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Our Christian Faith

Our trust in God began many years before we even met each other! We can both see now how God was molding us and making us ready to be each other's marriage partner way back then. We both truly believe that God has put us together for a reason and that He will use us in His divine plan for His glory and purpose.

We have been married now since 2/20/88 and are closer to God than ever before. When we first got married, we both committed the marriage relationship to God and asked Him to bless us and show us His plan for our lives. We truly believe that putting God first in our lives is what has enabled us to make it through the tough times.

We have had many trials to face and overcome throughout our marriage—such as Jacki's chronic debilitating illness, the loss of 2 grandparents, Jacki's mother, several aunts and uncles, and later on losing both of Gorden's parents. Especially hard was the loss of our little Dusty—our fur-baby for many years. It is trials such as these that have brought us closer to God and helped us to rely on Him more and more. When nothing makes sense, it always helps to remember that God is in control and that He is still working out His perfect plan for us. He has carried us through every trial, just as He promised He would, and we can give thanks even in them (not necessarily for them!) because we know that God can take whatever the enemy throws our way and meant for our harm and use it for our good! (Romans 8:28 – "And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them." and Genesis 50:20 – "As far as I am concerned, God turned into good what you meant for evil. He brought me to the high position I have today so I could save the lives of many people."

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Jacki's Testimony

Conversion from Roman Catholicism to Biblical Christianity

First, I want to say that I am not trying to "bash" Catholicism in any way—I am simply sharing my own personal story and how the Lord led me to dig deeper into the Bible to learn of its truths and of the great news of salvation through Jesus Christ! Imagine thinking you were a Christian your whole life—only to realize that you didn't even truly understand the meaning of the word! I do believe there are many Catholics who are true believers, and I would never want to hurt anyone. However, I was once Catholic myself and was totally in the dark about salvation through grace, and that's why I feel the need to tell the story of my conversion. If you are Catholic and are not sure about your salvation, please take the time to read this! If you are Catholic and you are a "true believer", saved by the grace of God, then praise the Lord! Please read my story for what it is—simply my story and how I felt I almost missed out on Christianity completely!


I grew up in a loving family who attended the Catholic Church regularly—not just my immediate family, mind you(!)—but my entire family (aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, etc.) was Catholic! I was a regular participant and played the organ at church and also was a leader in the "folk choir" for most of my teenage years. In short… I was as "Catholic" as they come!

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Did You Know...?

That You Could KNOW you have eternal life?

"I write this to you who believe in the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life" (1 John 5:13)

– What peace and joy to know we will be with the Lord in heaven at our death! This makes the problems we face on earth seem so small!!


That we obtain this assurance through faith in Jesus Christ—NOT by our own goodness?

"God saved you by his special favor when you believed. And you can't take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it." (Ephesians 2:8-9)

– We boast ONLY of what CHRIST has fully accomplished for us (not of our own goodness). Salvation is a GIFT from God, so it's not necessary for us to try to earn it—just to accept it!


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The TRUE "Good News"!

The Gospel of Jesus Christ

– written by Jacki shortly after her conversion

Most people are under the assumption that in order to get to heaven, all they have to do is live as good a life as they can and hope for the best. They believe that if they sin too many times, they'll be sent to hell and be separated from God. They don't realize that when Christ came to earth and died for our sins, He paid the price for our forgiveness and opened the door for us to enter into God's "family". No "works" could ever get us to heaven—the only way is to trust Christ as our Savior. Works are done after salvation (like icing on the cake!)—not to get saved, but because we are saved! For us to keep trying to "earn" our salvation is the same as someone who buys something, pays for it in full, and yet keeps going back to the store to try to pay for it over and over again!

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Just Let Go!

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A Spiritual Experience…

– by Jacki

Spiritual experiences can happen in the most unusual ways and at the most unusual times! I believe they are all around us—if we just keep our eyes and hearts open and look for them!

For example, one day several years ago as I was driving to work, I noticed a little bug on the window of my car. The force of the wind hitting against the car was so strong—the little bug was holding on for dear life! His little wings were being ravaged by the "fierce winds", and he thought he had to fight and hold on so as not to be destroyed.

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Scriptures to Strengthen Your Faith

Gems from God's Word

(For learning to trust Him and give your problems to Him completely!)

Scriptures taken from "The Book" ("The Living Bible")


1 Peter 5:7

Let Him have all your worries and cares, for He is always thinking about you and watching everything that concerns you.


John 14:27

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid.


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What is Blind Trust in God?

Learning to Trust God Completely!

– by Gorden and Jacki

What is blind trust? Good question. Blind trust is when you put your total—and I mean TOTAL, FULL, ALL, EVERYTHING—trust in God. But what most of us do is we give the problem to God for a little while (or only give certain parts of the problem to Him—hanging onto parts ourselves!), and then when things don't go the way we think they should, we run and get our problem back! And, when we do this, God CANNOT work! Maybe what we want isn't coming as soon as we think it should. Or things are not going the way we hoped. Or we try to help God along—boy, what a mess!!

Asking God for something is a little like using a credit card: When we ask for something, we "give Him the card." As long as He has it, He can work. But when we "take it back"—for whatever reason—He has to stop working and wait for the "card" back. And when we try to help God out, we wind up with the "card stuck in the machine"—and then nothing gets done until we get our hands out and let God work! But now he has to fix the "mess" we made before He can start!

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Trusting God With Complete Abandon

potter and clayAn Interesting Twist on the "Potter and the Clay" Story!

– by Jacki

A while back, as I was awakening from a good night's sleep and hadn't fully "come to," I had such a profound spiritual experience, that I wanted to share it…

I had been pondering what it really means to surrender ourselves "with complete abandon" to God—even in the difficult times. Suddenly, an "image" came to mind so clearly and vividly that I knew it was God who put it there! I don't know about you, but I believe that God has a wonderful sense of humor!! This "image" was so funny, that I started laughing. Mind you, it was 8:00 a.m. and I was still in bed, but the more I thought about this image, the funnier it got—and the more I laughed! My dogs looked at me like I'd lost my mind!

I thought of the analogy of the "potter and the clay" and how we're supposed to let God be the potter and we are the clay so He can mold us and make us into what he intended us to be. Well, I imagined a lump of clay laying on a table and a sculptor standing over it, preparing to create something beautiful. Suddenly, the clay jumps up and starts shouting, "No! No! Don't touch me! I don't want you to work on me!"

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Comfort for Those Who Mourn

Scriptures to Bring Comfort

– compiled by Gorden and Jacki after the loss of Dusty

(Scriptures taken from "The Amplified Bible" – all emphasis mine)


Psalm 23:4

Yes, though I walk through the deep, sunless valley of the shadow of death, I will fear or dread no evil, for You are with me; Your rod (to protect) and Your staff (to guide), they comfort me.


Psalm 25:14-17

The secret (of the sweet, satisfying companionship) of the Lord have they who fear (revere and worship) Him, and He will show them His covenant and reveal to them its deep, inner meaning. My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He will pluck my feet out of the net. Lord, turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted. The troubles of my heart are multiplied; bring me out of my distresses.


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