"Taking back what belongs to you!"

"But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."  Isaiah 40:31

Did you know that self pity is a sin?  Yes, it is a self-destructive attitude that paralyzes and prevents us from making any progress in life.  It may feel good temporarily, but it is actually debilitating.  Do you know anyone who is miserable, and they seem to not be satisfied until you are miserable too?  Don't open the door to self pity and misery mindedness, if you want to be filled with righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit!  Light and dark cannot coexist.  So many people waste so much of their life feeling sorry for themselves.  They are not happy with their life, and they think its up to somebody else to make them happy.  Well, the bad news is, nobody can ever fill the emptiness or void you have and the only one who can do something about your unhappiness is you!  The good news …

"Hills and Valleys"

"Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me."  Psalm 23:4

Isn't it interesting that it is in the toughest times of life that our faith is strengthened and character is built.   There have been so many lessons learned through painful and difficult seasons of our lives, and we know that if it had not been for the grace of God, we would not have made it.  One particular moment comes to mind, a while back when my husband and I just began our journey together.  We were in the middle of central Africa working for God's Kingdom sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ, loving people and living life so full of love and joy as happily married newlyweds.  After driving for many miles on the pot-holed and distressed roads of Africa, we happened upon a quaint and cozy place to stop and refresh with a short walk to a small lake.  Hand in hand we walked down the dusty lane to see this b…

"The Rewards of Faith"


"Jesus is Calling"

"Behold, I stand at the door and knock.  If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me."  Rev. 3:20

The famous painting of Jesus knocking on the door is forever etched in my mind.  As a young girl, I would sit in church and see this image week after week. Even then, I somehow knew that Jesus must have been a very friendly man.  For someone to invite himself in to a strangers house and not be afraid of what people thought of him,  he must have had a good message to share.  Jesus was knocking on the door of all of our hearts to see if we would take the time to listen.  Every summer during Vacation Bible School, VBS,  I would memorize Bible verses about Jesus and sing happy hymns and listen to many stories about Him.  My favorite Sunday School teacher was always so enthusiastic to share one more wonderful lesson that Jesus taught.  I was a believer!  Who could resist such a kind, loving Saviour who had given His life so rad…

"Witnesses, Workers, and Winners"

"Jesus went through all of the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.  When He saw the crowds, He had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.  Then He said to His disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.  Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into His harvest field."  Matthew 9:35-38.

Do you want to be a winner in life?  Of course, the answer for all of us is most likely a resounding "Yes!"  The Bible is our compass to success.  In it we find all of life's solutions and every answer we need for every encounter we face.  In this day and age, we have got to live by some sort of moral compass because it's very obvious that the modern culture in which we live is in a decaying slump.  When society begins to ignore, demean, and disregard the holy and righteous things of God …

"Avoid the Trap!" (Video by Pastor Heidi Hitchcock)

Avoid the traps the devil sets for us! Galatians 5 speaks of the "works of the flesh," which are the traps the enemy sets for us. With God's power and grace we can overcome every temptation, in Jesus' name..

"Ready, Get Set, SHIFT!"

"God's voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.  He says to the snow, Fall on the earth, and to the rain shower, "Be a mighty downpour."  So that all men he has made may know his work, ...Job 37:5-7

Life is certainly full of shifts, changes and adjustments!  As a young teenager learning how to drive, my father so wisely took it upon himself to teach me how to maneuver a 5-speed automobile.  At first, it was very scary as I would find myself stalled out in the middle of an intersection trying to change gears or at the top of an "intimidating" hill slowly creeping backwards as my hands tightly gripped the steering wheel and absolutely freaking out because of my very real struggle!  If there wasn't a pond at the bottom of that small hill in Sussex County, I may have reacted a bit more composed.  Eventually, after lots of encouragement, practice and lessons I finally learned how to enjoy driving a manual-transmission…