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  • TFRStaff 6:51 am on 2016-03-22 Permalink | Reply
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    Hugh’s News & Views (Hope) 

    IN HOPE OF ETERNAL LIFE

    In April of 1829, Alexander Campbell, one of the leading lights in the movement to bring about a restoration of original apostolic Christianity as set forth in the New Testament, met Robert Owen, a Scottish socialist and atheist, in a public debate in Cincinnati, Ohio. In spite of their vast philosophical differences, the two men apparently became friends.

    Sometime after the debate, Mr. Owen was a guest in the Campbell home in Bethany, Virginia (now West Virginia). One day the two men were walking in the fields together. Owen turned to Campbell and said, “I have one advantage over the Christian.” “What is that, sir?” Campbell asked. “I am not afraid to die,” replied Owen. “If I had a few business affairs arranged, I could lie down and die without fear.” “Have you any hope in death?” Campbell inquired. “No, sir; I think that death is the end, and I am without hope and fear in death.” “Do you see that ox over there?” asked Mr. Campbell. “It has filled itself with the grass of the meadow, and now stands in the shade of the tree, without fear and without hope in death. Tell me, sir, what does infidelity do to elevate a man above the beasts?”

    Hope is one of the great values of a Christian. The apostle Peter wrote:

    “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy, has begotten us again to a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are kept by the power of God through faith for salvation ready to be revealed in the last time” (I Peter 1:3-5).

    A brief analysis of this text reveals the following:

    1. God has begotten His children to a living hope. He has created/ engendered in them an everlasting hope.

    2. He did this motivated by His mercy for mankind and through the instrumentality of the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

    3. This hope is to an inheritance that is incorruptible and undefiled, one that is incapable of being corrupted.

    4. This hope does not fade away. It endures.

    5. This hope is reserved (literally, guarded) in heaven.

    6. This hope is for those who are kept by the power of God through faith. Cease believing (being faithful) and the hope vanishes.

    7. This hope will be revealed (made known) in the last time (at the end of all things at the second coming of Christ).

    It is depressing to live without hope, to believe that things will never be any better. How unutterably sad it is to be among those “having no hope and without God in the world” (Ephesians 2:12). Hope is what keeps us going. It is what makes life exciting. Hope gives us something to look forward to!

    The Bible teaches that there is only one hope (Ephesians 4:4). But for the faithful Christian this one hope has several significant dimensions. It involves our resurrection from the dead. Before the Jewish Sanhedrin council Paul said, “. . . concerning the hope and resurrection of the dead I am being judged” (Acts 23:6).

    This hope of our resurrection, in turn, gives rise to the hope of eternal life. “In hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,” wrote the apostle Paul (Titus 1:2). Our hope therefore is of heaven where this eternal life will be experienced. “Because of the hope which is laid up for you in heaven,” said the apostle (Colossians 1:5). “Reserved in heaven for you” (I Peter 1:4).

    Finally, this hope consists of becoming as Jesus now is.

    “Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (I John 3:2-3).

    “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ, who will transform our lowly body that it may be conformed to His glorious body . . .” (Philippians 3:20-21).

    What about you? Is your life filled with hope or with despair? Only the person who is Christ and in whom is Christ has any real hope! Paul declared: “Christ in you, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27).

    Hugh Fulford

    March 22, 2016

     
  • TFRStaff 5:46 am on 2015-04-03 Permalink | Reply
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    A live dog 

    “Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion” Ecclesiastes 9:4.

    Hope, that anchor for the soul, is in short supply today. I meet people everyday who feel defeated in their lives. Perhaps it’s a change they’ve failed to make in their lives. Maybe it’s circumstances they are currently trapped in. Or, possibly they or someone they love have not obeyed the gospel for salvation. Their declaration is always the same, “It’s hopeless!” (More …)

     
  • John T. Polk II 6:36 pm on 2015-03-12 Permalink | Reply
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    3-11-2015 We Are Not In Despair 

    “But as a mountain falls and crumbles away, And as a rock is moved from its place; As water wears away stones, And as torrents wash away the soil of the earth; So You destroy the hope of man” (Job 14:18-19 NKJV). By the time we read the headlines, see network TV News, watch destructive TV shows or dismal movies, or listen to our dreary “friends,” it’s no wonder that “depression” has enveloped our land. Job voiced the danger of being surrounded by downers!  But if we listen to God: Romans 15:13: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.” Christians learn to speak like Paul, “We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair” (2 Corinthians 4:8 NKJV).

