Archive for February, 2016

The Return to the Supernatural

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise? (Matthew 21:12–16, KJV).

In today’s world, situations are arising we never thought would occur. Satan is utilizing every power he has to come against the children of God. Whether yesterday, today, or tomorrow, we will all enter into a spiritual battle. We need to look for a miracle from God—a move of the supernatural. How do we get into God’s presence and into the supernatural?

Get Rid of the Garbage

When Jesus entered into the temple, he cast out all who had brought “junk” inside (Matthew 21:12). If we’re not careful, we will bring the pressures of life into the church and we will allow them to impact our experience with the Lord of Glory. Our own “junk” (attitudes and disbelief) will hinder us from giving God everything that He’s worthy, and will hinder us from receiving what He has in store for us! If God is going to perform the miraculous in our life, we have to get the junk out first.

When Jairus came to Jesus and told Him his daughter was dying, he had faith Jesus could heal her. When Jesus arrived at his home with Peter, James, and John, Jesus put out all those who didn’t believe the maid would arise (Luke 8:54). Jesus removed the element of unbelief and a miracle was performed. Poor attitudes didn’t receive the miracle. But, those who had faith, and the right heart after what God could do, experienced the supernatural.

Separate Yourself in a Time of Prayer

The temple of God was to be a house of prayer, but those who had brought in their “junk” had made it a den of thieves (Matthew 21:13). If we lose out on the aspect of prayer, we won’t reach our full spiritual potential. It is essential that we set a time aside where we can turn away from the things of the world and get alone with God. The supernatural will only come when we are consistent in our prayer life. Getting alone with God in prayer, fasting to get the garbage out of our life, and being faithful to Him isn’t always easy, but we need to do it!

Experience the Supernatural

When the junk had been cleaned out, and prayer reinstituted in the temple, the blind and lame came to Jesus and were healed (Matthew 21:14). If we follow after the right ways of the Lord and in the order He has designated, we will see the supernatural take place. We should be able to call on the name of Jesus and receive healing, be filled with the Holy Ghost, and find everything that we need in Him.

We cannot allow others to stand in the way of our experience with God. We need to emulate perfected praise (Matthew 21:15)—when no one else is praising the Lord, we need to do it anyway. We need to praise the Lord when no one asks us to, not because others are doing it, but because we have our own relationship with Him and we know what He can do in our life. We cannot take the presence and blessings of God for granted today. More than anything, we need to step into His presence, seek the supernatural, and get ahold of God like never before.

Powered Up

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016

We live in an electronic age—smartphones, tablets, laptops, smart watches, fitness trackers, etc. The list goes on and on! These are marvelous devices: huge time savers, portable, and are beyond multi-purpose.

A small wave of recognition of these glorious creations hits me each time I use them. There’s always something in the back of my mind reminding me of the days when some of the devices didn’t exist, or the days when the technology wasn’t quite as helpful as it is today. I realize how much time these devices save me and I’m grateful!

But, while the wave of appreciation washes over me, it’s halted half way as I notice a helpful, but dreaded monitoring feature on every device. Wherever it is on your device, it’s there nonetheless—the battery status.

I get caught up using my devices and don’t see the battery level grow increasingly dim. While I’m the type of person that has 5 chargers with me at all times, inevitably, I get caught somewhere—the one time I don’t have my charger or a power source—and panic sets in. I’m running out of battery. I really hate being caught unaware and unprepared…

Some electronic users live by the strict philosophy that you should charge your devices whenever you have a chance, because who knows when you’ll have the opportunity again (insert scary music here). While I find this to be a little melodramatic, there is good advice in this statement—but maybe not always for our electronic devices.

Scripture teaches us a story about 10 women—5 wise and 5 foolish (Matthew 25:1–13). They all went out to meet the bridegroom, and had lamps to light their way. While the bridegroom tarried, their lamps began to grow dim, and the oil started to run out. Five brought extra oil, and 5 didn’t. While the other 5 who didn’t bring extra oil were out getting more, the bridegroom came and shut the door. The 5 all missed out on the marriage supper.

