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In an age when most American Christians seem squeamish about sharing their faith, God is raising up brave believers in other lands who are making us look like spiritual wimps!!

 

This video clip of Father Zacharia Botros, a brother in the Lord from Egypt changed my life. It has greatly impacted our whole family.

You won't need my commentary on it. It simply speaks for itself.

Blessings,

Lisa

Related external link: The official website of Fr. Zacharia Botros

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We do not talk about the other side of our family's calling very often here on FrontlineMoms. Victory Dream Center is our local mission outreach here in southern Illinois where we assist families who are broken, hungry, wounded, and lost. Here in our region 1 in 4 children suffer from food insecurity. Because of that great need our local body changed its focus and began an aggressive food ministry a couple years ago. In March, we celebrated our first 1,000,000 pounds of food distributed!

Because of our success in effective distribution, we were nominated by the St. Louis Area Foodbank to compete in a national contest for a Wal Mart grant of $20,000! That amount of money would be huge for us funding about a year of food distribution!

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

To win, we need people to vote for us through a Facebook campaign. The 60 agencies of the 190 contestants that receive the most votes in the month of April wins. Each of us may vote once a day for 30 days (must be 18 or older to vote).

WILL YOU HELP US?

Here is how:

1. Go here to vote today.

2. Vote again every day this month.

 

HERE IS HOW YOU CAN HELP US EVEN MORE

1. Forward this post to your friends and ask their help.

2. Share us on Facebook. Go to http://www.facebook.com/victorydreamcenter

3. Invite your friends.  Go to https://www.facebook.com/events/159602370866784/

4. Ask your blogging friends if they would share this contest on their blog.

5. Put this announcement in your church bulletin or bulletin board.

6. Pray for God's favor and provision!

If you have questions, you can contact me at Lisacherry9@aol.com

God bless you for helping children and families!

Linking up with:

Tell Me a Story    The Better Mom

Happy Easter

I was sorting through some email notifications this morning and happened upon a few interesting studies.

#1.  Only 41% of identified American christians are for sure going to church this Easter Sunday.

see article here: Christians Unsure about Attending Easter Services

#2.  The postmodern mind has a hard time accepting the reality of the resurrection.

Which leads me to an interesting question. Are you sure your children are settled on their faith in the bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ? Do they know how to defend their beliefs in an increasingly hostile culture which values doubting everything? Can they refute the most common arguments against the resurrection?

The "theories" that have circulated throughout the ages such as:

1. The Swoon Theory.....that Jesus never really died

2. The Stolen Body Theory.....that his disciples stole the body and tricked the Roman soldiers

3. The Collective Delusion Theory.....that all those who saw Him were collectively sharing the same hallucination

4.  The Spiritual Resurrection Theory...that His spirit was raised but not His body

Obviously, as Paul said it in 1 Corinthians 15, without the resurrection of Jesus our faith is worthless.

Here is a powerful but brief tool to study this important issue:

Ressurection Evidendce

Take some time together this weekend as a family. Read the bible account. Study out the erroneous theories......and GET TO CHURCH TOGETHER ON EASTER!

God Bless You,
Lisa

What a breathtaking photo…such a look of joy on a face scarred by unspeakable horror.

This young woman named Yubelina nearly died for her Christian faith, left severely burned when Muslims attacked her village in Indonesia.

Voice of the Martyrs ministry featured her disfigured image on its January newsletter cover—and it has become a picture that has struck a chord with Christians worldwide.

Joy in suffering. Beauty in the ugliness of persecution.

An image and reminder we need on this week leading into Easter.

It’s so easy in our modern “feel good” culture to focus on Easter, jumping over the unpleasant description of Christ’s suffering for us on Good Friday so we can fast-forward to his triumphant resurrection celebration on Sunday.

Sadly, in our society Good Friday has become another shopping day for Easter baskets or dresses. Or just another day at work before a holiday weekend.

Long gone are the days I remember as a child going to hear my grandfather preach about the passion of Christ on Good Friday afternoon (which always seemed to be a dark, dreary day with a thunderstorm, as I recall).

We don’t want to dwell on the gory details of how our beloved Jesus was mocked, mauled and left in a mangled state of dislocated joints and skin as He hung dying on the cross. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities…”(Isaiah 53:5) The prophet Isaiah also foretold that His “visage was marred more than any man.” (Isaiah 52:14) Would His face have looked worse than Yubelina’s?

