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LOOKING for the LIGHT: How Does Praise Make Your Life Better?

How does PRAISE make your life better?

I think this post is so appropriate right before Thanksgiving. PRAISE does a few very special things when you are a child of the King. It’s a very powerful concept. Practice it daily and see the benefits that it brings for your soul.

Here are just a few ways PRAISE makes your life better:
1. PRAISE takes your mind off yourself and puts your focus on Him — and taps you into His Power and Great Love for you.

2. PRAISE lets you enjoy the current moment ~ and that’s the only place where you can do something good for your life.

3. PRAISE brings you into the presence of God.

The scriptures encourage us to PRAISE God: I will bless the Lord at all times and His PRAISE shall continually be in my mouth.

Enjoy your turkey day and KEEP PRAISING GOD!

God Bless You!

November 25, 2014 at 8:04 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom: What Every Christian Should Know About Ebola

Hi! Thanks for coming by!

NOTE: Sorry I’m a day late! We are still Tuesday people!

As is a tradition with my blog and my book Fresh Hope Cleveland, I’m sharing something of great importance with you today. Something to make your life better today and tomorrow. This is also a news worthy issue.

This is an article I saw on Facebook that I thought was well worth sharing with everyone on my blog. After all, I live in Cleveland, Ohio, and much has happened to our community since the one nurse from Dallas came here last weekend.

This is an informative article written by an infectious disease physician. It is shown hear to help you and give you more information not to put fear into your heart. I hope the article gives you insight and peace of mind about what we do know about Ebola.

Editors’ note: Along with being the senior pastor of the International Baptist Church in Santo Domingo, Dr. Miguel Núñez has practiced medicine in different capacities for more than 30 years. He is board-certified in internal medicine and in infectious diseases. He was also was an assistant professor of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine (1989-97) at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center in Englewood, New Jersey. For this reason we contacted him for information related to the current outbreak of the disease from the medical point of view and to offer some words of pastoral wisdom.

What Every Christian Should Know About Ebola

Last Wednesday, the world awoke to the news that Erick Thomas Duncan, the first patient diagnosed with Ebola in the United States, had died of the disease. He had traveled from Liberia to Dallas, Texas, Ebola-story

and developed symptoms of the disease four or five days after arriving in the states. This news—along with the information that a nurse had contracted the virus in Spain as a consequence of having been in contact with a patient diagnosed with the disease—has been seen as cause for alarm in the Western world.

What is Ebola?

The Ebola virus belongs to the family of filoviridae, which is capable of causing hemorrhagic fevers in a similar manner as does the dengue virus and other viruses.

Five different species of the Ebola virus have been identified, known under the names the Zaire, Sudan, Ivory Coast, Bundibugyo, and Reston agents. The virus was first recognized in 1976, and small outbreaks have been reported in different places with different mortality rates depending on the species of virus. The current outbreak in West Africa is being caused by the Ebola-Zaire species.

When did the current crisis begin?

An outbreak of Ebola was reported in Guinea late last year and confirmed by the World Health Organization this past March. This was the first outbreak in West Africa, though previous outbreaks of lesser magnitude had been reported in Central Africa. Unfortunately, the disease was not contained. In recent months it has expanded to Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Senegal.

To date more than 4,000 deaths have been reported and more than 8,000 cases suspected or confirmed. This current mortality rate is about 50 percent. In previous outbreaks, mortality has ranged from 30 percent to 90 percent.

How is Ebola transmitted?

Most of the current cases of the disease have occurred by transmission from person to person through contact with secretions from an infected patient—either blood, urine, feces, saliva, semen, or sweat. These secretions need to gain access to mucous membranes (conjunctiva, inside the lips and mouth or genitals) to cause infection.

Transmission may also occur when these secretions are exposed to skin that has lost its integrity (wounds, abrasions, and so on). To date there is no confirmation that the virus can be transmitted through the respiratory tract, as can the influenza virus. Some transmissions have occurred by accident in medical staff working with patients infected with the disease. Cases of the infection have also occurred through contact with affected animals.

Compared to previous outbreaks, the spread of Ebola has been rapid. Previous outbreaks occurred in isolated rural populations with a smaller number of people, unlike this outbreak that has spread in urban centers. Knowing that previous outbreaks were contained by implementing basic infection control measures allowed us to understand that the disease is potentially containable through measures already known to medical science.

What happens to the body during an Ebola infection?

Like any disease, once the causative agent enters the body, it is followed by an incubation period during which the patient may not show any symptoms. In the case of the Ebola virus, the asymptomatic period varies from 6 to 10 days, with a range from 2 to 21 days in extreme cases. To our knowledge, patients do not appear to be infectious during this asymptomatic period.

The disease can start with symptoms common to other viral illnesses: fever, chills, malaise, headache, lack of appetite, muscle aches, cough, sore throat. Some patients may develop an erythematous rash over the whole body, accompanied by symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea. Other symptoms may appear later in the disease, such as bleeding in the areas of venipuncture (area where the veins are punctured for blood sample or placement of an IV catheter).

These findings may be accompanied by a decrease in white blood cells (leukopenia), decreased platelets count (thrombocytopenia), elevated liver enzymes, abnormal coagulation tests, and injury to the lungs and kidney. Patients who survive the disease usually improve after the tenth day.

What are the reasons to be hopeful about the diseases containment?
1. The causative organism has been known for about 40 years.

2. Medical science could control previous outbreaks with known infection control measures, even when they were implemented in less sophisticated regions in terms of medical care.

3. Even in the midst of this crisis, the outbreak that began in Nigeria and Senegal in August seems to be contained due to implementing infection control measures. In fact, it has been more than a month since Nigeria has reported a new case (September 5 being the last one), likewise in Senegal, which has not reported a new case since August 29.

