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    "If I were to try to read, much less answer, all the attacks made on me, this shop might as well be closed for any other business. I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to keep doing so until the end. If the end brings me out all right, what's said against me won't amount to anything. If the end brings me out wrong, ten angels swearing I was right would make no difference."
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    "Never, never, never believe any war will be smooth and easy, or that anyone who embarks on the strange voyage can measure the tides and hurricanes he will encounter. The statesman who yields to war fever must realize that once the signal is given, he is no longer the master of policy but the slave of unforeseeable and uncontrollable events." ~Winston Churchill
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    "Our blessed Lord reveals himself to his people more in the valleys, in the shades, in the deeps, than he does anywhere else. He has a way and an art of showing himself to his children at midnight, making the darkness light by his presence."
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    It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or whether the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; Whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes up short again and again; Who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; And who at worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly. It is far better to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the gray twilight of life, knowing neither victory nor defeat. ~ Theodore Roosevelt
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  • The Reformed Pastor – Richard Baxter

    “We must carry on our work with patience. We must bear with many abuses and injuries from those to whom we seek to do good. When we have studied for them, and prayed for them, and exhorted them, and beseeched them with all earnestness and condescension, and given them what we are able, and tended them as if they had been our children, we must look that many of them will requite us with scorn and hatred and contempt, and account us their enemies, because we ‘tell them the truth.’ Now, we must endure all this patiently, and we must unweariedly hold on in doing good, ‘in meekness instructing those that oppose themselves, if God, peradventure, will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.’ We have to deal with distracted men who will fly in the face of their physician, but we must not, therefore, neglect their cure. He is unworthy to be a physician, who will be driven away from a frenetic patient by foul words. Yet, alas, when sinners reproach and slander us for our love, and are more ready to spit in our faces, than to thank us for our advice, what heart-risings will there be, and how will the remnants of old Adam (pride and passion) struggle against the meekness and patience of the new man! And how sadly do many ministers come off under such trials!”
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You Were Born for This by Bruce Wilkinson

In You Were Born for This, Bruce Wilkinson challenges those who consider themselves average Christians to re-evaluate their personal belief system regarding miracles. He asks the reader to consider the possibility that God not only wants to use His people in His plan, but that He wants us to go to God and ask Him to use us every day in the lives of those around us, to be aware of His nudges, cues and provision toward miracles in order to change the lives of those in need.

He lays out the why and how of it all very nicely and supplies real life stories to demonstrate in a real way how he and others have been used of God to meet the needs of others.

He suggests:

  • God is at work in supernatural ways and has a lot He needs to accomplish
  • God is looking for people who can be loyal and in tune to what He has planned
  • God regularly nudges people to help Him in His plan but most miss His intentions or decide to say, “No.”

This book would be an excellent tool to use in a personal Bible study or Sunday School class. Wilkinson desires for Christians to see the need to actively work God’s plan and realize God’s perfect plan for themselves is great – and if we all could grab ahold of the truths put forth in this book, it could potentially be the catalyst for change in the world around us that we all seek.

There is no reason for Christians to live defeated, meaningless lives that are boring or unproductive. The key to personal fulfillment is a life of service to Christ and those around us. Yet, many don’t know what to do or even how to get started. This book gives us a detailed, specific plan of attack. Though simply put, there is no question that Wilkinson has provided enough information to help us embark on quite an amazing journey if we only will allow ourselves to step out of our comfort zone and take a little risk. He challenges us to look up and out in order to be used to our fullest potential – in the miracle zone.

This could be a life changing book. I highly recommend it.

This book was given to me by WaterBrook Multnomah publishing group in exchange for an honest review.

Chick Fil-A by Tim Hawkins on YouTube

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A Miracle for Justus

A few weeks ago I asked many of you to pray for our little friend, Justus. He had been badly burned and was in immediate need of prayer. Here is his story:

Justus Day 2

Justus Day 3

Justus Day 6

“It was Thursday, April 1, 2012, in the early afternoon when my phone rang at work. It was my wife and I knew something had to be wrong because she never called and knew that I wasn’t supposed to answer.  I answered the phone with a lump in my throat and immediately knew. She was crying and our 17 month old son was screaming in the background. She had poured a cup of boiling water for tea. What she thought to be out of reach wasn’t. With her back turned for a couple seconds he entered the room and had reached up and tipped it over onto his head, face, cheek, neck and shoulder. 

