Mary (Miryam) was up that early morning completing her tasks.  A friend of hers had traveled and stopped to tell her family a strange story.  There had been the usual burning of incense and prayer at the Temple by Z’kharayah (Zachariah).  She had heard that there was a vision seen by him that made him mute and communicating with signs.

This had been the time when the angel Gabriel (Gavri’el) had announced the arrival of John the Baptist to be born to him and his wife.  Z’kharayah (Zachariah) did not believe this and his speech was taken from him until the birth.

This may have been the story of young Mary, the mother of Jesus.  No one really knows exactly what her young life was like.  Nor do they know exactly how old she was when the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit) would come over her, and the power of Ha ‘Elyon would cover her.

The Power of God, Adonai, would bring the only Son of God, the holy child to be born to Mary.

Luke 1:26-38 New International Version (NIV)

The Birth of Jesus Foretold

26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. 28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”

29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. 30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. 31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”

34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”

35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called[a] the Son of God. 36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. 37 For no word from God will ever fail.”

38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.


This is not all there is to this special time of motherhood.  Pregnancy is the beginning of life as we know it.  The Lord has taught us this through Mary’s own “perfect conception”.  Listen to what Adonai tells us now in His great majesty of a mystery.


Luke 1:41-45 New International Version (NIV)

41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”


Many mother’s will have a wonderful day this coming Sunday.  Perhaps one they may call perfect.  If I may be so bold to say that I think Mary had the Perfect Mother’s Day ever.






By Joan Allen Pfeiffer

Dear God above all that is,
If you can hear my voice.
I am alone this Christmas Eve.
Without my mother in Heaven.

Please give her a hug from me;
A kiss would be nice as well.
The only present I would like
Are snowflakes out side my door.

I know you can do this Jesus,
It is your birthday after all.

To celebrate with snowballs
Just like we did last year
Would be the best gift of all.

Thank you dear Jesus, I pray.

P.S. I love you.

Psalm 8:1-2 New International Version (NIV)
1 LORD, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
2 Through the praise of children and infants
you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
to silence the foe and the avenger.

The first Christmas approached after her mother went to Heaven. Three months before this time, her life had seemed complete. Her tenth birthday had come and go without the celebration of cake, laughter, or presents. Her two brothers were as bruised with the hateful comments made about their mother’s suicide. They were left in the corners of darkness.

Christmas Eve she and her brothers had been invited to a dinner. A kind lady met them at her door with the warmest hug. Her name was Mrs. Peterson. She was one of their teachers at school.

There was a huge decorated tree with many presents. Other children were around the table filled with fine foods and drinks fit for a king. She asked for all the children to please bow their heads for prayer. After the Amen, the fun and joy began again.

She and her brothers went to ask Mrs. Peterson a question about prayers. They wanted her to pray for God to return their mother to them. She explained that God had wanted their mother to be with Him. He needed her in Heaven. She prayed with them to believe that Jesus would be with them always.

So that night when the little girl was by herself in the bedroom, she prayed. She prayed a simple prayer wanting to believe. She wanted Jesus to celebrate His birthday with her tomorrow. She wanted to believe He would answer her prayer for snow. She looked at the stars outside her window with no clouds in sight. Still she believed. P.S. “I love you”, she said. She believed.

The next morning she jumped out of bed, and looked out the window before her eyes could open all the way. There it was! Snow!! It was still snowing!! She opened her window, and shouted, “Thank you Jesus, Happy Birthday!”

She knelt by her bed, and a tear fell down her cheek, “I believe, and I love you Jesus. Hug and kiss my Mommy, please!”








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So many dates in history have become unforgettable. One that sticks to the minds of many is April 14, 1912. The Titanic thought to be unsinkable, did indeed split into two pieces and fall to the bottom of the sea that day.

Through many years of study as to what caused this great ship to sink, one change became of an utmost importance. The U.S. Navy has spent a great deal of time to perfect this.

The exact space of this portion within a ship demands precise placement. It will decide whether the buoyancy of the ship will be watertight enough if the hull is damaged.