    This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

     
  • TFRStaff 3:00 am on 2014-12-21 Permalink | Reply
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    What does the Bible say about hope? 

    “That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep His commandments” (Psalm 78:7).

    “Happy is he that has the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God” (Psalm 146:5). (More …)

     
  • J. Randal Matheny 5:47 am on 2014-12-14 Permalink | Reply
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    Will God answer my distress call? 

    In the darkest moments, when the Psalmist cries to God for help, his words of despair are permeated with a deeper belief that God is there and that God will answer. He believes, against all appearances, that God will hear him.

    Rescue me from the mud! Don’t let me sink!
    Deliver me from those who hate me,
    from the deep water!
    Don’t let the current overpower me!
    Don’t let the deep swallow me up!
    Don’t let the Pit devour me!
    Psa 69.14-15 NET

    Confusion may reign, the hurt may throw him at the foot of death, circumstances may appear hopeless, but underneath it all lies a bedrock of faith in the benevolent purpose of God.

    Many are the reasons why he possesses such a faith, but its essence derives from his knowledge of history, his own and his people’s. God is faithful. He holds to his promises. He has never failed his people.

    Israel told the story of her creation and redemption time and again to her children. That story was preserved in Scripture.

    Let the church tell, without shame nor revision, the inspired story of the faithfulness of God in Christ. It is this history, contained in the pages of Scripture, that will secure us to the Rock and feed our hope in the darkest hour.

     
  • TFRStaff 10:00 am on 2014-11-01 Permalink | Reply
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    October 2014 Issue of Christian Worker 

    Here’s a link to the latest PDF issue of the Christian Worker.

    Here are the topics that you will find:

    • Still the Most Critical Problem (Bill Jackson)
    • Apollos (Sam Willcut)
    • Bless the Congregational Lectureships (Bill Jackson)
    • Religion and Politics (James Boyd)
    • Fighting, but Not Striving (Tom Moore)
    • Shall We Digress into Holy Rollerism? (Curtis Cates)
    • Self-Control (Jerry Moffitt)
    • Strong Churches (Neal Pollard)
    • Jesus Brings Hope Out of Tragedy (Charles Box)

    Christian Worker is an edification effort of the Southwest church of Christ in Austin, Texas.

    You can subscribe to the email version of the Christian Worker paper by clicking on the publications link on their website and then following the given instructions…or by clicking on the link provided here in The Fellowship Room under the “Friends” category to your right.

    Copyright © 2014 Southwest church of Christ, All rights reserved.

     
  • Ed Boggess 6:17 am on 2014-10-28 Permalink | Reply
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    Just-A-Minute 

    There is a class of folk who are ever learning but never able to come to a knowledge of the truth. The man, who doesn’t believe in God, doesn’t know where he is, where he came from or where he is going. He doesn’t know if he is more man or monkey. He has no answers, regardless of what he claims. He has only questions. He has no past and he has no future. He has no hope and he has no help. His most intelligent relative is a chimpanzee. Of all men, he is most miserable. On the other hand, a Christian’s hope and help is God who answers his questions and provides him a future because he is the offspring of God Himself. As far as I am concerned, the evolutionist can keep his primordial ooze. As for me and my family, I choose faith. This is Just-A-Minute.

     
  • Eugene Adkins 7:00 am on 2014-10-01 Permalink | Reply
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    Hope delayed is not hope denied 

    Think about John 11 for a moment. It’s the chapter that contains Lazarus’ death, burial and resurrection.

