His Father Saw Him

 

 

 

Who are you looking for?

Waiting for?

Hoping for?

What wells up in your heart when you least expect it, stopping everything, demanding your attention?

The story of the prodigal son is one that reflects the love of a father throughout great emotional turmoil.

The father’s turmoil and that of his son’s.

If you’ve not heard this parable told by Jesus, let me describe part of it to you.

A man had two sons. The younger son wanted his inheritance early.

The father gave it to him.

He took the money and went far away, squandering it.

A severe famine occurred and the young man got a job feeding pigs.

He himself was hungry and would have even eaten the pigs’ food.

He decided he would return home and tell his father that he wasn’t worthy to be called his son.

He would just become one of his father’s servants, since they had more than enough food.

Luke 15:17-24 reads,

“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!  I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.  I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’  So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him."

 “The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’

 “But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.  Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.  For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.

The father was overjoyed!

There were no cell phones to communicate with his son while he was gone.

There had probably been no way to check on his whereabouts or his well being.

Just an empty horizon, day after day, not knowing what was befalling this son that he loved.

Is it so different today?

Is the curtain kept pulled back in hopes of seeing a familiar car pull into the driveway?

Do you wait for a son?

A daughter?

A wife?

A husband?

Do you simply wait for a changed heart of someone you care deeply about?

God waits for us to come to Him, surrendering our lives.

He rejoices when we come!

He replaces the penalties of our sin with forgiveness.

Think of how you would respond if someone you loved finally came home.

God feels so much more than that when we return to Him.

Who are you looking for?

Waiting for?

Hoping for?

 

 

 

 

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I Will Plant Trees

 

 

 

 

 

What miracles can God do in your life?

When you are yearning for something, as though you were thirsty, He can provide it.

God can provide it even in totally impossible circumstances, if He knows that is best for you.

What if you ask God for a pool of water in the midst of a desert season in your life?

He can do it.

What if you ask for a river to flow suddenly on the dry, parched ground of your heart and the hearts of others?

It’s not too hard for God.

That barren land of relationships, emotional heartache or even physical illness…..He can plant trees right there!

And when things start to turn around and change in such an incredible way, those around you will realize that He has done it all.

 

What are you yearning for today?

 

 

 

Despised though you are, fear not, O Israel; for I will help you. I am the Lord, your Redeemer; I am the Holy One of Israel.  You shall be a new and sharp-toothed threshing instrument to tear all enemies apart, making chaff of mountains.  You shall toss them in the air; the wind shall blow them all away; whirlwinds shall scatter them. And the joy of the Lord shall fill you full; you shall glory in the God of Israel.

 When the poor and needy seek water and there is none, and their tongues are parched from thirst, then I will answer when they cry to me. I, Israel’s God, will never forsake them.  I will open up rivers for them on high plateaus! I will give them fountains of water in the valleys! In the deserts will be pools of water, and rivers fed by springs shall flow across the dry, parched ground.  I will plant trees—cedars, myrtle, olive trees, cypress, fir, and pine—on barren land.  Everyone will see this miracle and understand that it is God who did it, Israel’s Holy One.

—Isaiah 41:14-20

 

 

 

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Even the Sparrows Have Built a Nest

 

 

 

Many years ago, I carpooled to work with a new friend.

As we got to know each other better, I was surprised to learn that she had never been to church—except for a wedding or funeral.

Somehow, since church had been a part of my life since childhood, it seemed odd to meet someone who had never been to a church service.

There surely is a greater number now of people like my friend, who do not know what it is like to attend church.

They have not experienced hearing a group of worshippers lift their voices in praise to God.

What about feeling the support and love of a group of believers as they prayed for them in a time of need?

That’s a reality they don’t know.

I occasionally invite people to church.

That needs to change.

"Occasionally" needs to be changed to "often."

Who do you know today that has never gone to church before?

Who do I know?

 

 

 How I love your Temple, Lord Almighty!
     How I want to be there!
    I long to be in the Lord‘s Temple.
With my whole being I sing for joy
    to the living God.
 Even the sparrows have built a nest,
    and the swallows have their own home;
they keep their young near your altars,
    Lord Almighty, my king and my God.
 How happy are those who live in your Temple,
    always singing praise to you.

—Psalm 84:1-4

 

 

 

 

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Bits Into the Mouths of Horses

 

 

 

 

Words matter, don’t they?

Encouraging words lift us up.

They actually have the power to cause us to behave differently, as though we had more energy.

Critical words bring us down.

They actually have the power to cause us to behave differently, as though our strength has been depleated.

Words leave our mouths and carry with them the power to heal or to hurt.

Wouldn’t God want us to be careful about the words we say?

 

 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body.  If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as well.

—James 3:2-3

 

 

 

 

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Wherever You Go

 

 

 

 

I’m not good at playing chess.

For quite a bit of my life, I would play chess so very little, that when I did play, I would ask questions like, "Where does the horse move?"

If you play chess quite often, I realize that the previous statement may have left you cringing.

Is chess any fun at all if there is not a challenge?

From my viewpoint, just trying to figure it all out again every time I play is a personal challenge.

But what if the idea of the game was completely switched?

What if, instead of trying to outwit the other player, the object of the game was to help them out?

Many, many times in my life I have realized that God was working in ways that I had only just begun to see.

Suddenly, things would begin to fall into place in such a way that it would undeniably be His doing.

Think of your life and mine depicted as a chess piece.

If your piece is in need of passage to another area on the board, suddenly the other pieces begin to move so that the way is clear for you to do so.

God is in charge of all the pieces on the board and the board itself.

You would not be on it had He not given you life—a life He is sustaining at this moment.

In the Old Testament, we find record of God speaking to Joshua:

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

—Joshua 1:9

 

As believers, God is with us, as well.

God can reposition any piece on the board.

He can protect you and guide each move you take.

I’m not good at playing chess……but that’s okay.

 

 

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Righteousness Into Full Bloom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I will sing for joy in God, explode in praise from deep in my soul! He dressed me up in a suit of salvation, he outfitted me in a robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom who puts on a tuxedo and a bride a jeweled tiara. For as the earth bursts with spring wildflowers, and as a garden cascades with blossoms, So the Master, God, brings righteousness into full bloom and puts praise on display before the nations.

—Isaiah 61:10-11   The Message

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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It Is Finished

 

 

Today, a friend related a story that had been shared with him.

A young Christian man that works in the same office as he does recently had a birthday.

To celebrate the event, several family members had gathered at a restaurant to enjoy a meal together with him on that special day.

Several, meaning about twenty-five…..

When the time of fellowship and eating was coming to a close, the server brought the bill for the dinner party to the young man.

When he looked at the paper it read, "Balance:  0.00"

Questioning the zero balance, the server explained that an older couple had been in the restaurant dining at the same time the birthday meal was occurring.

They had enjoyed watching the family’s celebration so much they decided to pay the amount in full for them.

As the young man related this to my friend, he added his thoughts about this generous gift:

Getting the ticket with a zero balance is like what Jesus does for us.

When the "ticket" showing all our sin is presented to us one day when we go to meet the LORD, the payment that we owe for our sin will show a balance of zero—-because Jesus will have paid our debt in full.

This young man understands the gift that Jesus has given to all those who believe in Him.

When He was on the cross, he said, "Tetelestai," which means, "the mission is now accomplished," and then, He died.

In a secular usage, tetelestai meant, "the full payment of a debt."

Jesus had paid the debt for our sins.

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished.” With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.

—John 19:30

 Do you know Jesus today?

 

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Truth

 

 

 

 So Jesus told them, “When you have lifted up the Son of Man, then you’ll know that I am the one and that I can’t do anything on my own. Instead, I speak as the Father taught me.  Besides, the one who sent me is with me. He hasn’t left me by myself. I always do what pleases him."

 As Jesus was saying this, many people believed in him.  So Jesus said to those Jews who believed in him, “If you live by what I say, you are truly my disciples.  You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

 

—John 8:28-32

 

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How Great Is God!

 

 

 

Out in the woods, I noticed a wildflower growing.

Daintily delicate, it stood out from the surrounding green grass.

A joyous little splash of color at the end of a stem.

Each part of the tiny flower displayed God’s creativity.

Understanding that He gave us eyes to see such things and minds to grasp their significance further displays His power and greatness.

The psalmist wrote these words:

May all who come to you be glad and joyful. May all who are thankful for your salvation always say, “How great is God!”

—Psalm 70:4

 

As believers who know God’s forgiveness and salvation, we should have an inner gladness that never goes away.

What a great blessing it is to know first, and then to proclaim, "How great is God!"

 

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In Times of Trouble

 

 

 

 

Fire hydrants are everywhere, aren’t they?

At least, we want them to be.

In housing developments or on bustling city streets, they can be spotted quite easily.

If there is an emergency, firefighters can tap into a hydrant and channel precious water through hoses to extinguish the consuming flames.

What if there was a fire and those that responded didn’t go to the hydrants for help?

Does that sound unthinkable?

Many times in our lives we are in need of help.

There is an emergency–a crisis–yet we do not seek the only help that is really needed—

God.

He is ready to help us.

He can be our strength.

A hiding place when things are out of control.

But what if we don’t go to Him for help?

Does that sound unthinkable?

 

God is our shelter and strength,
    always ready to help in times of trouble.

—Psalm 46:1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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As A Deer Pants

 

 

 

 

 

 

As a deer pants

for flowing streams,

so pants my soul

for you, O God.

My soul thirsts

for God,

for the living God.

When shall I come

and appear before God?

—Psalm 42:1-2

 

 

 

 

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Remember Not

 

 

 

 

My husband had already left for work.

I was still at home, but I was to be leaving for work soon, as well.

While going through my morning routine, I had a song on my mind.

Over and over the words and melody played silently, yet audibly in my head.

One phrase in the lyrics kept my attention the most.

The phrase spoke of how the sun would set, and in doing so, it would then rise.

While I was getting ready to leave the house, my phone rang.

It was my husband, telling me that the sunrise was really nice.

I had not told him that a song had been playing in my mind.

Hurrying outside, I took my camera to the back yard to photograph the bright and blazing scene.

A large cloud was coming up around a yellow glow that almost looked like fire.

There I was with the song so fresh in my thoughts.

Old things need to sometimes pass away so that the new things can come.

The sun sets in order to rise.

There, before me, was a beautiful, NEW, sunrise.

The dawning of a day never before seen or experienced by anyone.

Something new.

There are times in our lives when God brings newness to us.

New people.

New places.

New things.

New courage.

New talents.

New resources.

New understanding.

New maturity.

New faith.

Is God doing something new in your life today?

“Remember not the former things,
    nor consider the things of old.
 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert."

—Isaiah 43:18-19

 

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Doors of Olivewood

 

 

 

 

 

It seemed to me that I had walked up to the doors of the church several years ago.

Now, I was back again, visiting the area.

The ornate doors were wooden, with four-petaled flowers decorating most of the surface.

Thinking back to the time of the building of the temple by King Solomon, the Bible tells us of the great care that was taken in constructing it.

i Kings 6:29-35 tells us of how a portion of it was made:

Around all the walls of the house he carved engraved figures of cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, in the inner and outer rooms.  The floor of the house he overlaid with gold in the inner and outer rooms.

 For the entrance to the inner sanctuary he made doors of olivewood; the lintel and the doorposts were five-sided. He covered the two doors of olivewood with carvings of cherubim, palm trees, and open flowers. He overlaid them with gold and spread gold on the cherubim and on the palm trees.

 So also he made for the entrance to the nave doorposts of olivewood, in the form of a square,  and two doors of cypress wood. The two leaves of the one door were folding, and the two leaves of the other door were folding.  On them he carved cherubim and palm trees and open flowers, and he overlaid them with gold evenly applied on the carved work.

Just imagine what Heaven will be like!

Streets of gold, as transparent as glass.

There, we will worship in the presence of God and His Son, Jesus.

A temple will not be necessary.

Until then, do you have a church–a place of worship–that you attend regularly?

If not, I encourage you to find a group of believers and join with them.

Walk up to the door and open it.

Kindred hearts should welcome you there.

 

 

 

 

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Interests

 

 

For the past several months now, I have been interested in buying a certain type of musical instrument.

Being more of an ethnic type instrument, it is made primarily by individuals in their own private workshops, rather than being mass produced by a company.

Looking online, I found a website of a man who makes these instruments by hand.

