For children born in a world of hate, have hope —
They’ll learn to love in a godly home where hearts
Are tender, eyes aren’t haughty, ears are quick
To hear the word of God — Have highest hopes!

For churches holding forth the truth, have hope —
In spite of walls and damning doctrines, light
Can penetrate the darkness, the glory of God
Can bring a sinner to turn — Have highest hopes!

For saints who serve in hard travails, have hope —
To suffer with Christ is honor, his hand upon you,
His power within will reap a harvest of souls —
We see not how he works — Have highest hopes!

The Son of Man was heaped with shame,
Stripped of dignity, the strain of sin
Upon his shoulders, pain of many:
The suffering Servant paid the ransom,
Freed all those in fear of death.

We share the Savior’s shame, his work
Scorned by worldly sinners, rejected
By rebellious scoffers, hated
By those determined to change his will—
Our hands hold the holy key.

For crime or sin, let no Christian suffer;
Let life be pure, our light undimmed
By doubt or fear or disobedience—
Let Christ be all and the Cross our glory,
Let heaven feed our daily hope.

We want to see, but we cannot, now, see the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can love him.

We want to touch and feel, but we cannot, now, touch the Lord Jesus Christ. But we can wait for him and believe in his promise to return.

We want to listen, but we cannot, now, hear his voice. But we can hear the words he taught in person on earth and the words he inspired his apostles and prophets to write in Scripture. And we can hope to hear his words of approval and welcome on the final day. Continue reading

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

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live even if he dies, and the one who lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this?”

John 11.25-26 NET

That’s a good question for all of us, is it not? Living on the resurrection side of the Cross, we’re in a better position to appreciate the truth of Jesus’ declaration. Continue reading

We talk a lot, and rightly so, about what God expects of us. There are some things also that we can expect of God.

In fact this is why we work hard and struggle, because we have set our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of believers.
1 Timothy 4.10 NET

What does it mean to set our hope on God? Among other things, it means that there are things we can expect from him. Among those things we can expect from him are these: Continue reading

How good it feels to finish a task! The feeling of accomplishment motivates one with renewed vigor to tackle the next challenge. How much greater it must feel to reach the end of one’s life and be satisfied that the work God has given one to do has been done.

How is that even possible? After saying he has completed the race and kept the faith, the apostle Paul gives us a hint. Continue reading