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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

COME TO OUR LORD



 Come to our Lord

to taste the purity of love

where hope burns brightly,

miracles are born, and faith lives.

Come to be one with our Lord,

to light a fire, spark a hunger,

quench a thirst in your heart

to be intimate with our Lord,

our heavenly Husband,

divine Lover of our souls.

United with Him,

love conceives,

faith is born.

 

© Miriam Jacob

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

MIRACLE FOR JEN by Linda Barrick



 

It was the night of November 5, 2006. As the Barrick family returned quietly home from church, their van was struck out of the blue by a drunken, hit-and-run driver. 

 

Jen, aged fifteen, suffered the most extensive multiple skull fractures and severe brain trauma. Not expected to survive, unbelievably, inexplicably, against all odds, she did. 

 

 After five weeks of lingering in a coma, she suddenly opened her eyes, praying and praising God. She conversed with God in perfectly intelligible language. 

 

Jen trusted Jesus and His undying love for her. As she sang and prayed in her clear, strong voice, it was as if she was perfectly normal, exactly as her mother, Linda had prayed for her healing. Only her body was damaged, not her soul. Jen was alive and well in spirit and in truth.

 

Although Jen could not recognize her parents or little brother, she remembered Jesus and every single song of praise and Holy Scripture she had ever learnt. 

 

“Miracle for Jen” is the remarkably true story of an extraordinarily brave and courageous family who overcame a most terrible and horrific tragedy to trust God's amazing plan for their lives. 

 

Miriam Jacob



Monday, March 2, 2015

HEART OF MERCY - Sharlene Maclaren


"Heart of Mercy" is the first book 
of the Tennessee Dreams Series, 
set in the 1890s in Paris, Tennessee.
  • Publisher: Whitaker House
  • Publication date: 11/25/2013

HEART OF MERCY by Sharlene Maclaren

A judge decrees that two orphaned boys should be adopted only by a married couple. The peculiar irony of fate is that the best woman to care for them is not married. It is essential that she must marry fast for the sake of the two young boys, but to whom? And in an extraordinary twist of fate, how can she marry the man whose dad was solely responsible for the death of her own father? 

Sharlene MacLaren is a powerful mastermind at telling a poignant tale of two very humane, flawed and scarred people, deeply wounded at heart and torn in emotions, desperately struggling to hold onto the only love they know, in a heart-tugging marriage of convenience. With a bitter feud raging between two families at loggerheads with each other for generations, the blazing sparks fly thick and fast. 

Sharlene Maclaren's "Heart of Mercy" is one of the best inspirational historical novels, crafted with a unique blend of romance laced with intrigue, in a passionate story of faith and forgiveness.

SHARLENE MACLAREN

God gifted Sharlene Maclaren with a passion to write for His honor and glory. She prays to God to renew her spirit daily and weave her inspiring Christian faith into her novels to carry a passionate story of God’s divine love, forgiveness and eternal hope.

  Sharlene was deeply humbled by a young girl on an urgent search for God, terrified she would die before finding Him, and with no idea on how to go about it. When she read Sharlene's novel in which a person received Christ, she prayed the same prayer he prayed. Sharlene was overjoyed to know the role she played in her salvation story. It reaffirmed to her the importance of faith-based fiction and what an amazing impact it has upon the hearts of people. Glory to God!


© Miriam Jacob 

Saturday, November 1, 2014

"A FRIEND IN THE STORM" by Cheryl Ricker



In her book "A Friend in the Storm", Cheryl Ricker delves deep into the dregs of human suffering, calming the aching hearts of people facing the most dire and distressing circumstances, leading them patiently, step-by-step through their sufferings into the ever-waiting arms of a faithful and compassionate God, with soothing words of poetic truth.

© Miriam Jacob

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

CHRISTIAN GIVING



God wants us to give to help His people for the glory of God. Our giving is to God and He rewards us. We give to the Lord to honor Him in gratitude. We rejoice in His approval of our giving. Christian giving is an act of worship. When we give to God, we worship Him in His Word. Christ’s sacrifice is our standard to give. He gave His all for us. The least we can do for Him is to help others. Give to others in the light of the Lord’s sacrifice. Do whatever you can, be it little or much. Give to others as God gives to you.


"Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it" - (Malachi 3:10). God gives to us and we give to the Lord. “He who sows sparingly reaps sparingly, and he who sows bountifully reaps bountifully” - (2 Corinthians 9:6). When you help others, God will help you. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full - pressed down, shaken together, to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give is the amount you get back" - (Luke 6:38).

God requires us to give to others with a grateful heart, mindful of what God does for us. Wealth is a good thing only if it is freely shared. Sacrificial giving is an integral part of Christian stewardship. The law of Christian giving states that it is more blessed to give than to receive. Are you happier to give than to get? Does giving give you happiness? You will take nothing out of it when you die. Where your treasure is, there your heart is also. Does your heart belong to a world that is doomed? If you love money, can you love God? You cannot serve God and money. Either one or the other. Definitely not both.

We are to store up treasures in heaven, where it will not be lost. Heaven is our only trusted bank and God is our honest banker. Our hearts belong to heaven where Christ is and where our true home is. Our money belongs to God and He can take it away at any time. When we give, we  acknowledge His rightful claim as Ruler and Owner of all we have. To not give is to reject His divine Authority, Lordship and Kingship in our lives.

© Miriam Jacob

Monday, August 4, 2014

CHRISTIAN MENTOR

Christian mentors are trusted counselors who give Biblical training on how to live a successful Christian life to their protégés. Christ leads and we follow. The mentor is the role model who leads the protégés to follow and emulate. Christian mentoring submits to the leadership of Christ in a mutual role of sharing and trust with the protégés. The mentor is a trusted confidante who relies on the gentle guidance of the Holy Spirit for wisdom and insight to impart spiritual truths to the protégé. Mentors train disciples to transmit the faith to others. Mentors are committed to follow Christ and live up to their calling. Christian mentors equip others to mentor.

Mentors train protégés to worship Christ and lead good Christian lives. They offer wholehearted guidance and support in mutual love and obedience. This takes a lot of clear-sighted vision and understanding of the Bible. The mentor trains potential leaders, who in their turn, mentor and train others to become leaders. The extraordinary skills and unique abilities of a mentor sets him apart to be an obedient child of God, with selfless dedication and unquestioning obedience to God's call. Protégés are taught to live for Christ. The Christian mentor is a force for the Kingdom to be reckoned with. It is a giant leap of faith.


You, as the Christian mentor, give your protégés spiritual support to become good disciples, help them to grow and mature in faith, realigning their beliefs and behavioral patterns to enable their character to line up with their call. You use your gifts and talents to have a contented life, filled with His Spirit. When serious setbacks and tiresome troubles come into your life, you deal with them fearlessly and learn precious lessons from them. You will be a mentor to someone, as a shining beacon of God's divine light. 

To be a good Christian mentor, keep your faith in Christ. Christianity requires a level of faith that is costly. It needs our untiring and selfless obedience. Our faith protects us from what we fear most. It inspires us to do our very best in Christ. As a mentor, you will teach and inspire others. You are a role model, growing in the Lord. You obey His Word. God uses you to impart spiritual learning to others. Being a mentor to your protégé is a relationship and a process. It is about God's love pouring His precepts into us. Be a caring, supportive mentor for Christ.

© Miriam Jacob

Sunday, July 13, 2014

CHRISTIAN STUDENT INITIATIVE

It is an extremely challenging, demanding and rewarding task to train students worldwide to bear witness to Christ and His cause. There is a global community of student movements, exclusively to engage the universities with the gospel of Christ, making a profound impact upon the world. Students are creatively trained and equipped to engage the university with a unique strategy to inspire student initiative - teaching students the life-transforming gospel of Jesus Christ, enabling them to become committed disciples of Christ, as they serve the Church with zeal, spreading the gospel far and wide.

For students to release their creative energy into fruitful channels of service to influence their communities for Christ, the clear-sighted vision of growth and significant assessment of the estimated depth of impact focuses on specific strategic points to determine the priorities and progress of student initiative. We must communicate the gospel of Christ effectively to students worldwide, cutting across community lines, bypassing the boundaries and borders of cultures and climes. Student leaders are trained with truth, honesty and integrity to make a real, lasting impact upon the university, society, and the world at large. Graduate fellowships become stronger as they nurture the student ministry to become effective witnesses for Christ by offering them unstinted support through generosity and hospitality.