    Well the chapter begins with Lazarus’ sisters sending Jesus an urgent message. To paraphrase it they said, “Please come because the one you love is really, really sick and you’re the only hope we have.” If you’re familiar with the story you know what happens. You know that Mary and Martha’s hope is delayed, and this delay in hope creates a sorrow that struggled to understand how things could have worked out the way they did in light of how they had hoped it would work out.

    But this delay was just that – a delay. And the delay eventually gave way to an amazement that changed the way they viewed hope. Hope was no longer an immediate expectation that could be dashed, but rather it was being trained to become an essential part of their enduring faith; their experience was creating an element within them that strengthened their resolve in the face of temporary disappointments while pointing to an undeniable future.

    There may be times when our hope seems to be denied. And there may be times when it seems like the resulting disappointments are too much to bear. But remember that there’s a difference between something being denied and something being delayed.

    We don’t have to understand all the questions – we just need to keep our faith in the answer that we’ve been given by Jesus.

    Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12)

     
    • Don Ruhl 8:57 am on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply

      Your title alone says it all. Also, the beginning of your last sentence we need to get into people’s thinking, that we do not have to understand all the questions, or know all the answers, that way of thinking we also need to implant into the minds of the people we serve, and into our own minds.

      • Eugene Adkins 6:51 am on 2014-10-03 Permalink | Reply

        Thanks, Don.

        This is a snippet of sorts from one of two lessons that I did from John 11. My whole theme in John’s gospel has been the Son of God, eternal life and the unbelief that keeps us from it. In the two lessons my point revolved around the differences between the disciples and the unbelieving Jews. The disciples did not always understand but they wanted too because they believed Jesus had the answers even if the answers didn’t always make sense to them; the unbelievers on the other hand didn’t want to understand no matter how plainly anything was ever told to them (cf. 10:24-25). So my two lessons from John 11 revolved around the same theme: the difference between not understanding and not believing. I used God’s love as the first topic and Jesus’ authority over death (a.k.a. our hope) as examples of how things in life may not always make sense when it comes to our questions, but through faith in Jesus as the answer we can have the answer that helps to settle the questions/doubt that can become the unbelief that separates us from the eternal life that Jesus offers.

        Started preaching there, but I just wanted to expound on it since your second sentence hit close to the actual point(s) I made in my lessons.

        • Don Ruhl 9:00 am on 2014-10-03 Permalink | Reply

          Sounds very interesting! I hope the brethren grow mightily in their own faith as a result of your teaching on this material.

    • Jack 12:45 pm on 2014-10-02 Permalink | Reply

      But when Jesus heard [it], he said, This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified by it. (John 11:4)

      I stir up, in the way of putting you in remembrance, your pure mind, to be mindful of the words spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of the Lord and Saviour by your apostles; knowing this first, that there shall come at [the] close of the days mockers with mocking, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, “Where is the promise of his coming? For from the time the fathers fell asleep all things remain thus from [the] beginning of [the] creation.”

      For this is hidden from them through their own wilfulness, that heavens were of old, and an earth, having its subsistence out of water and in water, by the word of God, through which [waters] the then world, deluged with water, perished. But the present heavens and the earth by his word are laid up in store, kept for fire unto a day of judgment and destruction of ungodly men. But let not this one thing be hidden from you, beloved, that one day with [the] Lord [is] as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Jehovah does not delay his promise, as some account of delay, but is longsuffering towards you, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
      (2 Peter 3:1b-9)

  • Eugene Adkins 6:55 am on 2013-09-23 Permalink | Reply
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    Random Monday Morning Podium Thoughts 

    I’d like to request prayers on behalf of a brother at Keltonburg. His name is Ron C. and he was in an auto accident this past weekend which left him with a fractured neck, 5 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a badly broken arm, a broken wrist, a badly broken leg and a broken foot. He is doing well for his situation but he is in a lot of pain and he has a long road of recovery to go including at least one other surgery and a lot of rehab.

