HEBREWS 10:23 ON 10/23

TL HEBREWS 10 23 ON 10 23

Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep His promise.  – Hebrews 10:23

Shared with permission.

My parents and I were living in a refugee settlement in Vienna after we left the former Soviet Union.  Everything was uncertain, scary, and pretty terrible.  This didn’t stop my dad from announcing one day that we were going to visit the opera house in Vienna.  I thought playing tourists was ridiculous – we had no money, no citizenship, and no home.  “We don’t know if we’ll ever be back here again,” my dad said.  “Life is short.  It’s stupid to sit here and wallow in our troubles.”  Now I realize…  he’s right.  – Nataly Kogan

When our president said that he would fundamentally CHANGE the United States, a cold chill went up my back.  Part of me thought, “Well, maybe I’m just getting old and this is not as bad as I think it will be.”

This is not a political blog, but having lived under the leadership that promised HOPE AND CHANGE, I’m really just praying that in 2016 we get FAITH AND TRUST.  I want to be able to trust that those who lead my country are on my side.  It’s time for a change from hope and change.

Faith is not about finding meaning in the world:  there may be no such thing.  Faith is the belief in our capacity to create meaningful lives.  – Terry Tempest Williams

How many people can you really trust?  Do you have to use both hands to tally it up, or will one hand suffice?  If you are having to take your shoes and socks off to count up your trustworthy peeps, you are blessed indeed!

In this verse, we are told to HOLD TIGHTLY WITHOUT WAVERING TO THE HOPE WE AFFIRM.  Does that mean the hope and change in America?  I really don’t think so.  It’s referring to the eternal hope we have found in our LORD, Jesus Christ.  He is the same yesterday, today and forever.  It is a comfort to know that He has everything under control.

But this verse goes on to remind us that GOD CAN BE TRUSTED TO KEEP HIS PROMISE.  It is important to remember that even when we can’t trust our government or some people in our life – God can be trusted to keep HIS promise.  Every single promise He makes He will keep!  This includes His promise of eternal salvation for anyone who comes to Him and confesses Christ is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, accepting Him into their hearts and lives.

At salvation, we become children of God and co-heirs with Christ. This means everything the Father bestows upon the Son, we will receive with Him. The Lord has sealed these gifts for us by the Holy Spirit and reserves our treasures in heaven.  – Charles Stanley

The times we live in are frightening, but we do not have to be polarized by our circumstances.  We cannot afford to stop dreaming, stop living and stop loving because the world around us is a scary place.  Find a way to hang on to God and trust Him to keep His promise.  In the meantime, live your life to the fullest because your life is in God’s hands and in His keeping.

We can’t make people change, but when we change, others may change.  – Gretchen Rubin

I think in this day of uncertainty we need to know there is a God who understands our fears and sees every tear we shed in the privacy of our room.  Lean on Him because He can be trusted.  🙂

INDEPENDENCE DAY IN THE BAHAMAS

TL 7-10 INDEPENDENCE DAY IN THE BAHAMAS

ROGER WILCO

As tempting as it would be to go to the Bahamas and help them celebrate their independence, there is another trip that sounds even better to me.  It’s a trip that will be the ultimate independence for me and millions of Christians all over the world.

It’s known in Christian circles as the rapture. Interesting word, since it is not referenced in the Bible. Nonetheless, it will happen – so whatever you want to call it – Jesus Christ will come back to earth for His own! We hold on to this hope. We watch the signs come to pass and we know every day we are closer than we were. I’m not an expert on prophecy, but I know enough to know that everything is coming together and we will be snatched from this earth soon.

The first time Jesus came to earth, it was as a tiny baby. When He comes again it will be as King of kings and Lord of Lords! So many people have told me they think they will have enough time to pray a quick prayer and be included in the rapture – but that’s not true. The Scripture tells us that we will be taken in the twinkling of an eye – that’s less time than a blink! It’s definitely a “be there or be square” kind of situation!

I write this blog for two reasons. First, I want to serve as an encouragement to my brothers and sisters in Christ. Second, I want those who do not know Christ as their personal Savior to consider becoming a Christian so that they can be a part of this wonderful rapture of the church!

For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we will always be with the Lord. Therefore encourage one another with these words. – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18

I pray you will seriously consider Christ today.