What is your ultimate goal in life?

By , December 8, 2016

“And so we will be with the Lord forever.”
1 Thessalonians 4:17 (NIV)

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One of England’s greatest philosophers in the 20th century wrote “…my soul is a habitation of unyielding despair”. This dark, fearful comment is all that many people have to guide them through life and deal with the struggles common to us all. They think that all there is to existence is found in this present life. Death is the end of it all for humanity.

Despair means to lose all hope, to believe that nothing will rescue or deliver us from imminent danger or destruction. When a person is depressed they may not be able to identify a reason for the sorrowful state of mind. But the person who is in despair has thought through the alternative ways to approach the problem and has come to the conclusion there is no solution.

Despair is then the more frightening problem to have in life. A depressed person may have hope of a better day down the road. The person in despair believes the road ends in a brick wall and there is not a ladder to climb over it. There is no one more hopeless than the person in despair.

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Where is the Owner’s Manual for life?

By , December 7, 2016

“Your word is a lamp to my feet
and a light for my path.”
Psalm 119:105 (NIV)

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Last week I bought a new car! It was not new, new, but simply new to me. It is only 5 years old, is my first SUV, and has lots of whistles and bells to keep me entertained. I was really excited to get it as you might imagine. It replaced a car rather badly smashed up in an accident at the car wash.

It was fascinating to enter this new car and take it for a test drive. I was easily able to figure out how to put the key into the ignition switch and rotate it to get the engine fired up. I knew what the pedals on the floor were used for, etc. So off we went down the street. I used the turn signals properly and we entered the highway for a little ride there.

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Things Go Better With Christ

By , December 6, 2016

“If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and
take up his cross and follow me.”
Matthew 16:24

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There is a movie of a very brave young woman who lost an arm to a shark while surfing. The story goes into detail about the struggles she went through to come to terms with her new situation. One scene is of her and a youth worker in her church talking about her new life style. The injured teen, with tears in her eyes, asked how her accident could be part of God’s plan for her life. The youth worker gave an honest and appropriate answer by saying she did not know.

The movie goes on to demonstrate how the young lady not only survived but in God’s grace became a model for others with serious injuries to emulate. The courage she displayed and her submission to God’s unusual will for her life has blessed many with similar issues.

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What a Friend We Have in Jesus

By , December 5, 2016

“Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”
Matthew 5:44 (NIV)

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His name was Joseph Scriven and he was born in Ireland September 10, 1819. As a young man he studied at Trinity College Dublin and graduated with his B.A. in 1842, the same day his brother William graduated in medicine. His father was a soldier, mathematician and carpenter. His mother was a musician and read poetry to her children when they were young.

Joseph, as a young man was engaged to be married but his fiancé drowned the day prior to the wedding in 1843.

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Revenge or Forgiveness?

By , December 4, 2016

“It is mine to avenge; I will repay.”
Romans 12:19

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I recall the time when I met with a friend of mine. This person had been dreadfully abused as a child and it was a difficult road to freedom for my friend. Many counselling sessions had occurred to help relieve the person’s tormented mind.

Then this individual heard the Gospel and God opened their heart to respond to Jesus’ invitation to come to Him and receive rest. As the months passed after the initial encounter with the Lord the person grew in understanding about forgiveness. At first, the victim was highly offended that the criminal might be able to receive forgiveness from God.

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