Since 1949 the USN has used different coding to match the placements in an identity frame. The port side and the main deck along with all the other bow derivatives on the ship are so centered in tune. One A-W difference could simply throw the success of “sink or swim” off.

Are we in a compartment? Let’s see what this might mean to us with Jesus.  There was a storm, a squall actually written about in Mark 4:35-41. Jesus was in the boat with His disciples and there were other boats alongside them too. I think we miss that part. It was not just the disciples in this squall but many others as well.

Verse 37 says; “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped.” Jesus was resting and the disciples were afraid asking if He cared if they would drown or not. Jesus got up and told the winds to be silent and the waves to be still. The water became calm.

Jesus asked them in verse 40; “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?”

Now let me take you to the doors used in the compartments of a ship. There are three types commonly used. They are closed watertight doors, closed weather tight doors, and joiner doors.

The analogy here is the doors.

Jesus Teaches and Says
Matthew 7:7 (NIV)
Ask, Seek, Knock

7 “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.”

Are you in a compartment? Have you knocked on the door of Jesus?

I have prayed for you in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The three doors in One. Amen.

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DECEMBER 7, 1941


After Hurricane Irma many stores were overloaded with people and aisles were empty. As quickly as stockers loaded the items, they were emptied.

I pushed my cart into a long line at the register. There were a few Army soldiers ahead of me. In short conversation they revealed their assignment to assist those in need. Each of them held a few items. Without further thought I knew what I needed to do. They were giving of themselves to us and I wanted to give of us to them. Insistently enough I convinced them to allow my purchasing their items.

The total was completed and I had my card ready when the lady at the register said, “They were already paid for.” The man ahead of all of us in line had paid for them. He knew I was going to pay and I stared at him, he smiled and said, “You need to pay for the ones behind you.” Some soldiers had come up behind me without my knowing. God’s wonderful plan! I like to call this “the kindled message”, because many came through this line for the same purpose again and again.

No, this is not the first time this has happened in our community store. In the holidays, many will see that the family has told their children they cannot afford a pie for Thanksgiving or even a turkey. So, they will take the family shopping for a whole cart of food. The same occurs for Christmas. We see them counting their change and putting something on the side for lack of enough, and we pay for all of it. The “kindled message” is always free in our community and is full of smiles and love.

Do you think those Army men will be happy to be assigned here again? Do you think there are many times that Jesus is seen and shared in this Light of Love and sharing in our community? The “kindled message” is something Jesus showed us how to do. I have no doubt in my heart that these will always be great days to His purpose.

I tried to think of a place this happened in the Bible. Actually it takes more prayer to get this answer easily. I am sure most will remember this when I tell of it.

(John 4:4-42) This special reading of the Bible tells us a wonderful and amazing story that kind of fits the “kindled message”.

Jesus meets with this Samaritan woman. So this starts out “Amazing” since men were not supposed to meet with women alone nor did Jews meet with Samaritans.

Jesus tells her He knows everything about her! This kind of frightens her at first because her life has been so sinful, just like all of us. How could He know things no one else knew? She at first calls Jesus a prophet and says she has heard about the Jews bringing the Messiah. Jesus tells her He is the Messiah. Now she understands and believes in Jesus! His word is the “kindled message”.

She goes to the town and told them about Jesus and how He knew everything about her. She shares the “kindled message”. How she believes that He is the Messiah! She told them they had to meet Him. Then many of them met Jesus and became believers also. They started to say they did not need to believe her testimony now because they believed in Jesus.

The “kindled message” is alive and well today. We share Jesus and our testimony of why we believe. Through sharing and giving, others come to our church and believe too. Then they come down that aisle to believe as well and give their testimony. The town becomes a community of believers giving and loving in Jesus! They all become messengers of Christ!

Romans 10:17 “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.”


So, here is the challenge to each spirit who reads this, read the Bible to find out about the “kindled message”. You will be amazed!



