Tuesday, November 07, 2006

It Won't Wear Out

Have you noticed that everything in your life wears out? The sweater that you loved so much and wore winter after winter, is now stuffed in the bottom drawer of your dresser, threadbare, unused, and unwanted. The car that excited you so and that even smelled new, is now just a car, with scratches and squeaks to prove it. The stain-resistant carpet ended up not being so stain-resistant after all. The list could go on and on, but the point is, that this side of heaven, everything in your life wears out somehow, someway. In fact, even you wear out. Your body grows old, weak, and tired. You joints hurt because they are wearing out from all the stress of exercise over the many years of your life.

It's something you and I are used to. So we are happy when a car or an appliance lasts for ten years before it wears out. We are all quite accustomed to living in a world where things simply do not last.

But, if you are one of God's children, there is something in your life that will not wear out. In fact, it has the amazing capacity to be new day after day after day. Scripture says that God's mercies are "New every morning." Now, you know you need mercy, because you know you need forgiveness and help. Almost everyday you mess up in some way. Almost everyday you face things that are bigger than the size of your personal wisdom and strength. You and I constantly need the mercy of forgiveness and the mercy of enablement. And so, it is very encouraging to know that God's mercy is new every day! God's mercy never grows stale and it never loses it's transforming power. God's mercy is brand new morning after morning after morning.

This also means that God's mercy is form-fit for the problems that you are facing right here, right now. Each morning you are given new mercies for the particular things that you will face that day.

So, you can wake up tomorrow with courage and hope. And you can do this, not because of your strength and wisdom, but because you know that the most important thing you have ever been given will never wear out. You can also have hope because you know that the God who has given that new mercy, knows exactly what you are about to face.

Monday, November 06, 2006


Welcome to Paul Tripp Ministries!

Our Mission is to connect the transforming power of the Lord Jesus Christ to everyday life. We do this through a daily radio program, "Right Here, Right Now" on WFIL 560 AM at 11:00 am in Philadelphia (you can also listen to this program by going to our website www.paultrippministries.org). We also conduct conferences all over the USA and the world. These conferences address practical issues of daily life. You will find a schedule of events on our website. We also have a catalog of practical-life print and media resources that are available on our website for purchase. We encourage you to come back to our blog often. Each posting will stimulate you to think in new ways about the struggles of life in this fallen world and what you have been given in the Lord Jesus Christ to deal with them.

We do what we do because we are deeply persuaded that many people have a huge gap in their understanding of the gospel and everyday life. What does this mean? Well, many people have some level of knowledge of the promise of salvation past, that is, that Jesus lived, died, and rose again so that our sins could be forgiven. And many people have some kind of understanding of salvation future, that is, that in the forgiveness I have been given is also a promise of eternity with Christ. Yet, there are masses of people who are not only confused about what God is doing in the here and now, but also have little grasp of what Jesus Christ has given them so that they can face the inescapable difficulties of life in this broken world with hope and courage.

What about you? Are you trying to live without the most amazing, life-transforming grace that has ever been provided? Do you know that Jesus Christ not only promises you forgiveness and freedom, but a whole new identity as well? Have you come to understand that he came to earth to provide for us just what we need so that we would be who we are supposed to be and do what we're supposed to do where each of us lives, right here, right now?

Each blog will connect the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life. Won't you join us?