July 2009, my life was trials of tribulations that polluted my inner soul. But
today, I’m making wonderful memories under the watchful eyes of the Lord Jesus.
How did a miracle save my life? How do miraculous incidents occur, and are they
go into uncharted territory, let’s look at those involved in near-fatal
accidents. Perhaps a soft voice told the victim to hold on, or an unknown soothing
touch of a hand cradled their head while assuring help is on its way. This
happened to my wife in her car accident. Some people proclaim they met a man in
the light of a tunnel. Others are pronounced dead when someone told them to go
back because it wasn’t their time. Was this a man, or an angel, or the same
person in all the above cases? Was it God’s intervention in these lives?
I often hear deists, and even some Christians say, “There is no such thing as miracles. Is it just something written in the Bible, or only performed when Jesus was alive?” How many unexplained events happen in the world today? Who made them happen? Was it just a fluke, or do you think you have a better scientific explanation?
didn’t stop after the Bible was written! They happen every day, and we read
about them in the newspapers and social media. God can only perform these
supernatural acts, not humans.
New Testament translates miracles as signs that God uses to point
to Himself. Some examples in the Bible include:
The blind were made to see (John
9:1-7), and the lame to walk (Acts 3:1-10). They became followers of Jesus.
The resurrection of Christ became
the basis of Christianity.
Jesus turned water into wine (John
Jesus’ light blinded Saul of
Tarsus and became God’s Apostle.
Jesus calmed a ferocious storm
on the Sea of Galilee (Matthew 8:23-27).
miracles of Christ were never denied during early Christianity. Even ancient
enemies admitted that Jesus did certain extraordinary deeds as an intervention.
John said Jesus did so many “works” that the world could not contain the number
of books should all of them be recorded (John 21:25).
are God’s way of communicating with mankind, and they remain so in today’s
times. He puts in place a miraculous act to draw you closer to Him. I know it’s
hard to conceive, but the Lord can rescue the insignificant, such as myself, and
make him His servant. Many people share their personal experiences of being
anointed to do God’s holy work, especially after He worked a miracle in their
life. Yes, miracles still happen!
are nearing Easter, the holiest event in Christianity. Jesus hung on the cross,
accepting our sin, but he rose from the dead three days later. This was the
greatest miracle because, against all the odds, He rose from the dead. His
disciples and others encountered Him during His ascension of forty days. His
resurrection gives all people hope their suffering will lead to joy.
you so focused on the problems of this world, or your life, that you are
missing out on the greatest joy you will ever receive – one of His miracles? Maybe
the Lord sees you floundering and knows you need a sign. Do not close your eyes,
for He is always watching and there to protect you.
as a nation, we pray to you, Father, for an intervention. We’ve come to pass
where an Ebenezer is our hope, and only Your grace can save us, Lord. Though
the storm clouds deter the heavens, we know in our heart You hear us calling
for help. We need a miracle, Lord Jesus! Give us a miracle and protect us from
the pandemic spreading across the world. Amen.
God’s intervention is our hope today.
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open Google and social media each day, and the negative news floods the pages.
People are murdering the innocent with fortitude, a grim reminder Satan still walks
the earth. Those with the gold try to pass absurd laws for citizens to follow while
they release the guilty to commit more crimes. Lines are drawn in the dirt as men
of power speak lies. We, the meek, are artists left to draw our own conclusions.
Today, I sit outside in the rain to witness God’s tears of sadness as I pray
for those who desperately need His help. But every now and again, we might glimpse
His holy goodness.
isn’t it time for some good news? God is coming soon to save the faithful and who
believe He is the great healer of all our pain. Prophecy promises He will honor
those who uphold His holy name.
“And God shall wipe away all
tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor
crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed
away.” Revelation 21:4 NIV
make hope the new headlines! The brown lawns will soon resonate to a gorgeous
green, and budding plants will regain their strength. Even in times of disaster,
we can witness God showing His power, and mankind, together, fights off evil as
one. Many non-believers, especially overseas, have found the saving grace of
our Lord Jesus Christ. Isn’t this a joy to share with others? Let us join hands
in solidarity and honor God, for He will be the successor! Spread the hope of
salvation to everyone!
I challenge every man, woman, and child to become a leader for God. Sweep away
the dead foliage of yesterday, and salt the icy bricks so we can climb the
steps to heaven’s gates. Let your Christian faith shine through in every aspect
of your life! Make positive changes that reflect God’s love and spread His good
“A cheerful heart is a good
medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Proverbs 17:22 NIV
scriptures with a strong heart and an encouraging message. It will improve your
relationships, health, and happiness. Learn new ways to replace the old
negative ones. Pray for the Lord to show you the way for He is in total control
of your life.
