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There is Hope

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My dad went to be with Jesus in 2000. One of the last times I saw him alive was on a visit I made to the VA home where he lived in another state. I was only able to visit him there two or three times a year. He had been in the home about four years and he hated it. As a former reformatory guard, he referred to it as “lockdown”. But my mom was no longer able to work and take care of him by herself. I wanted so much to encourage him somehow and on this visit I felt the urge to share these verses:

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.” John 14:1-3 (ESV)

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Looking at my mom, he choked, “Did you hear what she said”? He was blessed and encouraged. He would not be stuck in that bed forever. Jesus was preparing a better place for him.

This world is a place of suffering. We may have moments, even days when we are personally free of suffering. But truthfully, with how the world has shrunk so that we know what is happening around the world instantaneously, suffering confronts us hourly if not by the minute. Suffering in this world is a reality and has been since the day Adam and Eve sinned.

Our encouragement, our hope is in knowing it won’t be this way forever. Even if we live into our hundreds, life on this earth is short. Those who believe in Jesus will then live with Him for eternity free of suffering. Someday, He will return to earth and those still alive on earth will see the end of evil and pain.

The tragedy is for those who never know or do not believe that Jesus paid for our sins on the cross and set us free and then enter into eternity without Him.

The longer I live, the faster the days go by. Life on this earth is fleeting. Even if I manage to have a life of ease and comfort it won’t last long.

“For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” James 4:14b (ESV)

I feel it.

The longing we each have in our hearts for a perfect place free of pain and sorrow will be fulfilled in heaven.

“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.” Romans 10:9-10 (ESV)

Believe in Jesus. Believe He died for your sins and rose again.

“For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’” Romans 10:13 (ESV)

Believe in Him and know you will spend eternity in perfect joy.

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Originally published at Takin It To the Streets

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Christmas in Heaven

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For many, there are loved ones

who will be spending their first Christmas in heaven this year.

Christmas in heaven.

Can you imagine?

Not just celebrating the babe in the manger,

but falling at the feet of the King of Kings.

 

Not just viewing dozens of Crèches

made of every conceivable material

but being in the presence of the Holy One,

Immanuel,

Jesus Christ Lord of Lords,

The Great I AM!

 

What a glorious celebration!

 

Our little “celebrations” are barely

even shadows of the eternal celebration in heaven.

 

To think that our loved ones

are experiencing the full meaning of Christmas

for the first time.

 

God with us!

 

They are now in His presence for all of eternity.

The full joy of Christmas

with none of the negative effects caused by sin.

Pure joy unmarred by selfishness, worry, stress,

materialism or worldly distractions.

 

Can’t you see them worshipping before the throne?

 

Filled with the joy of heaven.

Free from the sorrows of earth.

 

Living the meaning of Christmas.

 

We love you.

Keep celebrating and one day

we will worship there together, forever!

Susan Aken   Christmas 2007

“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NLT)

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Peace in a Troubled World

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God is so awesome! His Word is so powerful.

I love you Lord. Thank you for loving me.

Thank you for the birds I hear right now.

It brings such calm and peace just to hear their songs. To know they continually praise you. They just love being birds. I love sitting here on my screened in porch made with love by my dear husband. I love the cool breeze this morning.

I love watching the birds eat and seeing the flowers. It seems like the birds are especially happy this morning. Maybe because of a little rain and the coolness?

I love knowing that I belong to Jesus and I am His forever.

The world is a mess. There is more alarming news every day. Sometimes it seems like we are poised for disaster.

Yet, I know my redeemer lives! I know God is Sovereign! Nothing is a surprise for Him. He knows the days of this earth are numbered. He knows this life here is just a puff of smoke in all of eternity. His plan is for all His people to live with Him for eternity! Eternity without sin, pain, sorrow or trouble. Eternity as His pure and holy people. His beloved!

Even if the worst happens here, if it all falls away, if everything I know crumbles – He still reigns and His victory still stands. The enemy is already defeated! We know the end to the story…the devil will be cast into the pit forever. Jesus will reign and does reign as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Everything will be made right and God’s purposes will be fulfilled. What do we do? We trust. We have faith. Knowing faith is the evidence of things hoped for. Faith is believing even when we cannot see. I trust His love. I trust His Sovereign plan. I trust in His goodness and purity. God’s plans are always best. His power is unquestioned and unmatched. I will praise Him forever.

Oh, I long for the day when I will be free from the sinfulness of the flesh. When I will be all He created me to be. Please help me Lord. Help me to live closer each day to the person you created me to be. Please love through me. Please empower me to show your greatness to those around me. Oh, that my life would reflect your glory! Help me let go of all pride, self-seeking and live for your glory. I cannot do it in my strength. Oh, Holy Spirit please live through me. I rest in you. I love you.

“...In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33b

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