A Blank Only God Can Fill


Excerpt from

“The Word For You Today”

Maranatha Bible Church

“The heart is a God-shaped blank, and only God can fill it.” In “Through the Valley of the Kwai: From Death-Camp Despair to Spiritual Triumph,” Ernest Gordon writes about American soldiers who were captured, tortured, and starved by the Japanese in the Malay Peninsula in World War II. As a result they started acting like animals, clawing, fighting, and stealing food. In an effort to turn things around, the group decided to start reading the New Testament. And as Gordon read it to them, they were converted to Christ, and this community of animals was transformed into a community of love. That’s because God lives in Jesus, and Jesus is willing to live in the hearts of those who trust Him. He offers joy, peace, a transformed life, and assurance of eternal life to all those who place their trust in His atoning death. So what are you using to try to fill the void in your life? Material possessions? Mood-altering substances? Sex? Career success? The pursuit of intellectual growth? Excitement? You may as well give it up now–it won’t work! Paul explained it like this to the philosophers in Athens: “God…made the world and everything in it…He…gives life…to everything…He satisfies every need…His purpose was (that we should) seek after God…feel (our) way toward Him and find Him–though He is not far from…us. For in Him we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:24-28). In the words of the time-honored hymn: “Now none but Christ can satisfy; none other Name for me. There’s love, and life, and lasting joy, Lord Jesus, found in Thee.”


Grace & Glory

Now the Lord is the Spirit,

and where the Spirit of the Lord is,

there is freedom.

And we,

who with unveiled faces all reflect the glory of the Lord,

are being transformed into His image

with intensifying glory,

which comes from the Lord,

who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17-19

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Doesn’t Matter How Good It Looks

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If it is contrary to the will of God, it doesn’t matter how good it looks or how good it feels. Get this truth, God doesn’t contradict himself no matter how much you try to make something sinful fit into your own understanding.

Sin is sin!

We want to love and accept what is immoral and we want to slam dunk those that stand for truth, honor, and godliness.

Those who know God deeply hate sin but love the sinner.

God is the Giver of every perfect and good gift. Get that? Perfect and good!

Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc

Transformation To A New Person


A transformation from our corrupt, lifeless, and sinful state can still occur by the unlimited power of God’s grace and mercy.  God’s love goes beyond anything we have done when we ask forgiveness and turn our lives from sin.  If you feel that you messed up and feeling hopeless, stop and remember God’s power to forgive you, heal you, and breath new life into you.  Come to Him.  Come to the Living Water.  It is fresh every day and able to heal your brokenness.  Remember where the river flows there is power, wonder-working power!  God is able to do more than you can imagine or dream of when you repent before Him.

Teresa Allissa Citro,
Founder & President, Thread of Hope Inc.

What Are You Following?

“But Ruth replied, ‘Don’t ask me to leave you and turn back. Wherever you go, I will go; wherever you live, I will live. Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God. Wherever you die, I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord punish me severely if I allow anything but death to separate us!’” -Ruth 1:16-17

Are you willing to go the lengths to follow Jesus?

What obstacles are in your way?

What excuses are you making?

Even Jesus said it wasn’t going to be easy to follow Him.

We have to put aside the way of living that we are accustomed to. Yes, a change of lifestyle!

Does that mean giving up comforts?  Perhaps, changing our vocabulary, more than likely.

Will we lose friends?  Yes, very good chance of losing friends too.

Being a follower of Christ is indeed a change for the better. Personally, since I’ve come to Christ, I have lost friends, changed my vocabulary, given up comforts… yes, it’s been a total lifestyle makeover.  Has it been worth it? Every breathing moment of it has.

There’s absolutely nothing that will put me back to how I once was- absolutely nothing!!

Well, what are your excuses?

When are you going to put that old lifestyle down and follow Him at all costs?

Ruth Strait
Vice President, Thread of Hope, Inc.