons, things did not get better. We serve a selfish God. He wants all of us, not the leftover self we give him for two seconds before we fall asleep at night.

If we want a wonderful marriage we must have a wonderful covenant with God. Begin today.

Dear Lord, I praise you for all things even those things I’d rather not be happy about in my life. I know that all things are known by You, still Lord I want to ask you specifically for ___________. Lord allow me to pray for those nearest to me daily. Let me be a prayer warrior for them, please call to mind instances when I should pray for them. Dear Lord, I praise You and I thank-you. You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords and I am honored to serve such a mighty God. I thank you ahead of time for all the answered prayers and I pray this in Jesus Name, Amen.

Christian Transformation

Christian Transformation | Have you had a Christian transformation in your life? God sent His only Son so that we might live an abundant life and in this podcast, we will explore Christian transformation and look at the ways that we can apply this to our life. #podcasat #christianpodcastChristian Transformation – Episode 75

Have you had a Christian transformation in your life? God sent His only Son so that we might live an abundant life and in this podcast, we will explore Christian transformation and look at the ways that we can apply this to our life.

We witness the power of God’s love in the Bible. If you have not made it a habit to read Scripture every day be sure to add it to your list!

You can listen to my last podcast Prayer and Routines here.

We all have some type of life transformation but it might not be in the spiritual sense. It might be weight loss or gain. It might be an addition or loss in your family. Transformation can cause us heartache but when we are transformed by the power of God’s word it can be life-altering.

When we read about the baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River we are astounded once again by God’s love. Jesus is an example of becoming poor to make us rich. John himself said he was not worthy to even tie his sandal, yet Jesus asked to be baptized.

God’s love is transforming, read: Isaiah 40:1-10 … We read, “A voice of one calling: In the wilderness prepare the way for the Lordmake straight in the desert a highway for our God. 

This is a foreshadowing – a prophecy about the coming of John, the voice calling in the wilderness, and it was written when the Israelites were living in exile. 

At times we can relate to the Israelites. In this time we live of divisive politics where right is wrong and wrong is right. We are dismayed if we watch the news for any length of time and find ourselves frustrated no matter what side you are on. We hold on to this promise to the Israelites that the God of Isaiah is also our God and He knows what we struggle with on a daily basis.

In Acts, Peter speaks in the house of Cornelius, the first Gentile convert. He says, “God shows no partiality.” Now we learn that the God of the Israelites is the God of all and the Christian community is being formed among believers. (Acts 10:34)

Paul also writes to Titus that through Baptism and the Holy Spirit, we can become heirs in hope of eternal life (Titus 3:..-10) and I’d love for you to pull out your Bibles and read this directly, it is as if God is speaking to us today.

Isn’t that amazing? We lived in malice and envy being hated and hating one another … but with the KINDNESS and love of God our Savior appeared. And, friends that is what we must live for, we have Christian transformation when we focus on the fact that he saved us not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.

This is true transformation. Trusting in God. Knowing that we are justified by grace and we have the hope of eternal life. Who else gives us this hope? Our family. No. The people we work with. No. The friends we surround ourselves with. No. The only person who gives us eternal hope is the same one who died on the cross, for our sins, so that we can have this promise.

John promises that Jesus would baptize with the Holy Spirit and with fire. This baptism after the life, death and resurrection of Christ set into the motion the baptism of the Holy Spirit upon the disciplines and in a sense to us, and this baptism of fire is what is transforming in our lives.

The Holy Spirit was sent to transform us. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity. One God, three persons, Father, Son and Holy Spirit. This God we serve is an amazing God and ready to help us in our daily trials. If we have been baptized we have transformative power of the Holy Spirit within us and for that we should shout, Halleluiah and praise the Lord! God is within us and we only need to ask for His saving grace in our life.

Do we realize that we as believers and followers of Christ can pray for a deeper infilling of the Holy Spirit in our lives? Do you want to see true transformation, then try this tonight at the foot of your bed, or anytime you want the true restorative help of God in your life…

Dear Lord, I come to you sinful and sorrowful and I ask first that you forgive me of the sins I have committed today … I ask that you bless me with your restorative love and infill me with the Holy Spirit. Bring me to a deeper union with you, my God. Help me to see you in everything. Help me to be thankful each day no matter what the circumstance. I thank you for your promise of everlasting life and a true transformation that only comes with belief in Christ. I praise you and I thank you, my God. Thank you for giving me your Holy Spirit, thank-you for deepening my love for you, thank-you for infilling me to overflowing with the grace to do Your will each day, and I praise you in Jesus Name, Amen.

Routines and Prayer

routines and prayers | When life throws you a curve falling back on routines and prayer are helpful for a Christian. #podcast #christianpodcastRoutines and Prayer For Christians

When life throws you a curve falling back on routines and prayer are helpful for a Christian. In this episode, we will focus on making the most of your daily routines to include prayer.

