Somewhere, right now, somebody–perhaps a man struggling with sexual addiction; a mother feeling overwhelmed; a spouse feeling unloved; a teenager wrestling with temptation; a woman caught in the sex industry; a young person feeling violated…
…just needs to hear how much they are loved by God in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39).
I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True. Revelation 19:11
It is written that we husbands are to love our wives “just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her” (Ephesians 5:25). We read this verse and meditate on it at just about every wedding we attend. Yet this eloquent description of the archetypal marriage begs the question: “What does it mean to give myself up for my wife?” While we must follow Christ’s example and be ready to face death literally for our loved ones, most of us will not be confronted with the decision to die a substitutionary death for our wives. But physical death was not the only way Jesus gave himself up.
In the Revelation, John saw the bridegroom returning, and He was called according to two primary attributes – faithfulness and truth. Imagine this! John is gazing upon the “Mighty God” and the “Prince of Peace” (Isaiah 9:6), the One to whom all praise is due, and yet the name He chooses to go by reflects His attachment and commitment to us, whose frames are “but dust” (Psalm 103:14). I must ask myself if I’m defining myself in the same manner as my Lord–as a faithful and true bridegroom–or am I defining myself primarily by my professional title, by my accomplishments, or by my net worth? Am I “my beloved’s”? Or am I mine? Continue reading →
The pureHOPE team across the country enters 2012 with high expectations and excitement about the opportunities before us. In this video, Noel Bouché describes our vision, mission, and a few of the projects we will undertake in the new year.
You can click here to view more of the issue that features articles from ministry leaders across the country who are seeking to raise up a generation of men who will reject apathy and exploitation and pursue the love and justice of God.