Kindness

Excellencies of Christ

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By louis gander

(based on a true story)

A stranger asked if he could help.
I said, “…not going far.”
(I’d tie this big old cab’net down
on top of my old car).
Insist, he did, that he should help.
He saw that I was stuck.
Twelve miles he drove out of his way.
He hauled it in his truck.

He backed up to my little shack.
He helped me take it out
and then said “God will bless you too”
without an ounce of doubt.
I said, “Thank you” repeatedly.
I had no cash that day –
but he just waved with widest smile
as he drove off, away.

When someone new in Christ is met
joy’s tears begin to flow,
for kindness is the only gift
that some will ever know.
Aside from grace, his kindness was
the best that I’ve been given,
and pray again, another time
to thank him up in Heaven.

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Good Stewards

By Faith

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Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

 – by C D Swanson

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:8-10 KJV)

We are called to be good stewards in all that we do through the course of our lives. It is the work we do because of Him that ultimately determines our eternity, which has been ordained and given to us by the grace of God, who has saved us through our faith.

God has a purpose for His children comprised of numerous factors, including sanctification, stewardship, and our services. Our continuous growth in holiness is essential to drawing near to God. When we surrender and submit to the Holy Spirit, our character will transform and become more like the Lord’s. And, our Stewardship-managing according to God’s priorities-will take on new and profound depths as we work according to His will. Our time, talents and treasures are precious gifts created by Him and for Him.

We lovingly serve our Father through obedience and ministering to others, as did Jesus (Matthew 20:28). Our service for the kingdom is to mark our life in a righteous and Christ-like manner. During our “walk” we may come across road blocks- several in fact-but the Holy Spirit and His divine presence will encourage and support us in ways that man cannot. Remember, with God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26).

C D is an advocate for the elderly, married, the author of fifteen books, a devotional website, and contributes to various online magazines and sites. Read her newest book Faded Memories Anew . Contact

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Just A Prayer Away (Poem)

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~ By Deborah Ann Belka

Feeling a little depressed,
having a hard day
remember this one thing
hope ~ is just a prayer away.

Prayer is the key,
that unlocks our doubt
when we trust Jesus
to figure all things out.

Life in a turmoil,
can’t stand the commotion
just turn to Jesus
with prayer and devotion.

You can always tell Jesus,
about your wants and needs
whether you are standing
or down your knees.

Not sure what to do,
or the way you should go
just tell Jesus all about it
in prayer let, Him know.

It doesn’t matter where you are,
or the time of the day
so remember this one thing
Jesus ~ is just a prayer away!

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Psalm 55:17
King James Version

“Evening, and morning, and at noon,
will I pray, and cry aloud:and he shall
hear my voice.”

Copyright 2013
Deborah Ann Belka
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http://poetrybydeborahann.wordpress.com/

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

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The Lord Holds All Strength

Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

Be Strong Trust God

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by Lynn Gipson

The Lord is my strength and my song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him, my Father’s God, and I will exalt Him. Exodus 15:2

This morning I needed to read this very bible verse. I am watching someone I love very much disintegrate mentally before my very eyes and I feel helpless as to what to do about it. I am her caregiver, and my own health is questionable at this point.

This is a time when I seek God with all of my being, because I have no idea what the future holds for either of us. My faith in God has just increased a thousand times, because I know He will deliver us. My life and the life of a loved one is in His hands.

My God is my salvation, I praise and exalt Him, because I know He holds all strength. He hears my prayers, and He will answer. I have no fear.

Today’s writer is a cancer survivor who finds herself fighting again with the Lords help. FaithWriters is asking you to keep her in your prayers. Contact

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Will the Real Spirit Man Please Stand Up?

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By Rochelle Arnold

We are spirits that live in a body.  The real essence of who we are is the spirit man. Our spirit man lives inside our body.  We possess a soul which is our ability to make decisions.  God is a spirit, therefore, it is necessary to understand the nature of the spirit.  The natural mind is unable to understand spiritual matters, because it doesn’t make sense to the carnal man.  The Bible says that spiritual discernment is impossible without being born again.  To the fleshly man things of the spirit seem like nonsense.

