God With Us" by Bud Hance
God With Us" by Bud Hance
by Bud Hance
Psalm 62:1-2 (NIV)
1 Truly my soul finds rest in God; my salvation comes from him.
2 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will never be shaken.
In all of the joy of preparing for the return of Jesus there are some of us who are dealing with some impossible situations. The realities of loneliness, depression, and loss can be magnified during this time of year. All these feelings can lead to a sense of hopelessness at a time when everyone else is celebrating.
Elizabeth's story becomes good news for many during Advent. Elizabeth was a righteous woman, a family member of Jewish priests. But she was barren, not able to have children. Being barren in her day was a sign to everyone that God's blessing was not with her. Disgraced and disconnected, she lived in an impossible situation for years.
The good news for Elizabeth was that God chose to give her peace. Her husband was told that she would give birth to a son, John, who would be used by God to prepare the people of God for the coming of the Lord.
An impossible situation was transformed by God. He restored relationships and gave Elizabeth the new life of a child. God brought wholeness to Elizabeth, and God can bring wholeness to our lives today. May God's peace shine into your life at the coming of Jesus Christ through the power of His Spirit.
Advent Devotions: Unfailing Love by Bud Hance
Withering Away, by Bud Hance
24 because “ All flesh is as grass, And all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, 25 But the word of the LORD endures forever.” Now this is the word which by the gospel was preached to you"
Truth Worthy of Acceptance by Bud Hance
This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief. 1 Timothy 1:15 (NKJV)
Jesus came into the world to save sinners, and no sinner is beyond his saving power. This is one of the most glorious truths in all of Scripture and the most important truth to reach the human ear. All men are sinners and are justly condemned to eternal death. Christ Jesus became incarnate, suffered, and died to redeem them; and, by his grace and Spirit, has the exclusive power to save them from their sins. The apostle Paul calls this saying or doctrine a faithful or true saying. Because God Himself has revealed this truth, it can believed without the slightest doubt or hesitation. Christ Himself by His death and Resurrection and through the mission of His Holy Spirit seals the pardon of the souls of all who will believe and establishes this great truth.
Secondly, It is worthy of everyone accepting it, as all need it. It is designed for and delivered to the whole human race, because all are born sinners and at enmity with God. This saying/doctrine was designed for every man and may be received by all.
Jesus didn't come just to show us how to live or to challenge us to be better people. He came to offer us salvation that leads t eternal life. Have you accepted His offer?