Apr 22 2014

A Living Hope

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 In yesterday’s Resurrection Sunday message I talked about Jesus and fact that He is our living hope. Peter reminds us in 1 Peter 1:3–4, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance incorruptible and undefiled and that does not fade away, reserved in heaven for you.” This eye witness to the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus, wants us to know, not just in our minds, but deeply in our hearts, that Jesus is our living hope.

When we read John 20:1–31 we are given a glimpse of the reality of Peter’s comments. In Jesus’ day a circular stone closed tombs across the mouth of a cave. Matthew 27:66 tells us that the authorities sealed the tomb and guarded it. When Mary saw the stone rolled away, she was shocked and amazed. She ran to tell Peter and John. Peter was right there.

I’ve visited what most people believe was the tomb of Jesus. I peeked in and it was empty. He wasn’t there. I probably had the same reaction as Peter. Jesus is alive. He’s not dead. He’s indeed our living Savior and our living hope.

There is something about a testimony—Peter’s, or mine—that gives us courage. Jesus defeated death and we, and many others (1 Corinthians 15:3–8) have seen the evidence. The fact of so many witnesses gives us tremendous proof and that proof gives us courage to share the truth.

What other religion can claim that its leader is alive and a “living” hope? I’ll give you the answer—none.

What is a “living hope”? Warren Wiersbe wrote, “A ‘living hope’ is one that does not die because it’s rooted in the eternal.”[1] Jesus’ living hope isn’t fleeting; it’s eternal. The hopes of fame, fortune, human love and faithfulness, governments, institutions, man-made philosophies and religions are fleeting. They are based on material, psychological babble, illusion, greed and corruption.

Jesus hope, His living hope, is based on God’s promises. It’s rooted in God’s love and mercy. It is rock solid, witnessed by many and eternal. It’s not temporary, false, fading or a dying hope. Jesus gives us living hope, an eternal heavenly hope that overcomes death itself.

Are you ready to invest yourself in Jesus’ living hope? Are you ready to set aside whatever it is that is holding you in a fading, temporary hope? If you are, you need to ask Jesus to come and give you His hope.


[1] Warren Wiersbe, Jesus in the Present Tense: The I AM Statements of Christ, (Colorado Springs, David C. Cook, 2011), 107

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Apr 17 2014

Pilgrims in This World

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 The apostle Peter wrote in 1 Peter 1:1, “Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the pilgrims of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia.”

He’s calling believers in Jesus Christ “pilgrims.” He has a very pointed purpose for using that word—he wanted them to understand the mindset needed while still in this world. We as believes are not earth-dwellers; we are pilgrims. We are a people who are not in their real home.

This perspective is still on Peter’s heart as he continues to write. In 1 Peter 2:11 we read, “Beloved, I beg you as sojourners and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts which war against the soul.”

Again, he calls them “sojourners and pilgrims.”

What is a pilgrim? The Complete Word Study Dictionary defines a pilgrim as “a stranger, not simply one who is passing through, but a foreigner who has settled down, however briefly, next to or among native people.”[1] It defines sojourner, which is sometimes translated “stranger,” as “one who dwells in a foreign country, a temporary dweller not having a settled habitation in the place where he currently resides.”[2] A sojourner is a person who has a home that is near, but it’s not right here.

Peter’s perspective for believers was that, like pilgrims and sojourners, they were away from their true home. He felt this world was a temporary stop over and ultimately not worth living for. The world’s fading, decaying, corruptible ways and treasures have little eternal value.

Jonathan Edmonson, a respected Methodist preacher from the mid 1800s, shared Peter’s perspective and wrote, “We are strangers and pilgrims on earth—but we look forward to heaven as our Eternal home.”[3]

Scripture calls us strangers, sojourners, and pilgrims. We’re called to be eternally minded believers who know in our hearts that heaven is our real home. And that’s what should captivate us, not this earth.

Do you feel as though you belong here? Or, is your heart captivated by Heaven? Is Heaven the focus of your day? Or are the things of this world (money, power, position, prestige to name a few) your target?

In this season, as we spend time pondering the resurrection of Jesus Christ and all that did for us, let’s also check our priority and focus—this world or heaven.

