The Good News

Discussion of the Best News in the World, the Gospel of Jesus, and related topics

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RELEVANT Magazine’s Top 10 Albums of 2016

I earlier featured one of the Relevant Magazines Top 10 Albums of 2016.  It is 2017 but I wanted to put a note in on the Touching Heaven album by Johnny Swim.  I love it’s tribute to marriage–I presume the devoted love is within the context of marriage.  That is the most joyous source.

Here is Touching Heaven. Don’t we all want that?

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I Hold You!

I took this beautiful statement from a favorite blog.  Enjoy!

Choose Life!


Listen to Deuteronomy 30 read and more if you have time.

There is so much in this chapter for you!

The Science of Happiness

I hope you will open this link  or  view below, if it comes up for you, for a few minutes.  This guy has some good thoughts on life.

Find Joy

Bread, Wine and Oil

Psalm 104:15 

   and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine
    and bread to strengthen man’s heart.

Wine gladdens the heart.

Oil to the face of man makes it shine!

Bread provides energy to the physical body and heart

In this small verse God promises to supply our needs and goes beyond giving wine and oil.  A commentator says wine and oil are extras and bring joy to life.

They do!

The most joy comes through the enjoyment of and gratitude for the small pleasures of life.   would be very alone and sad with lots of the “things” of this world–things I have great affections for.  A focus on things bring vanity to the soul.  God through His abundance supplies the needs of billions of people daily and with His supply, my needs are filled.  I praise Him for His work and my needs being supplied.

On occasion I receive more than I need or deserve.  I receive from the hands of the Father, wine which makes my heart glad and oil which I put on my face to make it shine before the world as a testimony that the Lord blesses me.  The Lord provides my need.  He is my source, my strength, He is my song.

I am so comforted, provided for, loved, and known.  The physical things I need are provided, given by God to make my heart content. My heart is content with basic needs being met and affection for God.  Connection with God satisfies all the deep longings of man’s heart.  Connection with God satisfies all the desires of my heart.

The Reason I Sing

For what reason do you sing?   Do you sing?

Holy, Ordinary Amazing Grace – Eucharisteo

An extended story of how Ann Voskamp came to Eucharisteo. Read more of this post

The Purpose for Pain — Glory

I come to a most impactful set of verses from the Apostle Paul.

These verses call out our glory while at the same time deal most intimately with the pain we bear.

The hope, the promise here is in II Corinthians 3:18: the spiritual training we are in this life is the transformation of our hearts from one degree of glory to another. All the PAIN we experience here is as a momentary affliction and that pain is a part of God’s glorious process of preparing us for the unimaginable–something beyond compare. He is creating eternal glory in us and in the heavenlies, unseen by the human eye.

We have a future, we have a hope, but let’s look for a minute to why we need this encouragement from the Apostle Paul.

At the beginning of II Corinthians 4 Paul speak to the Gospel as Light to us. The Gospel brought us much light. We are going to need that light for what he depicts next starting in verse 7. Do you remember the Jesus is Enough video? We need that because we are going to be hit with so many afflictions and as they come to us, we are not always going to know how to deal with them. Look at the verbs he uses here afflicted, persecuted, perplexed, struck down, yes, he says it–we are called to carry in our bodies the death of Jesus! This is hell people! The picture he paints here is not pretty. Life is messy. Life is full of pain. The Apostle Paul is only being realistic with us.

Are you there now, experiencing pain? If no, it won’t be long.

Why has Paul delivered such a woeful message to us? There is a very good reason.

He wants us to trust emphatically, repent of our sin, believe that God is good towards us–even in the middle of the toughest difficulties, and bring it all, the pain, the tears, the anguish, all of it, to Jesus. Give it to Him. Allow Him to receive it. AND, know that God is good! Believe that! Really believe that!

So, when we are down, afflicted, depressed, whatever our state, we go to Him and give Him the pain, our bodies, our hearts–we surrender it all–getting in return His love, grace, and forgiveness.

Paul shows us the foundation for knowing and believing that Jesus will deliver us through all these pain-inflicting experiences. We know the end. We know He is taking us from one level of glory to another, we know we have the light of the Gospel, we know are not crushed, not driven to despair, not forsaken, and not destroyed.

The purpose of the pain is to bring about the destruction of the flesh, that low nature we Came into the world having. We know that if He, God, raised Jesus, He will raise us.

Do you believe God’s heart is good towards you?

Can you trust your deep desires to God? ( love, honor, significance )

What will you do with the pain in your life?

I have been though gut-wrenching emotional and spiritual pain in my life. I will link some examples here. I am concluding from what Paul says here that my pain is for my growth and glory.

I don’t always immediately take my pain to Jesus, but I am learning that at His feet is the best place for all my pain. I am learning to view the pain as a place to pursue healing so that my heart is transformed from one level of glory to another. Lord Jesus let that be a continual process. Search me O God and know my thoughts. See if there is a wicked way in me and lead me in the Your eternal way.