Sunday, March 27, 2016

Hope

From The Corner at National Review Online, David French:

This is the age of entitlement. This is the age of the victim. This is the age of the failing leader, the angry citizen, and the vulgar response. This is the age where virtue is deemed too hard — too cruel — so we justify and ultimately celebrate vice. In other words, it’s an age like most other human ages — when our depravity prevails, and Christians are reminded that this world is not our home. Believers are fond of saying that we have hope because we’ve read to the end of the book — that we know that Christ has risen, and Christ is returning. Evil will face its ultimate defeat. This is absolutely true, but it’s important to remember that victory is a past, present, and future reality. Christ defeated death and Hell long ago. That victory regenerates our soul now, and we eagerly await the Second Coming, when the pain of this earth falls away. This truth should give us courage. In the age of entitlement, we should model gratitude. In the age of the victim, we should act as both servants and protectors. Virtue is not too hard because we know that God did not give us a spirit of fear or timidity, but of power and love and self-control. No matter the alleged “arc of history” or the outcome of any given culture war, there will always be a remnant, and Christ prevails. He is risen. May God bless you all.


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Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 

Romans 6:4-5

***Passages and truths such as the above are what keep me going in times like these in our nation's history. Evil is everywhere, and sometimes it gets overwhelming and downright depressing. The only way to get through it is to keep looking up, remembering the promises we've been given by a God Who never fails. We have this hope, this certainty that we will get through everything the enemy throws at us, knowing that in the end good will prevail and we will live forever where there is no evil. What a glorious promise! Happy Resurrection Sunday to you all!

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He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord God will wipe away tears from off all faces; and the rebuke of his people shall he take away from off all the earth: for the Lord hath spoken it.
And it shall be said in that day, Lo, this is our God; we have waited for him, and he will save us: this is the Lord; we have waited for him, we will be glad and rejoice in his salvation.

Isaiah 25:8-9

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A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. ~~ Mahatma Gandhi
A man who was completely innocent, offered himself as a sacrifice for the good of others, including his enemies, and became the ransom of the world. It was a perfect act. Mahatma Gandhi
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We are told to let our light shine, and if it does, we won't need to tell anybody it does. Lighthouses don't fire cannons to call attention to their shining - they just shine. ~~ Dwight L. Moody 

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Delightful image of cherry blossom

Have a wonderful Easter Sunday!


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