The Nature of God

by Bill Rudge

The amazement of God is manifest through the birth
of a child.

The love of God is understood while holding a grandchild
in your arms.

The wonder of God is displayed in the majestic movements
of a butterfly.

The creativity of God is revealed by the diversity of His creation.

The splendor of God is visible with the vastness of the universe.

The ingenuity of God is shown in the complexity of the DNA.

The hope of God is offered through a Baby in a manger.

The grace of God is realized through a blood stained cross.

The joy of God is obtained through the new birth.

The peace of God is achieved by trusting in Him.

The awesomeness of God will be displayed at the second coming of Jesus Christ.

The kindness and goodness of God will be lavished throughout eternity on those who know and love Him.

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If parents and grandparents have a love for their children and grandchildren that is beyond comprehension or explanation, how much more is the depth of love our Creator has for each of us. No wonder Jesus gave His life to redeem us.

I Felt So Empty

by Glen Rudge

I looked at the sky on a cloudy day –
Feeling so lost for I had lost my way.
For some reason and I don’t know why,
I felt that I was living a lie.

I reflected on my life and where I had been –
I thought, could I go back and start over again.
I’d make everything right of this mess I was in –
All my mistakes and all of my sin.

I felt so empty – way deep to the core –
I didn’t think I could take any more.
I found myself kneeling, speaking a prayer –
Not knowing where from, the words were just there.

They weren’t mechanical, for they came from my heart,
Not sure what it was that made me start.
I found my head bowed as I started to pray
Not really knowing just what to say.

But the words, they were coming as I prayed aloud
And looked up as a sunbeam pierced through a dark cloud.
This ray of sunshine; this bright beam of light
Awakened God’s wonders, displaying His might.

This instant awak’ning filled my whole being –
Not just the shaft of light but some Thing unseen.
I closed my eyes and prayed harder still,
Asking forgiveness, as was His will.

Then I thought about Jesus and the stories I’ve heard;
Vowed to read the Bible and bathe in His Word.
Two weeks passed; I’d been deep in the Book –
Was I unsure of something? I gave a re-look.

My Bible’s now tattered but I’ve been made whole –
And I prayed and thanked God and gave Him control.
Now I walk with purpose – He’s shown me the way;
In all of His righteousness I plan to stay.
To this day I’ve found peace that comes from above
Bestowed only in grace with His blessings of love.

Be Strong in the Lord

by Jim Weikal

All believers know the stress of suffering as Jesus foretold (John 16:33; Luke 9:23). Jesus was well acquainted with our griefs: Isaiah described the pain of the coming Savior centuries before in chapter 53 verses 3 and 4.

Times of stress and grief are not easy on anybody, but believers have a Savior who understands their predicament. Do not be afraid to cry out to Him, because He does hear us. Run to Jesus Christ when suffering comes. He understands and He cares.

The apostle Paul suffers in a Roman prison due to the persecution set in motion by the infamous emperor Nero – he knows that his death is imminent. So what does a dying man say to a “child in the faith” such as Timothy? Paul points Timothy to the source where he will find the strength to face the challenges of ministry and Roman persecution:

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus (2 Timothy 2:1).

This verse is a straightforward charge to “be strong.” It is a command and not a suggestion. To “be strong” is a continuous action not a one time reaction. Likewise, the Christian today who faces difficulties, challenges, persecutions, oppression and the like, Paul’s command resonates with us centuries later – “be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.” Remember our Master’s words:

These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world (John 16:33).