Are You at Peace?

Are You at Peace? “If it is possible, as far as it depends on you,                                                 live at peace with everyone.”  Romans 12:18 Are you at peace? What a blessing it is when we are at peace. At peace with ourselves, at peace with our circumstances, at peace knowing we did our best, at peace with others—those we love and those who are difficult to love. When we are at peace, life just seems to run more smoothly. However, sometimes perfectionism, fear, challenges beyond our scope, or difficult people can throw a wrench into our best laid plans, leaving us unsettled, even reeling. It all makes such good sense to strive to be at peace each day. Yet, it is hard as we strive for peace, the operative word here is, ‘strive.’ As the Winds Change Sometimes peace can be elusive. Left to our own devices, being at peace may be dependent on our mood, the challenge at hand, or even the erratic behavior of others. As the winds change, there goes our peace. Yet, most agree peace is worth pursing all the same. Sometimes, we are ill-prepared to embrace peace, and we let another person make it seemingly impossible to attain that goal; so we let them steal our peace and joy. Good Reason to Find Peace There is ample, good reason why peace and joy are two of the first fruits of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5. They are two of the nine manifestations of...

5 Ways to Allay Stress

“Your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”   Mark 5:34  New American Bible (NAB) by Adele M. Gill Stress is just a fact of life. We need to know how to allay stress. When we are in the thick of things, it is easy to get distracted by our circumstances, and forget to pray and ‘invite God in.’ When things are going smoothly, we often have little use for prayer. However, truth is, when we are in the thick of things is when we need God the most, but easily forget He is in our corner. That is when He is the closest to us–in times of suffering, strife, and yes, even times of stress. Here are 5 ways to allay stress and place God first in your life: Pray and invite God in before things seem to get out of control to allay stress. Ask your Christians to pray for you in stressful times, especially when you cannot pray for yourself. Thank God for all the blessings that He has showered upon you. Gratitude to God opens doors to His grace. Give credit where credit is due. When you pray and God ‘shows up’ to help you, be sure and thank Him, and tell others about what He is doing in your life. Prayer and gratitude are the keys to a deep, abiding inner peace and subsequent joy. Read the Bible daily for practical, spiritual direction. The Power of Prayer Is Strong Some people say faith in God is a waste of time, nothing more than a sign of weakness. But there is much they do not understand...

Faith: The Timeless Power Source

Faith in God is the timeless power source that changes lives. Those who have it recognize its power, and consider it their greatest treasure. Self-proclaimed Atheists and Agnostics, however, often cynically discount faith and prayer as useless and illogical. Yet, what is it about the gift of faith that makes it compelling, relevant and central in the lives of so many people in the US and around the world? There must be a reason… Unmerited Favor Faith in God is something that comes from God, through the power of the Holy Spirit. It is a gift freely given and received through grace—unmerited favor, by a God who knows our every thought and move. People who have faith in God are, in a sense, plugged in to God, the timeless power source for all peace, joy, and unconditional Love. They trust Him. Like a tree planted by a stream has deep roots, so it goes with people of faith as they place their trust in God. Their foundations cannot be shaken or destroyed. Conversely, life without God is like having no power source, no oasis or water source to replenish and flourish.   God’s Unmatched Generosity Truly, the drudgery of this world can be dull and overwhelming—even underwhelming. Without God, when tragedy hits, there seems to be nowhere to turn, and little comfort can be found. We depend on our own devices to ‘get us through’ trials and tragedies. One cannot purchase faith or wish it into existence. That is, it cannot be bought by putting large donations in the offering basket. God’s grace and faith are not things that...

Extreme Abortion Laws: Celebrating Infanticide?

63 Million Babies Killed Since the passage of Roe vs Wade legalized abortion on demand in 1973, 63+ million babies have been aborted in the US alone. Certainly anyone can understand that unintended pregnancy is a daunting, life-changing experience. But the killing of 63+ million babies on demand by the abortion industry? Indefensible. It is the equivalent of the killing of a whole generation. Almost as many as died in WW II. This statistic speaks volumes about the lucrative abortion industry as a whole, one that takes advantage of vulnerable women and ends the life of precious babies: “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart…”  Jeremiah 1:5 Abortion Up Until Birth New York recently passed a bill, the Reproductive Health Care Act, legalizing abortion of babies up until birth. Abortions there can now be performed without a physician present, or regulations in place to ensure the mother’s safety. This legislation reverses many of the precautions and protections for the mothers. It promotes abortion on demand for virtually any reason, and most importantly, mortally endangers viable baby’s lives through infanticide. The passage of this new law in NY, more than a few other states are planning to follow suit in a sort of domino effect including OR, RI, NM, VT, VA, and CA, among others.   Upon passage of this new extreme abortion law  in NY, there was great jubilation, revelry, and celebration in the legislature, and the streets across the US. Surreal as it was to witness via mainstream and social media, prominent buildings in NYC were lit...

Perilous US Legislation: Still a Civilized Nation?

In light of new US infanticide laws enacted, one must ask: Is the US still a civilized nation? To the shock and dismay of people all over the world, extreme abortion, a form of infanticide, the killing of a viable baby, even at birth, is now legal in NY as of January 22nd, 2019. This new legislation, the Reproductive Healthcare Protection Act is perilous legislation, and a scourge to this country and humanity. Infanticide: Far Beyond Politics There is contagion with this heinous legislation, as other states are working to follow suit including VA, RI, VT, NM, OR, and CA. Infanticide is only allowed in a handful of countries around the world, including two communist countries: North Korea and China. Infanticide also opens the door wide for other life and death issues most notably, assisted suicide, thereby further threatening the Culture of Life. Though it is noteworthy that progressives and Democrats voted for infanticide, this issue is far beyond politics. Rather, it is about the life and death of defenseless babies, something that endangers the very soul of this country. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act Similarly, more recently, on February 25th, 2019, the U.S. Senate voted down the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection bill, represented by Sen. Ben Sasse and backed by 48 other conservative legislators. The bill was defeated along party lines 53-44, as 60 votes were needed for it to pass, but it came up just 7 votes short. The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act would have protected babies from being killed after a botched extreme abortion in the second or third trimester of pregnancy. Though not...