I love a well-worn Bible. This one was my mother’s, given to her and my dad by her mother, my grandmother. We are so blessed in this country to have a Bible and the freedom to read and study it!
Yet so many people have Bibles that are literally gathering dust on their coffee table or book shelf. I have the urge to write “Read Me!” in the dust when I see that.
The Bible is God’s holy Word. It’s not only a love story from God to man, but a revelation of his perfect plan and a practical guide for everyday concerns. Approach it with reverence and be in the Word daily.
How many Bibles are in your home? Have you read one of them? What if God were to one day say to you, “Was the eighty years I gave you not long enough for you to read my book?”
“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” (Genesis 9:13-15 NIV84) God is always faithful and keeps all promises. Store up his Word in your heart and you will draw strength from it when you need it most.
Let’s keep Christ in the center of our Easter celebrations. He is risen. He is risen indeed!
The designer of our bodies also created the perfect food for us and provided a user’s guide. To understand how to achieve and maintain health, we have only to turn to the Bible. Biblical principles apply not only to spiritual growth but also to physical health.
The pathway to health involves making choices that are life-giving. We honor God when we are good stewards of the health he has given us rather than squandering it.
We wreak havoc in our physical bodies when we lack the knowledge of how to stay healthy, or worse yet, when we stubbornly refuse to act on what we do know.
Maybe Spring hasn’t quite sprung yet, but it won’t be long. My spirit stirs and my thoughts joyfully turn to the inevitable first breath of Spring as I recall God’s promise: “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” (Genesis 8:22)
The Bible speaks of several forms of love:
- eros – romantic attraction
- philia – brotherly love, fellowship
- agape – selfless, spiritual, unconditional
Eros involves a feeling of desire and longing that can wax and wane with changes in circumstances, perceptions and expectations. Phileo friendship also may change with the times, but agape love is endless and without bounds. Jesus personified agape love — the most noble, sacrificial love. He commands us to love others as he has loved us. Agape love is not merely a feeling, but an act of will.
The hope of spring, the hope of health, the hope of love, the hope of peace, the hope of glory: hope springs eternal.
When a fragile flower peaks up through the snow and ice, we marvel at God’s grace and rush to plan a spring garden.
Whatever our current situation may be, we visualize, strive for, and expect a miraculous new beginning because we are endowed with God’s spirit and trust in his enduring love. Signs of his sovereignty and majesty are all around us. “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” (2 Corinthians 5:17) Rejoice in hope!