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Thanks to God–and You

Have you ever felt hopeless? Had that feeling that all is truly lost? In fiction, we call it the “black moment.”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve had a few black moments in my life. The worst came a little over a year ago and had to do with my eldest son, who’d made some life-altering and potentially deadly choices. All I could do was watch and pray.

But there was one other thing I did. I told a lot of my friends and family about our struggles. Not because they were fun to share—trust me, they weren’t. I told them because the Lord encourages us to be honest with each other and to and pray for one another. When we pray, He moves. (James 5:14-16, I Timothy 2:1) And our family desperately needed God to move.

My friends here at Quid Pro Quills prayed. Other friends prayed. Extended family prayed. Even some strangers prayed. And guess what? Through all those prayers, the Lord reached and saved our son.

Now, he’s home and safe. He’s a new person in Christ. He believes in the power of prayer as much as the rest of us, because he’s experienced the results of it. He’s so convinced of the Truth and so in love with his Savior, he’s headed to Youth with a Mission this January, where he’ll spend three months in Discipleship Training School before heading somewhere in the world (we don’t know where yet) on a mission to tell the lost about the freedom he’s found in Jesus Christ.

Our black moment was turned into victory, and it’s all because of the folks who prayed and this amazing, beautiful, powerful God we serve.

Tweet this: The prayers of good friends turned our darkest moment into victory.

For those of you who prayed, thank you for interceding for my family. For all of you, if ever you need prayer for yourself or someone you love, please ask me. I would be honored to lift you up the way we have been lifted, to be a part of your miracle the way so many of you have been a part of ours.

If you’d like more information or if you’d considering partnering with Nick on his mission trip through prayers or financial support, click here.

If you’d like more information about this amazing organization, Youth With a Mission, check out this video.

 

 

DSC_8915-25edRobin Patchen is an award winning multi-published author, but only because she can’t pursue her other dream.

If time and money were no object, Robin would spend her life traveling. Her goal is to visit every place in the entire world–twice. She longs to meet everybody and see everything and spread the good news of Christ. Alas, time is short and money is scarce, and her husband and three teenagers don’t want to traipse all around the world with her, so Robin does the next best thing: she writes. In the tales she creates, she can illustrate the unending grace of God through the power and magic of story.

Connect with Robin at her website.

 

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Evil in the Church

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“Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” ~ I Peter 5:8

Here we go again. For the second time in our lives, my husband and I find ourselves in a church that is being torn apart by―let’s just call it what it is―evil.

It doesn’t happen all at once. Evil doesn’t march into the front doors of a church and take it over at gunpoint. It happens bit by bit. A disgruntled person here. A malicious thread of gossip there. A ploy for power over there. It builds. It strengthens. It divides.

Satan isn’t stupid. He’s crafty and wily. Unfortunately, people are all too often agreeable to fall in line with his plans. Maybe not willfully. Maybe not knowingly. But they serve his purpose all the same. And make no mistake; Satan wants nothing more than to infiltrate the churches.

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” ~ Edmund Burke

Equally unfortunate, people are all too often reluctant to stand in opposition. It’s hard to confront our brothers and sisters in Christ in a loving, honest way when they step over the line. It’s hard sometimes to even define that line. But we must.

“Now the deeds of the flesh are evident, which are: immorality, impurity, sensuality, idolatry, sorcery, enmities, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, disputes, dissensions, factions, envying, drunkenness, carousing, and things like these, of which I forewarn you, just as I have forewarned you, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.” ~ Galatians 5: 19-21

So how can we fight evil in the church?

“Remove the wicked man from among yourselves.” ~ 1 Corinthians 5:13

That’s harsh. But it’s scriptural. Does it mean that a wicked man―or woman―can never be redeemed? Of course not! Jesus Christ came to seek and save the lost. Any repentant sinner can come boldly before His throne. His forgiveness is beyond human understanding.

I know―because He forgave my sins.

Pray for those in churches who are causing strife, disputes, dissensions, and factions. But also pray that church leaders will make the hard decisions regarding those who are not repentant. Pray that good men and women will stand strong for the health of our churches. Overcome evil with good.

