Living the Good Life

by Chaplain Adele M. Gill http://theinspirationcafeblog.net/living-the-good-life/  “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.”  2 Timothy 3:16-17  (NIV) To many unbelievers, the Bible is nothing more than an irrelevant and outdated book with vague words written long, long ago that seemingly have no application for our modern daily lives. It is a book that is sometimes passed down from generation to generation, but too often, one that collects dust, as it is put aside, and left on a shelf. But consider this when striving to live the good life… The Bright Candle To believers, Scripture is at the center of living a godly life. It is a bright candle, a beacon of light for the weary, the lost, the last and the lowly. Sustenance for poor and hurting souls in need of discernment, protection, comfort and guidance, the Bible stands ready to address many of the contemporary issues we experience. It is a light to your feet and your ticket to redemption, as you come to believe more and more in Jesus Christ, through the power of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our guide and advocate who was given to us by Jesus himself at Pentecost. Nothing New Under the Sun The Holy Bible is chock-full of practical knowledge you can  apply to your daily life through word and deed. Relationships, work, times of adversity—it’s all in there. It has been said there is nothing new under the sun. Those words take on special meaning when talking about all...

The Power of Civility

by Chaplain Adele M. Gill http://theinspirationcafeblog.net/the-power-of-civility/ “Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6 Like any loving parent, Father God stands in wait for our anguished pleas, for us to turn to Him so He can help us meet our daily needs and challenges.  Though He first loved us, He calls us to love Him, and others, with all our heart and soul. In fact, loving others—especially those who are difficult to love, is one great way that we express our love for God and answer His calling. We need to remember the times we have not been difficult or lovable ourselves, and use that as a starting point to build on in our relationships hence we slip into complacency.   Certainly with this mandate to love, it is important for us to be at peace with everyone in our lives lest hatred, loathing, and unforgiveness take root in us. Yet, what is it about our humanness that leads us to anger and disharmony with others that think and do differently than we do? Perhaps that is a question we’d prefer to answer another day, but there is no time like the present.   Hatred for others has the power to enable people to be ruled by their negative feelings. It can destroy lives, especially those who harbor deep anger, and remove all God given peace and joy in the process making us bitter. Hatred can be insidious, sometimes getting a foothold when we are fully unaware it is happening. When we...

Prayer Changes Things

Prayer Changes Things Chaplain Adele M. Gill “Pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.” James 5:16   Though it is truly a blessing to have people to pray for us, it is important as Christians to recognize that each of us has equal access to God through Jesus Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit. Whenever we pray and ask for Jesus’ help, it is always a powerful experience whether we pray with others, have them pray for us, or we pray for ourselves. All of us have times have infirmity, worry, anxiety, sadness, and fear. So what can we do about that which is beyond our control? How can we maintain and restore balance, peace and joy in our lives in times of adversity, against all odds? One vitally important way is through prayer as prayer changes things. Relationships are restored, doors are opened, people are strengthened, comforted, protected, healed through God’s abundant supply, as He cares for all our needs in His own special time and way. Sometimes we all need divine intervention, and there is great relief to be found in prayer as we hand the situation to Jesus, giving Him control. For the Bible tells us in Matthew 18:19:  “Amen, I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father.” When you turn to your ‘praying friends’ or family to prayerfully intercede for you on your behalf, you will certainly be blessed. Prayer really does change things. However, each of us is...

Good News!

Greetings from The Inspiration Cafe! Today’s blog post: Good News! http://www.theinspirationcafeblog.net “Every time I think of you, I give thanks to my God. 4 Whenever I pray, I make my requests for all of you with joy, 5 for you have been my partners in spreading the Good News about Christ                                                                       from the time you first heard it until now.” 6 “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Philippians 1:3-6 Scripture tells us that we as Christians are called, and enabled, to spread the Good News in one form or another. Sometimes it happens inadvertently, as is the case when we simply smile or say “hello” to a total stranger as we go about our day. Other times it is more purposeful as in praying for others or providing compassionate encouragement to a loved one, friend or even an acquaintance who is hurting. As this passage says, we are all partners in bringing the Bible message to the world right around us; to the people whose lives touch our own, and beyond. And to that end, it begs the question, if we, as believing Christians, don’t reach out to others, especially in times of need, who will?   Everyone’s way to share their faith is different. Some people prefer to quietly help others and thereby spread their faith...

Wherever You Go

                                           9 “This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged.                                                          For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9 Some say God can only be found in church, others say he is nowhere to be found. However, today’s Holy Scripture tells us He is with us wherever we go. As believing Christians, we need to guard against limiting God in our own minds and hearts, and help each other understand the truth, the timeless realities, revealed in the Bible. The New Testament promises us that Jesus, our Savior, God’s only Son who was resurrected from the dead for us, is with us always; that He will protect us, guide us, lead us, comfort us and save us as we go about our daily lives and lead us into eternal life for the asking. He is intimately involved in our lives as we invite Him in.   In as much as Jesus loves us all unconditionally, He is ‘Emmanuel,’ which means God with us. He is with us in good times and in bad. How can it be that He is with us through it all; that He knows us better than we know ourselves? It is through the power of the Holy Spirit, imparted to the Disciples on Pentecost that the Holy Spirit it came into...

In Whom Do You Trust?

“Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him and he will act.”                                       Psalm 37:5 / New American Bible (NAB) For the best outcome, whenever starting something new, a new school year, a new job, a new family, etc…, it is important to commit your way to the Lord as you go through your daily life, even while doing the ordinary, the mundane. Yes, we all know that we need to work hard and believe in ourselves to succeed; we need to do our part. As Bible reading Christians, we need to believe that all true and enduring power comes from trusting Jesus Christ, the Great Healer, Comforter, Protector, Guide, Lover of Souls, friend, Lord, and Savior—eternal and living in our daily lives. Yes, Jesus is all these things. It is through trusting Him that peace that the that surpasses all understanding, and discernment freely flow. In God’s generous grace, through His saving hand of His Only Son, Jesus, we are able to accomplish far more than we ever could on our own, especially in times of adversity. He will step up and step in when we call upon the holy name of Jesus. Certainly there are limits to what anyone can accomplish on our own as Matthew 19:26 tells us:  “For human beings this is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” To forge a connection with God is to establish a life source to fall back on, even, and especially, to trust and depend on His Only Son, Jesus Christ. Some...

Catholic Church: Time to Heal

Catholic Church: Time to Heal “For we must all stand before Christ to be judged. We will each receive whatever we deserve for the good or evil we have done in this earthly body.”  2 Corinthians 5:10   By Adele M. Gill Most days this blog is about Scripture and God’s Love. However, in light of recent events, I feel I would be remiss if I did not address the ongoing crisis in the Catholic Church. Certainly by now most have read or heard about the reports about the devastating, reprehensible abuse that child victims have suffered at the hands of some Catholic priests going back some 70 years, and the complicit cover-up by Catholic Bishops and Cardinals. It is my expressed hope to shed some light on this extreme evil that has occurred over time, so we can all better deal with the heinous news that is unfolding even as I write this.   Initially, my reaction was astonishment, disgust, and deep sadness. How dare those priests defile vulnerable, helpless children? How dare they bring scandal and evil into the lives of so many? Clearly, the church has made a big mistake all along with dealing with—or not dealing with—pedophile priests–two words that should never be used in the same sentence. I believe that to say these priests are mentally ill is a mistake, which may be why they say there is no help available for pedophiles; that even with psychiatric treatment, they cannot and do not change. Rather, I believe pedophilia is pure evil–evil incarnate–that needs to be dealt with swiftly and directly to get innocent children out of harm’s...

Shameless Persistence

5 “Then, teaching them more about prayer, He [Jesus] used this story: “Suppose you went to a friend’s house at midnight, wanting to borrow three loaves of bread. You say to him, 6 ‘A friend of mine has just arrived for a visit, and I have nothing for him to eat.’ 7 And suppose he calls out from his bedroom, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is locked for the night, and my family and I are all in bed. I can’t help you.’ 8 But I tell you this—though he won’t do it for friendship’s sake, if you keep knocking long enough, he will get up and give you whatever you need because of your shameless persistence.” 9 “And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. 10 For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:5-10 New Living Translation (NLT)   In today’s contextual Scripture reading, a parable, Jesus talks about shameless persistence. That is, praying for what you need, against all odds, with sublime fortitude and perseverance. You have to ask God for what you need to receive it in His special time and way. This parable tells us that we need to knock on God’s door through prayer, and in His time, He will give us what we need through His grace and our persistence. That does not mean we get everything we want or desire, but rather that God will provide according to His Divine Will for each of us....

God’s Gifts for You

Greetings from The Inspiration Cafe! Today’s blog post: God’s Gifts for You by Adele M. Gill http://www.theinspirationcafeblog.net “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,  as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.”  I Peter 4:10   We all have gifts that God has bestowed upon us—No one is exempt. He has equipped each of us to reach out to others in various ways, be it through the gift of hospitality, compassion and empathy, the ability to comfort others, to encourage others, to love unconditionally; gifts of divine discernment, wisdom, an ability to pray on behalf of others, and my personal favorite: the gifts of faith and love.  In fact, He has prepared each of us well to be a beacon of light to each other. As stewards of these blessed gifts, we are meant to share our gifts freely and mindfully. Ultimately, for Christians, these gifts are designed to help us faithfully lead souls, in love, to Jesus Christ.   The gifts of faith and love are particularly important, as they encompass all of the other gifts. When you have the gifts of faith and love, you are able to share the other gifts with complete abandon. Doors open wide by God Himself, when you authentically and consistently share God’s love with others.   For it is only through God’s unprecedented grace that we have the gift of faith at all! The gift of faith is the entry way to God’s other gifts, one that is to be celebrated. The gift of faith is one that runs deep, as it is the core foundation for reaching out to others....

Top 5 Reasons to Step Aside

   “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10  Every day, through God’s unprecedented mercy and kindness, He provides grace generously for those who seek Him with all their heart. He provides for every need abundantly, as we try our level best to trust in Him. Sure, it takes both humility and holy boldness to turn to God and ask for what we need, but no request is too great or too small; He answers each plea for help in His own special time and way. It is important that we pray specifically for all that we and our loved ones need. This calls for praying throughout the day whenever possible, asking for whatever we need as needs arise, lest we try to depend fully on our own devices, with mixed or even mediocre results. Yes, we all need to do our part. Yet, praying to God with confidence, in the name of Jesus, can reap awe-inspiring outcomes because of the enduring, unwavering Love God has for each of us, without exception. Top 5 Reasons to Pray then Step Aside 1) Step aside Confident prayer enables us to step aside so God can step in to intervene, thereby realizing His abundant gifts of grace. There is great relief when we are able to focus on the blessings God has already bestowed upon us with a grateful heart, rather than complaining or worrying about whatever is going on. The ability to recognize God’s past graces, blessings already received, is a great indicator for greater things to come. 2) Break free from the...