YOU will be the good news this world is so desperate to find! Faith unto us has
“Do not conform any longer to
the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” Romans
God bless you, my friends!
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as it sounds, many of my blogs begin in my mind with no introduction, title, or
even a theme. But I feel God as He moves my spirit in His direction. Some ask
how I know when I’ve received a message from the Lord. It’s a moment in time…
sipping my first bit of coffee. Relaxing in my sweats, my spirit will begin to race,
and just like that, a title and theme arrives in a telepathic message. I know
it sounds odd, but…
God is working on my tomorrows
isn’t a greater gift from the Lord than to help and encourage those who need or
stay in prayer. No words can express my deepest humbleness as our Father
addresses life’s daily situations. He brings the right people into our life
when we keep with the rhythm of His great plans for us. God can work out the
events of your life into a great masterpiece.
God is working on our tomorrows
wife and I met a wonderful woman this week who I can now call our sweet, new
friend. As Christian and godly as she is, she may not comprehend how she is
helping to do God’s mission on earth. It’s humbling to observe certain people as
messengers for our Lord. Yet, they are unaware they are being used for the
glory of God’s sole purpose. She is an amazing widow enthralled with helping me
and others. I, too, enjoy her walk with the Lord. Living alone with memories of
a wonderful world she once shared with her husband Charles, little does she
know, she gave me hope. She uses her talent as a core gift to serve the Lord’s
God is working on our tomorrows
spirit now moves within her, too, as she watches the waves break against the
seawall. Ideas swelled through her mind and found their way to her conscious being.
Barely awake, she wrote me a note, “I have ideas for you to undertake.” This is
how God works on your tomorrows! He uses other Christians who crave sharing the
Bread of Life. God knew how much we needed to meet this wonderful lady. Now a
communion of kindred spirits, she has become part of His higher plan.
God is working on our tomorrows
cannot explain, short of writing another book, how the last few days of my life
were an act of God. His timing is impeccable! Who would think, because of
prayer, He’d be working on my tomorrows? As you allow God to take control of
your life, He places those angelic people in your world to envision the shared
dreams. You must come to a place of commitment with the Lord to experience His
highest gifts. Trust in Him!
God is working on your tomorrows
To everyone with hopes and dreams – remain in prayer. Faith is the engine that generates toward the will of God. We serve an amazing Father, so seek if you have not, and pray in the sight of fear. Your devotion will become your very best friend, as you, too, will see… God is working on your tomorrows.
Let us pray,
Caring heavenly Father, I come
before you on this day because I want to seek Your will for my life. Lord,
rather than following my own direction in life. Because I know that in my heart
I can stray from Your chosen path.
Father, I want to be successful
in what I turn my hand to. For this reason, I want to do everything as unto
YOU. So on this day, I come to place the desires of my heart before You. I also
want to ask that in Your grace You will forward the plans I have for my life,
in a way that is best pleasing to You.
Guide me Lord in the way of Your
choosing. Father, as I lay before You the hopes and dreams of my heart, which I
would dearly love to fulfill. Instead, I surrender them all to YOU, praying
that you will lead me in the path that is best suited to carry out Your best
work in me.
Last weekend the world suffered an incredible loss of talent. As Kobe Bryant’s helicopter lay smoldering at the foothills of the mountains, people gasped in disbelief and choked back tears. Social media and our television sets covered the headlines to report on the death of nine great lives. It will forever change the surviving families as the Lord anoints them with hope and peace.
And the God of all grace, who
called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little
while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.
1 Peter 5:10
Facebook posting caught my attention about this tragedy, and it sparked me to
write today’s message. The posting spoke of the horror Kobe must have felt in
those last seconds when he recognized they would all die.
is the inevitable destiny of mankind. It’s not a pretty sight or an engaging
act for those left behind to pick up the pieces. Most people never want to
think about this unpleasant topic until faced with a funeral or a deadly
illness. Yes, it’s scary to think only Jesus could conquer death as He rose
from the dead. Our loved ones submit to their fate, and we are assured their
body will never walk on this land again, unlike Jesus… yet the irony is
not sure of the other passenger’s backgrounds on the helicopter, but I know
Kobe Bryant was an active Catholic. He attended mass and Holy Communion hours
before the crash, at an Orange County church. Much of his tumultuous past was
shaded in gray. Marital discord and loss of sponsorships plagued him for many
years. But, just like of all of us, he had sins to conquer before the Lord. He
knew only God could forgive him, so in 2003 he turned to the church for
consolation and hope.
