Passage to Ponder

The start of a new year is just around the corner.  Can you believe it?

2013 A.D.

The days before us are not promised, but we may live each and every dawn-to-dusk wishing only to further His kingdom, preparing every day to greet our Forever-King in the Eastern Sky.

Unfortunately, you can expect trials and suffering this coming year, but don't let that depress you, for "Greater is He that is in you, than He that is in the world." (1 John 4:4)

He has promised, however, to NEVER leave nor forsake us.  We can rest safely in Him alone.  Friends, even family, may betray our trust, but our King never will.  Yes, He allows troubles to assail us.  Death is never far away.  But, as long as your heart belongs solely to Him, rest assured the trials are merely tests.  Death, a reality, yes, but also a doorway to a new, far better life - with Him!

We as Christians have a HOPE, something worth fighting for!  SOMEONE worth fighting for!

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"Let brotherly love continue.  Don't neglect to show hospitality, for by doing this some have welcomed angels as guests without knowing it.  Remember the prisoners, as though you were in prison with them, and the mistreated, as though you yourselves were suffering bodily.  Marriage must be respected by all, and the marriage bed kept undefiled, because God will judge immoral people and adulterers.  Your life should be free from the love of money.  Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.  Therefore, we may boldly say:

The Lord is my helper;
I will not be afraid. 
What can man do to me?

Remember your leaders who have spoken God's word to you.  As you carefully observe the outcome of their lives, imitate their faith.  Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.  Don't be led astray by various kinds of strange teachings; for it is good for the heart to be established by grace... Therefore, through Him let us continually offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, that is, the fruit of our lips that confess His name.  Don't neglect to do what is good and to share, for God is pleased with such sacrifices.  Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account, so that they can do this with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.  Pray for us..."

[Hebrews 13:1-9, 15-18]


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To each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass, and a book of rules,
And each must make, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone.