WHAT IS AT THE TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST?

WHAT IS AT THE TOP OF YOUR BUCKET LIST? What on your bucket list could really make a difference in a person's life for all eternity? Could I offer a suggestion for your bucket list that would cost you very little in financial expense or time but could have profound results in someone's life? God's Word says, "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God," (Romans 10:17 KJV). If we truly want someone to come to faith in Jesus Christ they need to hear the word of God. The New International Version of the bible states that verse like this: "Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ," (Romans 10:17 NIV). Sharing

ARE YOU CONNECTED?

ARE YOU CONNECTED? Your heart, your mouth and your faith are vitally connected. So are you connected to God? God said, "If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. As Scripture says, ‘Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.’ For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile —the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, for, ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved,’” (Romans 10:9-13 NIV). God says we need to overcome our

MEET A TEEN WHO IS OVERCOMING REAL TRAILS IN LIFE!

MEET A TEEN WHO IS OVERCOMING REAL TRIALS IN LIFE! I met Emmanuel Charles Lamour in 2010 when we first met the fifty needy children at House of Hope Orphanage. Emmanuel is fifteen years old now and he has basically lived at House of Hope all his life. I thought at the beginning Emmanuel was going to be adopted and brought to the U.S. to live. We were disappointed several times that the adoptions fell through and he never left Haiti. Emmanuel has had a hard life. When he was really young he was treated for TB for an extended period of time and with other illnesses his growth has been stunted and he is very small in stature. This has undoubtedly given him an "attitude" and his interactions wit

IS IT POSSIBLE TO FIND UNENDING LOVE?

IS IT POSSIBLE TO FIND UNENDING LOVE? Love relationships often end. Marriages once burning with the flames of seeming love often end. Relationships of all kinds that seem to be full of love and compassion fail for multiple reasons. Trouble, financial loss, health problems, moral failures, and on and on the list goes and relationships fail. But there is one love relationship, once established, that will not end on this earth or for eternity. This love relationship will not be broken or lost because of any of our human failures. And the love of the other party to our relationship will never diminish nor fail. Nothing can stop this unending love that every person is looking for but the majority

SATAN'S GREAT TOOL!

SATAN’S GREAT TOOL! Condemnation is a prime tool in Satan’s tool box. Satan uses this tool to try and make the Christian feel guilt-ridden, rejected and condemned by God. It is true Christians do sin and Satan constantly reminds us of it. Christians do fail way too often to live up to their name. Often we are not Christ-like and we know it. What we want to do we often fail to do. Christians are humans with human failures. But God knows that. That is why Jesus came and died on the cross for all our sins: past, present and future. That is why God has assured us, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." (1John 1:9 NIV

CHOICES!

CHOICES: Life is all about choices. And the choices we make have consequences. Some choices are minor and some are major. Some choices can produce disaster and some can bring eternal joy. How you choose to live your earthly life and where you choose to spend eternity are major choices. So you would expect God's Word to say something about those issues. And it does. God offers us these unique choices in life...WAGES vs GIFT...SIN vs JESUS. For those who CHOOSE to continually sin in life and reject God's gift of Jesus, there is a payday coming: wages. And the wages will be death...separation from God for all eternity. For those who CHOOSE God's gift they will receive eternal life through the

A LOUSY LIFE?

A LOUSY LIFE? Sometimes life just seems lousy and you may wonder if God really loves you. After all you think you are a pretty good person. But things just aren't going well. God seems so far away and unconcerned about you. Or maybe you just don't believe God could love you. Let me assure you that God loves you. Here is proof that God loves you in spite of how you feel or what your circumstances are or have been. "You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinner

WE NEED YOUR HELP!

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO SEND EIGHTEEN CHILDREN TO SCHOOL THAT BEGINS IN SEPTEMBER. Summer is over and new learning experiences like cooking classes, health fairs, and evangelistic meetings are over at House of Hope Orphanage. Many of the residents at House of Hope have been involved in work programs this calendar year and during the summer. But now it is also time to turn attention to a new academic school year. There are two students in primary school, nine in middle school, four in ninth grade, and three in senior high school. Most of these will be attending a Christian school. All of them are doing well in their academic pursuits. The cost for each student averages $240.00 for the school yea

PEACE AND GOOD NEWS!

PEACE AND GOOD NEWS! It seems the entire world is seeking peace. But peace is often hard to find because we often seek peace in the wrong way and in the wrong places. Terrorists appear to be everywhere. Wars are raging in many places. Crime is rampant. Job insecurity brings many anxious moments for many people. Families are fractured. Neighbors can't get along with each other. Governmental systems that should help promote peace instead often create chaos. Most people desire peace but real peace is hard to find. The GOOD NEWS is the Prince of Peace came to give us peace. BUT real peace begins with a real relationship with God. And that relationship can only begin when we are declared righte

LET'S TALK ABOUT SIN!

LET’S TALK ABOUT SIN! Let's think about sin for a moment. Sin is not our favorite subject to be sure. But this moment of reflection from God's Word should cause us to rejoice in how much God has done for us. The Bible says, "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus. God presented Christ as a sacrifice of atonement, through the shedding of his blood —to be received by faith," (Romans 3:23-25a NIV). Sin affects us all and condemns us all. A holy God cannot stand the presence of sin. It is true as God's Word says "The soul who sins will die," (Ezekiel 18:20 NIV). But a gracious God also h

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE AMERICA TODAY?

