Prepare to Live

 

 

In 1931, Jane Whyte felt she was nearing the end of her life. Her husband Alexander, the famous Scottish preacher, had died 10 years earlier. As she looked at the world around her, she was depressed by the moral and political chaos. There seemed to be no reason for her to go on, nothing for her o do.

At dinner one evening, she sat next to a man who sensed her dejection. “What is your greatest concern?” he asked. “I’m preparing to die,” said Mrs. Whyte. “Why not prepare to live?” he suggested.

That was the question Mrs. Whyte needed to hear to break the deadlock in her life. She began to see that God wanted her to live and to touch others for Him. Her attitude changed and within a year she led a Christian outreach team in a mission to Geneva, Switzerland. That trip profoundly affected the lives of many people.

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Life can seem overwhelming at times, but God offers us hope. Paul wrote, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit “.

Regardless of your age or circumstances, don’ despair and prepare to die.” Believers in Christ can prepare to live filled with hope, joy and peace. —-DCM

Related Book to Read “Surprised by Hope by Tom Wright”

 

Tom Wright outlines the present confusion about future hope in both church and world. Wright convincingly argues that what we believe about life after death directly affects what we believe about life before death. This book will surprise and excite all who are interested in the meaning of life not only after death but before it.

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A Perfect Father

     My father once admitted to me, “When you were growing up, I was gone a  lot.”

I don’t remember that. Besides working his full-time job, he was gone some evenings to direct choir practice at church, and he occasionally traveled for a week or two with a men’s quartet. But for all the significant (and many small) moments of my life he was there.

For instance, when I was 8, I had a tiny art in an afternoon play at school. All the mothers came, but only one dad –mine. In many little ways, he has always let my sisters and me know that we are important to him and that he loves us. And seeing him tenderly caring for my mom in the last few years of her life taught me exactly what unselfish love looks like. Dad isn’t perfect. but he’s always been a dad who gives me a good glimpse of my heavenly Father. And ideally, that’s what a Christian dad should do.

At times earthly fathers disappoint or hurt their children. But our Father in heaven is “merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. When a dad who loves the Lord corrects, comforts, instructs and provides for the needs of his chiildren, he models for them our perfect Father in heaven.

     By Cindy Hess Kapser

The Search for Justice

A trial has just ended and the reactions to the verdict could not be more different. The family of the alleged murderer celebrates the declaration of  a mistrial due to a legal technicality. Meanwhile, the grieving parents whose daughter has died wonder about a justice system that would allow such a decision. As they stand weeping before a mass of microphones and cameras, they exclaim; “Where is the justice in this? Where is the justice?”

     We’ve seen this scenario played out in the news or on TV crime dramas. We instinctively long for justice but cannot seem to find it. The wisest man of his day, Solomon, faced a similar frustration and disappointment. He saw that imperfect human beings could never administer perfect justice. He “wrote ;” I saw under the sun: In the place of judgement, wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, iniquity was there”.

     If all we trusted in were imperfect people, we would lose all hope. But Solomon wisely added “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”

     The search for justice can be satisfied only by trusting the God who is always just. —-Bill Crowder

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5 Love Languages : The Secret to Love That Lasts  by Gary Chapman

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