God’s effortless change and what that means for you

God’s effortless change and what that means for you

| Written by Andrew Wommack | Do you know that God has more for you than you’re experiencing? If you’re like most Christians I’ve met, you answered “yes.” The reason why is because none of us have reached our full potential. We all need to keep pursuing the things of God. John 10:10 says, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” Some translations say life “to its fullest.” But many Christians are not experiencing life to its fullest. They don’t know how to go from where they are to where they need to be. Instead, they spend a lot of time praying, fasting, and begging God for change. They’re waiting on Him to do something. That’s not the way the Scriptures teach us to change. God has a system of change, and unlike the world’s system, it’s supposed to be effortless. People hear...
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Celebrating Women’s History Month with our Female ‘Amazing Seniors’

Celebrating Women’s History Month with our Female ‘Amazing Seniors’

With Women’s History Month almost over, we want to reflect on some of our female Amazing Seniors that have been included in our previous editions. These women are an inspiration to all from their grit and hard work to the way they nurture their families, communities and all who are around them. We are happy to be spotlighting Cheryl Jenkins, Barbara Andersen, Melanie LaJoie, Maria Chaviano, Mirta Ramos and Phyllis Lozeau, who have all walked through various situations in life but stayed strong and persevered. Cheryl Jenkins When we see others go through adversity and turn it into a positive, it always shows more about who that person is than anything else. Cheryl Jenkins went through hardship in a very short timeframe with a diagnosis of type-1 diabetes at 51 years old. During that time, her mother needed hospitalization and rehabilitation while being hundreds of miles away. Relocating an elderly person is no easy task and doing it mostly alone is even...
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How to Stay Positive in a Negative World

How to Stay Positive in a Negative World

| Written by Andrew Wommack | If you haven’t been touched by all the negativism in the world in recent months, then you haven’t been paying attention. Often, it seems like each side in politics is just tearing the other one up and talk show hosts only give us the worst-case scenarios. We live in a fallen world in which we are constantly bombarded with negativity. Add to that natural life, where people experience sickness and relationship problems, and the pressure in this world could totally defeat you. However, we need to realize that we can maintain a positive attitude no matter what is happening in the world. In Scripture, Jesus talked about end times. He said wars and suffering would increase (Matt. 24:6–7, Mark 13:7, and Luke 21:9), and people would cry out for “peace and safety” (1 Thess. 5:3), but instead earthquakes and other terrible things would occur. In Matthew 24:10–12, Jesus says: And then shall many be offended, and shall betray...
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Amazing Senior: Maria Chaviano

Amazing Senior: Maria Chaviano

Imagine being born in a country where your rights are limited and your freedom is non-existent. Maria was born in 1952 on the beautiful and colorful island of Cuba. She was raised by her dutiful grandmother, Magdalena Perez. By the time she was seven years old, dictator Fulgencio Batista had been overthrown by the young Cuban revolutionist, Fidel Castro. During the first few months of his reign as Prime Minister, the island seemed to be prospering. The people were happy and life on the island was finally looking up. But it didn’t take long for Castro’s reign of terror to spread. After a few weeks in office, Cuba’s new leader began his campaign of repression. Laws that hindered freedom of speech and fundamental rights were strictly enforced. There were surveillance teams in each pueblo, and military force was used to ensure compliance. The streets were littered with anxiety, fear, and snitches. No one spoke out or trusted anyone, not even long-time friends....
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Are You Satisfied with Jesus?

Are You Satisfied with Jesus?

| Written by Andrew Wommack | The night before Jesus’ crucifixion, He told His disciples that they knew where He was going and how to get there. Thomas disagreed with Him by saying they didn’t know where He was going, and therefore, they couldn’t know the way. Jesus responded by saying, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man cometh to the Father but by me” (John 14:6). He went on to say that if they had really known Him, they would have known the Father also, because seeing Him was seeing the Father. Philip responded, “Show us the Father and it will satisfy us” (John 14:8). Philip’s statement deserves closer examination. Philip wasn’t completely satisfied with Jesus. Although he had witnessed Jesus perform miracles that no one had ever done before, speak as no one had ever spoken before, and love Philip as no one had ever loved him before, that wasn’t enough. He wanted something more than Jesus before...
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Amazing Senior: Juan Armando Montes

