Old and New

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What does not last

From our backyard we can watch the demolition of a 1962 university residence hall.

Nearby is a residence hall under construction.

Someday this new facility may well be considered outdated and be replaced.

Such is life.

What does last

As a boy I heard a song on the radio called “This Ole House”—comparing the aging process to a house falling into disrepair–soon to be abandoned for something far better.

Paul wrote, “For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens” (2 Corinthians 5:1).

This promise is for those who submit in obedient faith to “Jesus Christ . . . the same yesterday and today and forever” (Hebrews 13:8).

Is this your hope?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Looking Ahead

What if?

When our son Monte was five, he asked his mom, “What if you and Daddy break your hip at the same time? Then we wouldn’t have any mommy and daddy to take care of us.”

“We’d find somebody to take care of you for awhile,” she said. “Besides, it’s usually old people who break their hip.”

He thought a moment, then said, “You’re getting old, aren’t you?”

What now?

How should a Christian feel about growing older?

“Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison . . .” (2 Corinthians 4:16-17).

Hope of glory.

Even with a broken hip.

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Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Hope in the Place of Despair

About 30 years ago we planted a pecan tree in our front yard. When it apparently died, I cut it off even with the ground. But later it sprouted! Now it is some 20 feet tall. It was not as far gone as I had thought.

Life is sometimes like that. That’s why we must never give up! Who knows what good things may come if we’ll hold on awhile longer?

When life seems hopeless, let’s remember that God brings good out of evil for those who trust and obey Him (Romans 8:28, 31-39; 2 Corinthians 1:8-10). He is called “the God of hope” for good reason (Romans 15:13).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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