Good News!

Greetings from The Inspiration Cafe! Today’s blog post: Good News! https://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 https://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...

Beware: Fake News

Fake news is the lowest form of journalism known today. Yet print, internet, and broadcast media bombards us every hour of every day, building tension and hatred among people. At best, it divides people, leaving them steaming angry and baffled, as the truth they do know is tested beyond measure, forcing them to settle for what they want to believe. With all that said, who can say they have a handle on any worldly events, or that “my news is better than yours?” Who can possibly form any opinions based on ‘media truth,’ when the news is so tainted, and we are living through what I often call, ‘The Truth Famine?’ It is foolishness to think that anyone really knows the truth these days based on news which is nothing more than hearsay-gossip on a national and global scale. Clearly. There is no room for sanctimony or indignation when truth stands in the balance.   The very existence and prevalence of fake news provokes doubt, disharmony, confusion and rigorous, misguided, unnecessary arguments in the hearts and minds of people around the world. Made up of believable half-truths, frequently laced with bold lies, it sometimes seems impossible to find even a kernel of verifiable truth in all the chaos. Beyond differences in opinion, fake news is actually designed to divide and conquer all who hear, watch or read it. But consider this:   “I urge you, brothers and sisters, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.” Romans 16:17 New International Version (NIV)...

Bless It or Block It

‘The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.’ James 5:16 Sometimes we can go it alone, yet other times we need God’s help to face or meet the many challenges that arise in our every daily lives. It is the trusting belief that ‘God’s got this,’ that can make the difference between failure and success, sinking in times of difficulty or tragedy or staying afloat, or just being able to cope. In essence, life happens as it will, but how we respond to every circumstance is a choice…   I think many of us wait until times are dire before eliciting God’s help. Yet, turning to Him in anticipation of trials, great and small, reaps great benefits, and awe-inspiring outcomes. When we pray fervently, and with confidence, placing our cares in God’s hands trusting that all will go well, we are far more prepared for whatever is to come. We are able to hold God’s hand through turbulent storm, turning to Him as the living God who is with us in every circumstance.   Though we are all unworthy sinners, God loves each of us profoundly beyond our comprehension. Striving souls—those who choose to try to follow God’s ways and lead—are the greatest recipients of God’s promises. For God is a generous, loving God of surprises for those who seek Him with all their hearts. He can and will turn every situation for the good for those who seek Him in earnest. An “If and then God,’ He is there for us even and especially when we falter or are hurting and broken. In Holy Scripture He often says if...

The Love of God for You

“And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully.”                             Ephesians 3:18-20   The Love of God—There is nothing like it. Some say God’s love is only for some people. But in reality, God’s Love is available for us all if we but turn to Him. The truth is, in our humanness, we love Him because He loved us first—Sending His Sone, Jesus, to deliver us all from our sins and into His loving embrace. Today’s Scripture reveals the unsurpassed, unconditional Love that God has for each of us. If only we could fathom His love, how different our lives would be!   All other love we experience pales in comparison to God’s Love. Who else could possibly love us consistently through all of our failings, mistakes and mishaps? Who else could love us fervently when all seems lost and we are broken, bogged down in the muck and mire of daily life?   In actuality, God stands in wait to hear our pleas for His help, even and especially in our darkest times. And He delights when we turn to Him in prayer to offer praise and thanksgiving for all the blessings He showers upon us at every turn in the road, this journey, we call life. He is the Great Healer. The one who provides relief from our infirmities. He is the one who...