Have you ever been in the midst of a crisis requiring you to make a distress call for someone experiencing great pain, anxiety, sorrow, trouble, cardiac arrest or from experiencing mental or physical suffering and affliction? I have; however, the individual died even though my distress call prompted immediate response from first responders.
In 2016, two sisters in Christ, Priscilla Darling and Cindy Davis, got together to form a sisterhood with the purpose of creating a bond and unifying North Central Florida Sisters in congregations of the Church of Christ. Their mission was to work together in order to be the difference in local communities. After sending out letters describing the purpose of Sisters in Spirit (SIS) four sisters from their local congregations met over breakfast to establish SIS.
This blog was originally published in September 2019; however, with increase accidents and deaths cause by those who text and/or talk while driving, I believe this topic warrants a repost with 2020 statistics and information not previous included.
This is not my normal blogging subject. However, as a versatile blogger, I will occasionally blog on different topics and hope you appreciate efforts in bringing awareness to published authors.
We all know laughter is good for the soul because being a Christian is not easy, at least, for me. But it is sustainable through the knowledge of Jesus Christ, who has given us everything we need for life and godliness.
What does it mean to be exposed, infected and contagious? It is to spread viruses and diseases from one person or organism to another by direct or indirect contact. Another definition is an emotion, feeling, or attitude likely to spread to and affect others. For example, her positive attitude is contagious.
We read in Luke 17:11-19, an account of ten men who had leprosy. In the Israelite community, a person with a rash or skin disorder had to be examined by the priest to be determined whether this was a contagious disease. Today, we are examined by medical professionals; and if tested positive, we would be referred to an infectious disease physician.
I received confirmation years ago that I had been exposed, infected and contagious. However, I refused then, and refuse now, to be declared unclean and quarantine. Some of you might think my behavior was, and still is, reckless. However, I disagree. As a matter of fact, I hope my condition becomes a worldwide epidemic.
There are many passages where Jesus healed individuals who had some types of infectious skin disease (Luke 5:12–14; Mark 1:40–42; Matthew 8:2–3; 11:5). In Luke 17, ten men called out to Him, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” Jesus gave them instruction to go show themselves to the priest. In faith, the men obeyed as they began to walk to the priest and were healed. Jesus always required faith on the part of the person who asked for healing. However, I will not be selfish and ask to be heal from my disease.
Instead, I will call on the Lord to heal all nations from all known diseases caused by wickedness. Will you help me call on the name of the Lord for worldwide healing? If you help me, you must believe that He can do this by demonstration of faith (Matthew 9:28; Mark 9:20–24). If the Lord decides to heal the world, we must show appreciation with godly sorrow and genuine repentance.
Yes, I am infected with the Fruit of the Spirit! Yes, I am contagious and seek no remedy for my renewed mind in Christ. Yes, I will purposely continue spreading my infection around the world. Ready or not, here I come to sneeze over you godly love, joy, peace, kindness, happiness, self-control and faith.
What about you? Have you tested positive? Are you willing to spiritually infect everyone you come in contact with? Remember, we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ to receive what is due to us for things done while in the body, whether good or bad. (2 Corinthians 5:10)
For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God. But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world. (Romans 10:13-18)
Thank you Dr. Jesus for my spiritual infection contracted many years ago exposed by studying your Word, obeying your Gospel and following Your plan of salvation.
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14)
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in HOLY FEAR built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.” (Hebrews 11:7)
Meet Minister Kenny Gaskins and his lovely wife Helen. Brother Kenny was baptized when he was eleven years old. He worked under the leadership of many gospel preachers, including Brother Goins and Brother Ferguson. He and Brother Ferguson conducted many Bible studies for years with incarcerated men. Approximately ten years later, Brother Ferguson had confidence in Brother Gaskins to continue the prison ministry without assistance.
Has anyone asked how you were doing but started talking about something else before you could respond? Really! Who Cares? It happened to me many times. It is definitely a fair question. My thought was they do not care, it is just a greeting from being creatures of habit.
Introducing Deacon Joe Nichols and his lovely wife Nicki. Joe grew up in the Roanoke area of Virginia and obeyed the gospel when he was just a boy. At that time, he and his family attended Lake Drive church of Christ. After graduating high school, Joe attended Freed-Hardeman University where he met his future wife Nicki Savage.