Are you caught in a storm?

Caught In a Storm – By Max Lucado

Chippie the Parakeet, never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over.

The problem began when Chippie’s owner decided to clean Chippie’s cage with a vacuum cleaner. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. She’d barely said ‘hello’ when ‘sssopp!’ Chippie got sucked in. The bird owner gasped, put down the phone, turned off the vacuum, and opened the bag. There was Chippie – still alive, but stunned.

Poor Chippie never knew what hit him . . . ‘Chippie doesn’t sing anymore – he just sits and stares.’

Sucked in, washed up, and blown over . . . that’s enough to steal the song from the stoutest heart.

Can you relate to Chippie? Most of us can. One minute you’re seated in familiar territory with a song on your lips . . . then the doctor calls. The divorce papers are delivered. The check bounces. A policeman knocks on your door . . .

If Chippie’s story is your story, then I’m glad you [are reading this article]. I wrote it with you in mind. I wrote in because there is a day in the life of Christ that you need to know about.

Aside from the Crucifixion, it is the most stressful day in his life. A roaring sequence of bad news, demanding crowds, and doubting friends. Twenty-four hours in which Jesus faces the same gale-force fears that you and I face. Waves of pressure slam. Winds of anxiety blow. Clouds of darkness billow.

“Yet through it all Jesus remains calm. He endures the day without losing his song. Although the people pressed and the problems monsooned, Jesus didn’t blow up or bail out. In fact, He did just the opposite. He served people, thanked God, and made cool-headed decisions . . .”

– Max Lucado, In the Eye of the Storm

 

Okay, okay – I know what you are thinking – “But, I’m not Jesus! How can I respond like Jesus?”

Go to God’s Word – seek His wisdom in the midst of the storm and stand on His promises:

Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything, by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made unto God. And the peace of God which passes all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

I Peter 5:7, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He cares for you.”

God is there in the midst of your storm – any storm!

HAPPY 21st BIRTHDAY, BRIAN!

THIS YOUNG MAN IS THE REAL DEAL!

Update on the Miethe Family Accident Recovery

Hayden Miethe gives us an update on his wife Nichole, their daughter Mercy, and how the family is doing as they recently passed the 1 year anniversary of their tragic accident.

Meet Brian Johnson

Meet Brian Johnson, a Liberty University student who needs our support.

Happy Birthday Isabella!

Isabella Miller is 16 today! Help us celebrate this special young lady!

It’s My 70th Birthday!

Friends,

It’s my 70th Birthday.

Help me celebrate by making a donation to my crowdfunding site – https://419fund.com

There are several different types of Funding Opportunities:

Legal fees:

Philip Zodhiates – https://419fund.com/projects/philip-zodhiates

Medical:

Miethe family (auto accident) – https://tinyurl.com/y746yr8e

Brian Johnson (20-year old Liberty University student with cancer) – https://419fund.com/projects/brian-johnson/

Missions:

Scriptures for Iran – https://tinyurl.com/y7v37cy6

Stories of Glory – https://419fund.com/projects/stories-of-glory/

Janet Stasulli, co-founder, 419 Fund

“But my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”

– Philippians 4:19

A Day of Prayer for Philip Zodhiates

PRAY – for Philip and his wife, Kathie 

PRAY – for his attorney and his presentation before the court

PRAY – for the judges who will hear the arguments

PRAY – that God will be honored and have victory in this case.

Philip and Kathie still have outstanding legal fees; if you feel led to help with these, click here:

https://419fund.com/projects/philip-zodhiates/

 

Press Release – Philip Zodhiates

Christian Businessman Convicted of Aiding a Birth Mother in an International Parental Kidnapping to Save Her Child from Sexual Exploitation and Indoctrination.

Appeal to be heard Monday, April 9, 2018 in 2nd U.S. Appellate Court in New York City, NY.

Contact: Janet Stasulli, 434-444-2292, info@419fund.com

Lynchburg, Virginia, April 5, 2018 – A Christian business man, Philip Zodhiates, is awaiting the hearing of his appeal of his conviction for helping a birth mother, Lisa Miller, travel to New York in order to save her daughter from visitation with the “other mother.”