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE AMERICA TODAY? Though written almost 2000 years ago I have to believe the following bible passage perfectly describes a vast number of people in our society today. "Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Althou

THE MOST SIMPLE TERMS!

THE MOST SIMPLE TERMS! God has reduced the essence of the Christian life to the most simple terms. "For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed —a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith,” (The book of Romans 1:16-17 NIV). Gospel-Power-Faith-Salvation-Righteousness-Life & Living-Unashamed. God reduces the essence of the Christian life to the most simple terms. The gospel is the good news that Jesus lived, died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, and wa

LAST WORDS AND ACTIONS DO MATTER!

LAST WORDS AND ACTIONS DO MATTER! Have you ever thought about what your last words and last actions in this life will be? What people say and do just prior to death are usually very important to people who remain on earth after someone dies. The last verse in the Book of Acts describes what the Apostle Paul was doing while he was confined in Rome awaiting trial on false charges and which ultimately probably led to his execution. The Word of God says, “He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance,” (Acts 28:31 NIV). Paul at the end of his life said just what he began saying from the moment of his salvation. He was consistent i

"I THINK THEREFORE I AM!" REALLY?

“I THINK, THEREFORE I AM!” REALLY? The Philosopher Rene Descartes was very shallow in his thinking when compared with the God who created everything and explained the reality of existence in one simple sentence through His preacher the Apostle Paul. In one of Paul’s great sermons recorded in Acts 17 he said the following about our existence and our relationship to Jesus, “For in Him we live and move and have our being,” (Acts 17:28 NIV). Will you take a moment and reflect on that today? Who we are and what we are, and what we do, and in fact our very existence is not dependent on the opinions, decrees, laws or philosophies of others. All those things are related to our heavenly Father and ou

SCHOOL BEGINS IN HAITI AND WE NEED YOUR HELP!

SCHOOL BEGINS SEPTEMBER 9 IN HAIIT. YOU CAN HELP THE HOUSE OF HOPE ORPHANAGE CHILDREN GET A GOOD EDUCATION. GET THE LATEST EMAIL NEWSLETTER BY COPYING THIS ADDRESS TO YOUR BROWSER AND CLICKING: https://conta.cc/2zdJZ1j You can also go to the Caribbean Vision Ministries Facebook page and see the article there. Thanks for your help.

EXPECT OPPOSITION!

EXPECT OPPOSITION! God reveals in Acts 16 that the Apostle Paul & Silas ventured into an area where the gospel had not yet penetrated. Their preaching and miracles resulted in people being saved and people being angered. That anger resulted in Paul & Silas being thrown in jail. The gospel always meets opposition. We should expect it because Satan is always at work. But opposition also brings opportunities. And opposition also reveals Christian character and determination. As Paul and Silas sat in jail, in chains and in the stocks, God brought a great earthquake and a great opportunity. They had a great opportunity to escape jail but instead they remained in place. The jailer who thought they

I REMEMBER THE DAYS!

I REMEMBER THE DAYS! I am talking about the days when it seemed Christians never got involved in politics. It seems everyone is involved in politics today and Christians more and more so. It seems that many Christians have gotten so involved in politics that they lose focus on priorities and their ultimate destination in life and where our citizenship really is. Any Christian should know what the Apostle Paul said about that, “Our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,” (Philippians 3:20 NIV). I do not want to discourage any Christian from being involved in politics but to myself and my preacher/Pastor friends I remind all of us of the Apos

WHAT IS GOD DOING?

WHAT IS GOD DOING? Sometimes it is hard to discern exactly what God is doing in our lives. Our plans may seem good and right but often God has other plans for us. And God may not always immediately show us His reasons for His plans. Maybe never. So it was with the Apostle Paul and Silas on the second missionary journey. They wanted to preach the Gospel in certain places but God prevented them from doing so. Now why would God do that? Weren't they commissioned by Jesus himself to preach the gospel in all the world? Our plans as good and pure as they may be may not be God's plans for the moment. We need listening ears and open minds and hearts so we hear and respond to God's plans for us. His

ARE WE LISTENING?

ARE WE LISTENING? Are we tuned in to the voice of God? So often we are too busy to take time to listen to the voice of God even in our churches. We rush about during the week and on weekends we want to be entertained even in our churches. But it is when we pause, focus, and give God our attention that He will connect, speak and give direction that will produce great results. In the following verses the beginning of the Apostle Paul's great missionary journeys Is revealed to have happened in such a setting. Will you take time to listen to the voice of God? "Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been br

SO YOU THINK YOU ARE SPECIAL?

SO YOU THINK YOU ARE SPECIAL? It is possible for individuals to feel that they are some special favorite person before God as compared to other people. Or to the other extreme they may feel that God loves others more than them. But the apostle Peter puts this into perspective for us. "Then Peter began to speak: ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears him and does what is right. You know the message God sent to the people of Israel, announcing the good news of peace through Jesus Christ, who is Lord of all,’"(Acts 10:34-36 NIV). The ground is level at the foot of the cross. Everyone in every nation is sinful before God “f

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