Standing Through the Storm: Anticipating Heaven

Standing Through the Storm: Anticipating Heaven

Standing in the Storm

Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher

Luke 9:22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.”

All suffering is a result of sin in some way

Life is hard, God is good

Experience testifies that a long course of ease and prosperity without painful changes has an unhappy tendency to make us cold and formal in our secret worship, but troubles rouse our spirits and constrain us to call upon the Lord in good earnest when we feel a need that help which we can only have from him. John Newton

Borrowing Light: From our past

Borrowing Light: From wounded healers

No one offers the name of a philosopher when I ask the question, “Who helped you most in life?” Most often they answer by describing a quiet, unassuming person. Someone who was there whenever needed, who listened more than talked, who didn’t keep glancing down at a watch, who hugged and touched, and cried.”  ― Philip Yancey

Borrowing Light: From the presence of God

Spiritual Battle: Word as a weapon, Authority in prayer

Rev. 21:4-5 He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” 

Life begins on the other side

Tangible, Thick Love of God

Eph. 3:18-19 And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully. Then you will be made complete with all the fullness of life and power that comes from God.

Exuberant Love of friends

Luke 16:9 Here’s the lesson: Use your worldly resources to benefit others and make friends. Then, when your possessions are gone, they will welcome you to an eternal home. 

Joy as the new normal

Psalm 16:11 You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand.

Discovering my real self

1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see only a reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

Light everywhere

Revelation 22:5 There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light

Philippians 1:23-24 I am torn between the two: I desire to depart and be with Christ, which is better by far; but it is more necessary for you that I remain in the body.

Anticipate heaven

Romans 8:18 I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.

Now and Not yet

Rumors of Glory

Psalm 56:8 You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in your bottle. You have recorded each one in your book.

God’s great aim has always been and will forever be relationship with us. Peter Greig Anticipate heaven