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6 Responses to “Christmas Ornaments”

  1. Gerard Weldele says:

    Amen.

  2. Barnabas says:

    I hear your words Mike, but ponder 2 Corinthians 4:8 We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; (ESV) and wonder whether the crushed, despairing, forsaken and destroyed are all under judgement. Where do you to when your faith wains due to the pains of life? Cry for a revelation? And if it doesn’t come?

  3. Mike Metzger says:

    As the apostle Paul wrote, we grieve – yet with hope.

  4. Barnabas says:

    But when your hope is gone?

  5. Glenn says:

    I’m not sure if this helps, but in response to Barnabas, I think the story of John the Baptist could help us. John was locked in prison, waiting for his head to be cut off. Having lost all hope, he asked if Jesus really was the Messiah. What a question. It reveals that John was doubting everything he had given his life to, and he was doubting whether Jesus really would carry him into eternity. Jesus sends a response back to John through some messengers, and adds “there has never been a man with greater faith” (my words). So, from this we learn that even when we lack hope in the darkest hour, God knows us. His grace transcends our moments of hopelessness. Our salvation depends not on our feelings or inner condition, but on the cross.

  6. Barnabas says:

    Thanks Glen.

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