Can Persecution be a Good Thing?

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We are averaging over 100 new subscribers a day. We just past 99,650 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

In our current promotion the winner will be the person who is the 100,000th subscriber will win some nice prizes. We are down to the last 350. It will go very fast. This is a huge milestone for us. 

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It reaches out the military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. We need to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Look for updates here.

UPDATE!!  In the final stages of having the book finished. Much of it is already sent off to my editor. The countdown begins!!

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We have a special guest blogger today. Taylor Wilkins ison staff for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. FCA is reaching out to the local high schools in my area, and Taylor (with God) is the reason for all of its success. This post will show you why.

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Signs of Hope- The Honor of Persecution

“they have conquered him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, for they loved not their lives even unto death.” -Revelation 12:10-11

Have you ever been put down, persecuted, or physically abused for your belief?

I’m sure to some extent all of us have experienced this; but for most of us, we don’t consider persecution a blessing—At least not yet!

Throughout this past week God has been highlighting to me Persecution. In John 15:20 Jesus tells his followers; “no servant is greater than his master, if they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” and again in John 16:33 Jesus says; “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” As I asked God to search me and show me the places in my life that need to grow, the fear of persecution has been revealed to me as a weakness. This is not good because this causes a compromise in my obedience to the Holy Spirit’s voice and leading in my walk with him.

The reason to fear persecution usually comes from a lack of understanding about the treasure behind it. Jesus says that blessed are you when you are persecuted for my names sake. Even when the world comes against us for our faith we are blessed by our father in heaven. The weight of being persecuted by man compared to being blessed by God is of no comparison, yet we often fear the latter!

It could be that what I’ve been describing above is resonating with you—or maybe you have been abused for things completely unrelated to faith. We live in a world that often tears people down better then it builds them up. Your story could be of broken trust, abuse, bullying, an affair, sexual abuse, or abusive parents. My heart breaks thinking of the terrible things that are happening to wonderful innocent people—and often the ones who can’t defend themselves. If your story of persecution is along these lines, I want you to know it is the glory of God to redeem that which was lost. God has been through everything with you and he will not let your tears fall to the ground unnoticed. He loves you, and He will redeem your life.

Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Taylor Wilkins

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

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Remember:

You are never alone.

You are never forsaken.

You are never unloved.

And above all….never, ever, give up!

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Is Money the Root of All Evil?

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, has written a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides ever day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Doug sent off his mini proposal to an agent who is very interested in his concept. We will update you when we hear more.
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The one with the most toys wins. Really?
I have written about this topic before. The post title was ” There Aren’t U-Haul Trailers Behind a Hearse.” This is saying that we can’t take all our toys with us when we die.
In the presidential races in the United States, there are millions of dollars spent by candidates trying to win the nomination.
One candidate, Donald Trump, is bragging about the fact the he is spending his own money on the campaign. He boasts that he doesn’t need any other money. He is proud of his money and flaunts it everywhere he goes.
I guess you can appreciate that he isn’t tied down by special interest groups. I guess you can say this is the kind of person you would want to win.
However you get the money, I don’t think an election should be bought. I think it should be won by the person most qualified.
According to Proverbs, in the Bible, money is the root of all evil. It changes people’s thoughts to the point that they would kill for it.
In you own life, what are your priorities? Is money on the top of your list as far as goals to achieve? Do you do what ever you can to get ahead in your work place even if it means stepping on someone else?
On the other extreme, are you struggling? Does the end of the money come before the end of the month? I have been there. I know that feeling. You try to juggle the payments so that not one certain bill is overlooked, but others have to wait until the next month.
I have to tell you, that many of my happiest years were when we were struggling. My family was very close, and we stayed together during the trials. That remained, because the hard times built character is each of us, and has lasted through the years.
Don’t get me wrong, God wants us all to prosper. He isn’t upset if we have a lot of money. It is how we use it that may upset Him.
Think about where you are. Think about how you got there. Be happy where you are. Be contented with what you have.
There will be brighter, and better days ahead for those who stand fast with God. He will allow some storms to come into our lives, but He is there to help calm them.
Each time we conquer a storm, the stronger we get.
Remember:
You are never alone.
You are never forsaken.
You are never unloved.
And above all….never, ever, give up!
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The Wind Always in your Face? Turn Around! Go Towards God

“For I know the plans I have for you.”  declares the LORD. “Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. “

Jeremiah 29:11

This verse is painted on on the living room wall of my niece’s home. I just left there this evening.