love for the welfare of mankind surpassed all dignity. In December, he
witnessed a horrible car crash in Newport Beach, California. Videos captured
the moment he ran to the cars and pulled everyone to safety. He stayed by their
side, speaking comforting words of love until paramedics arrived at the scene.
supported seven charities and fourteen causes. His dedication to children and
their future was always at the front seat of his life. There is a lesson to be
learned from Kobe about compassion and spreading God’s love!
practicing Christians should always be ready for their inevitable destiny. If I
were a betting man, I’d place a wager Kobe prayed, like never before, in those
last few seconds of his life. God heard his prayers because He, too, grieved
the unjust execution of His Son, Jesus. He understands our pain. But, the Lord
is rich in mercy, and He opened His arms to all those passengers on the
is part of living – it is our fate set in stone by Adam and Eve. In my opinion,
though, nothing is sadder than the death of an adult who never accepted Christ
into their life before their mortality. As Jesus taught us, we are to confess
our sins, pray for forgiveness, and never return to them. If we commit these
deeds, we are assured of living with our Father in heaven. Christians should
rejoice in knowing God has lovingly addressed our need for forgiveness. It
clears the way for those we leave behind, and they can celebrate our eternal
life with Christ.
comfort in knowing God is the one in full control of our lives. He pre-planned
our birth and death. Nothing and no one on earth can change our fate. It is
futile to place blame for a person’s death because it was our destiny from the
very beginning of life. Take solace in knowing physical death is just the start
of our spiritual journey with Jesus Christ. I can’t think of a better way to
celebrate a good Christian’s life!
May the surviving families of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli, Payton and Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan rest in peace in the arms of our Lord.
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Beloved Father, You made it big for me Yesterday; Can I thank you enough? Never! You are so good; Grant me the grace To thank you! I pray for more blessings; And the grace To use them for the glory Of your name. Amen!
in life, our faith in God waivers in and out. We might roll our eyes when confrontation
is before us and shun the real strength we prayed for in difficult times. But then
we return to the very spot we waivered from in the beginning. Our Almighty God always
remains with us, though, with welcome arms and forgiveness of our bad decisions.
night my eyes were opened a little wider by a word God whispered to my
conscience. I woke in fear of trying to comprehend His message. So I picked up
my Bible for protection and tried to find the meaning of the word He sent me. As
many knows, I’m a man of great faith. I’m not a Bible scholar by any stretch of
the imagination, but I do my digging when times like this are derived from God.
I tell you what the Holy Spirit spoke to me, you must know this word is written
in scriptures only three times. It was used in the Old Testament in 543 B.C. by
Samuel. He, too, was a man of great faith who led the Israelites to a battle with
the Philistines for over forty years. The Israelites lost twice, but then
Samuel looked to God and set up an Ebenezer between two mountains. He said, “Lord
God, You are my stone of faith, my rock I shall not break.” (1 Samuel) Scriptures
say, “The Lord thundered loudly against the Philistines that day and threw
them into such confusion that they were defeated by the Israelites.” From
that day forward, Ebenezer became the name of an altar for God to protect the
the bigger question is, why did God send me the word Ebenezer? Is it
because I, too, am fighting two personal battles, and God came to tell me it
will be Ok? Is it to inform you that your struggles are being watched over by
the Lord? Yes, all the above is true! Remember, your enemy is not greater than
God. He can make miracles occur with a stroke of His hand.
word for the day, Ebenezer, is the moment you realize you could not have
made it through the fires without God’s help. Your faith is like a stone, and
only God can bring you through these impeachable battles.
Ebenezer is as powerful of a word today as it was with Samuel in the Old Testament. We all bear our crosses, and as Christians, we must realize it is only God who protects us. Our awesome Father will come to our rescue in times of need. All you have to do is humbly pray for His help. May your Ebenezer be an altar as it was for Samuel. God bless.
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back at my younger years, I never understood much about life. Why do trees blow
in the wind’s direction? Why do the leaves turn in the autumn chill? Why does the
sun raise in the east and not the west? My mother tried to explain, “it was the
way God intended, long before I was born.” I think she was right! I never
questioned what she said, although I never understood it. But, actually, the
principles of life is what she was trying to preach to me.
“His divine power
has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him
who called us by his own glory and goodness.”