It’s funny how there’s a story in Scripture that matches our dilemma today. While these lamps weren’t electronic (they were oil-powered) they still had an issue of running out of power. This parable tells us to have “extra” with us; to take time to charge when we can so we aren’t caught unaware and unprepared.

We run on power every day, and that power is of the Holy Ghost (Acts 1:8). Our supply doesn’t last for long—we have to constantly fill up. This is why Scripture teaches us the importance of feeding on God’s Word (Joshua 1:8) and praying daily (I Thessalonians 5:17).

The oil mentioned in our parable was the Holy Ghost. Five were running on power from yesterday’s blessing; they ran out and missed the final call. They didn’t take time to have a prayer life or a daily intimate relationship with God. Their battery life wasn’t so good; they weren’t powered up.

God’s mercies are new and afresh every day (Lamentations 3:22–23). He’s got an anointing, strength, peace, love for us—everything we need day-to-day freshly prepared. We can’t let our infilling of His presence go out. We can’t let our battery die. Let’s make sure that we’re always prepared: prayed up, filled up, and powered up!

This is How We Love Our Neighbor

Sunday, February 21st, 2016

And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself. And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live. But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? (Luke 10:25–29, KJV).

As humans, it’s easy for us to admit that there are people in this world that are a bit harder to love. We struggle with loving all people because they’re different from us: background, values, lifestyles—the reasons are endless. But, we must express a love towards others that goes beyond our own limitations, preconceived notions, prejudices, etc. If we love people with God’s love, it will be easy to love others.

In our focus Scripture, a man questioned Jesus to define his neighbor. Jesus provided an answer in the form of a parable (John 10:30–35). His story answered two things: who to love and how to love them.

Who to Love

Jesus used a Samaritan as the focal point of His parable. To the Jews, Samaritans were half-breeds—they didn’t think they were worth much. But, when Jesus spoke of love, He opened up the scope to extend farther than the typical realm. A neighbor was anyone around you: from the worst to the best.

We need to love those who don’t even share our values. When we love others, they will begin to value what we have to share. We have something inside of us that they need in their life!

How to Love

With Compassion

The Samaritan came and had compassion on the person in the road (Luke 10:33). In America, we have started to slip into a mindset to just observe the situation others are in and to pass on by. But, the Samaritan exercised compassion and stopped to help. The Samaritan didn’t care if the person was a man or a woman, a Jew or a Gentile. He knew he needed to extend love.

When Jesus looked upon us, He didn’t care who and what we were. His amazing love reached down to help us up from our sinful, messed-up state. The love that reached down into us should be the same love we use to reach out to others.

With “Oil” and “Wine”

The Samaritan poured oil and wine into the man’s wounds, and bound them up (Luke 10:34). It was common to use oil for a soothing effect in an open wound. The use of wine was to cleanse the wound before binding. The Samaritan sought to get to the root of the problem before taping up the issue.

It’s easy for us to gloss over people’s real problems and just provide the oil—soothing them in their state without providing a resolution. People may think they just want the oil, but they need the wine to clean out what’s hurting them.

God loves us where we are, but doesn’t want us to stay that way. He made us righteous by His blood and His death on the cross. We need to allow God to work through us to help others with His love with both aspects of His cleansing.

With Repetition

When the Samaritan had brought the hurt man to the inn, he told the innkeeper to “Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee” (Luke 10:35, KJV). The man was going to come back.

We have misconstrued the concept of the “good Samaritan.” Being a “good Samaritan” isn’t just a once and done ideology. We are to come back and continue to love someone over, and over again. God’s love is a consistent love!

Getting God’s Love

We are not able to love others the way God loves us until we get His Spirit inside of us. We do not possess the ability to love on our own. God’s love is shed abroad through the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5).

The only way we can receive the Holy Ghost is by repenting for our sins, being baptized in the lovely name of Jesus, and Scripture promises that we shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost (Acts 2:38). Let’s seek Him today and His love, so we can do unto others as God has done unto us.

