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Thursday, October 30, 2014

Finding peace in troubled times


Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Pam Roth
Have you found yourself saying, “I’m so tired of all of the negative news?”  And then, there is the concern of life threatening diseases and constant financial concerns.

Gratefully, I am reminded that I do not need to be fixated and troubled by the unknown; but I need to be focused on what the Lord wants to teach me during this time.  When I am alone and quiet, I find myself asking… “Is this a wake up call for me, for America?”   “Am I putting too much trust in other things and not enough trust in God?”  “Do I value my possessions more than I do my relationship with God?”  “Where is all of this going?”  And, “What will our lives be like in five to ten years from now?”  These are hard questions, but questions I need to ask myself.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Decide to be near to God

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
On a beautiful, sunny afternoon, I was reading on our back patio when I came upon a chapter about prayer and being near to God. Immediately, a particular Bible verse began to drift through my mind, “Come near to God and he will come near to you” (James 4:8).  While I paused to reminisce on this verse, I lifted up a half-hearted, weak prayer that went something like this, “Lord maybe you should come near to me, so I know where to find you.” I was not expecting an answer, but I got one. It was a shocking thought that consumed the rest of my afternoon. I felt God whisper to my soul, “You must come near to me because I am always near to you.” Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Since this caught me off-guard, I spent the next several hours contemplating and praying through this contradictory thought. 


Thursday, October 16, 2014

No Quenching Allowed!

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Cyndi Coleman
“Do not quench the  Spirit.” 1 Thessalonians 5:19
“I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.” Romans 1:16

Those who know me well would likely - no definitely - agree with this self-assessment: I am a very zealous person! Whatever I am passionate about consumes me and flows freely from within me. Since I am an extrovert, sometimes the things that are swirling inside of my head come gushing right out of my mouth. This can be both good and bad! And trust me, this has gotten me into, and out of, a lot of “interesting” conversations.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

A Much Appreciated Sabbatical

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women

by Pam Roth
Just about this time, several years ago, my husband and I took off for a week-long working sabbatical.  The cabin we stayed in was nestled in the woods near a lake.  Not far from the front porch of the cabin, you could see the lake on this beautiful piece of property.  So one day, we took a pair of Adirondack chairs down to the shoreline to rest and watched the sunlight dancing on the lake.  It was a picture perfect afternoon, and a great beginning to our little get away. 


Have you ever felt the need to get off of the “carousel of life?”  Does it seem like your life is spinning out of control?  Or maybe you feel like you are just walking around in circles, not accomplishing anything.  Perhaps you are exactly where we were.  Nothing was really wrong – life had just been pulling us in so many different directions that it had been hard to stay focused on any one particular project.  Specifically for me, the most important aspect of my life – my continued relationship with the Lord needed a time of renewal and both of us just need to find a quiet place to retreat.


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Circumstances

Relevant Ministry Blog Schedule:
Tuesday - "About Spiritual Health in Life and Ministry"

Thursday - "About Relevant Women"

by Heather Mason
Have you ever wondered what it really means to be a Christian?
Does it mean now, your life here on earth is perfect? You will never experience pain, go through trials, or be disappointed?


Over four years ago, I made the decision to give my whole self to Christ and to live for him. He was my Savior and he died so I could be free from sin. John 3:16 tells us “For God so loved the world, he gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in him shall never die but have eternal life.” Immediately after that,  I was waiting for circumstances in our lives to line up perfectly and thought we were never going to have any struggles ever again.