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Hope

The world is seeking for something but they don't know what. They think a good job, an amassed fortune, a lovely family, a position of prominence, or some other temporary human situation is the prize, but although helpful, these will not completely satisfy. So, they go on to find something else that they think will fill their "heart-void." Jesus came into this dark world for a purpose which was realized on the cross and later at the tomb, but during his ministry in conversations with the Pharisees he dealt with many of their concerns about "rules" which they felt solved the heart-void but seemed to be ignored by Jesus and his disciples.   So when Matthew wrote about this discussion of Jesus with the Pharisees he quoted an Isaiah prophecy about the Messiah, finishing with the statement, "And his name will be the hope of all the world." (Isaiah 42:4) This "hope" was not an anticipation hope that we would normally think of but rather a need hope …

Squeezed

Have you experienced a time in your life when it seemed you were being squeezed? I mean it seemed you were feeling pressure from all sides: in your finances, spirituality, family, emotionally, socially and professionally. It was like a vice being tightened on your head and heart and you felt a heavy pressure. Jacob had such an experience. He left his family in Canaan because his brother Esau threatened to kill him for stealing his birthright and his blessing. He fled to his uncle Laban east across the Euphrates River. When he got there he had few things, but God gave him Rachel and Leah as wives and the children that followed. He gained many camels and livestock also as he served Laban for twenty years. Then the angel of God came to him and told him to "get ready and leave this country and return to the land of your birth." (Genesis 31:13) So Jacob set out secretly, never telling Laban he was leaving and when Laban found out, he gathered his men and traveled in "hot pursu…

Discipline

We all seem to chaff when we hear the word discipline. That's because we have always seen it as punishment. But the positive word for discipline is correction. The end product of any discipline is to see positive adjustment in the way you live that will benefit you for the rest of your life. Solomon suggested, "don't reject the Lord's discipline, and don't be upset when he corrects you. For the Lord corrects those He loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights." (Proverbs 3:11-12) Are you seeing this? Have a right attitude about correction, don't reject it and don't be upset about it. Why? Because it is given out of love for us and delight in us. We are valuable to God (Matthew 10:31) so respect God for trying to keep us that way. The writer of Hebrews discussed this when he said, "don't make light of the Lord's discipline, and don't give up when He corrects you. For the Lord disciplines those He loves, and He punishes …