Soon will I leave these limits of body and earth,
Where dreams explode the finite tears and mirth,
To go to less or greater life beyond,
For endless power or a dark eternal bond,
For freedom’s joy, that broad and easy peace,
Or chains of agony’s loss that never cease.
My steps this day, my choices along my path,
Decide my just reward of bliss or wrath.

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I don’t like surprises. Don’t involve me in some planned activity without first checking with me. I want to know what’s going to happen, well before the time. Tell me beforehand.

Not because the disciples had my personality type, but because they were his friends, Jesus told them what was going to happen. Continue reading

A promise signals a change in situation not evident from the present circumstances. The best promise helps us to visualize not only the present which leaves us dissatisfied, but also the future that will bring great benefits.

The seed is still in the storehouse, isn’t it? And the vine, fig tree, pomegranate, and olive tree have not produced. Nevertheless, from today on I will bless you.
Haggai 2:19 NET

The promise invites faith which has confidence in the one who promised, that within the determined time it will fulfill its word.

The prophets, like Haggai, promised a better future, but the change depended upon the repentance of the people of Israel.

In the same way, today, peace of mind, the presence of God with us, and the heavenly hope all depend upon our drawing near to the Lord.

For who believes that things will get better by themselves?

The fallacy: The further ahead you can see what’s coming, the better you can be prepared.

The truth: No one can foresee the future, so be prepared every moment of every day.

The Boy Scouts have the scoop on this one. Before them, the Bible.

“Watch out! Stay alert! For you do not know when the time will come” (Mark 13:33 NET).

“So if someone cleanses himself of such behavior, he will be a vessel for honorable use, set apart, useful for the Master, prepared for every good work” (2 Tim 2:21).