CRT vs The Golden Rule

                            [Please click on the blog title to read full article]                                                                      By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries                                                                     https://www.theinspirationcafeblog.net “Do unto others whatever you would have them do to you…” Matthew 7:12   Certainly most of us have at some time or another heard their mother say The Golden Rule: “Do unto others whatever you would have them do to you…” In my youth I always thought my mother made this saying up to settle disputes between my siblings and me. However, in reality, it is actually an important Bible scripture verse in the words of Jesus Christ himself. Though easier said than done, this timeless approach, written some 2000 years ago, is key to dealing fairly with others, especially where Critical Race Theory is concerned.   When we treat others as we would want them to treat us (friends, family, neighbors, co-workers, aquaintenences–even our enemies), we bring all involved to higher ground—both them, and us. In the most practical terms, following The Golden Rule may mean giving the other person the bigger piece of the pie; being kind, offering a smile or an encouraging word; reaching out...

Be Prepared

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries [Please click on blog title to read full article.] This past week, my brother Hank, and sister Beth, surprised me with an emergency weather radio for my birthday, so I would be prepared for any weather event that comes along. What a great gift! Recently, when we had a tornado come through very close to our area, Beth called from Columbia, MD to tell us she had just heard about it on her emergency radio, and strongly suggested that we go to the basement for cover, which we did though it went around us. The weather channel had indicated that the area where we live was right in the path of the tornado. Over the past 8 years, we have also experienced a micro-burst tornado in our back yard that took the tops of tall trees off, and threw live powerlines across our driveway; another time, our house was directly hit by lightning during another weather event. Though no one was hurt by any of these weather calamities, each one really made us feel grateful to God for His protection, as any one of them had the potential to be devastating. Though unexpected, each natural occurrence reminded me that we all need to be prepared for any event that comes along in life. Most of all, each event served as reminders to Phil and me of what is most important…And we are acutely aware of how vital it is to be prepared in every way: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually…    “So too, you also must be prepared, for at an...

True Freedom

By Adele M. Gill [Please click on blog title to read full article]     True freedom. Have you ever had a relationship where the other person is all powerful and knowing, would do absolutely anything for you, be with you 24/7, especially in your times of greatest need, providing forgiveness for whatever you have done in your life; protection, comfort, guidance, strength, and grace—unmerited favor—even saving you from your enemies and all harm? Try as they will, I’m sure the answer is no. Because only God can do all that through His Only Son, Jesus Christ!   The Easiest Relationship A relationship with God, is the easiest relationship that you could ever possibly have. People have a tendency to want to try to heap unnecessary rules and conditions onto one’s relationship with God, and others. But that is just plain wrong, and can be detrimental. You see, it’s not about organized religion, or whether you attend church. These things are in place to help us grow in our faith.  It’s not just about being a good person, or how many rosaries you say a week; or how much you give in the collection basket, or donate to charity. Instead, it’s all about believing in and embracing the Love that God has reserved just for you.  Believe it! God loved us first–and waits for us to reach out to Him in response. He will never force anyone to do anything. Our relationship with God is all about just one thing: Love. Whether or not you accept His Love is a very personal choice… But He stands in wait for...

The Lexus & the Homeless Man

    [Please click on the blog article title to read full article] by Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries True story: About a week ago, a dear friend of mine, Anne, was going into a convenience store. As she walked toward the front door, she passed by a man who appeared a little disheveled and somewhat anxious. Normally, she would have continued walking, but for some reason, this day was different. Very different. She was feeling what she later described as a ‘nudge,’ a ‘gut feeling,’ that he was in great need. Wanting to help him, she walked over to him and said “Hello.” She then asked him if he was ok, and if she could help him in some way. Opening up to her, he told her that he and his wife were homeless. He was very upset because they had just been turned away from a local hotel due to not having enough money to pay for a room there. He also said he had just that day been released from jail.   As Anne listened to his story, she reached into her purse and went to give him some money. Though she had never prayed with a total stranger before, she paused, then asked him—even surprising herself–if he would like her to pray with him. Even for a well-experienced, believing Christians, that would be a quite a challenge. However, she was stepping out of her comfort zone with what I call, holy boldness. Anne had just recently started reading the Bible, and as of late, had been having a great awakening of her own...

PART II: How to Agree to Disagree

[***NOTE: Please click on blog title to read full article***] After writing my last blog, ‘Why Agree to Disagree,’ some of my readers asked me to expound on this topic, hence this PART II blog article. For Christians, the answer to this question is simple and succinct: Jesus mandated us to “Love God; and love one another.” What greater love can you have than to share the love of God with others? This mandate wasn’t simply a scriptural suggestion, but a directive, and also a synopsis, of the Old Testament 10 Commandments given to us through Moses. Sometimes conversations about current events with others can be difficult, so it is important to pray before you share a biblical world view with others who may have a different perspective. And remember: You are simply the messenger, an ambassador for Christ.   Reasons to Witness  [Jesus said] “I have appeared to you to appoint you as a servant and as a witness of what you have seen and will see of me. I will rescue you from your own people and from the Gentiles. I am sending you to them to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.” Acts 26:16-18 [NIV]   When Sharing a Biblical World View Here are 10 considerations to help you prepare for sharing the biblical world view:   In order to share a biblical world view, you must study/learn God’s Word. Begin with the Bible verses in this blog. Do your...

Why Agree to Disagree?

