1. The Lord is Near to the Brokenhearted
    24 Sep, 2018
    The Lord is Near to the Brokenhearted
    The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.  Psalm 34:18   Brokenheartedness is part and parcel of what we will all experience in this fallen age. Whether our hearts are broken over various kinds of loss, expectations that didn't pan out, goals and dreams unachieved, the death of a loved one, failure, broken trust, rejection, etc., it hurts. And that hurt is not just emotional . . . Dr. Naomi Eisenbuerger, assistant professor of psychology at the University of
  2. Godly Grief Vs. Worldly Grief
    24 Oct, 2017
    Godly Grief Vs. Worldly Grief
    For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.  2 Corinthians 7:10 Ever have this happen to you? You do something that is obviously wrong.  Someone finds out about it.  Now you're upset. Not because you realize what you did was sin.  Not because you may have hurt other people.  Not because you know that your sin is an affront to God.  No, you're upset because you got caught. I've been there. Paul would call that "worldly
  3. Grief with Hope
    29 Aug, 2016
    Grief with Hope
    But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, about those who are asleep, that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope. 1 Thessalonians 4:13 I'm feeling a bit eschatological these days. Don't worry . . . it's not a deadly disease or a mental illness (at least not most of the time).   The word eschatological basically means dealing with last things (death, the end of the age, etc.).  It's a little more complex than that at times, but let's just roll with the "last things" thing.