Shoes for Cuba

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Believe & Receive Int’l Ministry is going to Cuba, November 1 – 10, 2016.  We have found that many kids have never had a new pair of shoes.  We see so many kids either running around in their bare feet, or in shoes that are too large or worn out.  We want to bless as many kids as possible with a new pair of shoes!

Your support will help purchase shoes for these beautiful kids.  You can give to this cause through our secure Paypal business account, using your credit card.  Just click on the ‘Support our Mission’ button.

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Thank you for sharing the love of Jesus with those less fortunate.

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Hiding In The Wine Press

If God is So Good Official Picture (663x1024)The Israelites were constantly disobeying God, and as a result, they were consistently struggling with their enemies ( Judges 6). This little guy Gideon was hiding from the Midianites, Israel’s enemy. He was actually threshing wheat in a wine press so his enemies could not find him. I think he was just a little guy, because when the angel of the Lord came to him and called him a mighty warrior, his response was that he was the least in his family! I’m sure he was thinking, Who, me? I’m a nobody. I’m the runt. But in God’s eyes, he was a mighty warrior.

But Gideon also had a question for God when the angel told him that the Lord was with him (v.12): “‘Pardon me, my Lord,’ Gideon replied, ‘but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, “Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?” But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian”  ( Judges 6:13).

That seems to be a fair question. And one I have asked God. If you are so good, why are things such a mess here, God? Why is my life such a mess? Have you ever asked  God that?

God didn’t get mad at Gideon for questioning him. Nope, he just told him to go forward with what he had and God would do the rest. God told him, “I will be with you and you will strike down all the Midianites!” (v. 16).

God loves to use the weak, to defeat the strong. He wanted Gideon to know that he was with him. With God, nothing is impossible. With God, we can do all things because he gives us strength. We have to step out in faith,  and God will do the   rest!

And God was with Gideon! God sent him out with 300 men against 150,000 and God had the victory! In the natural, there is no way 300 men could defeat 150,000; but with God, all thing are possible! (Matthew 19:26)

In the beginning, Gideon believed a lie: he wasn’t big enough to be a warrior. And yet the Lord used him to defeat the enemies of Israel, and Israel enjoyed peace for 40 years because of Gideon’s faith in God.

He was willing to change his beliefs to step into the destiny that God had for him. What are you believing today? What label have you or someone else placed on you? Are you too young, too old, too fat, too thin, too tired, too shameful, too…?

Today God wants you to release the lies of the past and step into the destiny he has for you. To  believe that as long  as he is with you, all things are possible. That if he is sending you, no weapon formed against you will prosper (Isaiah 54:17). That if he is sending you, he will enable you!

Excerpt from If God is So Good, Why Is My Life Such A Mess?  by Joyce Schneider 

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For The One

If God is So Good Official Picture (663x1024)I had never wanted to go on a mission trip. In fact, it was the one thing that I asked God to not make me do. I loved him. I wanted to serve him, but weren’t there enough people in Naples, even in Florida? Golly, I’d even travel around the United States if he wanted. I just didn’t want to go outside the country. It was out of my comfort zone, in a big way!

But one day a friend asked me to go to Costa Rica with her, and I heard God telling me that this was for me, that I was to go. And so immediately I said, “Okay.” I felt like there was someone there I was supposed to meet; I  was going for the  one!

I got my passport, and three weeks later, I was headed to Costa Rica. The first morning upon getting there, we headed off to the local hospital to minister to the patients. It took quite a while for the administration to decide to let us in, but there is never a moment wasted with this group. The hour was spent in the waiting room of the hospital, singing praises to the King. When it was decided it was okay for us to visit the patients, we headed off to the maternity ward. There were precious new bundles of life every- where and mothers about to give life.

One soon-to-be mother brought tears to my heart when she explained to us that she was in the hospital waiting   to find out if her unborn baby was still alive inside her. My heart caught in my throat as I remembered the pain of finding out that Chance was no longer alive, and I prayed fervently that she would not receive that same message.

We met several young girls, only sixteen and already mamas. The age of all the women in the ward we visited was very young. Motherhood came early to these young women. We prayed for blessings, health, favor on to their lives and the lives of their little ones. It was a sweet time.

After the maternity ward, we had a choice to go to the oncology or surgery floor. We chose oncology. We prayed for several men who were suffering various ailments, and then as we were standing outside a room, determining where we should go next, a young woman approached us. Would we come quickly and pray for her brother? He was dying. He had decided that he didn’t want to live any longer. His wife had left him, and he could not face the pain of her departure. So he decided to take his own life by drinking some sort of poison. The doctors said he would die that day; his organs were shutting down.

We followed her down the hallway, and there we  were met by such a sad sight. Her brother, Domingo, was shaking like a leaf, and sweat was pouring off of him. His eyes were wild with fear, and the smell of death was in the room. We approached him and explained to him that we wanted to pray for him. He had changed his mind and he did not want to die. He now wanted to live, but death was overtaking him, and he was panicked and afraid.

