Jesus is your guarantee of eternal life

I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, that you may know that you have eternal life.  (1 John 5:13) Scripture is not given to us only for equipping, but also for encouragement.  God’s Word isn’t brought to us merely to teach us to follow commandments, but to […]

God has prepared a homeland for you

But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.  Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.  (Hebrews 11:16) For every Christian, there are those times when we see the world as it is and realize that this is not our […]

Eternal perspective can set you free right now

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 39 ETERNAL PERSPECTIVE CAN SET YOU FREE RIGHT NOW I was mute and silent; I held my peace to no avail, and my distress grew worse. My heart became hot within me.  As I mused, the fire burned; then I spoke with my tongue: “O LORD, make me know […]

Because Jesus lives, you will, too

God’s Hope for Your Heart from John 14 BECAUSE JESUS LIVES, YOU WILL, TOO “Yet a little while and the world will see me no more, but you will see me.  Because I live, you also will live.”  (John 14:19) The world can look so dark sometimes, so broken, and it’s easy to lose sight of Jesus […]

Jesus is your hope beyond this life

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Psalm 17 JESUS IS YOUR HOPE BEYOND THIS LIFE As for me, I shall behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with Your likeness.  (Psalm 17:15) Like many of David’s writings, Psalm 17 is a plea to God for deliverance. David’s enemies are closing […]

God’s Word is your firm foundation

God’s Hope for Your Heart from Matthew 24 GOD’S WORD IS YOUR FIRM FOUNDATION Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.  (Matthew 24:35) There are many things in this world on which to build your life. You can build it on your achievements, always seeking one more win to validate […]

God has prepared a homeland for you

Scripture Notes on Hebrews 11 But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared for them a city.  (Hebrews 11:16) For every Christian, there are those times when we see the world as it is and realize […]

Sitting Shiva

I’ve never seen this grill before. I’m sitting on the worn striped seat cushion of an old metal chair.  Along with its three blue wire-frame counterparts and matching table, this chair has kept watch over my grandparents’ patio for years.  In front of me sits a new shiny new grill with a dozen settings and […]

The Beautiful Clothes of Death

What beauty could be found in the ugliness of death? “For while we are still in this tent [the physical body], we groan, being burdened – not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.” -2 Corinthians 5:4 Far from […]

Tears of Eternity

Why do we cry when we face the reality of eternity? Whether the passing of a loved one or an entry into new life in Christ, the heart responds with such surges of emotion that they simply cannot be contained. My grandfather has passed into eternity, and I am not sad, but happy.  I will […]