“But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” (1 Corinthians 2:14)

We are born once of our mother into this natural world.  We are born with original sin which is the result of Adam’s fall in the garden. As children are developing, we notice that often times they don’t want to share.  A child’s inclination is to be stingy. We don’t have to teach them to be stingy. We may also notice that our children develop skills very early on to manipulate our behavior. That’s why some experts recommend that you do not immediately pick up a crying baby.  Especially if we are trying to get the child to sleep. My point is that we are born with an inclination to sin.  Our parents have to teach us right from wrong.

The spirit is what brings life into the body.  In the beginning God breathed life into dust to create Adam.  Without the breath of God, Adam would not have existed.  In the same way when the body dies, the spirit exits the body, leaving only the flesh.  Where the spirit goes depends on whether or not the person has made Jesus Christ Lord of his life.  For God so loved the world that he gave his only son that whosoever believes in him will not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)  If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  (Romans 10:9)

Our soul is our mind, which gives us the ability to make decisions.  In other words, you are a spirit that lives in a body and possesses a soul.  You can either be controlled by your fleshly mind, or you can be controlled by your spirit.  For example, if you are constantly watching violent films and looking at pornography, you are feeding your fleshly mind.  If on the other hand, you are reading the Word of God, you are feeding your spirit.

Faith comes by hearing the Word of God, this is why there are preachers and teachers.  The Holy Spirit gives believers the ability to understand and rightly discern the Word of God.  So when someone asks Jesus Christ into their life, it is because the Holy Spirit has revealed Jesus to them.  It is the responsibility of believers then, to share the Word of God with people they come in contact with.

The spirit of man can also be referred to as the heart of man.  “Is not my Word like as a fire?  Says the Lord; and like a hammer that breaks the rock (stony heart) in pieces?  (Jeremiah 23:29).  In order to be saved, a person must have a soft heart.  When we speak the Word of God it softens a man or woman’s heart.  The Word of God is like fire and like a hammer that breaks through the hardened heart.  The heart must be ready or prepared to receive the Word of God.

So if you are ready to receive Jesus Christ as your own personal Savior, repeat the following prayer:

Dear Jesus,

Today I invite you into my life.  I recognize that I am a sinner and I also realize that you came to die for me.  Father God sent you to this earth to show us the way to heaven, and there is only one way, through Jesus Christ.  Holy Spirit, come into my heart and change it so that I may be born again of the spirit and able to have eternal life.  Teach me from your Word and order my steps in the way that I should go.  I believe in my heart that you died on the cross, and I confess with my mouth that you are my Savior.

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Faith

Child Like Faith

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By Michael Hume

“The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love.” Galatians 5:6 This is the sum of life. The purpose and the rewards all hinge on this.

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews11:6 Before I began a day by day personal friendship with Jesus, I did not know how to reach God and to hear from Him actively. That came after I accepted Jesus as Saviour, started praying and began reading the Bible. I did not know how to please God, but now I know that when He opens up a season of faith, and I go forward with Him, He is pleased with me. Before my faith life, at no point did God ever say that He was pleased with me.

“We walk by faith not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7. Natural sight is prone to a lot of input. It can be confused by Satan, by telepathic messages from the deceiver and worldly, it can be afflicted by unbelief and doubt, or self can clutter our view. Satan always tries to put his view into your mind and heart. The only thing to look at is what God is saying and doing. By reminding yourself of what God said before, His promises to you and how to go about the faith life. This makes faith active and real in the present.

Abraham “Did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:20,21. Abraham was given promises by God and even when unbelief came, at another level was his faith. He believed what God said would come true, and chose to ignore the unbelief. That is what we also should do. Constantly remind ourselves of God’s promise, give Him glory all along the way and even more when the promise materialises.

Michael Hume. Christian since 1987. Believe the Bible in original form is true, and in a daily personal relationship with Jesus. A freelance writer. Copyright belongs to author.

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Are You Persuaded?