By Joan Allen Pfeiffer

Looking at this blank page,
I wonder “is it really blank;
Or has Jesus already written
The unseen type we fancy?”

Now dreamy visions awaken
His Ferris wheel of letters.

Jesus lightly blows the note
To the light that illuminates His brand.


“Just a whisper”, He says.

Jesus is the beginning and the end. He knows chariots and Ferris wheels alike. He certainly knows our dreams and desires. I wonder sometimes how often we have heard His whispers.

The anything and everything of Jesus is almost too much to endure in my little pea brain. Anything, drift off into anything for a moment. Where does that take you?

Would you sweep into the Garden of Eden with me? Remember that glorious time before the first day of sin? It was the beauty of all things near and wide. Never knowing hunger, pain, sorrow, tears or anger. Think of the dancing, the happiness of seeing God all the time and knowing His love without wondering if we could love Him back. Lush greenery grass and trees, butterflies fluttering, the lion and the lamb lying with one another in peace, and harmony engulfing every part of your spirit! Jesus is anything! Jesus is everything!

“Just a whisper”, He says.












The sport of fishing is very important to many areas of the world. This is a huge source of food for families in many areas.   Categories and stories of the best hooks, lines, nets, bait, and a plethora of sources fill many water lines.

Not only is this a recipe of scrumptious eating, it is also an art. It has become a well paying organized success. Who would have thought that a Huckleberry Finn rod attached to a simple line, with a red and white bobber, line and sinker, with a worm attached, would become this?

Just imagine the first little store that opened with the cartons of wriggling worms in dirt selling for five cents or so.   There would be some rods standing in a corner with lines wrapped around a roll or cardboard next to them. Maybe a wooden case filled with different sizes of bobbers sitting along a shelf next to some sharp hooks.

Yes, that little store could just have been a roadside sale. Now look at them. Look at the special competitions all over the world. There are specialties of sword fishing, shark fishing, bass fishing, crab fishing, and so many others.

So, here is Jesus, walking along the Sea of Galilee. He knows how important the fishing is to the men of the area. He knew His Master Plan as God in the flesh here also. He planned for these men to be fishers, His fishers of men.   Jesus’ purpose for them was to net other sinners (lift them) from the dark and tell them the good news. Jesus gives us the Gospel net to lift the lost from the dark waters to His light of grace.


We are all given the call of being His fishers of men.  This is our purpose as the children of God.  We toss the Gospel net that is made up of His love, grace, forgiveness of our sins, and the very part of Holy Spirit drawing us to His promises.  We share the goal of our faith the salvation of our souls.

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” John 3:16

No longer do we have the highway side streets of chapels.  Our world from the disciples of old to now have become far more than ever imagined.  We have exponential resources in wifi, blogging, iphones, and so many other communicative processes to share the Bible and Christian music.  Our Gospel nets are filling in ways Jesus planned long ago for just a time as this.







by Joan G. Allen Pfeiffer


Faith is like a seashell…

That is washed in the heart…

A promise that is heard…

And never will depart.


If you have ever held a conch shell to your ear you hear the waves of the sea. Did you ever wonder about that oceanic hum? You cannot see it, but you hear it.


There are no better words to describe faith than the Bible. God says it best.


Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”


Faith is working in you, yet it is not visible. In the morning we awake to the creation of the world that surrounds us and in the evening the stars above us. Your faith gives you the understanding of God’s formation command. “So that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” Hebrew 11:3b


What do you hope for?   What do you pray for? Some of us may say whom do I hope for or whom do I pray for? That oceanic hum we hear from the conch shell may carry that hope to your heart of faith. You hear His word like an ocean wave when Holy Spirit whispers it to you. Listen.


John 6:63 “The Spirit gives life, the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and they are life.” (Jesus tells us this)


During our childhoods there were so many questions we asked. One fond question I remember was about the fireflies. How did they light up at night? Perhaps you asked this question too or one similar.   Consequently maybe you also received an unexplainable answer. My grandmother would say, “Well I just don’t know, but God made them.” God was all she needed to explain anything. Do we have that much faith?


