Jan 16 2013

God is Enough

"God is Enough" Those are the words of Mary Beth Chapman last night to families in Newtown, Connecticut at the "Night of Hope and Healing" concert to encourage families there in the wake of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary. 

If anyone knows what they're going through it's Mary Beth.  She is married to an artist you hear a lot on K-LOVE, Steven Curtis Chapman.  Five years ago they lost their daughter in a tragic accident, and last night they shared straight from their hearts.  

Mary Beth encouraged the families in the midst of their grief that "I can offer no answers other than God is enough."  

The bible says God is close to the broken hearted.  It's a good reminder that even when times are tough, even when you are sad, that it doesn't mean that God is not with you or loving you, in fact it means He is closer.  

She also encouraged those that have lost loved ones by describing her own honest feelings about her daughter. She said, "We're going to see her again, l wish it was now." 

That's the promise we have.  Those who belief in Jesus receive eternal life and we will be reunited in Heaven.  

Here is a song from Steven Curtis Chapman that he performed last night.  It's about what that reunion might look like.  

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Jan 16 2013

Hello Courage

Hello Courage.  

I don’t know if you feel like this too, but there are days I don’t feel very courageous,  

That’s why I have a sign in my bathroom to remind me to try.  It says, "Hello Courage".  It’s the first thing I see in the morning.  

But, yesterday I realized I was wrong about the kind of Courage I'm supposed to have.  I thought it was a reminder to get through the day, but really it should be a reminder to have the courage to stand up for what I believe in and tell others about the secret to life, that will help them find courage.  If you and I know the secret, how could we keep it a secret?

I got the chance to see author and speaker Francis Chan speak recently, and He challenged church people to basically get out of church.  

Jesus said, "Go and make disciples, teach them."

You don’t have to be an ordained pastor do that…you just have to be a friend to people that aren’t like you.  

I admit to you, I feel safe in this studio talking about Jesus on the radio…but face to face, I’m kind of coward.  

Don’t want to be a coward anymore.  Hello Courage.  Will you join me?

 
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