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Giving

One of the “rules” of Christians,
is to give 10% of our income back to God.

Some of us follow that rule strictly,
and give 10% of our income back to the church.
Some of us give to our church,
but give what we feel we can, not 10%.
Some of us give to other charities,
as part of our 10%, and some give more than 10%.

Whichever way we choose to give,
there is the problem of where to give.

The Christian church where I am a member,
sponsors many charities,
and vouches for them.

We then know that these are good charities,
that will use our money in Christian ways,
and not waste our money.

This past weekend at church,
we were given information about the Christian Aid Mission,
that helps missionaries who work in their own country,
to reach non-Christians, and help Christians being persecuted.

Much of the work the Christian Aid Mission supports,
is in Moslem countries.
This can be dangerous work.
They are working in and around Syria,
where many Christians and Moslems are fleeing from ISIS,

becoming refugees with very little food or water.
I am sharing their information with you,
to give you a safe opportunity to give money,

to help spread the word of Jesus,
and to help persecuted Christians.

One Moslem woman who came to follow Jesus,
said “My whole life I was forbidden to laugh aloud,
but the moment I first encountered Jesus, such a joy filled my heart,
that it overflowed with laughter.”
She found freedom in the love of Jesus.

In Syria, was a house that served as a Christian church.
Because of ISIS, there were 90 people living there,
that had fled their homes.

Missionaries from another country, came to their aid.
They knew of the church, and knew they needed help,
but they did not know how many people were living there.
They used a van to bring food, milk, blankets, medicine, and Bibles.
These people had all been praying, and this was answer to their prayers.

After returning to their own country,
the missionaries attempted another trip with the van,
but rebels blocked the road, beat them, and stole their van.
They need our help.

To give,
send a check to –
Christian Aid Mission
P.O. Box 9037
Charlottesville, VA 22906
or use your credit card by calling –
434-977-5650
or you can use the link below,
http://www.christianaid.org/News/2014/mir20141016.aspx

(Christian Aid Mission is a 501(c)(3) charity, so all donations are tax deductible.)

To read more about the work Christian Aid Mission does, go to –
http://www.ChristianAid.org

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Fall and Get Up

This is the season when we think of colorful falling leaves.

I have always enjoyed the Fall.

We people have an advantage over leaves,

because when we fall, we can get back up.

And I don’t just mean physically falling down.

We can fall by not doing what we want to do.

In other words, we drop the ball.

I took a class on balance, because I have nerve damage in one leg.

This makes me unbalanced.

We learned how to stop a fall.

Instead of looking down and flinging our arms around,

we just plant our feet and stand up, looking up.

It usually works, unless our feet just fly out from under us.

But even when we do fall,

we usually can stand back up.

This is true of when we drop the ball, too.

We can just pick it back up, and try again, looking up to God for strength.

We can apologize for not getting it done.

We can ask someone else to do it for us.

Oh, and there is another thing we can do,

we can clean up the mess and throw it away,

just like we do with all those fallen leaves now turned brown.

Nobody likes to fall, or drop the ball.

But at least we have options, that leaves don’t have.

We also have a God who forgives us, and gives us second chances.

Shouldn’t we give ourselves those same things?

When we don’t quite measure up to what we hoped,

we can keep looking up to God for strength,

to do what we need to do.

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ISIS attacks Christians

This information has come to me through my church.
I feel I need to share it with you.
Please share the information with your friends.

The Christians in Iraq and Syria are being attacked by ISIS.
They are being targeted, and told they need to convert to Islam,
or be killed. They are crucifying children, and lining them up as examples.

These Christians have descendants, called Assyrians,
back to when Jonah went to Ninevah,

and they were converted to Christianity.
Today Ninevah is called Mosul, now a Moslem city.
The Assyrian families have been living in Syria and Iraq for over 6,000 years!
Now they are being forced to leave their homes and travel over mountains,
to get to Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey.
They have very little water or food.
Many are dying along the way,
especially the children,
who cannot make the long walk with so little food and water.