My Dad and I were walking over the pasture at the dark of night. The stars were twinkling above and he started showing me all the constellations he knew.   He said, “There is the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper, oh and the North Star”.   I asked him that huge question, “Where did those stars come from?” My Dad simply said without a blink, “God”.


Faith is the certainty of hope. Hope is God’s Love that holds His promises in your heart.





Psalm 104:2 (NIV)
2 The LORD wraps himself in light as with a garment;
he stretches out the heavens like a tent.

When my granddaughter was born, she developed a medical problem called jaundice. This is a problem with the excess bilirubin in the baby’s blood, and causes yellow skin and eye problems. Very serious complications can occur if not treated right away. The proper treatment involves lights usually in a bassinet, brightly shining on the body. The baby has to be turned every so often from front to back, and only wear a diaper.

Our new little granddaughter developed this after she came home. When my daughter called the doctor and he saw her, he gave her a prescription for something to be used at home.

This new medical treatment was a black two- layer blanket that had lights sewn inside like Christmas lights. The light shone through holes that were punched in between the layers. She was removed from her bassinet for feeding and changing and then under the blanket again. She was turned over again and again like a snowball rolling across the yard; you could hear her little cries now and again. The inserted lights were doing their work, and after a couple of weeks, the yellow disappeared.

There are those times in this world when we become “jaundiced”. We are not necessarily yellowed, but we are becoming a gray person. The darkness is allowed to creep in, and now instead of Jesus’ light shining in us, the world sees us darkly. He gives us a choice when to be treated. He is our Healer, but you need to ask Him for the prescription. Do you know what He would write? Can you even imagine Jesus as your doctor for healing? Well, He actually already wrote us one.

2 Corinthians 4:6 (NIV)
6 For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,”[a] made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

He says He made His light shine in our hearts. There is more though. He wants to give us knowledge. How? Through His God breathed scripture. There is a difference between listening and learning from the source. I have found it advantageous to pray before I read His Word and lay down all other thoughts. Holy Spirit is in us; He can certainly take over and breathe that Word into our minds.

The other part of treatment is Christ’s face to be displayed. How is this done? Talk to Jesus; He will not be away from you. He knows how to listen, He is full of knowledge, and He wants you to spend those times rolling in the yard with Him. Turn; turn like a sick baby does. Turn in His Light and away from the gray darkness.

Ephesians 5:8 (NIV)
8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.

Jesus has wrapped you in His blanket of Light as His child.



James 1:22-25 New International Version (NIV)

22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.

ALL of us who have studied History or English have been taught Greek Mythology. The story of Narcissus and Echo brought a likeness to this scripture for me. I had to refresh my memory a bit to grasp the content in prayer.

The story goes, the nymph Echo was in love with handsome Narcissus. Echo’s voice was altered due to a treachery against a goddess. She could only repeat what someone else spoke to her.

Echo finally had the courage to approach selfish Narcissus. The young man was as ugly inside as he was handsome outside. Upon their meeting Narcissus began to speak. Of course Echo repeated what he said. Narcissus was angry especially when she held him close to show him her love. He threw her to the ground stating he could never love her. Echo ran to her wooded home, wanting to die.

The gods and goddesses were affronted by Narcissus’ selfless being. They plotted a plan to make him understand the grief he had given Echo.   They filled Narcissus with the love of himself. He would fall so much in love with his own reflection in the water, he would not leave for anything or anyone. He was devastated to the disappearance of his love as his touch waved the fluid mirror away. Narcissus pined in despair and died because of his own defeated self.

God’s Word is alive! When we accept Jesus as our Savior, the Holy Spirit comes to share Love. We hear Him when we read but get so wrapped up in self that we turn away. We throw ourselves away from God for the pleasures of the world.

Notice that I have written we. Yes, I am just as much a sinner as everyone else. The difference is that I asked Jesus to save me from my sin. There is no broken vow on His part when we ask Him to save us. Does he need to hurl a skillet to knock some sense into us? Well, He has His own ways to remind us where He lives.