He uses part of the money he recieves from selling the instruments to care for homeless children in a variety of ways.

Being a Christian, he wants to show love to these little ones by helping to provide for them.

Philippians 2:4 reads,

"Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others."

This man’s work is a living testimony of care, don’t you think?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rooms

 

 

 

 

 

“Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in me.  In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you?  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also.  And you know the way to where I am going.”

—John 14:1-4

 

What will the rooms in Heaven look like?

Will they be furnished a certain way based on the likes and preferences of the times that each person lived?

The Bible does not tell us exactly how our rooms will look.

We just know that Jesus will have prepared them for us.

A room made for you and for me by Jesus.

Can you imagine the beauty?

Though we may try, I don’t think anyone can.

Believe in God.

Believe in Jesus.

There’s a room waiting for you……

 

 

 

 

 

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Free and Unfettered

 

 

 

 

I could see the bird sitting across the street on the wooden post in my neighbor’s yard.

Beautifully colored with a shade of blue, he was in contrast to the white paint on the wood.

Was he worried?

Probably not.

Was he careless in the care of God?

The Message reads,

“If you decide for God, living a life of God-worship, it follows that you don’t fuss about what’s on the table at mealtimes or whether the clothes in your closet are in fashion. There is far more to your life than the food you put in your stomach, more to your outer appearance than the clothes you hang on your body. Look at the birds, free and unfettered, not tied down to a job description, careless in the care of God. And you count far more to him than birds.

—Matthew 6:25-26

 

God loves us tremendously.

Shouldn’t we live free and unfettered?

 

 

 

 

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The Righteous Shall Live By Faith

 

 

 

 

For I am not ashamed of the gospel,

for it is the power of God for salvation

to everyone who believes, to the Jew first

and also to the Greek.

 For in it the righteousness of God

is revealed from faith for faith,

as it is written,

“The righteous shall live by faith."

—Romans 1:16-17

 

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To the Corners of the Earth

 

 

 

 

 My son left to visit a friend last night.

Shortly after he had walked through the front door into the yard, my phone rang.

It was him.

He said something like, "You really ought to go outside. The lightning is crazy!"

Of course, I was standing in the grass in, well….probably less than sixty seconds.

I photographed bolts of lightning streaking across the sky in front of me.

I also photographed several shots of complete darkness, as I my reflexes were too slow to catch the lightning on my camera.

One shot, though, was different than all the others.

Suddenly, my camera recorded a giant flash of purple across the sky.

Only for an instant, then gone.

Blazing color filling the atmosphere.

Sunsets and sunrises are painted with gorgeous hues.

Now, in the night sky, a lavender blanket was spread above.

Job 37:1-3 says,

“At this also my heart trembles
    and leaps out of its place.
 Keep listening to the thunder of his voice
    and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
 Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
    and his lightning to the corners of the earth."

 

 

 

 

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Workmanship

 

 

The moon is God’s workmanship.

It cannot speak, yet it hangs in space as a testimony of God’s greatness.

We are God’s workmanship.

Created in Christ Jesus.

How should we live as a testimony of God’s greatness?

 

For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.

—Ephesians 2:10

 

 

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Share What You Have

 

 

Stopping by the store, I just needed to pick up a few things.

Laundry detergent, cat food…..

As I was standing in line to pay for my selections, I hardly noticed anyone near me.

That is, until I heard a small voice.

"Hi."

Looking down, I saw a little boy, standing right beside me in line.

His mother was standing just past him, preparing to pay for their items.

I returned his greeting.

"Are you in preschool?" I asked.

He was.

After another question or so, he asked, "What’s your name?"

"My name is Mrs. Johnson," I replied.

Holding an open bag of fish-shaped crackers in his hand, he looked up at me and said, "Want some?"

After declining his offer, I complimented him on his character.

After that, he and his mother made their way out of the store.

Even at four years old, this little boy was modeling behavior adults would be wise to emulate:

 

        Say "Hi" to people you don’t know—be friendly.

        Take an interest in who they are–ask what their name is.

        Share—offer to give something they might need:

   Time

   Resources

   An encouraging word.

Maybe even a cracker…….

 

Hebrews 13:16 reads,

"Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God."

 

Shouldn’t we look for opportunities to be friendly and to show God’s love?