    Last night was a great night at Keltonburg. We had two responses to the word. One baptism and one request for prayers. Plenty of reasons to smile and twice the number of hugs to give.

    While putting together some notes for my sermon I came to appreciate the meaning of a section of scripture a little bit more. 1 John 3:1-3 says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

    In connection to the return of Jesus, John mentions that whoever has the hope of Jesus’ return purifies himself just as Jesus is pure. With that thought I made a connection to the point that we can be ready for Jesus’ return by living for it. The idea being that when our hope is set on the return of Jesus then our drive in life will be to live a life that’s actually ready for His return. So in other words, without a desire to live a life of purification, because of the hope of the second coming of Christ, there will be no purification of our life. We cannot live like a child of God and a child of Hell at the same time. I used these thoughts in connection to 2 Peter 3:11 which says, “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,” where Peter is driving home a point that deals with a lifestyle choice based upon the hope of Jesus’ return.

    I’m already behind on my “normal” workload for this week but is a preacher ever really ahead of his work?

    Try to look for the providence of God in your life today – and have a great Monday.

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-09-11 Permalink | Reply
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    (#67) The Proverbs of Solomon 13:12-Sickening Disappointment 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 13:12: “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But when the desire comes, it is a tree of life.”

    Eager anticipation, expectation, is what “hope” is, and the disappointment of delay can be sickening, as the Old Testament records. Abram had waited for God to “make him a great nation” (Genesis 12:1-3), and the disappointment showed when “Abram said, ‘Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?’” (Genesis 15:2). Abram “believed God,” Who reassured him (Genesis 15:3-6). That promised child came, and was given a name meaning “laughter,” “Isaac” (Genesis 21:3-6), because it showed God was still going to keep His promise. The ultimate, single fulfillment of God’s long-term promise to Abraham was in Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:13-18). When Joseph and Mary came to offer her sacrifice of purification for birthing a male child under Moses’ Law (Leviticus 12:1-8; Luke 2:21-24), Simeon saw “the Consolation of Israel” come in the form of the infant Jesus (Luke 2:25-35), much later than expected. Children of God today are because of their spiritual connection to God’s promise to Abraham, NOT physical lineage to Abraham. “But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, ‘In Isaac your seed shall be called.’ That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed. For this is the word of promise: ‘At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son.’” (Romans 9:6-9). Many Israelites had become “sick” over the centuries because they thought this answer to God’s promise to Abram had been forgotten. This lesson should not be lost on Christians today. Peter said in 2 Peter 3:1-13, that it is only “scoffers” who think “all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation,” and choose to “willfully forget” the world-wide flood of destruction in Noah’s day (Genesis 6-9). And because “the Lord is not slack concerning His promises, as some count slackness” “the day of the Lord will come.”

    But look at “the tree of life,” that is, the refreshing of blessings, that comes when that “desire” is fulfilled. To Corinthian Christians whose response to the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 16:15-16) was because of “hearing, believed, and were baptized” (Acts 18:8), Paul wrote: “For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life” (2 Corinthians 5:1-4).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
    • James Randal 10:29 am on 2013-09-11 Permalink | Reply

      When ministry expectations don’t correspond to the Scriptures, servants of God may well experience disappointment. Your thoughts turned mine to this additional application. Thanks for the good word!

  • Michael Summers 2:39 pm on 2013-07-30 Permalink | Reply
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    The Path to Survival and Success 

    I sometimes parody Robert Frost’s old poem by saying, “Two paths diverged in a wood, and I, I blazed a new trail between them.” One should never let tunnel vision limit their achievements. Just because three options present themselves does not exclude the possibility of a fourth. Creatively pondering what other paths one may take may just prompt recognitions of a new trail.

    Sometimes, however, our trails reach a dead end. A deep chasm looms ahead or a wall blocks our progress. What shall we do? One possibility is to turn around and go back to our starting point. We also might choose to give up. When some people reach this situation in their lives, they attempt suicide. Almost always, other options exist than surrendering. One may try to climb the wall or build a bridge across the canyon. If a wall, we may look to the right and left to see if passageways exist in those directions. We may even be able to build a door in the wall. Seriously, even when it seems that there are none, options usually exist in life. They may not be our first choice; they may require giving up a long-cherished goal. Sometimes the new path leads in a better direction.