How can you help?
First pray.
Pray for these people to find safety, shelter, food, water, clothes.
If you would like to do more,
you can send checks (write “for Assyrian relief” on the check) to–
Cornerstone Church
2 Shermer Road
Glenview, IL 60025
This church is taking all of the money received,
directly to the Christian refugees leaving Syria and Iraq.
There are many Assyrians living in the Chicago area,
and a group of them are members of this church,
and they have decided to help the Christian Assyrians fleeing their homeland.

God please have mercy on your people.
These Christians are being attacked by ISIS,
an evil group, who live to destroy anyone and anything Christian.
Come to the aid of these Christians, Lord!
They need your help desperately.
Send help, Lord!
By the name of Jesus Christ,
we ask this. Amen

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Book Review — Killing Lions by John Eldredge

Janet KillingLions

This book is unique,

because it is written by a father and son, John and Sam Eldredge.

It is a conversation that usually never happens between a boy and his father.

It is a conversation that every boy and young man desperately needs.

John and Sam ask many important questions,

and give insightful answers that are so helpful.

The book covers money, love, decisions, God, and prayer.

These are pivotal choices that make a huge difference in a man’s life!

Any parent of a boy between junior high and 25 should read this book.

Every boy from High School to college, and man up to age 35, should read this book.

The chapter on how to make good decisions is exceptionally good.

John (the father) says that we choose fear or courage with each decision.

Sam (the son) wants to know how to deal with his life “getting nowhere”.

So many young men graduate from college, 

but then end up working in a restaurant or retail store.

So if your life isn’t working out, this book is about Plan B.

This book is about becoming a man, liking yourself, and enjoying your life.

Quoting from the book –

“There is a life you can love, but it takes courage, perseverance, and a little cunning to get there.”  (p.12)

Don’t you just have to know how to get there?

My advice?

Read it.  Don’t wait.  Read it!

(This book was provided by the publisher through Booklook Bloggers.  The opinions are my own.)

 

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Book Review — Killing Lions by John Eldredge

Janet KillingLions

This book is unique,

because it is written by a father and son, John and Sam Eldredge.

It is a conversation that usually never happens between a boy and his father.

It is a conversation that every boy and young man desperately needs.

John and Sam ask many important questions,

and give insightful answers that are so helpful.

The book covers money, love, decisions, God, and prayer.

These are pivotal choices that make a huge difference in a man’s life!

Any parent of a boy between junior high and 25 should read this book.

Every boy from High School to college, and man up to age 35, should read this book.

The chapter on how to make good decisions is exceptionally good.

John (the father) says that we choose fear or courage with each decision.

Sam (the son) wants to know how to deal with his life “getting nowhere”.

So many young men graduate from college, 

but then end up working in a restaurant or retail store.

So if your life isn’t working out, this book is about Plan B.

This book is about becoming a man, liking yourself, and enjoying your life.

Quoting from the book –

“There is a life you can love, but it takes courage, perseverance, and a little cunning to get there.”  (p.12)

Don’t you just have to know how to get there?

My advice?

Read it.  Don’t wait.  Read it!

(This book was provided by the publisher through Booklook Bloggers.  The opinions are my own.)

 

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Pray!

There is so much happening in the world right now.

There are floods, fires, volcano eruptions, and hurricanes.

                There are dangerous viruses spreading like Ebola.

There is fighting in Israel, syria, Iraq, and terrorism is rampant.

                                                       Then there is your own family — 

                                               money problems, health issues … you name it.

It is overwhelming!

I know that I feel overwhelmed.

It seems like God is overwhelmed by it all too, but

I must remember that God is greater than any problem.

—> We need to pray and give all the problems to God.

There is evil in this world,

but there is only light and love in heaven.

Remember that the One who is in you (God) is greater than the one who is in the world (evil). (1 John 4:4)

I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them. (Mark 11:24).
So please pray with me,

Oh Lord, we need you now.  Our world is crumbling all around us.

We know that you have the power and authority to make it all right.

We know that you love us, and want us to be well.

Please help the children in the world that are being persecuted.  Stop their pursuers.

Please bring peace to Israel.

Please protect the missionaries in Syria and Iraq.

Please help our families rise above their problems.  

Show us how little these problems are in the hands of our God.

With one hand you can scatter the terrorists.

With one word you can calm the weather.

