HOME


Now we know that if the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal home in heaven, which is not made by human hands. In fact, the reason we groan is that we long to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven.               (2 Corinthians 5: 1) [EHV]

            As I get older, I find that I have become what people refer to as a home body. I am happiest when I am at home in my own space where things are familiar and comfortable. It’s fun to take a vacation or go visiting, but I am always happy when it is time to return home.

Do you ever feel that way? When you are far away from home visiting friends or relatives, or when your job has called you away, do you miss your home setting and the people there who love you? Does thinking of home make you long to be back there? As the old saying goes, there is no place like home!

            I remember back in the day being away from home for months at a time while in college. After college I spent a year on the Apache Indian Reservation in Arizona doing mission work. Many times, during those years I longed to be back home with my family. My first Christmas away, though festive and Christ-centered, was just not the same as celebrating at home with my family – home where I knew I was loved unconditionally. 

            Recently I was gone from my home in Wisconsin for 8 days and 7 nights visiting my family (children/grandchildren) in Michigan. I was there to help support my daughter, and granddaughter (who was having hip surgery), and spend a couple of days with my son and family which was very nice.

            It was great to see them and fun to be with them, but about halfway through my visit I began to miss my home. I missed my husband especially and our little dog and pet birds. Hmm… come to think of it I missed other things about home too. I missed the relaxed feeling one has when being home. I missed sleeping in my own bed, sitting in my own comfortable chair in our living room, and having my own bathroom available to me whenever I wanted it or needed it.  Home is a place where we know we are loved. It is a place where we can relax and be ourselves. There is just no place that compares to it.

            Entering our apartment upon my return home felt wonderful. I was happy and relieved to be back where I belonged. I was greeted joyfully with a kiss from my husband. Our little dog happily wagged his little tail and jumped up to be closer to me. I felt good and safe and happy.

            Jesus tells us, in my Father’s house are many mansions. If it were not so, I would have told you. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and take you to be with me, so that you may also be where I am. (John 14:2) [EHV]

            When God calls us to heaven, it will be like coming home. The feeling we have regarding our home here on earth is but a taste of the wonderful homecoming we will receive when we reach our heavenly home. We will be welcomed by the arms of Jesus and we will never have to leave again. It will be wonderful. We won’t miss our own bed or chair or any of the other comforts of our earthly homes. We will know we are loved, and we will all be a part of one family – the family of Christ. We will feel good and safe and happy. There is just no place that will ever compare to it!

            When my son went to heaven several years ago, his last breath was like a quiet sigh of relief. It was and continues to be a comfort to me. I picture him at that moment being carried in the arms of the angels to his home in heaven to meet his Savior.

Gloria Dei!

By Christine

Prayer:

Dear Lord Jesus, take away our fear of dying and help us to remember that it is but the gate to our eternal home with you in heaven. Amen

My Spiritual I.D.


Baptismal Certificate
Baptismal Certificate

Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. (Isaiah 43: 1)

