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    by Cecelia Lester

June 24, 2022

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,

a stronghold in times of trouble. Psalm 9:9 (NIV)

From time to time in our Christian walk we face situations where we feel helpless. By this, I mean we don’t feel we have the strength to do anything to fix the issue. It seems we have to live with it. But really we don’t because we have Jesus interceding before God on our behalf.

I recently made a visit to a hospital to see an elderly lady from our church. My visitation partner and I came away blessed by the dear lady’s spirit. She spoke with difficulty…  ( Click for more )

June 17, 2022
Recently, as I read our local newspaper, I became sad about the violence occurring in our cities, our nation, and our world: People unable to peacefully resolve their differences, others, carrying weapons going into schools and taking out the lives of defenseless children and those called to educate them. Memorial Day weekend……  ( Click for more )
For we ourselves were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts, and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful and hating one another. But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward men appeared, not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to His mercy……  ( Click for more )
June 3, 2022
Patient in Tribulation Be kindly affectionate to one another with brotherly love, in honor giving preference to one another, not lagging in diligence to one another, serving the Lord, rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer. Romans 12:10-12……  ( Click for more )
May 27, 2022

In my reading, I happened upon a fact I hadn’t realized before. In Exodus, God instructs Moses that He has a very special name, “I AM WHO I AM”. (Ex.3:14a) God then goes on to advise this hesitant emissary, “This is what you are to say to the Israelites, ‘I AM has sent you’.”

During my freshman year of college, I took an introductory religion class. One thing I remember from that class is the early Hebrews did not say God’s name. They wrote the letters YHWH that have become the name Yahweh. What I learned this week is Yahweh comes…  ( Click for more )

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. James 1:2-4 (NKJV) As believers in Christ, we are faced with many trials as we……  ( Click for more )
May 13, 2022
Patience, Comfort Through Scriptures For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with……  ( Click for more )
For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope. Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus, that you may with one mind and one mouth glorify the……  ( Click for more )
These things I have spoken to you that in Me you will have peace. In the world you Will have tribulation; but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world. John 16:33 (NKJV) Jesus gives His disciples further guidance in this passage. He tells them that He has chosen to say these things for them to……  ( Click for more )
April 29, 2022

Thanksgiving is a holiday we celebrate on the fourth Thursday of November. We, as a nation spend time preparing and or eating a ‘traditional’ dinner. During the day we may find some time to reflect on things for which we are thankful.

However, thanksgiving encompasses much more. As God’s children we, on a regular basis, are to express gratitude to God for all He has done for us. God’s word has several scriptural passages that speak of giving thanks to God for His presence, His miraculous deeds, and His gifts to us and the people He sends into our lives…  ( Click for more )

April 22, 2022
Peace, I leave with you, My peace I give you, not as the world gives you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27 (NKJV) Jesus tells His disciples that he leaves them peace, His peace,……  ( Click for more )
April 15, 2022
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) Paul gives the believers at……  ( Click for more )
April 15, 2022
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) Paul gives the believers at……  ( Click for more )
You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) I find these words comforting. They convey the core message of our search for peace. We will find peace when we keep our focus, our eyes, on God. In this world, something always……  ( Click for more )
April 1, 2022
A Cure for Anxiety Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV) ……  ( Click for more )
March 25, 2022
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, whom……  ( Click for more )
March 18, 2022

What does it mean to have a thankful heart? I have come to believe that we need to have a thankful heart in order to grow in the Lord.

A Humbled Heart

Can we appreciate an act of God and not be humbled by that one deed? Jesus Christ, by his very willingness to go to death on the cross for our sins, humbled Himself before God. (Philippians 2:5-8) We have written evidence that Jesus wrestled in prayer over this.

The Apostle wrote often of his life belonging to Christ. One passage I am falling in love with is Acts 27:23: “Last night an angel of God whose I am…  ( Click for more )

March 11, 2022
But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me, have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ; and most of the brethren in the Lord, having become more confident……  ( Click for more )
March 4, 2022

“Let us come before him with thanksgiving

and extol him with music and song.” Psalm 95:2 (NIV)

One of the first things small children are taught by their parents is the phrase, “Thank you.”

When they learn those words, the parents introduce “You’re welcome” into their vocabulary.

When a child is a preschooler and he or she receives a gift or a favor, the parents may have to remind the children by asking, “What do you say?”

As God’s children, we learn to express our thanks to Him in many different…  ( Click for more )

February 25, 2022

“Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God.

I will strengthen you, yes I will help you, I will uphold

You with My righteous right hand. For I, the Lord your God,

Will hold your right hand. Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”

(Isaiah 41:10,13 NKJV)

As humans, we sometimes have fears. Some of us chose not to voice them to others because we think might be looked at as being silly. Small children are afraid of the dark. Certain adults, as children, got scared of storms and have that fear with them their…  ( Click for more )

February 18, 2022
Love, Do Good, Bless, Pray But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. To him who strikes you on one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes your cloak, do not withhold your……  ( Click for more )
February 11, 2022
He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God sent His only begotten Son into the world that we might live through Him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. Beloved,……  ( Click for more )
February 4, 2022
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16 (NKJV) We all learned this verse as children in Sunday school. We could recite it from memory with ease. For……  ( Click for more )
January 28, 2022

“Do not worry about tomorrow.

It has enough troubles of it’s own”

Matthew 6:34

Everyone talks about it, but no one does anything to change it. Some people call the issue “just plain nerves” I speak of stress.

Several years ago, when I took classes from a community college, I heard stress was an element found in all activities. There is good stress–eustress and bad stress–distress. Eustress is the oohs and aahs we experience when we watch fireworks celebrations. Distress is the feeling we have when we hear bad news. …  ( Click for more )

January 21, 2022
    Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? Therefore, we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in the newness of life. Romans……  ( Click for more )
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