Persecution of Christianity in America

Aaron and Melissa Klein, owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa in Gresham, Oregon, have closed the doors of their bakery as a result of a lawsuit against them for discrimination. Klein refused an order for a gay couple’s wedding cake and is facing a proposed fine of $135,000. A GoFundMe page was started by a supporter of the Klein’s, and $109,000 was raised in less than eight hours. Yet, after backlash from the gay community, the page was denied any further fundraising attempts on account of the Klein’s involvement in a legal case.

Samaritan’s Purse has a fundraising page that includes the Klein’s financial need in the midst of this government sanctioned persecution for their faith in God and adherence to His Word. You can go to the site and make a contribution here.

You Can Turn Guilt to Thanksgiving

I get a kick out of this testimony. I had a foolish moment, and I’m not ashamed to share it with you! Maybe it will help you navigate your own shortcomings…

I was at a church service one evening when the guest speaker stated we’re all too tightly wound up and quick to take offense! He had us vow to not get offended for the next thirty days! Seriously! We raised our right hand and repeated our promise to not take offense!

I remember thinking smugly to myself, “This will be no problem. I don’t take offense at people.” Ha! I barely made it thirty minutes!

On my way home that night, I made a stop at the grocery store and when I checked out, the bagels got ripped open as the cashier pulled them from the cart and rubbed the bag against a sharp edge. She looked at the freshly torn bag and said, “Oh, this bag is torn. Do you want to go get another package of bagels?”

That’s not a big deal, is it? But, considering the vow I had taken a mere hour or two earlier, I was in a test. How do you think I did?

I grumbled in my thoughts all the way back to the bread department. How dare she ask me to replace the merchandise when she obviously tore the bag. This is the store that has amazing customer service, and I’M the one retrieving the bagels? My next thought tried to balance all the negativity: Renee, stop complaining. You have no problem with walking back to the bread department. What’s the big deal?

A minute or two of this mental spewing led me to fit of rage. I could feel the anger within me as I returned to the check-out line and completed my transaction. I’m sure there was no detection of the normally friendly customer who enjoys sharing a smile and kind word with those working hard.

Failed to shine the Light.

Oh, the devil had a grand time with that the next morning. I was getting beat up over my poor witness. Then I remembered the vow. The enemy delighted in my breaking a promise to not get offended. At the realization, I shouted aloud, “That’s right! I broke my promise. I failed to follow through. But I serve the God who never fails, who never breaks a promise!”

And that was it. Taking my eyes off my shortcoming and placing them fully on my faithful Father in heaven totally renewed my heart. I was forgiven and free from guilt.

I’m not perfect. You’re not perfect. But the God I serve? Perfectly perfect! Let’s keep our eyes focused on that.

With a humble and thankful heart,

Renee

The Work of God

Your Faith

Then they asked Him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?”

Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the One He has sent” (John 6:28-29).

Knowing and believing He is God,

Renee

A Simple God-Confidence

“The man took Jesus at His word…” (John 4:50).

Incredible. Jesus spoke hope: “Your son will live” {in His authoritative kind of way}; the man proved he believed by departing the Lord’s presence and returning to his home twenty miles away!

THE HEART OF GOD (life); SPOKEN/RELEASED THROUGH A SERVANT (Jesus); IGNITES FAITH (the man believed); MIRACLE HAPPENS (heaven’s reality manifest); PEOPLE COME TO FAITH (“So he and all his household believed.”). It’s a simple God-confidence that Jesus is who He says He is and He does what He says He does.

Ready to walk in the same faith? Put your name in the blank:

I, _____________, take Jesus at His word!

Direction and Purpose

The Lord knows the treasures and dreams hidden away in your heart. He speaks purpose to it all. He’ll address your purpose using your language – words and descriptions that you know and understand well. Trust Him. He faithfully leads you and will not fail you. When He speaks, you will undoubtedly know it is He.

I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be a ruler over my people Israel. -God to young David in calling him “to shepherd my people Israel.” (2 Samuel 7)

Take Action

“I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”

― Elie Wiesel

 

Be inspired today to act. Step out and do something in taking a stand against injustice. Your voice matters, so even wearing the color orange speaks of a coalition of the world’s citizens against persecution and killing of people who belong to the Christian faith. Rev. Patrick Mahoney explains the power of your voice in his interview with FOX News. You can view it in its entirety here. Tweet your call for justice with #orangejumpsuit.

Will the World Stand By and Watch Another Genocide?

Reverend Patrick Mahoney of Washington, DC  hopes not. But he’s doing more than wishing. He’s activating Christians, Muslims and national leaders to use our united voice in speaking out against the injustice caused by ISIS and terror groups who continue to perform mass killings of Christian men and who subject women and children to slavery. Rev. Mahoney counsels Christians to remember the power of prayer and to “remember those in prison as if you were their fellow prisoners, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering” (Hebrews 13:3).

Watch the full FOX News report here.

“For the world is in a bad state, but everything will become still worse unless each of us does his best.”
― Viktor E. Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning

 

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