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    Life After Loss: Grieving with Hope

    “Grief is a journey that sooner or later we all must take,” writes counselor Tim Jackson. Sharing his personal experience and pointing us to the cross and the power of Christ’s resurrection, Jackson shows us how we can take that journey with hope. In the pages of this booklet, he walks with us through the grieving process and reminds us to “lean on our Creator and each other” for comfort.

    Beneficial Power

    Boxing and strong-man competitions have a unique aspect to them. In the events, the athletes compete individually for the purpose of demonstrating their superior strength. It’s like arm wrestling—you do it to prove that you are the strongest person in the room.

    The Power Of Affirmation

    During a recent study, 200,000 employees were interviewed to discover the missing ingredient in their productivity. The study concluded that appreciation and affirmation topped the list of what they wanted most from their superiors. This research implies that receiving affirmation is a basic human need.

    Discover an eternal perspective as we turn to a stirring passage in Romans

    It’s an undeniable fact that ten out of ten people will eventually die. But for those who follow Christ, death is not an event to be feared, but a victory to be celebrated! Let's turn to a stirring passage in Romans that instills us with confidence both in this life, and in the life to come.

    Fantastic Offers

    I am amazed at the unbelievable offers that flood my e-mail box every day. Recently, I added up the offers of free money that came to me in a week, and my “take” totaled $26 million. But each of those offers was a fraud.

    Grandpa Snucked Out

    My cousin Ken fought a courageous 4-year battle with cancer. In his final days, his wife, three children, and several grandchildren were in and out of his room, spending time with him and sharing special goodbyes. When everyone was out of the room for a moment, he slipped into eternity. After the family realized that he was gone, one young granddaughter sweetly remarked, “Grandpa snucked out.” One moment the Lord was with Ken here on earth; the next moment Ken’s spirit was with the Lord in heaven.

    Rescued

    Manuel Gonzalez was the first rescue worker to reach the 33 miners trapped for 69 days in a Chilean mine explosion in 2010. At great risk to his own life, he went underground more than 2,000 feet to bring the trapped men back to the surface. The world watched in amazement as one by one each miner was rescued and transported to freedom.

    An Escort Through The Valley

    I’ve heard people say, “I’m not afraid of death because I’m confident that I’m going to heaven; it’s the dying process that scares me!” Yes, as Christians, we look forward to heaven but may be afraid of dying. We need not be ashamed to admit that. It is natural to be afraid of the pain that comes with dying, of being separated from our loved ones, of possibly impoverishing our families, and of regret over missed earthly opportunities.

    10 Reasons to Believe in Life After Death

    The belief that Jesus Christ rose from the dead is key to the Christian faith—giving hope and eternal worth to what happens beyond physical death. In this study from 1 Corinthians 15, Herb Vander Lugt explores the resurrection of Christ and its importance to your destiny. Discover life-changing hope that can dismiss the fear of facing death and give you assurance of eternal life through Jesus Christ.

    Resurrection And Life

    Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life”! It’s one thing to make such a bold assertion; it’s another to back it up—and back it up Jesus did by rising from the dead.

    The Ascension

    When the husband of my longtime friend and publishing colleague collapsed and later died, there was no doubt that life had slipped away from him. There were witnesses. The same was true when Jesus died. But three days later, Jesus was raised from the dead! We have no doubt that this is true because there were witnesses who later saw Him alive.

    Short-Timers

    I served in the Armed Forces many years ago and have always been thankful that I was able to give those years to my country. I must say, however, that my most memorable time in the service was the brief interval when I was a “short-timer.”

    Our Living Hope

    The morning after my mother died, I was reading the Bible and talking to the Lord about my sadness. The Bible-In-One-Year reading for that day was John 6.

    When I came to verse 39, the Lord whispered comfort to my sad heart: “This is the will of the Father who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up at the last day.” Mom’s spirit was with the Lord already, but I knew that one day she would be raised and given a new body.

    Death Cannot Divide Us

    Although writers and philosophers have done their best to marshal weighty arguments in favor of life after death, they have not succeeded in bringing comfort to aching, anxious, questioning hearts.

    Jesus, however, does not fail to satisfy us. He brings forth no philosophical arguments. He does not try to prove the reasonableness of immortality; He simply declares it! He speaks of what He knows, and answers with the authority of heaven: “I am the resurrection and the life.

    How Would You Answer?

    Sir Norman Anderson was invited to give a television talk on the evidence for Christ’s resurrection, a subject that he had written much about. When his son died of cancer, the program producers offered to cancel his participation, saying, “You can’t speak about the resurrection when you’ve just lost a son.” But Anderson said, “I want to speak about it now even more.” And so, sad in heart but with great assurance, he spoke of Christ’s resurrection, and ours as believers.


    September 2019: Christian Living

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