Do you have a legal document that tells others who you are? In the U.S. every child born receives a social security number and a birth certificate. Your birth certificate and SS number are proof of who you are.
Your birth certificate lists your time and date of birth, the hospital and city where you were born, how much you weighed at birth, and the names and address/addresses of each of your parents.
Your SS number is unique to you alone. There is no other person in the U.S. or anywhere in the world for that matter, who shares that number with you. It identifies who you are. You will be asked to present it for any legal document you submit to anyone, and for all important paperwork.
The most widely used I.D. people in the U.S. carry however is a driver’s License. Your driver’s license is a laminated card which contains a picture of you, shows your date of birth, weight, sex, and the address where you live. Most young people here in the U.S. obtain a driver’s license at the age of 16 after they pass their driver’s training course. It is something they will carry with them their entire life. Your driver’s license is legal proof of who you are, no matter where you go.
As a young teen getting my first driver’s license, I can still hear my mother instructing me, don’t ever go anywhere without it! It tells others who you are. If you get in an accident and aren’t able to speak the police will be able to identify you and notify your family.
I took the instructions my mother gave me seriously and always obediently made sure I had my license whenever I went out, even if I wasn’t driving. But there was one time when I forgot it. I was out of state spending time with my cousin in Phoenix, AZ. I was new to the area and the evening after I arrived she took me out and introduced me to some of the local gathering places for young people. For whatever reason (I have no idea why, but maybe I just forgot it) I didn’t take my purse.
My cousin was driving and as she pulled into one of the city parks, a police officer pulled up beside her. She had not been driving recklessly or broken any laws, but I think he just randomly pulled her over, maybe because she was young and it was a Saturday night. He was just being cautious and making us aware of his presence. Of course he asked each of us for our I.D. and I didn’t have mine. I honestly don’t think he believed me when I told him I had forgotten it at home. I’m sure he thought we were up to some kind of “no good”, but he finally let us go and told us to go straight home. I couldn’t believe it! The one time I didn’t have it with me, I get caught! Now, forty some odd years later, I don’t recall ever having repeated that mistake again.
We should each recognize that our I.D. is a very important document because it is proof of who we are. I am not aware of what laws and regulations are in effect in other countries, but pretty much everyone in the U.S. over the age of 16 has and needs some type of picture I.D. If you don’t drive you may have what we call a State I.D., or maybe if you are a student you have your Student I.D. But do you have a Spiritual I.D.? Do you know what a Spiritual I.D. is? Do you know where/how to get one? Let’s talk about it.
I obtained my Spiritual I.D. on April 23, 1950. That is the day my parents brought me to baptism. I was one month old. We are all born into this world sinful. Surely I was sinful at birth, sinful from the time my mother conceived me (Psalm 51:5). We inherit the virus of sin from our parents, and their parents, and so on down the line. Many people feel that babies are sweet and innocent and don’t sin, but they are wrong. They may be sweet, and they are innocent in that they

My Spiritual I.D.
My Spiritual I.D.

aren’t aware of their sin and don’t know any better, but still they ARE sinners. As little sinners, they need God’s forgiveness in order to be fit for heaven. They need to be washed in the blood of Jesus through faith in order to be saved. I tell you the truth; no one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit (John 3: 5, 6).
At one month of age, even though I was too little to understand it all, I was born again through my baptism and became alive in Christ. I now belonged to His family of believers. Through the waters of baptism connected to God’s Word, The Holy Spirit put faith in my tiny little heart and I was washed clean of my sin and reborn into a new life. There was rejoicing in heaven that day! There is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents (Luke 15:10). The angels rejoice jubilantly over each person on earth who is forgiven through faith. God loves all people and doesn’t wish that anyone would go to Hell. He [God] is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance (2 Peter 3: 9).

Faith comes from hearing the Word. Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ (Romans 10: 17). But it also comes to us through the Sacraments ie: Baptism and Holy Communion. A newborn baby is too little to read the written Word and understand what it means for his/her soul. The Holy Spirit, through baptism, places faith in the hearts of babies and little children who are too young to understand. Through baptism their sins are forgiven. Through baptism God showers His never ending grace upon each little child so that when He looks at him/her He no longer sees a sinful little human, but the holiness of Jesus.
Many people have the mistaken idea that baptism is something we do for God. They feel it is something we should let our children decide upon when they become old enough to understand. Baptism is not our commitment to God. On the contrary, baptism is God’s commitment and gift to us. It is His way of saying; I love you and you are Mine! I promise I will never leave you. I will watch over you and protect you. I will bring you home to be with me forever when your life here on earth of over.
Parents, it is your God-given responsibility to bring your child to baptism. Jesus himself tells us; Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these (Luke 18: 16).
My baptism certificate is my Spiritual I.D. It is the I.D. which says I belong to God. It tells me I am saved through the blood of Jesus shed for me on the cross so many years ago. It is proof that I am His forgiven child. All of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ (Galatians 3: 27). I carry His name with me every day that I live. It is not a guarantee that I will never leave Him, but it IS His guarantee to me that He will never leave me. I pray that he will watch over me and keep me in my baptismal grace until the day He calls me from this earth.
Unlike my driver’s license or state I.D. I will not need to present my spiritual I.D. for legal documents here in this life. I won’t need to present it when I stand before God on the last day either because he has a record of it in His Book of Life. However do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven (Luke 10: 20).
Have you obtained your Spiritual I.D, yet? Have you been baptized for the forgiveness of sins? Are you an heir to His eternal kingdom? Have your children been baptized? If you and/or your children haven’t been baptized and you are interested in finding out more about it, feel free to email me at grandmapoz@yahoo.com. I will try to direct you to someone in your area who can tell you more about it and help you make it happen.
Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children (Acts 2: 38, 39) Goria Dei!

