The Intent of This Blog

This blog is intended to be a tool for the growth of whoever wants to use it. It is a daily journal intended to help us be more introspective. Every day I will do my best to supply a motivational quote, a Bible verse, a vocabulary word, and a personal message from myself. Use these if you like as motivation to improve yourself. Then, simply answer the daily questions provided honestly and see if it has an impact on your life. Zig Ziglar said, "If you don't have daily objectives, you qualify as a dreamer." Lets not be just dreamers but doers. Remember Martin Luther King Jr not only had a dream, he also had an objective. Thanks for reading, Jake

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Monday, November 11, 2013

The Only Hope

“At the Cross God wrapped His heart in flesh and blood and let it be nailed to the Cross for our redemption.”  E Stanley Jones

For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, and all ate the same spiritual food, and all drank the same spiritual drink.  For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.  1 Corinthians 10:1-4

Meted:  “dispense or allot justice, a punishment, or harsh treatment”  New Oxford American Dictionary

Life is filled with moments of irony.  Sometimes we call them fortuitous.  Sometimes tragic.  Sometimes destiny.  As I watched a field mouse take its last breaths this morning.  Suffering from injuries meted out by my, mostly loving dogs.  I literally heard the words of Billy Graham from his new book, The Reason for My Hope I was listening to say, “This is an eternal exchange, sin and death, for hope and eternal life.”  He was responding to 1 Peter 3:18 which states, “For Christ also suffered once for sins, the righteous for the unrighteous, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive in the spirit.”  It was just a mouse.  But life to that mouse was important too.  How many of us are tired of death?  It’s a reality we know.  But when fully comprehended, an awful one.  As humans part of our role in creation is to control rodent populations.  To feed ourselves.  And to care for organisms damaged by other life.  That requires death.  In our world, life requires death.  However, our world isn’t eternal.  Eternity doesn’t require death, or suffering, or sin.  That’s because God is in control, and He has destined a perfect future for us.  One where sin and death is forever exchanged for hope and eternal life.  That exchange took place on the Cross where Jesus died.  He became sin for us.  He took our sin and took our eternal punishment for us, so that death is no more eternal for us, but rather a temporary sleep, where the morning is perfection; from Adam and Eve, to you and me, and to every person that will one day be.  And so we have hope for a better place.  We have hope for a future beyond our sorrows.  We have hope…  Because of Jesus.  Do you have hope?  If hope seems foolish to you.  If eternal life seems like a fairytale.  If Jesus is fictional.  Ask Him into your life and your heart.  Give Him your soul and your life.  He’s the only source of hope in this hopeless world.  Hope isn’t found in numbing ourselves to the casts of this world.  How does that help those suffering in innocence?  Hope isn’t found in trying to be perfect.  Who’s ever been able to achieve that?  Hope isn’t found in humanity.  Humanity is too busy dying.  Hope is only found in Jesus.  Try Him.

Daily Journaling Questions:
How did I help someone in kindness today?
What did I learn today?
What am I thankful for?
Who did I love today?
What am I dreaming of?
What about today do I want to remember forever?
What are my goals for tomorrow?
Thanks for reading,

Jake

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