“Hope, Again & Again”: A Poem

On Good Friday– March 30th, 2018– it was reported by Vanguard that four suicide bombers in the villages of Malumti, and Muna Zawiya, Nigeria, bombed a checkpoint. The blast killed three civilians and injured anywhere from 13-18 innocent people. Four Boko Haram members were also killed by Nigerian soldiers in these villages, according to Vanguard.

Indeed, the fact that Christ has Risen is something that is infuriating those who are apart of Boko Haram– and the enemy that is truly guiding them (satan).

It’s hard to see and hear of these attacks. It is heartwrenching.
Yet, when the attack of the enemy comes, we know who wins.

It is with this in mind that I wrote this poem, speaking to those who have been personally affected by these tragedies, as well as those who see it happen in the news, day after day. I pray it is encouraging, and blesses your relationship with Christ. Continue reading

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The Resurrection & The Life

Today, early this morning, Reverend Billy Graham passed away to be with Jesus, the One who he had preached about for forty plus years.
As we pray for his family, loved ones, and those who are grieving Him– and anyone else today– I just wanted to say this: Jesus is so good. Because, as I was reading in my devotional today, I read about how Jesus says of Himself, “I AM the Resurrection and the Life– the One who believes in Me will live, even though they die” (John 11:25-26, NIV). If you’d like, you can read this incredibly beautiful passage of scripture in John 11 here.

I read about how diagnoses, divorces, pain, and even death do not have the final word– only Jesus does.

About how, even if we don’t see any fruit from the anguished prayers we’ve been praying for days, months, and years on this side of heaven, that we can still trust Jesus to be faithful to His Promises. 

That idea is scary, and heart-wrenching. That everything we have labored for may never actually be seen by us; and that Jesus could answer those prayers in the way we desperately hope He wouldn’t of. 

It is hard to look at Jesus Christ and say, “Jesus, I trust that You are Good,” in times like these. It seems insane, even.

But in these incredibly hard moments, we can cling to Truth: Jesus IS the Resurrection, and the Life. And because of His sacrifice on the cross for our sins that put Him there, those who believe on Him and His sacrifice “will live, even though they die; 26 and whoever lives by believing in [Him] will never die.” Jesus will continue to be faithful to His Promises to you, even if nothing looks like it. You can trust Him, even with your eternal soul, just as the Reverend Billy Graham– and millions both before and after Him– have. Do so, today.

This post is in tribute to the God who saved, led, and used Billy Graham in such a powerful way, to bring others to Himself. May He continue to raise up people to bring others to Him!

 

Jesus, at the end of what He says in John 11:26, asks Martha, “Do you believe this?” I pose this question to you, today. Read more about this faithful God– this God who gives eternal life, and never breaks His Promises to us, and why He died on the cross for you– here.

 

Joy & Victory Amidst Sorrow: Prayers for the Taylor Family

This week, I have been very focused on suffering; and today, I have learned that Joel Taylor, the CEO of Bethel Music, has both of his children in the hospital with an incredibly dangerous E. coli infection. It is one that has caused his youngest, 2-year-old Jaxon, to get the painful and life-threatening illness, Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome (HUS): a syndrome caused by E. coli infection in children, causing kidney damage, and subsequently other organ damage, in those who have it.

As this infection sweeps over these two precious children; as people pray and plead for the healing of these two children; there are two things that will never change: The fact that Jesus just didn’t stay dead, but rose again, and is alive, sitting at the right hand of the Father (Acts 2:56).

Listen to Matthew 28:5-6.

The angel said to the women, ‘Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.‘”

(Matthew 28:5-6, NIV)

This was the Angel’s message: “Do not be afraid. Come and see how Christ rose from the grave!”

Our God overcame the grave!!! There is nothing too big for Him; there is nothing our God cannot do.

A Joyous Commission

Our God is mighty. Jesus said, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18, NIV). It is with this in mind that Jesus gave us the great commission: to make disciples of all the nations. With Jesus as our brave, victorious captain, we are free to tell others about Him; free to tell them of His Love, Grace, and Gospel, free to witness to His transforming power in our lives.

Let us always remember Jesus’ amazing resurrection– His complete Victory in our lives.
And let us always remember Jesus’ amazing commission– the fact that we can tell others of Him– that in our struggles, we can testify of His Goodness in a real and lasting way– and that we can tell of His Good News for all men, everywhere.

Our pain, struggles, and trials are real. There is no denying that.

But there is also no denying the Power, Love, and Salvation of Jesus; and His Love alone is a Love that makes us more than conquerors, through everything we might face (Romans 8:37).

So, cry out to Jesus. Run to Him. And watch Him move.

If you are struggling right now, or if you look around you and see immense suffering, may you keep this in your heart: Our Lord Jesus is in control.

And He will help us. Always.

Please pray for the Taylor family during this horrific trial. If you would like to donate money to help them during this time, you can do so at their GoFundMe page, here. Keep up to date with how Addie and Jaxon are doing by visiting Joel Taylor’s instagram page. While major improvements have been made in Jaxon’s health (Praise Jesus!!!) there is still a long road in his recovery.

***UPDATE: On January 17th, 2018, the Taylor family was able to GO HOME from the hospital after both Jaxon & Addie Taylor recovered from their E. coli infections, and the HUS that resulted from it for Jaxon!!! PRAISE JESUS!!! THERE IS NOTHING OUR GOD CANNOT DO!!!***



Do you know Jesus?

Isaiah 53 describes the way Jesus Christ would die for the sins of humanity. But that is not all it foretells. Isaiah 53:11 says, “After he has suffered, he will see the light of life and be satisfied; by his knowledge my righteous servant will justify many, and he will bear their iniquities.

There is no other religion that has a Savior, a Messiah, who not only died for others, but rose again. It is Jesus’ resurrection that causes our Victory in Him to be complete, and our sin completely paid for in full. Read more about this amazing, still-alive Messiah, here.


Please pray for:
– Jaxon’s kidneys. As the HUS has shut down his kidneys, Jaxon has been on dialysis. Please pray that his kidneys would be restored to full health.
– Jaxon’s brain. This infection shut down some parts of his cognitive abilities, but those abilities have grown stronger in the past few days. Please pray his brain would be fully restored.
– Jaxon’s lungs. His lungs were full of fluid a couple of days ago. Please pray that his lungs would gain strength and that the fluid would be gone.
– Jaxon’s heart. His other organs have suffered because of his kidney failure; please pray for full healing in his heart.
– Jaxon’s intestines. The E. coli started a leakage in his gut; please pray this leakage would be healed, in Jesus’ Name.
– For sweet Addie, Jaxon’s older, four-year-old sister. She has gotten the E. coli infection that Jaxon originally had, and is on an IV drip as well at UC Davis. Please pray she does not get HUS from this illness, and is able to recover quickly.
– For Joel and Janie Taylor, Jaxon and Addie’s parents. Their pain, sorrow, and anxiety as parents over their sick children is unimaginable. Pray they would be comforted and encouraged by Jesus during this time, and that they would entrust the beautiful babies He gave them, to Him, now and forever.

Thank you for your prayers!!!