Jan 15 2013

Turning Heartache into Hope.

 

We all experience loss, heartache, and disappointment.  It's how you move on that matters.  

There's an artist you hear on K-LOVE that is a living example of how it is possible to experience heartache, find hope, and share it with others.  He is now helping families that have experienced a similar loss move forward too.  

Steven Curtis Chapman lost a daughter in a tragic accident several years ago. I can't imagine a better person to be there  tonight along with his wife, Mary Beth, performing and speaking for the  Night of Hope and Healing for families that have lost their children in Newtown Connecticut. 

They get. They've been there.  They are moving forward.

They will be front and center tonight along with Chris Tomlin, Casting Crowns, TobyMac, Laura Story, Building 429, and Mandisa.  Speaking with Mary Beth, will be Louie Giglio and Max Lucado.  

You can see the whole thing live online at www.klove.com.  It starts at 6:30pm EST. 

It might even help you move forward with God after experiencing loss in your life...

 

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Jan 14 2013

Endure

 

I don’t know if you do this too, but with my busy life I tend forget that this is not all there is.  There is so much more to life, and it's so much better than this. 

The other day my 6 year-old daughter, Emily, asked me if there were bedtimes in heaven.  I think for her that would be the best thing ever, for me, sleep sounds like heaven.  

I think I found the answer to that last night at church.  I went to a special service with author and pastor Francis Chan, and helped me wrap my brain around what our experience in heaven might be like.  He talked about this verse:

"If we endure hardship, we will also reign with Him." 2 Timothy 2:12

I don't know about you, but I'm not sure what "reigning" with God in heaven will be like, but I'm pretty sure we won't have time to sleep.  

Heaven has to be more than we see in the movies. It's going to be more than just eating at a buffet where calories don't count.  

"Reigning with God"  sounds like we get to be live like Kings and Queens.  I'm thinking it's going to be awesome.  I don't know about you, but I want in...

I want more than this life, because I'm exhausted from enduring.  

If you are too, there's a simple thing you can do.  Pray to God, ask for forgiveness from your sins, and we will be reigning with God in heaven.  

If you'd like to talk to someone about that kind of prayer please call a pastor at 800-525-LOVE.  

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