Why Good Friday?

Father Desjardins was saying a prayer and as he kissed the rosary, he opened his eyes because he sensed that he wasn't alone. Ede was standing there, watching him. He put the rosary in the pocket of his Cossack and then beckoned her to approach him. "I'm sorry, Father Desjardins," she apologized. "I didn't mean …

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Abide in His Love

"If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love" - John 15:10 NKJV Image by Rondell Melling from Pixabay Jesus said that if we love Him we will keep His commandments.  Like the Father, love and obedience are synonymous to Jesus.  …

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Arlene’s Job

As Arlene approached her house, she saw Hadrian’s car in the driveway.  He had gotten home before her.  Lately, things had gotten a bit strained between them.  Last night they had had a row because he wanted to make love but she was too tired.  He ended up sleeping on the sofa.  And, she didn't …

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Gida’s Story

I'm a deaf 35 year old woman with two children.  I'm also HIV positive.  I was raped twice by the same man.  It happened when I was working as a carpenter's assistant. The men used to come up to me and ask for sexual favors.  I rejected them.  At the time, I couldn't communicate using …

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Compassion

Shortly after Jesus told the Pharisees that God desired mercy not sacrifice, He went into the synagogue.  There was a man with a withered hand.  Instead of being stirred with pity for him, the religious leaders asked Jesus, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” so that they could accuse Him.  Whenever they engaged in dialogue …

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Broken Heart Syndrome

You can die of a broken heart -- it's scientific fact -- and my heart has been breaking since that very first day we met. I can feel it now, aching deep behind my rib cage the way it does every time we're together, beating a desperate rhythm: Love me. Love me. Love me. ― …

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Faith that Works

James 2:14-17 If a church member were to come to you for help, what would you do?  Would you say to him or her, "Don't worry, God will provide"?  What if God sent that person to you? James is telling us that when people come to us for help, we ought to do what we …

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Investing in A Child

One sponsor can have an enormous impact in the life of a child in Asia through GFA Bridge of Hope! Their prayers, love and encouragement can make a difference in the lives of children who are constantly derided and told they are worthless by their culture - Gospel for Asia Nothing is more wonderful than …

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Put On Christ

  Romans 13:11-14 Paul talks about putting on Christ.  How do we do that?  When you put on clothes, what are you doing?  You are covering yourself, right?  Similarly, when you put on Christ, you are covering yourself with Him.   You have clothe yourself with Him. What happens when we put on Christ?  We change. …

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A Sewing Machine

And let your widows trust in Me - Jeremiah 49:11b I had an aunt who used to sew on the side and a co-worker who sews her own tops and dresses. My mother had a sewing machine but I don't remember seeing her use it.  Growing up it never occurred to me to learn how to sew.  I …

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