To learn more about Heaven and how we can keep it in focus, I encourage you to read my new book, Between Heaven and Earth.


[1] Spiros Zodhiates, The Complete Word Study Dictionary: New Testament, E-Sword edition.

[2] Ibid.

[3] Jonathan Edmondson, Scripture Views of the heavenly World (New York: G. Lane & C.B. Tippett, 1846), E-book edition.

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Apr 15 2014

He Lives

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 This coming Sunday is Resurrection Sunday. While many people refer to this day as Easter I prefer to call it by this name because even though Jesus Christ was crucified on the cross, He lives. And, that is the message of this coming Sunday and every Resurrection Sunday. The reason we celebrate is because of the dynamic truth of His resurrection. Jesus Christ lives today. He is back from the tomb with complete and absolute victory over death.

Can you imagine how Peter and John felt on Saturday? I’m sure their hearts were broken and their hopes were annihilated. Their dreams were shattered. Surely they thought, “He’s dead, it’s over, everything we thought was going to happen won’t…” It must have been a very long day for them. One writer put it this way, “it is neither the dark Fridays nor the bright Sundays that require the greatest grace. The greatest grace is needed during the eternally long Saturdays of life when we are caught in the middle. It is where we seek to get through our grief, and get on with life. It is where our former vision of what life would be has failed and we are desperate for a new one . . .. Hope is never more needed than on Saturdays.”[1]

Then came Sunday. . .

Luke 24:1–12 captures the wonderful story of the resurrection. Luke tells us that when the women came to the tomb, they looked, and the stone was not there. It wasn’t in front of the grave. One ancient manuscript says that the stone was so big it would have taken twenty men to push it up the groove—a stone that big would have weighed between one and a half and two tons.

The words that are used by Mark and Luke to describe the position of the stone tell us that that this was the first miracle of Easter. Next, they discovered that the sepulcher was empty. Some people don’t understand that the stone was not rolled away so Jesus could get out. Jesus could have come out without the stone being moved. The stone was rolled away so that they people could see in!

Luke 24:3 says, “Then they went in and did not find the body of the Lord Jesus.” The tomb was empty. This is radically important—The Gospel of Christ rest squarely on this very point. Jesus wasn’t there and nobody, not the religious leaders, or the Romans could prove it. His body was gone.

All the famous tombs in the world from Westminster Abbey in London to the Tomb of St. Thomas in India to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington are famous for the bodies that they contain. The tomb of Jesus is famous for what it does not contain. It was empty on that first Resurrection Sunday, and it is still empty today. Its emptiness is a constant reminder of the angels’ first message to the women: “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here. He is risen!”

How did the disciples react? Luke 24:12 tells us, “Peter arose and ran to the tomb.” After that awful Saturday came Resurrection Sunday and Peter ran to the empty tomb! John ran as well (John 20:4). They ran to experience the Good News.

What about you? Can you feel in your heart the miracle of the Resurrection and know that Christ died and rose again for you? Are you ready, like John and Peter to run to the empty tomb? Are you ready to commit your life to the risen Savior and let Him heal and restore you?

He had power over death and that same power can help you today. Run; don’t walk to or ignore the empty tomb. Your eternal life depends on it.



[1] Robert Crosby, Discipleship Magazine,, Nov/Dec, 2000, Issue #2001

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Apr 10 2014

Our Heavenly Citizenship

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 C. S. Lewis wrote, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”[1]

Quite simply, we not only long to be in heaven, we were made for it. That was God’s original intent and design. This fallen world is only a temporary place. With all of its corrupt and decaying ways, it’s not our home.

Therefore, our hearts should not be captured by what the world has to offer. We should not be deceived by its ways or discouraged by its troubles. We should not let it get the best of us because we are not meant to stay here. We as believers are going to another place. We live by a different set of values than the world’s; we’re not of this world.

Paul wrote in Philippians 3:20, “Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” Why do we eagerly await Jesus Christ’s return? Because we realize our citizenship is not here. Mother Teresa said, “People ask me about death and whether I look forward to it and I answer, ‘Of course,’ because I am going home.”[2]

In John 14:1–3 Jesus says,

Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.