4. In 1998, a case of Ebola in South Africa was not recognized early and potentially exposed to about 300 people. However, only one of them was infected due to implementing infection-control measures. In the same country, 35 doctors and nurses were involved in the care of two patients with Marburg virus (from the same family as Ebola). Of those, only one became infected, although the two cases were not initially recognized.

5. Multiple laboratories are working nonstop to find an effective treatment for the disease, and we know of at least two cases of American citizens who received monoclonal antibodies and responded favorably. One even improved significantly between 20 to 60 minutes after receiving the infusion of the medication. Two other cases were treated in Atlanta with positive outcomes. Obviously, every patient needs to be individualized, since we do not know if others will respond in the same way.

How should we react to the threat of Ebola?

While this outbreak may have been a surprise for the world, it was not a surprise for our God. His unstoppable will continues under his inscrutable wisdom. Not one inch of the universe escapes the control of our Lord.

For those of us who believe in a sovereign God, we know we’re called to remain calm in the midst of the storm. We find confidence not only or primarily in the belief that science will control this outbreak or that we will not be affected. Rather, we hope in the Lord. As the psalmist said, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1).

Let believers be the voice of peace amid the confusion. While much of this disease is still unknown, it is equally true that panic will not help us. The unbelieving world needs to see our trust in God amid this difficulty.

More ….Miguel Núñez serves as senior pastor of International Baptist Church and president of Wisdom and Integrity Ministries in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He is a Council member of The Gospel Coalition. You can follow him on Twitter.

If you have any thoughts about Ebola, I’d welcome your comments.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!

October 22, 2014 at 7:49 pm Leave a comment

Wisdom ~ The Benefits of Right Thinking


As you know, I haven’t shared anything lately. That’s because I’m trying to work on my new books “Blue Sky and a Park Bench” and it’s devotional companion. I’ll share more with you later on.

~ Here’s some MORE WISDOM for you today much like the things you’ll find in my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland.

Something Simple But Yet So Profound:

Right Thinking = Right Living
Right Living = A Better Life.

Here’s the question. So how do you get RIGHT THINKING?
1. You get it by feeding you mind something great all the time.
2. You get it by saying positive things (self-talk).

Suggestions: Listen to Christian TV and radio. Read books by Christian authors that help you grow.

Make it a great week!

God Bless You!

September 30, 2014 at 8:11 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom: Things Happen For You


As you know, my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland, is all about RESOURCES. In Part 3 – I recommended 16 books that would be great resources for you. Here’s a little bit more about another book (a great resource) written by a writer/pastor. The WISDOM I am sharing today is all about how things happen FOR you. They do not happen to you.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!



“I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord,”Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jer.29:11) Oh, the beauty of the thrice-repeated word plans. God is plotting for our good. In all the setbacks and slipups, He is ordaining the best for our future. Every event in our days if designed to draw us toward our God and our destiny.

Things happen for you ~ for your good no matter what the challenge, the hurt, the tears. God has good plans for your life.

To learn more, read the first chapter of Max Lucado’s book, You’ll Get through This: Help and Hope for Your Turbulent Times.

July 15, 2014 at 8:14 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom: Forgiveness



~ As you know, my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland, is all about RESOURCES. In Part 3 – I recommended 16 books that would be great resources for you. Here’s a little bit more about another book (a great resource) written by a writer/pastor. The WISDOM I am sharing today is all about FORGIVENESS.

Make it a great day!

God Bless You!



Forgivness is not for the other person; It’s really for you!

Begin the process of forgiveness. Keep no lists of wrongs. Pray for your antagonists rather than plot against them. HATE the wrong without hating wrongdoers. Turn your attention away from what they did to you to what Jesus did for you. Outrageous as it may seem, Jesus died for them too. If he thinks they are worth forgiving, they are. Does that make forgiveness easy? No. Quick? Seldom. Painless?

To learn more, read the first chapter of Max Lucado’s book, You’ll Get through This: Help and Hope for Your Turbulent Times.

July 9, 2014 at 4:14 pm Leave a comment

Fabulous Fact #2 ~ Fresh Hope … Cleveland

~ Hi! Thanks for coming by. Today more about my book Fresh Hope ... Cleveland.

In honor of my author talk + book signing on Wednesday, June 11, I thought I'd give you a little bit of information about my book. There's still time to sign up for my book talk. The information is below.

Make it a great day.

God Bless You!



Fabulous Fact #2:

  • Fresh Hope ... Cleveland is a handbook of RESOURCES available right in your own backyard.


JUNE 11, 2014

Author Talk + Book Signing

North Royalton Public Library ~ 7 pm.

5071 Wallings Road ▪ North Royalton, Ohio 44133

~ To Register Call: 440-237-3800



May 27, 2014 at 9:45 pm Leave a comment

More Wisdom ~ Inner Beauty

~ More about my book Fresh Hope … Cleveland

A simple message today ~ but these pictures are worth a thousand words.


Inside every person flows a river of beauty.

About 20 years ago someone told me this about myself. I thought it was a wonderful thing to say about someone. I was deeply moved.

Each of the 12 rivers below has its own beauty ~ people have their own beauty too. Have you noticed that? If you look beyond the imperfections and see the hidden beauty in a person, you’ll see them as God’s sees them. Everyone has worth, value, and beauty ~ you just have to take a moment to find it.

God Bless You!



River Thjorsa — Iceland

Location ~ unknown

River in Hawaii ~ USA


Location ~ Heaven on Earth

Akerselva River, Norway


Lappland ~ Norway






Beiar River, Norway

Idaho ~ USA

Salmon River, Idaho ~ USA

Kennebec River, Maine ~ USA





May 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm Leave a comment

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