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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Living for God

1 Peter 4New Living Translation (NLT)

Living for God

So then, since Christ suffered physical pain, you must arm yourselves with the same attitude he had, and be ready to suffer, too. For if you have suffered physically for Christ, you have finished with sin.[a] You won’t spend the rest of your lives chasing your own desires, but you will be anxious to do the will of God. You have had enough in the past of the evil things that godless people enjoy—their immorality and lust, their feasting and drunkenness and wild parties, and their terrible worship of idols.
Of course, your former friends are surprised when you no longer plunge into the flood of wild and destructive things they do. So they slander you. But remember that they will have to face God, who stands ready to judge everyone, both the living and the dead. That is why the Good News was preached to those who are now dead[b]—so although they were destined to die like all people,[c] they now live forever with God in the Spirit.[d]
The end of the world is coming soon. Therefore, be earnest and disciplined in your prayers. Most important of all, continue to show deep love for each other, for love covers a multitude of sins. Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay.
10 God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another. 11 Do you have the gift of speaking? Then speak as though God himself were speaking through you. Do you have the gift of helping others? Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then everything you do will bring glory to God through Jesus Christ. All glory and power to him forever and ever! Amen.

About the writer Kim Fincher is a self-published writer, Prison Minister, Publisher of Words of Encouragement monthly newsletter, Mom of two toddler boys and devoted Christian wife to her best-friend a passionate apologists and hard working provider for his family JosephFincher.net
Facebook Pages:
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Fincher Family Ministry

How to support this ministry: purchase a book on Amazon free e-book for prime members, send stamps we also use 2nd ounce stamps, post card stamps, encouraging cards, and post cards to Kim Fincher, PO Box 2072, Corsicana, TX 75151, send a paypal offering to kimbfincher@gmail.com all offerings go to the cost of publishing and distributing Words of Encouragement newsletters out to 100+ inmates/prisoners each month.

have a blessed day, in Christs love and service,

Sister Kim Fincher

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Is there Emptiness in Your Life?

Is there emptiness in your life?


Do you feel empty? Is there something lacking? Do you long for something but don't quite know what it is? Are you longing for fulfillment? Are you unsatisfied with the daily routine of work, school, or whatever? Maybe when you are by yourself and you look deep inside, you just don't feel content. Something is missing. Maybe you've discovered that indulging the desires of your flesh and mind have not produced the peace and tranquility that you need.
When I was younger, I sought many things to replace God. I tried to identify with something, a cause, a philosophy, even a 'look.' I was seeking an identity. For a while, those things were entertaining and even exciting. But ultimately, the same emptiness came back. I can remember one night I was looking for something to break the boredom. I watched the people around me as they were pursuing the same thing I was, and suddenly I realized how futile and empty it all was. I realized that if I got what I wanted, I would still be unsatisfied. I wanted more than the same old thing. I wanted something that wouldn't leave me feeling empty after a little while. I wanted something real. Somehow, I knew I could only be satisfied by encountering God and finding His purpose.
In His great mercy, God has touched me. In the midst of my sin, in spite of pursuing my fleshly desires, He came to me and healed my heart. Emptiness is no longer my companion. In fact, it is so unfamiliar to me that I can barely remember what it was like. Now, I have peace, contentment, and fulfillment because I have found salvation and fellowship with God. This fellowship is found in Christ.  "God is faithful through whom you are called into fellowship with his son, Jesus Christ," (1 Cor. 1:9). When you find Christ and His salvation, you discover your purpose and you find your hope fulfilled.
Good-bye emptiness.
If you're tired of the emptiness, then read more about becoming a Christian at How do I become a Christian?
This article is also available in: EspaƱol
visit: www.carm.org for more bible resources and articles like this by Matt Slick.


About the writer Kim Fincher is a self-published writer, Prison Minister, Publisher of Words of Encouragement monthly newsletter, Mom of two toddler boys and devoted Christian wife to her best-friend a passionate apologists and hard working provider for his family JosephFincher.net
Facebook Pages:
Words of Encouragement
Fincher Family Ministry

How to support this ministry: purchase a book on Amazon free e-book for prime members, send stamps we also use 2nd ounce stamps, post card stamps, encouraging cards, and post cards to Kim Fincher, PO Box 2072, Corsicana, TX 75151, send a paypal offering to kimbfincher@gmail.com all offerings go to the cost of publishing and distributing Words of Encouragement newsletters out to 100+ inmates/prisoners each month.

have a blessed day, in Christs love and service,

Sister Kim Fincher

What does the Bible say about Contentment?


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Question: "What does the Bible say about contentment?"

Answer: One dictionary defines contentment as “the state of being mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are.” Today it is rare that we find anyone who is truly content with his or her condition in life. The Bible has a great deal to say about contentment—being satisfied with what we have, who we are, and where we’re going. Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” (Matthew 6:25).

