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Like Jesus, we need to reach out to those the world overlooks.
Jesus walks with us in our disappointment and pain.
“That by two immutable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us; which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast.”—Hebrews 6:18–19 There is an ancient legend that the gods filled a box with blessings and gave it to Pandora, the first woman, for safe keeping. She opened it incautiously and everything in it escaped except hope. But Pandora, with hope in her box, was richer than she could have been if every … Read More >
All hope that we should be saved was then taken away.—Acts 27:20 Paul was, in many respects, a law unto himself. On more than one occasion the political leaders were sent into a huddle to determine the best disposition of his case. Claiming dual citizenship or citing an ancient law, the Apostle would frustrate the authorities. King Agrippa had such an experience with him. He called Festus, the governor of Judea, into counsel. After weighing the evidence, they concluded that “this man might have been set at liberty if he had not appealed unto Caesar.” Now he must go to … Read More >
Christmas is not the same for everyone. For some, Christmas is a lonely time of year because they have no friends and few resources. For others, including those whose relatives and friends were killed in the most recent terrorist attack, it will be a time of sorrow and loss. For still others, it will just be an excuse to give and receive gifts and party with friends. As for us, let’s remember the meaning of Christmas and celebrate accordingly—and as we do so, let’s make a difference in the lives of others. We can include the needy in our Christmas … Read More >
A faith that can’t be tested is a faith that can’t really be trusted.
We are God’s ambassadors of hope.
In the aftermath of devastation, how can we have hope when we don’t understand why God let something happen? Pastor Lutzer guides us through some of the most comforting passages in the Bible. We learn that Jesus says to us: “I am not only your refuge and strength, I am your forerunner through all suffering and uncertainty.” He has been there before and He says to us, “Follow me.” Originally Published: Apr 5, 2021 Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and Google Podcasts On … Read More >
All of us need encouragement at one time or another. Sometimes we become discouraged with circumstances, or with the people we have to work or live with; and sometimes we even become discouraged with ourselves. Jesus Christ is the “Great Encourager.” During His ministry here on Earth, He never became discouraged no matter how difficult the situation became. Isaiah 42:4 says of Jesus, “He shall not fail nor be discouraged…” Because He was never discouraged, He is able to encourage you and me. Several times we hear Jesus saying, “Be of good cheer!” Literally, this greeting means, “Take heart! Don’t … Read More >
“Unto the tribe of Levi, Moses gave not any inheritance. The Lord God of Israel was their inheritance, as he said unto them” (Joshua 13:33). The first verse of Joshua 13 begins with the Lord’s reminder to Joshua, “there remains yet very much land to be possessed.” We have seen how true that is in relation to the spiritual experience of us all. We remind ourselves that possession of the land by Israel was by lot. In other words, God determined the precise area which each tribe was to occupy, and each was responsible for applying the principles they had … Read More >