He’s saying, “Saints, don’t let this world trouble you. Don’t let it drag you down to despair. It’s not your eternal home. It doesn’t have the final word over you. As hard and rough as the world might be, whatever hardship you are facing, don’t let your heart be troubled.”

There are not many more personal, warm, enduring, and intimate things than that simple four-letter word—home. It’s wonderful, and it becomes even more so when Jesus says, “I’m going to prepare your eternal home, right now.” Have you ever thought about that? If you are a believer, Jesus is personally and lovingly building your eternal dwelling place right now.

Now that I have you thinking about that, have you ever wondered what He’s using for building materials and supplies? He’s building with whatever it is you’re sowing into the future. He’s using every eternal seed you’ve ever sown. Every bit of work that your hand produces in the harvest and every bit of reward that comes as a result—those are the building blocks He’s using for your future heavenly home. We, as believers and followers of Jesus Christ, have a dwelling there waiting for us that’s built by Jesus himself. It makes perfect sense that we should prepare our hearts and get them in the right focus now for what is being prepared for us to enjoy later, when we graduate from this world to eternity.

My latest book, Between Heaven and Earth is now available from Amazon (Kindle and paperback editions) and any seller of great books.


[1] C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity in The Complete C.S. Lewis Signature Classics (New York: HarperCollins, 2002), 114.

[2] Mother Teresa (compiled by Lucinda Vardey), A Simple Path (New York, Random House, 1995), 73.

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Apr 8 2014

Making Disciples

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 Grace Chapel’s mission is to equip people to be passionate servants of Jesus Christ. One of the most important ways we strive toward our mission is by making disciples.

We make disciples by:

  • Sharing the Truth so people can become followers of Jesus
  • Teaching the Truth so people can be transformed by Jesus
  • Living the Truth in order to be on mission with Jesus

Following these three principles will help us to equip and disciple as many people as possible to be passionate servants of Jesus Christ—fulfilling our mission.

I love what Dietrich Bonhoeffer wrote about making disciples, “Discipleship is commitment to Christ. Because Christ exists, he must be followed.”[1] Making disciples is about helping people follow Christ.

We do this by Sharing the Truth, Teaching the Truth and Living the Truth.

Sharing the Truth

The apostle Paul wrote in Romans 10:17, “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” He wrote reminding Timothy in 2 Timothy 3:15, “and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

God’s Word causes faith, makes us wise and never returns void (Isaiah 55:11). People come to know, not just intellectually, but personally, Jesus Christ through the Word and we need to share it with others to help them become followers of Jesus, know Him, and grow in Him.

Teaching the Truth

We teach the Word so people’s lives can be changed, transformed, by Jesus. Understanding the Word allows us to see God, know His will, His way and His character. It helps all of us live righteous lives and to serve and minister others. Proverbs 3:13 says, “Happy is the man who finds wisdom, and the man who gains understanding.” When we teach the Truth, people find wisdom and their lives are changed.

Living the Truth

Scottish Pastor George MacDonald wrote, “When we receive it [God’s Truth], his will becomes our will, and so we live by God.”[2] Friends, we can’t be on mission with Jesus if we ignore His Truth. We can’t be on mission if we’re outside God’s will. We can’t be effective disciples if we just ignore Truth—we must live the Truth.

Our goal is making disciples by equipping them to be passionate servants of Jesus Christ.

Are you in? Are you ready to share the Truth? Teach the Truth? Live the Truth?


[1] Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Discipleship, (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress Press, 2001), 59

[2] George MacDonald, Unspoken Sermons, Series I, II, and III, (NuVision Publications, 2007), 58

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Apr 3 2014

Paul’s Tug-of-War Focus

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 The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 1:24–25, “Nevertheless to remain in the flesh is more needful for you. And being confident of this, I know that I shall remain and continue with you all for your progress and joy of faith.”

There’s a tug-of-war going on inside the apostle Paul. He would rather be in heaven—it’s his motivation, the foundation for his attitude, and an obsession for him. However, he ends this part of his epistle by saying, “I think it’s better that I remain here, in this body, for you.”

