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If you have a Christian-based story of hope, survival, faith, and perseverance

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Visit Rodney Harrier's website and learn 15 reasons we should study the Bible chronologically.

Learn more about Rodney.

A poem by Rodney Harrier.

 Pain with a Purpose

Our world is a mess. It was in Jesus’ day, too.

Tired of corruption, perversion, and violence,

Israel wanted a savior to make things new.


There was also hypocrisy in religion, a double standard for them and you,

until a wise man named Jesus revealed their motives through and through.

He was not proud, but strong.

He refuted their arguments when they’re wrong.

The religious leaders plotted to get him to stumble, to slip, to fall,

to show that this miracle-working man wasn’t the Son of God

— he was a fraud!

But he was popular with the people,

he was compassionate and healed the blind, lame, and sick.

If you followed him long, you knew this was no trick!

Could this be the Messiah, the king that Israel had long sought,

to deliver them from Roman rule and the brutality they brought?


One day, this wonderful man, Jesus, rode into Jerusalem on the back of a colt.

The people shouted, Hosanna so loud that the earth seemed to tremble with a jolt!

Their praise shocked the religious leaders!

“Do you hear what they’re saying?

“Too loud, too bold!”

“Make them stop!”

“The Roman government will punish us,

our positions will be lost,

if we can’t control Jesus — no, that’s too high of a cost.”

A Purpose for Suffering

Jesus entered Jerusalem

but nothing happened—no battle, no war.

He simply looked around.

Jesus created no trouble, not even a disruptive sound.

This wasn’t his time, his throne to claim, his crown to wear.

He had something to do first, much suffering to bear.

His purpose set from heaven, his life he must give,

a ransom for sin’s slavery in which all people live.


Jesus tried to explain to his disciples God’s perfect plan of redemption,

but they didn’t understand; it was beyond their comprehension.

“You die? This’ll never happen!” they insisted.

Then the Lord rebuked them for the way they resisted.

“It’s God’s purpose for me; it’s His will,” Jesus said. “So, trust in the Lord and be still!”


A Crisis In the Garden

Jesus’ disciples sleep, but there’s none for the Lord.

Loneliness and strong tears; he must fight alone

Separated from God and his throne


Blazing Torches

A Kiss from a Betrayer

Soldiers seize

Disciples flee

Jesus stands alone

All night long they dragged him before mock trials, trying to find a criminal conviction before dawn, when he would face Pilate with the wrongs he had done.

Jesus knew before he came

 that he’d be subject to beating, humility, and shame.

The Crucifixion

For six excruciating hours

 Jesus bore our sins on the cross.

Blood dripped from his thorn-crowned head, his hands, and his feet, much loss.

 Each thrust upwards for another breath caused extreme pain to his hands and feet

and also to his thrashed backside, now like raw meat.

Again and again, this horrible scene played out

until finally, exhausted, Jesus finished it with a shout.

Yet it was God’s purpose to bruise him, to allow his Son to die.

To give many the hope of heaven where there’ll be no more tears to cry.



God’s Purpose for our Pain

The Lord’s purposes for us aren’t always easy,

We desire green grass and castles,

But sometimes there’re thorns and shackles,

or significant pain and hassles.

If we knew the path our Lord would have us take,

if it were difficult, would we stay or seek to escape?

But God’s Spirit will strengthen us if we trust him and persevere,

To live for God’s glory, and the gospel to share.

When we know God’s purpose for us, a mission he gives,

We can rejoice in the life he wants us to live.

So let’s be faithful and not seek a life of ease.

With God, we can accomplish much and have spiritual peace.

A Prayer of Thanks

Dear Father in heaven, we praise you for your Son who endured the cross and despised the shame for us, and now sits on the right hand of your throne in heaven.


Please help us keep our eyes on you and your kingdom, and meet our needs so we can courageously proclaim your message to a lost world, for this is your will.


Forgive our sin and selfishness, and help us forgive others so we can fulfill our purpose and give you glory and praise. Lead us away from the temptation to seek a life of ease and pleasure. May we forever glorify you. In the name of Jesus, we pray, Amen.





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It blessed me to be interviewed by

Jennifer Jackson on her radio show.

Part 1

Part 2

Learn more about Jennifer.

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Yahweh Sisterhood Book Club. Join Jo and Jody Hudson on May 13th at 3:00 p.m. EST.

We will use a new format for the book club. More information to come in May.

May is lime disease awareness month. We are reading, "My Promise to Alex," by Jody Hudson with Penelope Childers.

Alex's Story 

"After ten years of being misdiagnosed and labeled a “medical mystery”, Alex Hudson passed away on March 24, 2018 at the tender age of 22. It wasn’t until May of 2017 that Alex was properly diagnosed with Lyme disease and Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS). Sadly, by that point, the years of battling Lyme disease had taken its toll on her body. From her bed, Alex would ask the same question over and over again: “Are the doctors going to be able to help me?” 

A vibrant young woman who was known for her servant’s heart, Alex had been eager to further her education and attend UCLA with a full-ride scholarship. Unfortunately, Lyme disease and MCAS rerouted her path and she spent her final months rallying as a Lyme warrior. When she came to the realization that God had other plans for her, she asked her mother and best friend, Jody Hudson, to lead her crusade against Lyme disease and MCAS. The Alex Hudson Lyme Foundation was born out of Alex’s final wishes."

Powerful story and eye opening.

Karen Kingsbury --Inspirational fiction superstar” (Publishers Weekly) and #1 New York Times bestselling author of life-changing fiction returns with this high-stakes love story of danger, passion, and faith.

She was a child caught in a riptide in the Caribbean Sea. He was a teenager from the East Coast on vacation with his family. He dove in to save her, and that single terrifying moment changed both their lives forever.

Ten years later Jack Ryder is a daring secret agent with the FBI and Eliza Lawrence still lives on that pristine island. She’s an untainted princess in a kingdom of darkness and evil, on the brink of a forced marriage with a dangerous neighboring drug lord, a marriage arranged by her father.

This time when Jack and Eliza meet, there’s a connection neither of them can explain. Both their lives are on the line, and once again, the stakes are deadly high. Can they join forces in a complicated and dangerous mission, pretending to have a breathtaking love…without really falling?

Sometimes miracles happen not once, but twicealong a distant shore.

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