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Chaplain
Brother Jeff Bradshaw
Chaplains Corner (2/21/17)

“It is Done!”

He said to me: “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. (Rev. 21:6)”

I remember both as a child and a dad these words shared in the car “Are we there yet?”

Often, these words were joined with much anxiety. It seemed like it was taking forever to me as a child to get to our destination. As a father, it seemed like there was a lack of knowledge and trust being experienced by my children when they asked this question.

 

I confess, I’ve never been a very patient person. Thanks to God, I have had my moments of breakthrough where I do receive the strength to be patient. It’s amazing how time passes when we approach situations that test us with a reasonable amount of knowledge and trust in the one who is driving. God does love us. He desires to spend time with us as we go through our times of testing in this quickly passing part of our lives in the U.S.A. Father knows exactly where He is leading us. This world is not our final destination.

 

Jesus, the Son of God is the personal navigator for our journey. He sees the road that has been completed for us all. He sees both the beginning and the end of the journeys of all His children. Trust the Lord and receive your heart’s desire. Both the destination you’ve been created for and eternity to enjoy it. Before we know it, all of God’s children will see and understand completely why the writer of Revelation shared these words “It is done!”

 

 

Chaplains Corner (1/12/2017
“Everything New!”
“He who was seated on the throne said, ‘I am making everything new!’ Then he said, ‘Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.’ (Rev. 21:5)"
At the start of every year, we go through the practice of putting the last year behind us and looking towards what the New Year has in store.  This past year I was impressed with all that was accomplished especially considering that I was running out of energy by the end of October to start anything new.  Nonetheless, those activities I’ve been involved with to serve others took significant steps forward in the last two months of last year, thanks to the Lord.
Remembering this, I’m led to encourage you with God’s words for us in Rev. 21:5.  What’s noteworthy is how the message in this verse is emphasized with this saying by the Lord “these words are trustworthy”.  In this current age, there is a lot of misinformation.  The latest phenomenon is fake news on the internet.  However, people of faith know God’s Word holds fast to the truth.  When Jesus had strong words to share he used the phrase “verily, verily, I say unto you”.  We should pay close attention to God’s strong words.  This verse reminds us especially now at the beginning of the year to set or reset our course heading towards the newness of life God is bringing to us.
Are you already heading as this year begins towards God’s promise of a time when “everything is new!”  Look at the new potential each new day brings into our lives, especially since we have been given the “love and power” of the Gospel.  Imagine a time when “everything is new” and the promise of the Gospel has been fulfilled.  This is our eternal destiny in the Lord.  God’s redemption brings us light in the midst of darkness and wholeness within in the midst of the brokenness of our bodies.  Believing God’s Gospel promise for us places us on a path that looks for newness rather than the fading failures of the past.  God has a wonderful plan for His people in 2017, stick to His plan and believe that God is bringing “everything new” to His children. 

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