Our Greatest Hope

                                                                                          by Adele M. Gill                           So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers,                                              to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up …” <<<   Ephesians 4:11-12   >>> ____________________________________________________ Recently, I met a missionary leader named Pastor Edward Mikwamba who lives in Malawi. His ministry’s challenges are great, as he and his missionary team deal daily with the sobering realities of Covid-19, poverty, drought, famine, and, among other things, an AIDS epidemic that has killed over 1 million people, leaving behind an estimated 1 million orphans without parents. Especially during this time of worldwide unrest and global pandemic, he and his missionary team serve as beacons of light, as they minister to both believers, and non-believers, across 4 rural African countries: Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe. God is equipping the Pastor’s leadership team to build up the body of Christ—His Church—and serve as an example to all who know them. So how can it be that these brave souls encounter such dire adversities with such great hope and courage? The answer is clear: God is equipping these dedicated...

The Truth Famine: 12 Ways to ID Fake News

By Adele M. Gill News and the Truth Famine. What can we believe to be true these days, as we witness opposing, conflicting and distressing news reports day-in day-out? God is not the author of confusion, chaos and mayhem—that is The Enemy’s job…                             “The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who                call upon Him in truth.”    Psalm 145:18 So where do people of all ages ‘find truth,’ as the news agencies they depend on daily knowingly feed them biased, agenda-based, op-ed pieces and air half-truths and full lies, posing as ‘trustworthy journalism?’ Real journalism is true, objective and fair. However, it has been derailed in exchange for half-truths and lies confusing us all, and fueling mayhem. Charlatins! But take heart…There is a way to sift through media reports to find truth even in the age of media….     Like gossipy town criers, too many news agencies and politicians stir controversy and negativity in exchange for what is good and right and true. Media deception has become the new norm for the unwitting and unaware. Long gone is objective, trustworthy news you could count on…This deception overwhelms people, and wears them down, giving them ‘news fatigue,’ hence what I call, The Truth Famine. “…Each one deceives the other, no one speaks the truth. They have accustomed their tongues to lying, they are perverse and cannot repent.” Jeremiah 9:4   Each of us needs to find our own method and personal way to seek out...

Pandemic: Be Not Afraid!

By Adele M. Gill   Are you feeling weary, worried, down, or fearful, struggling to cope with the far-reaching effects of the corona-virus? Certainly this pandemic has been challenging in every way—a difficult time for us all. Isolation, infirmity, uncertainty, required to wear masks, and social distancing. Due to the pandemic, we are being forced to miss or adapt important life events such as graduations, baptisms, and weddings. Even many schools are closed for class room learning, leaving children and their parents wondering what to do next. With all that going on, it seems highly illogical and is seemingly impossible at times to find peace or a silver lining in this turbulent time we are living—But is it really? Consider today’s scripture passage:    “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” John 14:27 This scripture gives us great hope! It serves as a reminder that God is in control, and that He will provide for our every need. He alone is The One that can bring us peace and settle our fears. He will help us rise above our circumstances—whatever they may be– to peacefully walk through this valley unafraid, with renewed confidence and hope. All we need to do is pray and ask for Jesus’ help. It is easy to fear the future when you believe you are alone in your situation. But this Bible passage tells us that peace can be found in Jesus Christ. Faith and fear cannot coexist. So we need...

Pandemic Peace

by Adele M. Gill  “Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice…                       Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-7   Pandemic peace?  Some days when I wake up in the morning and remind myself that the world is still in quarantine. I can hardly believe the pandemic continues to be upon us, affecting every aspect of our lives. And, like most, I think it’s been here way too long. If I let myself travel along on that path of thinking beyond a passing thought, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed, isolated, fearful, alone, angry, sad, even disappointed, because it’s not over yet. When I am able to better monitor my thinking, I soon recognize that I need to have a positive attitude adjustment to start my day off right. I try to remind myself that we all get to choose the thoughts we entertain.   Like weeds in a beautiful garden, negativity and fear can take over our thoughts and control your day, if we let them. At that point, we need to weed the ‘garden of our mind,’ so to speak, lest our negative thinking overcome us, dictating what kind of day we will have.   So we have to choose between a positive attitude and optimism; negativity and fear, even and especially, in times of adversity, like now. It is a choice we have to make each and every day. Truth is, negativity drags us down, zaps our energy, disrupts relationships, and can even make us...

Covid -19: Pleading with God

By Adele M. Gill “The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful.” James 5:16 NABRE / New American Bible ********************************************************* The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful. Today’s blog, on the heels of my last blog article on April 20th 2020 entitled, ‘Another New York Travesty,’ expounds on Abraham bargaining and pleading with God to save the people of Sodom and Gomorrah. In this dialog, Abraham asks God to spare them because of a small number of praying, ‘righteous’ people there. Roget’s Thesaurus defines the word ‘righteous,’ used in the following scripture, not as “perfect,” but as “godly, devout, moral, virtuous” I think this Bible passage is self-explanatory and timely, in the face of this Covid-19 plague: Genesis 18:20-33 20 Then the Lord said, “The outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is so great and their sin so grievous 21 that I will go down and see if what they have done is as bad as the outcry that has reached me. If not, I will know.” 22 The men turned away and went toward Sodom, but Abraham remained standing before the Lord.[d] 23 Then Abraham approached him and said: “Will you sweep away the righteous with the wicked? 24 What if there are 50 righteous people in the city? Will you really sweep it away and not spare the place for the sake of the 50 righteous people in it? 25 Far be it from you to do such a thing—to kill the righteous with the wicked, treating the righteous and the wicked alike. Far be it from you! Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” 26 The Lord said, “If I find 50 righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.” 27 Then...

Easter: Our Greatest Hope

By Adele M. Gill [Photo by Deb Jenkins] “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if he dies, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:24-25 Easter hope. Right now, people across the US, and all around the world, are in search of hope in the face of this pandemic. For some, hope is in the distant future as we endure great challenges in the face of the corona-virus. Hope takes many forms, as we hold onto the hope that we can soon resume life as we know it, without isolation. Hope that we and our loved ones won’t get Covid-19. Hope that if we do get it, will be a mild case that resolves quickly, without hospitalization or complications. Hope that we are able to emerge from this plague and that our finances and the economy will return to their previous pre-pandemic status. Hope we have everything we need to get through this most difficult time. Yet, there is another source and kind of hope that people all around the world are able to seek and find this Easter—especially Christian believers. That is the greatest hope possible in this life: Easter hope! Hope: Definition So what is Easter hope? Well, it is the very definition of Jesus Christ: The Greatest Hope the World Has Ever Known. So how is it possible that our hope today can hinge on just one man who lived some 2000 years ago? Irrelevant? Definitely not! Sadly, for some, especially agnostics and atheists, Jesus, Savior of the world, may seem irrelevant at a...