Confidence in God
for John 14:1
thought & prayer

Charles Edward Jefferson (1860–1937), in his classic study The Character of Jesus, said this about confidence in God . . .

Let us try to find the secret of Jesus’ optimism.
 The secret is written large across the pages of the Gospel. 
It was a secret too good to keep — 
he gave it to everybody who had ears to hear.
 It was an abiding confidence in God.

 
 
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True and Lasting Hope — a John 14:1 devotional

True and Lasting Hope
a John 14:1
devotional

Jesus said, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God; believe also in Me” — John 14:1

True and lasting hope,
real and healthy optimism,
doesn’t come from confidence
in ourselves or other people.
How could it? We, and they,
often fail or fall short.

True and lasting hope,
real and healthy optimism,
doesn’t come from confidence
in the future, in advancement.
How could it? History proves
not all change is progress.

True and lasting hope,
real and healthy optimism,
comes from confidence
in our mighty loving Father.
He does not fail or fall short;
His plans are always perfect.

Those who put their hope,
their confidence, in Him
will soar the wind like eagles.

Devotional poem © 2016 Michael Himick. Used with permission.
 
 
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The Main Theme
for John 3:16
thought & prayer

John Stott (1921–2011), in Basic Christianity, said this about the main theme of the Bible . . .

Christianity is a rescue religion. 
It declares that God has taken the initiative in Jesus Christ 
to deliver us from our sins.
 This is the main theme of the Bible.

 
 
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God Loves
for John 3:16
thought & prayer

Alexander MacLaren (1826–1910), in Expositions of Holy Scripture, said this about what it means to know that God loves . . .

“God loves” is the greatest thing that can be said by lips. . . .
 If we would try to think of what it means,
 the whole truth would flash up into fresh newness, 
and all the miseries and sorrows and perplexities of our lives would drift away down the wind,
 and we should be no more troubled with them.

 
 
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Falling — a John 3:16 devotional

Falling
a John 3:16
devotional

God’s Word says, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life” — John 3:16

I’m falling,
falling fast,
but there’s hope,
hope for me.

I jumped,
jumped without a chute —
what was I thinking,
thinking I could fly?

Now I’m falling,
falling through the sky;
the earth is nearing,
nearing to end my fall.

Will I die,
die this foolish death?
No, here comes Jesus,
Jesus diving down to me!

So I cling,
cling to my Savior,
and trust we’ll land,
land safely in this fall.
But I find, oh I find,
we never land at all.

Devotional poem © 2016 Michael Himick. Used with permission.
  
 
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