Darlene Osborne, Publisher
HOLD ON TO JESUS
—and HE won't let nothing go wrong!
December Issue Vol. 16 No. 6 The Christian Online Magazine™
Welcome to our December Issue!
His love endureth forever!
He wants you well!
Yes, Jesus is REAL!
Yes, Jesus CARES!
Trust Him and do His Will!
by Paula Mowery, Staff Writer
Special Feature: Click Here. Paula has put together a very interesting writing column for you this month. Paula poses two interesting questions to each of the authors whom she interviewed for her writing column. The questions are What is different about writing a seasonal type piece? (Was your writing process different? And, What did you like about writing a Christmas-themed book? Did you compose it differently?) Click here for feature. Click here to look through the Christmas Books. You will no doubt want to purchase one of them..
Leigh's Spiritual Garden
The Dictionary.com definition of overcome is "to get the better of in a struggle or conflict; conquer; defeat: to overcome the enemy." Many believe an overcomer is one who succeeds — the Olympian who wins the gold or the accident victim who walks again. Certainly these accomplishments take focus and determination and are great examples of the above definition.
Joy Through the Storm
Christmas is only weeks away, and I am just not feeling it. For those of you who know me personally, this is a big deal. Seriously…a majorly BIG deal. I am the one who acts like a giddy little child when I see that first house decorated with twinkling lights or walk into a store and hear Andy Williams over the speakers. I squeal with excitement when that first snowflake falls and can’t wait to get out all the decorations. The adult me still feels all the magic that the child me experienced so many years ago.
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by Jane Morin, Staff Writer
One does not need to look far to see that the very Gospel in which we live our lives by is under attack. Even in the season of Christmas we find those around us wanting nothing to do with Christ. They try their best to obliterate the true Gospel story from the memory of the public in hopes to gain material wealth. Department stores are most likely to take advantage of this time with Winter Sales, X-Mas Specials or Holiday Bargains. What exactly are they really afraid of? If it weren't for Christmas time, there would be none of the above mentioned or readily available for them to increase their profits. Indeed, the true Christmas story and thus, the Gospel of Christ is under fire.
The Joy of Baking
This Month's Recipe:
with Lisa L. Hnath, Staff Writer
This recipe is from my mother-in-law, from Mississippi. My husband, an admittedly picky eater, LOVES it. In fact, he usually does most of the work on this dish. Over the years, I’ve come to enjoy it, too.
The Joy of Baking
Recipes by Lisa Hnath
This month's recipe is for
If you need prayer
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Pray without ceasing!
Do you feel you will never measure up to the expectations of others? Maybe you don’t feel pretty enough or good enough. Or, just the opposite, maybe you’re the type of person that not only feels prettier, but better than anyone else.
As a Christian, these types of feelings can seriously hinder your work for the Lord. You see, when you don’t feel good enough, then you will feel what you do for the Lord won’t be good enough. And when you feel like you don’t matter, you will feel like what you do won’t matter either. This is why the devil plants the seeds of unworthiness and low self-esteem. He wants to hinder you from spreading the gospel.
On the other hand, maybe Satan is trying to convince you that you’re too good to do the work God has called you to do. Maybe he is whispering in your ear that, although God has called you to go to the slums and witness, you’d fair much better with a television program on TBN that airs coast to coast and around the world. That way, you can at least dress up. After all, you’re just too good to be brought down on the level of real people.
Listen to me, when you think you’re too good to get down on the level of real people that is when you’ve allowed the devil’s seeds of arrogance and unhealthy self-esteem to take root. (Unhealthy self-esteem meaning: thinking too highly of yourself) If you’ve allowed this to happen, you, my friend, have an image disorder.
Satan had an image disorder. At one time he was one of the highest-ranking angels in Heaven, if not, The highest-ranking angel in Heaven. But, when he allowed it to go to his head he became arrogant. And when he became arrogant, He starting thinking that he was better than God.
Just because the devil was a high-ranking angel didn’t make him better than God. And just because he thought he could take over and rule the roost didn’t mean God was going to allow him to. Actually, God gave Satan an attitude adjustment by kicking him out of Heaven.
Do you need an attitude adjustment? Are you thinking too highly of yourself? If you think you’re the most from coast to coast, better think again. Read Matthew 23:12, and Romans 12:3.
And to those of you who are thinking too lowly of yourself. Just remember this, we all have the same value in God’s eyes. He loves us all and with Him there are no respect of persons. Acts 10:34
Copyright 2007 by Jessica Osborne
The 3rd grade kids all giggled and begged for another round of mini marshmallows. Learning about the Holy Trinity was fun! It is always fun when God is described as one God in three divine persons, and most specifically, when God is represented by large marshmallows, Jesus represented by melted marshmallows, and the Holy Spirit represented by mini marshmallows. He is always one God and in different forms. Because the Holy Spirit is in us, the inner voice and guide that God gave us to trust ourselves, well, we had to eat some of course!
Teaching children that God made us in his likeness and that he is in us is another wonderful way to teach love and care for our physical bodies. I have written many times that we are to care for ourselves so that we can be healthy and strong to fill our purpose of serving others and to lead productive lives to the best of our abilities. God gave us our physical bodies to live our lives following Him.
It is not easy always making healthy choices and providing children with the right choices all of the time. Two hours ago I "had" to listen to one of children go on and on about "all of the other kids" get candy or fruit roll ups for their morning snack and "can you let me have it sometimes?" We all want what is best for our kids. Regardless of how we run our homes or the snacks we buy, we all want what is best for our children. My son has a point. It won’t hurt him to have what I call "junk" for a morning snack. We have to allow for favorites sometimes. But why does it need to be in the morning and at school? Can’t it be after dinner or after school? Find boundaries that work for your family and find balance and moderation in those boundaries. Read more