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Good News: In Trouble But Not Hopeless

Life forces me to deal with hard questions.

If I try to overlook difficult questions sooner or later I cannot.

Dante’s The Devine Comedy answers many of life’s tough questions.

For instance in passing through the gate of Hell (Inferno) there is this message:

Abandon Hope All Who Enter Here

There is nothing happy or cheerful about hell.

But who believes in hell anymore?

Though it matters what I choose to believe or ignore, denial doesn’t alter God’s plans and purposes.

DIFFICULT QUESTIONS:

1)      What is the sound of one hand clapping?

2)      Is hope lost?

3)      Who let the dog out?

4)      Is Jesus who he said he is?

5)      Do you want fries with that?

6)      Why am I here?

7)      What English word rhymes with orange?

8)      Where can I find answers?

SENSIBLE ANSWERS:

1)      Duh

2)      Never

3)      You

4)      Yes

5)      No

6)      Escape

7)      Nada

8)      Bible

BELIEVING LIES … BELIEVING TRUTH

Here’s some truth:

Serving Christ brings trouble yet not defeat.

2 Corinthians 4: 16 That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. 17 For our present troubles are quite small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us an immeasurably great glory that will last forever! 18 So we don’t look at the troubles we can see right now; rather, we look forward to what we have not yet seen. For the troubles we see will soon be over, but the joys to come will last forever. (NLT)

Here’s more truth:

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand;
All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.

Source: http://www.hymnal.net/hymn.php/h/298#ixzz1v2m6iGfO

ACCEPTING EXPECTATION

I live with trouble but life isn’t hopeless.

Hard questions have sensible answers.

Isn’t that the way you see it?

Will the Real God Please Stand Up?

IS GOD HIDING?

The Huffington Post recently asked a survey question: Where are you on the scale of belief in God? (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/30/belief-in-god-uchicago-report_n_1463379.html?ref=religion)

Please indicate which statement comes closest to expressing what you believe about God:

1. I don’t believe in God.
2. I don’t know whether there is a God and I don’t believe there is any way to find out.
3. I don’t believe in a personal God, but do believe in a Higher Power of some kind.
4. I find myself believing in God some of the time, but not at others.
5. While I have doubts, I feel that I do believe in God.
6. I know that God really exists and I have no doubts about it.
7. Can’t Choose
8. No Answer

Respondents were categorized as atheists (option 1), agnostics (option 2), deists (option 3), waivers (option 4), weak believers (option 5) and strong believers (option 6) depending on their answer choice.

After reading the article I’m asking myself: how do I know God exists and how can I show someone else that they (too) can know for sure that God exists?

Here’s how it makes sense to me:

A)    I realize God is not simply a feeling.

B)     I realize God is not found by reason alone

C)    I realize God makes His existence known some other way

What way?

WHERE CAN GOD BE FOUND?

The answer for me is in Hebrews 11.

I’ve heard some object to these words because they seem to eliminate reason and physical evidence.

This isn’t really true.

But God does expect us to use something that is available beyond our five senses and beyond our shoddy human reasoning.

Look at these words in Hebrews 11: 1 & 6. (I’ve printed them for you from the New International Version (NIV) of the Bible). Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see … without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

Obviously faith is the reality beyond reason or feelings.

LOOK FOR GOD HERE

So in my mind it works like this: Faith comes before reason or the senses will receive any longed for proof.

This is the way God has set it up.

Where are you on the scale of belief in God?

When do you know God exists?

I’m telling you my opinion and I’ll be happy to listen to yours.

I say you’ll know God is real when you begin exercising the faith given to you by God’s Holy Spirit.

Then the evidence will follow as God rewards your faith.

I’m Just Wondering

What kind of mind mixes time into eternity?

What kind of mind orders light out of darkness to craft day and night?

What kind of mind separates water from water to form space in-between?

What kind of mind fashions land and seas?

What kind of mind causes the land to erupt with all varieties of grasses and seed bearing plants and trees?

What kind of mind divides day and night with sun, moon and stars to regulate days, seasons and years?

What kind of mind supplies the waters and skies with life?

What kind of mind generates animals to fill the land?

Could it be the same mind that will transform believers in the blink of an eye?

Could it be the same mind that provides today’s breath of life?

The Absolute Best Kept Secret to Making It a Great Day

I have this pathetic idea that if I pray, “God take this, give me that, pity me, do tricks for me.”

And God does it, then God is my friend.

I act as if I’m able to manipulate God like I do everyone else.

In my hopeless whining, I’ve failed to remember that God invented me I didn’t invent Him.

Jesus said, “Forget about getting all twisted up in what’s going on inside your right now. You want to make it a great day?”

Open your Bible to Matthew 6: 33 in the Contemporary English Version (CEV) and make this a genuine part of your morning.

Jesus advises everyone who has any sense:

“But more than anything else, put God’s work first and do what he wants. Then the other things will be yours as well.”

God wants to be known intimately. The way this works is for me to position God and His work before my own.

Do this for just a half an hour and tell me what happened.

Getting It Right For a Change

IT’S E-Z

It’s easier to complain without thinking than to gratefully think.

It’s easier to zoom in on what feels out of whack than dwell on what’s favorable.

It’s easier to worry something to death than to trust that God possesses real ability and know-how.

How come I’m prone to do the harmful thing before I ever consider doing the healing thing?

TO CHANGE

These were my wandering wonderings before I read this verse in Psalm 126.

Verse 3 reads, “Yes, the Lord has done amazing things for us! What joy!” (NLT)

I hear some suppose that the Bible doesn’t relate to daily life—I disagree.

This verse caused me to swap an attitude of sadness for gladness.

I decided to write a short list of the things I’m grateful for.

For the “amazing things” God has accomplished on my behalf.

After a half hour I paused in surprise at how long my list had become.

It changed my day.

ATTITUDE

Maybe you’re at a spot where switching from grumbling to adoration would make a difference in your outlook.

Here are the first three things I wrote down:

1)      For a place to work.

2)      For my wife.

3)      For living in a country where I’m able to make the most of my opportunities.

TRY IT

Write your own list by answering, “What am I grateful for?”

A Gift Card For You … (Good Friday 2012)

Incorrigible is an ugly word. But the word accurately describes our human nature.

Denial,

Betrayal and

Contempt

are a few of incorrigible’s associates.

Incorrigible arrogantly asks, “Lord is it me?” (Matthew 26: 25)

Fortunately God’s goodness trumps incorrigible.

Always has.

Always will.

God’s goodness doesn’t behave like my manipulation.

Occasionally I pretend I’m good ‘cause I want to get what I want to get.

God’s goodness includes these characteristics:

Generosity,

Good will,

Kindness and

Mercy.

God’s goodness is also truthful and it answers incorrigible, “Yes, it is you.”

Still, God’s goodness does good and that’s why today is: Good Friday.

It’s a gift card for you (and me).

Multi-Vitamin for Today … Ephesians 5: 25

I take vitamins because they help keep me well.

TAKE THIS

Paul offers me a multi-vitamin. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her. (NIV)

WASH IT DOWN

Christ knows what the church could be but Christ loves the church in spite of:

1)      Flaws,

2)      Disappointments,

3)      Unloving Characteristics, and

4)      Other Unlikable Elements.

IT”LL MAKE YOU HEALTHY

Simple to read. Easy to understand. Sometimes a little difficult to swallow.

Do it anyway.