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March 13, 2024

March 2024
Issue 216

The least favorite way to find God

Why would I show you the least favorite way to find God? Because you'll be going there anyway, and when you do, you should make it worth your time.

I'm talking about suffering. Last issue I said you are smart, which means you realize suffering is inevitable, no matter how careful you are. Yep, bad things do happen to good people like you and me.

The pit of pain is where we find God. Misery strips away our pretenses faster than anything else. The more helpless you are, the more gracious God is.

So how do you find God there and what will he do for you? The good news is we belong to a pursuing God, and he's after you like a hurt-seeking missile. He wants to heal your heart, encourage you, and pour his liberating power into your life.

Interested? Let's go find God.

The greatest lesson

I once stood tall on my two feet
and never had to face defeat.
But one dark day I got a call
that smashed me like a cannon ball.

Some tragedies can't be undone,
and sometimes battles can't be won.
Some days you can't bear the cost,
or resurrect the dream you lost.

And yet, and yet, another dawn.
The sun comes up and life goes on.
When you cry out in stark despair,
the Son of God will meet you there.

The Son of God will meet you there.
He shows up with his tender care.
He'll touch you with his love and calm.
His presence is a healing balm.

So when your light is growing dim,
cast your burdens onto him.
He will bear your grief and pain.
He will raise you up again.

The greatest lesson ever known:
None of us can stand alone.
Til pain and suffering drag you down,
you'll never know where hope is found.

~ Jack Zavada, www.inspiration-for-, 2024 ~

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  • Fear,
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QOTM: Greatest human achievement is...

One of the wisest theologians in church history knew about finding God. Listen to Augustine, bishop of ancient Hippo in North Africa:

To fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him is the greatest adventure; to find him is the greatest human achievement.

~ Augustine of Hippo (354-430) ~

See? That's why I say Christianity is an adventure.

Here's the thing: God is not hiding. He does want to make himself known to you. In fact, he's pursuing you more passionately than you're seeking him.

Augustine saw this like mutual courting. We don't use that word much any more, but it's a romantic term for a man's pursuit of a potential bride. I did plenty of it—but unsuccessfully. Chasing God was a different story. I caught Him and He caught me!

And Augustine was right. No achievement you will ever reach in life will compare with the breathtaking thrill of finding God. That's when the real fun begins!

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Jesus got quite a shock when he came to Earth. Before his incarnation as a man, he had never been tempted. He had watched men and women being tempted, of course, but now he was experiencing it himself.

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For the zillionth time, Easter is NOT about candy and bunnies!

Leave it to unbelievers to turn Christmas and Easter into holidays stripped of their Christian origins. They can't stand Jesus and it's getting worse every day.

But they can't keep us from celebrating the best day of the year! If I had to name my second favorite aspect of Easter (the first being salvation and eternity with Jesus), I'd say it's the truth that things are rarely what they seem. Here's what I mean: From all human observation, it looked like Jesus was dead and defeated. When they took him down from the cross, he was not breathing. He was gone, and once people are gone in that way, they don't come back.

But he did come back—alive! He proved once and for all that he is God. You talk about the unexpected!

Some singles reading this newsletter will get married. Some of us will not. But there are surprises waiting for us in Heaven. Heaven is so wonderful even Jesus couldn't put it into human language. He knew our words would never do it justice.

Meanwhile, we serve him and enjoy him here on Earth. It's an exciting life being a friend of Jesus. When I'm in church on Easter singing "I Know that my Redeemer Lives," I'll have a big smile on my face. Easter is hope!

Why you're just like Daniel

A few weeks ago I was reading the Old Testament book of Daniel, and I came upon a phrase that stunned me. I've read it before, but this time it seemed especially relevant to you and me.

We find the angel Gabriel, God's special messenger, speaking in Dan 9:23, telling Daniel he is "greatly loved." In Dan 10:10, a different angel repeats that Daniel is a "man greatly loved." Again in Dan 10:18, an angel reminds Daniel once more he is "greatly loved."

It would be easy to read this passage and think, "Good for him, but that's Daniel, not me."

But if you're a believer in Jesus Christ, you are greatly loved too! We usually don't feel loved because of our circumstances. Daniel was discouraged. He was a slave in a pagan country, far away from the temple and family. And he was single like us.

It's reassuring to know you are greatly loved by God. That's why the angels reminded the downhearted prophet of that fact. I'm reminding you, right now, to keep this truth in mind about yourself.

On that note, I close the March newsletter. Comments are welcome through our secure contact form.

Until April then, Happy Easter from one greatly loved child of God to another,

Jack Zavada

PS: Not a Christian? Find out how to become one!

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