Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Freedom

  • Freedom of Simplicity, Richard Foster +

    In Freedom of Simplicity Foster gently encourages us to see that our identity, our sense of comfort and security must Read More
  • Freedom and Authority-by JI Packer +

    "Authority" is a word that makes most people think of law and order, direction and restraint, command and control, dominance Read More
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nouwenThe Good News of Hell

Is there a hell?  The concepts of heaven and hell are as intimately connected as those of good and evil.  When we are free to do good, we are also free to do evil; when we can say yes to God's love, the possibility of saying no also exists.  Consequently, when there is heaven there also must be hell.



All of these distinctions are made to safeguard the mystery that God wants to be loved by us in freedom.  In this sense, strange as it may sound, the idea of hell is good news.  Human beings are not robots or automatons who have no choices and who, whatever they do in life, end up in God's Kingdom.  No, God loves us so much that God wants to be loved by us in return.  And love cannot be forced; it has to be freely given.  Hell is the bitter fruit of a final no to God.


Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Walking towards Easter: Jesus's Tears +

    These scriptures reflect the pain and suffering, the tears Jesus felt leading up to his crucifixion. Read More
  • Culitvating Good Fruit +

    Proverbs 15:23: To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good Read More
  • Living after Easter +

    Acts 1:8.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my Read More
  • Loving like Jesus and the good, good Father +

    Jesus calls his disciples--and us--to love. Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Easter: transforming how we relate to others +

    As we prepare for Easter, let’s prayerfully consider some questions regarding John 17. Read More
  • Jesus as the cultivator of our heart +

    Day after day our heart experiences dozens and hundreds of interactions: with others, with news stories,  with our thoughts, or Read More
  • Sing to the Lord: Thinking about to praise God each day with songs from our hearts +

    One of the overriding themes throughout scripture is praising God regardless of our circumstances. Read More
  • A focus on blessing others +

    We are called to be a blessing to the world first to those around us. Read More
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