There is a story behind why my niece and her husband put that verse on the wall.

They gave birth to little Cooper two years ago, but the doctors said that there were several birth defects involved with this child. First of all, they didn’t think he would be born alive because he had a defective heart, and maybe brain damage. He also had deformed feet called, “club feet.”

The family was devastated, and we all gathered at the hospital to be with our niece in case Cooper died.

The little guy made it through the birth, and the doctors said there was already some kind of miracle, because would the saw in his brain damage had disappeared over night.

He still was very ill with a heart that was defective in one of the valves. They felt this would kill him within the first twenty-four hours.

Little Cooper made it through the first twenty-four hours. The doctors said he would need open heart surgery as soon as possible. So before Copper was even a month old they performed open heart surgery on him. The next few hours was critical.

A complication came up where they couldn’t even close up the wound on Cooper’s chest because the heart had swollen up so much they couldn’t sew up he chest. So he laid in the intensive care for days with his heart laying open.

Then God began to perform another miracle. Little Cooper began to heal. The doctors were finally able to close his wounds, and he started gaining strength.

So tonight, two years later,  Copper was spinning around with glee, getting dizzy on purpose, and falling to ground with loud giggles. He is the toughest little man I have ever seen.

He is not out of the woods yet. He has had to have several surgeries for his clubbed feet, and will eventually need further work on his heart, but for now he is a beautiful blond haired, blue eyed angel.

We all recalled tonight the memories of when we thought we were going to lose him, and how full of energy and love that he has now. Thank you dear God!!

God has a plan for everyone of us. He wants us to prosper, and doesn’t want to harm us. He also has plans to give us hope and a future.

Never give up even if the darkness seems to be all around you.

Think on this:

  • It is always darkest just before the dawn.
  • The light at the end of the tunnel is Jesus showing us the way.
  • God is taller, wider, stronger than any wall that you may face.
  • If the wind seems to always be in your face, turn around and go towards God.

Don’t let Satan take control of your life. Stand up to him, and let God be your shield. Satan is just a poor misguided angel, and God is the supreme God over all the angels and the universe.

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There’s no Sin That the Blood of Jesus Can’t Forgive.

Do you feel like you will never be forgiven for something you have done in the past, and no matter how much you try to clear it out of your mind it pulls you down daily like a magnet?

I have certainly been there. I lived with guilt for many years, and even though I prayed about it, I never rally felt that I was forgiven.

Why do we do that? Why  do we torture ourselves so much?

One of the reasons is that we can’t clear out ALL of our sins or selfish needs. We have some that we cling to because they give us pleasure.

Many people have “idols,” such as fancy cars, huge boats, elaborate homes, etc. They take the place of God, and He is put on the back burner.

We let pride take over our lives, and think we know better than God as to  what is best for us.  Pride is doing what you want instead of what God wants.  It is seeking recognition for yourself, instead of recognizing God.

We end up becoming bad fruit in God’s eyes. Because we have chosen bad fruits to make us happy. We think we can solve our problems on our own.

Jesus alone is the solution to the bad fruit, or good fruit problems in our lives.

But we all need to remember that God doesn’t give up on us even if we have turned our backs on Him.

You may give up on God, but He doesn’t give up on you. If you feel that God is far away, guess who moved.

We have choices:

We can chose to to avoid the light provided by God, or we can embrace the darkness.

God knows our darkest inclinations, and knows where they lead.

We place a yoke over our shoulders, because we want to try to wing it on our own. A yoke causes a heavy burden on the shoulders to those who wear it.

We feel that we have our do rights? We should have some luxury like any other man. Do we mean like the man begging for enough money to buy his next meal?

God doesn’t say we shouldn’t have a nice home, boat or car. He wants us to prosper.

He also wants us to reach out to the less fortunate like the man look for enough money for his next meal.

Think these thoughts during this during the Christmas season. Reach out to others that need help. Put your pride out to pasture, and share something with those in need. God will certainly bless you if you do.

 

 

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