Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day 2011

My article and special video on Memorial Day 2011 -- a sobering time calling us all to pray for those who gave their lives for our freedom -- can be read here on the San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

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Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © May 2011

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Voluteering & loving our neighbors

"Do not be overwhelmed by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:21).

Evil is rampart everywhere and the world seems to be getting darker and darker. Cataclysmic events and tragedies seem to be striking out from every angle. It can be overwhelming. So what do we do?

When we see the world falling apart and feel helpless, there is always still something -- even one small thing -- we can do. We can all volunteer in some capacity of other. We all have the opportunity to make a difference, to sow seeds of good, to overcome evil with good.

There are so many ways we can volunteer. Homeless shelters always need help. Elderly people often need a hand to keep their homes in order, or just to hear someone read to them, and local communities in general depend on volunteerism to function at their best.

All kinds of people volunteer, even atheists. But to the Christian, it's not an option. It's a commandment. Jesus commands us to be salt and light, to make a difference so-to-speak, and to reach out to others in need everywhere. He tells us to love others as we do ourselves. He tells us to show love by our actions. And you don't have to go to Haiti or India to do that. You can begin right in your local area, your neighborhood.

Still not sure what that looks like?

Read my latest article -- and check out this cool video -- on the weekend of service which takes place in North San Diego County each year here in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

Janey DeMeo M.A.

Copyright© May 2010

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Mother's Day & Foster Children

May is Foster Care Awareness Month. And it's when we celebrate Mother's Day -- a very painful time for many foster children and mothers.

Read my latest article on this topic here in the San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
Copyright © May 2011

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

National Day of Prayer

“…if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

May 5th 2011 marks the 60th National Day of Prayer and America will be abuzz with people praying together.

Read about the National Day of Prayer in my article The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

May this year's prayer day be the best ever. God knows, America needs prayer.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
Copyright © May 2011

The Prayer Dare

Just in time for The National Day of Prayer . . .

The Prayer Dare – Take the Challenge that will Transform your Relationship with God – by Ron Kincaid is by far one of the most comprehensive books on prayer I’ve read. And it’s easy reading.

Each chapter emphasizes a different aspect of prayer based on Scripture and provides practical illustrations leaving the reader with a dare—to practice prayer in the way outlined in the chapter.

Praying according to God’s will, praising Him for who He is, lamenting and confessing are just some of the topics covered in the book. Each chapter ends not just with a challenge (dare) but also with an opportunity to write down what you’re learning along the prayer walk and to thereby apply its message.

Author, Ron Kincaid, is a pastor, husband and the father of nine children. His testimony is one of a man who’s discovered the power of prayer.

The Prayer Dare. Read it. Put it into practice. Take the dare.

You can also read this review in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.
Copyright © May 2011

Sunday, May 01, 2011

The Brotherhood - A Precinct 11 Novel

The Brotherhood – A Precinct 11 Novel, by bestselling author, Jerry B. Jenkins is a page-turner with believable characters and a faith-building message. It reads like watching a movie (hint! hint! filmmakers).

The Brotherhood holds all the components of great fiction: tragedy, suspense, crime, gore, drama, and romance – entertainment at its best. If that were all, it’d be worth the read, but it gets better. The story also provides spiritual fodder.

The narrative surrounds Chicago cop Boone Drake and the immense tragedy of the worst kind of personal loss that tests the very core of all he is—especially his faith.

Although a regular church attendee, Drake had two main passions: his close family and his career. When his first passion was destroyed—literally—he tried to thrust himself into the second with hopes of becoming a Chicago gangbuster. But was he ready? Would his absence of solid faith affect his decisions and jeopardize any hope of promotion?

Drake soon learned that God’s plans included a lot more than a promotion; they included a change of heart.

Great novel for all who like pure entertainment.

Read how this book relates to San Diego in my latest article in The San Diego Christian Perspectives Examiner here.

Janey L. DeMeo M.A.

Copyright © May 2011