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“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature” Mark 16:15

Sharing your personal testimony, over time, should become easier.

Your story should focus on how God has changed your life.

Your joy and enthusiasm are significant elements.

Talk about how God transformed your life.

Explain how he became your motivation for living.

Tell about his love and promises, and what they mean to you.

Underscore how Jesus promised never to leave you or forsake you.

And how he will take you to heaven someday when life is done.

Remember, friend, the best testimony is a Christ-centered one.

Share your faith and help others share theirs,

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But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.” Isaiah 53:5

Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.” 1 John 4:11

Gracie Rosenberger sat in the waiting room welcoming the West African patients.
She was part of a medical mission helping poor and rich alike who waited for artificial limbs.
As a double-amputee, Gracie knows the loss of a limb can hinder relationships.

But even Gracie’s smile and laughter froze upon seeing Mary’s hand extended to hers.
Mary was missing fingers and her right leg -the results of Leprosy.
As Mary looked at Gracie, her eyes questioned, “Am I welcome, too?”
Taking Mary’s disfigured hand; Gracie broke into an even bigger, warmer smile.
She was reminded how Christ had welcomed HER sinful, diseased and maimed soul into HIS family.
Nothing could stop her from sharing the warm embrace of Jesus Christ.

Touching the untouchable becomes a privilege, friend,
when you recall how Christ reached out to you.

Peter & Gracie Rosenberger:   http://www.standingwithhope.com

Jesus not only touches our wounds, He heals our souls and welcomes us into His family.”

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Beth’s prayer was to be used by God.  He had given her the gift of hospitality, but she thought it was just for friendly ‘get togethers’.  But could God use her social gift as an outreach? The answer was YES!

Beth explored the idea, and created a Hospitali-TEA (T-E-A) ministry.  Over a cup of tea in pretty porcelain, women open their hearts and slowdown from their frantic pace.  There’s time to laugh, cry, share, learn, listen, and hug.  Through her tea and talks Beth is able to lift women’s spirits and give them hope in Jesus.

Friend, God wants to use you too.  Explore the desires and gifts He’s given you.

Discover ways God can use you to reach others in His name. 

Investing your life in this way will yield eternal dividends.

[*Inspired by Laura Leathers and Dr. Patricia Ennis, author of Precious in His Sight, the Fine Art of Becoming a Godly Woman, and professor and establishing chairperson of the Department of Home Economics at The Master’s College, http://www.masters.edu/.]

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It was 3 o’clock in the morning and Gail couldn’t sleep.

She got up and paced and worried.  Work and family problems occupied her thoughts.

Why not PRAYWhat???  It was as if God grabbed her attention.
So Gail knelt beside her bed.  After a long list of requests, she felt spiritually deflated.
Her desire for immediate answers turned into impatience.

Desperately, she opened the Bible next to her bed to Psalm 5.

O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before You and wait in expectation.

That was convicting.  “Wait in expectation.”  So she asked God to forgive her impatience.
She also thanked Him for listening and answering in His perfect timing.  Then she finally fell asleep.

Dear one, God listens at all hours.
Lay your requests before Him and wait expectantly.

Psalm 5:3 (NLT) “In the morning, O LORD, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

Psalm 143:8 (NLT) “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.”

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“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him; I will surely defend my ways to his face.”  Job 13:15

Ever had one of those days?

A friend of mine had a whole string of them together!

At first it was a painful health problem … then a serious car accident … then a root canal … then her purse was stolen … then a major car repair … and another, and still another  … and much more – all in a matter of months.

Now there’s a temptation to ask God, “Why?”

Job’s conclusion to his testing was: “[God] knows every detail of what is happening to me.  When He has tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

So the next time you have one of those days, try this. Instead of wondering “why”,  with Job you can say, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” Not only when good comes your way … but also when you have “one of those days.”

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“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”
Colossians 4:2

Janet’s son was brutally murdered but she turned to God to handle such a painful loss.

Sometime afterwards Janet spoke with a grieving mother in a similar ordeal.

But that woman was vengeful, bitter and angry.

Yes, both mothers suffer from the pain of loss.

But Janet’s attitude reflects a strong faith in God.

Her daily discouragement-fighter is to thank God.

She prays,

Thank you, God, that you comfort me through your Word.
When my heart longs to have my son again, You comfort me
I am so, so grateful.”

The Bible says,

Devote yourselves to (God in) prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.”  Colossians 4:2

Dear one, that’s the best way to meet your darkest trials……Faith-On.

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“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” Matthew 5:14

Sometimes, it’s hard to know what other people need. But here’s one thing I can assure you: your neighbor needs a word of encouragement… It could be a mom who’s about at the end of her rope… Or it’s a friend whose husband just lost his job.

Ask the Lord to give you the right words to say. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been sharing my faith with someone–and frantically asking God to give me just the right words.  And He puts the very words in my mouth that needed to be said.

Success in witnessing is simply taking the opportunity to share Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit… Then, leave the results to God.  When you obey God–motivated by love–you cannot fail!

It’s what my husband Bill called, “No-fail witnessing!”

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“..for this my son was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ And they began to be merry.” Luke 15:24

Lisa was dating a man who didn’t believe in Christ as she did.

Instead of breaking off the relationship, she gradually pulled away from God.
Within two years, the man broke up with Lisa.
She was tempted to believe that life was no longer worth living.

But,” Lisa admitted, “if anyone understands, it’s God.”

So she returned to church.
She prayed and cried through most of the service.

An old friend listened as Lisa unfolded the past two years.
The friend responded with the story of the prodigal son and reassuringly added,

God the Father is so glad you’re back!”

Dear one, have you taken a step away from God?

Return to Him.
Your heavenly Father will welcome you back with open arms.