First we asked him if he wanted to receive Jesus into his heart, and he said yes. We led him in a prayer of salvation. Then we started praying for healing over his body. As we prayed, you could see the peace of Jesus overtake him. It was something to watch. The sweating stopped, his eyes calmed, and he began declaring the power of Jesus in his  life. He declared healing and hope and that he would tell the world what Jesus did for him. As his mother and sister watched the life flow back into this man, their tears turned   to smiles. When we left, he was praising God for healing and hope in his life.

I know I probably can’t convey the depth of the emotions of that event, but know that it  was  truly  a  miracle from Jesus that we were allowed to see in that room—the healing hand of the Lord in action, right before our eyes. So humbling, so amazing.

When I returned to the hospital the next day, Domingo was sitting up in his bed, a little sick to his stomach, but definitely alive and well. Thank you, Jesus!

Excerpt from If God is So Good, Why Is My Life Such A Mess?  by Joyce Schneider 

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Change – Are You Willing?

If God is So Good Official Picture (663x1024)There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.  –Ecclesiastes 3:1

Do You Want to Be Healed?

 One day, Jesus was in Jerusalem at one of the celebrations. He happened upon a man who had been crippled, an invalid, for thirty-eight years.The guy was hanging out by a pool with a bunch of other guys who were disabled. There was a belief that at certain times an angel would come down and stir the waters of the pool, and whoever got into the pool would be healed. Jesus asked the man, “Do you want to be healed?”       ( John 5:1–9)

Sounds like a silly question, doesn’t it? The guy has been an invalid for thirty-eight years. Of course he wants to be healed. But what was his answer? “No one will help me.” He made an excuse, but he didn’t really answer the question Jesus asked.

Maybe he had a false belief system. Maybe he believed a lie? Maybe he felt like he wasn’t good enough to be in the pool. Or he was a victim who couldn’t get into the waters because he had no one to help    him.

How many times has Jesus asked us if we want to be healed and we make excuses? Maybe we have  a  wrong belief system.

We might say,“I know I would feel better if I ate healthier, but I just don’t have time to cook, I’ll just get fast food.” Or, “I know I should exercise more, but I’m just too tired when I get home from work.” Or maybe we are still blaming our parents for the way our lives turned out thirty years later. It’s their fault we are the way we are.

The list is endless really. We all are broken, in some respect. So the big question is, are you willing to change? Will you say today, “I will believe, I will receive, I will pick up my mat”?

Maybe you feel like physical healing isn’t for today? It was okay when Jesus was walking around healing, but Jesus isn’t here today, is he?

Excerpt from If God is So Good, Why Is My Life Such A Mess?  by Joyce Schneider 

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Believe and Receive

If God is So Good Official Picture (663x1024)Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display his immense patience as an example for those who would believe in him and receive eternal life.   —1 Timothy 1:15–16

When I first gave my life to the Lord, I had a conversation with a friend that confused me a bit. She believed in eternal life, in heaven with Jesus, after we died. That he really cared about our eternal life.

But she didn’t believe God was really much concerned about our day-to-day life. That we were pretty much on our own here on this earth, to muddle through this world as best we could.

I was pretty new to this whole Jesus thing, but that didn’t seem right to me. If Jesus loved me, if he cared enough for me to die for me, why would he want the only world I knew (at this point) to be anything less than his best for me?

And then one day I read a verse, “The enemy comes to kill, steal and destroy, but I [ Jesus] have come to bring you life, to the full, in abundance” ( John 10:10).

I realized that living a “full/abundant” life wasn’t meant for life after death only, but for life in the here and now—in all aspects of our life:

  • physical
  • emotional
  • spiritual

And this abundant life starts with my belief system:

What do I believe?

If I believe a lie, I have distorted vision. I am seeing life through a veil of  deception

Think about this example. Your brother gets a BB gun for Christmas, but the one thing your mom makes you both promise is that you will not shoot it when no one is around. But one day, while your parents are at work, you talk your brother into bringing out the gun. You are playing around with it, and you accidently shoot yourself in the leg. You are petrified that what your parents will say, so you bribe your brother to silence, and you wear long pants until the hole in your leg heals over.

It doesn’t hurt that much. You can handle it. But even- tually, the BB causes much damage in your leg. It infects the tissue around it and your leg gets really sore and you can’t walk and then you spike a fever and you have to tell your mother the truth. You have to get that BB out. Your leg will never heal as long as it’s in there.

It hurts when the doctor removes that BB. And the healing process may take a bit of time, but gradually, the tissue where the BB was will heal and your leg will be whole again. Living with false belief systems inside you is the same concept. The lies will infect your spirit and affect your life. You will never be completely whole, healed, until you allow

Jesus to remove them and receive his healing from the inside out.

