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Am I Thankful?

Am I Thankful? I Thessalonians 5:18  In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
In everything, refers to everything that occurs in our life. We are to demonstrate and express thanks for everything no matter the circumstance or trial that may come our way. God commands us to find reasons for thanking Him. Have we been unsuccessful in thanking Him for all He has done for us? If we are saved, and living for God, we have one thing left to do in order to follow God’s will—be thankful.
When the love of my life passed away over fifteen years ago, the verse that rang out in my heart and mind was(I Thessalonians 5:18).Certainly, I was not thankful for his death but through his death it taught me to be thankful in all things, even with death. There is no greater teacher than the Instructor that educates through life’s experiences. Through the finality of death, God guided and restored my broken and weakened heart. How could I be thankful for such a time …

Divorce, A Complicated Life

Divorce, A Complicated Life Matthew 19:9  “. . . whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”
To say that sin makes a mess of one’s life would underestimate the consequences of our sinful nature.  Sin's outcome can haunt us for the rest of our lives and some may feel it can bring untold ruin upon the family name. Because sin does complicate our lives, we sometimes make wrong choices that bring severe ramifications and devastating after effects. 
The decision to divorce is one of those life changing alternatives. We have found ourselves at one of life’s most important crossroads with an extremely difficult decision to make. Are you thinking no one knows exactly how you feel or understands the pressures shaping your decision?  If you are thinking this, you’ll be relieved to know you are wrong. God’s Word offers a comprehensive guide to answering those questions.
In Bible times, divorce was running rampant and men, especially, were divor…

What Happens When I Fail?

What HappensWhen I Fail? Proverbs 3:5,6 Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
What happens when we fail before a Holy God? Are we doomed to struggle in guilt  plummeting into hopelessness and despair? Will we ever be forgiven? Are we without hope or any possibility of God’s mercy? After counseling with many women who have fallen into Satan’s snare, there is one common denominator they all battle with. They have listened to his lies and believed they are far too imperfect and unacceptable for God to ever love or forgive. Women in addiction are especially dominated by self-reproach and depression using any kind of substance to relieve their conscience. Needless to say, substance abuse only makes matters worse and the feelings of guilt stronger. How can anyone ever attain freedom from the pit they’ve descended into or make the shame go away? This is a question so many have asked with …

In Times of Distress

In Times of Distress
Esther 4:1-8
In a crisis situation, how would you say you typically respond? Do you become hysterical, cry, seek counsel, try to run away, or react in some other way? Why do you think you respond in this way? Have you had to make some decisions that required great courage, humility or considerable trust in another? Esther, the Queen of Persia, and her cousin, Mordecai were in an overwhelming crisis in their lives. They must make a life or death decision regarding the Jewish people and their land.
Mordecai and Queen Esther had learned of a formal decree stating all Jews were to be destroyed. Mordecai, realizing that his nationality had been publicly announced, went into mourning. The wearing of sackcloth during mourning was against the law in the king’s gate. This was not surprising in light of the shallowness of spiritual life in the royal court. Esther sent clothes for Mordecai to put on but he, in his anguish and torment, refused them. The betrayal of the people wa…