After spending an hour in the ER and having little aid or peace of mind, we knew we needed to do something else. The doctor considered it 2nd and some parts even 3rd degree burns. He told us our son may have scaring and possibly need skin grafts! The following day Kevin introduced us to PXP and Alpha Energy. We began spraying intervals of Alpha Energy and Coloidal Silver every 20 min day and night! We also began giving him PXP Forte’ 1/2 tsp 3 times a day. The infection quickly subsided and we started seeing improvement in about 2 days. Kevin kept assuring us this would help it heal and improve the chances of him not scaring but none of us expected the results quite this good! After 4 days we backed the spraying to every 30 min still day and night. After 6 days his face was healed enough that he began sleeping in his play pen next to our bed. We stopped spraying at night to allow him and us to get some sleep.

Justus Day 42

As I write this its been about 3 weeks and I would say he is at 95%. He is his normal self and as you can see the deep gouges in his face and ear are completely filled in and smooth. He has NO scars. The scabs in his hair are taking a little longer to work themselves out but I am confident he will not only never remember this incident, but that he looks as though nothing ever happened. We thank God for bringing Kevin into our lives at the time that He did and for giving us the strength, wisdom, and guidance.

Through prayer and these products from Enzacta, life CAN be the same as it once was. For more information please feel free to contact us at http://www.liferebuilt4good@gmail.com and check out www.greatesthealthsecret.com.”   ~Brad, father to Justus, the miracle boy

Update to the story – take a look at the picture I took of Justus last week when I took their family pictures. God has been very good to him!

Justus, July 11 – 3 months later

1000 Days by Jonathan Falwell

One Thousand Days, The Ministry of Christ by Jonathan Falwell, is a book of encouragement for believers who may be struggling in some area of their Christian faith.  He begins by reminding the reader that life can be full of excitement and accomplishment if we strive to live a “Jesus-Life”. He doesn’t necessarily push for perfection, just a proper perspective of who God is, a recognition of what Jesus came to Earth to do, and a way to see how His will is more of a protection and support than a mill stone around the Christian’s neck. Through a closer look at Christ’s 1000 days here, we can picture how our steps following that of our Saviors can allow us to make a difference in the Kingdom for Christ.

Through the Beatitudes, Falwell defines repentance, happiness, blessedness, peace, contentment, joy, strength, etc. in a practical way that shows us we are nothing without Him and that if we recognize our own weaknesses and propensity for sin, we can have a better view of who we are and who God is.  He also discusses what it means to be a follower of Christ, how to have proper expectations and how to weather the storms in life that inevitably will come. But he doesn’t stop there. After he lays out what to expect and why we should be committed, he explores the lessons and blessings we should expect that will come our way in the aftermath of our faithful steps of obedience.

I would recommend this book to new Christians or someone who isn’t quite planted in their faith who are struggling with the day-to-day stresses of living in a world that encourages sinful living. I liked how he laid out how to walk with Christ and leave off the things that trip us up. The way he lists and expounds on each point is believable and definitely doable.

I liked this part of his closing statement: “You, too, can live the Jesus-life. You can do it, not because you are able but because He is able and He is with you and in you. Stand up where you are right now… step into living the life Jesus modeled for us. Maybe your fist step will be to smile at the first person you meet, say hello to your neighbor, forgive your boss…”  If we can grab ahold of the concept that a better future begins with one step, we’ll be able to change our lives and then change the lives of others.

I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com <http://BookSneeze.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

Brad & Carol Come for a Visit

My brother, Brad, and SIL Carol came for a visit in June. It was so good to see them again! They live in Cody, Wyoming, so we only get to see them every few years. They brought along their dog, Cody. We walked the mountain (which they thought was funny that we called Granite Peak a mountain), went to dinner, had a family cookout and talked for hours! I love my family!

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