Meet the Authors.

Sarah Burlingame is passionate about Biblical truth. Her diverse church background has taken her through Mainline Methodist, Evangelical, Assemblies of God and Roman Catholic circles. Her calling as an intercessor led her to receive a certification in Advanced Spiritual Warfare from LMCI (Liberating Ministries for Christ International) . Sarah has served as a small group leader, worship planner, liturgical dance leader and online ministry coordinator. She holds a M.S. degree in Education and lives in northeastern Pennsylvania with her husband and their youngest son. Her older sons reside in northeastern Pennsylvania and upstate New York. They attend North Rome Wesleyan Church.

Joanne Reinhart asked Jesus Christ into her heart at the age of nine in a Sunday school classroom in Maryland. Her journey with the Lord took her through various careers, colleges, and universities. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Art/Dance, Theology, and Education, and a M.S. degree in Educational Administration. Her passion for the Lord is evidenced through worship, dance, and teaching. She was liberated into her spiritual gifts and callings through the teaching resources of LMCI . Joanne has danced and taught at Christian conferences and various churches in PA and VA. She currently lives in Florida and attends church at Coastal Family Church in Flagler Beach, FL.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Chaos, Storms, Tragedies, Loss

Ah… the “News”. We are bombarded by media and are therefore bombarded with a steady diet of news about political strife, violent weather, financial concerns and crime. Sensationalism sells! But, the truth of the matter is, our world has become increasingly out of control. What about in your own world? Are there violent storms raging outside, pounding against the doors of your life and heart? Is it difficult to remain peaceful when the news and images around the world are of chaos in the streets, tragedies and loss? So, where can we find a safe haven and continue to live and work without fears clouding our minds?
You’ve certainly heard of the biblical story of Noah and the ark. What many people sadly do not believe today is that the “story” was a real occurrence. It did happen just as the scriptures tell us it happened. How can we be certain of this, you say? Because Jesus Himself referenced its reality when He said: 
“For the coming of the Son of Man (the Messiah) will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the [very] day when Noah entered the ark, and they did not know or understand until the flood came and swept them all away; so, will the coming of the Son of Man be [unexpected judgment]”.
(Matthew 24:37-39 AMP)

Now, just as sure as we know that Noah existed and that a real flood happened to judge and contain an evil and unbelieving world, we can also be sure that in this age of Grace, Jesus can keep us shielded in Him. We can come into the “ARK” of the Lord Jesus Christ; into His presence (Psalm 16:11) where our paths are filled with joy. Our safety and protection are in the “secret place of the Most High” (Father God), under the shadow and wings of the Holy Spirit (Psalm 91).
Even though darkness seems to be invading the atmosphere around the earth, the Lord’s LIGHT shines through upon us as we keep our eyes on Him.

Isaiah 60:1-2 (NKJV) Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the Lord is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And, deep darkness the people; But the Lord will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.

Even in this present world, Jesus Christ has given us His peace.  It is our inheritance that we can have now, today, and every day!

John 14:27 (AMPC) Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]

We can persevere, and we can overcome! We have been given spiritual armor to protect us from the evil one (Ephesians 6:11-18).  And, we have the armor of light (Romans 13:11-14) to stave off the darkness. 
Our hope IS in the Lord Jesus!

John 16:33 (ESV) I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

Let’s get up and put on the word of God in our hearts and minds! Let’s speak the Word of LIFE and LIGHT into our current situations! When Satan tempted Jesus in the wilderness, Jesus always responded to Satan’s lies with “It is written”. He was reminding the Devil that all of God’s promises to our lives are already written in His Word. All we need to do is: speak and declare these words of life for ourselves. We should do this consistently!

Romans 13:11-14 (MSG) But make sure that you don’t get so absorbed and exhausted in taking care of all your day-by-day obligations that you lose track of the time and doze off, oblivious to God. The night is about over, dawn is about to break. Be up and awake to what God is doing! God is putting the finishing touches on the salvation work he began when we first believed. We can’t afford to waste a minute, must not squander these precious daylight hours in frivolity and indulgence, in sleeping around and dissipation, in bickering and grabbing everything in sight. Get out of bed and get dressed! Don’t loiter and linger, waiting until the very last minute. Dress yourselves in Christ and be up and about!