Paul wants to move on and be with Jesus more than anything; however, his hand is in the harvest. He knows there will be fruit from his labor and that it will be extremely beneficial for other people if he stays right here. He’s saying, “I’m going to stay here because you need me. God is making a difference through my life and I want to continue to work for the progress of your joy and faith.”

Three families—the Clonts, Krikacs, and Helmsworths—joined us when we moved from Southern California to Leipers Fork, Tennessee. They left family members, friends, and careers to join Sarah and me on this journey. We didn’t know anyone in Leipers Fork, but God led us in a new direction and these three families committed themselves to the mission and us. While we know God is building Grace Chapel, we also know that the faithfulness of these friends to remain with us, counsel us, and continue with us in ministry made all the difference. My life, Sarah’s life, and the lives of thousands of people have been changed because of the focus and sacrifice of these original three families. Grace Chapel will forever be indebted to these amazing Christians. For Sarah and me, they exemplify Paul’s focus: heart in heaven, hand in the harvest.

I want you to think about this: Will you get heavenly minded so you can be of some earthly good? Will you allow your heart to be so captured by the splendor, beauty, and awesomeness of the God of heaven that your life really changes? Will you allow that motivation, attitude, and focus to grip your heart so that you make a decision to serve other people, on this earth, for the Kingdom?

Let’s get our hearts in heaven and put out our hands into the harvest. Let’s stop making excuses and journey together into this tremendous opportunity that lies before us.

You can pick up a copy (Kindle, paperback or eBook formats) of my latest book, Between Heaven and Earth at Amazon or other booksellers. As you read it, you’ll discover a fresh view of Heaven as well as a determined focus to put your hand in the harvest.

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Apr 1 2014

Conflict is Inevitable

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Let me get right to the point, conflict for the Christian is inevitable. Lately I’ve heard far too many Christians say, “I don’t want any conflict.” I know what most people mean when they say that—“I want to live peaceably and I don’t want to be argumentative,” or they don’t want to be combative, and they want to avoid the possibility of a damaged relationship. Believe me, I get that, and at some level that is admirable and advisable. However, if we are going to take that attitude into every area of our Christian life and every challenge we encounter, before we know it, we won’t be standing for anything, let alone Jesus!

The fact is, no matter how loving, kind, patient and gracious we try to live, and no matter how inoffensive, non-combative, and compassionate we try to be, there will come a time, as a Christian, when we will have to take a stand for Gospel Truth. And, this stand will cause conflict and contention with those people empowered by the forces of darkness.

I ask you, for the sake of Gospel Truth, and for the sake of Jesus, are you willing to pay that price? Are you willing to sacrifice what seems like harmony, and stand your ground and defend the territory Jesus has entrusted to you? Or, will you, like so many today, cower back into the shadows with the other Christ-deniers and sell your soul for the price of a false and faithless “peace”?

I would highly suggest that you add the following verses, in His own words, to your understanding of Jesus:

“Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘SET A MAN AGAINST HIS FATHER, A DAUGHTER AGAINST HER MOTHER, AND A DAUGHTER-IN-LAW AGAINST HER MOTHER-IN-LAW’; and ‘A MAN’S ENEMIES WILL BE THOSE OF HIS OWN HOUSEHOLD.’ He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.” Matthew 10:34–39

If you think I’ve taken these six verses out of context, I would invite you to look at the other surrounding verses, they are as equally “disturbing.”

Clearly, Jesus didn’t come to bring peace in all situations—He often came with a sword. Jesus didn’t always come to bring unity. Often He chose to bring sharp, quick, cutting division that only a sharp sword can achieve.

Shockingly, Jesus tells us that there will be conflict and division even in family relationships. This happens when certain family members unwaveringly stand for Truth and others opt out and choose self-preserving compromise. It’s a sad but true scenario. My question to you is, which side of Truth will you be on, commitment or compromise?

Next, Jesus tells us if we love anyone more than Him, even family members, we are not worthy of Him. What can that possibly mean? Is Jesus anti-family? Absolutely not, but it is a fantastically graphic way of making a serious spiritual point. There is no relationship more important than your relationship with Jesus. There isn’t one earthly relationship or reward worth abandoning His Truth, His Presence or His Will. If you sell Jesus out for convenience, cash or comfort, you’re not merely on a slippery slope, you’ve voluntarily jumped into the pit of satanic self-love.