Lisa Miller was in a lesbian relationship with another woman, and they obtained a civil union contract in the State of Vermont.  The couple moved to Virginia, and they wanted to start a family, so Lisa was artificially inseminated and had Isabella in April of 2002.

Lisa accepted Jesus as her personal Lord and Savior, and became fully committed to raising Isabella in a Christian home. She went to Vermont to dissolve the civil union.  Sometime in 2004, the other woman was deemed to be a “parent” by the Vermont courts, and she filed for visitation.

The court hearings went all the way to the Virginia Supreme Court and the Virginia court ruled that Vermont had jurisdiction, although Lisa was living in Virginia with Isabella and Isabella had been born in Virginia. The Virginia Marriage Amendment did not protect Lisa and Isabella from the reach of the Vermont court.

The Virginia Marriage Amendment states:

Only a union between one man and one woman may be a marriage valid in or recognized by this Commonwealth and its political subdivisions. This Commonwealth and its political subdivisions shall not create or recognize a legal status for relationships of unmarried individuals that intends to approximate the design, qualities, significance, or effects of marriage. Nor shall this Commonwealth or its political subdivisions create or recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status to which is assigned the rights, benefits, obligations, qualities, or effects of marriage.

The last sentence of the Amendment should have protected Lisa and Isabella – “Nor . . . recognize another union, partnership, or other legal status . . .” Virginia does not/did not recognize civil unions from other states in 2007.

Visitation went on for a while until Isabella came home telling her mother that she had to bathe with the “other mother,” and started wetting the bed and talking suicide at age 7. Homosexual indoctrination took the form of reading the book, Heather Has Two Mommies, over and over again to Isabella.  Isabella had gone from a carefree, vivacious youngster to a fearful, cowering child clinging to her mother. When Lisa saw the behavioral changes in her daughter, she stopped all visitation, much to the chagrin of the Vermont judge.

At the time Philip, Lisa and Isabella traveled from Virginia to New York, Lisa had full custody of her daughter with no travel restrictions and unrestricted possession of their passports. She had every right to travel wherever she wanted with her daughter.

There are two travesties here: 1) The Virginia Supreme Court did not stand behind the Virginia Marriage Amendment in protecting Lisa and Isabella, and 2) Philip was unjustly convicted of helping a fellow Christian with transportation.

Conclusion: The LGBTQ community is using this case to set a precedent for other child custody / visitation cases dealing with ex-gays. They don’t want citizens to know that there is a way out of their lifestyle – that it is perfectly normal behavior, and they want it to become universally accepted.

Lisa, Isabella and Philip, as well as two Mennonite pastors have been caught up in the LGBTQ web of deceit and indoctrination.

For more information contact 419 Fund at info@419fund.com.

It’s Giving Tuesday Again!

It’s Giving Tuesday again and we have two medical situations that could really use your help!

What Motivates a Christian?

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name’s sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29 ESV)

There is a tension that Christians face: we live in one place, but our true home is in another. We witness this tension in a couple of ways. One is the propensity to treat church like a bunker and try to escape the world. Another, better display of this tension, is the looking forward to eternal life while embracing where God has placed us now. Faithfully anticipating our inheritance rather than demanding it right now is both a mark of maturity and faith. It allows eternal life its proper place as a motivator in our hearts.

Jesus speaks of eternal reward with a rich young man (Matthew 19:21) and also in today’s text with the Disciples. The idea of seeking rewards of any sort might seem counterproductive to the Christian life. But, why would Jesus mention to the Disciples that they “will receive a hundredfold” if he didn’t want that to motivate them? How could the majority of the Disciples die a martyr’s death if there wasn’t a motivation of eternal reward in their hearts?

This is another area where we see this tension play out in the battle of “Now vs. Later.” We should be aching for God’s promised eternal reward, but we should also be selfless like Jesus (Mark 10:45; 1 John 2:6). Here’s the solution: our reward is God himself (Numbers 18:20). Though heaven is filled with beautiful things, it is only the place where we will enjoy our eternal reward. Whatever we desire now  should be considered in light of our eternal reward, God himself.

Start looking at the long term, eternity. Let the motivation of eternal rewards give you a new view of the situation God has put you in and use it to glorify Him.