by Christine

Special note to parents:

God does not tell us in His word what happens to little babies who are killed through abortion or who die before birth or before there is time for baptism. It is not my intent to put fear in the hearts of already grieving parents who have lost children to death before baptism. For your comfort, remember that our God is a just God, but He is also a merciful, fair and loving God. We can trust that in His almighty wisdom He takes special care for the souls of helpless infants. All life is precious to Him.
He does command baptism however, and entrusts these little lives to us as parents, to be cared for and nurtured. It is our responsibility to make sure they have all that they need, not only for their bodies (their physical good), but especially for their souls (their eternal good). Eternity is forever. Therefore why would we not, when it is within our power to do so, want to afford ourselves the comfort of knowing for sure that their souls are safe in His loving arms?

SOUL FOOD


“Soul Food”

It is written: Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. (Matthew 4: 4)

We all know how important it is to have food for the body. In order to stay healthy and strong, we need to eat nutritious food every day. Here in the U.S.A. there is an abundance food. Most of us eat three meals a day and snacks in-between.   When our body needs food, we may feel our stomach growl, or even get a headache. Once we refresh our body with the food it needs, we immediately feel better.

Just as my body needs good nutritious food to stay healthy and strong, my soul needs to be fed also. My soul needs to be fed daily with the life-giving Word of God. Without “soul” food I will lose my focus on what is important in life. I will wander away from God, trusting my own abilities and forget that I need Him. With my focus on my own agenda, I will get caught up in the material things of this life (job, money, home, computers, iPods, smart phones, cars, vacations etc.), and fail to take time for God.

Soon my soul will begin to suffer. Unlike my body, my empty soul doesn’t cause me to have physical “hunger” pains. My soul’s hunger pains are more subtle. I may at first just feel a little down in the dumps or sad. Not realizing the root of my problem, I try to fill it with material possessions. I might go out and buy something new – a new TV for example or a new car.  That fills the void for a while, but when the newness wears off, I become sad again. Okay, so maybe I will give my house a face life – remodel the kitchen and bathrooms, apply new paint, and add new accessories to the bedrooms. I should be happy now right? But eventually the sadness and emptiness resurface again. I ask myself, what is missing in my life? Why can’t I just be happy?

As God observes my actions, He shakes His head in sadness. He loves me deeply and doesn’t want to see me in pain. The time has come for Him to act. I need to be shocked back into reality because I have forgotten what is important in life and what is best for my eternal good.

My yearly visit to the Doctor reveals a serious problem. The cancer is terminal. I have been given 6 months to live. Suddenly my “stuff” doesn’t matter anymore. I can’t take a TV, a new car, or my newly remodeled home with me when I leave this life. Naked I came from my mother’s womb and naked I will depart (Job 1:21).  My possessions no longer have meaning. They will be left here for others when I am called from this earth.  

God now has my undivided attention. Where I will spend eternity has suddenly become a reality to me. I sit up and take notice of what is truly important in life. I finally realize that the new car, the new house, and all the electronic devices didn’t bring me any lasting happiness. I open my Bible to John 6: 27, 35, 41 where Jesus reminds me, Do not work for food that spoils, but for food that endures to eternal life…He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty …I am the bread that came down from heaven.

A light bulb flashes on in my mind! I have finally become aware that it is my soul that is hungry and not my body. All this time I have been trying to feed my soul with physical food (material possessions) and all I found was emptiness. My soul needs Jesus. He is my eternal food.

Have you been feeding your soul? Have you been present on Sunday for worship lately? The writer to the Hebrews reminds us that we need the support and love of fellow Christians to help keep our faith strong and focused. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching (Hebrews 10:25).

Aside from fellowship, worship also offers me the opportunity to praise and thank God for the many blessings He showers upon me daily. And along with “food” for my soul, it also offers “rest” for my soul. Jesus says, come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls (Matthew 11:28, 29).

It is important for me to feed my soul at home also by spending time in prayer and God’s word. But in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4: 6, 7).

Take the time to say a short prayer before you start your day. Ask God to be present with you and lead you to make good decisions and choices throughout the day – decisions and choices which reflect His love and allow the people you meet to see and know that you belong to Him.  

Yes, I need food for my body while here on this earth. My body is a gift from God. It is the “tent” He has given me to live in while I am here. I seldom forget to feed it because it tells me when it needs food and water and it tells me when it needs sleep. I will care for it and remember that it is His temple. But more importantly, I need to remember to feed my soul. I need to feed it with eternal food and not the junk food of this life. I need to feed it through prayer and worship. I need to feed it through the study of His precious word. I need to take God with me every day, knowing that when I put Him first, He will provide for my physical needs also.  

It isn’t wrong to have nice things, material possessions which make my life easier and more enjoyable, but God should always be my priority. When God gets put on the “back burner” my soul will suffer. It will starve without the food of His Word. When I put Him first, all the material things I need for this life will fall into place. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (Matthew 6:33).

And should I forget to feed my soul, I have the comfort of God’s promise to never leave me. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28: 20). He will keep me from wandering away from Him and getting lost in the things of this world. When I walk away from Him and begin to fill my soul with junk food, He will in some way, and according to His perfect plan, remind me of what is important for my eternal good.  

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand (John 10:27, 28).

Gloria Dei!

By Christine

My Unbelieving Friend


The following letter was written to a friend of mine who is an unbeliever. In the end her unbelief came between our friendship. I have had many friends over the years that did not believe in Jesus or had differences of opinion about God, and we were still able to remain friends, but this time it was different. She was so adamantly against Christianity that I was not able to be myself around her for fear of offending her. Yet she offended me each time she denied Jesus as God, and her claim that the Bible is a Fairy Tale felt like a punch in the stomach.

I know that Jesus said, If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first…if they persecuted me, they will persecute you also… They will treat you this way because of my name, for they do not know the One who sent me… He who hates me hates my Father as well (John 15: 18, 20, 21, 23). He also said to his disciples, I am sending you out like sheep among wolves… All men will hate you because of me…When you are persecuted in one place, flee to another… (Matthew 10: 16, 22, 23). These same words apply to Christians today, but that doesn’t make it easier. He also told his disciples, if anyone will not listen to your words, shake the dust off your feet when you leave that home or town (Matthew 10: 14). In this case that is exactly what I did. But I still think about her and pray for her.

She claimed to have no fear of ghosts or evil spirits. One day, after a discussion between us about the spirit world, I loaned her my book, Wizards That Peep, A Journey into the Occult. It is a study of the occult written by Lutheran Theologian Siegbert W. Becker. It is basically a Christian perspective on the spirit world and the occult. It is informative and accurate, and a book I would highly recommend all Christians read.

The reaction she had to the book came as a complete shock to me. She called me the next morning to tell me she would be dropping the book off at my apartment. She exclaimed, you have no business even having a book like that in your house! It had scared her to the point where she couldn’t sleep and out of fearfulness had put it in her freezer claiming it was hot. So much for “no fear”.

I believe her fear was real. My intentions had not been to scare her, but to comfort her. It is my feeling, that the devil thought her easy prey, so he pounced. The apostle Peter warns, Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour (1 Peter 5:8). But the devil and his demons hold no fear for those who have faith in Jesus. He promises believers his protection. We are reminded, Submit yourselves then, to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Come near to God and he will come near to you (James 4:7, 8).

As for me, I am reminded, If you are insulted because of the name of Christ, you are blessed, for the Spirit of glory and of God rest on you…if you suffer as a Christian, do not be ashamed, but praise God that you bear that name (1 Peter 4:13, 14, 16).

By printing this letter, I am hoping that my words will be a help to other Christians who may struggle with this same issue. I pray also that it will light the way for those who don’t yet know Jesus.

THE LETTER

4/10/16
Dear Friend,
I feel so sad about what happened between us the other day (the book incident), but I don’t know how to fix it. Our differences in beliefs seem to be coming between our friendship. I love you as a friend and I want you to know that. We have good fun together and good laughs. We have many things in common, but not our spiritual beliefs and that is causing a wall to go up between us.

It’s difficult for me because the foundation of my life is based on Jesus Christ and what He did for me and for all people. I love God and all that I do, I do in service to, and out of love for, Him. In Him I have hope for eternity in spite of the fact that I am a sinner. His Spirit lives in me and it crushes me when you tell me it’s all just nonsense.

