Cynics say: “So what? It doesn’t affect my life, my business, my wealth, my power. It doesn’t pay the mortgage or my car payment. It’s just a story about a fictional lion, named Aslan. If it makes you feel better to believe in fairy tales, that’s your choice, but it’s not mine.”
But it’s not just any fairy tale, it’s the most compelling allegory ever written.
It’s a story about the limitless power of belief and the redeeming power of faith.
It’s about the knowledge that good eventually defeats evil.
And in this sadly broken world, it’s a story with a truly happy ending.
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“For now we see through a glass, darkly.” — 1 Corinthians 13:12 KJV.
It’s like walking into a darkened, smoked glass maze.
We can see the beginning and a deeply hidden shadow of the end, partially illuminated by His light, but the pathways from here to there are impossible to follow with what we know.
We must walk in faith, awe, and expectation.
We know the journey is all about love, faithfulness, and perseverance.
He has asked us to be patient and obedient.
He expects us to rejoice in Him while we wait for answers, and He has promised us love and protection along the way.
He has given us eyes to see, minds to comprehend, and hearts with the strength to endure.
And when one day soon our eyes are finally opened, it will have been worth the wait.
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“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established…”
“And do this, understanding the present time: The hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” — Romans 13:1, 11-12 NIV
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The journey through life, and back to Heaven, is a long and winding road.
It’s supposedly an African Proverb, but whatever the source, it’s certainly true:
“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.”
Since before the Garden of Eden, God has believed in the powers of two.
There are twenty-five examples in Genesis alone.
Two great lights in the sky, Adam and Eve, two animals of each kind in the Ark, and the list goes on.
But the farther you have to go, the more crucial the task, the more important the number two becomes.
Our work in today’s world began, when Jesus sent His disciples out, two-at-a-time.
Life’s not a sprint it’s a marathon, and it’s never too late to start.
If you choose God’s work, turn the race over to Him, and don’t make the journey alone.
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“Being a Christian, I love to tell people about Christ and what he’s done for me and can do for them,” Glen Campbell said in 1990.
Now he’s gone.
Sadly for his family, for his countless friends and fans, he finally lost his brave struggle against Alzheimer’s.
Glen, if you’re listening, I’ll borrow the lyrics from my favorite song of yours: “By the time I get to Phoenix, she’ll be rising … ”
You once sang those words so beautifully it brought tears to my young eyes.
Well, I finally got to Phoenix, and you’re rising.
Seems beautifully appropriate somehow.
The real beauty is, the next time I hear you sing it will be in Heaven.
Rest in Peace, Glen Travis Campbell.
Your music is legendary, your story is human.
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