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Happy Endings

  • So Yahweh blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand female donkeys. He had also seven sons and three daughters. Job 42:12 WEB

    Job was a very wealthy man who went through a terrible trial, but when it was over and Job prayed for his friends, all that he had lost was returned double. In chapter one of the book of Job, he owned seven thousand sheep, three thousand camels, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred donkeys. In chapter forty, he had exactly twice this amount. Though his first group of children were now with the Lord, he was blessed with seven more sons, and three more beautiful daughters, which doubled the number of his children as well.

    You cannot judge a book by reading a single page in the middle of it. During one year of my life, my business burned to the ground during an insurance lapse, my Dad passed away, I went through a divorce, and I had to start my life over with just my clothes. Now the Lord has restored what I lost, with better. I thank God for getting me through the dark times.

    No matter what you are going through, God still has the same good plan for you that He had the moment that you were born. When you are restored, it will be better than before. The later part of your life can be better than the beginning. God has seen every tear and He knows the pain that you have been through. Be encouraged because this storm will pass and the Son will shine once again on your life. The end can be better than the beginning.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for taking care of me. Though I do not understand many things, I choose to trust You. I know that You will take care of me and I am so thankful. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen! He is our provider and he takes care of us! Thank you! Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You for taking care of me. Though I do not understand many things, I choose to trust You. I know that You will take care of me and I am so thankful. In the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

July 20, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

Yes He does!

July 20, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

LORD GOD will take care and be in charge of every thing.  Amen

July 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 20, 2016
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

This message speaks directly to me thank you and I thank God for speaking it through you. I know I'm not the only one going through heart ache,loss and life's struggles. It's comforting to know that God will restore and we can trust Him to do so. Father God has taught me so much since my wife went home to Him 6 years ago and He daily teaches me and guides me. I know He also prepares us before He blesses us and entrusts us with new levels in our lives. I am thankful for that in my own life,praise Father Jehovah! With God all things are possible! 

July 20, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!

July 20, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

God bless, brother <3!

July 20, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

FATHER GOD all things are possible with you.  Amen

July 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 20, 2016
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

This is so true...He is taking care of me. I really have been blessed through these trials in my life. Sometimes He has to knock you off your feet to remind you that He Is In Control Of Your Life. It's called getting your attention to do His will and not yours. Again, Jeremiah 29:11 His plans are better.

July 20, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!

July 20, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

amen

July 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!!  The Lord has gotten my attention several times to stop doing my will, but to do his will. The trials weren't fun but each time they saved my life. I have been deep deep in the wilderness with only my faith to rely on, each time I got through it stronger than the last. I have some memory trauma from those trials, just whenever I remember some of the things I have been through, but my faith has definitely been made stronger. 

July 20, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Blessings and Wesley.....trials can affect you.  Also get better in as time goes on..I had Fibro Fog with memory trouble & three different brsin concussions that took time.  I could tell little by little I experienced more memory.  God is good.  Keeping my focus on Him It is work for things want my attention.

July 20, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

July 20, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Thank you for this Pastor. I really needed this right now as I am struggling a lot.  Interestingly, when deciding which book to read next in my Bible, I felt He wanted me to read Job! 

July 20, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Praying for you, sis <3!

July 20, 2016
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Mary Pat Taylor
Mary Pat Taylor

Thank you sis! <3 (((hugs))

July 23, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

thank you  for  teaching  me  to  hold  on  thank  you  father  for  this  day  amen

 

July 20, 2016
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr

Amen

July 20, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Hum-My Hope indeed lies in this Realm of this thinking!!!!

July 20, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

This message is very timely for me. I am in the midst of trials with my son Jesse. Last night I simply told God I didnt understand why our prayers were not answered. I did tell Him that I will still praise Him through this storm, I will still trust Him, I will still pray and have faith in Him. Then I asked for Him to help me stay the course and persevere. I know that He is working this for good, I just don't comprehend His ways of doing things.

July 20, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

I love to see how God works, and He will.

July 20, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Agree with Twila, Carol, His will is not going to be thwarted by the court system. There was a time when we were placing the house in our front yard, the house we now live in. We had plans about where we wanted that to happen, but they were thwarted by hostile people, seemingly without any sort of justice, and with a lot of drama. The entire layout of our yard was a workaround because of this. In the end though, the drama was done and home was set up so much better than we could have planned and looked like it had been meant to be that way the whole time. For Jesse, I believe it will work out for the good in the end, even though it is a stressful and frustrating time in the short term. Will continue to pray for your son!

July 20, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Thank you Sylvia! I can only trust and keep the faith.