2 Peter 1:3
up fast after Pop passed, and life made a sharp turn. My brother and I rarely
agreed on anything. Respect was an unheard word, and I learned early on there
was a code to follow… be it God, family, or honoring those you love, but it
came with a price. Endured hurts showered our feelings for each other.
early in life that somehow, there is a code of ethics we must follow. It is
where our Lord holds us close to Him, and we pray He guides in the right
direction. His Word teaches us to persevere through our trials and afflictions.
In return, we lovingly give our heart to Him, for He is our Savior. This sets
the motion of life on the correct path.
Honoring the past and now looking forward to the
future, we should praise our parent’s wise advice. Teach our future generations,
God is the common denominator of respect – respecting yourself and others, even
when they do not deserve it. You can find something to admire in anybody if you
look hard enough, for each of us have amazing potential. It is a code of ethics our Lord expects from His
“We ask you,
brothers, to respect those who labor among you and are over you in the Lord and
admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love because of their work. Be
at peace among yourselves.”
1 Thessalonians 5:12-13
God’s eloquence sustains life for all his creations. I’m humbled by His magnificence and shutter at His being. Remember, if it weren’t for His ever-presence in our lives, we would remain in the absence of His grace. Let us worship His name!
My faith in you, O Lord, Is the source of my strength; I have full trust in your power; I know there’s no power Greater than yours; I know you always stand By those who depend on you; I know that each time That I run to you, You are always there for me; To protect me; And every time I call on you, You cater for my need. That is why I am confident, And bold; And courageous; I am sure of great things In the years ahead; If not the months or weeks Or days ahead. Thank you for granting me The grace to trust Fully in you.
What makes a woman powerful? Is it money, fame, a political
position, or is it an Oscar-winning actress? Any of these attributes may be
true in today’s society, but not in biblical days. Many excellent examples of
strong, influential women grace the pages of the Bible. Now two thousand years
later, everyone may find much wisdom in the biblical females. Use them as a
guiding tool in your personal lives and to develop a relationship with God.
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Joanna the Apostle (also known as Junia)
Joanna does not have a specific story as some other women
in this series. In fact, her life is pieced together by many scriptures
throughout the Bible, but what an influential person! She was an upper-class
Jewish woman in 1st century Palestine. Her grandfather was Theophilus, the High
Priest in the Second Temple, in Jerusalem.
The earliest mention of Joanna was in Luke 8:3, where she
is referred to as the wife of Chuza, a steward to Herod Antipas. They were
married when she was very young, and they both maintained jobs in Herod’s royal
household. I’m sure this placed Joanna in a very unpopular category with
ordinary Jews. One of her husband’s duties was to make sure everyone paid their
taxes to Herod.
Like Mary Magdalene, Joanna, too, had demons in her body.
She was often curious about Jesus and His miracles. Would He cleanse her as
well? On the days she traveled away from the royal household, she would sit as
a bystander and listen to His sermons of parables. One day, Jesus directed his
attention to her and spoke with conviction. As the healing miracles of Jesus’
power tell, He knew she was possessed, too, with infirmities…and so He healed
Joanna gave a lot of money to Jesus and His disciples. She
was wealthy, well-connected, and influential, so she was able to protect Him in
subtle ways. She became instrumental in the success of His mission. In this
biblical age, it was scandalous for a woman to be financially supportive of a
man, much less a female who came from King Herod’s house. But, she took the
risk, even though she witnessed her employer, King Herod, behead John the
At some point in Joanna’s marriage, she becomes single
again. One can only imagine the reasons why this happened – perhaps Chuza
divorced her, or was he murdered for his position in the royal home? The Bible
does not state a specific cause. But, Joanna was in the ranks of the Galilean
poor with no social standing or financial security, but she held her head high,
turning her life to serve Jesus.
She memorized the Lord’s parables and joined Jesus in
storytelling among the poor villages along with a few other women. Many of
their listeners were rejected for their conversion to Christianity, so Joanna
could sympathize with their feelings. Indeed she was inspired by Jesus’
teachings. She traveled as far as Rome, being a witness to the Lord. She was
eventually named an Apostle.
It is spoken in scripture Joanna and Mary Magdalene
prepared the cloths to wrap Jesus’ body after His crucifixion. She was also a
witness to the empty tomb after His resurrection. Her love for Jesus was deep,
and she served Him faithfully until the end of His life.
What made Joanna a powerful woman?
Joanna was brave and proud. She faced public
condemnation by becoming single and leaving a royal household, but she held her
head high amidst the turmoil and confusion. I’m sure her conversion to
Christianity was a radical change too.
