|Love Never Fails
|to encourage and entertain
|I was raised in the Catholic Church. I was in church every Sunday not because I had
to be but because I wanted to be. Sunday worship was important to me. God was
important to me. When I was a little girl, probably about eight or nine years old, I
had a dream one night that I've never forgotten. It was recess and I was in the
school yard. Walking beside me was the Lord Jesus and He held my hand as I gazed
up into His face and hung on His every word. I like to think that the dream
foreshadowed my kingdom walk or, at the very least, that Jesus wanted me to enjoy
a real and personal relationship with Him.
It wasn't until I was 25 that I chose that intimate relationship. Brought to my knees
one evening in March, 1984, after an episode with a fortune-teller, I surrendered my
desire to be married and told the Lord I chose to live the life He wanted for me, even
if it that life meant the denial of a husband and children. (See my bio.) That night,
Jesus said to me, "For God so loved the world (Anna) that He gave His one and only
Son, that whoever (Anna) believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." That
night, I chose to be born again like Nicodemus.
For the Lord's good pleasure, He blessed me with a loving and Godly husband but,
equally for His good pleasure, He has chosen to keep my womb empty. But since He
gave me a "mother's" heart, He knew all that love couldn't and shouldn't go to waste.
That's why He also gave me nieces and nephews and two cats -- Kiko, my perfect
little gentleman and Misha, my high-spirited tomboy.
The Lord has taught me much since that long-ago night in 1984. And He's not done
yet! He continues to show me, in His sweet and gentle fashion, other areas in my life
that I must yield to His Lordship. I pray for a teachable spirit.
I pray for the salvation of my entire household. I claim each of you reading this
today as members of my household. And with Joshua, I claim, "As for me and my
house, we will serve the Lord."
|I believe in the one, true God, eternally existent in the Persons of the Holy Trinity --
in the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth (Genesis 1:1), in Jesus Christ,
His only Son (Matthew 3:16,17), my Lord and Savior, and in the Holy Spirit (John
I believe in the Holy Scriptures -- all the canonical books of the Old and New
Testament making up the Bible -- are divinely inbreathed, infallible, inerrant, and the
authoritative Word of God, useful in showing me (us) what is wrong in my (our)
life, in straightening me (us) out, and in teaching me (us) to do what is right. (II
I believe in the virgin birth of the Lord Jesus Christ (Isaiah 7:14, Luke 1:26-35), His
deity (John 1:1), His sinless and perfect life (John 1:14), His crucifixtion (John
19:14-23), the eternal all-sufficiency of His atoning death (John 19:30, Hebrews
9:22), His bodily resurrection on the third day (Mark 16:1-6), His ascension into
heaven and sitting on the right hand of God (Luke 24:51, Hebrews 10:12), His
intercession on my (our) behalf (Hebrews 7:25), His personal coming again at His
second advent to judge the living (Ezekial 20:33-38, Matthew 25:31-46) and the dead
(Daniel 12:2, Revelation 20:12, II Thessalonians 1:7-10).
I believe, no matter what I (we) have done, I (we) am made right in God's sight
when I (we) trust in Jesus Christ -- who so rich in unfailing love and faithfullness,
He purchased my (our) freedom from eternal death with His shed blood -- to take
away my (our) sins, save me (us) (Romans 3:22) and give me (us) the right to
become a child of God (John 1:12).
I believe, that although I (we) am a sinner deserving damnation, my (our)
justification is a judicial act of God on my (our) behalf based solely on the merits of
Christ, that when God looks down on me (us), He sees me (us) clothed in the
righteousness of His Son (II Corinthians 5:21, Ephesians 2:8, 9).
I believe in the regenerating power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:16,17) and in holy
living (Romans 12:1,2).
I believe in Christ's Lordship of the Church (Ephesians 1:10, 22, 23), in the
observance of the ordinances of Christian baptism by immersion for the believer
(Matthew 3:13-16) and the Lord's Supper (Mark 14:22-24, I Corinthians 11:23-26).
I believe in the everlasting blessedness of the redeemed in heaven (Revelation 19:7-9)
and the eternal doom of the unrepentant in the lake of fire (Revelation 20:14, 15,