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[ 5 Jan 2015 | No Comment ]

In the book of Matthew chapter 19, Jesus was asked a very important question by a man.  He was asked, “what good deed must I do to have eternal life?”   Jesus replied, “You must not murder.  You must not commit adultery.  You must not steal.  You must not testify falsely.  Honor your father and mother.  Love your neighbor as yourself.”  The man replied, “I’ve obeyed all these commandments, but what else must I do?”
Isn’t that just like us humans to think that we can “earn” our way to eternal life?  …

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[ 29 Dec 2014 | No Comment ]
Joel riding Abby

By MELISSA STEINOUR
I look forward to Thanksgiving each year, not just to feast on the delicious dishes, but because it’s not often that my sister’s family comes home to Pennsylvania and at Thanksgiving they do. We eagerly anticipate this time every year when we get to be together. This past Thanksgiving, we took my three nieces and one nephew to go ride horses.   When my nephew, Joel, was seated on the beautiful horse named Abby, his face lit into an enormous smile that didn’t subside until his ride was over. I …

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[ 7 Oct 2014 | No Comment ]
thirsty

By MELISSA STEINOUR
Blogger
Hello, to all my “Words Of Faith” blog readers.  I took the summer off to spend time with my family, but I’m back and planning to share more with you now that things are falling into a routine. That being said, the weather has been beautiful and I’m enjoying my daily walks as that is my time with God.
The other day God shared something with me that I believe I am to share with you.  I was walking over a bridge, and as I paused to glance down …

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[ 9 Mar 2014 | No Comment ]
Sisyphean toil

By MELISSA STEINOUR
Blogger
Life is a funny thing.  It can throw you a curveball when you least expect it.  That happened to me 14-years-ago.  My husband and I were finally building the home we dreamed about, and I had just had my second child.   I was happy, very happy, but suddenly – the curveball came – my health began to fall apart.
I had developed my first-ever bladder infection and even though the infection was treated, over and over I might add, the pain never went away and actually became more and more …

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[ 29 Jan 2014 | No Comment ]

By MELISSA STEINOUR
Blogger
Yesterday I stopped at Starbucks with my son.  He had just had mouth surgery and I promised him a milkshake afterwards.  I thought he would pick a McDonald’s milkshake but his idea was a Starbucks double-chocolate frappuccino. While waiting in line behind an older gentleman who just ordered a simple decaf coffee, I witnessed something that warmed my heart and I thought I’d share it.
Just as the older gentleman was reaching for his wallet to pay for his coffee, a well-dressed businessman, who was sitting at a table behind …

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[ 17 Dec 2013 | No Comment ]
Blogger Melissa talks about her gift for the season

By MELISSA STEINOUR
Blogger
One of my most memorable Christmas gifts was back in 1982 when I was just 11-years-old.  I had asked my parents for a puppy.
On Christmas morning, my sisters and I woke my parents early to open our presents.  As we gathered around the tree to begin devouring into them, I heard a funny noise outside our front door.  I stood and excitedly exclaimed, “YOU GOT US A PUPPY!!!!!“   I proceeded to run to the door, fling it open, screamed, slammed the door shut, and yelled, “It’s a BIG …

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[ 31 Jul 2013 | No Comment ]
run race

By MELISSA STEINOUR
Blogger
My spirit has been grieving, and my heart is full of sorrow this week over the tragic loss the Colonial Hills Baptist Church of Indianapolis, Ind. suffered this past Saturday, July 27.
A bus bringing their students and chaperones back from church camp wrecked just a mile from the church after it failed to make a turn due to brake failure. The devastating crash resulted in the death of Tonya Weindorf, chaperone and mother of five; Chad Phelps, youth pastor and Courtney Phelps, his wife and their unborn baby daughter. …

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[ 10 Jul 2013 | No Comment ]
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BY MELISSA STEINOUR
Blogger
I have a confession to make:  I have this really weird habit when I go grocery shopping of looking into other people’s carts to see if they are eating healthy.   I wasn’t always this way.  Thirteen years ago I became sick, really sick.  I was never a junk food eater, but in order to get well again, it was a long, hard road.  Part of that road was to take all sugar out of my diet and by all sugar I mean exactly that.  I couldn’t even have …

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[ 11 Jun 2013 | No Comment ]
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By MELISSA STEINOUR
Blogger
As we celebrate Father’s Day this Sunday, I find myself thinking back to my childhood with fond memories.  I can honestly say that I think I have the BEST dad anyone could ever have.  He is hardworking, extremely funny, upright, and honest …. a man of real integrity.  
I can’t remember a time that we didn’t get along but I do remember times that he corrected me out of love.   I am most thankful for how he has lead our family in the ways of God, taking us to …

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[ 16 May 2013 | No Comment ]
pets

By MELISSA STEINOUR
Blogger
I recently read a post on Facebook asking, “Do pets go to heaven?” I began to read the replies of varying opinions, and as I scrolled further down the list, I was stunned by one particular response, which said, “of course pets go to heaven, everyone does!”
It is a fact that there will indeed be animals in heaven. We are told in Isaiah that once the devil is bound by Jesus there will be perfect peace – even with the animals. “In that …