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Hello and Welcome!

Life is tough, but God is good. God’s Word is a strong foundation that is indeed practical and relevant in our world today. Scripture surely molds and changes us as we integrate it into our hearts and lives. Paul’s example in I Thessalonians demonstrates spiritual fruit that remains. I want these same elements to characterize my life to:

  • Present the gospel with boldness,
  • Give myself—in loving, supporting, cherishing,
  • Live without blame and above reproach,
  • Exhort and comfort others (as a mother to her children)
  • Expect God’s Word to work powerfully,
  • Condition others for persecution and suffering,
  • Always be ready for Christ’s return.

A personal relationship with Christ is the most exciting element for daily living. He came to give us an abundant life! (John 10: 10). He loves us and wants us to experience the fullness of His grace, joy, and peace. A joyful heart is good medicine (Proverbs 15: 13). I pray that you’ll find encouragement and hope through my writings and that God will bless you abundantly as you seek His face.

Warmly, Fran

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THIS MONTH'S MESSAGE

Be Prepared

What does the future hold for us? Many are concerned about the condition of our nation in 2015, as we see the moral decline, government over-reach, plus the loss of individual freedom to conduct our lives and businesses according to conscience and religious convictions. However, we can have peace with God in the midst of the storms through faith in His Son, Jesus Christ. We never know what a day may bring, and the most important decision we can make is to be ready. This article by Billy Graham illustrates the point so beautifully:

“Traveling in Ethiopia brought to mind a man I met there and got to know in the 1980s. Andy Meakins was a gentle giant of the faith, an Englishman who loved Jesus Christ and served Him in Africa for many years. In 1996 an Ethiopian Airlines flight was hijacked and crashed into the ocean just off the Comoros Islands after running out of fuel—you may have heard the story. The dramatic moment of impact was caught on home video and broadcast around the world. Only later did we learn of something even more dramatic happening in the cabin as the plane headed for disaster.

Andy Meakins and his wife were on that plane, seated together. The hijackers demanded to be flown to Australia even though there wasn’t nearly enough fuel for that distance. As they neared the Comoros Islands in the Indian Ocean, one engine flamed out, and the pilot told passengers that the remaining engine would soon run out of fuel as well. Immediately, Andy’s wife heard the snap of a seatbelt being unbuckled and turned to see her husband stand up. ‘Many of us might die in this crash,’ he called out, ‘so there’s something you need to know.’ Andy then began explaining the Gospel simply and urgently, moving to each part of the cabin so that everyone would hear. He invited people to place their trust in Jesus Christ in repentance and faith. A flight attendant heard Andy’s words, bowed her head, and asked Jesus to forgive her sins and come into her heart. She watched many more respond and, along with another survivor, later told the story. Of the 175 people on board, 125 died, including Andy, who was still on his feet preaching the Gospel as the plane hit the water.

Every day tens of thousands of people slip from this world into eternity—the vast majority unprepared, “dead in trespasses and sins” (Ephesians 2:1, NKJV). We need to take every opportunity to share the love of Jesus Christ and the truth of the Gospel, the only message that will make a difference to a lost soul. Just like an airplane going down, time is running out.

Andy Meakins used his life to witness every day, and he did so to his last breath.” Billy Graham’s account reminds us to ask ourselves…Are we prepared to face each day as though it was our last? So what happens next?

Personally, I have two sons waiting for me in Heaven. When God calls me home, I will join them with rejoicing. So I live everyday with the assurance that eternal life means forever in the presence of the Lord and with the members of my family who have gone before. Are you ready? Prepared? Jesus is the answer.