John 11:25-26 The Resurrection and the Life

The Resurrection and the Life

So, how can I be so confident that I will see my son again? Is it because he was “a good boy,” was “never in any trouble,” “was no worse than anyone else?” Is it because his family goes to church every Sunday and Hans never missed a meeting unless he was sick? Is it …

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Is Jesus in Your Boat?

And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. Matthew 8:23-24Had the disciples put out to sea without Christ's bidding, they would not have had the same reason to …

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Re-post: Christmas Prayer

"Last year’s Christmas tree day - which was a few weeks before Hans left us for Heaven - as I prayed for my family, I had an awareness that the coming year could possibly hold a special challenge for us.  I felt a little apprehensive, but … well, you know how mothers are, we always …

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Why Religion Doesn’t Help

Religion can mean different things to different people.  I do not consider myself to be a religious person.  I am a Christian.  A Believer.  A Bible Believer.  I might even be a Baptist. I go to church every week to worship and hear the Word of God preached. But I would not refer to myself …

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Revised Post: Sure

Experiencing the wrenching pain of child loss has helped me to recognize more fully that most grieving people have an intense need for hope, for assurance that they will someday be reunited with their loved ones. Assurance and hope based on facts leads to peace and can take the edge off grief when it threatens …

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What is This Thing Called Faith?

Hans took this picture while standing pretty much at the edge of a cliff overlooking Cook Inlet.  That's his shadow in the lower right corner.  He made a point of showing me this picture (smiling), knowing I would experience significant after-the-fact-terror. Despite the photo, faith is not a leap off a cliff.  It is a …

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Letter To A Friend

Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.  Romans 12:15 One of the things that ministered to me the most after Hans left us, was the genuine sorrow people shared with us.  It is a sweet joy when folks are brave enough to let me know Hans mattered to them, too.  …

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When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

Dear Grieving, Believing Parent: This hymn never fails to lift my spirit and I can't wait to sing it with all the saints in glory.  Take a few minutes' break from your day to view the video below.  I think I can promise you will be encouraged.  With God's help, let's train ourselves to keep …

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“I’ll Be Right Back”

"Christ's resurrection is a promise of victory over death and the grave for all who know Jesus as Lord and Savior." The other night in prayer meeting, we were taking turns reading scripture.  We went around the group a couple of times and when my turn came again, I was asked to read John 11:25-26: …

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The Incomparable Christ

HE CAME from the bosom of the Father to the bosom of a woman.  He became Son of man that we might become sons of God.  He came from heaven where the rivers never freeze, winds never blow, frosts never chill the air, flowers never fade and no one is ever sick – no undertakers …

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Christmas Prayer

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.  Isaiah 9:6 At Christmas time each year, Manfred always takes the children off into the woods …

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Not Sure

"… I am quite certain I will see Hans again." Our son, Hans, like all of us, had his faults.  He was a sinner, as we all are.  Romans 3:23  1 John 1:8  Romans 3:10 However, Hans was saved - he was a Christian - one who has placed his trust in Jesus Christ alone …

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