God’s Secret Agents

Bob Roane Jesus Christ, Joy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God

Angels are only God’s servants, spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation. (Hebrews 1:14) This post, titled God’s Secret Agents,1 builds on previous posts: Jesus our Immanuel, Immanuel Has Come!, and No Fear In Christ. John Paton and God’s Angels John G. Paton (1824-1907) was a Protestant missionary to the Vanuatu Islands near Australia. He ministered to …

No Fear in Christ

Bob Roane Jesus Christ, Joy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God

Jesus, the rising sun, will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace. (Luke 1:78-79) Reflecting Back on 2020 This year has been hard in many ways. But thank God, Bible searches soared online, and a record number of people are …

Immanuel Has Come!

Bob Roane Jesus Christ, Joy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. (1 John 3:16) Christ is Still Present with Us Pastor Charles Spurgeon encourages: “Since Christ our King who is risen and reigning was once an infant, I may go to Him …

Jesus our Immanuel

Bob Roane Jesus Christ, Joy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call Him Immanuel, which means “God with us.” (Matthew 1:23) Jesus’ Saving Impact Never Ends In a “Peanuts” cartoon, Lucy throws up her hands and shrieks, “For months we looked forward to Christmas. We couldn’t wait til it came; now it’s all over.” I’m glad that the …

The Best Optimism

Bob Roane Counseling, Joy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God

I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His word I put my hope….Put your hope in the Lord, for with Him is unfailing love and full redemption. God Himself will redeem us from all our sins. (Psalm 130:5-8) Christian Optimism1 Jesus’ followers navigate through God’s world through Christ-centered thinking and attitudes. We must go through many …

True Optimism in Christ

Bob Roane Counseling, Joy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God

Christ’s reign (His kingly rule) will and must continue until every enemy has been conquered….And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose. (1 Corinthians 15:25; Romans 8:28) Dr. Tony Evans praised his late wife Lois, calling her “The Leftover Queen.” Lois made first-rate …

Optimism in Jesus

Bob Roane Counseling, Joy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God

The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. (Lamentations 3:22-23) By nature, some of us tend to focus on the hole instead of the doughnut. We might be labeled pessimists instead of optimists. But Scripture says: “Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Be thankful in all …

I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say (Part 1)

Bob Roane Hymn Stories, Jesus Christ, Joy and Peace, Loving and Trusting God

Joy and peace are rare in America. Politics have divided people into two camps: angry and angrier. Scripture says: “The wicked are like the tossing sea, which cannot rest, whose waves cast up mire and mud.”1 The 24-hour news cycle, combined with the barrage of economic recession, the pandemic, moral crises, natural disasters, and social unrest, has exhausted many of …