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Stop being a baby about Jesus' ascension!

From the archives: Pastor Daniel Habben wrote this devotion for the May 2016 issue of Forward in Christ.

Have you ever tried to play peekaboo with a newborn? Babies under four months haven’t yet developed a sense of “object permanence.” If you hide your face behind a blanket, a newborn will think you’ve disappeared. He won’t reach for the blanket to uncover you. He won’t stare at the blanket expectantly, waiting for you to pop out. As far as the baby is concerned, you are gone. His gaze will wander to other things.

Christians are often like newborns when it comes to Jesus’ ascension. Because we can’t see Jesus, we act as if he’s gone. Our attention wanders away from our Savior. We drool over the things of the world. When challenges arise, we wail and flail around because we simply can’t see Jesus in our trials. We wonder if he is really present, really in-the-know, really able to help. We think how much easier life would be if we could just see and touch our Savior.

Explore these articles from the May issue:

Ascension paradoxes

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Have you ever found someone who erases the distance between the spiritual and the physical, the earthly and heavenly, life and death, even human and divine? I found only one: the ascended Lord Jesus. As inconspicuously yet extraordinarily as he . . .

My Christian life: Turning tragedy into blessing

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“ ‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future’ ” (Jeremiah 29:11). This ancient reminder of God’s faithful love and steadfast assurance has bolstered the hearts of many believers . . .

A sneak-peek from the June issue:

Where are they now? Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School

Where are they now? Kingdom Prep Lutheran High School
This May marks a milestone for Kingdom Prep: the graduation of its founding class. These 41 seniors were pivotal in the development of the school and its mission to “build a brotherhood in Christ, for lives of purpose." . . .
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