 

 

 

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And This Is Love

 

 

 

And this is love,

that we walk

according to His commandments.

This is the commandment,

just as you have heard

from the beginning,

that you should walk in it.

—2 John 1:6

 

 

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Rejoice, Weep

 

 

I heard someone mention "referred pain" a few days ago.

Referred pain is pain that is felt in a place apart from the area that is ill or damaged.

For instance, heart attack pain being felt in an arm.

That’s referred pain.

Like water flowing in a fountain, with each level being connected by cascading streams, sometimes our pain seems to overflow from one area to another.

In much the same way, those that care about us can feel our pain and suffering along with us, even though the direct problem is not really theirs to bear.

When we are grieving, friends come to our side, hugging and crying with us.

When we are ill, friends who are quite well visit or call with concern.

But isn’t it true with happiness, also?

When a new baby is born, friends and family congregate around the crib with smiles and laughter, rejoicing with the parents.

At a wedding, joyful guests match the smiles of the couple pledging their lives to one another.

We are meant to share the joys and struggles of others.

Referred pain….

Referred happiness.

 

 

Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.

—Romans 12:15

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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My Heart’s Desire

 

 

 I stood at the bottom of the bridge.

While fast traffic was zooming underneath in several opposing lanes, the bridge saw only an occasional traveler.

If I were to try to get to the other side at that spot without going over the bridge, I would be terrified.

Why?

The vehicles are moving at fast rates of speed and they are not concerned with the possibility of someone darting across in front of them.

It would be so dangerous.

In fact, I don’t know if anyone could possibly make it.

Traveling on the bridge though, it’s an open way to cross.

I have friends who travel on a spiritual bridge like this one.

They came to realize their need for salvation through Jesus.

He is their bridge to God.

In fact, He is the only bridge.

I have other friends who are trying to get across the dangerous highway on level ground.

I’m not even sure they know what they are trying to cross for.

Trusting in their own choice of routes, thinking that they are good people and that good people should be able to make it, they are not acknowledging the need for—or the presence of—the bridge.

It is for these friends that I have concern for.

It is for these that I hope for salvation.

Paul wrote in Romans 10:1:

Brothers, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for them is that they may be saved.

What is your heart’s desire for those that do not know about Jesus?

Don’t you want them to join you as you travel safely on the bridge?

 

 

 

 

 

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Who Waters

 

 

 

 For when one says, “I am of Paul,” and another, “I am of Apollos,” are you not mere men?

 What then is Apollos? And what is Paul? Servants through whom you believed, even as the Lord gave opportunity to each one.  I planted, Apollos watered, but God was causing the growth.  So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.  Now he who plants and he who waters are one; but each will receive his own reward according to his own labor.  For we are God’s fellow workers; you are God’s field, God’s building.

—1 Corinthians 3:4-9

 

 

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Be Like-Minded

 

 

 

 

 

 Finally, brethren, rejoice,

be made complete,

be comforted,

be like-minded,

live in peace;

and the God of love

and peace

will be

with

you.

 

—2 Corinthians 13:11

 

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At Home

 

 

 

 

What does home look like to you?

If you’ve had to leave your home for an extended period, it’s likely that you’ve yearned to go back.

Is it the rocking chairs on the front porch that you miss?

The big shade tree that you used to play under as a kid?

The old familiar sound of the front door as it closes behind you?

Those things are sure to evoke memories and emotions, but there’s more to home than that, isn’t there?

Is it the smell of cookies baking in the kitchen, accompanied by the sweet smile of a mom or grandma?

Could it be the clanging noise coming from the garage that means Dad is working on the car again?

When we grow up and leave our childhood home, we know that it’s time for the next one.

Our new adult home will be ours, but we will carry with the move who we’ve become.

Paul speaks in his second letter to the Corinthians about our next "home" as believers.

We will one day leave Earth as our home and move on to be with the LORD in the next.

 

For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life.  Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.

 Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord—  for we walk by faith, not by sight—  we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord.  Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

—2 Corinthians 5:4-9

 

We have been told about our new home and what it will be like.

Yearning for the day when we will be forever in God’s presence, we look forward to eternity.

Whether we are here or with God in Heaven, shouldn’t we want to be pleasing to Him in every way?

 

 

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