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But He was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins. He was beaten so we could be whole. He was whipped so we could be healed.” Isaiah 53:5 (NIV)

The Bible says, referring to Christ’s death on the cross: Jesus “was pierced for our rebellion, crushed for our sins.”

When Barb Boswell suffered through breast cancer, she felt pierced too.
After her painful ordeal, God reminded her that Christ was pierced on her behalf.
It was Good Friday, the day we remember the crucifixion of Jesus.

Oh dear one, God used both piercings for His glory.

Through faith we know Christ rose again.  His suffering was for you, to make a way to God.
For Barb, cancer was a life-changing experience, which God has used.
She now reaches out to other cancer survivors with the story of God’s love and grace.

Take a few minutes to read Isaiah 53.

It will put all your sufferings, all your “piercings” into perspective.

Every Time I Turn Around, I Catch a Glimpse of God! By Barb Boswell  http://www.barbboswell.com/

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But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,” Matthew 5:44

When Stephanie Whitson was a young mother, she lived across the street from a very grumpy old man.
In fact, no one in the neighborhood liked him.
When his wife passed away, Stephanie began getting nudges from God.
You know, the “still small voice” which points you to a God-given opportunity.

So with much fear and trembling, Stephanie placed a rose and bud vase on the man’s porch.
With it she left a note saying she was thinking about and praying for him.
Shortly thereafter, her doorbell rang.  It was the grumpy old man!
With tears in his eyes, he thanked her.

He had been angry at God for taking his wife.  But, Stephanie’s note showed him God still cared.

Friend, listen to God’s still small voice.  Be God’s sunshine in your neighborhood!

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A man who has riches without understanding is like the beasts that perish.Psalm 49:20 (NIV)

Rhonda Rhea panicked.  She searched high and low for her debit card.  But her purse was filled with a strange collection of random ‘stuff’ a ball of fuzz that looked like a dead rodent, enough breath mints to freshen a platoon, four different shades of nail polish and reams of receipts.  But, still no card.

She realized that part of her panic was because she needed a quiet time with the Lord.  She stopped to focus on God’s word – opened her Bible – and out fell her card!  She had used her card as a book marker.

It’s true she found real treasure in God’s Word that morning – and I don’t mean her debit card.  The real treasure we enjoy is the wisdom that comes from knowing Christ and meditating on His Word.

Dear one, find your wealth in time with Jesus.

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Into Your hand I commit my spirit; You have redeemed me, O Lord God of truth.  Psalm 31:5

Esther was running out of time.  The doctor pronounced her condition terminal.

When Alice dropped by to see her, Esther blurted out,

I’m afraid of what comes after I die!  God can’t forgive what I’ve done!”

Alice prayed silently before responding.

Sometimes it’s easier for us to feel guilty than forgiven.
Maybe you need a new reason for living.”

Alice gently shared a story of a judge who stepped down from the bench.
He took upon himself the sentence that the guilty man deserved.
Alice explained that Christ’s death paid the penalty for Esther’s wrongdoing.
She was guilty. But God loved her so much He provided a way for her to be forgiven.
Esther trusted Jesus for His forgiveness and was no longer afraid of death.

Now my friend, how about you?

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Have you ever opened up your heart to God and asked Him to enable you to become the person He created you to be?  If you would like to have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ, you can say this sample prayer:

Lord Jesus, I need You. Thank You for dying on the cross for my sins. I open the door of my life and receive You as my Savior and Lord. Thank You for forgiving my sins and giving me eternal life. Take control of the throne of my life. Make the kind of person You want me to be. Amen.

This is how it starts.  One simple prayer of surrender.


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Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Ephesians 6:10-12

Wimpy Warriors lose. And so do cowardly Christians.

Dear friend, are you prepared for the battles ahead?
The enemy is preparing his troops and he wants to win.

To get ready, make sure you’re on the right side. Invite Christ to be your Commanding Officer.
Then, pick up your weapons. Read Ephesians six to know their descriptions.
They include your sword, which is the Bible, God’s Word.
A soldier doesn’t go into war unprepared or untrained.
He/She learns to stay alert and follow her commanding officer’s instructions.
You can do that by praying and reading God’s instruction manual, the Bible.

The wise warrior also trains his/her body to be fit and ready.
If your body isn’t ready, you can get seriously injured.

Remember, wise warriors win. So do courageous and prepared Christians!

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For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

God brought Alyssa through one of the darkest times of her life.
Her dream was to dance professionally.  But in her late teens, a fall shattered her hopes.
The pain was incredible.  The doctor said she’d never dance or walk again.

Before the accident, Alyssa Barlow thought she knew her life’s plan.  Afterwards,  she became angry at God.  She sulked in her room for two months.

But then God began to soften her heart.  The Bible said God loved her, even if she was never on stage again.  And He still had a plan for the rest of her life.  So she prayed and trusted Christ for the next step.  And without explanation, she was healed.

Dear one, God can sustain you through your dark days.

Trust Him for your life’s plan.

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A new command I give you: Love one another.  As I have loved you, so you must love one another.John 13:34

You need to be easy to talk to, friendly, and a good listener.
They are great qualities to draw someone to Christ!

JoAnna Ward has these qualities.  And, she’s bold about her faith.
She drives a big Hummer with a license plate that reads OBEY GOD.
She ministers to people on the streets of Atlanta.  JoAnna shares God’s love wherever she is.

While she was exercising at a local gym, a woman approached her.
The woman wanted to leave her current lifestyle and knew JoAnna was a Christian.
It didn’t happen instantly, but as JoAnna ministered in her life,
the woman received Christ into her heart through prayer.
The woman’s lifestyle changed.  Now she, in turn, ministers to others.

Friend, be friendly – and listen.  God will use you to reach others for Christ!

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