Friday, January 15, 2010

Where's the hope in all this?

Images on our tvs from Haiti have disturbed and hurt us and if you are like me cost sleep. One image that did give hope was the sight of Christians worshiping God in the streets. Paul who when whipped and imprisoned and left to rot and die sang praises to God wrote: "Brothers, we do not want you to be ignorant about those who ...fall asleep (die), or to greive like the rest of men who have no hope" (1 Thessalonians 4:13)

It is not that we shouldn't grieve but that we shouldn't grieve like those with no hope. Christian hope is a sure hope - a certainty! We have a certain hope because of Jesus' promise that those who trust and believe in Him shall have eternal life.

Paul continued: 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. (v14) He died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him (5:10)

That is why those people in Haiti are able to worship their God in the most difficult of circumstances!

"Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice!" (Philipians 3:4)

Thursday, January 14, 2010

A time for giving

Haiti needs our help. We should be as generous as we can.

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

It was someone's intention that the cosmos in all its vastness and microscopic detail should come into being

"To make up your mind that there is a God affirms something tremendously important about being alive. It means that you believe that you do not exist by accident. Someone knows that you are there. Someone decided that you should be there. It was someone's intention that the cosmos in all its vastness and microscopic detail should come into being. That was and is God.

Christians reject the view that the presence of humans on this beautiful planet has come about by an unplanned sequence of events. They do not accept that life is merely a phenomenon that overtakes some planets in their dying years. Instead they believe that God always intended that human life, with its capacity for intelligence, goodness and love, should be the climax of a vast plan. We are incredibly fortunate to be part of that plan, because we are alive, and human life is bursting with potential."

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