In essence, Jesus is telling us to be content with what we have. Moreover, He has given us a direct command not to worry about the things of this world. Then He adds, “For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well” (Matthew 6:32-33). From Jesus’ words, we can deduce that lack of contentment is sin and it puts us in the same category as those who do not know God.

The apostle Paul was a man who suffered and went without the comforts of life more than most people could ever imagine (2 Corinthians 11:23-28). Yet he knew the secret of contentment: “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:12-13). The writer to the Hebrews adds, “Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we may boldly say: ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” (Hebrews 13:5-6). Yet people continue to seek after more of the things of this world, never contented with their lot in life. The bumper sticker that reads “He with the most toys wins!” epitomizes the world’s cravings for more and more.

The latest global statistic shows that if one has a roof over his head and a meal on his table he is richer than 93 percent of the world’s population. If a person wears a pair of shoes he is richer than 75 percent of the people in the world. In the United States alone, credit card debt averages more than $16,000 per household, and we are still discontented. Solomon, the wisest and richest man who ever lived, said, “Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless” (Ecclesiastes 5:10).

“Be content with such things as you have” means as believers such should be our trust and confidence in God that we should be satisfied with our condition regardless of our circumstances. For we know assuredly that if we are faithful God will cause all things to work together for our good (Romans 8:28).

To worry means we do not trust God. The key to overcoming our discontentment and lack of faith is to find out who God really is and how He has been faithful to supply the needs of His people in the past. Such study will grow one’s confidence and trust for the future. The apostle Peter said it succinctly: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:6-7).

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About the writer Kim Fincher is a self-published writer, Prison Minister, Publisher of Words of Encouragement monthly newsletter, Mom of two toddler boys and devoted Christian wife to her best-friend a passionate apologists and hard working provider for his family JosephFincher.net
Facebook Pages:
Words of Encouragement
Fincher Family Ministry

How to support this ministry: purchase a book on Amazon free e-book for prime members, send stamps we also use 2nd ounce stamps, post card stamps, encouraging cards, and post cards to Kim Fincher, PO Box 2072, Corsicana, TX 75151, send a paypal offering to kimbfincher@gmail.com all offerings go to the cost of publishing and distributing Words of Encouragement newsletters out to 100+ inmates/prisoners each month.

have a blessed day, in Christs love and service,

Sister Kim Fincher

Monday, March 28, 2016

The Day After

Scripture reading: John 11
What do you do the day after easter ressurection day?
We celebrate our life in Christ! What are you thankful and hopeful for today?

Saturday, March 26, 2016

The World and the Word of God



The War between the World and the Word of God:
Today we celebrate Jesus dying on the cross for our sins and defeating hell. He spends a day down there preaching to the prisoners in sheol and when He goes to heaven he leaves us an important instruction: wait for the Holy Spirit and then Go into all the world preaching the Good News-the Gospel message that Jesus saves.
It’s a war going on closer to home than you might imagine. The war is between the world and the word of God. Which side are you on? Who is fighting in this war? This war is being fought between unbelievers; also known as the lost and their head commander is satan-the devil; and believers of Christ Jesus and the word of God or Christians and their leader is God and their guidebook is the Holy Bible.
In the world people worship many “gods” also known as idles. Examples are money, success, fame, wealth, intellectual success or achievement, physical success of one’s body, and are devoted to many past-times which involve self-indulgence and entertainment. Believers are devoted to Christ and the word of God. They have overcome the world and its lustful temptations. They are not prideful or self-sufficient but instead rely on God’s will and plan each day of their lives.
Now there’s an invisible scale between people of the world and believers. At one end is someone completely “on-fire” for God and totally committed to their faith in Christ and from there we have luke-warm Christians who are neither hot or cold, they just want to blend in and then theirs those who are completely cold, they have lost their fire, their faith and even though they believe they are just as useful to God as unbelievers and more useful to satan because of their lack of faith to do anything for the kingdom of God or stand up for their faith in Christ.
So where do you see yourself at on this scale? Here is an example to help you evaluate where you are and where you’d like to be.
Worldly values vs. Christian virtues:
The people of the world value possessions, stuff, games, books, and music that are not witnessing about God or in any way praising the Lord, but are the opposite of what is written in the bible about what is lasting spiritually. Christian virtues are faith, hope and love. This is the foundation of our belief. We find faith in God, hope in Christ and love through a changed heart through the Holy Spirit. The games, books and music that we play, read and listen to reflect who we are in Christ.
Let’s look at some text from 1 Corinthians on the World’s Wisdom and God’s Wisdom:
Vs. 18. The message of the cross is foolish to those who are headed for destruction! But we who are being saved know it is the very power of God.vs. 21 “Since God in his wisdom saw to it that the world would never know him through human wisdom, he has used our foolish preaching to save those who believe.” Vs. 27 “Instead, God chose things the world considers foolish in order to shame those who think they are wise. And he chose things that are powerless to shame those who are powerful.
We are going to be seen as foolish to non-Christians, are family members who haven't confessed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour or those who say they are Christian and believe but they are luke warm, do not belong to a church body, aren't following God's calling or even know the Holy Spirit, they pray but show no fruit of their faith and they fit in  with everyone else who doesn't believe, cussing, drinking, partying, smoking, lying on occasion, lusting in the flesh, they have no foundation so will easily slip and fall with no support of Brothers and Sisters in Christ as their accountability is only to themselves. A true believer and follower of Christ-Disciple will fall but have support immediately available in their church body to pull them up, pray for them, with them, allow them to confess their sins out loud, and begin the healing process. Do not deny the power of the Church Body it's the refreshing center for fighters of the faith, it's the medics ward, the emergency room, and the resting ground. Our body must be strong for believers as a whole to be strong in the war between the world and the word. That's why defending our faith also known as apologetics is so vital and important. That's why devotion to studying the Word and praying and confessing the Word is so important as it becomes our hearts armor.
Facebook Pages:
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Fincher Family Ministry

