AuthorThaine Norris

As a follower of Jesus, I am a collector and publisher of faith testimonies to the glory of God.

Encouragement & Provision – Part 3

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My favorite story of God's provision is seen from the other side, when we got to participate in God's blessing on someone else. During our time in Juarez with International Family Missions we had the honor of working with dozens of churches and ministries, orphanages, safe houses, etc. By far my favorite place was a drug and alcohol rehab center for men called Agua Viva. It was a holy place...

Encouragement & Provision – Part 2

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The drive from Longmont, Colorado to Fabens, Texas usually takes about 11 hours. But for us, it was more than 20! The day after our great encouragement and anonymous provision we drove to our new home in Fabens, Texas. We had three vehicles in our caravan; a Subaru, a moving van with all of our worldly possessions, and a mini-van with all of our kids inside and two bicycles on top. We were...

Building a Palace

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Imagine yourself as a living house. God comes in to rebuild that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He is doing. He is getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on; you knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking the house about in a way that hurts abominably and does not seem to make any sense. What on...

Encouragement & Provision – Part 1

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Originally published May 28, 2018 n June 2005, our family moved to the Mexican border to work with an organization called International Family Missions (IFM) which existed to provide short-term ministry opportunities to families with children of all ages. We worked in Juarez, Mexico with orphanages, churches, feeding centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, safe houses, and people in the...

Freed

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Editor’s Note: Rotji Joseph is the librarian for the Jenta Reads Community Library. The library was born out of a desire placed by God into the hearts of a team of young people to #ChangeTheNarrative of their community, to provide hope and education, but most importantly, to bring the saving light and love of Jesus to anyone and everyone. Rotji is a personal beneficiary of God’s plan...

We Will Trust God

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This website came about because of an amazing and unlikely story in a land called Jenta, which is a ward of the city of Jos, Nigeria. You can read all about it, and see pictures, in a long article here called Into Jenta. In that story you will read about the humble beginnings of the Jenta Reads Community Library, which is a story of faith, and a story of prayer.

The Law Fulfilled Part Two – You Shall Know Them By Their Beards

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Jesus tells us, as recorded in Matthew 7:16, "You shall know them by their fruits." It may seem silly or even disrespectful to rephrase His words to be about facial hair, but it is actually a serious issue. Does true fruit include external religious practices? If so, then my HRM friends are set, because they have great beards. Some even have glorious beards, to which they add tzitzit (tassels on...

The Law Fulfilled Part One – The False Dichotomy

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Once during a conversation with an adherent to the Hebrew Roots Movement about how the Law of Moses is past tense he exclaimed, “So you’re saying the Law of Moses is passed? Does that mean I am now free to steal your stuff, or even kill you?” No, it doesn’t mean that. To think that is to fall into a false dichotomy logical fallacy.

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