Are you a doubting Thomas?

Doubting Thomas

Entering the room where the disciples were together Jesus made his way toward Thomas and said: “Put your finger here and see my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Don’t be faithless any longer. Believe!”

Stunned that Jesus recognized him Thomas responded: “My Lord and my God!”

Looking into Thomas’ eyes Jesus stated the truth, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.”

Adapted from John 20:27-29

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Wikipedia defines the word doubt in this way:

Doubt, a status between belief and disbelief, involves uncertainty or distrust or lack of sureness of an alleged fact, an action, a motive, or a decision.

To doubt is to disbelieve, to be unsure of an alleged fact, and to wonder if what we are doing, thinking or believing is true. Doubting is neglecting to see the truth that stares us in the face as Thomas did.

Jesus is real. He was with the prophets of old, the apostles in the New Testament era and today he is with us in this strange and harsh world we call home.  We cannot see him as those in the past did, but we can know and feel his presence in our daily lives, through both the good and the difficult moments.  To feel is a God given sense that is real.  Feel the love and presence of Jesus in your life today, tomorrow and in your future.  He promises to be with us and to carry our burdens and give rest to our weary souls.

Who will join me and step out of their fears and doubts, have faith and believe?

A truth to remember: Faith and belief is the confidennt assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see.

Adapted from Hebrews 11:1

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Can you imagine…

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the old heaven and the old earth had disappeared…I heard a loud shout from the throne, saying, “Look, the home of God is now among his people!  He will live with them , and they will be his people…He will remove all of their sorrows, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain.  For the old world and its evils are gone forever.”

Revelation 21:1-5

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Imagine…

a world without pain, corruption, sickness or stress

a world where everyone loves and helps each other

a world of unblemished beauty and breathable air

Imagine…

a world calm and peaceful

a world without war, famine or natural disasters

a world without widows or orphans

God imagined this world for his creation.

a world full of natural beauty, animals roaming free

a world where people gave him honor and glory

a world without hunger

Can you imagine…

a world without strife, darkness or loneliness.

a world where we can love and laugh.

a world with no pain, no illness, no crime.

God does.

Can you?

Stepping Out

Paul writes to the Roman believers: “For I long to visit you so I can share a spiritual blessing with you that will help grow strong in the Lord. I’m eager to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by yours. In this way, each of us will be a blessing to the other.'” Romans 1: 11-12 NLT 1996

Paul desired to encourage others in their spiritual journey through life, as well to be encouraged by them. How many of us do as Paul did? Do we long to share a spiritual blessing with others and help them grow strong in the Lord? Do we stand by them offering support? Or do we just receive support from others?

Encouraging each other is a must to get us through the most difficult situations that life throws our way. Having others around us for support is a blessing. But giving back in the same way to others is an even greater blessing, not only for them but for ourselves as well.

Will you seek out those who need a spiritual blessing and show them God’s love?
Will you step outside your comfort zone and encourage others, walking beside them during spiritual ups and downs?

I will. Will you join me?

God’s Special Creation

Psalm 33 NLT

The Lord merely spoke…and the Heavens were created

He breathed the word…and all the stars were born

When he spoke…the world began

It appeared at his command

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God is Creator of all…the land, the sea, all living creatures

Most important of all living creatures is us

Humans, created by the hand of God to worship him and praise his name

Special in his sight…each and everyone of us

Created to be unique and in His own image

He created our hearts, so he understands everything we do

He is the Master of all He has created, yet he cares enough to know and understand us

He cared enough to send His son Jesus

To die and be our Savior.

How much more could someone love us, then to die for us?

Midnight Musings

Wow, A world gone awry! What a suprise. Is this a new development or is it like Solomon says in Ecclesiastes:

“Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.  History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now. (Ecclesiastes 1:4-11 NLT)

People dying of hunger, prostitutes in the streets, orphans, widows… all have been around for centuries. This is not new. This is history repeating itself, over and over like a broken record.

God gave us the responsibility to help them, feed them, clothe them.
To be His hands and His feet. Shining light into a dark and sad world that will only be healed when Jesus comes back again.

Who will help the lost and lonely? It is time to remember the past and make a difference so that future generations can learn from us and see how we are helping now to make a better future for all.

Will you?

Silence

Foretold in Isaiah 53

Image by Gregory Heath via Flickr

He was despised, and we did not care

He was wounded and crushed for our sins

He was beaten that we might have peace

He was whipped, and we were healed

He was oppressed and treated harshly, yet he never said a word

He was led as a lamb to the slaughter

And as a sheep is silent before the shearers, he did not open his mouth

But who among us realized that he was dying for our sins – that He was suffering our punishment?

He had done no wrong

He never deceived anyone

But he was buried like a criminal….

–Adapted from from Isaiah 53

To be silent in the midst of struggles

To not complain when tough times hit

Who has asked to God, “Why me?”

Who has said they are thankful in difficult times?

Who  has suffered as Christ suffered, yet remained silent?

Have you?