All Things New

A NEW EARTH: Is There A Hope That Really Overcomes All This? (Part Four) by John Eldredge

June 21, 2018

From All Things New The Answer to the Riddle of the Promise Optimism is not going to cut it.  Trying to look on the bright side isn’t going to sustain us through days like we are living in.  Given how critical hope is to our lives, the most urgent question has to be, “Where is the hope that can overcome all the heartache of this world?” “We all feel the riddle of the Earth,” wrote G. K. Chesterton.  “The mystery of life is the plainest part of it.  The clouds and curtains of darkness, the confounding vapors, these are the daily weather of this world.”  Thank you, Gilbert; I love it when someone says perfectly what we’ve always known to be true but never named for ourselves.  I think the mystery boils down to this: [...]

A NEW EARTH: Is There A Hope That Really Overcomes All This? (Part Three) by John Eldredge

June 14, 2018

From All Things New Looking For a Stronger Hope Scripture names hope as one of the Three Great Forces of human existence: Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love. (1 Corinthians 13:13) By saying they last forever, God names these three as immortal powers.  A life without faith has no meaning; a life without love isn’t worth living; a life without hope is a dark cavern from which you cannot escape.  These things aren’t simply “virtues.”  Faith, hope, and love are mighty forces meant to carry your life forward, upward; they are your wings and the strength to use them. I believe hope plays the critical role.  You’ll find it pretty hard to love when you’ve lost hope; hopelessness collapses into who cares?  And [...]

A NEW EARTH: Is There A Hope That Really Overcomes All This? (Part Two) by John Eldredge

June 7, 2018

From All Things New What Are We Looking Forward To? I keep checking my phone for email and texts. I do it all through the day; every alert gets my attention.  I’ve been doing it for some time now.  And the funny thing is, I’m not the kind of person who likes technology; I don’t want to feel tied to my phone by an emotional umbilical cord.  So what is this compulsion?  What am I looking for?  It’s as though I’m looking for something. And I’m not alone.  People check their devices something like 110 times a day – one-third of their waking hours.  What is this obsession?  I know we get a dopamine buzz when we receive a text, but something else is going on here.  After months and months of this obsession, I think I’m [...]

A NEW EARTH: Is There A Hope That Really Overcomes All This? by John Eldredge

May 31, 2018

From All Things New It takes no courage to be an optimist, but it takes a great deal of courage to have hope. (Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Celebrating Life) The sunrise this morning was filled with such promise. I was standing at the window in the early hours, praying, watching the dawn slowly bathe the hills in a golden light.  The forest was utterly still, almost timeless.  Each leaf was washed with a warm yellow glow, like candlelight; it covered the whole mountainside.  Something about the bright, gentle beauty illuminating an entire forest made me feel that everything is going to be okay. It is autumn now, and normally I’m not particularly happy about that.  I don’t usually like the coming of fall because I know the long winter will [...]

A NEW EARTH: A Breathtaking Promise by John Eldredge

May 23, 2018

From All Things New “We could sure use some hope right now.” I was chatting with a friend last week about the things going on in our lives and in the world, when she said this.  We were talking about our loss of a dear colleague, but also about how everyone we know seems to be facing some hard thing or other.  My friend is normally a very buoyant woman whatever the circumstance.  There was a pause in the conversation, and then she sighed and expressed her longing for some hope. Yes, hope would be very timely right about now. Though we are trying to put a bold face on things, the human race is not doing well at all.  Take any of our vital signs – you’ll see.  The rate of antidepressant use has gone through the ceiling in the [...]