Don’t Forget to Ask

Wednesday, February 17th, 2016

In life, have you ever been faced with a situation where you thought to yourself, “I wish I would have asked…” Was it a free upgrade to first class the person behind you got? Was it the free hanger you could have kept when you bought that new suit? Or, when paying cash, was it the “hidden” $200 discount you missed out on?

Whatever the case, in life we all have various regrets—some of which centralize around our failure to ask in numerous situations. We’re left wondering what could have been if we had just opened our mouths.

In Scripture, we read about a leper who came to Jesus and said, “Lord, if thou wilt, thou cast make me clean” (Matthew 8:2, KJV). He believed if He asked to be cleansed, Jesus would do it! We find that Jesus did indeed respond: And Jesus put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will; be thou clean. And immediately his leprosy was cleansed (Matthew 8:3, KJV).

We can learn a fruitful lesson from this setting of Scripture. If we just open our mouths and ask, we can have it! Additional Scriptures reveal this truth—everyone who asks will receive, seeks will find, and knocks will have a door opened (Matthew 7:7–8). Furthermore, we’re told whatever we ask, believing, we will receive (Matthew 21:22).

However, even when we exercise faith and ask God to meet a need, we sometimes miss out. How or why do we miss out? When we don’t have faith to believe God can do more! Scripture says God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).

Now, back to the leper…

Before we completely pat this guy on the back for having enough faith to ask to be cleansed, let’s stop and think for a minute. Why did he just ask to be cleansed?

We find another story in Scripture where 10 lepers were cleansed but one was made whole (Luke 17:12–19). The difference? Nine were just made clean so they could return to their families and not infect anyone with their disease. Only 1 was completely cured from leprosy, and was preserved back to his original state—all evidence of leprosy vanished! The leper in our story in Matthew 8 wasn’t made whole. Why? Because he didn’t ask!

We’ve got to stop cultivating a mindset that God can only do “so much.” A level of faith has to rise up in us when we make a petition to God. God will sometimes go the extra mile to show that He is God. But, most of the time, He will only act according to our faith (Matthew 9:29).

If we have faith God will perform a miracle in our situation, He will do it. But, if we believe He can only patch up a problem, or pick up the pieces, that may be just all He’ll do. We can miss out on a blessing when we don’t ask. But, we also will miss out on so much more when we don’t ask in faith.

Preachers say often, “if your dreams don’t scare you, then they’re not from God.” I’ll venture to say if your prayers don’t scare you, then they’re not from God. God gave every man a measure of faith (Romans 12:3), so let’s use it! Don’t forget to ask, but more importantly, ask according to your faith!

This is How We Love in Marriage

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of her own body, but the husband: and likewise also the husband hath not power of his own body, but the wife (I Corinthians 7:3–4, KJV).

Paul discussed the institution of marriage throughout I Corinthians 7. He noted the husband and the wife must both fulfil each other’s emotional, mental, and physical needs. This is accomplished through love. Most marital problems stem from the violation of this one principle—the husband or the wife has stopped yielding themselves to their spouse.

Jesus taught about a new love in John 13:33–34. We can only exhibit this love toward others if Jesus (the Holy Ghost) is inside of us. Scripture teaches us that even when others are unlovable (including our spouse), the new love Jesus gives us helps us love without exception.

There will be conflict in relationships—especially in the confines of marriage. Paul warned the church of this unavoidable conflict (I Corinthians 7:28). When we love with the new love Jesus has given us and in the way He wants us to love, regardless of conflict, we will love others. Godly love is not always felt, but godly love will be acted out (regardless of feelings). The world’s love is performance-driven, but God’s love is unconditional. When we decide to love with God’s love, we will realize our love for our spouse is based on our relationship with Jesus.

A man’s basic need is respect and a woman’s basic need is emotional care. We are called to love, honor, and respect our spouse not because they deserve it, but this is how God wants to display His love through us. We love because this is how a Christian acts when they’re married. Relationships will not work until Gods love is the center!

Likewise, ye husbands, dwell with them according to knowledge, giving honour unto the wife, as unto the weaker vessel, and as being heirs together of the grace of life; that your prayers be not hindered (I Peter 3:7, KJV).

A husband and wife have an equal partnership in a relationship with Jesus Christ. When we are not loving and honoring our spouse, this will affect our relationship with Jesus. God will not hear our prayers if we are at odds with our spouse.

Scripture teaches the necessity of caring for and loving our spouse (Deuteronomy 24:5). Learning to love the way God want us to love each other takes time. But, we must have a willingness to do so in our marriages.

Those who have not yet embarked on the marital journey need to use the same new love to find the person the Lord wants them to be with. If we act and love in a godly manner, we will find someone who is doing the same. Godly men will find godly women. The purity and love exercised in marriage is first exercised in singleness.

We cannot love people with a godly love if that love isn’t in our life in our relationships with the Lord. Love will start in our personal relationship with Christ. Love has to be created inside of us to be displayed outside of us to others—especially our spouses. Let’s continue to seek out that love in our life. Not only do we need it day by day, but we need to show it to others around us as well.

A Change With His Name On It

Wednesday, February 10th, 2016

When I was a child I never wanted to get married. Marriage to me only equated with the loss of my last name. I was proud to bear my last name because it was my Dad’s, it was unique, and it was mine.

Growing up, I never understood my classmates who opted to go by their middle names, nicknames, or a variation of their given name. I was so enamored by my name, I wrote it (first, middle, and last) on everything—even on my homework—just ask my parents and grade school teachers.

But, time marched on. I met my husband, fell in love, got married, and took his name. I’m now the proud bearer of a new last name.

Changing your name alters who you are more than you think it would. Sure, I’ve got most of the same characteristics that I developed under my Dad’s last name, but, I assumed a new identity when my name changed—literally and figuratively. If you’ve ever changed your name, you know what I’m talking about. If you haven’t just look at Scripture!

A notable example of a name change is found in Genesis 35:10. God changed Jacob’s name—meaning supplanter/deceiver—to Israel—meaning prevails with God. Jacob (Israel) wasn’t the same when he left his encounter with God and got a new name; read the story and I think you’ll agree!

But, this example is not my favorite by far. The greatest example is one is mentioned in Scripture, but still occurs today. Between childhood and marriage, I had another name change. That name change happened the day I was baptized. I no longer bear my earthly father’s last name, but I now hold the one of my heavenly Father.

When we are baptized (Acts 2:38), we not only put on Christ (Galatians 3:27), but we take His name. Jesus said He came in His Father’s name (John 5:43), and Scripture reveals the whole family in heaven is called that name (Ephesians 3:15). When we call on the name Jesus in baptism, which is the same word used in Ephesians 3:15 for named, we receive His surname!

Once I received that name, my identity changed. I was adopted into my Father’s family (Ephesians 1:5) and I became a new creature (II Corinthians 5:17). I stopped serving myself, and started to serve God (I Corinthians 7:22–23). When I took on His name, I also received His Spirit (Acts 2:38). The Holy Ghost working in me has changed my identity in more ways than one.

Today, I’m not the same person I was when I had my Dad’s last name. A few years have gone by since then, and I’ve grown up quite a bit. But, I’m different because I’ve changed my name. I’m now a child of God, I’ve made the decision to call Him my Father, and the new name He gave me is now written in the Lamb’s Book of Life (Philippians 4:3).

You can experience the power of a name change for yourself! I’m not the only one who bears my Father’s name. I have many spiritual brothers and sisters in this world as well as the next. If you haven’t experienced the power of the most important name change you could make in your life, I encourage you to do so, dear reader. It will be the best decision you could ever make in this life. Let go of your name, follow Acts 2:38, and get a new one! You’ve got a change with His name on it!

The New Love

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Little children, yet a little while I am with you. Ye shall seek me: and as I said unto the Jews, Whither I go, ye cannot come; so now I say to you. A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another (John 13:33–35, KJV).