My heart sank the day you told me you don’t believe that Jesus is God and that you feel the Bible is just a big fairy tale. It hurts my soul. My heart hurts not for myself, but for the Lord who gave His life for me and for you and for all people. I fear for your soul. We can’t deny Jesus and still be a part of God’s family.

I guess I just don’t understand where your views come from. Maybe someone in your past turned you against God. Or maybe there was a life circumstance that turned you away from Him. Maybe if I knew, I would better understand. Life is hard sometimes, but this life is not all there is. It is just a path we have to travel to get to the prize which is to come on the other side of the river.

Often times people say they have faith, but faith in what? If your faith is not connected to something stable and unmovable what good is it? Does faith in oneself help anyone? Even when we have confidence in our own abilities we many times fail. We are all human and are born with a sinful human nature. Faith in myself does not help me because hard as I try, I am not able to always be 100% dependable and never perfect. Does having faith in a Dr. help anyone? Sometimes God allows us to think so but doctors aren’t perfect either. They know a lot, but they are only human too. They are limited in what they can do. They couldn’t heal Bob, as much as they would have liked to.

The only faith that counts is the faith we place in our God. He never changes and He always keeps His promises. My faith is the rope that attaches me to Jesus as my personal Savior. It’s my faith in Jesus that carried me through Bob’s illness. He had that same faith in Jesus. He knew that Jesus had a place prepared for him in heaven and he knew that that faith would carry him home because that is what Jesus promises us. God also promises us that we will see our fellow loved ones who have died in the Lord in heaven again when we are called home. So I know that I will see him again along with my parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and all those I know who have died in faith.

Through faith in Jesus, I also have the confidence that He will protect me from evil, and by evil I am talking about spiritual evil – the evil that surrounds us every day, but we are unable to see with our human eyes. You say you are not afraid, but you are afraid. Why else would my book (Wizards That Peep) have upset you so much? It is just an informational book written by a man who loved the Lord and it was written from a Christian perspective to help people understand how serious the unseen evil in our world is. In the end he reminds his readers; “Our best defense is the gospel of God’s redeeming love in Christ, who has come to destroy all the works of the devil.” I can tell you that I personally have no fear of Satan or his demons. As a Christian I want no part of any of it and I shouldn’t, but I am not afraid of it because just the mention of the name “Jesus” will drive them away.

In spite of what you believe also, there is a Hell and it isn’t anywhere anyone would want to be, but heaven is not hard to access. All humans are born sinful, but Jesus lived a perfect life for us and suffered the punishment for sin on the cross in our place. He conquered death and Satan by rising from the dead three days later. On the last day He will come again and reunite the souls and bodies of all people. All who believe in Him will live with Him in heaven. There will be no more suffering or pain or sorrow there. Those who refuse to believe will live eternally in Hell.

No human can judge hearts. We must leave that to God. But God tells us in His Word everything we need to know for our salvation. It’s not hard and it’s not a fairy tale as you say. I could quote scripture to you, but you don’t believe that the Bible is the infallible Word of God so there is no point. I can tell you that God loves you though. He loves each and every one of us as a father loves an only child. He wants you to be in heaven when your life here on earth is done. He tells us that in His Word, which again, I won’t quote to you because you think it is nonsense.

In the end, I want to be your friend. I am sorry if I offended you, but you offend me every time you tell me that you don’t believe that the Bible is God’s Word and especially when you tell me that Jesus is not God. You ask me for proof, but the Scripture is the proof and you don’t believe it so what can I do?

I believe. I love the Lord with all my heart and soul. It is who I am. I can’t change and I don’t want to. You claim it is a fairy tale, but for me it is hope. It is hope for lost sinners. It relieves the bondage of sin and guilt humans carry around which burdens them with depression and sadness. If there is no hope for eternity, what is left for us? To die? Not for me. I am sure of where I am going when I die. I am going to be with Jesus and with my family. I pray that the Holy Spirit will soften your heart. Please don’t hate me. I do love you. I am here and would welcome you any time you would want to stop and say hi.

