Why Trust God? Why Follow Him?

Our God would not allow this terrible pain unless he had a very, very good reason. I trust Him for that. There is nothing else. I trust Him because He is good and because He does what He says He will do. He is real, and He sees our pain. We follow Him, not because …

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‘Walking With Jesus’ by Mary Winslow (Excerpts)

"We must sit at His feet, and believe that He does all things well. What we don’t know now, we shall know hereafter. The Judge of all the earth must do right." "Letters of Mary Winslow" 1774-1854 My heart feels for you, my dear friend, in your deep, deep trial. This present world is a …

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Re-Post: “What If?”

Excerpt: In the aftermath of catastrophic loss, it is natural to speculate, to retrace the preceding events, to root around in the morass known as, What if? What if I had called or texted her an hour earlier? What if I had not left him alone? What if the doctor had not been negligent? What …

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A Father’s Care

"Cast all your cares upon Him, as fast as they come in." James Smith, (1802—1862) "The Pastor's Morning Visit" Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:7 The Lord knows all His people--all their needs, and all their trials. He thinks upon them--to bless, deliver and supply them. He keeps …

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Four Years After the Death of our Son: Some of the Positives

Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, …

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Trusting God With Our Departed Child’s Eternity

What if Jesus Christ is God, as He claimed, and you have no substantial reason to believe your child knew anything about Him or the Way of salvation? What if your child died while involved in sin? What if she emphatically rejected Jesus as her Savior? What if you fear your departed child is now …

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God, Thou Art Love

If I forget, yet God remembers. If these hands of mine cease from their clinging, Yet the hands divine hold me so firmly, I cannot fall. And if sometimes I am too tired to call for Him to help me, Then He reads the prayer unspoken in my heart and lifts my care. I dare …

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In Heaven, Will You Remember Unsaved Loved Ones?

"Regarding the issue of your loved ones who will not be in Heaven, you need to take God at His Word and trust that when the time comes for you to join Him, He will see to it that you are filled with an eternity’s worth of inexpressible joy." God's wisdom and truth from the …

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Not Sure: What if My Departed Child is Lost?

  "What if all this stuff about Heaven and Hell is true?  What if I have no reason to believe my child knew anything about Jesus.  What if I failed to tell my child the most important thing in all the world?  What if my child is now eternally lost?  How can I ever live …

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Rejoice in the Lord

On Mother's Day Evening 2013, Jonathan Campbell Hamilton, son of Ron and Shelly Hamilton, was taken to Heaven at the age of thirty-four after a long struggle with mental illness. I have heard Mr. Hamilton sing Rejoice in the Lord countless times over many years but never knew until recently about the loss of his …

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Degrees of Faith – Streams in the Desert 07/21

When is the time to trust? Is it when all is calm, When waves the victor’s palm, And life is one glad psalm Of joy and praise? Nay! but the time to trust Is when the waves beat high, When storm clouds fill the sky, And prayer is one long cry, O help and save! …

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Why Didn’t God Answer My Prayer?

A common question that comes up among bereaved parents has to do with prayer.  Specifically, the parent wants to know why, after begging God for the life of her child, the child died anyway.  Or perhaps the child himself prayed to get well or a whole prayer chain of people prayed and still the child …

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