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Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.  Your are my friends if you do what I command.  I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master's business.  Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit -fruit that will last. Then the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. This is my command: Love each other. (John 15:13-17 NIV)

Rachel Ophoff
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Welcome to my page!

My name is Rachel Ophoff, and I am a friend of Jesus Christ's. Although He knew me from the moment I was conceived, I didn't meet Him until I was in my mid-twenties. By that time, all manner of life experiences had come my way, leading me to seek solace in alcohol, drugs, and poor relationship choices. When my boss told me God loved me and wanted my heart, I laughed to myself. There was no way Jesus could love a sinner like me! Five years passed before I darkened the doorway of a church, and it was seven years before I came to believe that Jesus Christ actually died on a cross and paid the debt for my sin, so I could be a friend of God.

What sounds like the end of a religious story was actually just the beginning of a friendship. It's been twenty-five years since I accepted God's forgiveness and invited Jesus into my heart. In the last quarter century, He has given me help and strength to walk each day in recovery from addiction and abuse. The most difficult aspect of my friendship with Jesus was coming to believe that He loved me, the real me. What a concept! It took many years to accept this truth, but once I did, I found the relationship I'd been looking for all my life.

How do I know who He is? The Bible is one long love letter from Him to us, telling the story from the beginning of time to the present, and even to the end of this age. I know it's a leap to believe that the Bible is true, but within its pages I've found almost all the answers I've sought. Some questions will remain unanswered until Heaven, but isn't it great to know for sure that Heaven is there? The only way we can know who God is, how to live successfully here on Earth, and how to be ready for Heaven, is by reading the Bible.

Granted, diving right into the Old Testament can be somewhat daunting, so Kevin and I have compiled a list of books we've read and recommend. Click on this link to see our suggested supplemental readings. If you want to know more about my ministry, visit my website: Friendship With Jesus. I write, I speak, I teach, and I pray a lot. For more information on how you can schedule me to speak or lead a retreat, contact me at rachelophoff@coconutmtn.com

Thanks for stopping by. Below you will find some links to online articles dating back to 2006. Currently, I blog weekly on real world living and keeping an eternal perspective at Watching From The Waterline. Come visit! If you like it, join my online community by subscribing at the top left corner of the page. Tell your friends! The more the merrier.

Thanks for stopping by, and remember- if Jesus loves me, He most certainly loves you!

Rachel's Reading
Recommendations

Denver Post's, Colorado Voices winner 2006

Articles (web-linked to Denver Post):
Balloons for Catherine's Birthday
Too Much R in Oscar
A Home for Those Without
Spring Break in Juarez
Star Trek Offers Hope to a New Generation
Castaways of Sand and Sea
Our Hospitality Makes Colorado Great

Reflections on Faith:

Robert the Lifeguard

Practical Tips to Help Grieving Parents

Personal Profiles:

Dignity, Respect, and Knights in Shining Armor

Magazine Articles:

Over the Fence and Under the Radar

Affiliate Links

Personal Essays on Grief and Recovery:
(Articles listed on Catherine's page)

 

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