July 20, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

My prayers for my son did not turn out to be what I was expecting it to be.  MAYBE GOD has better plan and it is coming but these is what I prayed inspite of the circumstances.  LORD GOD I STILL TRUST YOU, STILL BELIEVE IN YOU, STILL  HAVE A 101% FAITH IN YOU, AND STILL LOVE YOU WITH ALL MY HEART.

 

July 20, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen!

July 20, 2016
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Grace Sutherland
Grace Sutherland

I know that the Lord loves me and I pray that He will keep me and show me that perfect job that I have been waiting for Amen

July 20, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

He will.

July 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen 

July 20, 2016
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Kristie Boone-Jusino
Kristie Boone-Jusino

This message is so inspiring to me! Again, it is one that I feel speaks directly to me... To my soul. I am more than blessed to have had so many emails from you for so many years; sharing in so many heartfelt messages from The Lord. But I am more blessed to be a part of this church, with so many welcoming members. Thank you! And God Bless!

July 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 20, 2016
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Juanita Johnson
Juanita Johnson

Thank God that He has the foresight to see ahead in our lives and bless us according to our faith. If we chose to do it on our own we would be in a mess! I choose to let the perfecter of my faith take care of my life, and just trust him in every area. Thank you for this word today and God bless you too!

July 20, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

AMEN!

July 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 20, 2016
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

I am so thankful that God is a big God, and I know I can trust Him for the plan He has for me.

July 20, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Thank you Lord for caring for me. Thanks Pastor Todd for this encouraging message it sure brings a blessing to my heart and soul because am going through a storm right now am with out a job. But am trusting God I don't know what he as plan for my life amen 

July 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 20, 2016
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Amen

July 22, 2016
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Rich Morgan
Rich Morgan

Great message, some of us are rewarded in this life but we will all be handsomely rewarded in the next!

July 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 20, 2016
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Ida Ruth Rodriguez
Ida Ruth Rodriguez

Amen! I receive this!! Thank you, Lord, for your Word

July 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen 

July 20, 2016
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Chris Dibbern
Chris Dibbern

lol good message. I just biked to work, and chained it in the ramp. The chain is a word lock, and I spun it to obscure the letters after locking it. The two rows following the word row ended up with NOAH PACKS entirely accidentally. :-) Prepare for the good times, if that's what He told you is coming! Last night, I prayed, "why is this going on?" And I heard very quietly in satan's voice, "who are you??" I got the sense the Lord was giving me a glimpse.

Not creepy at all. *sarcasm* Anyway, I hope the people reading this can believe it. He really comes through after times of testing, even intermittently, to keep you going, as needed. Last night, the Lord again sent people to my place, unexpectedly, as comfort. Heh... a cat, two children, and some friends. My place doesn't allow pets. Ohh well. :-)

July 20, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Awesome, Chris :)! Haha, we used to go to the church where there was a lot of the prophetic that happened. It was joked that the more experienced believers would hide in the back rows whenever a prophet was working because those words of encouragement usually meant that something was happening where you would need it ;). That said, the other end of it is often something even better than we could have hoped for!

July 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen brother 

July 20, 2016
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Rebecca Adkins
Rebecca Adkins

Amen! I really needed to read this today, as I am having a rough season in my life. I have FAITH that GOD has saved the best for last. (The later part of my life). I will get through this.

July 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 20, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Amen ♡

July 20, 2016
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Very incouraging words today and it is exactly what my spirit needed Im going through a rough season in my life but I know God loves me and wants us all to be happy just like I want my boys to be happy, so soon enough this seaon will just be a testimony and nothing more I sure am looking forward to what lies ahead! God Bless you everyone!!

 

July 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen Scott 

July 20, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Hi Scott,. My husband tells the story of when his X wife left him & 3 children in diapers.  She was on drugs.  He let her back in then she leave again & finally closed the door with divorce.  Give years he raised them alone & some help from the church where we me & married.  He'd say, God let me think...I have health, a job, a roof, my children so Lord what is soo bad.  His oldest son would ask ...Dad are we going to have a Mommy?  Charlie said, maybe & if not we are ok.  Charlie is strong where I am weak & sometimes I can be for him & the children when they were little.  Children in their thirties now with lives of their own.  God is good!  Blessings  you Scott!

July 20, 2016
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Thank you Pastor Dion for this message today!  When I think about the fact that the later part of our lives could be better than the beginning and I do think about Job, it really made me stop and think, God NEVER EVER leaves me hanging so I must continue to have great FAITH and no that he is ALWAYS with me!!  Amen!!  Amen!!  Amen!!

