Today from 12th and Maine
by Chuck Hetzler
“We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:8-9
This life is filled with difficulties and disappointments. Just because we’re God’s children doesn’t mean that He shields us from all earthly sorrow. We experience real pain. The difference for us as Christians is that we can have hope in the midst of hurt. And, God can take our suffering and use it for His own good purposes, just like He did through Jesus’ cross.
Father, Give me, and those in need, the courage and peace of Christ in the face of suffering. Amen.
Fire and Flame Weekly Blog
by Chuck Hetzler
We’re nearing Good Friday and Easter Sunday. These national holidays bring reminders of Jesus of Nazareth and draw public attention to reconsider our Lord and Savior.
Perhaps you’ve noticed more programming on TV about Him. Documentaries and motion pictures explore the intriguing life, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Of course, not everyone believes His followers’ accounts of what happened (i.e., the New Testament).
Faith and skepticism will always remain until Jesus returns to Earth for all to see. Until then, everyone will come to his own conclusion, even if to their own harm. If you get the chance to interact with anyone who is weighing the evidence surrounding Jesus, the words of C.S. Lewis from his book Mere Christianity may be of help.
“I am trying here to prevent anyone saying the really foolish thing that people often say about Him: I’m ready to accept Jesus as a great moral teacher, […]