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Message setting up the upcoming “Rise” series as I share what’s on my heart….

 

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I was working through a Scripture for a sermon not too long ago and was encouraged by a particular passage I wanted to share.

“The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.  Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops. ” James 5: 16b – 18

I started to wonder “Have I ever stopped rain with my prayers? Have I ever made it rain with my prayers? If Elijah is just a man like me, then what made him so special?”

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On this anniversary of one of the worse events in our history, I am reminded of all the lives that were changed in so many ways. So many stories have emerged over the years that have brought tears, comfort, and our admiration of the fallen hereos.

Today, I want to share one of those stories with you. A few years back, a young woman named Yvette Gonzalez came to our church and shared her story. She was in the World Trade Centers when they were attacked. She was kind enough to let us record her talk and it was placed on our church website for any to hear. If you would like to hear her incrediable story and her thoughts on “Where was God when this happened?”, just click here, scroll down till you see “Testimony from Yvette Gonzalez”, and click download or stream to listen.

Prayers for our nation and for those touched in the most personal of ways…….

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Today’s review is a book I was very much looking forward to called “Plan B” by Pete Wilson. He is a Nashville pastor who I follow on Twitter. Over the last year I have appreciated his outlook as well as his personal touch in responding to a few direct texts for myself. So, when I found out he was coming out with his first book, I was excited.

When I first got the book, I quickly skimmed the summary and thumbed through the contents and feared I was going to be disappointed. It seemed very basic, common sense, and not as deep as I hoped. I am thrilled to report that as I dug in and read more, my first impression was way wrong! I loved this book!

With the perfect balance of true life stories, honest and open sharing from his own life, and fresh perspectives on the life application of several Biblical stories… this book cuts to the chase for any who are experiencing life in  a different way than they expected. Going through tough days? Did your dream fall apart and you’re left with the pieces? Wondering why all your intentions fell short but it still seems like God is calling you? Angry at God because life isn’t what you thought it was going to be? Snag this book! Again, I say snag this book! Simply wonderful…..

I received this book from Thomas Nelson publishing for an honest review…..

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Special Speaker at our Sunday Morning Gathering

Mina Raulston

Home Should Be Safe:
Hope and Help for Domestic Violence Victims

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One Hope

I’ve been thinking about hope lately, as well as everyone else I guess. Like many, we are struggling here and there; the store is struggling hard finanacialy and with landlord issues, trying to raise our kids right, dealing with contracts, full schedules, and overwhelming challenges.

Lately, I have been looking for the source of our hope. Why do we have hope? Do we have hope? How to look up with so much storm raging in our lives?

I’m going to be sharing about this Sunday at church and, if you are in the Marion area and you have struggles too, I want to invite you out. You can find all the info about our church, directions, times and what not on our web-site. However, I really want to open the doors to others in a similar boat as ours to come together and focus on hope. It could change your perspective on the days you are going through.

If you aren’t from the area or you see thi slate, the podcast will be on the web-site (www.theshepherdsfellowship.org)  in a week or so from the writing of this blog. Fell free to listen but I do think this is one of those times where being together, talking together, and sharing life together will add to some of the truths I have been seeing.

Join us this Sunday, won’t you?

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 Lately I have been doing more blogging on our church’s website. I’m in no way leaving my site here, it’s just we are in a 30 day period of time as a church and I have been writing daily devotional blogs as part of our journey. If you are interested in them, you can see them here. Below if the one from yesturday that I wanted to share as it seems things are tough on a lot of people right now. Thanks for stopping by!)

 

 

2 Corinthians 1:8-11 (New International Version)

“We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about the hardships we suffered in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired even of life. Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.”

 
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