Tuesday, August 5, 2008

~Out of the Ashes~

At church our current topic series has been "Movies that Move." I would like to share with you what our Pastor shared with us this last Sunday. With all the pain and suffering in the world at this time, I hope this speaks to you, as it did me:

"We all experience suffering, pain, loss, and grief. These experiences always take us to a crossroads."

1. We live on a broken planet.

In Romans 8:20, 21 (NLT): "Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay."

2. What do you do when things go bad? Two choices: (1) You move on. (2) You stop loving.

In Philippians 3:13b, 14 (NLT): "I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us."

3. It's easy to rally to a vision, but very difficult to carry it out.

In Numbers 11:20 (NLT): "For you have rejected the Lord, who is here among you, and you have whined to him, saying, “Why did we ever leave Egypt?”’”

4. Victory is ultimately certain for the faithful.

A. You receive strength for today.
In Isaiah 40:31 (NLT): "But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

B. You will receive eternal life somday.
In John 3:16 (KJV): "....that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

There were excerpts from the movie "Out of the Ashes" that we saw.

I'm so grateful that our time here on earth is "just the journey." When the time is right, we have a home waiting for us where there will be no more pain, sickness, problems, NOTHING BAD WILL EVER HAPPEN THERE. We will get to see our family and loved ones again. But, most importantly, we will get to see Jesus and live with Him in Heaven for eternity. I can't even begin to imagine how wonderful it will be.

Life here on earth seems to become more difficult as time goes by. As the verses above point out, we have choices. I'm going to press on. In Isaiah 40:31, I've highlighted 3 words, "trust and new strength. This is available to us daily.

Have a great week and I hope you will press on, trust and you will be given new strength, daily, if you will ask.


Jan and Tom's Place said...

Pressing on and trusting!!! Thanks for sharing!


Laurie Ann said...

I loved this post! It was so full of hope for the future. I'm looking so forward to Heaven!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Trying my best to press on and live purposefully for Him.


Tracy said...

Amen my friend! Awesome thoughts to ponder. I think I need to check out that movie...thanks!


Technonana said...

This post reminded me of Micheal W. Smith's song.. I'll lead you home... yes, Sweet Sister we are just passing through... and as Amy Grant sang "we'll be home in just a little while."

Christina said...

I agree with you that life becomes more painful as time goes on. I am going to keep pressing on. I get very tired, but keep trusting in the Lord to carry me through until this journey is over and a new one begins.

MamaBear said...

Hangin' on to those promises, and you said it, can't imagine how awesome it'll be to sit with HIM. Thanks for the encouragement.

Krista said...

I enjoyed your post today. And now, I need to look for that movie!

Leaving the past behind and pressing on,