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Rebekah B. is a blogger, who is madly in love with her Savior, Jesus Christ. She strives to bring glory to God in all she does in this crazy little thing called life. She loves to read books about theology, psychology, and anything mystery. She hopes that what she writes encourages, and inspires you to walk the narrow road.

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How to React to Tragedy as A Christian

All tragedies leave behind them a mass of questions, the most recent one being in Las Vegas, which has left us all reeling and asking: “What do we do? How can we pray? Is God still good, and what does the Bible say about how we should respond?”

Some of the things we can look at are….

How did Jesus respond to tragedy?

In Luke 13, we find Jesus in an interesting conversation in which He makes a reference to a recent tragedy, “Of those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem? I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish” (Luke 13:4-5).

The past conversation surrounding Siloam probably sounds very familiar, “Jesus, why did this happen? Was this an act of God’s judgement on their sin? Should the builders be punished for their poor work? Why!?”

Here Jesus points them back to the Gospel reminding them of the bigger picture beyond “who’s to blame”, and “why” stating, “All are in need of salvation…” So, our message in tragedy should be the same as every day, “Come to Jesus, for it is only in His arms where true peace and joy can be found. Only in Him is there forgiveness of sin, and freedom from shame.”

Jesus grieved

He was deeply compassionate towards both His friends and His enemies. In His grief, He wept for his dear friend Lazarus, and in His grief, He wept for the people of Israel who would soon reject the hand of salvation (read John 11:35, Luke 19:41, and Luke 23:24).

Paul says in Romans 12:15, “Rejoice with those who rejoice, and mourn with those who mourn.” This is not a commandment for Christians to share in the burdens of other Christians, but for Christians to share in the burdens of all people.

So, what do we do now?

We can love fellow sinners

Jesus engages with the despised Samaritans of this world, and calls them into a personal relationship with Him. It is time for us to get uncomfortable and share the Gospel with the Samaritans and tax collectors of our day, whether it is a non-Christian friend or a neighbor who is a grouch. As we develop relationships with others around us, God will use us to “bind up the brokenhearted [and] to proclaim freedom for the captives,” just as He did.

We can unite as one Body and serve with passion

God is glorified whenever believers come together, putting aside their political differences, and devote themselves to the greater works of His Word. The Bible also emphasizes the importance of unity in the Body of Christ, and the more that we push aside the things that hinder us from uniting as one strong voice for His kingdom; the more He will increase our numbers (see Acts 2:42-47).

How can we pray?

How is the Lord leading you to pray? Seek His guidance, asking that He would give you the words. Here are some good prayer points to keep in mind:

  • Pray that the lost would come to know Christ, and that the families and friends left behind would be able to experience God’s comfort as they mourn.
  • Grieve deeply for those who died without coming to know Christ as their Savior, and are now spending eternity apart from Him.
  • Pray that the Lord will give our leaders wisdom.
  • Pray that God will help us love others radically, just as His son Jesus did.
  • Pray that God will use tragedy to open people’s eyes to their need for His unending grace.
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The Miracle of Dry Bones

The Miracle of Dry Bones by Rebekah B

The Miracle of Dry Bones by Rebekah B

What would you do if God brought you to a valley full of bones, and asked you if those bones could live?

This is what happened to the prophet Ezekiel.

“The hand of the Lord was on me, and he brought me out by the Spirit of the Lord and set me in the middle of a valley; it was full of bones. He led me back and forth among them, and I saw a great many bones on the floor of the valley, bones that were very dry. He asked me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” (Ezekiel 37:1-3)

Can you imagine being Ezekiel in that situation? There he stood surrounded by lifeless, dry, bones that where clearly very dead, and the Lord says to him, “Son of man, can these bones live?” How would you respond, and what would you say? How can something that is already dead live again?

These are the questions that my earthly mind asks, the questions that perhaps Ezekiel asked within his heart as he stared out over a seemingly hopeless situation. Yet, despite the doubts that he may have had he responded to the Lord’s question simply, and without hesitation.

“I said, “Sovereign Lord, you alone know.”

But then the Lord says,” Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the LORD! This is what the Sovereign LORD says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life. I will attach tendons to you and make flesh come upon you and cover you with skin; I will put breath in you, and you will come to life. Then you will know that I am the LORD.'” (Ezekiel 37:4-6)

“How Lord?” I asked as I read this passage, “How can something so broken, so hopeless, and so lost be made new? How can what is cast aside and deemed impossible become possible?” Then it struck me, we are the dry bones.

We are dry bones that are broken, helpless, and robbed of the life that He has so graciously given us because of our sin.

Yet, He loved us enough to give us another chance, a chance that would bring us back to life but would ultimately cost Him his. In this passage the Lord is showing us that nothing is too big or impossible for Him, and that we are never too far gone for His love.

His love breaks the chains that enslave us to our sin, addiction, depression, lust, pain, heartbreak, etc. We are lost without Him, His love, and the grace that He so graciously pours out over us day after day.

