Raising Them In Hope

Sergeant Eddie JeffersIt was six years ago this date, September 19, 2007, that as a parent I received the worse news ever. My son Sergeant Eddie Jeffers had been killed in Iraq. As a parent of an Infantry soldier and especially as a retired Army First Sergeant, I was more aware of the possibility of losing my son Eddie than most military parents. That knowledge did not soften the blow when the news arrived.

However, something did soften the blow, and not just for me but for the rest of our family. It was the knowledge that Eddie had given his life to the Lord Jesus Christ when he was 13 and now he was in heaven with our King. Yesterday the Lord gave me a revelation that I did not know I needed. It was an affirmation returned to me that I gave to Rafael Cruz last Sunday morning.

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Abounding In Hope

HopeTwelve years ago on this date, great evil was perpetrated upon our nation by Islamofascists. One year ago great evil was allowed upon our own people by our own government. One can look at the time between these two events and see great evil and strife. Much has been written about both attacks and the years between the two, and the prognosis for America is not good. Some believe there is no hope. I would agree if all remedies tried are void of Jesus Christ.

The Random House Dictionary defines hope as “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.” Hope is a strong tonic for despair and without hope many people are lost to evil. As a Christian my hope is Jesus Christ. The Evangelical Dictionary of Theology tells us that because of our hope in Christ and “by His resurrection the specifically Christian virtue of hope is bestowed on the regenerate, who abound in hope through the Spirit (Romans 15:13).”

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Unless I Had Believed

believe This is a reprint from the original posted on July 9, 2009. I read Psalm 27 and verse 13 stood out and I recalled writing about this before)

Are America’s better days behind her? Have we lost the battle for the soul of our nation? Is it possible that God has righteously turned His back on us and we cannot recover? Can we ever recover from what Steve Deace described as “more sinners than saints“? Some days I believe the answers to the first three questions are yes; and the answer to the last is no.

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Faithless Independence

spiritual-bondageI am at my most deceived when I think I’m getting away with sin. Now I don’t think to myself, “Gee, I’m sure getting away with sin!” No, my mind knows better than that but my actions belie my knowledge. I conduct myself in a way as though I am getting away with a sin I know I need to repent of and confess. Solomon gives a stern warning of living such a deception:

    “For the ways of man are before the eyes of the Lord, and He ponders all his paths. His own iniquities entrap the wicked man, and he is caught in the cords of his sin. He shall die for lack of instruction, and in the greatness of his folly he shall go astray.” (Proverbs 5:21-23)

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I Am Not What Happens To Me

BetrayalWe’ve all been hurt before. Someone you love, your spouse, your parent, your sibling, or your best friend betrays you, deceives you, hurts you, or ridicules you. No matter the cause the pain is real. Many times you have no choice what happens to you. However, you always can choose how you react to it. David knew something about being betrayed:

    “Even my own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted up his heel against me.” (Psalm 41:9)

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