Merry Christmas everyone! I hope that you all are enjoying your day and that it is blessed and full of joy. I just wanted to take a minute to remind everyone that while it’s nice to get presents and sing songs and stuff ourselves with Christmas goodies, it’s more important to remember why we celebrate Christmas at all.
We celebrate Christmas to celebrate God’s gift to us–Jesus Christ! There is no greater gift than Jesus Christ Himself. It’s not about toys, food, trees, gifts and certainly not about Santa Claus! We are in a time where people are trying their best to remove Jesus Christ from Christmas. People don’t want to say “Merry Christmas” anymore. It’s “Happy Holidays” and some don’t even say that. It’s just not Politically Correct anymore to say “Merry Christmas.” I say forget that! No one will ever get me to remove Jesus Christ from Christmas. It’s all about Him anyway. It’s just not going to happen!
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This Thing of Ours by Cammy Franzese is her autobiography as the wife of ex-mobster Michael Franzese of the Colombo Crime Family. She speaks openly and frankly of all that she endured for 10 years. While her husband was locked away doing hard time in Federal Prison. Cammy even endured being arrested herself and thrown in jail to try to back her husband into corner. Her life went from being almost like a fairy tale to completely being spun out of control. It wasn’t the life she planned for herself. But she Continue reading
It’s terrible when you lose someone you love. There is no pain like it. The loss of those closest to us is always so devastating. The pain feels never ending. You feel like a part of yourself has left and it hurts. Especially when the loss is sudden and tragic. Maybe you’re grieving for yourself. Perhaps God is calling you home and you’re sad and afraid. Death is always hard. It is never easy.
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Do you sometimes feel invisible? Just completely unnoticed by the world? Maybe you bust your butt at your job, work hard as a wife, Mother, Husband or Father, give your all serving in the church week after week without a simple thank you. You’re just chugging along spreading the Word of God, training your kids in the way they should go, being the man or woman God has called you to be and you’re feeling completely unappreciated. It doesn’t feel good at all, does it? We’ve all felt that way at some point in our lives. People have a way of both intentionally and unintentionally taking others for granted.
There is this quote that I’ve always loved by the writer Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) that says “The world has no room for Continue reading
The Encounter is the new novel and parable by Stephen Arterburn. It is the story of Jonathan Rush, a famous ultra successful and very wealthy businessman, who has been sent on an assignment by his Pastor to learn the truth about why his Mother abandoned him as a child in Fairbanks, Alaska when he was only four years old. He knows nothing about his Mother accept her name.
On his search Jonathan meets a mysterious woman named Mercy. Mercy seems Continue reading
Healing Is a Choice by Stephen Arterburn is a book about choosing to become well from physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wounds. We have all experienced pain. Some more than others. Many people live shell shocked lives. Still suffering, and even acting out emotionally due to things that have happened to them years ago.
It’s like being stuck in a time warp with no understanding of how to be free. Often times we pray and pray to be free. But, when God doesn’t move the mountains out of the way we decide to just live with them. We don’t search to find out how to learn to get free. This must be God’s will we tell ourselves. But that’s not true. It’s not God’s will. You Continue reading
Gilani Taylor passed away about 5 hours ago at about 6:00 PM or 6:30 PM Pacific Time October 21, 2011 Friday. She is now with Jesus and her baby girl Jayla. Please pray for her husband Rodney and her surviving daughter Amiya, also known as Mimi, who was not in the car that fateful and tragic day, as well as their son Milan. Please don’t ever forget Gilani. Continue to pray that the person that has killed Gilani and Jayla will be caught, so that he or she can pay the price for what they’ve done and go to jail.
The person was driving a white, 2000’s model SUV on the 101 Freeway under the Las Virgenes Overpass October 1, 2011 Saturday at around 8:32 AM. If you know ANYTHING please report it to the CHP at 818-240-8200. Thank you! God bless you!
Quick update! Gilani’s condition is very bad. The doctors have said that there isn’t much more that they can do. It is completely in God’s hands. Gilani’s Pastor posted on his Twitter page this message today Friday October 21, 2011 at 3:00 PM “Doctors have now put Sister Lani’s life in God’s Hands. I’m SO glad that she did the same thing 2 and a half yrs ago! PRAY! MIRACLE TIME” So please continue to pray with all you’ve got! Keep lifting Gilani in prayer. Thank you and God bless you! If you do not know Gilani’s story read it now by clicking the link here. Gilani Taylor – A Fiery Tragedy Thank you! Keep praying and sharing her story!
It’s been over two weeks and Gilani Taylor is still alive! Fighting for her life? Yes. Still Critical? Yes, and she will for some time. But she is still alive. The doctors didn’t think she’d live for two days. Yet, she’s still here. God is so good! But Gilani is still not out of the woods. Her condition has worsened so your prayers are still needed. Gilani went into Cardiopulmonary arrest also known as cardiac arrest on October 17, 2011. Her Pastor held an all night Shut In prayer service to pray for her last night October 18, 2011. Anyone could come and pray. So the situation is even more serious. I do not know if she is still in a medically induced coma. But if so, then she is still unaware of the death of Jayla. Please continue to hold her up. I don’t know what her condition is right now. Getting updates is difficult. But as soon as I know of any changes, either good or bad, I will let you know.
If you don’t know about Gilani Taylor’s story of her terribly car crash that has left her severely burned and took the life of her daughter Jayla click this link here Gilani Taylor – A Fiery Tragedy to learn more.
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All I’ve got to say about this book is wow, wow, WOW! Evil is so real and the effects can be so devastating. But God is far greater and powerful than Satan. God will always put a stop to evil. It can never prevail.
Ascent From Darkness is the story of one man’s descent into Satanism and God’s relentless pursuit to bring him from darkness into the Light. For twenty years, Michael Leehan was a slave to Satan. He experienced things that most people don’t want to think about, or even believes is real or could be true. But, it’s all true.
After years of feeling like darkness was always right on his heels he decided to give into it and become a satanist. That tragic decision caused Michael to go into such a downward spiral that no one thought that he would ever be free…including himself. But God had other plans so great, that not only did he pull Michael out of Satan’s death grip, but Continue reading
“It was her choice to go. I told her that if she wanted to go be with Jayla, it was alright and she went. God is good and I am at perfect peace with her decision!” — Rodney Taylor to their Pastor after Gilani passed away
Gilani has gone home to the Lord now. But she will never be forgotten. Not by me or any of the others whose hearts and lives she touched. Gilani fought Continue reading
—- Psalms 27:13
How many times have you felt like felt that? Perhaps you feel like that right now. I know that I’ve been able to relate to King David in this passage at times in my life. We all have at some point. Things are hard and looking crazy. It feels like the sky is falling and your world is coming to an end. It feels like the world is pressing you in on all sides. Life is just tough.
But then you stop and remember the love of the Lord, and how good He is all of the time. And though your circumstances may not change overnight, believing in the goodness of God helps us Continue reading