Amazing Senior: Juan Armando Montes

There aren’t many Americans who can say they have jumped out of airplanes to fight for America’s freedom. Not only that, but to have served in the Army for almost 30 years, fought in combat as a Ranger and went from being a private to retiring as a full-bird Colonel. A true hero, Col. Juan Armando Montes was born to be a military man and destined to command hundreds of troops. Born in Cuba on October 27, 1936, Juan grew up with a hardworking father and loving mother. His father, Juan Sr., worked in many lines of business while getting his education, such as moving storage, owning a shark fishing industry and other jobs. Juan’s parents pushed him to be a scholar as well, and he eventually graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. from La Luz College in Havana, Cuba. He later obtained his Civil/Criminal Law Juris Doctor from Saint Thomas Villanova Catholic University, also in Havana. Although he was...
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Gospel singer sees youth flocking to Christianity

Gospel singer sees youth flocking to Christianity

| Originally published in the Fall 2020 edition of OurSeniors.net Magazine | On our magazine cover, we have Garrett Hornbuckle, his wife Danielle and daughter Ella Grace, because they are an inspiration that we should look to for hope for our next generation. When he was younger, Garrett grew up in a broken home, not having a close relationship with his biological father and his mother remarrying when he was nine into a broken marriage. After attempting to find validation in a variety of things during high school, he found a place in his youth group that changed his life forever. His youth pastor invested in him and believed in him telling him that he should pursue something with his music talent. When his band, All Things New, was climbing the charts and becoming very successful, Garrett went through a traumatic experience. His band members abandoned him just as their second song hit the radio and they were going on tour with famous...
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Amazing Senior: Tom Yarbrough

Amazing Senior: Tom Yarbrough

Tom Yarbrough is not exactly your typical 85-year-old retiree. Tom still enjoys riding his classic Ducati motorcycle, a sleek machine that comes all the way from Bologna, Italy. When asked if he was still an active rider, Tom seemed amused by the question and replied, “I’m still young enough to ride!” Born 85 years ago in Gadsden Alabama, Tom attributes his continued youth, good health and ability to ride a motorcycle to a life time of hard work.  At a young age, Tom moved to Coral Gables, Florida where he went to school. He had his first job at age 13, a paper delivery route for the Miami Herald.  After school, he would help his uncle in a shoe store on Coral Gables’ famous Miracle Mile shopping strip. At the age of 18, he enlisted in the United States Navy where he spent 25 years in America’s service. During that career, he saw a lot of the world, including spending 3 years...
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Amazing Senior: Mirta Ramos

Amazing Senior: Mirta Ramos

| Originally published in the Spring 2020 Edition of OurSeniors.net Magazine | Mirta Ramos has experienced love, pain, fear, separation and a reunion. She grew up as an only child in Havana, a vibrant city filled with culture, music, nightlife and tight-knit neighborhoods, one that went from a democracy to communism in her lifetime. Her father traveled to the United States regularly for business and came home with stories about the country located just 90 miles across the Florida straits. Although she had never been there, it was a place she wanted to see. She deeply loved her homeland. But that changed dramatically in 1959, when Mirta was only 23 years old. Fidel Castro took power after a military coup, and life was never the same. Her father lost his restaurant to the regime. Mirta’s closest friendship ended when her best friend became a government “snitch.” Food dwindled. Meat became a rare commodity and life as she knew it was lost forever. “The first year...
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Amazing Seniors: Jerry and Esther Krueger

Amazing Seniors: Jerry and Esther Krueger

Stories from veterans are some of our favorites at OurSeniors.net, as each story is unique from others and all experiences are one of a kind. That’s why our Amazing Senior for this issue is Jerome (Jerry) Krueger, along with his wife Esther Krueger. They have been married for 72 years and moved to Daytona Beach to live closer to family in the area. These two have stayed active since they met in 1946, with a life full of extraordinary careers behind them and now, a busy schedule working with WISE (Wisdom In Senior Education) at Daytona State College. Jerry is also treasurer of Temple Israel in Ormond Beach. Jerry is a WW2 veteran who served in the Army Air Corps as a flight radio operator. He started in Miami, FL, for testing, flew to Sioux Falls, SD, for radio school, then to Long Beach, CA, to wait for assignment. He flew overseas to Australia for delivery of new aircraft. From there,...
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