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November 18, 2015, 7:15 AM


Last night's small group bible study discussion is still on my mind this morning. I just had to look up scripture to help me either disprove or confirm some statements that were made. We were discussing how we as Christians should be responding to what is taking place in our world following the most recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

First, God, Jesus or Paul never said "Hate the sin, but love the sinner in this context.

What should our response be in the acceptance of the refugees entering our country? How can we say that all Syrians are terrorists? Do we not, have terrorists of many names right here in America?

Here are some scriptures that I found helpful:

Mtthew 5:43-44 ESV “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

We should be praying for these terrorists.

Romans 12:9 ESV

Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.

We can abhor what is evil, not the person.

Psalm 97:10 ESV "O you who love the Lord, hate evil! He preserves the lives of his saints; he delivers them from the hand of the wicked."

It is our Lord who will deliver

2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 ESV "If anyone does not obey what we say in this letter, take note of that person, and have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed. Do not regard him as an enemy, but warn him as a brother."

Here is Pastor Dave's point; we are to "warn him as a brother."

Witness to our brothers, the time of harvest is here.

Romans 12:20-21 ESV "To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

We can accept these refugees, we can overcome the evil by doing good.

Now, your going to say how do we accept them when we fear the one in the many just may be the terrorist that will take American lives?

I say it is for God to avenge; not us.

Romans 12:19 "Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord. ..."

Are we in end times, we cannot know. But, we can be alert. We must stay faithful to our Lord and Savior. We must witness to others, so that the many can hear of God's grace.



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November 10, 2015, 7:25 AM

A Time of Thanksgiving!

November rolled in rather quickly, if you ask me.....

I love Autumn and this season. The beauty of God's landscape and the reminder that change comes .

All of us need change. A change in our attitude towards others, especially during this season of Thanksgiving.

As you are reminded of all your blessings and the many things you have to Thank God for do you think about others that you may know that aren't as fortunate as you? When you go to the grocery store to get your "fixins" for your wonderful Thanksgiving dinner with your family do you think of others who may be alone  or have no money for a delicious meal? They sell gift cards at the counter, maybe we could pick one up and offer it to someone we know may not be able to afford a turkey. Maybe we could all reach out of our comfort zone and invite the lonely person who lives across the street to join in our family celebration. The thought of someone we don't know joining us for a "family meal" may make us uncomfortable......maybe another time right? This holiday season is suppose to be about time spent with family......

Remember, we are ALL a part of God's family and he want's us to share his love with others, no matter the season. 

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. No pressure to buy gifts or decorate. Just a time of Prasising God for his goodness and mercy. A time to reflect on our many blessings and to share God's love unconditionally with others. To bad we don't make every day a Day of Thanksgiving instaed of just celebrating on the fourth Thursday of November, once a year!

Luke 14: 13,14

"But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although nthey cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous"

Jackie Snider

October 1, 2015, 8:01 AM


Websters definition of grief is this:

Deep sorrow, especially caused by someones death.

Webster's definition of sorrow is this:

A feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment or misfortune.

If I can be blunt, which I usually am, I think webster needs a new definition of grief. Let me explain my reasoning behind my thinking this way.

First of all, sorrow and grief are not just feelings. It goes much deeper. It can affect so much more than feelings. It can cripple reality. It can destroy relationships. It can cause physicial pain. It can affect social  situations.  Grief in itself can cause another type of dying.....a death of your heart that no medication can fix.

When a person is touched so deeply and affected to the core of their being by a special person , a special one of a kind person, the depth of the pain is endless. 

Death is a part of living. All people have to experience death, there is no way around that fact. We live, we die. As human beings we usually expect our path in life to include the   experience of losing someone we love and hold dear. It happens.  Older people die, people get sick, they die in unforseen accidents. The reality of death hits us all at some point in our lives. 

But what happens when God calls home a child from it's mama. A mama that loved so deeply, so completely, a love that was so committed, so treasured, so consuming........what happens then?

For others who may have known this child and been touched by his presence grief may be short lived. Life moves on. Memories sustain them.

For the mama who gave her all to this child life stands stoped the moment death entered the room. Memories aren't enough. Pictures aren't enough. Kind words and prayers aren't enough. Time is not enough.

The only thing that is ENOUGH, is God's promise to me and other mama's in this same situation as myself. 

The promise of Psalm 71:20

Though you have made me see troubles, many and bitter, you will restore my life again; from the depths of the earth you will again bring me up.

