The older we get the more we tend to think of our past – the good old days, perhaps our best days. It’s easy to get all nostaglic with a trip down memory lane. The past is getting longer and the future seems to be getting shorter with less and less to look forward to.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds… (James 1:2). This cannot mean that trials or troubles themselves are happy experiences – of course they are not (James has in mind poverty, injustice, illness and the like) – but that it is possible to have a very positive
Humans need hope. Hope gets us up in the morning and motivates us to do any number of things in the day. Without it we are hopeless and eventually fall into despair. When we are down, a ray of hope can make all the difference. We are hopers, always looking forward to the next good thing –
Ecclesiastes in the middle of the Bible yearns for purpose, rest and hope – all of which can be found in Jesus – Romans 8:28, Matthew 11:28, 1 Peter 1:3.
Can we persuade you to consider making a habit of getting to church on Sunday morning in good time? In good time not just on time, perhaps at least 10 minutes before the service starts. The benefits of getting to church in good time: · It is less stressful (than last minute or late) ·
Here’s a rap that’s rich in truth and evidence… Jesus is Alive (Shai Linne)
The will of God is what he wants from us, how he wants us to live… To find the will of God, look first and foremost in the word of God. The word of God (the Bible) often tells us very clearly what God’s will is… Check out, for example 1 Thessalonians 4:3 and 5:16-18.
Jesus in Gethsemane (Mark 14:36): cast himself on the love & omnipotence of God; confided in God the desires of his heart; committed himself to the will of God