Encouragement From The Word

Tomorrow is not promised

I’m conducting the funeral tomorrow for the son of a neighbour.  When the funeral home called me, I was surprised; he was young – younger than me.

His heart simply gave out on him.  It was all so sudden.

I’ve often said, “Tomorrow is not promised.”  I’m sure I didn’t come up with that, but it’s true.  By all means, we should plan for retirement, and plan for the future, but we should by all means keep in mind that tomorrow is not promised.

I once knew a man who saved all his hopes and dreams for travel until after he retired.  He died six months after he retired.

Tomorrow is not promised.

That’s why it’s so important to be in relationship with the Lord now.  Some will say they’ll wait until later in life to make amends with their Creator, since they presume that he would only want to cramp their style in the meantime.  (Spoiler: that’s not really the case.)

But tomorrow is not promised.  Restore your broken relationships, for your sake and theirs.  Keep short accounts.  And come to Jesus today.  His hand is extended already, waiting to receive you by faith, and to offer you the joy of his salvation.  (To learn more, click here.)

Seek the Lord while you can find him.  Call on him now while he is near.  Let the wicked change their ways and banish the very thought of doing wrong.  Let them turn to the Lord that he may have mercy on them.  Yes, turn to our God, for he will forgive generously” (Isaiah 55.6-7, NLT).

Biblical Messages

The Dead Will Rise

“What happens after we die?” It’s a question not often enough asked.  There is much mystery to life beyond this life, but the Bible does address it in many places.  In our passage for today, John 5.24-30, we learn a few things that should encourage followers of Jesus…and should encourage people to become followers of Jesus!  Listen or watch below:

Biblical Messages

No need to fear

I was asked to preach a message about fear.  As I read Psalm 24, I saw, really, three sorts of fear with biblical remedies.  Have a listen, or click the link below to view the Facebook Live video (with or without an account).

 

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Encouragement From The Word

Afraid? Of what?

I shared a poem at a memorial service this week which I had used many years ago, but stumbled upon again. It was written by a missionary to China in response to a number of missionary martyrdoms, and has always, for me, been a powerful testament to what Jesus’ death and resurrection mean for Christians, a poignant illustration of the apostle Paul’s words to the church in Corinth when he quoted Isaiah: “Death has been swallowed up in victory” (1 Corinthians 15.54b, NIV).

 

Read this slowly and meditatively, and let its meaning wash over you today.

 

Afraid? Of What?

To feel the spirit’s glad release?

To pass from pain to perfect peace,

The strife and strain of life to cease?

Afraid – of that?

 

Afraid? Of What?

Afraid to see the Saviour’s face

To hear his welcome, and to trace

The glory gleam from wounds of grace?

Afraid – of that?

 

Afraid? Of What?

A flash, a crash, a pierced heart;

Darkness, light, O Heaven’s art!

A wound of His a counterpart?

Afraid – of that?

 

Afraid? Of What?

To do by death what life could not –

Baptized with blood a stony plot,

Till souls shall blossom from the spot?

Afraid – of that?

 

Biblical Messages

PAIN KILLER: The Pain of Loss

We all experience pain and we all experience loss – and there is pain in loss.  How we deal with that pain, however, can shape our lives, whether we know it or not.  This message, based on 2 Samuel 12.1-25, gives us some ideas on how constructively to deal with the pain of loss.  You can listen to the message by clicking here.  After the message, as a moment for meditation, we attempted to play the song that you can listen to on YouTube.