Jackie Snider


11-18-2015 at 8:22 AM
Beverly Zuvers
Jackie, I feel your pain to the deepest levels of my being. People say it get easier as time goes on, NO it doesn't. Deep within you will be Bossy's life, and the love you shared. It will creep up and take hold of you for the rest of your life here on earth. What happens is you will find a place for him that will forever be yours and the pain will not be every sec. of every day, but it will be a part of you always.
Your next post is on Thanksgiving and I was not able to comment there. So I write here, thank you for the reminder to reach out to the lonely, those who are alone. God Bless you Jackie Snider.
10-14-2015 at 10:11 AM
Barb Crisenbery
Hang on to this promise and truly believe it. There is always something good to come out of grief when you trust in our Almighty Savior. You are in my prayers, "mother of many". God will comfort you and He is enough.
10-05-2015 at 4:59 PM
David Mathis
This blog hits hard. It is heartfelt and speaks to so many who have lost people way to soon. Thanks, Jackie.
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September 28, 2015, 10:14 AM

Take Time to be Holy

I cannot remember a summer when so much has been going on AND how fast it has flown by. 

My thoughts have been filled with the words to some old hymns.  And one of those hymns is "Take Time to be Holy".  How wonderful this hymn is and the words are straight from the Holy Spirit's prompting.


          Take time to be holy, speak oft with thy Lord;

          Abide in Him always, and feed on His Word.

          Make friends with God's children, Help those who are weak;

          Forgetting in nothing His blessing to seek.


          Take time to be holy, The world rushes on;

          Spend much time in secret with Jesus alone

          By looking to Jesus, Like Him thou shalt be

          Thy friends in thy conduct His likeness shall see.


These are just the first two verses and the next two are just as significant in telling us that we need to TAKE TIME WITH HIM!    

I return to my words in the first paragraph about how fast the time has flown by.  The man who wrote the words to "Take Time to Be Holy" was neither a pastor nor a songwriter.  William Longstaff was an English businessman ––a Christian layman who took his faith seriously. He wrote this poem over 100 years ago and was later put to music by George Stebbins.  I am so glad that this particular hymn is "Public Domain"  meaning that it can be quoted without infringing a copyright law.  I personally need to keep this song forever in my mind, reminding me to always take time for my Lord.  As I do, I will surely make a better witness to those around me.

I hope you all have access to a church hymnal (which are becoming rare these days).  So that you can look up these old hymns and read the truth they are sharing. 


by Barb C.


10-05-2015 at 5:00 PM
David Mathis
Great blog. I read the words to the song over and over. Even though familiar it was a great devotional today.
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August 5, 2015, 9:13 AM

VBS lessons for all ages!

As I sit here wondering what subject I should blog on today, I am troubled. Satan is wrecking havoc in so many lives and in our world. What else can I reflect on.

Aww, it is VBS week and I am priviledged to work with the children in the science/craft area. Already I have received so many hugs and new friends. I have the priviledge of building confidence in our children in the word as we look at Proverbs and the parts of our body.

Did you know that Proverbs has lessons for even our children.

Ears: Listen Up! God wants us to listen to His Word. We learned of the tubes in our ears and the fluid that travels through them that we can keep our balance and of the tiny hairs that transmit the sound to our brain.  How amazing, thank you Jesus for my hearing that I might know your perfect Word. Proverbs 19:20 "Listen to wise counsel and receive instruction, that you may be wise in your latter days."

Hands: Wake Up! Get to work for the Lord;  Kaylee taught us about our fingers and the "receptors" sending information to our brain.  She then taught two phrases in  English Sign language. Thank you Jesus that we have hands for those who cannot speak for commuication and to do the "work" you have for us to do. Proverbs 16:3 "Commit your works to the Lord."

Tongue: Build Up! Speak good not bad or evil of others. Last night we learned about the taste buds on our tounge and how amazingly it was created so that we can taste, salty, sugared and sour foods and drinks. Then we talked about speaking good not bad words. Thank you Jesus that we can taste the good things in life and share the good words with others. Proverbs 18:21 "Death and life are in the power of the tongue."

Heart: Check up! Tonight our children are going to learn about their hearts, Hope and Kennadi are even going to help them listen to their own heart beats! We're going to talk about "trusting in Lord with all our hearts." We will make plaques with crosses to remind us how much Jesus loved us! Thank you Jesus for loving us and for our amazing hearts that we might feel and give love."  Proverbs 3:5 "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding."

Feet: Wise up! On Thursday Ashlyn will talk about the receptors in our feet. Then she'll demonstrate with magnets things that stick and things that won't. We'll talk about which way we can be pulled, "good ways," and "bad ways." Thank you Jesus for the feet that carry us to the good places in life." Proverbs 13:20 "He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will be destroyed."

Simple lessons that we as adults need to "hear" too! 

We do not know when Jesus will return, but we do know that we are to be ready. 

What is it today that is preventing you from "hearing;" "working;" and "speaking," "beating" and "walking" for the Lord?


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