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these words.

Perhaps never before has humanity been bombarded with instant answers, instant fixes, and instant gratification.

It’s no wonder these words get lost in the pile of everyday distractions.

Yes, even in our churches there is much activity. But you can be sure, somewhere in the midst there is someone who needs to hear these words.

If someone you know is feeling hopeless and sad – tell them these words.

Personally, I think it would do us good to hear these words at every church service. We need the reminder to keep our focus where it should be.

When bad news comes or tragedy strikes the human response is to question God.

But, he left us with these words: 

“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 

For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 

According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever. 

Therefore encourage one another with these words.”

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waiting.

Laying below the frozen earth there is life.

At first glance, something may look barren.

Or hopeless.

Or impossible.

But since the beginning of time, the earth has been constant …

revealing the predictability of God’s creation, giving us hope.

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If God cares for the earth, how much more does he care about you?

Winter doesn’t last forever.

A new day is coming. Wait for it!

 

beauty.

The walls we build around us to keep sadness out also keeps out the joy.

-Jim Rohnfence

Ever see a flower growing in an unexpected place? An uneven sidewalk or a cold stone wall is lifeless until the beauty of a flower makes it home.

Even a rusty fence can be home for a delicate vine.

We all have barren places in our lives. Don’t let that emptiness you feel make you hopeless. There is ugliness in life but there is also beauty. They dwell together.

It’s far too easy to become hardened and bitter, and before you know it, you’ve  built a wall of protection around yourself.

Don’t keep the beauty from growing in your life! Let it wrap around the ugliness and diminish its power of negativity, sadness, and hopelessness.

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