Jesus gave us a new commandment that was nothing like anything else we’ve ever known. He wanted us to love. We have our own ideologies of what love is, but Jesus wanted us to love in a way that He defined.

Paul explained God’s love in Ephesians 3:16–19. We cannot measure and define God’s love by our standards. God’s love is bigger, greater, deeper, etc. than anything else in our life.

Human love has limits; even with our best intentions, our love can fall apart when circumstances arise. Our love is shallow because we love per conditions. We are afraid to expose our love to anyone who won’t receive it or who won’t respond to it. God’s love doesn’t have limits and it’s never-ending. It doesn’t matter what we have done, God will love us (Jeremiah 31:33–34). God is not driven by emotions like our human natures. He has chosen to love us.

We need to jump into the flowing love of Jesus Christ. The more that we walk into His love, the deeper it will get. Jesus will cast our iniquities into the sea (Micah 7:19) if we just turn to Him and embrace His love. There isn’t anything His love cannot cover.

God’s love is real. It’s not just a concept—it is Him! God is love (I John 4:8). His love was a sacrifice and is a love without limits. We cannot find this love in the world, but we can find love in Him. Culture, trials, people, nor the devil can take this love from us (Romans 8:39).

God’s love is everything to us and it’s easily spread because God’s love is abundant. We cannot love like Him until we get His love inside of us. God will infuse us with an ability that we do not have in ourselves. His love will be poured out on us by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5). Let’s get ahold of the love of God today, internalize it, and then spread it to the world.

Developing Commitment: Praise and Worship

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Last week we learned about developing our commitments of prayer and fasting in our walk with God. This week we will examine two additional components to help us further develop a lifestyle of discipleship: praise and worship.

Why We Praise and Worship God

When we spend time praising and worshipping our God, we will be able to draw closer to Him. Through these actions, we can create an atmosphere in our spiritual life that allows God to draw nearer to us than ever before—to establish an intimate relationship with us. The closer we are to Him the more He will reveal Himself to us.

Biblical Instructions for Praise

Praise Originates in the Heart

Our praise will never start in our mouth or other actions of the body. Praise will always start with the inward man and not just be merely outward in nature. We must praise God with our whole heart (Psalms 9:1; 86:12).

Praise is Linked to Our Everyday Life

We need to get outside the mindset that praise and worship is only a segment of a church service. It is actually a lifestyle we must partake in! We cannot live like the devil Monday through Saturday and then come into the church on Sunday and praise like a Saint! Praise cannot be a ritual for us; it must become a part of our lifestyle. We must remember our lifestyle will always praise Him louder. God will not accept a sacrifice of praise until we bring a sacrifice of life (Amos 5:21–24).

Church Praise

Carried Forth in an Orderly Manner

Paul admonished the Corinthian church for everything to be done “decently an in order” (I Corinthians 14:40, KJV). In our worship services, everything must be done in subject to the spiritual authority in the service. Our spiritual leadership will guide the church to follow the flow of God’s Spirit so everyone can be ministered unto. We need to come up as one voice (one body) before the Lord (II Chronicles 5:13).

Results in Benefits

When the church worships together, we create an atmosphere of faith that we could not create by ourselves. Adding faith to faith, worship to worship, etc. will all result in greater power and anointing (Deuteronomy 32:30). God will inhabit the praises of His people (Psalms 22:3)! Where God sets up His throne there will be power, authority, healing, deliverance, etc. This will be loosed in the collective praise of the people.

Difference Between Praise and Worship

The mention of both praise and worship across the Old and New Testament is almost always noted as an action. Worship is our ability to reverence the Lord and to assign worth to Him. We are to give Him due glory and honor (Psalms 29:2). He is seeking for people to worship Him in spirit and in truth (John 4:23–24).

Scripture tells us Hallelujah is the highest praise (Psalms 148:1), and this means “praise the Lord!” Praise is about celebrating God’s power and what He’s done. Praise is typically linked to music and is especially vocal in nature (expressive, loud, and joyful)! Praise is defined and characterized in many ways through the book of Psalms.