Yes, we know in the abstract sense that Christ suffered for us. Likewise we know, abstractly, that Christians like Yubelina suffer in the world today for the Gospel.

But it’s not a place we like to stop and stare.

Certainly it’s not a place we necessarily want to take our children (those old enough, and mature enough, who could handle such discussions or images, that is).

My instinct as a mom?

Shield and protect them from seeing evil. But, shame on me, that should not be my action as a Frontline Mom, who wants to instill a biblical worldview in her children.

Suffering is real today, just as it was 2,000 or so years ago on a cross on Calvary.

Ugly? Yes.

Necessary? Yes.

Beautiful? Truly beautiful? Yes.

How could His suffering be beautiful?

Well, without His willingness to suffer punishment for all of our sins, a disfigured young lady like Yubelina would have no reason to smile—no joy or hope in her heart.

Yet the look she offers out of her one good eye says it all. She loves her Savior. And she bears witness with her scars—and smile—of how beauty lies in His sacrifice.

As I look at our sweet sister, I caught myself humming the hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, as I wrote this message:

“See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?”

Sorrow and love flowed down our Savior’s body as His blood was poured out for your Salvation and mine.

Embrace that thought today…and share it with others. Let Yubelina’s smile inspire you to reflect the sacrificial love of our Lord tomorrow on (truly) Good Friday.

Image courtesy of Voice of the Martyrs

Follow Voice of the Martyrs on Facebook

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Finding Beauty in Suffering

admin —  April 6, 2012 — 1 Comment

What a breathtaking photo…such a look of joy on a face scarred by unspeakable horror.

This young woman named Yubelina nearly died for her Christian faith, left severely burned when Muslims attacked her village in Indonesia.

Voice of the Martyrs ministry featured her disfigured image on its January newsletter cover—and it has become a picture that has struck a chord with Christians worldwide.

Joy in suffering. Beauty in the ugliness of persecution.

An image and reminder we need on this week leading into Easter.

It’s so easy in our modern “feel good” culture to focus on Easter, jumping over the unpleasant description of Christ’s suffering for us on Good Friday so we can fast-forward to his triumphant resurrection celebration on Sunday.

Sadly, in our society Good Friday has become another shopping day for Easter baskets or dresses. Or just another day at work before a holiday weekend.

Long gone are the days I remember as a child going to hear my grandfather preach about the passion of Christ on Good Friday afternoon (which always seemed to be a dark, dreary day with a thunderstorm, as I recall).

We don’t want to dwell on the gory details of how our beloved Jesus was mocked, mauled and left in a mangled state of dislocated joints and skin as He hung dying on the cross. “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities…”(Isaiah 53:5) The prophet Isaiah also foretold that His “visage was marred more than any man.” (Isaiah 52:14) Would His face have looked worse than Yubelina’s?

Yes, we know in the abstract sense that Christ suffered for us. Likewise we know, abstractly, that Christians like Yubelina suffer in the world today for the Gospel.

But it’s not a place we like to stop and stare.

Certainly it’s not a place we necessarily want to take our children (those old enough, and mature enough, who could handle such discussions or images, that is).

My instinct as a mom?

Shield and protect them from seeing evil. But, shame on me, that should not be my action as a Frontline Mom, who wants to instill a biblical worldview in her children.

Suffering is real today, just as it was 2,000 or so years ago on a cross on Calvary.

Ugly? Yes.

Necessary? Yes.

Beautiful? Truly beautiful? Yes.

How could His suffering be beautiful?

Well, without His willingness to suffer punishment for all of our sins, a disfigured young lady like Yubelina would have no reason to smile—no joy or hope in her heart.

Yet the look she offers out of her one good eye says it all. She loves her Savior. And she bears witness with her scars—and smile—of how beauty lies in His sacrifice.

As I look at our sweet sister, I caught myself humming the hymn, When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, as I wrote this message:

“See, from His head, His hands, His feet,
Sorrow and love flow mingled down.
Did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
Or thorns compose so rich a crown?”

Sorrow and love flowed down our Savior’s body as His blood was poured out for your Salvation and mine.

Embrace that thought today…and share it with others. Let Yubelina’s smile inspire you to reflect the sacrificial love of our Lord tomorrow on (truly) Good Friday.

Image courtesy of Voice of the Martyrs

Follow Voice of the Martyrs on Facebook

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