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  • The world is passing away with its lusts, but he who does God's will remains forever. 1 John 2:17 WEB

    Standing in the parking lot, I felt like a fish out of water. Panic, fear, abandonment, hatred, and a few other strong emotions rolled over me as I watched the car drive away.

    It was my first day of school and I was dumped off in the parking lot at Kingston Elementary. Six years old, completely lost, knowing no one, and starting in the first grade. I had lived my whole life up to that point barefoot on a farm.

    This particular stepmother had kept me out of kindergarten the year before because it was too much trouble. They would probably have kept me out of school altogether if not for the truant officer, but that morning she drove me to school, pushed me out of the car, and drove away.

    Eventually a teacher found me wandering around and helped me get to the right class. Each day became easier and soon I enjoyed school. Now that first day is only a memory and something bad, turned out to be something good.

    There are many things in my past that were traumatic or seemed like the end of the world while they were happening, but now they are only a memory. All of the troubles and trials that we go through in this life are temporary and they will pass.

    Be encouraged today because even if the world passes away, to those with eternal life, it will just be a memory. None of it is the end for us, not even death. We will spend eternity with the Lord Jesus, making more memories. Keep a positive attitude, trust God to work it out for the best, and don't let a fearful situation get the best of you, for this too will soon pass.

    Prayer: Father, my eyes are on You. Walk with me today and let me know that You are there. Send me the Comforter like You promised for I need You more than ever, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning! The highlighted group of the week is Keep It Simple Crafts: This group is about the joy of creating beautiful, yet simple, projects for your home, as gifts or just for fun! Crafts that can be created with little-to-no skill are encouraged here. ALSO,  the FAAD Chat topic this week will be Love Can Overcome! It will take place on Thursday evening at 7pm EST. If you have been burdened by anxiety and depression, the chat is a great place to learn, and meet others who are on the same journey! The Creation Photographers fun theme this week is "Bugs on Patrol"! Though they may be seen as pests, all of God's creatures are part of His plan. As always, you are free to post other pics, too!


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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Amen! Thank you for your inspired words:) Blessings! Pastor's Prayer: Father, my eyes are on You. Walk with me today and let me know that You are there. Send me the Comforter like You promised for I need You more than ever, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.
May 10, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Amen Lord Jesus. 
May 10, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson Lord, I've experienced many many trials and heartaches but you are there with me every step of the way, ensuring that I will be okay.  As i continue to move forward, the memories never fade, they are forever etched in my mind, but I also realize that you gave me such strength and you continue to sustain me always.  You are the"Rock", and I am very grateful for the love and encourage you give me everyday.  That Dear Father is the ultimate Blessing!  Thank you!  Amen!! Amen!! Amen!'
May 10, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Amen
May 10, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
May 10, 2016
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Debbie Schwartz
Debbie Schwartz Thank you Pastor Dion, your messages are truly from the Lord.  The trials I have been so afraid of have really turned into blessings in so many ways. I never thought I would be going through life alone, but I'm never alone.  I am listening to the rain this morning with birds chirping and peace.  Trials are many in life but I'm never alone.  Thank you for reminding me! 
May 10, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
May 10, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro Dion~ This reminds me that yes I am skilled thanks, to my Higher Power to turn every thing that happens into blessings and show those around me a positive attitude about it.  I wrote a whole life experience of my life full of what could be considered hardships that were blessings and gifts from God.  Life is all on how you take it positive or negative, today I choose positive.  This is only by the grace of God.  Bless you Dion, thank you once again.
May 10, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen!
May 10, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady The darkest moments and the hardest battles, are for my good. Just saying that sounds peculiar. Yet in God's ways it is ture. Just as being a servant to all is greater than being a King. Living life as a Christian is living many things opposite of what the world teaches us. To go in, one must come out. (John 15:19) To go up, one must come down. (James 4:10) To be first, one must be last. (Matthew 20:16) To be great, one must be least. (Luke 9:48) To be strong, one must become weak. (2 Corinthians 12:10) To receive one must give. (Matthew 10:39) To be up in front, one must take the back seat. (Luke 14:7-11) To be exalted one must be humbled.  (Luke 14:11) To be wise, one must become a fool. (1 Corinthians 3:18) To find, one must lose. (Matthew 16:25) To live, one must die. (Galatians 2:20; Jn 3:3) To be all He wants us to be , we must endure fiery trials, so He can raise us up as strong Christian warriors!
May 10, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Amen
May 10, 2016
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Kathie Byram Lopez
Kathie Byram Lopez Amen,Amen !I need you more than ever.Thank you Lord .
May 10, 2016
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Ken Dennis
Ken Dennis Dear Carol Pady thank you for your reminder message this morning.  Each scripture reminds us of what it means to be a Christian. 
May 10, 2016
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Linda Cella
Linda Cella Thank You God for You have turned my Bad Memories into Glorious Blessings. Amen
May 10, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann Amen thanku!
May 10, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!!  PRAISE JESUS!!!
May 10, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio Thank you Lord! !...Amen ❤ 
May 10, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus Amen!
May 10, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.Thank you Pastor.,for sharing this with us today.Thank you Heavenly Father,for your word,and all that you are teaching us,by your word.Help us to abide in your word,and walk in the Spirit.In Jesus name I pray.
May 10, 2016
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran Thank you for always being there for me Heavenly Father, you are my Protector in every storm.
May 10, 2016
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Barbara Mango
Barbara Mango Thanks for these encouraging words, Pastor Todd. Indeed, life has many scary times, and often we find ourself facing them with no one by our side but the Lord. The world is filled with fair-weather-friends, people who are there to share your good times, but who vanish when things turn south. It's only my faith in knowing that God is there for me during all weather, that has been my main source of comfort. Thank You Lord for never forsaking us!
May 10, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝edited: May 10, 2016 Amen! Thank you Pastor Dion, for your daily devotions that you take the time to write for us every day. <3
May 10, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
May 10, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord Thank you Pastor Dion for your encouraging message. Its so comforting to know that the Lord is with us and we will spend eternity with Him.   Amen.
May 10, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!
May 11, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield I really needed this prayer and wished I had seen it yesterday! Thanks so much, Pastor Dion!
May 11, 2016