Sparks Restored (by Len Winneroski)

God uses broken people. Man values perfection but God accepts imperfection, because He is a God of restoration. This point was brought home to me when I read the following old Jewish legend about Creation. Hear God’s call to you and see His Glory in Rabbi Wayne D. Dosick’s retelling of this beautiful story. IN … Continue reading

An Ordinary Weakling (by Len Winneroski)

Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fall. – Confucius  In this final chapter I am going to share a story about an ordinary weakling who believes that the Glory of God is very real. This man is a research scientist who has been trained to ask really … Continue reading

The Tree of Life (by Len Winneroski)

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:3 I would argue that no two books have sparked more debate in science, religion and philosophy than the Bible and Charles Darwin’s book On the Origin of Species. … Continue reading

What is Christmas? (by Joseph Bertin)

Our man-made traditions show us that Christmas is a time of celebration. Certainly, we decorate our homes with brightly colored lights and decorations. We wrap gifts in festive paper and ribbons. But, do we really understand the reasons why? Do we really know the significance of what we celebrate? We have been told since childhood … Continue reading

Blooming in Adversity (by Tony Rumble)

I love the way God chooses to speak when we least expect it. From time to time, I get behind in my gardening, and weeds spring up everywhere. Thistles and maple sprouts start running amuck. I often contrast the weeds in the flowerbeds around my house with the “weeds” in my personal life.  The other … Continue reading

May You Rise (by Debrah S. Bernier)

May God give you heavenly dreams As you sleep in your bed tonight. May His angels watch over you Until the morning’s bright light. May you rise refreshed and renewed, Ready for your day ahead, Lead by Jesus, cause He is with you Just like He has said. So as you start this brand new … Continue reading

A Life in Advertising

Originally posted on The Blue Balloon:
For the past couple days, I was blessed with the opportunity to go to Washington, D.C. for an advertising convention. My school sent six students to learn about more about the industry that we are studying. The convention included a number of speakers and panels with advertising professionals. These…

Love Bursts (by Len Winneroski)

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17 Love bursts. Those are the words that my wife and I use to describe those moments when you feel overcome with love and thankfulness. They are those special times … Continue reading

Spiritual Coloration (by Len Winneroski)

In all this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ … Continue reading

We Were Sisters (by Debrah S. Bernier)

We were sisters Through both thick and thin. We often fought and argued But neither one would win. We were sisters Even when we were apart. “Cause I never really left you, I held you in my heart. We were sisters With different hopes and dreams, But the fabric of our love Was sewn tightly … Continue reading

What’s the Matter? (by Len Winneroski)

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. – Hebrews 11:3 I learned something interesting yesterday. Apparently 95% of the Universe is composed of something that we can’t see or detect in the laboratory. Astronomers call this mysterious … Continue reading

Jesus in Disguise (by Tony Rumble)

Do you ever wonder about the people that come into our life? Or pass through our life in a fleeting moment. Have you ever thought it just might be Jesus in disguise? We have had a special needs young adult female visiting our small group at church. I’ll call her Jane. Jane has been coming … Continue reading

A Matter of Faith (by Len Winneroski)

Is the Bible just a book full of inspiring stories, or is it a book that contains God’s inspired words? Should science and faith be considered separate but equal? The way in which a person answers these questions define that person’s tendency to place their faith in humanity itself or in an unseen Creator. Is … Continue reading

Carrots, Eggs and Coffee Beans

My pastor, David Ward, shared a powerful illustration this past Sunday about how to face adversity as a believer in Christ. He was teaching from 1 Peter 4:12-19. Are we carrots, eggs or coffee beans?  Here are a few links to the story that he shared with us. I found a Youtube link (5.4 minutes) … Continue reading

Special Manna and Coffee Prayer Request!

Dear friends, Would you please join me in praying for Gary Roberts and D.A Cobb who are both facing health issues?  These two men of God are regular manna contributors and they both need your prayer support right now. They are both also working on books so prayers for their strength and inspiration would be … Continue reading

Wanna Be My Friend? (by Len Winneroski)

But what about you?” he asked, “Who do you say that I am?” – Matthew 16:15 The other day I was reading through the Gospel of Matthew and got stuck in chapter 16. Jesus asked His disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?” After the disciples had rattled off all of the … Continue reading

Wits’ End (by D.A. Cobb)

Have you ever thought you were coming to your “Wits end?” All time high fuel prices for gasoline and heating are changing this county’s spending habits and this together with increasing food prices are squeezing the average family’s monthly budget. Plummeting home prices and historical mortgage foreclosures are creating economic havoc worldwide. Throw in the … Continue reading

Images (by Len Winneroski)

You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents … Continue reading

Kind Word (by D.A. Cobb)

Yesterday I decided to stop and take home a carryout dinner. I won’t name the restaurant but I’ll give you a hint. It was started by a Kentucky Colonel. I chose to go inside and order my meal rather than wait in the long drive-thru line. I don’t like to profile or characterize but the … Continue reading

“Not a Hair…” (by Laura Currier)

It was bedtime and I was in my kitchen finishing the last few chores of the day…a hard day… It was Jacob’s birthday and his picture set on our dining room table today!  “Three birthdays now without you, Bud!”  I said with tears.  It was then that I remembered my break with birthday tradition at … Continue reading

Humidifier (by D.A. Cobb)

Last year I installed a humidifier on my furnace. It is wonderful devise adding moisture to the heated air and helping my nightly breathing and rest. It also prevents those shocking static reminders during the cold days of winter. But like anything else it needs care and maintenance. So today’s project was to clean the … Continue reading

Not Dry Yet (by Len Winneroski)

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) I have heard it said that there is a very thin line between genius and insanity. One historical figure that seems to lend credence to this … Continue reading

Useless Prayer (by D.A. Cobb)

I read a report today discussing the findings of a study involving six hospitals across the country examining whether prayer helps in the recovery of heart bypass patients. It was the largest undertaking of its kind and the results were published with the headline, “Praying for heart-bypass patients didn’t aid recovery”. The story went on … Continue reading