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If I had to pick one quote to sum up Tested and Approved: 21 Lessons for Life and Ministry, it would be this:  “The true foundation of success is to know and do the will of God.” (p. 23) Doing the Will of God is our greatest goal as Believers and the ultimate marker of success as Christ-followers — What is God’s Will? — that we love Him and love others.  That’s what this book aims to help us do as it encourages us to trust God’s character, value people more than progress, and be accountable to our Christian conduct. “Results without relationships are just noisy, busy activity that really amounts to nothing.” (p. 13) ABOUT THE BOOK:  Tom Lane began this book over twenty years ago as a legacy for his children. He wanted to personalize some of the life lessons he learned over the years to one day share
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The Hillcrest Bruce Mission is an outreach of the United Methodist Church serving the Pollard Community of Ashland KY. Our mission is to embrace, encourage, empower and equip the neighbors we serve through the love and healing grace of Jesus Christ.  We assist with their well being by meeting their needs, and add value to their lives by ministering peace and demonstrating God’s love. We serve our neighbors, 70% of which reside in single parent households, from the Hillcrest and Bruce Apartments.    Listen to our Community Matters interview with Executive Director, Mike Maynard:   Assistance they offer: Food Housing, Utility, Daycare Clothing, Hygiene, Acquiring Glasses and Dentures Transportation Classes on Financial Planning, Cooking, and Other Independent Living Skills “Adopt a Chld/Senior” Christmas Program AND MORE To find our more about Hillcrest Bruce Mission and ways you can get involved, go to their webpage.   ____________________________________________________
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“What if your setback is actually a setup for what God has for you next.” Annie Dixon     There is so much hope, wisdom, and promise in this statement. As much as I’d love to say that I readily see this in my life, I do see it in the life of Joseph. Joseph was in line to take over as head of the family, but one setback turned into many, and years went by when he didn’t know if he’d ever see his family again, let alone be their leader. Being groomed to become the head of the family set him up to know God and establish bold faith as he learned his people’s heritage and saw God’s continual deliverance. But head knowledge isn’t enough to make you a great leader, and God had a greater purpose for Joseph than head of his family. To fulfill his God-sized
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Hope’s Place About: Hope’s Place is a victim-focused, children’s advocacy center that provides a safe atmosphere, lessens trauma and promotes healing by maximizing services through a multi-disciplinary team approach for child victims of sexual abuse. Hope’s Place actively seeks to reduce the occurrence of sexual abuse and heighten awareness through prevention education. Facts: Statistics show that 1 in 10 children will be sexually abused by the time they are 18. In other words; 400,000 babies born this year in the United States will be sexually abused before they turn 18. Children are the victims in 66% of all sexual offenses reported to law enforcement. It is estimated that this crime is severely underreported and that the actual numbers are much higher. Sexual abuse is a genderless crime void of socioeconomic limitations. Studies show up to 90% of children who are victims of sexual abuse know their abuser and 60% of
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I am a “cut to the chase” kind of girl.  I like to take the shortest route and find the end as quickly and efficiently as possible. If I can skip a step or two and come to a viable conclusion—perfect! Done. But, a few years ago, at a writer’s conference, I was challenged with these words by Lysa TerKeurst, “The process is the point.”  These are the kind of words that echo in my mind for days, weeks, or even years.  “The process is the point.” We can also say:  The trials are relevant. There is a purpose for this season. Circumstances don’t define us. That last one is tough but so true. Circumstances aren’t meant to define us– They are meant to refine us, but the refining comes through defining decisions.   Abraham knows about defining decisions. At 75 years old, Abram, and his wife Sarai were childless.
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I’m not one to make New Year’s resolutions…well, not anymore. I quickly learned that resolutions are counter-productive. Whatever I resolved to stop doing became even more appealing, and whatever I vowed to start doing became ever-more appalling. My focus became skewed by what I couldn’t have or had to do instead of focusing on the right thing.   I do like the word resolution, though. Resolution means: the ACT of finding an answer to a solution or conflict bringing something to an end the ability to show an image clearly and with a lot of detail.   Resolution is a word of action whose purpose is outcome and clarity, much like a goal. But, goals, like resolutions, have a way of shifting my focus sometimes. If I’m not careful, I can focus too much on checking that goal off my list and forget to keep it in God’s perspective and
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