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Are you in need of peace? Are you in need of hope? Are you in need of healing? Are you in need of purpose? Are you in need of protection? Are you in need of answers?

Have you been searching for help? Have you been searching for someone who cares? Have you been searching for relief? Have you been searching for significance?

Have you struggled with guilt? Have you struggled with shame? Have you struggled with addictions? Have you struggled with insecurity? Have you struggled with depression?

Where is one to go to get help, find answers, be safe, or live a life with purpose? Where can one go to be healed, to be cared for, or to feel important? Where can one go to be free? Where can one go to release burdens and baggage? Where can one go to know hope?

The world we live in today offers so many answers does it not?? Try this, do that, use this, go here, go there, search inside, think big, take this, join here, create happiness, be you, play this, embrace that, give this, give that, improve this, develop that, serve here, serve there, vote for him, vote for her, read this, read that… oh for goodness sake, the list is never ending!
One major problem to what the world offers is that it is just so convincing! How could we not try “it”?! “It” comes with a guarantee and with high ratings. “It” obviously worked for someone else, so “it” must be able to work for me, right??

The truth is – nothing the world has to offer could ever satisfy the deepest longings of the heart and soul. “It” may work temporarily, but never lasting.

“I’m convinced that human beings instinctively seek two things. We long for meaning, a sense that our life somehow matters to the world around us. And we long for community, a sense of being loved” (Philip Yancey, Vanishing Grace, 32).

I need you to know that THERE IS A PLACE you can find peace, hope, healing, purpose, protection, answers, help, care, relief, significance, freedom, mercy, grace, freedom, love, and so much more!

All of these things and more can be found in Jesus Christ. He is the place you can run to! He is the place you can cry out for! He is the place you can search for! He is the place to find life!

In John 14 Jesus spoke to His disciples and told them to not let their hearts be troubled and to trust in God and in Himself. He also advised them that He was about to leave and prepare a place for them where He will be. Then He added: “You know the way to the place where I am going” (italics mine). Thomas replied honestly, seeking answers, “Lord we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way” (verse 5)? Just like Thomas, we, too, doubt the easiness of knowing God. We, too, doubt the simplicity of finding Him. We, too, doubt what we have already been taught. We, too, doubt what is directly in front of us.

“Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” (John 14:6).
It is Him! It is Jesus Himself! He is near. He can hear your prayer. He can answer your prayer. He is with you!

Never forget what Paul wrote to remind the church in Philippi, “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).
In Christ Jesus all your needs will be met! Halleluiah!

I’m NOT suggesting you run to the nearest church or knock on the door of the nearest Christian or get baptized. Those are follow up activities.

Please do not mistake the church for God. Please do not mistake a Christian for Jesus. Please do not mistake an act of worship as salvation.

There is a place to find lasting good news – it is found in the One and Only Jesus Christ.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men. The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the One and Only who came from the Father, full of grace and truth” (John 1: 1-4, 14).

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