Additionally, Jesus tells us if we don’t pick up our cross and follow Him, we aren’t worthy of Him. Friend, the cross isn’t merely a piece of jewelry—it’s an instrument of self-death that we are called to carry and crawl upon to in order to crucify our sinful nature with all of its devilish desires.

Cowardice is one of those devilish desires. It’s playing both sides of the fence, twisting words, and changing colors based on who our audience is—that’s cowardice!

Compromising in order to not offend or cause conflict is something you and I have to come to grips with and make a decision to crucify in the Name of Jesus. We need to die to self-love, self-preservation, and cowardice.

If you need more convincing, here’s more no-nonsense Truth:

But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” Revelation 21:8

Notice “cowards” is first on the list of those who will burn in the lake of fire. Think about it.

Finally, Jesus says if we try to find, and preserve our lives with self-will, and self-rule we will actually lose our lives. Losing our lives through selfish, cowardice and convenience has a death sentenced attached to it. Think about that the next time you don’t want to create any conflict and possibly lose some earthly treasure by speaking the Truth.

Here’s the good news: if we lose our lives for Jesus, we’ll actually find life! Life isn’t in a pseudo-peace with the world that compromise creates. Life comes from standing in the blast furnace of worldly opposition and saying, “Thus says the Lord”, and not worrying one iota about creating any conflict.

Conflict is inevitable for the follower of Jesus, are you in?

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Mar 26 2014

Paul’s Life and Fruit

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 One of the benefits of understanding your marching orders and living with a heavenly attitude was that Paul’s life produced valuable fruit.

Philippians 1:22 says, “If I live on in the flesh, this will mean fruit from my labor; yet what I shall choose I cannot tell.” Clearly, as long as Paul lived on earth, he was going to produce fruit. Paul was determined to expand the Kingdom while he was on earth. His motivation and attitude drove him to put his hands in the harvest. He knew good things would happen because his heart was in the right place.

In Philippians 1:20 he wrote, “According to my earnest expectation and hope that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ will be magnified in my body, whether by life or by death.” There was no false humility in Paul. There was nothing out of line with his confidence. He was motivated by heavenly rewards and he was absolutely positive that he would magnify Jesus to everyone he encountered, wherever he encountered them. Paul was certain Jesus would work in him and through him, making a difference in people’s lives, because his heart was set on heaven.

Keep in mind that Paul was in chains when he wrote this letter to the Philippian church—chained to a guard in horrible prison conditions. It was very likely that he would be found guilty of being a traitor to Rome and executed, and he was awaiting the final verdict while writing this letter. But Paul’s earnest and single desire was to magnify Christ and bear fruit for His Kingdom. He was not afraid of life or death. Henry and Norman Blackaby wrote

When God chose us, He also designed our lives to bear good fruit. This fruit includes our character as well as our service to God in His work. With the strong emphasis Jesus placed on bearing fruit (Luke 13:6–9), it is important to look and see what your life is yielding.[1]

Once our motivation and our attitude are set on heaven, we can, like Paul, be uncomfortable about sticking around on earth, but it’s clear that while we’re here our lives need to produce lasting, worthwhile fruit. There may be a battle raging in us (heaven or harvest), and it’s a hard choice, but we must be rooted in eternity and still extend our hands to others.

You can now order my latest book, Between Heaven and Earth from Amazon or other fine book retailers.

[1] Henry and Norman Blackaby, Called & Accountable 52-Week Devotional: Discovering Your Place in God’s Eternal Purpose (Birmingham, AL: New Hope Publishers, 2007), 39.

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Mar 25 2014

Choosing the Divine Appointment

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 Hebrews 2:11 reminds us of Jesus’ humanity. Like you, and me, Jesus knew what it meant to be tired. John 4:6 tells us, “Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat thus by the well.”  Pastor Jon Courson wrote, “He knows how it feels to be bone-tired. I’m glad about that because I feel that way not infrequently. The battles rage. The problems mount. The struggles continue. And I just feel weary. Yet it is often at the point when we are weary or feeling weak that we will be used to the greatest degree.”

