When we truly, deeply love someone, we’re easily pleased with their gifts. They could give us a rock and we’d treasure it—because it’s from them. If their heart’s in it, our heart responds. I wondered: How pleased am I with what God gives me? What does that say about our relationship? And how does He respond to what I offer Him?
Have you ever questioned whether you're redeemable? Have you nourished hope for an abundant, meaningful life, only to see it decimated by your own sin or failure? Have you looked at the remains and felt sure that, even if something new were to sprout, nothing could ever bloom?
By the grace of God repentance is possible. So how do we start?
Some things are worth persevering for. In fact, most worthwhile pursuits require perseverance. And there are cases in which perseverance pays off.
This is more than positive thinking. It's even more than counting our blessings. It isn't just admiring good things; it’s looking through the goodness to its Source. And it's committing to seeking that Source with our entire selves, all our lives, no matter what we go through.
You'd be surprised how many other important qualities and experiences worth having hinge on this one attitude.
Jesus owed His life to no one.
Yet He chose to give it up. Because it was the only way to truly bring us and the entire creation "home".
Even in the midst of heart-stopping terror, He offers the heart-healing, life-giving good news of His presence, love, and care.
We don’t know just how long and wide and high and deep God’s love for us is until we’ve seen it go with us through suffering – and then conquer pain and death.
At its core, Easter is a celebration of the central events of Christianity, the events that launched the faith and on which our hope is based: the crucifixion, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ for the world’s salvation.