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Jesus Is the Hope of the World

Testimony in a Box

This is the testimony of my precious friend, Joe Boyle.

Thank you, Lord.


Precious Joe’s wife, Cathy, died of colon cancer on Friday, December 12, 2015. Her funeral was held on Friday, December 18, 2015. During Cathy’s funeral Joe suffered an aortic aneurysm and was rushed to surgery. He died a couple days later. It was shocking that Cathy died, but to have Joe die in the same week was almost unbearable. I served communion at their wedding in 1984. Joe’s funeral was on the same day as their 31st wedding anniversary.

Joe and Cathy loved Jesus and served Him with all their hearts. Their funerals were all about Jesus. They were so loved that the local papers did stories on them and how much they impacted our community with their kindness and love. I hope that they will greet me when I pass out of this body and into the next world.

In the meantime, like my little granddaughter Sophie says to me every time I leave . . . “you will be missed.” ❤


About Diana Lesperance

I'm passionate about Jesus and I love to defend the gospel of grace and truth. I have a large and active family that keeps me busy and overwhelmed on a daily basis.


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Why am I WAITING for “Shalom?”

"They tell how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God, and to wait for his Son from heaven . . ."
(1 Thessalonians 1:9b-10a)

The word "shalom" in the Hebrew has many meanings which indicate restoration, renewal, friendship, peace, safety and so on. At one time, God placed his creation in a perfect garden--a place of safety, security, provision and peace--and we disobeyed God, losing 1) our relationship with God and 2) paradise.

Since that time, we've attempted to bring back both of these losses in our own way. Religion is our attempt to gain back our relationship with God, and politics is our attempt to gain back paradise.

The solution to both of these losses is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Yet the world refuses to believe the good news! Instead they try to attain the restoration--the shalom--in their own way through their own effort.

I believe that the kingdom of God is restored in the hearts of men as they receive Christ's finished work, but the kingdom of God doesn't come physically to earth until Christ comes.

Any effort to bring about the promise ahead of time in our own strength is akin to Abraham going to Hagar for fulfillment of the promise instead of waiting with Sarah for the birth of the promised child through whom the nations of the earth would be blessed.

The evangelical church is rushing en masse to bring about shalom through their own effort, power, and influence. Men like Bill Hybels, Rick Warren, Jim Wallis, and Donald Miller are losing their faith in the promise of Christ that he would prepare a place for them and they're attempting to restore paradise now.

I want to let it be known that I'm WAITING for shalom. I won't be a part of their dream. They are moving ahead of God rather than waiting on God and they will create another Ishmael as a result.

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