Jesus: Year-Round Light of the World

By Adele M. Gill “The people who walk in darkness will see a great Light; those who live in a dark land, the Light will shine on them.” Isaiah 9:2 [NAB] This week, some of us had the extraordinary opportunity to see the northern star that appeared when Jupiter and Saturn came into alignment. Reportedly, it appeared as a bright light in the sky, reminiscent of when it was seen, according to scripture, some 2000 years ago by the wise men. They followed the bright star to blaze the trail to the baby Jesus, the Messiah, laying in the lowly manger. It is not surprising that God used a bright star—a metaphor for Jesus, Our Lord and Savior, to blaze the way for them on their journey:   God is Light; in Him there is no darkness at all.”  I John 1:5   Light in Darkness It is noteworthy that in the Holy Bible, there are 263 references to light. Actually, light was created by God, as documented in the very beginning of the first book of the Holy Bible in The Book of Genesis:                           “And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. God saw that the light was good,                                               and he separated the light from the darkness.”                                                                     ...

God Is in Control–Really?

By Adele M. Gill [Jesus Said] “I am not alone, because the Father is with me. I have told you this so that you might have peace in me. In the world you will have trouble, but take courage, I have conquered the world.” John 16:32-33 God is in control–Really? Watching the news these days, it appears that the world as we know it is spinning out of control with no adults in charge. Sometimes it seems as surreal as a bad movie. Current events in the world, the news can leave us fearful, anxious and worried about our future leadership, and the unsettled and unsettling state of our country. With conflicting unprecedented news reports of voting fraud, talk of insurrection, pandemic lockdowns, economic recession/depression, possible treason; spying, cold wars, soldier, wars; censorship, the opioid crisis…And the list goes on and on… Violence in our streets, and lawlessness are far too pervasive and prevalent. Some days it seems that there is disharmony, discord, unrest, and chaos everywhere. How can anyone possibly be in a state of peace with so much turmoil going on in our country and the world? Well I’m here to tell you it is possible… It is no mistake that “Be Not Afraid” is written in the Bible over 300 times, giving us hope. In our humanness we may feel we have reason to be afraid. But when you believe that God is in control, and seek His help, all fear dissipates and calm and inner peace are restored. Sometimes it is hard to believe that God really is in control. But He is–silently working all...

Step VI: Embrace Your Healing

“Come unto Me all who are weary, and I will give you rest…” -Matthew 11:28 Adapted from the new book, ‘How to Go from Broken to Blest’ by Adele M. Gill. 6 Steps to Go from Broken to Blest 1)  Acknowledge You’re Struggling 2)  Put Aside All Worry & Fear 3)  Recognize Your Greatest Resource 4)  Forgive and take the High Road 5)  Learn to Accept Imperfections 6)  Embrace Your Healing God has a plan for your life and mine, but that doesn’t mean that we always cooperate with His plans for our lives. He will always make a way for you when you ask Him in the name of Jesus Christ. Regardless of your situation, He will somehow work things out for you, often in life-giving ways that you could never have imagined! For Jesus is the Great Healer, Protector, Provider, Comforter, Guide, Friend in time of need, our Lord and Savior. He is there for you. But you need to trust and ask Him for whatever you need. Once we can recognize the source of our angst, our struggle, we can, with God’s help, begin to embrace our healing and ‘put it behind us.’ At that point, we are free to go on to live a much happier, healthier life. Your Victim Card Has Expired! It is highly likely there has been a time in your life when you were a victim in some way. Maybe you struggle because you are, or were, a victim of someone else’s choices; maybe even your own. The truth is, that we all have times when we feel like a victim—warranted...