Lee Strobel is a Christian who is impacting our world as a best-selling author of award-winning Christian books. He once held a position as award-winning legal editor at The Chicago Tribune — and a personal position as an atheist.
A miracle occurred when he used his investigative journalism skills and legal knowledge attempting to disprove Jesus as the Son of God. The miraculous result of his efforts lead Strobel to become a Christian and a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. Why did his research lead him to such a life-changing decision?
“In short, I didn’t become a Christian because God promised I would have an even happier life than I had as an atheist. He never promised any such thing. Indeed, following him would inevitably bring divine demotions in the eyes of the world.
Rather, I became a Christian because the evidence was so compelling that Jesus really is the one-and-only Son of God who proved his divinity by rising from the dead. That meant following him was the most rational and logical step I could possibly take.” (Lee Strobel)
Lee Strobel is the bestselling author of The Case for Christ, The Case for Christ Devotional, The Case for Christianity Answer book, The Case for Faith, The Case for a Creator, and The Case for Grace, The Case for Miracles, The Case for HOPE, and more.
He holds degrees that include a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale. His awards include four Gold Medallions for publishing excellence. He is co-author of the Christian Book of the Year. Strobel is Professor of Christian Thought at Houston Baptist University.
Visit his website @ leestrobel.com and learn more.
Strobel’s personal experience may cause you to re-evaluate your faith (or lack of). If you will look honestly at the evidence, I believe you’ll come to the same conclusion of Truth and Hope. Consider yourself challenged!
“You will seek Me and find Me when you search for me with all your heart.” (Jeremiah 29:13)
I have liked the song, “Oh, How He Loves You and Me“ by Kurt Kaiser, since first hearing it probably in the 1970s. It has a lovely tune with an important reminder of the great love that Jesus has for us all.
A song can have simple lyrics and still relate a powerful Truth. I believe this short simple song does just that.
The lyrics remind us that Jesus gave his life then asks, “What more could He give?” Also we’re reminded that Jesus went to Calvary to show His love for sinners (meaning all of us).
One line especially makes this song right for being included in my blog. The song acknowledges that what He (Jesus) did there (at Calvary) brought hope from despair.
As sinners we would be left in utter despair with no hope if a perfect Savior had not willingly gone to Calvary to show His love for us and pay the price required by a holy God. What Jesus did there at Calvary truly brought hope from despair.
When we have received by faith the redemption that cleanses and gives new life then we can experience a sure hope. We can agree with these simple yet powerful lyrics, “Oh, how He loves you; Oh, how he loves me; Oh, how he loves you and me.”
“We know love by this, that Jesus laid down His life for us….” (I John 3:16)
I want to be open to recognize examples of hope, and I find them in various situations and places. I didn’t expect to find hope in a tiny magazine ad and certainly not an ad for help with speech impediments, but I did.
The ad was only about 2″ x 5″, but its photo of Winston Churchill caught my attention. I admire Churchill as a WWII hero and a great historical figure. I took a minute to read the ad and found hope.
I think too few today appreciate the greatness of people like Churchill and their tremendous contribution to the cause for freedom in the WWII-era world. However my intention today is not to share hope of the Greatest Generation and an Allied victory but to focus on this particular ad.
According to the ad, Winston Churchill stuttered. Yet he became the voice that inspired his British countrymen during dark days of war. It is remarkable that he overcame stuttering to deliver some of the most influential speeches in 20th century world history.
Whether or not your personal challenge is stuttering, each of us had, have, or will have obstacles to overcome. I find hope when someone clearly accomplishes success and sometimes even greatness despite the struggle.
Let’s be on the lookout for hope. It may be nearer than we think and often where we least expect it.
“I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)