    Psalm 37 gives several insights to surviving and thriving when it seems opposition cannot be overcome or that we have run out of options. These include:

    “Do not fret” (verses 1 and 8).
    “Trust in the Lord and do good” (verse 2).
    “Commit your way to the Lord” (includes prayer, verse 3).
    “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him”(verse 7).
    “Refrain from anger” (verse 8).
    Keep the word of God in your heart (verse 31).
    Follow good role models (verse 37)
    “Take refuge” in God (verse 40).

    Maintaining calm and trusting reliable counselors (to include God) greatly increase odds for survival and success. Restraining anger and panic is critical. Fear breeds failure. Having a sustained pattern of behavior, especially in scripture study, prayer, and association with other believers, helps but one also needs to learn to wait and to build flexibility. Rigidity paralyzes people when unexpected situations arise. The message of Psalm 37 is that even when situations seem to require new solutions, some basic truths and practices will sustain us. When multiple options exist in life, God’s word will help us navigate the best trail to our destination.

     
  • John T. Polk II 4:00 am on 2013-07-29 Permalink | Reply
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    (#36) The Proverbs of Solomon 11:7-8-Why “Beg Trouble?” 

    Since God Created humans, only God can provide specific understanding of human behavior. God gave Solomon Divine Wisdom (1 Kings Chapters 3 and 10) to explain what and why behavior is as it is, and Proverbs 10:1-24:34 are randomly written, as if they were Solomon’s judgments about individual cases brought to him, or simply God-given explanations about life. New Testament passages may help see the continuation of Wisdom offered through Jesus Christ.

    Proverbs 11:7: “When a wicked man dies, his expectation will perish, And the hope of the unjust perishes.”

    The “expectation,” or “hope,” of a “wicked man” is driven by worldly lust and greed. Death slams the door on those expectations. Jesus described it thusly: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded plentifully…[so he said to himself] ‘Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years; take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry’” (Luke 12:15-20). Job asked the question: “For what is the hope of the hypocrite, Though he may gain much, If God takes away his life?” (Job 27:8) If life in this world is all there is to hope for, that is, “If the dead do not rise, ‘Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (1 Corinthians 15:32). The righteous, however, have hope beyond this life: “The house of the wicked will be overthrown, But the tent of the upright will flourish” (Proverbs 14:11).

    Proverbs 11:8: “The righteous is delivered from trouble, And it comes to the wicked instead.”

    Often, people focus on bad things that happen to good people, and ignore the times when bad people end up being punished by the very things they intended to do to the good people! Another proverb says: “Whoever digs a pit will fall into it, And he who rolls a stone will have it roll back on him” (Proverbs 26:27). Some Bible examples of God sparing the righteous and punishing the wicked in their own snare are: the Egyptian Pharaoh’s army vanquished in the Red Sea they thought trapped the Israelites (Exodus 14); Haman, the Agagite, was hanged on his own gallows instead of Mordecai, and Esther saved the Jews (Esther 7-9); government officials thrown in the lions’ den Daniel had been spared from (Daniel 6); soldiers’ lives taken after Peter released from prison (Acts 12:1-19). Truly “the Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment” (2 Peter 2:9).

    All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

     
  • Michael Summers 9:37 am on 2013-07-02 Permalink | Reply
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    What is a Good Return on Investment? 

