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Someone was waiting for me;
Though from His loving care
And all that was good ‘n dear
I had walked away one day
Through the open gate across the lawn
With not a backward look.
Someone was waiting for me;
While I in youthful pleasures
Swam to my heart’s content,
Spent all at wayside inns
“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?”1 The ones who raised this question three times in rapid succession themselves give the answer too: “Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Saviour and my God.”
Seasons of discouragement come to the best of people. … Read the rest
It is only when you get lost somewhere that you realize, “I simply wanna go home!”
The moment you realize you are lost is a starting point.
You can choose to give up everything as lost. Or, you can start redirecting your steps towards home. In your mind’s eye you can think of your tearful … Read the rest
God is speaking to a people whose land was devastated by an army of locusts. Their sin and rebellion against God invited this disaster.
Yet God is promising them a restoration. He was asking them to return to him so that he could make good the promise to repay the years the locusts have eaten.… Read the rest
This Lesson is part of John’s Gospel Easy Notes Series.
A discouraged Peter goes out to fish and he was able to persuade six other disciples to go with him. That night they caught nothing. Soon, Jesus standing on the shore tells them to cast their net on the right side of the boat. Then … Read the rest
So many youngsters are worried about finding God’s will. In today’s world they are more in confusion about right sexual conduct.
The Bible speaks about this in very clear terms.
That means run away from sexual immorality (1 Corinthians 6:18, 2 Tim 2:22). So do not stay in a place, situation or in front … Read the rest
There will be a day when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim, “Come, let us go up to Zion, to the Lord our God” (Jeremiah 31:6 NIV).
What is fascinating in this verse is the changed role of watchmen! By duty, their role is to stand guard and report of any sign of … Read the rest
So why do you say nothing about bringing the king back? (2 Samuel 19:10b NIV).
Where is your king? Have you sent him away and anointed someone else to be your king?
Look at history. King David had to flee because the people of Israel had made his son Absalom king. But Absalom died in … Read the rest
Thus the work on the house of God in Jerusalem came to a standstill until the second year of the reign of Darius king of Persia (Ezra 4:24 NIV).
Can the work being done for God come to a standstill? The answer is yes. History tells us so. But can history repeat itself? Possibly yes. … Read the rest
See, I will make you into a threshing sledge, new and sharp, with many teeth. You will thresh the mountains and crush them, and reduce the hills into chaff … But you will rejoice in the Lord and glory in the Holy One of Israel (Isaiah 41:15, 16b NIV).
God is a God of possibilities. … Read the rest
Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you (Zechariah 9:12 NIV).
God is our fortress. Those who remain within the fortress are surrounded with God’s strength. The fortress thus is a symbol of divine protection. This protection is available to a child … Read the rest
The hurts of life are painful.
And the agony of some life-experiences are like volcanic lava that boil and occasionally erupt under great pressure.
The suffering is real.
And words of comfort or care from your dearest may not wipe away those tears.
The question is: Can God?
The first thing to note is that, … Read the rest
Salvation is a joyous affair. Its sounds of joy echo in the heavens above where there is joy in the presence of angels when one sinner repents. God is made glad when one is saved. This joy is so huge that Jesus was willing to endure the shame of the cross. He is so full … Read the rest