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April Issue Vol. 17 No. 10 The Christian Online Magazine™
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Quotes and Short Teachings
by Darlene Osborne
Do you have low self-esteem? Our Heavenly Father never intended any of us to have low self-esteem or to feel insignificant in any way. He created us all to feel good about ourselves and to succeed in everything we do. When we don't feel as if we are succeeding in life, we become discontent. And discontentment can easily bring on feelings of insignificance. Read more here
Joy Through the Storm
by L. Joy Douglas
This has been a rough week for me emotionally. I truly feel as though I have been “hard pressed on every side”. I am exhausted physically, mentally and emotionally. Many tears have been shed and sleep is lacking. Worries abound, and I feel so very weak.Work has been extremely busy and filled with unique challenges. It has been a huge difficulty to keep my mouth shut and my attitude in check. That makes it all the harder to smile and treat my clients with the respect and care they deserve.
Leigh's Spiritual Garden
by Leigh Moran
by Brooke Cox
To me, it sounded like something in a book or a TV show. Recently I read the strangest story about a Canadian man who remembered who he was after 30 years of amnesia. He left his home one day in 1986 to visit Niagara Falls and disappeared. 30 years later he woke up and remembered his old identity. He told his social worker the story. She doubted him, but contacted the woman he said was his mother. The social worker soon found out his story was true. I’m sure scientists will be investigating this for years to come
SnapShots of Grace
By Danny Woodall
My cousin Ronnie McGuire could play the piano. He played in bars along the Upper Texas Gulf Coast, visiting bands would try to get him to join them, but he chose to stay home. Most of the honky-tonks pianos were not well tune. When he had a chance to play a well-tuned piano, his eyes would light up. His lifestyle caught up with him, and the last year of his life he changed his way of living. Away from the dance halls he had a chance to repent of his sins and accept Christ as his Savior.
There are several factors that can cause a piano to get out of tune. The wear and tear on the piano, the humidity of the room, and the tension on the strings can affect the sound of the piano. Like a piano, there are several things which cause our lives to get out of tune with God.
by Shelley Pierce
It is such a privilege to be your pastor’s wife. The responsibility is oftentimes daunting. I consider it to be both a calling and a gift.
I get to be a part of your lives on a very special level. I get to laugh with you and celebrate accomplishments. I get to praise God with you for answered prayer. I also have the honor of crying with you when you are hurt or suffer loss.
Let God wrap you
–in His warm and tender love
Guest Writers this Month
Joey Johnson: A Humble Lesson in Humility
Kleber Mbenoun: Cash from Heaven Through an ATM Machine
by Kleber Mbenoun
In 2009, Mathew was going through a tough time for a couple of weeks. He was broke, having used much of his savings to come up for his tenants’ failure to pay their rent. Bills were piling up and he did not even have a car.
One day, at a breaking point of his life, he borrowed his roommate’s car and went for an ATM transaction. On the way there, he poured out his heart to God. He asked Him to give him $1500 dollars to buy a used car to allow him to go to work.
After completing his transaction as he walked back toward the car, he heard a beeping noise, the kind of noise that ATM machines make when dispensing cash. He turned around to look and saw bills coming out of the machine. He picked them up, and counted fourteen 100 dollars bills and two 50 dollars bills.
Believing this to be the ATM’s malfunction, he went home, checked his account, and found nothing missing. The next day, he went to one of the bank branches and inquired about the source of these funds. After checking with the bank teller, she told him that nothing was missing from the bank’s end. As soon as he stepped out of the building, the Lord reminded him of the prayer he made for money. But he was so broke that he used $1000 of these funds to pay his credit card and other bills, gave $100 to his fiancée, and was left with $400.
One week later, a friend told him of someone selling a car. It was a fully loaded-1996-Honda Accord, whose retail value was at least $2500. Although he had no money, Matthew went to see the car and asked the seller how much he was selling it for. The seller replied that he would sell it to him at Matthew’s price. To his surprise, the seller accepted $300 for the car, on the condition that he takes back the new tires he had just put on it.
When Matthew went with a tow truck to pick up the car, the seller decided to let go of the tires.
The take away? A couple of things:
1. God still does supernatural things: God still meets His children’s needs in amazing ways. In the small circle of His intimates, such happenings are not uncommon. I have heard stories of believers who received a paycheck came inexplicably higher than expected after praying for a need.
2. God is faithful to His own: How many times have God’s children compromised their integrity, landed in the arms of wrong life-mates, or spent sleepless nights worrying just because they fail to take God at His word? He said that “I will never leave nor forsake you” (Hebrew 13:5).
3. What to do to experience God’s faithfulness in finances
Maintain intimacy with God: After making the decision to truly accept Jesus-Christ as your Lord and Savior, spend quality time everyday with God in prayer and Bible reading. Read more..