As a child, I was told not to play with the fake fruit on the bottom bookshelf, but I couldn't resist. I was fascinated by the soft, squishy green and purple grapes that popped easily on and off of their fake plastic stems. They looked so real! The colors, the shine, and the softness of … Continue reading Fake Fruit, Fake Christians… 12 Thoughts on God’s Truth
Yesterday I had the privilege of driving out to Snowfield, a beautiful property nestled among farms in Shenandoah's blue mountains. I took a meal out to the home of our dear friends, my pastor and his wife. After three weeks, he is finally back home, transitioning to his new way of life, after undergoing a … Continue reading Spiritual Growth from Suffering Adversity
Congratulations to Nicole, who won the prize for figuring out the theme word for the month of March, here at The Silver Lining ministry page on Facebook! Participants were allowed as many guesses as they wanted, and she kept trying until she got it! She will receive a handmade piece of jewelry in her mailbox … Continue reading Experience Growth in God, Here at ‘The Silver Lining!’
I knew Jesus when I was very young, just five years old. I said, "Yes!" when he knocked at the door of my heart; and I invited him in. I began to write poems and songs about Jesus when I was only seven. I remember writing one of them on a brown paper towel, borrowed … Continue reading What the Sky Did When Billy Graham Went to Heaven Today
Bullies can be found everywhere and anywhere you go. Bullies are in the workplace, neighborhoods, and schools. They can even be found in homes and churches. Some bullies disguise themselves as nice people, hoping to be seen as moral, upstanding members of society. Many bullies are also narcissists. “These people are hypocrites and liars, and … Continue reading Freedom from Bullies for the New Year and Beyond
Yesterday, I received a message at my ministry page which said, "There is no silver lining on Facebook." At first, I said to myself, "Oh, no! I let down my readers... again." I thought how my life doesn't always allow for my enthusiasm about God's truth, to be shared the way I planned. God gives … Continue reading Are We Failing to See THE SILVER LINING in Our “Failures?”
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!
Ever been told to "Let it go?" We heard the song for one whole summer after practically every little girl in America had seen the Walt Disney movie; Frozen. How fitting, since the movie was about letting go of the power of evil, so goodness can reign victorious; just as it does with the children … Continue reading Let Go of the Yo-Yo String… Find Freedom from Depression!
Last night I dreamed The Rapture came... and it happened just like that... just like the Bible says it will. In the middle of eating and drinking, I'd gotten up from the table, and suddenly screamed, "What was that?!" I felt as if a cat had scratched the bottom of my feet. As I looked … Continue reading Are You Still Dreaming… Or Are You Ready If Jesus Comes Today?
The table was shoved over in a fit of rage when I was around eight. There'd been a bit of squabbling at the table, as happens between eight-year-old and four-year-old kids, but nothing out of the ordinary. It came as a complete shock. It was apparently the last straw; the one that broke the camel's … Continue reading When the Tables are Turned, is it Abuse… or Righteous Anger?