Hope and humor ‘zine: 8:28 issue

August 28th, 2016 | Posted by jameswatkins in Uncategorized

I love the date of August 28, since 8/28 reminds me of Romans 8:28!

      And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

Unfortunately, we leave off the verse that tells us exactly that “purpose.”

      For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son. . .

So, on this special day, here are some of my favorite posts on one of my favorite verses:

Christ’s career path: obscurity, popularity, animosity
Coincidences or “God-incidences”?
Did duct-taped recliner save our lives?!
God has a plan for new year
Top ten things I’ve learned from cancer
Why? Some thoughts on life’s tough questions
Will God’s purpose be accomplished on election day?

Squeezing good out of 8:28

One of my favorite books is based on one of my favorite verses. So, here’s an except from
Squeezing Good out of Bad.

“A book that will make you laugh, think, and start looking at those sour places of life in a whole new way. I really enjoyed reading it.”
Martha Bolton, writer for Jeff Allen, Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Mark Lowry

Thomas à Kempis on 8:28

Here’s one of 40 excerpts from The Imitation of Christ: Classic Devotions in Today’s Language

Blessed be your name forever, O Lord, who has allowed this temptation and trouble. We cannot escape it, but we need to flee to you that you may encourage us and turn it for our good (Romans 8:28).

Lord, your will be done. We truly deserve to be troubled and weighed down. So, we should bear this with patience until the storm is past and comfort returns. Your power is able to take this temptation away from us and to lessen its power, so we are not crushed under it even as you have rescued us many times in the past. O God, merciful God, my merciful God, as difficult as being delivered from the temptation is, it is easy for your mighty hand.

Cartoon of the week

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Quotations based on 8:28

Therefore we don’t faint, but though our outward man is decaying, yet our inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is for the moment, works for us more and more exceedingly an eternal weight of glory; while we don’t look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal. St. Paul (2 Corinthians 4:16-18)

[Joseph speaking to his brothers who had sold him into slavery] “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people. Genesis 50:20

We will stand amazed to see the topside of the tapestry and how God beautifully embroidered each circumstance into a pattern for our good and His glory. Joni Eareckson Tada

You’re climbing a mountain, remember, and one day you reach the top. One day you’ll be able to stand and look out over all the valleys—even look back at the winding path that brought you to the top—and it will all become clear. Emilie Barnes

Read more quotations of hope and humor at Why? Over 1,000 Quotations on Life’s Most Difficult Questions.

This week’s podcast, etc.

Quit praying . . . get moving! When the Israelites were trapped between the Red Sea and the approaching Egyptian army, God ordered that surprising command. Is it time for you to quit praying and get moving? (1:21 minutes)

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Trump/Clinton pics from Boston Globe.

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