The Fix for Our Faulty Vision

Alicia Bruxvoort | Proverbs 31 Ministries “But the LORD said to Samuel, 'Don’t judge by his appearance or height, for I have re-jected him. The LORD doesn’t see things the way you see them. People judge by out-ward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart.’” 1 Samuel 16:7 (NLT) “See me, Mommy! See me!” … Continue reading The Fix for Our Faulty Vision

Divine Wisdom for the Family, Part A

https://youtu.be/gkIq1Z1vB3U John MacArthur | Grace to You “Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”2 Timothy 3:7 4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. 6 For of this sort are … Continue reading Divine Wisdom for the Family, Part A

The Art of Appreciation

Musings by Ellen

(Phillippians 1:3-4)  

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy.

The month of October has evolved into Pastors’ Appreciation Month here in South Africa, and around the world. In fact, it has fast become a tradition to celebrate the second Sunday of this month with special services or programmes honouring clergy and ministers at local churches.

Today, we had the joy of celebrating with my dad at his local home-church. A minister for many years, and now semi-retired he shares alongside another seasoned minister to tend to a loyal and local flock. I like to joke and say that my brothers and I kept my dad in business, but those are tales for another journal, a diary maybe, preferably with a closed lock and double pin-codes. Anyway, I detract. The morning was fill of tribute…

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Put the Fire Out

BeautyBeyondBones

I have a confession: one that I’m really not proud of.

But tonight at church, and really for the last couple weeks, I honestly have just felt…nothing.

It’s like I’ve been spiritually numb.

But tonight was different. I was actually getting angry.

I was sitting in the pew, and just inexplicably fuming, being critical of every little thing: the priest seemed arrogant. The pace was too slow. I was literally shooting daggers with my eyes at the elderly woman leading the songs. (A capella, I might add.) Who is this monster I’ve allowed in my thoughts and heart?!

But I was just checked out. And the more I thought about it, the worse it got.

I’m going to be honest: growing up, I had a few episodes of… the silent treatment.

I’m not proud to admit that passive aggressive low blow, but I have been known to give my…

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Parents Allow Kids to Celebrate Halloween

by Veronica Neffinger A former satanist has issued a warning to Christians on the dangers of celebrating Halloween. In an article for CharismaNews.com, John Ramirez, who used to be a high-ranking priest within the Satanic Temple before miraculously having his heart opened to the Gospel, shares the story of his personal involvement with satanism and … Continue reading Parents Allow Kids to Celebrate Halloween

Be Strong and Courageous

Looking to God

With summer being over and fall slowly showing its colors, I have had a trying month. I realize God does things for a reason, therefore I am not bothered when trials happen. If I am to partake in Jesus’ glory, why should I not partake in his suffering?

So when my son landed in the hospital for a week, and my wife and I took turns to stay by his bedside while the doctors tried to figure out what was wrong with him, I prayed. I knew God was doing something great in our lives, but I did not know what it was.

Thankfully, we did end up finding out what was wrong with him, and we did end up taking measures to fix the problem.

Now that I have had the chance to think back on everything, I know for sure God was there every step of the way…

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Strangers on a Plane

BeautyBeyondBones

There are really two types of people when it comes to airplanes: there are the talkers, and then those who would rather get a root canal than socialize with the person seated next to them.

Admittedly, I am the latter. Earbuds in, sunglasses on – I am a fortress. I am simultaneously praying for a) the plane not to go down, and b) my seat mate to not try to drum up small talk. Priorities, right?

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But I love flying, I really do. Riding in an airplane is always a bit of an adventure. You never know who you’ll be sitting by, and for a couple hours, you’re completely out of control, and unplugged.

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I was flying back to Ohio today from New York. And there are always a lot of emotions, seeing the intimidating city skyline of Manhattan slowly morph into the lush and fertile Ohio River valley…

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