The Promise of Hope

John 14  If you love me, keep my commands. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you and another advocate to help you and be with you forever. The Spirit of truth. The world cannot accept him, because it neither sees him nor knows him. But you know him, for he lives with you and will be in you. I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you. 

John 14:15-18

There is something terribly painful about losing a parent, even of the person was elderly and forgetful. When a second parent dies, the child’s small world of comfort and security that they grew up in is something of the past. These feelings I also had recently, I lost my mom while growing up and this past Christmas season my father as well. It seems so long ago when I was a little girl that I did have a safe and secure place, and everything in life is always changing. Often students who finish their course and leave college feel the same when they say good-bye to teachers and friends as well.

Jesus knew that this was precisely what His disciples would experience at His death. Without Him they would feel lost. like orphaned children. He knew they would be heartbroken. But He would come back again, back from the dead to comfort them and inspire them to accomplish their mission. Tragedy would change to triumph. They would not despair any longer. Their night would be changed into a brighter day. The miracle of Jesus resurrection would change their whole world. And Jesus would be with them again.

If you feel lonely, or if despair makes you feel that life is pointless, or if painful experiences have made you a broken person, think about this promise the Master made. It comes from Jesus Himself. It is as true for you as it ever was for those first disciples. It often seems that the world is without God and one can easily feel rejected. Don’t give in to these feelings. There is greater Presence, whether you sense it or not. Jesus is with you today, tomorrow, and every day of your life. He will hold you tight through all tragedy and trauma that might still await you.

Prayer: Jesus I ask that you all stay close to me for without you it would be impossible to face another day.                           Amen

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

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Joy-Filled Grace

Psalm 16.pngYou will show me the way of life, granting me the joy of Your presence and the pleasure of living with You forever.                                  Psalm 16:11

Our lives here on earth change constantly; new engaged in new experience and circumstances every day. We learn and grow  and move on. Sometimes there is a lot of sweat and hard labor, but little beauty and rest. Although we enjoy a measure of  success we also often taste failure, disappointment and pain. We mostly find human joy in relationships with friends. But even those are simply a mixture of highs and lows; they come and go, When we are happy and all smiles, when love is strong and warm, we wish that things could go on like that forever. But all earthly joy fades.

there is, however, one joy that is steady and eternal, and that is the presence of God. Many people shy away from God because they fear that He will make their joy disappear. They have the feeling that He will not approve of their lifestyles or that he will be shocked by their faults and the horrors of their sins. He does not, however, do that. But in striving after those temporary earthly pleasures they walk past the ingle greatest joy their is in life to know God and to live close to Him.

If you believe in Jesus Christ and follow Him faithfully, you will know that He does not in any way destroy earthly pleasures; He makes them richer and deeper. He adds a joy that does not fade with the passing years, a personal, tender and life-enriching friendship with Him! What is more, this joy is only the beginning of an even greater joy when this life comes to an end.

 

We man think God wants actions of a certain kind, but God wants people of a certain kind.                           C.S. Lewis

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Give Thanks To The Lord

1 Chronicles 16.pngGive thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever. Cry out, “Save Us. God our Savior; gather us and deliver us from the nations that we may give thanks to your holy name and glory in your praise.” Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting.                                         1 Chronicles 16:35-36

Every time that we give thanks to God, we acknowledge that he is our Lord and Savior, our provider. And every time we receive with thanksgiving, we demonstrate our kinship with him. Yet even through we are his children, and we know we are supposed to give thanks in all circumstances, sometimes our words ring hollow. We say them without feeling the least bit thankful. It’s especially hard for us to be grateful in the midst of a bad day, when everything seems to be going wrong. God knows what goes on in our heart far better than we do. He knows when we feel thankful, and when we don’t. However, he can see in the depths of our hearts a desire to please him by offering thanks even when we don’t feel like it. When we struggle to be grateful, we need to stop and remember who God is the “Great I Am” of our life and of our faith. We are utterly dependent on God for everything, including our next breath. Every good gift is from God! When we thank God during a difficult day, we are assuming the proper stance for a child of God. If we are preserve in this thankfulness, resisting the temptation to grumble, we can find joy and praise in the midst of all of our struggles,

 

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There is Always Hope With God

1 Peter.jpgAll people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field, the grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of the Lord endures forever. 1 Peter 1:24-25

Tradition and the letter itself identify the apostle Peter as the author of this book, a pastoral address to the house-churches scattered across five Roman provinces. The early Christians often met violent opposition, and Peter’s letter comforted and encouraged Christians who were being persecuted for their faith. It is hard to believe that even today their are many Christians being persecuted and also dying for their belief in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior however it is true. As you read the book of 1 Peter who is telling us: Therefore with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming. As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance. But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do, for it is written: Be holy, because I am holy. 1 Peter 1:13-16

Jesus gives you and me hope-hope that the best part of our lives is not behind you but rather right in front of you. It stretches out before you gloriously into an eternity of experiences that will get better and better. For now, through, you inhabit a world of death, sorrow, crying and pain. Let the hope of heaven empower you to live well in this broken world that is passing away. In heaven, he will wipe away every tear from your eyes-permanently! If this world were all there is, it would be tragic beyond description. When the day of the Lord comes, and believe me it will come. Jesus will replace this world and make all things new with all of his followers who will live forever with him in ceaseless ecstasy.  Let this hope give you courage to keep holding your head up high as you endure any suffering and pain. The best part of our lives truly lies ahead-stored up for us in heaven. This is true for all of us Christians both young and old. As we grow older and deal with many things such as poor health let us remember that Jesus walks besides us every step of the way. Our spiritual life can open up even wider as your soul grows strong in the light of Jesus’ presence, and when the day comes for us when we see him face to face-what a glorious day that will be.

 

Grace and Peace to You My Friends

You Are Worthy of My Praise

Exodus 15.jpgShout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness, come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his, we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise, give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever, his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Psalm 100

These are beautiful words from the book of Psalm in which I memorize as a child in Sunday School one of the different places that I always love going, and believe me that my parents never had to force me to go I was always willing to. When I was growing up I also had the incredible opportunity to see the Shroud of Turin, the burial cloth of Jesus.

shroud-turin.jpgThe cloth was in a glass case, you can see that the man was a tall and thin built, and on the top of his head you can see where the Crown of Thorns laid upon, and you can see drops of blood that has gone down his face. You can see the holes that were in his writs (since having the nails in the hands would of torn his flesh)and feet, you can also see where the sword had pierce his side of his body. You look on the back of this cloth as my eyes swell up with tears knowing what my Lord suffer in my place. As the book of Isaiah 53:4-6 Surely he took up our pain and bore our suffering, yet we considered him punished by God, stricken by him and afflicted. But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities, the punishment that brought us peace and by his stripes we are healed. My friend Jesus took your place and he took my place on the cross, he could of refuse to do it but instead he was willing so that we would no longer be separated from God because of our sins, that is how much he loves you and me. I had forgotten all about what I had witness until a few years ago while I was search the scriptures for a short sermon that I would shared with others, that I began to have this dream over and over again. At first I thought I had made it all up but I didn’t, and now I can not remain silent no longer, I need to share all what I remember and what I have learn with my studies to all who will listen.  In the book of Matthew chapter 28 which is know as the Great Commission, Jesus tells his disciples as well as you and me these words: All authority is heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matthew 28:18-20 I say to My Lord, Send Me, I am willing to go and make disciples. Here is a song where the words were change to the Hallelujah

kelly mooney easter version of hallelujah

Grace and Peace to You My Friends