Dear Brothers & Sisters in Christ, Jeanne and I do not celebrate Halloween. The reason is spiritual. Halloween is the complete opposite of Jesus Christ. It is a celebration of death and darkness. Jesus is the Light. No pagan holiday celebrated in any form will ever give you what you need. Back in the 70's, … Continue reading Guest Post by Pastor Mike Dean: Halloween is a Celebration of Death and Darkness… Jesus is the Light!
I walked down my country road to visit this beautiful friend, while witnessing the creation of yet another beautiful sunset painted by my awesome God! I hope this amazing creature brightens your day and brings a smile to your face! There's lots moooore coming on The Silver Lining, so invite a friend to visit the … Continue reading Good “Mooed” Cow… Got JESUS?
Just please open the inn, For we're cold, and wet men; Moms are saving their kids, And we're looking for kin! Won't you give us a bite, Let us stay for the night? So we won't be alone When the morning turns bright? We can't stop the shiver, Each voice has a quiver; Our homes … Continue reading We Have Nothing to Eat, and No Shoes on Our Feet; Will You Lend Us a Hand When a Flood Drowns Our Street?
Today is my birthday, and I'm thankful to God for giving me life, and offering me the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. Because Jesus lives in me, The Holy Spirit changes me every year, molding me to become more like Jesus. When you're a Christian, getting older is a reason to celebrate, for we … Continue reading God is The Potter
Today I am one month into my recovery from back surgery. While I still have pain, I'm getting around a lot better. I love my home, but I start to go stir crazy if I don't get outside to breathe in some fresh, clean air. I've been getting that slightly overwhelming feeling of wondering how … Continue reading Two are Better than One… The Healing Joy of Friendship
Happy Palm Sunday! Here's my crooked little cross made from a palm branch. It's far from perfect; just like me! But I'm redeemed, and Jesus lives in my heart! Therefore, I am forgiven; washed in the blood of the lamb, as clean as purely white, fresh fallen snow! I am 2-1/2 weeks into recovery from … Continue reading It’s Palm Sunday! Rejoice!
What can be done when annoying bees buzz gossip into our ears, casting doubt about a friend or loved one's character? How do you handle it? Do you accept the information as valid and true, or do you go directly to your friend for his or her side of the story? Have you let a … Continue reading Queen Bee Gossip: Sweet as Honey or a Toxic Sting? (Series: Toxic People and Situations)
"Buy the truth and do not sell it-- wisdom, instruction and insight as well" (Proverbs 23:23 New International Version). I write The Silver Lining, because I want to share God's truth freely with others. I don't buy into false, worldly teachings; no Christian should. But sometimes Christians start looking and listening to what's out there in … Continue reading Good Trees, Bad Trees, and Fruit
Last night, while praying with my family, and discussing the Proverbs, my seven-year old daughter reminded me that she wanted to read the Proverbs too! Convicted, I realized this was the second night in a row that she had mentioned it to me, and that I had not included her when I had invited my … Continue reading The Heart of a Child Seeks Wisdom
Sometimes I get discouraged, and doubt creeps in. I wonder if my blog is making a difference in other people's lives. There are times of great response, with comments and sharing; and other times there are personal affirmations from others (my favorite) and sometimes silence, when my heart remains grateful to my most encouraging friends! … Continue reading Let God be Your Affirmation… not Fools!