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October 2016

Christian Family Spotlight

This section is dedicated to the highlight of a spectacular Christian family in America.  These families are not perfect, but they reflect the spiritual growth that we want for all families and the real challenges that they face with everyday life.
The Hill Family
Philadelphia, PA

An interview with Mrs. Kate Hill
Paint us a picture of your family and how you interact with one another (include husband, children and grandchildren, names, ages, where they currently live, and what you do when you get together) 
My husband of 32 years, Cort, and I are parents to two daughters and two granddaughters. Our daughters are 29 and the 45, yes and it’s a long story but full of God’s grace. The granddaughters, one from each, are 2 and 17. My husband is a retired engineer who now teaches math twice a week at a local college. I am still working full time, more than full actually. Our oldest lives about an hour away and the youngest 10 minutes so we see her several times a week as she is home with the little one.  The other two are so busy; it’s hard to catch them except to watch a soccer or basketball game.
What does your average week look like?  (Hard for you since you are everywhere!)
My weeks are very full and I still travel a lot around the country. The travel makes it hard to find normalcy in the week. When I’m not on the road, I go in to the office every day usually 8 to 5. My wonderful husband does all the grocery shopping and much of the cooking. That’s just one of the ways I am blessed.
How do you balance home life and work life?  (Include how you are able to spend time with your husband, kids/grandkids, church, and still have personal time)
Balance has always been a challenge for me. We always take time for church on Sunday morning and evening for our church community group. Of course there is always time for Grandkids. I think that is God’s greatest gift after Salvation. So I have to say, personal time is the most lacking. I read several short devotionals throughout the day. It winds up being 5 minutes here and 5 there. The other personal time is the last hour of the day when you will almost always find me in bed with a book. I do have a ladies bible study at home every other Thursday which is a huge blessing to me. We are studying Roman’s this fall.
How is your faith displayed in a daily basis?
Hopefully my faith is displayed daily just in the way I live. I’m always praying that my daily activities are glorifying to Him. It isn’t always easy in the corporate world. I frequently encounter other believers in my travels and greatly enjoy exchanging encouragements and testimonies.  Several of these encounters have blossomed into close and lasting friendships, which just recently included a Beth Moore simulcast, which was amazing.
What is a significant opportunity that you have had to share your faith with others?
Just two weeks ago, I stopped to talk with a seemingly homeless young man in Boston. He was so lost and we talked about what Jesus could do for him, how he is loved and his need to find a good bible teaching church. He did say he had a bible but had never read it. I love to encourage people to read the Bible. It’s so full of wisdom and truth and has everything we need to live here on earth.
What are some of the greatest challenges that you face on a daily basis, and how do you overcome those challenges?
With respect to work, I am seriously overloaded with customer interactions, preparing quotes, scheduling trips, interpreting government directives related to the myriad of customer questions related to their special situations.   With respect to family, I have a difficult relationship with my older daughter who has made some bad choices in her life, which has now limited my access to her daughter and my grand-daughter.  I desire much more access and opportunity to be a grandmother to her.  I pray regularly that the Lord will guide and direct improvement in these relationships. The biggest lesson I have learned from this challenge is that I can’t fix it. Believe me I’ve tried, but the Lord convicted me that I needed to turn it all over to Him. Since that day, I have much more peace. He is always to good, so forgiving and so very patient.

5 Powerful Prayers

If you ever feel at a loss for what to pray, there’s no better guidebook for petitions to our Heavenly Father than the very book He wrote—the Bible. Almost every book in there contains a plea or request, and page after page points to another reason we need a Savior. 

Although we could list hundreds of prayers, we plucked out five of our favorites to show just how filled to the brim the Bible is with ways to call upon our great God.


What is Christian Apologetics

Apologetics is simply defending Christianity and providing good sound reason for believing it.  
Regardless of the category you find yourself, make sure you are always prepared to defend the hope you have in Jesus Christ just as He commanded.

This commentary will help to explain apologetics an educate you on how to defend your faith.


8 Ways to Beat Temptation

In order to be the church that Jesus desires from us, we must reject sin from our lives and hold one another accountable. This is perhaps the most important thing that we can do to grow closer to God.

We all face temptations of many kinds. God wants us to beat them. We don’t have to sin, as powerful as temptations feel. Here are 8 ways to gain the victory.


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