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March Issue Vol. 16 No. 9 The Christian Online Magazine™
Welcome to Our March Issue
Surely the two words – suffering and blessed – have to be opposites. Suffering is defined as misery, hardships, and pain. Blessed means holy, beautiful, delightful. Blessing means a thing conducive to happiness, approval, favor, benefit, and good.
The dictionary entries for each show a definite contradiction. But, God has a way of making an oxymoron into a quite harmonious pair
Pelican Book Group is a Christian publisher. The editor in chief has a heart for people to know God. For this Lent time, from February 18th and on through the next forty days, the e-book catalog will be available for free. Check out the many titles available for download. If you know a friend you could encourage through some Christian books, share this with him or her. I would be honored to have you check out my titles, The Blessing Seer and Be The Blessing. Happy reading!
Leigh's Spiritual Garden: What About Heaven?
by Leigh Moran, Staff Writer
Hope Etc. You Found Me!
John chapter 10 reminds us that Jesus is The Good Shepherd who laid down His life for the sheep. We are the sheep of His pasture. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost.
I remember the day He found me. I remember confessing my personal sin and asking Him to be my Savior and live in my heart forever. It is good for us to remember our past, when we realized our need for The Good Shepherd. We find security and joy in recalling how The Good Shepherd cares for us and keeps His promises.
Joy Through the Storm: Building Trust
My eyes squint with the effort of gazing out across a sea of white. Blinding bright drifts reflect the light from a glassy, crystalized surface, making me shiver in spite of the coziness of my warm chair. The grandeur of dazzling scenery battles against my bleak state of mind as I wonder if winter will ever end. With a sigh, I offer yet another prayer with mediocre effort; not quite believing my supplication will be heard. So many prayers of late seem to fall on deaf ears because the answers are so long in coming, or seem to be unclear.Then, in the frozen silence, I hear it. “Do you trust Me, child?”
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Everyday Faith: Where is God in Times of Trouble?
by Jane Morin, Staff Writer
Many of us have encountered moments of doubt and maybe even total unbelief when prayers seemingly go unanswered. It seems in times of trouble, when we sense most that God decides to remain silent, or as Max Lucado once said, ‘Sits on his hands.” When we need a MIGHTY move of GOD, we can become very distraught and our faith can be shaken to the core if we walk by what we see, and not by faith.
Recently, I have encountered days, weeks and months like this. I have been believing God to move His mighty hand in a situation of a friend, and every time I see hope, I soon see despair take over again. What is it with God? Is He taunting me or is He trying to show me something else and I am not seeing it? Have you been there?
The Joy of Baking: Stovetop Baking
with Lisa L. Hnath, Staff Writer
So, it’s cold, cold, cold and we need hot, hot, hot meals to warm our families. This month’s entrée is a “Stovetop Bake”.
A Stovetop Bake is a dish that is “baked” in a skillet on top of the stove. And guess what? It contains fruit and nuts, so you get vitamin C and extra protein. Also, it’s pretty easy AND tasty (lightly cooking the curry powder in olive oil brings out the flavor). In fact, my husband, “Mr. Picky”, likes it! (Don’t worry, he admits he’s picky and the result of his “pickiness” is usually better, higher quality food!) Blessings on you and your family!