This type of praise will boast, celebrate, and shout in jubilation the praises of God. It is referenced more than 160 times in the Old Testament, and was called to be expressed in the times of festivals (Old Testament) and in the services/sanctuary (New Testament). We are commanded to make a joyful noise unto the Lord and to make a loud noise (Psalms 98:4).


This type of praise involves the extension of the hand, in a throwing or waving motion. It is referenced more than 120 times in the Old Testament. We are called to lift up our hands in the sanctuary when we praise the Lord (Psalms 134:2).


This type of praise is a song or hymn of praise, providing thanksgiving to God for what He has done. It is referenced 57 times in the Old Testament, surrounding times when God’s glory was publically declared. We are to testify of God’s greatness to others (Psalms 22:22) and His praise should continually be in our mouth (Psalms 34:1).


This type of praise is completed on an instrument. Scripture tells us to praise him on the musical instruments (Psalms 150). We can find in the Old Testament during services, people praised God on all manner of instruments (II Samuel 6:5). This is why we have song service and use instruments to accompany our praise!


This type of praise is completed in a loud tone—we are to use a loud voice when we praise! Scripture wants us to shout with a voice of triumph unto the Lord (Psalms 47:1). We need to split the atmosphere with our voice!

Needful Praise and Worship

Part of our spiritual growth is our commitment to praise and worship. An unbeliever can respond to worship and praise, and the atmosphere they feel when they come to church. But, only a believer can create an atmosphere. We must be praisers and worshippers!

Adapted from Wednesday Night Bible Study on February 03, 2016

The Cost of Encouragement

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016

Have you shopped for a greeting card lately? I don’t mean just stopping by the “card” section at CVS or Walmart—have you made a pilgrimage to a greeting card store to find “the card?” If you’re like me, finding the right greeting card is quite the expedition. Between finding the right card and the right section of the store, you will need a change of clothes and food rations for several meals at minimum. You can be gone for days!

I adore greeting cards and stationary in ways I can’t even describe. The excitement of receiving a card in the mail for a specific occasion is paramount in my book. And, I cannot relay the emotion I feel when I find a card someone gave me “just because” tucked away in the crevice of my bag to discover at an opportune moment. Those moments are the best—to know someone is thinking of me.

I’ve found the “thinking of you” section at the card store has increasingly downsized. And, on the whole, greeting card stores are near extinction because people have stopped sending them. The cost of cards and postage are definitely factors in their decline, but I also think that we as a human race are fading into a realm of thoughtlessness. We’ve got so much going on in our lives that we forget about what is going on in the lives of others, or just other people in general.

Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do (I Thessalonians 5:11, KJV).

Scripture tells us we should encourage and strengthen each other as much as we can. In this crazy world (and lives), we need a word of encouragement every once in a while. We might need something to put a smile on our face, a hearty laugh in our bellies, or to be a diversion from our present situation.

You and I can encourage so easily if we’d just stop to think about. You may not be a greeting card junkie like me, but in the onslaught of our technological era, could prefer sending an email, text, snap chat, Instagram photo, etc. Pick your edification apparatus of choice and make someone’s day!

If you don’t know who to lift up, no problem—God will show you. Spend some time in prayer and ask Him to put someone on your heart. Before you realize it, God will bring someone (or a group of people) to your mind that He wants you to minister by way of encouragement.

Encouragement doesn’t have to be big or costly. More than likely we have unlimited texting built into our data plans. Regardless of the fact, can we sacrifice the “extra” to make someone’s day? Can we go without our daily Starbucks coffee to buy a “Thinking of You” card and send it through the mail? Can we sacrifice time doing something we want to design a goofy message and send via email? Can we endure writer’s cramp by handwriting a little note? Can we swallow our bashfulness and tell someone verbally they’re doing a great job?

I pray we don’t find our “cost” to be so great that we lose sight of the true cost if we don’t encourage one another. We can start encouraging someone today—it only takes a little bit to do so. We have no idea what our “little bit of encouragement” can do for someone else. Your $3.95 card could just save a soul.