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Inspiring Story: An Unsung Heroine

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For today's Inspiring Story, I will try to keep it short and sweet. Although I think the story I will present is inspiring in and of itself, I wanted to share a few related things that will make it even more inspiring (well, it did for me, anyway). So here goes... Today, we focus on Irena Sendlerowa. She was a Polish woman who worked as a social worker for the Nazis during the 1900s, when Hitler was having his "reign." As social worker to the Warsaw Ghetto, she made it her job to rescue as many Jewish children as she could! She knew that if they remained there, they would all be killed by the Nazis. And rescue them, she did! Armed with a tool box and a trunk, she would smuggle children out of the prison; the smaller children were placed in a tool box, and the larger children were placed in the trunk. She managed to evade the Nazi guards detection by using her trusty dog as a cover; whenever a Nazi guard came near, her dog was trained to bark! This created some frustrati…

The Faith of Our Founding Fathers

When you hear the word "thanksgiving" what do you think of? Visions of green beans, gravy, stuffing, and the whole turkey dinner almost immediately come to mind. But how many of us ever think about the Pilgrims or the other Founding Fathers? I am sooo greatful for them. As you read, you will understand why, and hopefully in the process you will learn how to defend your faith against those who try to say that America is not a Christian nation. I am so THANKFUL that it is![Before I begin, here is some background: this is the post that spurred me on to write this... The present post goes out to the comment made by nubispertusus under the above mentioned post.... And just to clarify, the commentor DID give credit to the Founding Fathers' Christian beliefs. We disagree when he says (my words), "Because the Founders were Christians, that doesn't mean that when they say 'religion' they mean Christianity; they really meant 'other religions.'" I will…

WFW: How Great the Father's Love!

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In honor of Thanksgiving, my favorite "holiday," I'd like to say that I am EXTREMELY thankful for the underlying message that the whole Bible contains: that of the Father's great love for us, that we can be his children! That is the topic of today's WFW. Psalm 25:14 "The secret [lit. intimacy] of the LORD is with those who fear Him, And He will show them His covenant." Hebrews 8:10-12 "For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people: And they shall not teach every man his neighbour, and every man his brother, saying, know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more." Romans 11:26-36 "And so all Israel will be saved, as it is writte…

Inspiring Story: Entertaining Angels...

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... remember that song by the Newsboys? Well, for today's Inspiring Story, I'm taking a departure from my usual and traditional story of missionaries and people who are doing amazing things for God to post something a little different. I just found this story on a cute blog about dogs. What do dogs have to do with inspiration and the title of this post, you ask? Well, you'll just have to read this story to find out, but be warned, it is long and sad, too -- you might want to bring out the hankies. ;) (Note: If you can't see the text, or you see a huge gap where the text is suppose to be, please click on the title to view the whole post. I'm having a bit of difficulty with the Blogger format.) ----------------- The Old Man and His Angel by Catherine Moore “Watch out! You nearly broad sided that car!” My father yelled at me. Can’t you do anything right?” Those words hurt worse than blows. I turned my head toward the elderly man in the seat beside me, daring me to…

WFW: The Fear of the Lord is Clean

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Psalm 19:9 "The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; The judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether." If you remember, we had "theorized" that if the fear of the Lord is clean, it follows that if we fear the Lord, we are clean. I'd like to start this week by looking at Psalm 51; it is an excellent chapter and it brings out many of the points that I will be talking about today. For a quick background, David had just commited adultery. On his face in repentance to God, he said these words: Psalm 51-- "Have mercy upon me, O God, According to Your lovingkindness; According to the multitude of Your tender mercies, Blot out my transgressions. WASH ME thoroughly from my iniquity, And CLEANSE me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions, And my sin is always before me. Against You, You only, have I sinned, And done this evil in Your sight-That You may be found just when You speak, And blameless when You judge. Behold, I was brought…

A Door of Opportunity

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Photo by access.denied I found this quote at Daily Abundance , and it really spoke to me. I think too often, people (myself included) are too afraid to open the door and step out into the world of the unknown, because we are afraid of what might lie behind it; we are afraid of what we don't know. But the truth is, we can beat the fear; we have the power, the love, and the sound mind that only comes from God! We are overcomers! Now, for the quote... I hope it will inspire you as it did me. When fear strikes, it definitely helps to view it as an opportunity to use our faith in Christ! "Fear is opportunity knocking. Too often we hide behind the door and quiver. It is when we open the door and shine the light of faith into the shadows, that our fears are banished. Only then we learn that fear conquered is faith revealed." ~ Dawn Norton

Inspiring Story: The Ultimate Authority

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Today's Inspiring Story is short and light-hearted (to a certain extent), but there is still a good lesson to be learned, so I wanted to share it with you all. This story was related by Rod Parsley, pastor of World Harvest Church (founded by Lester Sumerall). I have related it in my own words for your reading pleasure... It was an "ordinary" day (if you can call a day in the life of Lester Sumerall "ordinary"). Lester Sumerall was in his room, when suddenly everything began to shake! Lester recognized the shaking as the presence of the devil, so he stood up on his bed and began to command him to leave in Jesus Name. Everything was shaking so violently, that his bed, which had been in the corner of the room, landed in the room's center! As Lester continued to command the demon to leave, the room became calm and the shaking stopped!At this point in the story, Rod Parsley stopped and said, "Most of you would have stopped right there and written a book:…

WFW: The Fear of the Lord is Happiness

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Today, I'm going to continue my study on the fear of the Lord. I'd like to refer back to this point: If you fear the Lord, you have wisdom and knowledge and are therefore happy. When I first included this point in the quiz, I didn't realize just how many Scriptures concur with this. Let's start with the Scripture which was the foundation for that point: Prov. 9:10 -- "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom, And the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding." Prov 1:7 -- "The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge; but fools despise wisdom and instruction." Isaiah 33:6 - "And wisdom and knowledge shall be the stability of your times, and strength of salvation: the fear of the LORD." Isaiah 12:2, although it does not specifically mention the fear of the Lord, goes along with the above Scripture: "Behold, God is my SALVATION; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is bec…

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Inspiring Story: Life Without Limbs

Nick Vujicic is going places. But how is that possible? Born without arms and legs, he struggled to find a purpose for his life. He was not at all like the others around him, and for that reason, he felt out of place. He became depressed. Why had God made him like this? His search for answers led him to where he is today; He is reaching out to people with the love of Christ through extensive travel and prolific speaking engagements. Nick has seen God work through him to impact others for Christ. He says, "It's interesting that God uses a man with no arms and no legs to be the hands and feet of Christ." Nick's testimony certainly gives new meaning to the Scripture, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me," for having no arms and legs, Nick could easily say, "I can't." But inspite of the circumstances, he presses on. Watch this video to see Nick's amazing testimony. May it inspire us all to do our utmost for God! Nick is now the…

WFW: The Answer to all of Life's Problems

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This week, I'm taking a small detour from my series on the fear of the Lord. I've had a rather crazy and stressful week (hence my lateness in getting to WFW; and my apologies for missing my meme), so I wanted to talk about trusting in the Lord. So often, we look at circumstances instead of looking to God. Here are some of my favorite Scriptures on trusting in the Lord. (This post is inspired by the Brickster, by the way.) All of the Scriptures are self-explanatory, so I haven't done much commenting... Let the Scriptures speak for themselves! Deut 31:8 "And the LORD, He is the one who goes before you. He will be with you, He will not leave you nor forsake you; do not fear nor be dismayed." Ps 46 1-3, 10 "God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains sh…