    How do we determine whether we get a good “return on investment (ROI)?” The question came to my mind when I read an article that named ten universities and argued that they did not give a good “ROI.” While I was greatly relieved to see that the schools I attended did not make the list, it intrigued me that several “Christian” universities were listed, primarily because the cost of their tuition was several times the average income for their students’ dominant major field, religious studies. Other universities listed focus on the arts; apparently the average income for an artist is less than the average income for a high school graduate with no more formal education. There are other areas in which such a study might adduce a poor ROI: supporting a missionary in an impoverished area, a degree in education (also mentioned in the study above as one of several occupations that society values, but reimburses poorly), or donating to a losing political campaign.
    How do we determine whether we get a good return on investment? Time spent with our children may not produce apparent income, but may help mold them into productive, law-abiding citizens and faithful Christians who appreciate beauty in the world around us and respect authority. Money spent preparing for ministry may not yield a financial fortune, but may enrich one’s life with friends, faith, and hope. The basis for valuation in the article I read obviously was financial return. I suggest there may be areas in which this is not the only variable and some in which it may not even be a factor.
    I baptized an man the first Sunday I preached at a church over thirty years ago. I remember it well because he was taller and heaver than me; I dropped him as I brought him up from the water. In the months that followed, I invested time in visits, study, and prayer with this person. Despite that inauspicious beginning, when I visited that church a few years ago, he was there and helped lead the service. I gained no money from the experience, but I was elated; I felt rich.
    Near the end of the book of Hebrews, its author penned these words, “And so Jesus also suffered outside the city gate to make the people holy through his own blood. Le us, then, go to him outside the camp, bearing the disgrace he bore. For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come” (Hebrews 13:12-14). Money does not provide the only means of valuing success. Neither does popular acclaim. Some of the colleges mentioned in the study may be poor choices, but others may equip their students to introduce joy, peace, hope, and faith into our world despite their failure to enrich them. If we earn the respect of our family and those with whom we work, if we enjoy what God has given us, and if we look forward to the future (even to meeting God after death), then I suggest that we have an excellent return on investment. What do you think?

     
  • Glenda Williams 9:26 am on 2013-04-20 Permalink | Reply
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    Looking forward to heaven 

    From time to time I think about who it is I look forward to seeing in heaven. Of course, I look forward to being reunited with loved ones who have gone before, but I want to see those beloved people who have adorned the pages of God’s word, that I’ve read about through the years. Do you ever think about that? Who is it that you want to see?

    I want to see Jesus, the Savior who died for all. Jesus said, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father” (John 14:9b). I want to see Jesus, the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

    I want to see the angels, don’t you? Gabriel was given the task of telling the virgin Mary she would be found with child and would be the mother of the son of God. I want to see those heavenly beings.

    I want to see Mary, the mother of Jesus. God chose Mary to be the mother of His son. Imagine being a person chosen by God for such a mighty, wonderful, work. And yet, we are chosen by God, aren’t we?  As Christian we are the chosen, the called out of the world for a mighty, wonderful, work He has given us to do. We are chosen by the Father to be His children and to be followers of Him.

    I want to see Paul. Even though he did terrible things to Christians, when he learned better, he did better. He changed and became a mighty worker for the Lord. We can learn a lot from Paul and his example. He laid his life of sin down and took up his cross and followed the Lord.  He was truly a worker in the vineyard of the Lord. I want to see Paul. (More …)

     
  • Eugene Adkins 6:26 am on 2013-03-20 Permalink | Reply
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    A Wonderful Old Testament Passage About Hope 

    Hope is definitely a vital thread that contributes to the wardrobe of God’s people all throughout history even though is may not always be seen, but then again there are times in the scriptures where hope by far makes up the largest material percentage on the clothing tag. One such place is Job 19:25-27 which says:

    For I know that my Redeemer lives, and He shall stand at last on the earth; and after my skin is destroyed, this I know, that in my flesh I shall see God, whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!

    The only thing that Job had to hold on to was hope. It’s just as true to also say that the only thing holding on to Job was hope. Job’s situation was unique to him, but Job’s situation is also shared by all people who have hope in God. Our body will fade, our mind may grow feeble, our soul may falter. A Redeemer of body, mind and soul. That’s what Job needed, that’s what we need – that’s what we will all get in Jesus. That’s hope, and it’s wonderful.

    Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” (Romans 5:1-2)

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