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St. John's Episcopal Church, Montgomery, Alabama, established in 1834.

St. John’s Episcopal Church, Montgomery, Alabama, established in 1834.

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19 NIV).

As long as we were bound to this world by sin, we could not have a relationship with our Holy God. For this reason, God sent Jesus. Someone had to pay the price for the sins of the world. Since Jesus willingly gave Himself to pay that price, we now have the humble honor to have a relationship with God through Christ. We ought to feel humbled to the very core of our existence that we can pray and know that God hears our prayers.

In addition God has committed to us the message of reconciliation. In other words, we are privileged, and beyond that—obligated to share this good news throughout the world.

False religions demand that their followers do extraordinary good deeds, live exemplary lives, give substantial monetary gifts, and follow difficult traditions. This is all required for the person to advance to a higher level.

Trying to work your way to Heaven is futile. God reached down to provide a way for us. He provided a sinless man to take on our sin and be the sacrifice for all who believe.

When we accept Christ, we throw ourselves on His mercy. We cannot do enough good deeds or give enough money to cover our sins. It is impossible. But with God all things are possible. He did it all. He paid the price and we became His children. Sharing His story, telling about this reconciliation, is the best thing you could do for another person. The miracle is that God handed the torch to you. Run with it!

This is day fifteen of a forty day devotional, The Miracle Of You. Click here for more information.

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Niagara River

Niagara River

Turns out, a trip to Niagara Falls should include much more than just a day trip to the falls. The Niagara River White Walter Walk gives you some idea of why only the Whirlpool Jet Boat company has a commercial license to operate on these rapids. The rapids are rated at class 5 and class 4. Rivers are ranked on a scale of 1 to 6, ranked against the benchmark of the whitewater rapids of the Colorado River.

Class 6: Extremely difficult to successfully maneuver due to steep vertical drops and boulders. Usually considered unrunnable.

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Just to get to the boardwalk you take an elevator down, then enter this tunnel. It’s a fairly steep grade and is wet along the walls. Step out of the tunnel and you will see the bridge to the United States.

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Looking up river at the bridge.

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This boardwalk offers several viewing platforms and is the safest and closest place to view the rapids. The roar of the rapids is a reminder of the power of the force of nature.  The rock layers of the Niagara Great Gorge and the rushing rapids are fascinating.

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Time for a little fun! Where in the world is Vicki Andree? The first person to leave the correct answer in the comment box of this blog will receive a free copy of  my latest book, “I Hate Walt.” Good Luck!

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Trinity Christian Center, Soldotna, Alaska.

Trinity Christian Center, Soldotna, Alaska.

“But because God was so gracious, so very generous, here I am. And I’m not about to let His grace go to waste. Haven’t I worked hard trying to do more than any of the others? Even then, my work didn’t amount to all that much. It was God giving me the work to do, God giving me the energy to do it. So whether you heard it from me or those others, it’s all the same. We spoke God’s truth and you entrusted your lives” (1 Corinthians 15:10-11The Message).

Earlier Paul tried to stamp out Christianity. He was the least likely person for God to use to further the Kingdom. Paul went around persecuting Christians in any way he could. He stood in the crowd when Stephen was stoned. Perhaps he was moved when Stephen’s last words were, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. Lord, do not hold this sin against them.”

It wasn’t long after that the Lord appeared to Paul. Christianity could no longer be denied. He had seen Christ. Now he was doing the same thing that Stephen had done, serving the Lord. If God had acted without grace, you can be sure that Paul would have been subject to a miserable life and most likely, a horrible death. After all, Paul was an enemy of the faith.

And yet, the God who created the universe reached out to Paul. God made Paul’s life one that Christians strive to emulate. He dedicated the rest of his life to preaching the gospel. He preached to his Jewish colleagues and they wanted to kill him. He was beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, and more…all in the service to the One who extended the hand of grace.

And the miracle is this: God loves you so much that He will forgive you and give you another chance at life. He can change you, and He will. All we need do is lean on Him.

This is day fourteen of a forty day devotional, The Miracle of You. Click here to order.

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June 14th I am scheduled to speak at Alma Temple. My presentation is titled “Put On the New You.” The service begins at 6:00 pm. Beginning at 6:30 pm the message will be on live radio broadcast on AM910, KPOF, and audio streaming via the internet. Please join us. Alma Temple is located at 1340 Sherman Street, half a block from the state capitol building, Denver, Colorado.

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Snapshot of Monastery

Snapshot of Monastery

This is a snapshot I took when traveling the road from Jericho to Jerusalem. The ancient Monastery of St. George, tucked away on the folds of the Wadi Qelt, remains a distance from the ancient road to Jericho. The mystery of this interesting structure and its unusual placement attracts visitors every year. Actually getting there is an adventure itself.

If you’re in good shape you can hike all the way to the monastery, but it will take a few hours. Take plenty of water. This is the Judean desert. Otherwise, you can take Road 1 from Jerusalem and turn left at Mitzpeh Jericho and follow the brown signs for Wadi Qelt. When you get to the entrance, there is still at least a fifteen minute walk.

Here’s a closer look.

Here's a closer look

Here’s a closer look

Click here to get a flavor for riding a donkey down to the monastery!

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The Lane Trilogy

The Lane Trilogy

Yes! I am excited!! Listening to books has gotten me across the country on many a  driving excursion. The story envelops me and I forget the miles of sagebrush and beet fields passing by. I can also listen as I enjoy beautiful scenery. I stop counting the minutes that turn to hours as I anticipate my arrival because I’m involved in another story. The longer the books, the better. I love to drive across this country!

All three of the books of the Lane Trilogy can now be accessed through Audible.com, iTunes, and Whisper sync. That makes twenty-six and one half hours of listening. That will get you from Denver to LA, easily. If you’re commuting half an hour both ways you can listen for  twenty-six and one half fun filled days!

Or, better yet, you could drive all the way from Denver to New York City listening to The Lane Trilogy. The possibilities are endless!

From Denver, CO
To New York, NY
From: Denver, CO To: New York, NY

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