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries Agree to Disagree? What some call ‘politics,’ I call, current events. Many current events not only affect all of us and our nation now, but they also shape the world that our children and grandchildren live in– and will inherit. Whether or not we agree with others on high-impact issues, and perspectives, is immaterial. It is imperative that Christians not be silent in the battle between good and evil, right and wrong. In doing so, we often have to make hard choices as to whom to believe and follow—God or man. It is more important than ever for Christians to peacefully engage in conversations about current events issues with others, bringing into the mix a *biblical perspective. Hard as it may be, we always need to put our children first. We need to speak truth with them and for them, as their future–and ours–depend on it!  “Those who have never been told of Him shall see, and those who have never heard of Him shall understand.” Romans 15:21   All Roads Seem to Lead to Politics The umbrella of politics and current events has become seemingly all-inclusive, spanning more topics than ever before. All roads these days seem to lead to current events, and subsequently, politics. Talking about the freedom of speech and censorship, the weather (climate change), parenting (gender dysphoria), voting laws (voting integrity), dire illegal immigration issues, and about all citizens being forced to fund ‘businesses’ (like Planned Parenthood) that kill 350,000+ innocent pre-babies per year (Pro-Life), are all easy fodder for heated arguments, loud discord, and sadly, even...

Motivation Matters

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries There are so many good people in this world, both believers and non-believers alike! This includes those who pray with and for others, radiate kindness with a smile, help people through donating to important causes, do volunteer work for the common good. People who are dedicated to making this world a better place. We all know people like that. Where would we be without the goodness of such caring souls? Too often we only hear about all the sordid, destructive, and devious people in this world. But motivation matters. It is such a reprieve and a pleasure to know and hear about people who put others first before themselves! Motivation is Key Good or bad, right or wrong, there is always motivation behind why people do what they do. That is why it is good from time to time, to take stock of our own motivation(s). Laying aside any and all judgement, no one can really know the motivation of another person. It’s hard enough to know our own motivations!   People do what they do for many reasons. Actually, it is possible to do all the right things for all the wrong reasons. Sometimes, our motivation may be a little ‘off track’—even when doing “good things for others”— as when we act out of fear, to gain notoriety, to feel better about ourselves. When our focus is on pleasing others, trying to elevate our status, financial gain, even wanting to earn God’s love, we may need to take a minute and reconsider. By putting aside all pride and ambition, we...

Miracles Abound!

[Please click on the blog title above to read full article.] By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries   About a week ago, I had a really tough day. It was the kind of day when you wonder if God is really listening to your prayers. The kind of day when you are way too distracted to pray, and try to “Go it alone” rather than asking for God’s help. During such times it is easy to doubt God…    and become a bit fearful, even hope-challenged.   “Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope…” 1 Peter 3:15   Last week I was [impatiently] waiting for the high-dose IV treatments I get to treat myasthenia gravis to begin working. Though I had not felt well for about 6 weeks, I was very sick. I had already prayed fervently and often, and had just waited seven days post-treatment for improved speech, and for my health to be restored. But nothing happened…Actually, I was beginning to wonder if the steroid treatments had stopped working. When the treatments work, they generally work well and quickly, restoring breathing, speech and mobility in a matter of less than a week. However, this time my healing was delayed. My speech was even [and still] garbled to the point that I couldn’t even understand my own speech. I was weary of being sick, and growing very worried by the day…   Sometimes we all get so overwhelmed by the realities of life that it is hard to pray—and that is exactly what happened. Recognizing this...

HOLY WEEK: The Rest of the Story

[UPDATE BLOG   |   Please click on the blog title to read full article.] For 10+ years, 2-4 times per month, I have written this God-inspired blog. Appreciated by many, it has also been scorned, unsubscribed to, and even avoided by some. During that time, I have also recently received Facebook warnings for some of my blog posts. But I continue to consider it my personal mission to “Go into the whole world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” [Mark 16:15]. OK—that biblical goal may sound like a grandiose—and it is! But it’s actually a mandate from Jesus. For me, it is more a matter of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ with as many people as possible in my little corner of the world…One can only try! Again, a lofty goal—one that can only be pursued with persistence, and God’s enduring help. “Those who have never been told of him shall see, and those who have never heard of him shall understand.” Romans 15:21. Some have received what is contained in these blog posts whole-heartedly; yet others not so much. A few have even been reportedly annoyed by the messages contained in The Inspiration Café blog. Clearly it’s not for everyone! As to those who have embraced this ministry effort, I am truly heartened. For those who have not, it is my express prayer that perhaps one day they may. Either way, I do not take it personally, count it as a success to boast, or deem it a failure, as I fully understand there must be a readiness for accepting The Son of God, Our Lord Jesus Christ. I am nothing more than a seed...

Great Anticipation

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries [Please be sure and click on the title of this blog post to read full article.] Great Anticipation. Our loving God has so many life-giving attributes, but one He is most well-known for is being ‘The Great Communicator.’ Unceasingly trying to reach us, especially when we are fully undeserving. God attempts to communicate with all of us in various ways. Some find God when they are in Church; others experience Him through nature. Some see God in the faces of those who are suffering. Yet others seek Him only when they are hurting or in turmoil, with nowhere else to look for help but up. Oftentimes, we experience God when we are alone in the middle of the night, away from worldly distractions. Other times we find Him while praying with others. We all hear and see God’s presence in different ways. Yet we need to recognize His finest work in our lives, give credit where due, and share His glory with others. It is so important to pray and to share with others what God is doing in your life any way you can, in ways great and small, so that they, too, may live in hope, knowing God’s unconditional love for them. “What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.” Matthew 10:27 Yes–we all have our own ways of seeking God out and sharing Him with others. He will dependably meet us wherever we are ,when we do. Could it be that we need to humble ourselves,...