November 29, 2013

Clara’s Heart

by Jesse Johnson

Joe and Jo Portnoy are part of Immanuel Bible Church (the church I pastor), and this year they have been through a tremendous trial with their only child, Clara. On Thanksgiving they told our church how thankful they are for God’s goodness, for God’s salvation, and for the constant reminder that no story ends in this life. Below is a 10-minute video we watched about how this trial has strengthened thier faith, and made them even more thankful for their precious daughter, baby Clara.

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Jesse is the Teaching Pastor at Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, VA. He also leads The Master's Seminary Washington DC location.
  • Heather

    What a beautiful video. I cried. It fills my own heart with thankfulness to the Lord for everything He has done for me, especially for first giving me physical life and then giving me spiritual life when I accepted Jesus as my Savior. What a blessing that sweet little girl is and what a blessing those parents are to that little baby girl 🙂 Wow, such joy. So so much joy for those who are in the Lord…what a blessing to share that with one another 🙂

  • This was really beautiful to watch. I cried tears of both joy and sadness – sadness at the potentially limited little life of Clara here on earth, but joy for the awareness of her parents, that indeed, for those who accept Jesus as their Savior, there is eternal life! We never die but merely but leave this mortal body to be in the presence of our Heavenly Father. God did not ever promise that life would be easy – but He did promise that if we trust in Him and believe His living, breathing Word, we can know joy more fully than we ever could without Him in our lives. Thank you for sharing this. I pray Clara beats the odds!

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