Hope gives us life today because it assures us of God’s goodness for our tomorrows.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, Hebrew 6:19
Our hope is this: Jesus Christ in us the hope of glory (Col. 1:27).
What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Romans 8:31-32
We all dream,
Life is full of dreams.
Our dreams are sometimes good, and sometimes nightmares.
Sometimes dreams come true…sometimes not.
But all our dreams will fade and get old with us.
I wonder if God dreams?
I bet his dreams are good.
Good beyond our wildest dreams,
And His dream will never end.
For in Jesus we are not the dreamer, but the dream.
Trying to write, but I am so uninspired and sleepy.
Trying to pray for a good friend who has terminal cancer, but I am so lifeless in prayer.
Trying to live for my Lord, but I am so weak and easily tripped up.
How wonderful is my great high priest who sits enthroned at the right hand of God.
Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Hebrews 4:14-16
My soul soars to His mercy seat and I fall before Him in thanksgiving.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22
Medical genetics has discovered epigenomes that turn on/off the expression of genes.Thus in identical twins one may get cancer where the other is spared.When the genes of identical twins are tagged for activity they show nearly identical activity as babies, but later in life they show marked divergence in activity.This change is from epigenes, but what cause epigenes to do this?There are environmental factors that have an effect, but what is surprising is that emotions also produce changes in epigenes.This explains why when a person loses their spouse there is a higher than expected incidence of cancer in the following year.I wonder if this helps explain the placebo effect, associated with any treatment, if one expects a positive out come our emotions cause the production of epigenes that produce the change.Thus the proverb about a cheerful heart is more than a nice statement, it speaks to an underlying biologic mechanism.The opposite emotions also take on new significance in that anger, stress, spite, and hate become avenues for destructive change in our genetics.
All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the cheerful heart has a continual feast. Proverbs 15:15
So let your mind dwell upon the good things God has given and give thanks.
At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like angels in heaven. Matt. 22:30
This verse gives us a little peak into life after death. It is not meant to be a complete picture of heaven, just a glimpse. For someone who has lost a family member it can be very reassuring. When I think of my parents, to know they are “like angels” helps me deal with the loss. I look forward to the day when I can join them. Some people will be like the Sadducees (a Jewish sect that did not believe in the resurrection) calling Jesus’ statement “hogwash.” Reading in Matthew 22 Jesus’ responds to the scoffers: “you are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.” No doubt my understanding of heaven is incomplete and sorely lacking, but I do know that Jesus loves my parents, and His power goes way beyond my understanding. Therefore, if I am mistaken about what the phrase, “they will be like angels,” means. I error on the side of being too shallow and meagerly.