When she lived among the elite and wealthy, she gave her
money to Jesus and the disciples. She was generous to a fault. Her high
values didn’t place wealth on personal belongings, but rather to God.
Joanna was inspiring because she transitioned from
an aristocratic woman to a humble servant during her life. She didn’t mourn the
loss of possessions but became a witness to the strength of the Lord. Money was
a means-to-an-end to serve others.
Jesus healed her ailments because he recognized the self-power
she had inside her to change.
Her stewardship to Jesus and the Gospel was
uncompromising, and in return, He blessed her with grace.
After Jesus’ death, Joanna became a traveling missionary.
It is implied that if she died outside the Holy Land, they brought her body back
to Jerusalem. In the Eastern Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches, they adorned
Joanna a saint.
Imagine if suddenly your body just appeared as an adult.
You are facing another human who looks different, and his name is Man.
Everything around is magically beautiful. Objects called trees stand taller
than yourself, and the ground is green with grass and shrubs.
God spoke to them saying they could eat from any fruit of
the trees except for the tree of good and evil in the middle of the garden. God
warned them if they ate from the tree, they would die. This scenario is precisely
the one Eve faced on her creation day. I wonder what her thoughts were at this
As she walked through the shrubbery, she saw a slithering
serpent who spoke to her. (Genesis 3:1-6, NIV)
“Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in
Eve responded, “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, for God knows that when
you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing
good and evil,” the serpent retorted.
The fruit on the tree looked delicious, so she picked it
off the stem and took a nibble. Then she handed it to the Man who also took a
bite of the irresistible fruit. Their eyes opened wide when they realized they
were naked. Ashamed and embarrassed, Adam and Eve pulled fig leaves off of the
trees, sewed them together, and covered the most intimate parts of their body.
Suddenly, they heard footsteps walking in the garden, so
they hid, in fear, among the trees. The Lord God approached them and asked why
they were hiding. Adam spoke first… “I was afraid because I was naked; so I
God said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you
eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” Adam and Eve
hung their heads down.
Adam answered, “The woman you put here with me—she gave
me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.” Then Eve responded to God, “The
serpent deceived me, and I ate.” (Genesis 3:11-13 NIV)
God sternly faced Eve and said, “I will make your pains
in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to
children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”
(Genesis 3:16 NIV)
Then the Lord God said to Adam, “Because you listened
to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must
not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil
you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and
thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of
your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it
you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (Genesis 3:17-19
The Lord made garments of skin for them to wear and moved
Adam to the east side of the Garden of Eden, where he would work the land for
food. Adam and Eve procreated, and a son, named Cain, was born. Later, another
son, Abel, was born. As they grew older, their children learned to struggle,
working in the fields.
Eve realized the curse God placed upon them, for life was
a battle. Childbirth was unbearable, and then she endured the death of her son,
Abel. The Lord punished Cain for killing Abel and placed him in the land of
Nod, east of Eden, to become a wanderer. We must do what is right before God or
reap the consequences.
Many misunderstandings about Eve swirl throughout the
generations and since the beginning of mankind. She is held responsible for the
sin of humanity by eating the forbidden fruit. Some believe she ‘enticed’ Adam
to eat it, too. However, there isn’t biblical truth to this statement. The fact
is, Adam did not have to take the fruit and eat it, but he did, knowingly aware
of the consequences.
Eve is mislabeled with names such as “the devil’s gateway,”
“temptress,“ and “wicked persuasion.” My response to any of those unwarranted
titles come from this standpoint – Eve did not know of evil, nor Satan and his lies.
How can she be singly be held accountable for the fall of mankind?
What made Eve a powerful woman?
Eve was the first woman, no other before her.
She is “the mother of all living,” for she is the
beginning of humanity. Eve represents the maternal potential of adult
women. She proclaimed the sons she gave childbirth to were created by man and
Eve was created with a pure heart, and her only
knowledge of life came from Adam and God.
Created in God’s image, Eve carries the feminine qualities of the character of God. Her power of being a woman teaches us mankind cannot exist without ‘womankind.’
Eve’s powerful story wasn’t so much about her good
qualities, but what she taught us about life and a relationship with God:
Disobedience to God leads us to follow our own will, thus
unfortunate consequences. She believed Satan rather than God. How many of us,
today, act on impulse versus praying to God for the correct answer to problems?
When we compromise God’s Word by blocking out or changing
the parts we refuse to hear, it becomes a means to continue sinning.
If we do not resist sin when it presents itself, we will eventually give in to the temptation.
Next Sunday will be the final two women in this series. Be sure to join us!