Strength In Tears

By , January 20, 2018

“For his anger endures for a moment; in his favour is life:
weeping may endure for a night,
but joy comes in the morning.”
Psalm 30:5

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“Jesus wept.” John 11:35 “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.” Romans 12:15

We are commanded in Scripture to weep with those who are weeping and have the wonderful example of our Lord in this regard.

I recall when a child having a very painful procedure in hospital and the pain following the medical intervention lasted for several hours. I wept many tears until it seemed I had no more tears to shed. 65 years ago doctors did not seem to have the ability to alleviate pain as well as they do today or else they thought children should “grin and bear it”.

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Loving One Another

By , January 19, 2018

“But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus,
‘And who is my neighbor?’”
Luke 10:29 NIV

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There seems to be as many definitions of the word “love” as there are people offering a meaning. One humorist suggested that, “Love is an itch you cannot scratch”.

Many definitions of love describe it as an emotion. What seems unique about Jesus’ definition of love is that He describes love as a verb—a way of relating to people.

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Unanswered Prayer

By , January 18, 2018

“My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?
Why are you so far from saving me,
so far from my cries of anguish?
My God, I cry out by day, but you do not answer,
by night, but I find no rest.”
Psalm 22:1-2 NIV

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Some people might not be comfortable admitting to the fact that they have unanswered prayers or that the heavens seem like brass. They think that becoming Christians guarantees an easy ride to heaven and sunshine all day long. They have no room in their theology for struggles and disappointments along the way.

However, as you read Scripture you find verses like those in our devotional for today. Clearly the Psalmist feels forsaken by his God. How do we learn what these verses are really saying?

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A Word In Season

By , January 17, 2018

“The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue,
to know the word that sustains the weary.”
Isaiah 50:4 NIV

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Isaiah 50:4 is a life verse for me in my ministry. I have spent many years searching the wisdom of the Bible in order to have a good word for the person in pain and—among other things—a kindly rebuke for the believer who has wondered away from the path of obedience. Various times I have been asked by people for a word of wisdom they can give a friend who is suffering.

I recall a 10 year old boy who was dying asking me if there were dogs in heaven. He was missing his dog back home many miles from the hospital. He had not yet acknowledged directly that he was dying but he was concerned to know that when he went to heaven would it be a comfortable happy place where he might have a dog as a pet. Continue reading 'A Word In Season'»

Not My Will But Yours Be Done

By , January 16, 2018

“And a leper came to Jesus,
beseeching Him and falling on his knees before Him,
and saying, ‘If You are willing, You can make me clean.’ ”
Mark 1:40 NASB

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“Moved with compassion, Jesus stretched out His hand and touched him, and said to him, ‘I am willing; be cleansed.’ Immediately the leprosy left him and he was cleansed.” Mark 1:41-42 NASB

The leper in our story was a truly amazing person. He had a loathsome disease that kept him away from people and gradually his body became deformed in such a way that he had great difficulty with the normal activities of daily life.

The man clearly was submissive to the Lord in his sad situation and so he did not so much ask for healing as for the Lord’s will to be done in his life. He confessed that the Lord could heal him if He was willing. In one way the leper was saying, “Not my will but yours be done.”

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