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Hatred


 

Hatred stirs up conflict, but love covers over all wrongs.– Proverbs 10:12 (NIV)

Today’s commentary by Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org

When we are wronged the first reaction can be a desire for revenge—to make the offender pay for the pain they have inflicted upon us. But that only creates more pain and hatred in an ever-increasing circle. Godly love is willing to pay the emotional payment for the wrong done. It is not easy, but in the long run, only love can cover over the deeds and heal the heart.

 

 

 

Share Your Bounty


Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? Isaiah 58:6-7

 For a while, I found it  so hard to figure out where to share food. I Each day I read or hear on the news that hundreds of thousands or millions were stolen from charities (like Haiti). I am afraid I no longer give monetary gifts to organizations that provide food. This is a hard thing to admit. However, God does not want me to  stop helping, but does want me to be wise with my money. Throughout the years I  have worked in food pantries and given faithfully to organizations. I tried to reach out and do the right thing. I had gotten disillusioned and felt a despair. It upsets me and I began to feel what’s the use? 

Do you find it hard to figure out where to share with others because of other’s greed?  However, it’s especially hard  for people during all the holidays. Many elderly, shut-ins, and people on low incomes find it hard to enjoy the holidays. We all have food banks in our communities, so this is an easy answer to sharing food. Many stores have great sales on canned veggies and fruits. Rice a Roni, Noodle Roni, mac and cheese, jello, pudding and all sorts of other inexpensive items can be purchased. I give my self a limit and see how much I can purchase. I never forget the goodies because they always make the body feel good. Time is getting short, so go out as soon as you can. I’ll be going out this week, or it won’t get to the pantry in time for Easter distribution. God did it with only five loaves and two fishes, surely we can spare a five cans or two boxes of food. These too will multiply.

Lord help us to give to others without resentment and despair. Help our gifts to be multiplied ten fold. Help our friends to enjoy our gifts and have a wonderful Easter. Amen

Miriam Part 1 ~ Devoted Sister


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 I’m sure most of you know about Miriam, the little girl who watched over her three-month-old brother as he sailed in a basket boat on the crocodile-infested River Nile. We’ve probably also heard the story of the Hebrew boy who grew up in an Egyptian palace. But during that time, what was happening to his sister, Miriam?
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If you have ever felt inadequate, if you battle inferiority because you are a woman, or if you feel unable to make good decisions, you need to read his book! God made us as we are, because man needed us! (Don’t believe me? Read Genesis 2:18.)

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Give a Little-Give a Lot


food-19One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty. -Proverbs 11:24 NIV

When I read this bible verse it touched me emotionally. I usually withheld giving to others because of a lack of enough funds to take care of our family. Do you give freely or without resentment. What I mean is, I felt forced because I was afraid my children would go without. I knew there were people who were worse off than we were, but that fear immobilized me. I decided to give to the food bank. If I didn’t have money to buy food, I took it from our excess storage. I figured I could eventually replace it later. I donated toys at Christmas and my children helped me choose the toys. It became a family project. We never did miss the items we shared. A joy filled us because we knew we were making another family’s journey a little easier.

Have you heard it said that generous people generate things. If we remember that the world is abundantly provided for us by God, we are able to give freely because of  what has been freely given to us. But if we consider everything as limited and sparse, we hold back the things that others need. We can give a box of cereal or a can of soup. We don’t know, it may be just what someone needs. When I don’t give, it  creates a darkness in my soul that leads to a  poverty within. I feel empty because of my inability to let go and give. Once we began letting go, we realized how blessed we are and we never go totally without. How do you view what has been entrusted to you? Are you afraid to let go and give to others? Don’t be afraid because God will bless you and you won’t miss it.

Lord remind us that through giving of ourselves and our abundance, whether it’s one can of food or a dozen it all matters. Help us to remember you supply our need and we will never go without nourishment in body or soul.


bibleTomorrow is a National Day of Prayer and calls on all people of different faiths in the United States to pray together for the nation and its leaders. I love that phrase people of all faiths. We are all American, despite what our faith may be. This idea of a day of prayer for our nation isn’t new. We’ve had them, since our country was forming.

Many events in communities across the United States will include: choirs and bands performing songs relating to prayer; community prayer breakfasts or luncheons; daytime prayer walks; and evening worship and prayer services or gatherings. National Day of Prayer is a time for people of all faiths to pray together in their own way. Whatever festivities we may attend, we need to remember to take the time to pray. Our nation needs it and so do we. Our future and the future of our country needs this collective prayer day.