~ Pegg Thomas

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Posted by on June 30, 2014 in Pegg Thomas

 

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Snot and Sin

Pegg10The capability of the human body to store vast amounts of disgusting material is amazing. You know this is true if you’ve ever dealt with a sinus infection or prepped for a colonoscopy. These things are not for the faint of heart!

I recently suffered three weeks under the mother-of-all sinus infections. It finally broke up amid hot compresses, antibiotics the size of suppositories, and enough hot tea to hose down a fleet of UPS trucks. As the bacteria withered beneath this onslaught, I began to blow snot like rodeo bull. I found the storage capacity of my sinus cavities alarming. If industrial strength Kleenex were on the market, I would have bought a case.

Another disgusting material our bodies harbor isn’t as readily visible, yet sin permeates the very fabric of our being. It fills cavities within us against our will. No hot compress will ease its pressure. No antibiotic will kill it off. No hot tea will wash it away. No amount of Kleenex will wipe it up. The only cure for sin is Jesus Christ and His cleansing blood.

I can mop up the results of one sneeze and stay clean until the next snot-rocketing blow, but this only works until the Kleenex runs out. Thankfully, Christ’s love and forgiveness never run out! When sin blows through our spiritual Kleenex, Christ is there to wipe us clean when we repent and ask His forgiveness. Dealing with our sin without Christ is like mopping up after a sinus infection without Kleenex – only messier.

~ Pegg Thomas

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Posted by on March 24, 2014 in Humor, Pegg Thomas

 

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Grace for the Lost

graceOnce upon a time, a stranger arrived in town. With directions clutched in his fist, he set off walking toward his hotel. But after a little while, he realized he was lost. The hotel was not where he thought it would be.

He looked around and saw a pretty little white church, steeple and all, on the corner. The sign outside read, “All Are Welcome Here.”

The man climbed the steps, entered the church, and found three members inside. He approached the first church member. “Excuse me, ma’am, I seem to be lost.”

The woman ran away, screaming.

Perplexed, he approached the second member. “Excuse me, sir. I seem to be lost.” Encouraged when the church member didn’t run away, the man continued. “I’m looking for the Right Way Hotel, and according to my directions—”

“Everybody knows,” the church member said, his nose in the air, “that the Right Way Hotel is on the next block.” The church member huffed and stormed away.

Finally, the man approached the third church member, a young man of about twelve. “Excuse me, young man. I seem to be lost. I’m looking for the Right Way Hotel.

”The young man smiled. “I know the way. I’ll walk you there.”

And the two left the church together.

I truly hope nothing like this happens in our churches. I would like to think that even the grouchiest among us would willingly give directions to the physically lost.

But what about the spiritually lost?

How often do we as church members run in fear from those who don’t know Christ?

How often do we attack those who don’t know the truth?

You see it all the time, the fear and vitriol aimed at politicians, celebrities, organizational leaders, and regular folks who don’t know the Lord. They share their beliefs, and we disagree, so we flee or argue or accuse. We hear statements that go against God’s word, and we attack the speaker, as if he ought to know better.

But he is lost. He doesn’t know your Bible, your God, or your Truth. To attack the spiritually lost is no better than to attack the physically lost.

According to Romans 5:10, we were once all enemies of God. Romans 3:23 tells us we have all sinned. Ephesians 2:8 tells us we have been saved by grace.

Merriam-Webster defines grace as: “unmerited divine assistance given humans for their regeneration or sanctification.”

Unmerited. That means we don’t deserve it. Divine. That means it comes from God.

We were lost, and God granted us grace and saved us. It’s also safe to say that some human granted us grace, too, because somebody told us the truth about Christ. Somebody showed us the way.

So the question is: Why do we flee those who don’t know the truth? Why do we attack sinners for sinning? Why, in short, are we shocked when the lost behave like they’re lost?

Grace. It’s not about tolerating sin. It’s about loving sinners. They are all around you, and if you don’t lead them to the Truth, who will?

This is the first in a series of blog posts addressing the subject of grace. I will post every other Wednesday, so don’t miss the next installment.

~Robin Patchen, Recipient of boundless grace.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in devotion, Robin Patchen

 

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