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July 8, 2013

GROUNDS FOR INSANITY: Our solace and strength can be found in Christ

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THERE ARE NO WORDS to tell a mother when she sees a child decline.  For a father standing quiet in a hospital room, no words can convey his helplessness, his suffering.  And for a family that gathers ’round to sing their loved one home, there are tears, there are groans, but there are no words.     

It was at the end of his life that his mother found them, the two words that made all the difference.  His laptop password, the key that let her in, was “inChrist.”

In Christ. And wasn’t that the key to life, both here and now and then hereafter?  Oh, it was, and Benji knew it.  He’d invited Him in.  He’d said the “yes,” and he’d lived—and died—in Christ.

For all of us who, too, have said the “yes,” we know that Heaven is ours.  We believe that His Word is true and that He’s gone to prepare a place.  We are in Christ, and our future is secure.

But what about our “now?” What about the “here?” For those who remain, Heaven hasn’t come yet, and there’s a lot of living left to do.  Right here, and right now.

It’s a fallen world, and we know it.  Down here, sin, decay and death run rampant.  And pain?  That’s a given.  Many days, we long for eternity.  We yearn to be with Jesus in person, face to face.  But we’re still here.

What, then, is the secret to not only surviving life down here, but thriving?  The answer lies (yes, this I know) in these two words:  in Christ.

IT’S A GREAT AND wonderful mystery, how the spirit of the living Lord abides in frail skin.  That the very One who raised Christ from the dead actually lives in earthen vessels.  That He chooses men and women, redeemed, to be His temples.  One can scarcely take it in.

As incomprehensible as it seems, it’s a truth that we must know.  To live and then to die without grasping this is like a child starving to death beneath his father’s banquet table.  Everything he needed was there all along.

When we are in Christ, then Christ is in us.  There is not one thing we can face for which He does not have the supply.  Need wisdom?  He gives without scolding, and He’s happy to do it.

Discouraged?  Come, find courage.  Whatever is pressing, He knows what to do, and He’s strong enough to do it.

Are you lonely?  Oh, my friend.  He never leaves, never forsakes and sticks closer than any brother.

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Three Goshen elementary schools — Chandler, Chamberlain and West Goshen — are providing free meals to all students during the school year as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Community Eligibility Provision of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. Nearly 80 percent of students at Chandler, 89 percent of students at Chamberlain and 78 percent of students at West Goshen already qualify for free or reduced-price lunches based on their family income. How do you feel about the new lunch program?

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