Many years ago, Jesus Christ physical body was dead…

Many years ago, things looked bleak because the Jews had hoped for a physical conqueror. In their minds, Jesus was closest they were going to get; that’s why they gave Him a parade nearly a week earlier preceding the horrific execution on the cross.

Back then, for those Jews that held out hope that Jesus would perform another miracle by coming down from the cross in triumphant victory, were ultimately disappointed. Jesus Christ body was physically dead, crushing all their hopes of getting under Roman rule.

But, wait! I feel like something is going to happen!

“Forever”-Kari Jobe

“It Is Finished!”

This is about the time that Jesus Christ breathed His last. Of all the pain He went through, I don’t think that is what killed Him; rather, I think what killed Him is His Father turning His back to Him. Then, Jesus Christ said, “It is Finished!” Think about it!

“Forever”-Kari Jobe

“How Can It Be?”

Right now, many years ago, Jesus Christ was in the midst of suffering for sins not only for His generation but for all time. It leaves a question to be asked, “How can it be?”

*this link will bring you to Lauren Daigle’s song “How Can It Be?”

“How Can It Be?”‘-Lauren Daigle

“Where Is God When It Hurts?” by Phillip Yancey (19)

Harold G. Wolf puts it-hope, faith, and a purpose in life is medicinal.”-Philip Yancey

“I Have This Hope”-Tenth Avenue North

“My Hope Is Built Upon Nothing Less”

“Hope Changes Everything”-New Song

“Warrior”-Hannah Kerr

“Where Is God When It Hurts?” by Phillip Yancey (18)

“Prisoner of war accounts indicate that some POW’s may die of no apparent reason than a loss of hope.”-Philip Yancey

“Even If”-Kutless

“Even If”-MercyMe

“Hope In Front of Me”-Danny Gokey

“All My Hope”-Crowder ft. Lauren Wells

“Where Is God When It Hurts?” by Philip Yancey (17)

“In doing so, we follow God’s pattern, for He too took on pain. He joined us, and lived a life of more pain and poverty than most of us will ever know. Suffering can never ultimately be meaningless.”-Philip Yancey

“Unglued”-Michael Tait

“Where Is God When It Hurts?” by Phillip Yancey (16)

There is no more effective healer than a wounded healer-(Jesus Christ, and all the suffering that He went through, so that He can identify with us throughout the course of life and humanity, from Adam all the way to eternity).

“The Hurt and The Healer”-MercyMe

Palm Sunday

This was supposed to be a royal day for Jesus Christ (Luke 19:28-40). His prize-winning entrance by people’s expectations of Him being peace through physical war was thwarted just a week later. Instead, He wept over Jerusalem (Luke 19:41-44).

How tragic! Tune in a week…

“Save us-Jesus (Triumphal Entry)

What If I Stumble?

Imagine just walking along and someone or something causes you to trip or stumble? Or worse yet, you trip up under your own feet causing you to stumble. How embarrassing! You tries to pass it off as a purposeful stumble, or make it like it didn’t even happen especially those that are in your direct vicinity. Again, how embarrassing?

We, then, try to make sure that it never happens again until … it does. Maybe the last time you stumbled was when you were a toddler? Or, maybe you are in rush to get to some place so you don’t miss the concert, protest, or a game, and you stumble that way? TRUE, there are many ways we can stumble.

People, in their search for meaning, try various ways in which to develop full spirituality. Often, however, they go down the wrong path to include beliefs like atheism to all religious beliefs including everything is god, trying to please their god.

Yet it is not like that for the True Life Christian. Grace is the calling card for them, as the only God offers that through His Son. Once and for all. Although we need to keep our sensitivity up for sin and be reminded of how short we fall to God’s glory. So, even though we are forgiven by God (once and for all), we need to be reminded of God’s grace until His Son comes back by asking for forgiveness continuously.

Although for True Life Christians, we can still stumble along the path to righteous living through God, not by our own merits but through Jesus Christ’s alone.

So rest assured, for the True Life Christian, we are not without hope because Hebrews 11:1 says,

Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (KJV)

For the True Life Christian to stumble means we have hope of grace given to us of the Person who went through it already, and it culminated with His death on the cross (Isaiah 53:3-5).

“What If I Stumble?”-DC Talk

“Crawl (Carry Me Through)-Superchick

“Will You Catch Me?”-Manafest

“Start Over”-Flame ft. NF

“Where Is God When It Hurts?” by Phillip Yancey (14)

“For most of us the fears that accompany pain are easy to identify. We fear the experience of pain and the unknown.”-Philip Yancey

“Fear”-Lecrae

“Hang On”-Lecrae

“Hold On”-Rapture Ruckus

“Every Time You Run”-Manafest

“Never Let You Go”-Manafest

“Not Alone”-Manafest

“All This Time”-Britt Nicole

“Leap of Faith”-Lecrae

“Where Is God When It Hurts?” by Phillip Yancey (13)

“Morphine works its magic primarily by reducing the patient’s fear and anxiety levels. … Beecher concluded that there is no simple direct relationship between the wound and the pain experienced. Pain, in a very large part, is determined by other factors.”-Philip Yancey

“Fear”-Lecrae

“Storm Inside of You”-Veronica Ballestrini

“All This Time”-Britt Nicole

“Overcomer”-Mandisa

Wobble…

I have always been about balance in my life. To look at life through the lenses of balance can be quite exhilarating; though, there are instances when balance seems not to go to far like the case of where one of your family members was murdered by an assailant. Your desire for revenge may be insatiable.

I completely understand. Yet, take a look at this verse. It comes from Romans 12:19-

Beloved, never avenge yourseves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengence is Mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” (ESV)

In this mis-often quoted verse, Christians use it as their justification for their acts committed “in the name of Jesus.” In some instances, it can even taken up by the world as justification. How sad! For who can think of anything that compares with hell where Satan and all his cronies will be.

Curious about leaving revenge to the Lord Jesus Christ, I spent countless hours in talking to God, He revealed to me in this particular question: “What is worse than spending an eternity without God?” Awestruck, in my mind I answered, “NOTHING!!!”

Although True Life Christians have a fun side too. We are not just about the religiosity of this world. In fact, we are about relationship with the Most High rather than man-made religion that worships anything but the True God.

I hope you enjoy listening to the YouTube videos including Wobble by Family Force 5:

“Wobble”-Family Force 5

“Cray Button”-Family Force 5

“Cartoon Network”-Kj 52

“Kj Five Two”-kj 52

“Video Games”-Kj 52

“Where Is God When It Hurts?” by Phillip Yancey (12)

“A person with an exaggerated fear of hypodermic needles quite literally feels more pain from an injection, than does a diabetic who learns to take injections every day. The physiology is the same in both persons. Fear makes the difference.”-Philip Yancey

“Fear Is A Liar”-Zach Williams

“Fear”-Lecrae

“Surrender”-Flame ft. V. Rose

“Start Over”-Flame ft. NF

“Where Is God When It Hurts?” by Phillip Yancey (11)

“The kingdom of suffering is a democracy, and we all stand in it or along side it with nothing but our naked humanity. All of us have the same capacity to help, and that is good news. No one can package or bottle the appropriate response to suffering…”-Philip Yancey

“The Cure”-UNSPOKEN

“Storm Inside of You”-Veronica Ballestrini

“God Help Me”-Plumb

“Start Over”-Flame ft. NF