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.
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).
by Bill Rudge
In this chaotic world that we live in, it is comforting to know that the LORD is my….
Creator who designed me.
Savior who died for me.
God and King whom I serve.
Rock on which I stand.
Strength in times of weakness.
Protection in times of danger.
Defender in times of battle.
Fortress in times of trouble.
Light in times of darkness.
Peace in times of distress.
Comforter in times of pain.
Provider in times of need.
Companion in times of isolation.
Multiplier when funds are low.
Healer in times of sickness.
Helper in times of difficulty.
Hope in times of despair.