Isn’t that true of all of us. We’re tired. We’re ready to rest and recuperate and at that very moment God often intervenes with a divine appointment. We have a choice—we can cave into our feelings, or we can choose to see what God has in mind.

In this particular case, Jesus will soon meet a woman from Samaria. His weariness disappears as He gently leads her to Himself. He could have rested and ignored her—in fact, He could have skirted Samaria altogether as most Jews of the time did. Instead, he chose to follow God’s direction and will. He exchanged weariness for eternity.

So, when we’re tired and weary, what should keep us going?

The Apostle Paul helps us tremendously as we look at what he wrote in 2 Corinthians 12:10, “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

God transformed Paul’s weariness and weaknesses into strength. It’s important to see that God didn’t “convert” his weariness; He “transformed” it by His grace. This is the same Paul who wrote to the Philippians, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)” Paul knew it wasn’t his power, but the power of God’s grace that kept him going.

Joshua probably faced a similar situation. He is chosen to follow one of the Bible’s most capable leaders. Moses was a hero (if that word can even cover what this man of God did in his lifetime) who spent time in God’s presence. Joshua takes over the mantle of leadership. He’s planning on overtaking the Promised Land—just thinking of that responsibility makes me tired. And, God says to him, “Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

I’m certain Jesus remembered those words as He went about His Father’s business that hot noon in Samaria.

We should remember them as well. As God calls us to fulfill our marching orders, we can look at our weakness and weariness and refuse, or we can realize that God is with us and we don’t need to be afraid or dismayed. He’s there, right alongside us, wherever we go—next door, downtown Nashville, the airplane trip, or the casual conversation with someone at Starbucks. He’s there.

Let’s not be locked in our weariness or weakness. Let’s boldly seek His divine appointments to share our story with someone who, like the Samaritan woman, needs living water.

Are you with me?

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Mar 20 2014

Eternity in Our Hearts

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 Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God “has put eternity in [our] hearts.” Everything we long for and appreciate that is godly, loving, true, right, peaceful, secure, beautiful, and eternal all goes back to the Garden of Eden and God’s intention for humankind—to live forever in a state of beautiful heavenly joy.

Every person, whether they’re a Christian or not, has the spiritual DNA of Adam and Eve. It doesn’t matter how foul or sinful a person is. It doesn’t matter how much they want to deny it and rebel against it; even if they try to suppress the feeling, it’s still deeply imbedded within them. There is an understanding, a knowing, that there must be more than life on earth. Pastor and author Max Lucado wrote,

You were intended to live in your Father’s house. Any place less than his is insufficient. Any place far from his is dangerous. Only the home built for your heart can protect your heart. And your Father wants you to dwell in Him.[1]

God wants all of us to be home with Him, and He put this deep longing for His eternity in our hearts. People may not be able to articulate it, but it’s there. Many people, without even knowing where the desire comes from, long for it, write about it, sing about it, and paint about it. “Home” is their true desire!

My friend Allen Shamblin wrote the Grammy Award winning song of the year “The House That Built Me.” Miranda Lambert recorded it. It’s a song about an earthly home, and it’s also a song about our heavenly home. When we hear the song we think, “If I could just go home; if I could just touch home.” Why? Because somehow we know home heals the brokenness of our hearts and we yearn to go to our eternal home.

Many of us are on that journey. Our destination is heaven. Not only do we have a longing for that place, but God is preparing it for His beloved. Here’s something beautiful to remember: as much as we can’t wait to get there, He can’t wait for us to come home.

The psalmist writes in Psalm 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.” The Hebrew word for precious literally means “valuable.” We are valuable to Him. This too goes back to Eden. God walked the garden with Adam. There is something that happens when we enter into God’s presence and see Him face-to-face, eye-to-eye. What parent doesn’t love it when a child comes home? God feels the same way when we come home.

Eternity is in our hearts. It’s been there since the Garden of Eden. We sing about it, we write about it, and God can’t wait for us to get there.

My latest book, Between Heaven and Earth is now available. You can purchase Kindle or paperback editions at Amazon, or eBook and paperback editions at other fine book retailers. All proceeds for this book will be given to Josiah’s House.


[1] Max Lucado, The Great House of God: A Home for Your Heart (Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1997), 3.

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