Words from the Heart for August 28th, 2016

He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.

1 Thessalonians 5:10 (NIV)

He Died for Us

Some trips remain uncertain – the destination can be changed because of unforeseen circumstances. But the Christian has this promise: whether we live or die, our destination has been arranged – to be with Christ. Thank God for the certainty of hope in Christ!

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Devotion

The good news when it comes to impaired driving in Canada is that there are fewer people dying from motor vehicle accidents than in the past – down by 43% from 2000. At the same time, however, the proportion of deaths linked to alcohol impairment was 34%, higher than any of the other 10 wealthy countries surveyed. According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, the finding by the U.S. Center for Disease Control should serve as a warning to lawmakers that new strategies are needed to combat impaired driving. It remains the top criminal cause of death in Canada, safety advocates say. Andy Murie, CEO of MADD Canada says, “the CDC does the best studies; their information is undebatable. It’s a wake-up call. We need to do more.” The U.S. came in second, followed by Australia.

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The greatest gift ever offered to mankind is the gift of eternal life. It may be a gift, but it came with a great price – the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross. The Bible says that “for the joy set before him he endured the Cross.” What was that joy? Seeing men and women redeemed from the power of sin and set free to become all that God had created them to be. So often Christians consider eternal life to begin when after we pass from this life. But the truth is, eternal life begins the moment we acknowledge our sin and guilt and trust Jesus Christ as Saviour and Lord. Immediately, Jesus takes up residence in us and we have the assurance of His presence with us in this life and the life that is ours after death. The apostle Paul puts it this way in 1 Thessalonians 5:10: “He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.” When the Bible speaks of awake and asleep, it means in life and in the world beyond death. This is a great promise. No matter where we go, the Lord Jesus is with us. If you are a follower of Jesus, He is with you right now. He died for you and once you have accepted His gift of eternal life that His death guarantees, you then experience the blessings of His resurrection – His abiding presence. May you sense His presence today.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley