Monday, December 21, 2015

Have you ever had an epiphany?

* Stage design by Gary Brownell

This photo wasn't taken on Epiphany, but it is an actual church service where the Lord's power was present as they worship. The color and light come from stage design, but the illumination signifies God's presence, which you may not see, but feel..
By Ada Brownell

The twelfth night of Christmas for some ends in the Feast of Epiphany. In the United States it is known as Three Kings Day and falls on Jan. 6, 2015.
EPIPHANY IS A BEAUTIFUL WORD that even sounds like its meaning: Revelation, Shining Forth, Manifestation.

Striking appearance, an experience of sudden and awesome realization
I WROTE ABOUT EPIPHANY OBSERVANCES in other churches as a newspaper reporter, but I’ve never attended an epiphany service. Yet, as with every Christian, I experience epiphany often. I’ll be reading the Bible and suddenly a scripture will pop out, as when we lost our daughter to cancer: “But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone” (Hebrews 2:9)
THERE WAS THE DAY WHEN I WAS HAVING A PITY PARTY and telling the Lord He even said in this world we would have tribulation. Then I recalled the rest of what Jesus said in John 15:33, “Be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
THEN AS I WORRIED ABOUT MY NEW BOOK, Swallowed by LIFE: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal, coming on Amazon then I worried about how well it would do. We had other mountains in our lives that needed conquering and I was studying the faith chapter in Hebrews 11. One day I backed up into the last words of the previous chapter: “Do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise.
MATTHEW 4:16 IS A FLASH OF INSIGHT SHINING FORTH all year, but especially this season. “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. For unto us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called, Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. (Matthew 4:16).
GOD WARNED THE FIRST COUPLE if they ate the forbidden fruit, they would die. There in God’s garden, they became mortals. Their flesh would be subject to illness and dying, and it would affect every person born thereafter. YET, GOD IN HIS LOVE told them a Redeemer would come. Jesus is the Redeemer promised in Genesis 3:15 right after Adam and Eve sinned, and people walking in darkness have seen a great light.
Knowing the Redeemer has come and you can accept Him is EPIPHANY.
ADA NICHOLSON BROWNELL,BA mass communications, Colorado State University at Pueblo (formerly University of Southern Colorado), retired after 17 years as a newspaper reporter (the last seven years on the medical beat), mostly at The Pueblo Chieftain in Pueblo, CO. Certificate of Ministry, 1992, Berean College, Springfield, MO. 
She has sold more than 350 articles and fiction stories to 45 Christian publications and did one story on assignment for US Magazine. Author of Confessions of a Pentecostal (Gospel Publishing House 1978) and Swallowed by Life: Mysteries of Death, Resurrection and the Eternal (Amazon’s CreateSpace, 2011); Joe the Dreamer the Castle and the Catapult; Imagine the Future You; Facts, Faith and Propaganda; The Lady Fugitive, runner-up for the 2015 .

Additionally, her writing is included in:

21 days of Faith, edited by Shelley Hitz (2013)
The Christmas Miracle Book, edited and published by Cece Murphey and Marley Gibson, 2011.
A Cup of Comfort for Cat Lovers (Adams Media 2008)
A Cup of Comfort for Christians (Adams Media 2006);
What I Learned from God While Cooking, (edited by Cristine Bolley; Barbour Publishing, 2006)
50 Tough Questions, (Pentecostal Evangel Books, 2002).
Under His Shadow, compiled by Pat Broomfield Bradley (2015)

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