Thank you God for many blessings each day.  

Help us have gratitude in our hearts, instead of grumbling with our mouths.

You God are our only hope.  You are the only hope of this world.

Open the eyes of all peoples so they will see you and believe.

We come to you in Jesus’ name,

Amen.

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Heaven

I am taking a turn at suggesting books to read to learn more about God.

The book I just finished reading is –
Waking Up in Heaven
by Crystal McVea.
,
but the nurse and her mom wouldn’t let her go back.
Lucky for us, because we can read what she learned about God!

Crystal tells us that when she died,
she was overwhelmed by God’s love,

and that God loves each one of us,
as His creation.
He wants us to choose to love Him,
and accept His love and forgiveness.

Crystal says that Heaven was a very bright light.
Angels brought her right to the gate.

If you want to read more,
(Right now you can get the Kindle version for $1.99, not sure how long this price will last.)

Waking Up in Heaven

If you want to know more books I have read,
go to the very bottom of this post, scroll past the sun.
There is a list of mine from Good Reads.
I hope you enjoy reading as much as I do!

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Keep Your Eye on the Ball

Keep your eye on the ball.
This is good advice if you are playing baseball.
It is important advice, because if you take your eye off the ball,
you may get hit in the head with it! Ouch!

Now I never played baseball.
I was a tennis player.
If I took my eye off the ball,

it didn’t hit me in the head,
but it did whizz by me,
making me look stupid. Dork!

There is also the advice to “Keep your eye on the prize.”
This makes it much easier to get the prize,
whatever that prize is for you.
It could be a college degree,
or a promotion,
or a move to Hollywood, or Paris, or New York,
along with the plumb job in acting or fashion.

But the advice I have today for us,
(I needed this today, and I am sharing it with you.)
is “Keep your eyes on Jesus.”
When I take my eyes off Jesus,
I end up all upset over things that don’t really matter.
I get depressed, or angry, and crabby. I hate this!

There is a hymn that says,

” O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free.
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face
,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace. “
(from “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”)

If ever there was a prize worth getting,
it is Jesus!

Never take your eyes off Him.
He knows what you really need,
and God provides.
You will find more love, joy,
peace, patience, kindness,
and forgiveness when Jesus is the prize
you keep your eyes on.

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Thresholds

I was thinking about what to write,
and this word came to me “threshold”.
I realized that this word is very important in our lives.
We cross so many thresholds.
There is the threshold into your home
(whether you live in a house, an apartment, or a trailer).
Every building you enter has a threshold.
You choose which thresholds to cross.

Will you enter and cross the threshold?
Will you go to college?
Will you go to work?
Will you go to church?
The grocery store?
The bank?

What do you expect when you cross the threshold?
What surprises will be waiting for you?
Will you see someone you know?
Meet someone new?
Learn something new?
Find a really good deal?

When you cross the threshold,
will it be quiet or noisy?
will it be dark or have bright lights?
will it be warm or cold?
will you feel safe or afraid?
will there be lots of people or only a few?
will you be alone?

We miss great experiences and not find anything new,
unless we cross thresholds.
What will be the next threshold you see?
Will you decide to cross it?

The next threshold you cross,
I hope you find what you are looking for.

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Do You Believe in Miracles?

Do you believe that God still performs miracles?
Do you believe that somewhere today, God made a miracle happen?
Could God bring a miracle for you or one of your family members?
What about tomorrow?
The answer to each question is YES!

To get a miracle, to even see a miracle, you need to believe in miracles.
One man’s story convinced me that God still brings miracles.
This man sees miracles all the time.
His name is Dr. Nemeh.
He prays over people with the Holy Spirit,
and miracles happen.

This video tells about a couple of these miracles –

There are other miracle stories on his website at http://DrNemehTV.com
What convinced me that God still performs miracles,
was the book about Dr. Nemeh, “Miracles Every Day” by Maura Poston Zagrans.
If you are not sure if miracles still happen,
but you hope that they do,
read this book: “Miracles Every Day”

What I want to say to you.
Yes, God still performs miracles today.
Yes, God performed miracles for some people today.
Yes, God can perform a miracle for you, too.
Yes, God can!

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