Most people have certain anchors in life like: profession, marriage, vacation, children, car, home, pension… and at some point death is waiting. Many believe that if they live decently, everything will be ok. Humbly, they are happy with a half full glass. Retirement is taken care of. However, what does it look like with the “spiritual” provisions?
Jesus promised a quality of life which doesn’t just fill the glass but makes it overflow. I am thinking of a woman with MS living in a small mountain village in Italy. She prayed for 20 years for her husband and he is now following Jesus!
A thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I have come so they may have life. I want them to have it in the fullest possible way.John 10:10
She can barely walk and is taking therapy daily. Despite her uncomfortable situation she radiates happiness. I encounter joy and warmth through her husband and children. From her life spiritual blessings are flowing to her fellow men. This is how God’s principles work. This family made their provisions beyond life. And you?
Scripture of the week: 1 Corinthians 1:25-31
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“Mommy, how much longer till… ?” It is difficult to tell a child without a sense for distance to understand how long a ride is still taking. It’s similar when it comes to the question when Jesus will come again. He promised to come back one day. In the gospel, we find hints which make us sense that the day isn’t far away: wars, epidemics, natural catastrophes, prosecution of Christians, …
It isn’t critical to know when Jesus comes. It is more important to live in an expecting relationship with him. That we are close, I am more certain every day. The time in which people from all nations are invited to participate in God’s salvation plan is running out. The current events can create fear. But Jesus encourages: Be assured, your salvation is close!
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.Acts 1:11
Those who rely on Jesus’ gift won’t be disappointed. That’s for sure!
Scripture of the week: Luke 17:1-25
Yasmina* fled with her family from North Africa to Europe. It was very difficult as she was suffering under a spiritual burden as negative Quran verses were spoken over her. Her family also suffered under the condition.
A retiree told her about his faith in Jesus and invited her for a service. It took a long time because there was always something else going on. But then it finally worked out. She barely got into the sanctuary and the curse left her forever. She didn’t understand the language of the sermon, however her attitude shifted so drastically that others could sense it. It was a gift of God and Yasmina was more than happy.
For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.Corinthians 3:11
Together with the pensioners, she was now reading the Bible to understand more. Her husband started to research the Quran and the Bible. He encountered God in a bright light. With hesitation, he started to believe in Jesus and finally the whole family got baptised. Happy and secure in God, they give all worship to him as he saves seekers from all people and nations. *name changed
Scripture of the week: Luke 4:16-21
Finally the old, yellowy sheet appeared: “Jesus, today I give you my heart! Thank you for saving me! May 18, 1969, Sabine”
As a teenager, she often looked for this sheet as doubt creeped into her heart. She remembered this contract with God very often: “Yes, it’s valid. The sheet exists and I have signed it!”
Years passed and despite the letter and promises, Sabine’s faithfulness often crumbled. Paper is no guarantee and often ends in the garbage can. The mature woman declares today: “Paper accepts everything, but God’s promises are reliable. Promises no matter how faint, God takes them seriously. He promises in the Bible that he is faithful in our weakness.”
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;).Hebrew 10:23
The “contract” of a child can end up in trash. Nonetheless, Jesus promised to bring anyone who clings to him to the finish line. He is the only strong contract-partner of all time.
Have you signed God’s offer_
Scripture of the week: Hebrew 10:19-24
Over the years, everyone is moving a few times. Just for professional reasons, many are looking for an apartment that fits their needs. It’s so common that usually we don’t talk about it.
A friend of mine has been looking for an apartment for quite a while now. In many large cities the housing market is so tight that it is very difficult to find good accommodation at a reasonable price. Can you relate?
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.John 14:2
One day, we won’t have to worry about apartments: once we move home to God. There is an apartment ready for us. Jesus tells us that there are many flats in the house of the Father. He is preparing it for us himself. Who can move there? Everyone who puts his trust in Jesus is invited into God’s house.
Scripture of the week: John 14:1-7
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