God breathed Words in the book of James tells us that we need to look at His Word intently.   This will keep His Truth in us away from the world. His Word He has given us living action in the Holy Spirit. We will love as He loves us, forgive as He forgives, and not be selfish.

We will be blessed in the doing of His Word, and not mirrored in the mire of self-indulgence.   We will not be like Narcissus, but we will be like Jesus.

Acts 17:28 New International Version (NIV)

28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’[a] As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’[b]



By Joan Allen Pfeiffer


God created man in His likeness,

We are not trapped in sin.

The Cross-is our Savior’s victory.

Jesus suffered there to win.


We are His beloved offspring,

Not an image of man’s design.

Jesus has proven His offering;

Salvation of your sins and mine.








(At your darkest hours, “where were you? Where did you go? His cross calls you in forgiveness and love.”)

Luke 23:32-43 (NIV)

32 Two other men, both criminals, were also led out with him to be executed. 33 When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left. 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”[a] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots.

35 The people stood watching, and the rulers even sneered at him. They said, “He saved others; let him save himself if he is the Christ of God, the Chosen One.”

36 The soldiers also came up and mocked him. They offered him wine vinegar 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself.”

38 There was a written notice above him, which read: 

“This is the King of the Jews,”

39 One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren’t you the Christ? Save yourself and us!”

40 But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? 41 We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.”

42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.[b]

43 Jesus answered him, I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

This robber who asked Jesus to remember him in His Kingdom, was never baptized. He had never done good works, he had never attended a tabernacle, and he certainly was not kind and loving to those he robbed.   Yet, he was the one who saw and believed in Jesus’ Kingdom at His last breath. He asked Jesus for forgiveness and Jesus by His grace forgave him while dying next to him.

Then: I asked Jesus, “Where were the disciples?   Where were the fishers of men? Where were those at your deepest hours to give the hope to others of Your Kingdom?”

Then this week before Easter Sunday, I found out why.  I heard the Living Word speak out the truth I had missed before.  That is what happens as we read with Him.  His Words live and breath and becomes our being.

It was written. The Old Testament has the prophecy that had to be fulfilled, like all the other truths of Jesus. So, His disciples were not supposed to be with Him.

Zechariah 13:7 and 8 “Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, against the man who is close to me, declares the Lord Almighty. Strike the Shepherd and the sheep will be scattered, and I will turn my hand against the little ones.”

This fulfills the Word of God for every prophecy of Jesus as answered.

Matthew 26:31 and 32 “ Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written: I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.”

John 19:25-27 “Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother, His mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene.   When Jesus saw His mother there, and the disciple whom He loves standing nearby, He said to His mother, ‘Dear woman, here is your son’, and to the disciple, ‘Here is your mother.’ From that time on, this disciple took her into his home.”

There is so much mockery and hate around Jesus on that cross. Do we know how that feels? Many Christians do.  Paul wrote about our sufferings for Jesus our Savior. Paul wrote he would count it all joy to suffer for Him.

Our perfect Savior suffered, He bled to death on the cross, and heard the vilest of words, and yet He still loved them all.   So can we expect any less than Jesus?   Can we expect to skip around the world’s darkness? Or do we make the Light shine?

I weep at the thought of forsaking my first love, my Jesus.  As I kneel at His cross and ask forgiveness, Jesus reminds me of His Words of Promises. Through His Love for us, we are forgiven forever.

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the House of the Lord forever”. (Psalms 23:6)

Where was I? Where was I when others were suffering and needed to know Jesus?   Where was I when people just like me were in desperation? Where was I when all others around me were hungry for the Truth? Where am I now?

Jesus asks us “Where are you?”

The robber on the cross makes this scripture come alive to speak:

 Romans 5:8 (NIV)

But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.

There is a new song in my heart since I first heard it. The world needs this song!

You and I can sing the same!

“The Cross meant to kill, is my Victory.” By David Crowder.

JESUS is The Victory! HE LIVES!