the good news

Jules —  October 17, 2011

 

A modest, little house or a big, fancy house. . .

Christ Crucified.

Set for life or starting over at 40. . .

Christ Crucified.

Steak dinners or pancake dinners. . .

Christ Crucified.

Throwing whatever sounds good into the cart or hours of ad matching, couponing and living on cereal. . .

Christ Crucified.

Healthy or sick. . .

Christ Crucified.

Perfect children or rebellious kids. . .

Christ Crucified.

Surrounded by family and friends, or missing loved ones gone forever. . .

Christ Crucified.

Happily married or divorced or lonely and single. . .

Christ Crucified.

Warm, soft, cozy bed or sleeping on a hard, cold floor. . .

Christ Crucified.

Spoiled Americans or desperately needy Haitians. . .

Christ Crucified.

Living in the safety of America or fighting for your country overseas. . .

Christ Crucified.

New, flashy, reliable car or old, worn-out junkers. . .

Christ Crucified.

High-paying job, or no job, surviving on food stamps. . .

Christ Crucified.

Degree or no degree. . .

Christ Crucified.

Cadillac health insurance or uninsured. . .

Christ Crucified.

Many thousands in debt or owing no man. . .

Christ Crucified.

Popular, well-loved or an outcast. . .

Christ Crucified.

Star athlete or living in a wheel chair. . .

Christ Crucified.

i-toys, or out-dated electronics. . .

Christ Crucified.

Well rested, or physically and emotionally exhausted. . .

Christ Crucified.

On your knees in prayer, or shaking an angry fist at God. . .

Christ Crucified.

Jesus died for us taking our punishment for our sins upon himself so we can have right-standing before God. He came back to life three days later defeating death for us once and for all. When we trust Christ we pass from death to life! He is our greatest need; Our other needs pale in comparison! And in the midst of our other needs he promises us peace.

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”

Jules

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3 responses to the good news

  1. But I’m so good at worrying. 😀 (Just kidding.)

    Nice to find your blog through @bluecollarjames

  2. Hi, Bridget! Thanks for visiting!

    I am very good at worrying and feeling stressed. I wrote this with myself in mind! Stirring up my faith!

    I’ve had some great conversations with James about faith, prosperity, blessing, etc. We have it so easy in America. We are safe and wealthy compared to much of the world. I think it is tempting to put our faith in all our blessings and prosperity, but what happens if it all goes away? Does that affect our faith? We can’t add to the gospel. If we put our faith in things and safety then when it goes away, so does our faith. Our greatest need is Jesus Christ and everything else is just fluff!