Faithful Heroes: Franz Jagerstatter, Stood up to the Nazis

  Franz Jägerstätter is a more modern day martyr. He strongly objected to the Nazi’s and all they stood for and stood directly up to them. Franz Jägerstätter was born on May 20, 1907 in Sankt Radegund, Austria-Hungary. He was the illegitimate child of Rosalia Huber, a chambermaid, and Franz Bachmeier, a farmer. His grandmother, Elisabeth Huber, cared for him […]

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When Others Hurt

    I recently had a young woman enter my life for a very short time.  On the outside, she was bubbly and outgoing. But, then I noticed the scars on her arms where she had been cutting herself.  I wondered about the wounds that drove her to such a drastic action. I thought back to the times when my […]

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Behind the Song: I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy

I Bowed on My Knees and Cried Holy is a beautiful contemporary song that expresses how we will feel when we reach heaven. The song was written by Nettie {Neith} Dudley Washington and the music was written by E.M. Dudley Cantwell. The tune is known as Cried Holy. The song was published in 1977. The song has been published in […]

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I Can Do All Things

 

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Book Review: Death at Thornburn Hall

Do you enjoy a good mystery? Are you a fan of Agatha Christie or Murder, She Wrote? Then you will enjoy reading Death at Thornburn Hall by Julianna Deering. Drew Farthering arrives with his wife, Madeline, and friend, Nick, to Muirfield, Scotland.  The 1935 British Open is under way, when their host, Lord Rainsby, is killed in a riding accident. […]

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Power of Forgiveness: Forgiveness heals

Last week, we discussed when we cannot forgive.  But, did you know there are health benefits of forgiveness? Forgiveness heals and can bring healing. After I left my abusive relationship, I struggled with forgiveness and it was very slow in coming.  It took me several years to reach forgiveness.  Each day, I prayed and asked God’s help to help me […]

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Changing My Stinking Thinking

In 2017,  I only lost 30 pounds.  That’s better than the year before but I still have a long way to go. However, throughout the year the Lord has been changing my stinking thinking. This has not always been easy and there are times when I’ve wondered if I will ever get to where I need to be. I’ve  had […]

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Faithful Heroes: Joan of Ark, from Warrior to Martyr

  In school, we at least heard of Joan of Arc, but did we really know what she was martyred for? Joan was born to Jacques and Isabelle Romee d’Arc in the French village of Domremy around January 6, 1412. She was born at a time of great uncertainty in the French empire. The Hundred Years’ War had begun in […]

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Praying for others

Recently, I had a very strong desire to pray for a loved one. I knew of some difficult times this individual was going through, but not the exact circumstances in that moment.  I may never know, but God knows.  The Lord used me as a vessel to pray and intercede for this loved one when he may not have been […]

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Behind the Song: Just a Little Talk with Jesus

Just a Little Talk with Jesus is one of those songs I love to warm up with when sitting down to play the piano. Many quartets love to sing this song and have fun with it. The song was written by Rev. Cleavant Derricks, pastor of a small African-American church in Alabama. Cleavant Derricks was born On May 13, 1910 […]

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Covered with His wings

 

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Power of Forgiveness: When We Cannot Forgive

A while back I met a lady full of anger.   The anger spewed from her mouth, her actions and was written all over her face.  I don’t know what led her to be so angry, but I do know that whatever happened, she had stored it up within her and never let go.  Upon asking, she stated she had no […]

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When I Am Overwhelmed

We have been dealing with a lot of changes and growth at work in the last few months. Recently, I had one day where it just took its toll.  I was completely and utterly overwhelmed. I looked around at all that had to be done and my to do list and wondered where to even start. I silently prayed, “Lord, […]

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Faithful Heroes: Justin Martyr, named for his fate

“No one who is rightly minded turns from true belief to false.” Those were the words uttered by Justin Martyr when asked to denounce his faith and make a sacrifice to the Roman gods. Justin was born in Flavia Neapolis, a Roman city, around 100 A.D.. He probably lived a traditional Roman life and we know he was raised by […]

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A Roadmap for the New Year

    Often it is difficult to see over our present horizon.  But, we have just embarked on a new year and with it arrive new hopes and new goals. Even if the world seems dark at the moment, we hope that by the end of this year, it will not feel quite so desolate. I recently heard Denzel Washington […]

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Behind the Song: He is My Everything

If you’ve listened to any of Elvis Presley’s gospel songs, you may have heard him sing, He is My Everything. The song was written by Dallas Frazier. Dallas Frazier is an American country musician and songwriter. He was born on October 27, 1939 in Oklahoma. He stated in an interview that he began writing music when he was about 11 […]

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Be Faithful in Small Things

 

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Power of Forgiveness: Learning to Forgive

As we enter a new year, we will begin a new study.  For the next two months, we will talk about forgiveness. Forgiveness is defined as the act or process of forgiving or being forgiven.  Forgive means to stop feeling angry or resentful for an offense, flaw, or mistake.  To cancel a debt or to forgive someone for an offense. […]

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Zacharias and Elisabeth: The Forerunner to Christ

Last week, we took a look at the song of Zacharias and how he foretold that his son would point the way to redemption and the plan of salvation. In closing this series on the Eyewitness to Christmas, the story of Zacharias and Elisabeth, let’s take a look at the child they had.  The last verse in Luke 1 gives […]

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Releasing Our Baggage

I shared a while back that I was overwhelmed in cleaning up a storage room at home.  I also shared how I was developing a plan to tackle the area. Well, only part of my plan worked.  I stayed overwhelmed and made little progress. Then circumstances tipped my hand.  While I had my eight-year-old nephew one weekend, we began to […]

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