He could have left us where we were, but He didn’t. Instead, He chose to breathe the breath of life back into our thirsty bones, and tenderly put us back together into the people that He created us to be.

We were bones once broken, dry, hopeless, lifeless, godless, and worthless, yet now we are proof that God is stronger than death, stronger than sin, and stronger than what is perceived in this life to be impossible.

2018-01-08T17:14:52+00:00 By |

3 Things to Keep in Mind This School Year

3 Things to Keep in Mind This School Year by Rebekah B.

3 Things to Keep in Mind This School Year by Rebekah B.

“So, whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”

1 Corinthians 10:31

The month of August symbolizes the beginning of a new school year, back to school shopping, and all those annoying backpack commercials. Whether you are a freshman in high school or a senior in college there are three things you need to know to help keep God at the center of your school year.

 

1# The most important book you will read this year is your Bible.

All the homework you have been assigned will be a temptation (or an excuse) to slide on your Bible reading until that paper is done or when the next break comes. Don’t give in! The time you take to spend soaking in His word will be the most fruitful and character building time of your entire education.

Nothing can replace the wealth of information in the Bible and nothing can prepare you better for life, family, a job, or your next class. Take the time to grow in grace and the benefits you reap will be invaluable.

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

Matthew 6:33

 

2# Don’t let pride grow in your heart.

God despises the prideful (James 4:6). This is enough to know that pride is really dangerous. Your pride will pollute you (Matthew 7:20-23) and keep you out of the Kingdom of God, as we have seen with Satan. Your humility though, is a testament to God’s forgiveness of your sins and His work that is being done in you.
The classroom has, unfortunately, become a breeding ground for pride and comparison. Pride can most definitely be present before our education, but school contest, awards, certificates, and grades seem to encourage the wrong kind of competition — the self-seeking kind. This pride clashes with our Savior’s sacrifice like socks with sandals.

Let us practice being quick to encourage and celebrate others, but slow to think more highly of ourselves then we ought for Romans 12:3 says, ” For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.”

Remember that in all of your good projects, tests, and papers it is God working through you for His glory.

“For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.”

Philippians 2:13

 

#3. Someone younger than you needs a role model.

When I was younger I always admired those older than me, and still do! I wanted to be like them, act like them, and couldn’t wait to be their age or grade. Most young people do, sixth-graders can’t wait to be eighth-graders, who can’t wait to be juniors and so on. The bottom line is that no matter what grade you are in, you will always have someone looking up to you and probably wanting to be like you. Whether you like it or not, you are a role model. So, why not model Christ like love, humility, joy, and service?

Keep your eyes open for the guy or girl looking for someone to look up to, and spend some time and energy pointing them to Christ. Think up some creative way that you can invest the gospel into their lives and show them that they too can be a role model.

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

Matthew 28:19

Whether you’re going to walk, drive, ride the bus, or even bike to school, as you prepare for a day of work and study, remember to keep Him at the center of you day, week, month, and year. By His grace and mercy, I pray that this will be the year that your relationship with Christ blossoms, and that you will be a light to others on campus.

 

Recommended Reading

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Hope is Never Lost

Hope is Never Lost by Rebekah B

“For he wounds, but he binds up; he shatters, but his hands heal.” Job 5:18

Why does God allow suffering?  

This is an age old question that I wish I could answer. I wish I understood why He lets bad things happen to good people, and I wish I understood why people have to go through horrific things. This is a mystery that we may never understand for as the Lord says, “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways, my ways.’” (Isaiah 55:8)

Suffering for a Christian is a painful paradox because we know that with one word God could end our pain, and when He doesn’t we wonder, “Does He really love me, and if He does then why isn’t He taking this from me? Am I really asking too much? Our wounded hearts feel rejected and hurt, trying to figure out how our loving heavenly Father could allow us to suffer.

He sympathizes with us, understanding our pain and hopelessness. Hebrews 4:15 says, “For we have not a high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

We may not be able to see it, but our suffering does indeed have a purpose. In suffering we find out how strong our faith is, and in suffering we have to lean on God more than ever. When we suffer, we get the unique chance to see and experience the faithfulness of God up close and personal. We can also comfort others with the same comfort we found through our trials.

When we are weak He is strong, lifting us up above the waves of depression, shame, and hopelessness.

It does gets tiring, fighting day in and day out, not seeing a change. It hurts, it is discouraging, and at times gut-wrenching. But remember: hope is never lost.

No matter what your burden is, there is always hope. There is a light in the darkness, even if it is a small sliver. This earthly suffering that you are going through will end, and in the darkest of nights God will always be there, holding out His hand and urging you to not let go.

He knows your pain, and He knows the despair you feel, but He also knows that you will emerge from the darkness a stronger person than you were before.

I leave you with the following hope: “And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you.” (1 Peter 5:10) and in the words of the apostle Paul, “I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.” (Romans 8:18)

 

Recommended Books

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