Monday, May 23, 2011

holding to a promise

I have been overwhelmed with the amount of pain and suffering in this world.  A day has not gone by in the past week where we have not received a call or watched on the news about a death or horrible disaster.  I cannot help but be reminded of the following promise in 2 Corinthians 1:3-7...

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.  For just as we share abundantly in the sufferings of Christ, so also our comfort abounds through Christ.  If we are distressed, it is for your comfort and salvation; if we are comforted, it is for your comfort, which produces in you patient endurance of the same sufferings we suffer.  And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort."

and another beautiful promise in Revelation 21 for those who have accepted Jesus as their Savior:

"They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.  He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away."  He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new!” Then he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.”  He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life."

The upcoming series at Compass is called the "The Great Question".  Patrick has been writing and studying through the book of Job and I think this series could not come at more opportune time.  I'm looking forward to hearing from God's Word and how the powerful story of Job can relate to us today.

The Great Question Promo from Compass Christian Church on Vimeo.

Also, head over to this link if you want more information on how to help those devastated by the Joplin tornadoes.  I'm thankful that my extended Stone family in Joplin is safe, but there are so many people who need our help!!
{Joplin Tornado Info}

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