How to support this ministry: purchase a book, send stamps, send a paypal donation to kimbfincher@gmail.com all donations go to the cost of publishing and mailing Words of Encouragement newsletters out to 100+ inmates/prisoners each month.
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have a blessed day, in Christs love and service,

Sister Kim Fincher






Friday, March 25, 2016

Christs Death and Victory



"Christ suffered for our sins once for all time. He never sinned, but he died for sinners to bring you safely home to God. He suffered physical death, but he was raised to life in the Spirit. So he went and preached to the spirits in prison--those who disobeyed God long ago when God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat. Only eight people were saved from drowning in that terrible flood. And that water is a picture of baptism, which now saves you, not by removing dirt from your body, but as a response to God from a clean conscience. It is effective because of the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Now Christ has gone to heaven. He is seated in the place of honor next to God, and all the angels and authorities and powers accept his authority." 1 Peter 3:18-22

Today we reflect on the Crucifixion of Jesus Christ it's called good friday by the world but we know it was the worst fate for our Saviour. Let's honor Him this day for the great sacrifice He made to bring us to the Father, pure, whole, and blameless. By the stripes of Jesus we are made new.

For more on Good Friday.

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Fincher Family Ministry

How to support this ministry: purchase a book, send stamps, send a paypal donation to kimbfincher@gmail.com all donations go to the cost of publishing and mailing Words of Encouragement newsletters out to 100+ inmates/prisoners each month.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Our Purpose

My purpose for starting this blog now website in 2012 was to Honor God and reach prisoners once they get out with the same Words of Encouragement they received in prison. to say i've gotten off track would be an understatement. I let this site go in all directions but now I'm taking it back to what it was meant to be a daily devotional for Christian support and encouragement. I'm not concerned with followers or viewers as I was but will instead focus on my daily devotion to God and that's what will make this daily devotional site great and bring the most benefit to Disciples of Christ.

I hope to see many people leave and many new people join. Praying true followers of Christ will be the ones to follow and view my devotionals each day.

in Christs love and devotion,

His Servant,

Sister Kim Fincher

Monday, March 14, 2016

Cut Your Health and Beauty Budget in Half!



Tip 1: Switch brands- do Not be brand loyal
 a. Don't be afraid to try a dollar store or generic store brand of the same product
     1. toothpaste, mouthwash, shampoo, bodywash, soap, hand soap
         examples of savings: name-brand mouthwash; $4.99, generic: $2.99 50%
           n.b. toothpaste: $3.99, generic: $1-75%
           n.b. shampoo-$4.99, less expensive brands $2.99
           n.b.bodywash- $5.99-store brand $3.99
Tip 2: Buy the bigger bottles of the generic store brand and match with a coupon when available (in-store coupons are available if you have an heb on their generic and store brand items)
always check the labels for cost per floz to see how much you can save this way sometimes it's cheaper to buy the smaller so always check and compare.

Tip 3: When possible buy one product for your whole family such as shampoo and body wash this alone will save a big chunk of change if you're only buying one of each items instead of 3-5 and buy the bigger one so it lasts longer and sometimes save you a few cents per oz too.

Tip 4: Stop wearing makeup- I know some are thinking how extreme but really in the long run this will save you not only a lot of money but a lot of years too and it's a challenge to see you're beauty without face cream and mascara. Not to brag but i've stopped wearing all makeup for at least a year and it helps to not stare in the mirror all the time and knitpick your flaws, lol.

Tip 5: Look up all the ways you can use Baking Soda and Vinegar I use to whiten my teeth and clean my face once or twice a month and use in the toilet and sink and bathtub to clean and vinegar you put in a spray bottle to clean the floor and walls and toilet.
     


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