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Saturday, June 6, 2015

Hope Lives

Dave Branon: When unspeakable tragedy
shatters people's lives, they search for

Recently, a mother who had lost a teenager
said to me,

    "I can't figure it out. I don't know if I can believe anymore. 
     I try, but God doesn't make sense to me. What does it all

There are no easy answers to such big concerns. But for those who have trusted Christ, there is hope—whether we are basking in blessings or grinding through grief.

Peter spells this out in his first letter. In glowing terms, he praises God for our "new birth into a living hope" (1 Peter 1:3 NIV)

He then tells us of the heart-breaking reality that we may "suffer grief in all kinds of trials" (v. 6 NIV) Those who have suffered loss turn hopeful hearts toward Peter's next words: These come so that "your faith...may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ"  (v. 7).

Trials—seemingly random and inexplicable—can be seen differently in the light of these words. In the midst of tragedy, the power and beauty of our salvation can shine through because of our great Savior.

And that may be just enough light to get a troubled person through another day.

 Lord, You assure us that the grand
salvation You provided is proved
genuine in our pain and that it leads
to glory for You. Help us to begin each
new day with renewed hope in You.

The light of salvation shines clearly even in the darkest night."

  (Taken from Our Daily Bread  4/24/15)
 (Google images and emphasis added)
All My H O P E 

Our Bible verses for today: 1 Peter 1:3-9 NIV

(3)"Praise be to the God and Father of our lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead (4) and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fadekept in heaven for you, (5) who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. (6) in this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. 

(7) These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. 

(8) Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, (9) for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls."

Some thoughts today: The greatest from of spiritual warfare is Christ's presence covering. Satan cannot overtake us!  Luke 10:19

- Christ's power comes through His Love. 1 John 4:4 "..greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world."

About Nadia’s Hope  A novel  by Lisa Buffaloe (Kindle $5.99, paperback $11.88
(13 used paperbacks for $6.12)

"Can close friends, a wild roommate, and a handsome medical student help Nadia learn to trust? Or will she chose to allow her past to forever cripple her future?" 

(Looks like a great book!)

                    Why, Lord?

Why do we only call You
When in trouble or in pain?
When things are going our way
There's no reason to complain.

But as soon as there is conflict,
And we don't know what to do,
We lift our eyes and raise our voice
And plead our case with You.

Why is it that we keep in touch
Just when we need Your help?
Why do we try continuously
To do things by ourselves?

Why don't we come to recognize 
That Your way is the best;
That if we learn to lean on You,
Our lives will be at rest.

© Frances Gregory Pasch

  (Her blog: devotions and poetry)

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