Thursday, February 19, 2015

From My Heart: Hope in Life & Death

Last night a dear friend's mother went home to be with the Lord.  It was a sudden thing and left the family in shock.  However, her mom had a personal relationship with Jesus and is now home in Heaven.  So, even though the family is sad and mourning, they do have the peace and assurance that they will see her again. A couple of years ago, my Dad passed away. Life drastically changed for me since that time.  I think I spent that first year after his death trying to adjust to the fact that he was gone.  On the other hand,  I knew exactly where he was and is now; he is at home in Heaven.  I will see him again and I can't wait.  You see, for the Christian, there is hope even in death.  I can't imagine losing a loved one with out the hope of seeing them again in Heaven.

Jesus is our hope in life and in death.  He is the beginning and the end!  Do you have this hope I am talking about?  Have you ever experienced peace that passes all understanding?  Jesus is the answer for that hope. My niece's husband, Josh, is currently teaching a series about Jesus being the Hope you need in everyday life.   To hear sermons from his "So Much More" series, click HERE.  I am very thankful I have hope in life and in death through Jesus and I pray you will find your hope in Him as well.
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8 And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. 29 For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. 30 And having chosen them, he called them to come to him. And having called them, he gave them right standing with himself. And having given them right standing, he gave them his glory.

31 What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? 32 Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? 33 Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. 34 Who then will condemn us? No one—for Christ Jesus died for us and was raised to life for us, and he is sitting in the place of honor at God’s right hand, pleading for us.

35 Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? 36 (As the Scriptures say, “For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.” 37 No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.

Romans 8:28-37 (NLT)