With the holidays ending there is still so much on my to-do list it seems to be never-ending. In fact, I’ve stopped making the lists because I felt like I spent half of my time just adding most of it to the next day. During this time I realized one thing that helped me tremendously and that was my daily prayer routines, and that is what I’d like to encourage you to do as I believe it will be helpful.

What is the difference between routines and habits? I believe they are both similar. A routine is actually the “doing” of a habit. There are many lists out there for good Christians to follow and I find most of them overwhelming. Keeping your routines simple give the opportunity for growth, which is my goal. My husband often says if you are not growing in your relationship with the Lord then you are not stagnant, you are actually going backward. While you may not agree with this philosophy for me it gives me pause to think.

Some people overanalyze and I am one of those people. When things go right, I tend to go with the flow but when they don’t then I’m ready to figure out the why behind it. During the busy holiday season and even afterward, I felt further and further behind with my prayer time and Bible time until I realized that it really wasn’t true and with some of the routines I had in place, I was actually on autopilot which allowed me to make the most of my time with the Lord as well as time with my family.

What are your goals as a Christian?

  1. Time for prayer
  2. Time for reading the Bible
  3. Time to grow in my relationship with the Lord
  4. Time to look at my life and make changes
  5. Time to share my faith
  6. Time for family and friends

Your goals can be different than mine but look at how you are spending your time growing in your faith and the things you’d like to change. As always start small and add to the list, and give yourself a break. When things don’t go as planned don’t get down! What are the constants in your life and are there ways to improve upon them, if not go to the next item on your list.

My goals have changed as I have grown in the Lord and as I’ve shared in previous podcasts for me the quiet time and just listening was and to a certain extent now the hardest obstacles in my life. The only place I come the closest to listening to the Lord is at church. There is something about church that gives me time to focus on the Lord and just close my eyes and listen.

Please know that I have felt a closeness to the Lord in different degrees all of my life thus far, and like the waves on the beach that closeness at times has ebbed and flowed. There are times I’d pray and only hear silence. I believe it is in those times of silence that the Lord teaches us to be disciples and allows us that quiet to do an inner reflection. It also takes discipline to be quiet before the Lord and for many of us–myself included that discipline is needed. It takes all our strength to persevere, but please, please do not give up!

It may mean we have to repent before the Lord. Ask the Lord if there is something we need to ask forgiveness for. For me often it was stress and not relying on or trusting in Him. I’ve had to ask the Lord’s forgiveness for my lack of trust. Do I know, intellectually that the Lord is in charge of everything and that He has it all under control? Of course! Yet it is difficult for us to trust without holding back.

Do you have a place to pray? Where is your place? Do you have a prayer chair? A prayer corner?

Talk about the lady who prayed and even asked God about what plants she should plant…

So, the focus today is on routine, habits and growing in your faith. Pick one thing today to focus on and begin now.

Let’s Pray:

Dear Lord, I thank you for giving me a sense and a heart for loving You and wanting to be in Your presence. Thank you for giving me the gift of faith and for allowing it to grow each day. I ask that You help me with the daily routines, and allow me the time to follow them in order to spend time with You not only in prayer and petition but time in silence. It is in the silence that I learn discipline and to be a disciple. In the silence, I learn what it is about myself that needs to be changed. Lord, is there something that I need to repent and ask forgiveness for? Is there something I am lacking? It is in the asking that we are freed and I ask this Lord in Your precious name. Dear Lord please help me in my prayer routines and to create good habits in me. I also ask for the following intentions …  thank-you my God for always being here for me. And, I pray this in Jesus, Precious Name. Amen.

New Year And Faith

New Year and Faith | Try these things to jump start the new year. #podcast #christianpodcastNew Year and Faith

Beginning the new year with joy and a plan of focusing on increasing our walk with the Lord in the best way possible is the topic of today’s podcast. A simplified approach is the best for busy people, and here are some pointers to help you.

  1. Rejoice in the Lord always – Phillipains 4:4
  2. Gratitude – 1 Thessalonians 5 — Be thankful for the small things and the big things be grateful for the faith
  3. Focus – on one thing — what is the one thing you can do to increase your faith? Your prayer life?
  4. Begin anew. Something you were doing but stopped? Journaling? Reading the Bible? Praising God each day?
  5. Attitude recheck. Are you upset or depressed? Give it to the Lord  — Philippians 4:6-7
A prayer to help you in the new year:

Dear Lord Jesus, I love you very much and I thank you for the simple message today to refocus and renew my love for you, for all things that are good and holy and let the rest drop away. I ask that you infill me with your Holy Spirit, that you give me the wisdom for the things I should do as well as those things I should not do. I ask that you bless those who I pray for now ….

Dear Lord thank you for the gift of faith and the opportunity to praise and rejoice in your goodness. I ask you to bless us as we prepare for a brand new year and give us the fortitude to do your will. I pray this in Jesus Name. Amen.