All You Need is Love

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Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

 – by R. Marie Thompson

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:35-39 NKJ

This passage of scripture reminds me that no matter what, God loves me! It also reminds me of how much I love Him! My favorite words, “I am persuaded.” I am persuaded that I am a conqueror in times of tribulation because I know that He loves me and He is with me! I am persuaded that I am a conqueror when I am distressed because I know that He loves me and He will help see me through! I am persuaded that I am more than a conqueror during persecution for His name sake because I know that He loves me and that He honors those who honor Him! I am persuaded that I am a conqueror in times of famine and nakedness because I know that He loves me and ‘He knows what I have need of’ which means He will provide for all my needs. I am persuaded that I am a conqueror in times of peril because I know that He loves me, He is my sword, ‘my shield and my buckler.’

There is nothing that can separate us from His love for us. It is constant and ever present. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. His love for us, His creation, never changes. His love is the lifeline that sees us through and it is the one thing that we can always count on! His love for us is more powerful than death, life, angels, principalities, powers, heights, depths, or any created thing.

I too, am persuaded that nothing can separate us from His love and so – me and my house, we will LOVE the Lord!

R. Marie Thompson is a Youth Pastor from New Hampshire who has a love for God and a passion for sharing His Word. Contact

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Let Grace Carry You

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By Deborah Ann Belka

Let grace carry you,

when you are weary

let it bring you hope

when you are teary.

Let grace carry you,

it’s arms are open wide

let it be your light

your everlasting guide.

Let grace carry you,

thru the storms of life

let it bring you calm

in the midst of strife.

Let grace carry you,

your burdens it’ll bear

let it remove from you

your every single care.

Let grace carry you,

past the pain and grief

let it comfort you

with everlasting relief.

Let grace carry you,

in the arms of eternal love

let it bring you the peace

from our Father up above!

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Hebrews 4:16

King James Version

“Let us therefore come boldly unto the

throne of grace, that we may obtain

mercy, and find grace to help in time of

need.”

Copyright 2013

Deborah Ann Belka

bdebby@hotmail.com

http://www.hiswingsshadow.com

http://poetrybydeborahann.wordpress.com/

TO GOD BE THE GLORY!

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Trustworthy

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Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

 by Ennis Smith

James 5:12 (NIV)Above all, my brothers, do not swear-not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. Let your “Yes” be yes, and your “No,” no, or you will be condemned.

How many times do we let ourselves down? How many times do we disappoint the ones we love? Each year, millions of people make new-year resolutions destined to failure. Every day, parents make promises to children but renege, for a myriad of reasons. We make promises we have no real intention of keeping. Each broken promise diminishes our trust in ourselves. When we lose trust, we lose faith.

James tells us to keep it simple. Promises are not necessary, to bind a decision into action. We need to have a transformation in our way of thinking. Romans 12:2 says, “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” The power of “Yes” should become the binding word. Conversely, the power of “No” should also be a definitive answer. Anything other than “yes” or “no” is the work of the evil one.

The world teaches us, it is perfectly okay to recant on a promise, because they’re broken every day. But, as Christians, we need to hold ourselves to higher standards. Jesus never had to promise anything. His word was his bond. When He said “Yes,” it was done. When He spoke “No,” it was undone. Today, let your “Yes” and “No” speak to the truth of your character. Let these small words prove your trustworthiness.

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Do Not Dwell on the Past

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Inspired by Rev 7:9-12

 by Maria Egilsson

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past.  See, I am doing a new thing!  Now it springs up; do you not perceive it?” (Isa 43:18-19)

The fire burns low in the hearth, flames flicker with hope and life.  But when the fire is spent, nothing remains but ash.  What once burned hot is now cold.

There are times you may feel cold as you sit among the ashes that no longer glow with life. Everyone faces situations of trial, suffering and grief. But God promises that even in seasons like this, He is at work. When you are at your lowest ebb, He is there. It is His loving kindness and compassion that lifts the sense of hopelessness and the weight of despair. Every morning He gives fresh mercies that sustain and encourage the weary one just like He did for the Israelites in the desert. Our manna is the bread of His word. God is making the way for something new.

Sometimes we have to let go of situations – wanting what isn’t anymore. Letting go of “old dreams”, previous “fires” allows closure to come and a chance for something new. Sometimes what seems to be an end is the start of a new beginning. Even Jesus, while on the cross, stated: “It is finished”. Redemption could only come when the work of the old was done. Take hope. The hearth will not remain cold and full of gritty ash. He will rekindle the flame once again.

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