Friends Always,
Chris

Note: The “Bob” referred to in this letter is my former husband who died in February of 2016 of a terminal blood disease called Myelodysplastic Syndrome. God has a plan for each of His children. I am now remarried to a wonderful man. Weeping may remain for a night but rejoicing comes in the morning (Psalm 30: 5).

Build on the Rock


Therefore, everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down and the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine [Jesus] and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash. (Matthew 7:24-27)

 Did you come to faith in a really moving church service, Christian Concert, or maybe in a desperate situation which led you to turn to God for help? Now that things have settled down and life is back to normal, do you wonder or maybe even fear that your faith is gone because you are not feeling the moving warmth which you felt in the beginning?

These are important questions because “faith” and “feelings” are closely related. The problem with human “feelings” is that they are not dependable. Faith does produce deep feelings in the human heart. But those deep feelings don’t always remain on the surface of our consciousness. And we are fickle at times. Our feelings may change and then we doubt ourselves – and our faith. Some may then wonder, when the feelings are gone, is our faith gone too?

Some days we are upbeat and flying high. Others we are down in the dumps. Does that mean that on the days when we may feel hopeless or depressed, or just plain blah we have lost our faith??? No, it does not. But we each need to ask ourselves these questions. What is my faith based on and/or What do I have faith in? If you are unsure how to answer, or if your answer reflects a faith that is based on the ability or strength of yourself or another human, then you need to rethink things. You need to better understand the meaning of having faith.

So, let’s talk a little about “faith…”

The first point we must make is that “faith” means nothing if it is not connected to something. It needs an object to be attached to and that object needs to be set on a firm foundation, like the house built on the rock in the verse above from Matthew. Without that solid foundation the house would never withstand the wind and rain, and the rising water of a strong storm. It would be washed away like sand on the seashore.

Faith needs a connection to something which is stable – something that will not move away from us when we reach out to it. Without that connection it would be like tossing a life rope to a person who is drowning and walking away without hanging on to it or connecting it to a dock or boat. For the Christian, that life rope is Jesus. You can be sure that when your faith is connected to Jesus you are safe and secure.

 Scripture defines faith as …being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see (Hebrews 11: 1). Faith is confidence that what we have learned and been taught from Scripture, is true even though we are sometimes unable to see it or understand it.

There is no earthly human who can predict or guarantee our future. Only God can. And He does not only predict the future, He knows the future and has the perfect plan for each of our lives. When we place our faith in God, we can be sure of His divine providence not only here on earth, but we can rest calmly and firmly in the hope He promises all believers for eternity.

Out of love for all people God sent His only Son, Jesus, to live the perfect life we are unable to live. Jesus not only lived a perfect life in our place, but He also suffered and died on the cross in our place. His innocent suffering and death paid the debt we owe to God for our sins. And it didn’t end with His death on the cross. He conquered death when He rose from the grave 3 days later. Because He lives, we also will live with Him in eternity when our life here on earth comes to an end. His promise to us? I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die (John 11:25, 26). In John 14: 19 He tells his disciples, Because I live, you also will live.

Jesus is the only firm foundation for our faith. Faith in Jesus means our house is built on a rock. The troubles and sorrows of this life will never wash away His promise to always be with us.  And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age (Matthew 28:20).

On busy days when we are focused on this earthly life, (for example work, children, school etc.) and God and faith are not in the foreground, our faith in Jesus is still there running in the background. Like the apps on our cell phones which run in the background even when we are not aware of them, so it is also with a faith that it is connected to Jesus.

When Jesus is the object of our faith, we will never find ourselves swimming aimlessly in the sea of life without hope. He will never let go of us, even though we may let go of Him at times. We can relax and rest secure in His promises and His Word and enjoy the freedom it offers. Jesus loves you and will never leave you.

Faith does produce feelings, but never base your faith on human feelings alone. You may end up like the man in the above verses from Matthew who built his house on sand. When the wind and the rain came his house could not stand. It collapsed and was washed away. But the house built on a foundation of stone stood firm in the wind and the weather. Let Jesus be the foundation (object) for your faith.

When we place our trust in Him, live by His example, and believe the promises in His Word, we are building on a firm foundation. We will be able to withstand the storms and troubles of this life. We can rest secure in His love and forgiveness and live in hope of an eternity with Him in heaven when we die.

But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint (Isaiah 40:31).

Gloria Dei!

By Christine