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Forever Friends

1 Corinthians 15:53-55 (NLT) For our dying bodies must be transformed into bodies that will never die; our mortal bodies must be transformed into immortal bodies. Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die,this Scripture will be fulfilled: “Death is swallowed up in victory.O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?”I spent last evening in a youth service with grieving young people. The young girl killed in a horrible tragedy had touched many and her kindness rippled through the crowd as many shared of her character even at the tender age of 16. Their sobs racked my heart. Why God? The grief counselors from the local high school were there – all believers – they talked with some, embraced others tightly and prayed with those who requested it. I was moved by the Presence of God in the midst of such sorrow and heartache. Hugging her mother, I prayed peace and strength walking through this week into her new normal. I could see the …

Selalu Ada yang Setia

Selalu Ada yang SetiaRatapan 5:1-22 Pasal terakhir dari Kitab Ratapan ini berisi sebuah doa syafaat. Dalam syafaatnya, Yeremia mengakui bahwa Allah yang memberikan hukuman kepada Yerusalem masih mau mendengar seruan umat-Nya. Ia akan merespons kesungguhan hati mereka dengan ampunan. Pada ayat 2-18 Yeremia melukiskan keadaan orang-orang Yehuda yang dibuang di negeri Babel. Kemudian Kitab Ratapan ini diakhiri dengan doa harapan akan kemurahan Allah (19-22).Dalam doanya, Yeremia memohon agar Tuhan mengingat kondisi umat-Nya dalam masa pembuangan. Mereka sangat lelah karena segala derita dan aniaya yang dilakukan bangsa Babel. Di sini Yeremia mewakili generasi kedua dari bangsa Yehuda untuk mengungkapkan isi hati mereka (7). Mereka mau agar hukuman atas perbuatan dosa yang dilakukan orangtua mereka jangan lagi ditanggungkan kepada diri mereka. Di sini kita melihat bagaimana Yeremia mewakili umat berdialog kepada Tuhan. Ia bertanya mengapa Tuhan melupakan mereka dan mengapa mereka harus me…

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