Lovingly Share Your Testimony

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The Light is Always On

“The Light is Always On” is a work of art created with Pastoral Care in mind. As an airman myself, I remember the first base I was stationed at. I did a training that lasted 90 days. Although it took place at a Reserve base, a full-time Chaplain was available. The light at the Chapel was always on.   Walking around base knowing that the light was always on created some kind of comfort because I knew there was always a place for prayer or spiritual connection.  I believe the presence and Chaplains’ ministry in the Armed Forces are an integral part of a soldier’s development of an overall resilience.

“The Light is Always On” was created having in mind faith, the availability of Chaplains in pluralistic settings, the complexities of the human mind and spirit, and the importance of the Spiritual Pillar as a component of the overall resilience of a human being who is also a trained soldier.
In this painting, a military member stands at the door under the light and knocks.  “The Light On” signifies the conscious presence of faith. The door represents the physical place of worship where the person who will open is a minister of the particular faith the military member seeks to see and talk to. Colors and shapes around the military member represent the complexity of a possibly compartmentalized state of mind and possible invisible wounds.
May “The Light be Always On” everywhere our troops train and serve.

It is good when “The Light is Always On.”

May we all continue to protect the 1st Amendment of the US Constitution.

May “The Light be Always On” everywhere our troops train and serve.

Framed Painting

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Faithful Eyes

Blessed and grateful I am today for experiencing what it is to regain full sight again.  Always had a 20/20 vision. About a year ago, a physical concluded that reading glasses might be needed at times.  I did  not think much about it, until one day I  found myself forcing my sight to see certain letters of certain sizes in the Bible. I stopped by a store where they sold reading glasses and found out that with a 1.0 pair, I would see the letters clearly again.  I called my family to let them know.  They said” not a surprise, you are already over 40. It is about time signs of age reflect on you.”  I bought the pair of reading glasses. Found myself wearing them most of the time. After a few months, I could not find my reading glasses. So, I bought a new pair. This time, it was 1.5 reading glasses.  When I got home, I prayed to God. I could not believe my 20/20 eyesight was no longer. Moreover, a whole new world was opening. Space around me did not feel the same when wearing reading glasses.  There was some kind of conscious enhancement my mind had to adapt to.  Inside, I wanted my 20/20 eyesight to come back. I prayed everyday, performed research on how to take care of the eyesight, and, consciously, began to eat more food that was known to prevent lost of eyesight.

Today, April 5th, 2017, I woke up motivated to have a great day because it is my birthday.  Prayers first, great attitude, nurture the overall resilience at the Gym, attend Bible class, have great conversations with my husband, and keep on having a fantastic day.  During the Bible class, I noticed, I did not have to wear my reading glasses. I could not explain how great it felt to look at the words again without wearing reading glasses. Eye sight restored.

The reading glasses helped and I am grateful for it. However, reading without reading glasses on seems more appreciated by my mind and all my senses.

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge…” (Hosea 4:6).  Along with knowledge, action in faith and prayer.

Whatever it is that I have been doing, with a grateful heart, I better keep doing it. It seems my natural sight have been restored and I better take excellent care of it. It feels like God’s love gave me a second chance.   Eventually, I will share what I did and will continue to do in order to maintain my natural eyesight as close to 20/20 as possible for the rest of my life.

Keep me in your prayers. I believe in the power of prayer and the ability it has to clear our minds in order to seek and find helpful information that keeps us growing closer to God and to our purpose in life.

If you have a story to share about your eyesight, please, feel free to share below.

God bless you.

 

 

 

Intro to the Epistle to The Ephesians

Before learning about the Ephesians, let us take a bird’s eye-view of The New Testament.  The NT is divided into 27 Books;  4 of the books are Gospels, 21 are Epistles,  1 Book of Acts, and 1 Book of Revelation.  It is among the Epistles that the letter to the Ephesians is found.

Here is the bird’s eye-view of the NT:

1.There are 4 Gospels:  (Narratives about the life  and teachings of Jesus Christ).

   1.1  Matthew.

   1.2 John.

   1.3  Luke.

   1.4  Mark.

 

  1. There are 21  Epistles: (Letters  written to a specific audience).

   2.1      Romans.————-

   2.2      1 Corinthians.                    I

   2.3      2 Corinthians.                    I

   2.4      Galatians.                            I

   2.5      Ephesians.                         I

   2.6      Philippians.                        I——–Paul the Apostle.

   2.7     Colossians.                          I

   2.8     1 Thessalonians.                 I

   2.9     2 Thessalonians.                I

   2.10   1 Thimothy.                          I

   2.11   2 Thimothy.                          I

   2.12   Titus.                                       I

   2.13   Philemon. ———— 

   2.14   Hebrews. ———————-  Attributed to Paul the Apostle.

   2.15  James.     ———————–   James the brother of Jesus.

   2.16  1 Peter     ———————–   Peter the Apostle.

   2.17   2 Peter    ———————–   Peter the Apostle.

   2.18   1 John    ———————–   John the Evangelist.

   2.19   2 John     ———————-   John the Evangelist.

   2.20   3 John    ———————–   John the Evangelist.

   2.21   Jude      ———————–    Attributed to Luke.

 

  1.   The Acts of the Apostles (Narratives about the Apostle’s Ministries).—-Luke.

      4.  The Book of Revelation.  (Prophetic Passages / Apocalyptic Literature).—-John. 

Now that we know  the Book of Ephesians  is an Epistle or Letter, let’s find out who wrote it, to whom this letter was written to, and for what purpose.

    The author and the audience is found in Eph 1:1 Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, To the saints who are also faithful in Christ Jesus.

      The purpose of this letter is found in Eph 4:1-4: I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all lowliness and meekness, with patience, forbearing one another in love,  eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.  There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to the one hope that belongs to your call.  

Bird’s Eye View of the Epistle to the Ephesians:

Chart of Ephesians

 

 

 

     

The Full Armor of God

Dear beloved ones, do not despair, there is a way, a better way for you and everyone around you.

     Have you ever lost your temper? Felt unloved? Have doubt? Have low self-esteem? Believed someone betrayed you? Were a victim of bad intended gossip? Felt afraid of facing the truth or anxious not knowing what to do? Found yourself saying to yourself: “there must be something better than this?”  These and similar others that you might know of are common states when your spiritual guard is down. Even when everything seems fine and dandy, keep your spiritual guard up. Counter-interactive forces seem to always be present in the atmosphere, therefore, keeping your spiritual armor up at all times is the best defense you can have not only to protect yourself but also those around you who might be vulnerable when your spiritual armor is down.

We protect ourselves not only to prevent outcomes that might damage us, but also to protect what our own non-righteous actions could do to others.  Righteousness is found within the Armor of God (Eph 6:13); the protective shield that keeps us from spiritual and physical disintegration.

         In a letter to the Ephesians, Paul writes about the Armour of God (Eph 6:11); “Put on the whole armour of God that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (KJV).

         If you have not done so yet, do it today, arm yourself with the best weapon of defense, the armor that will keep you out of trouble, help you advance, and enhance the warrior in you when evil forces try to knock you down.

       If you need guidance on how to understand the Armor of God and how to activate it in you, leave a message below or contact KJViZion via Facebook.

     Put on the Full Armor of God today.

  Peace and Grace,

  Rev. Jeannie Franks.

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PRAYER REQUEST

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I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people.  (Ephesians 1:18).

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.  (Romans 12:12).

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. (Philippians 4:6).  #RevJeannieFranks

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