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May Issue Vol. 16 No. 11 The Christian Online Magazine™
Welcome to Our May Issue
With all the teaching that continually goes on in the Christian community today about prosperity one might think that money is the only thing that matters. That if you have money, or enough of it, you can buy anything even the blessings of God. I witnessed a minister on television trying to sell God’s blessings. You know what? People were actually trying to buy them.
Don’t misunderstand me, I have nothing against godly prosperity; it is the prosperity message circulating today that is in question. Although many teach the message the way it should be taught there are still those who want to dwell on it day in and day out, never dealing with any other issues in the Christian walk and leaving many under nourished in the Word of God. Read more..
Leigh's Spiritual Garden: Pain
by Leigh Moran, Staff Writer
Hope Etc. Cursing the Rain
Once there was a woman who purchased tomato plant seedlings. She carefully prepared the ground and did everything within her power to give the young plants a safe place to grow. She planted the seedlings with loving hands, mounding the soil around the tender stems.
She went indoors and watched her plants through a window. She thought of the delicious tomatoes she would one day enjoy.
Much to her disdain, the sky turned black and she heard distant thunder. She grabbed an umbrella and hurried to the rescue of her helpless seedlings. She stood over the plants and held firm to the umbrella. The rain poured but not a drop fell to the earth surrounding her future tomato harvest.
Joy Through the Storm: An Open Door
The other day, I was getting ready for work and our youngest dog was sitting there by the bathroom whining. That usually means, “Mom, I want to go outside.” So, I put down my blow dryer and went to open the door for him. He just sat there and looked at me.
“Well? Go on!” I said.
He looked out into the yard but didn’t budge. So, I shrugged and told him, “Hey, I did you a favor. Don’t just sit there whining when the door is wide open.”
Then, I had to chuckle. Isn’t that so often the way it is with God and His children? We whine and bemoan our situation, asking God to intervene. But, when he opens the door and shows us the path, we hesitate and just sit on our behinds; sometimes continuing to complain even in the face of grace.
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with Lisa L. Hnath, Staff Writer
Happy May! This lemony yellow coffeecake is a delightful way to welcome spring.
by Evelyn Horan
There are things in my life that cause me problems. Sometimes, I make decisions that are not right for me. It is not always easy to say “no” to some choices others ask me to share with them. I make mistakes by giving in to their ideas without using the wisdom God has given me. At times, I think I’m the only one who starts out with good intentions. Then something goes wrong in the situation, possibly not according to God’s will. That is when I feel disappointed in myself. I wonder what I could have done differently. Why did things turn out badly for me? Then just before I feel really discouraged, I remember God is my friend. He cares when I make mistakes, and He is always ready to help me straighten out the problems I have created.
by Karen Rice
I realize that I did not know what real beauty was, until I had to face the most important thing in my life.
When I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer a few years back, I reacted like most who receive a cancer diagnosis; first thing came to mind was a “death sentence.” However, I found out later that it was truly “an awakening.” I began questioning God, “Why would You do this to me? What had I done in life so bad to have this placed upon me?” But, instead of bemoaning my fate, I decided to look for the positive side of my status in life. There has to be a reason for all of this.
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