Rest in God’s Power


Do Good to Others

 

 

so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power. 1 Corinthians 2:5New International Version (NIV)

Do you go to your friends for help with your problems? I used to. I always felt they understood life better than I did. I expected they would have the wisdom that I lacked. It took a while, but before too long, I realized I had made a very bad decision. I didn’t get wise advice, my problems got worse, my friends weren’t available for counseling and I began to feel they didn’t care. That wasn’t true. My friends were experiencing the same issues that I was and as well-meaning as they were they couldn’t  help. I began to rely on prayer,  talked to God, and my faith began to grow. I didn’t get immediate answers, but I began to develop an assurance that an answer would present itself. I didn’t feel I had to control all situations in my life. God was always guiding me and available to listen to me.

God will never let you down either and is always available to talk to. We don’t have to wait for him answer a text or phone call. We have a direct line to God. We just open our hearts and lift our voices in prayer. God is a ready listener and be a guide toward an answer to our problems. Whether it’s is a problem at home or at work, he will help find a peaceful way to handle the situation. Reaction rather than God action always feeds into our confusion. We can spread Christ’s peace by not reacting to situations around us, while waiting for our answers. God will lead us to peace without saying a word.

Lord give us the patience and strength to come to you for your counsel and wisdom. We know you are the way, we just lose our way sometimes. Thank you for loving us through our problems.

Book Review Get to Know King David


King David

 

 

 

 

Nancy Sanders Biography “Get to Know King David” is another great biography in this series. Nancy describes David’s life and struggles as he makes his way to King. Nancy includes scripture verses to back up her historical facts. Even though we are aware David fought Goliath, Nancy shows us the fearful side of David, as he ran for his life from King Saul. She describes David’s sadness and anger, during his flight. Children will feel these emotions, as they read David’s biography.

Each biography describes each person’s life in details children can understand. At the same time Nancy uses some of the same maps and photographs, which will help the children make a connection, if they read the other biographies. Any or all of these biographies will be a definite asset to a child’s library.

Book Revew


Jesus

 

 

 

Nancy Sander’s Biography for Kids “Get to Know Jesus” is a wonderfully easy read for children. The biography shows the children how Jesus grew up and lived in biblical times. The biography sticks to scripture, while bringing Jesus’ life alive.

Nancy has a key for the children to find their way around the book. Nancy’s choice of photographs brings the reader into the historical side of Jesus’ story. She sticks to facts and scripture. The reader is drawn into the how, why and where of the Little Known Facts.

Nancy’s Did You Know? section gives the children fact based proof of the bible stories. Nancy has the words children may not be familiar with highlighted in the body of her writing. She has an explanation of the term at the bottom of the page as well as a glossary in the back of the book.

If Nancy mentions the 10 Commandments, Beatitudes, or Parables she lists them at the end of the chapter for the children with a corresponding bible reference. I am amazed at the amount of information Nancy includes in this biography. Nancy includes so much in this book, a child can go through the book many times and find something new.

Book Review


Mary

Nancy Sander’s Biography for Kids “Get to Know Mary”

 

 

Nancy Sander’s Biography for Kids “Get to Know Mary” gives an easy to read format for children. Nancy follows the Common Core Standards, while sticking to scripture. Mary’s Biography comes to life with color maps and wonderful photographs. Nancy’s word banks on each page are invaluable, as the child will not have to go to the glossary that is included and search out a meaning.

As Nancy weaves scripture and the facts of Mary’s life, I was captivated learning about Mary’s life. Children who read this biography will discover when, where, and how Mary lived her day-to-day life. This is another biography children will be delighted to read many times over and still find new information. One read won’t do it justice.

 

 

Book Review


Depression

 

 

 

Nancy’s Devotional book “Depression-What’s a Christian To Do” combines God’s word with management tools for depression. Each chapter begins with a bible personality within a fictional story, but the story stays scripturally based. She helps us relate to the humanness of the saints. Her Heart to Heart opens you to more of the life of the saint and how they handled their depression. Nancy gives a Point of Power, which encourages the reader with hands helps to work through their problems. She suggests memory books, writing a prayers, etc. Nancy closes with a scripturally based prayer. Your can use this as a daily meditation, however, you can put this book down and not have to worry about falling behind. You can pick it back up at any time you’re feeling down and begin again. God’s love and assistance will be your guide. Each devotional stands alone to heal your spirit.

 

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