Life Is Meant to Be a Challenge

By Maria Fontaine

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“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
—Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Adversity often has a way of catapulting us into situations and encounters with people that we would never have otherwise had the opportunity to meet. Sometimes the Lord opens doors through seemingly negative situations that would not have opened otherwise. If we stay attuned to the Lord and follow His plan, usually we eventually . . .  read more

Slow Down, Laugh a Little

A compilation on creating lasting memories with your children

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I can’t forget a particularly dreary, rainy Saturday several years ago. The kids had not been able to go outside all day, and they were definitely starting to get on each other’s nerves. I had sidetracked them, separated them, and even secluded them in attempts to maintain some modicum of peace and tranquility. By the . . .  read more

Failure—A Victory from Defeat

By Maria Fontaine

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The Lord never fails, even if we fail. No matter how many times you’ve failed Him, He won’t fail you. He’ll bring you through. The best thing you can do when facing failure is to keep your mind on the Lord. Trust Him. I know God’s going to help you because you’re praying and we’re praying, and He answers our prayers. Best of all, “the Spirit itself intercedes for the saints in accordance with God’s will.” (Romans 8:27 NIV)

So why worry? We all fail sometime . . .  read more

You Can Have Freedom from Fear!

Based on the writings of David Berg

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Fear is today’s No.1 killer! Believe it or not, fear causes more sickness and more mental illness and more premature deaths than anything else on Earth! Doctors have discovered that heart muscle is actually DESTROYED when people are subject to great fear. Dr. Marilyn Cebelin, writing in the General Practitioner’s newspaper, “Pulse,” says the hormone, adrenalin, literally DESTROYS heart muscles when people are subjected to intense . . .  read more

Trials Equal Good

A compilation

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Because “many are the afflictions of the righteous,” (Psalm 34:19) it’s certainly comforting to know that “all these things work together for good to them that love the Lord, to them who are called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28) In fact, in order to come through our many trials, difficulties, battles, and temptations victoriously, it is imperative that we make this promise in Romans 8:28 a vital part of our life.

If we don’t send the events of our daily . . .  read more

Greater Faith

By Maria Fontaine

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Faith is a vital element of our lives. Everything about our spiritual life requires faith‚ from the initial step of acceptance of the wonderful gift of salvation to calling on heaven’s power to work miracles.

We need faith every single day.—Faith to believe and receive the written Word, faith to hear from the Lord personally in prophecy, faith to obey and follow . . .  read more

Why Does God Allow Sin and Suffering?

By David Berg

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I was talking to a pretty young travel agent the other day, and during the course of our conversation we began to talk about God.

“Oh, I don’t believe in God!” she said. “If there is a God, why is there so much suffering in the World today? Why do thousands die of starvation every day in Africa? What kind of God would allow a terrible disease like AIDS to run rampant? Why was my best friend just crippled in an automobile accident?”

“Well,” . . .  read more