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Witness Well

Amanda’s Story: Escaping my life of Mormonism

My name is Amanda, I am 35 years old with a wonderful husband and two beautiful children. My story of escaping Mormonism begins, well, since I can remember. While growing up in the Mormon Church I never felt anything good. Never anything peaceful, nothing spiritual, nothing comforting. Most of all, I never felt the Lord …

A life of service begins at Jesus’ feet

Misplaced sacrifice breeds a heart of discontent. Jesus reminded Martha that truth and happiness rests in His life and the work he was about to do, not in something she was able to carry out on her own. Two miles outside of Jerusalem in the village of Bethany, two sisters invite Jesus into their home …

First things First: The importance of forgiving before praying

“But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive you your sins too.”  (Mark 11:25)  This verse comes after Jesus tells His disciples all that faith and prayer can do – it can move a mountain into the sea, and if we …

Exchanging Concerns of the World for Concerns of Christ

In Thornton Wilder’s play, “Our Town,” Emily Wilder asks a poignant question. “Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it — every, every moment?” Granted an opportunity after her untimely death to revisit her past, Emily chooses to observe her 12th birthday party. The reality of eternity rarely grasps the attention of …

How to set spiritual goals that receive God’s approval

People are sometimes inspired to set goals for themselves. Resolutions are made at the beginning of each year that are designed to improve a person’s well being. Some goals are associated with career and some seek to increase their wealth. Whatever the goal, a measure of sacrifice and discipline is required to accomplish them. What about …

How God grants the desires of our heart and make plans succeed

When we reflect upon our lives and see the hand of God carefully crafting and directing us according to his purpose and will, we come upon a different story that reflects God’s mercy and grace. Despite ourselves, it’s amazing how God’s will has a way to overrule our heart’s desire. God’s plans circumvents our plans. Yet, in doing so, God’s mercy and grace proceeds to give us far more than our hearts could have ever imagined.

Sharing God’s Word means trusting the power of the message not ourselves

Sharing the message of reconciliation between God and all people is really not about us, but about God. As a result, we can place our whole confidence in the power of the message, not ourselves. We withstand the temptation to judge the effectiveness of the message, by how a person responds. Some will accept God’s message, most will reject it. Our job as God’s ambassadors is to simply deliver the message trusting God’s promises that His Word is at work.

Taking God at His Word changes tragedy into triumph

David was really ticked. He thought he was doing what God wanted him to do. He thought that God would be pleased that the Lord Almighty was to be restored with honor and reverence by transporting the ark of the covenant back to Israel. David thought that God would honor their intent even though the …