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...

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...

Remedy For This Crazy World

By Adele M. Gill   |   Silver Lining Ministries Remedy for this crazy world… I don’t know about you, but I’m starting to grow a little weary, and less and less dismayed by what is transpiring daily in this country—numb, even. Perhaps I am finally coming to realize that it is a “God-job” to fix our country. Perhaps we need to remember that the battle we are fighting has already been won by Jesus on the cross. As promised, He is providing for our every need, gently leading those who believe in Him and eternal life. In essence, we are just sojourners passing through this life…. “If, then, you heed all that I command you, walking in my ways, and do what is right in my eyes by keeping my statutes and my commandments…I will be with you.” 1 Kings 11:38 God Loves All People Equally The Bible tells us that God, Our Creator, loves all people—all of humanity—equally. But that is just part of the story. Though His love for us all is eternal, scripture also reveals to us that God’s favor rests upon those who revere Him and keep His statutes. He is with His believers as they strive who seek Him, live good lives, serve Him through others, and give Him the glory. However, those who choose not to seek Him are certainly entitled to that choice, too; but they should know they are on their own… [Jesus said:] “A new command I give you: Love one another, as I have loved you…” John 13:34 So what is the remedy for this crazy world we live in? There are two: 1) Praying for sound, Godly discernment, peace,...

Beating All the Odds

By Adele M. Gill [Please click on blog title to view full blog post]                                               “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged,                                                        for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 Life is full of surprises. Sometimes, it is even unpredictable, and can be overwhelming. Yet when your inner foundation is in Jesus Christ, the waves of the ocean of life will ebb and tide, but there is nothing to fear. He will carry you safely on His shoulders through the uncharted waters you face. Getting Prayed Up Certainly faith fluctuates, ebbs and flows for most of us. But like you, when I am “prayed up,” steeped in prayer, striving to serve God well, with Jesus at my side, I am confident like at no other time. I can see the positive possibilities and envision beating all worldly odds. I can face the future with peace in my heart, and joy, with sublime confidence that all is well. Beating all the odds By the grace of God, Jesus gives each of us the necessary strength to figuratively hop over the hurdles of ‘what ifs’ and hike mountains of fear, to reach the heights to proclaim the Lord’s Good News for the glory of God. All the while feeling ever so...