July 20, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 20, 2016
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Doris Timmins-Swinford
Doris Timmins-Swinford

I just smiled when I read this because these later years have been so much better than my beginning. My birth mom put 3 of us in an adoption home and lied about having any more. Actually my birth dad had them. My older brother and my baby brother. My dad ended up getting us out of the adoption home and had all 5 of us together. It was not a good life as we went very hungry (out on the streets begging for food, no clothes to go to school) he would not buy us shoes so we went to school barefooted every day until the school or Salvation Army bought us shoes. I was physically abused and molested by my birth dad. We were removed from the home when I was 12. We were all put into different foster homes (brother and sister in one) (two brothers in another) and me in yet another. Brothers were molested in the foster homes and were abused. I was put in the garage by gas cans to sleep - no lights, just a buzzing head from the gas smells. They found our birth mom and we were given back to her. At 17, I was informed that I was no longer any use to them and asked to leave ( I had a boyfriend and we got married) - that didn't last. I had 2 beautiful boys that I raised by myself for 5 years. I met my husband who had a daughter that he had raised for 5 years. We have been married 40 years this year! He is Christian, and He is my best friend! The Love of my life! A great Granddaddy-All the grandkiddoes and Great Grandkiddoes love him dearly! I am so very blessed.

I don't respond or post hardly ever, but I love your messages!!! Thank you

July 20, 2016
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Thea Williams
Thea Williams

What a testimony you have; you can help so many people with your story!

July 20, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Amen!!  I am in a second marriage also with a good husband & friend who raised three alone for 5 years.  His wife is a drug addict. He grew up in a Christian home.  I did not.  My house was in alcohol.  They were goo to each other mostly.  My Dad was an abuserthough so switching.  We had fun playing card, eating popcorn he made us &  laughing at funny shows.  Grateful you know the Lord ,& have a fantastic marriage in yr husband.  Blessings to your household!!

 

July 20, 2016
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Doris Timmins-Swinford
Doris Timmins-Swinford

Thank you. God is so gracious and has blessed me beyond measure. I don't want people thinking everything was always great! We had rough times, but we always trust God and ask for His will to be done! I just Love Jesus, our Lord & Savior!!. I pray He will abundantly bless you!!@

July 21, 2016
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Doris Timmins-Swinford
Doris Timmins-Swinford

Thank you Thea, I actually never thought about that. I do share with people as God leads me, but it is usually one on one.

July 21, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Amen.

July 20, 2016
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Thea Williams
Thea Williams

Oh, how I needed to read this today; the enemy is constantly trying to discourage me with thoughts that "it's too late", or "you're too old now", or "this mess you created is too big for God to turn around". This is a great reminder that, as long as I keep my trust in Him and still have breath in my body, it's not too late!  Thank you so much for this devotional today!

July 20, 2016
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Linda Lauver
Linda Lauver

This is exactly what the Lord has done for me! As a young wife and mother, plaqued by depression, resulting in numerous hospital stays and 2 suicide attempts. I am so blessed to have been stable for 12-15 years, loving life more then ever! Enjoying relationships built on mental health and not mental illness. God has done a great work in my life! Thank you Lord!

July 20, 2016
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran

Wow, was this timed perfectly for my Wife and I.

God is so good to us.

July 20, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Great encouragement 

July 20, 2016
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese

Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!

July 20, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!! Thank your for the daily devotion Pastor Dion. :-)

July 21, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Father, I thank You for taking care of me. Though I do not understand many things, I choose to trust You. I know that You will take care of me and I am so thankful. In the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

July 21, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen

July 21, 2016
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Very encouraging message, and so true! God is great!

July 22, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen. Father I give thanks to you for all the times you have been with me when I have felt so alone,and all the things i have been through.By your Grace and Mercy and such Love,you helped me to be an over comer and to be the person I am.You are the potter and I am the clay, help me Lord to still surrender all to you and let you have your way.Knowing you still have a plan in my life.In Jesus Christ I pray

July 24, 2016
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Rosemary Gurrola
Rosemary Gurrola

I member when I didn't have nothing!  We'll I had the kids father n my life but all he wanted to do was drink and be with his friends I was living at his parents house his mother was a diet pill head and would drink tequila his father would come home drunk too and me all I did was cry wasn't happy I always had to look for rides or take the bus or barrow money, I always stood n my room it was a unhealthy environment later came the abuse, verbally sometimes physically caught him w/ someone else I left him was homeless had to steal to pay for hotels but I put a application on a apt I got n went back to college got a car got a job when I thought I was always alone I WASN'T  GOD was always there he wipe away my tears he made me strong!  Thank YOU!  JESUS  FOR LOVING ME FOR JUST THE WAY I AM

August 8, 2016