Tuesday, July 17, 2018

A Bright Tomorrow

Fighting Fear of the Future
with a Secure Future in Christ
By remembering God’s promises and future grace,
Christians can find eternal comfort and peace
in our bright future with Christ. 

When trials come or future trials lurk, having godly optimism in the face of the unknowns can be difficult. Many Christians are troubled by the days to come, just as many would also prefer to ignore the future. Believers, like nonbelievers, obsess or ignore the future for good reason, but living in fear or denial is not the abundant life Jesus wants for his people. How do we turn to God in our fear, worry, or anxiety over the future, and how do we cultivate a strong confidence in the hope of Jesus Christ?

Jared Mellinger, author of A Bright Tomorrow: How to Face the Future without Fear (New Growth Press), invites readers to cling to our bright future with Christ in the midst of changing circumstances, present sorrows, parenting challenges, aging, cultural decline, politics, economic uncertainty, death, and the future of all things. A Bright Tomorrow is an invaluable resource and reminder for Christians consumed with worry, and Mellinger’s personal story of faith in the midst of trials points readers toward an intimate view of Christ our champion, who gives us victory over death.

“My youngest daughter, Aggie, is currently fighting cancer, so this book is full of the truths I most need to hear and things God has been teaching me,” says Mellinger. “We overcome fear of the future by remembering our future in Christ. God provides for our future needs by giving us future grace. God is the great Promise-Keeper whose words never fail, and the gospel prepares us for grief and pain.”

Throughout his book, Mellinger emphasizes the importance of celebrating the security we have in knowing nothing can separate us from God’s love. “I want Christians to look to the future with confidence and joy, expecting a bright tomorrow. I hope readers live in the good of knowing that there is no better future imaginable than the future that has already been secured for us in the gospel of Jesus Christ. We should look to the future trusting God and resting in the promises of his grace.”

A Bright Tomorrow outlines key biblical categories that equip Christians to face the future with God’s future grace, forward-looking hope in Christ, and the promises of God. The book also connects the confidence Christians have in Christ to specific areas of life, concluding with the Christian’s ultimate hope that the Lord Jesus Christ will make all things new. Not only does Mellinger speak to specific trials of life but he addresses the cultural and political climate and why, now more than ever, Christians must look to their future in Christ. “There are a number of books on fear and worry, and a number of books on the Christian’s future and heaven, but these are often not brought together,” he says. According to Mellinger, we must focus on how Jesus speaks to our current, specific fears to overcome fear of the future and cling to hope, which is the confident expectation of what is guaranteed to happen. In a culture of panic, the triumph of hope is louder.

Mellinger urges Christians to think rightly about the future, noting that Christ sustains us, satisfies us, and changes us by the power of a forward-looking hope. In his introduction, Mellinger writes: “The problem for most of us is that we spend more time dwelling on the things we don’t know about our future than the things we do know about it. We must learn to remember our future as God has revealed it in his Word. The things we know about the days to come ought to shape the way we view the things we don’t know.”

Mellinger’s hope is that A Bright Tomorrow will transform the way Christians think about God, themselves, and the world around them—knowing eternal comfort and good hope have been secured for them. His book aims to transform worriers into eternal optimists, helping Christians to turn from fear toward courage in Christ. “True courage comes from knowing the end of the story,” Mellinger writes, and the end of the story is bright and victorious.

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Jared Mellinger is the senior pastor at Covenant Fellowship Church in Glen Mills, PA, where he lives with his wife, Meghan, and their six children. He is the author of Think Again: Relief from the Burden of Introspection and A Bright Tomorrow: How to Face the Future without Fear.

A Bright Tomorrow: How to Face the Future without Fear
By Jared Mellinger / June 4, 2018 / Retail Price: $17.99 
Print ISBN 978-1-948130-01-1
eBook ISBN 978-1-948130-52-3 
RELIGION/Christian Life/Personal Growth


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