Students, as an integral part of the global body of Christ, must respond boldly to current affairs and contemporary issues from within a Christian context, framework and perspective, as they engage the university constructively, with an enlightened, emboldened vision and an elevated worldview, to demonstrate the active blending of biblical faith with academic virtues and disciplines. Supported and nurtured by graduate fellowships, student ministries will demonstrate the wisdom of Christian governance, with an inspiring growth and development in organizational skills, well-structured and girded with a firm, wisely-built foundation, enabling students to achieve well-charted goals and strategic partnerships, cutting across communities and cross-cultural lines, to make an impact upon the world.

To achieve our Christ-inspired mission and divinely-oriented vision, our lives must be strongly supported and firmly strengthened by three important factors. We must search the Scriptures daily to grow and mature in our relationship with God through personal Bible study and deep reflection, applying the precious biblical truths to our own lives. As a global community of born-again Christians, we will grow with other believers in mutual fellowship to achieve our vision. We prayerfully depend on God's help to direct our plans. Let us seek the Will of God for our lives. We are called to sound the clarion call clearly to spread the gospel creatively to students worldwide, in thoughts, words, and actions, in and through our relationships, within and across cross-cultural communities.

We render no greater service to ourselves and to the whole world than to engage the universities for Christ, for in the heart of the universities reside the intelligentsia of the future. This is the important strategic nature of Christian ministry among students. Student ministry gives us an opportunity to spread the gospel among thoughtful young people at a profound time of character development, attitude formation and decision-making in their lives. Students are very enthusiastic, idealistic and open to new ideas.

All discussions must be Christ-centered as we engage with students to come to terms with their faith. It provides a God-given opportunity for believers to become disciples of Christ, consciously putting down deep roots as Christians for a lifetime of service. We must encourage students to develop a personal walk with the Lord and get involved in Bible study to see how Scripture applies to every area of life. This helps them to develop a strong sense of values to govern the decisions they make.

Student ministry is viewed in many ways - as a bridge between the church and the university, which is a part of the world; a partnership between students and the church to engage the university with the gospel of Jesus Christ; and as an extension of the ministry of the church into the university. A good majority of cross-cultural workers in various countries have graduated from student ministries. There is a healthy, growing interest among students to take the gospel to the whole world. Committed Christian graduates put down deep roots in Christ to form a strong Christian mindset while they were still undergraduates. The best way to assess the student ministry is to look at what the alumni or graduates are doing many years later. The Church needs believers to act as salt and light and spread the gospel by all possible means in every sphere of service in society.

There are many kinds of student ministries. Evangelical focuses on the truth of God's word, and its significant relevance to the world. Evangelistic takes the gospel of Christ – evangel - to the university, and to the world's stage. Interdenominational is exactly what its name says. Student ministries focus on student initiative to help students to connect with their friends, become good leaders, and learn from their successes and failures so that they have more to offer Christ. Student ministries exist by the shared vision and united faith of the graduate-student movements worldwide.  A global network of supportive fellowship enhances the various movements whose major vision is to create autonomous, evangelistic student ministries in all the countries of the world where none previously existed.

In student ministries, the responsibility for witness lies with the students themselves. Spirit-inspired students are most suitable and best equipped to reach students, being aware of the issues and challenges they face. Students are best committed to encourage student responsibility and initiative in fellow students, to pass on the baton to others. It is a spiritual partnership that moves beyond culture and clime to unite together as the Body of Christ. It is a growing movement and the work is not done yet. There is still more to come, so much more, that the whole world will not be able to contain it.

Firmly committed to missions, equipping students to be effective witnesses for Jesus Christ, student ministries are: Gospel-centered with the life, death, resurrection and second coming of Christ right at the heart of it; Inter-denominational, having Christians from various denominations and creeds, with different perspectives, united around the core doctrines of the Gospel; Evangelism is at the heart of the work, including discipleship and world mission. The task is complex but the commission is crystal-clear. Go and make disciples for Christ.

© Miriam Jacob

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