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Take Heart

John 16:33

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

112015 Ray McDonaldTake heart! The Birds are 5-0 at the start of the 2016 season – the only undefeated team in the Major Leagues. Rule 5 player Joey Rickard is still hitting the baseball like a phenom with a base hit to lead off the game followed by a sacrifice fly in his second at-bat. Alvarez and Kim had their first hits of the season and Machado – Schoop – and Trumbo – are still hot (Machado had 4 hits including a home run)!

Take heart! The NFL draft is coming soon and the hope of every team is that they can infuse some talent through the draft that will make them a better team. The big question for the Ravens is will they go defense or offense on their number 1 pick (6th overall)? They haven’t done real well of late in the draft and the hope is that after a bad season last year – with a high pick this year – they will do better.

Take heart! The school year is coming to a close in a couple of months. Seniors are preparing for summer vacations – new jobs – college – and careers. Juniors are waiting for the seniors to leave so they can be the top class in school. Teachers are also looking forward to vacations and summer jobs.

Take heart! Some churches in our area are in transition. Some are saying goodbye to their pastor and waiting for the new one. Some are going from full-time pastors to part-time pastors. Some are connecting with other churches in order to support a full-time pastor. Some are facing difficult decisions about remaining open or closing.

Take heart! I know a few couples that are facing tough times. I know of two congregations who have just lost important members and leaders in their churches through death. I know some friends who are having a hard time with their children (and some with their parents).

Take heart! In today’s passage – Jesus is giving His Disciples some instructions and some encouragement. Here is today’s passage in partial context. John 16:16–33 – 16 Jesus went on to say, “In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me.” 17 At this, some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me,’ and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They kept asking, “What does he mean by ‘a little while’? We don’t understand what he is saying.” 19 Jesus saw that they wanted to ask him about this, so he said to them, “Are you asking one another what I meant when I said, ‘In a little while you will see me no more, and then after a little while you will see me’? 20 Very truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy. 21 A woman giving birth to a child has pain because her time has come; but when her baby is born she forgets the anguish because of her joy that a child is born into the world. 22 So with you: Now is your time of grief, but I will see you again and you will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy. 23 In that day you will no longer ask me anything. Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name. 24 Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete. 25 “Though I have been speaking figuratively, a time is coming when I will no longer use this kind of language but will tell you plainly about my Father. 26 In that day you will ask in my name. I am not saying that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 No, the Father himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God. 28 I came from the Father and entered the world; now I am leaving the world and going back to the Father.” 29 Then Jesus’ disciples said, “Now you are speaking clearly and without figures of speech. 30 Now we can see that you know all things and that you do not even need to have anyone ask you questions. This makes us believe that you came from God.” 31 “Do you now believe?” Jesus replied. 32 “A time is coming and in fact has come when you will be scattered, each to your own home. You will leave me all alone. Yet I am not alone, for my Father is with me. 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Take heart! Whatever we face – God is with us and will give us peace in the midst of the trouble. God told the Disciples and He tells us – “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” Jesus has overcome the world – even all of the troubles we face if we turn to Him.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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April 11, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Community, Daily Devotion, Daily Prayer, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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