There is absolutely NOTHING that creates a greater sense of despair and hopelessness than feeling that God has quit listening or speaking to you. Everyone has felt it — and if we were to be honest, most people LIVE with that feeling. Is that what God wants? How can that be possible when Hebrews 13:5, which is referencing Joshua 1:5, says, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee….”? Was He lying? Does He take pleasure in seeing His children squirm, hurt, and cry? The Psalmist asked that exact same question in Psalm 102:1-2
This is a very simple thought that the Lord has been plowing into my heart the last several days. It seems like every circumstance for the past week or so has pointed back to this principle: Love People, Like Things, Live for God.
Article by Sean Tanner, Pastor of Discipleship & Youth, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Taylorsville, Kentucky. So many young believers venture outside of their own church and denominational fellowship (including their teachings) to find “true Christianity.” This usually happens after high school graduation. Why the desire to journey into new lands of Christianity? The reasons are many: they … Continue reading Searching for True Christianity as a Christian?
It is a twenty-five word 'parade of hope.' It's small enough to fit on a post-it note, yet powerful enough to last 2,000 years. It is the entire message of God in a nutshell. It is the gospel in one verse. It is the Magna Carta, the Rosetta Stone of Christianity. It is John 3:16. … Continue reading Our Hope of Salvation – John 3:16
Have you noticed that Christians seem like some of the saddest people on earth? Why is that? Is it because they don't have as much 'fun' as the world? Is it because they are under the guilt of not living up to the perfection of Jesus? I don't think so... When a person gets saved, he finds new joy and hope - but at the same time loses a lot of things he once found pleasure in. Christians must learn to find hope in the right things...
"I feel so much better since I gave up hope!" The bumper-sticker shocked me. It disturbed me so deeply, I followed the truck and asked the man, "How do you live without hope?" I couldn't believe his cynicism - the blatant hopelessness now on display with every word and gesture. He was barely enduring life's … Continue reading Great Hope in Jesus – 1 Timothy 3:16