Your BB might be something as innocent as your brother calling you fat. And you aren’t, but that constant teasing has brought about in you a lifelong habit of eating disorders.

Or maybe you were molested as a child and you now live a life of shame and guilt. It wasn’t your fault, but you took on the burden, and you’ve carried it for years. As a result, it’s been very difficult for you to have a healthy relation- ship. You’ve been in and out of relationships your entire adult life.

Anybody have a parent tell you, “You’ll never amount to anything”? Well, sometimes we believe them. But if you remove the root of the lie (false belief ), then the healing process can truly begin.

Our physical body houses our emotions. When we begin believing truth and receiving truth, then healing occurs. And since our emotions and our spirit are connected to our physical bodies, when we fix the emotional, the spiritual and physical issues can heal as well.

How long does this take? The world may tell you, you can never heal. You have to learn to cope, you are a victim, and you will always be a victim. But that is not what God tells us.

Let’s look at another example: you are walking through your yard and you see a snake. You jump back. Your heart starts pounding, and fear overtakes you. But then you look closer; it is not a snake, it is a stick. And the fear (the lie) leaves you. Why? Because you know it is only a stick. It can’t hurt you. You are no longer afraid.

That is how quickly Jesus can heal. When he shines the light of truth into the darkness, the lies must  flee—immediately! It doesn’t take weeks, months, or years of therapy.

Excerpt from If God is So Good, Why Is My Life Such A Mess?  by Joyce Schneider 

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Does Jesus Love Me (Part Two)

If God is So Good Official Picture (663x1024)If you are a mother, you understand this statement: a mother’s love begins for that new life, many times before it’s even conceived.

A newborn baby does nothing to earn love, yet the love that pours forth from a mother to her child at birth is intense and unconditional.

This is an example of the love Jesus gives to  us.

My mom brought me into this world, but Jesus actually brought me out of it, out of the world’s junk, out of its craziness and into a life of hope and peace that changed everything about me when I actually began to believe and receive his love!

I did nothing to deserve God’s love. In fact, the Bible tells us, “But God demonstrates his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).

 While we were sinners, Jesus died for us! That is huge!

It’s one thing to say you would give your life for someone you love, someone who loves you back. I have to be honest with you, there are not too many people that I would die for—my boys, Bobby, maybe a couple of my good friends, but maybe not.

But Jesus died for me while I had nothing to do with him—no acknowledgement whatsoever while I went about living my own life, the way I wanted to live it. And Jesus knew I would do that. He knew I would deny him, yet he still died for me! And he still died for you!

I must have some knowledge of Jesus, or I wouldn’t be writing this book about him. If I was standing in front of you, you might think I’ve been a follower of Jesus all my life—I actually clean up fairly well. But I haven’t. In fact, the little girl who ran from Jesus kept right on running.  For forty years I ran. But then one day, I stopped running, and Jesus was right there, waiting for me. I gave my life to him, and everything changed. And I lived happily ever after. End of story. But not quite.

There is much in between that I want to share with you. Because just maybe, you were like that little girl who was running, and Jesus is waiting for you too!

Excerpt from If God is So Good, Why Is My Life Such A Mess?  by Joyce Schneider 

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Does Jesus Love Me?

If God is So Good Official Picture (663x1024)For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  —John 3:16

Jesus loves, me this I know, For the Bible tells me so; Little ones to him belong, they are weak, but he is strong. Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! Yes, Jesus loves me! The Bible tells me so.

“Jesus Loves Me” was one of the first songs I learned in Sunday school as a child. But the words were never real to me. They were in my head, but not in my heart. Truthfully, I didn’t believe I could ever be good enough for Jesus to really love me, so I spent the next forty years of my life running away from him.

When the boys were younger, flag football was the deal at our house. The boys played, and Bobby coached. We spent a couple nights a week at practice and then played Saturday games. Both the boys played the position of running back. They both scored touchdowns on a regu- lar basis.

One Saturday, I was in Orlando at a conference, and I missed their games. I thought about them at the time they were playing and was praying for them that they’d have a good day.

But when I called that day to check on them, Bobby told me that they not only hadn’t won their games, but neither boy had scored a touchdown.

Chase came on the phone, and I asked him how he’d done, and he said, “Not so good.” I heard Bobby saying in the background, “Say it was because Mommy wasn’t here cheering you on.”

Why do men do that to us? Not fair, not fair at all.

So, of course Chase repeated that, and I said to him,

“Honey, I was cheering you on in my heart.”

And his reply was so sweet. “But I couldn’t hear you, Mommy!”

That’s how my life was before I let Jesus into my heart.

He was always cheering me on, but I couldn’t hear him!

Excerpt from If God Is So Good, Why Is My Life Such A Mess?  by Joyce Schneider 

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