“Past Sorrows, Future Hope”

(A letter to all the followers of Settled In Heaven Ministries)

1Pe 1:3-6 KJV – “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,

To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,

Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”


This past year has been a difficult one for me.  Beginning in July, the Lord allowed some medical problems to show up in my life that was the direct result of my birth defects that have remained, for the most part, dormant for 50+ years.  Over the past 6 months I have been under 2 doctors’ care for these medical issues and have yet to find a resolution for them.  I am confident that, in the Lord’s time, these things will come to an end and all will be well.  Until then, I recognize the great blessing these medical issues have become in my life.  They have drawn me closer to the Lord and have allowed me to experience the Lord’s great comfort and love in a very special way.  I am blessed indeed.

But, in September, a far greater trial came upon my wife and myself when my mother in law (87 years old) was diagnosed with brain cancer and passed away in mid-November.   She had been living in our home for the past 14 years and was a constant source of blessings for us.  We were blessed in being able to care for her in her last days in our home with the help of hospice.  She is greatly missed by us both.  Our lives have been permanently changed in her absence, but the Lord’s grace sustains us.   We are thankful that her life testified of the wondrous saving grace that the Lord has shown to her.  She is in a far better place and her suffering has come to an end.  May we all praise Him for His grace!

I would appreciate your prayers about both of these issues.  Please ask for the Lord’s grace to be shown and that I will remain faithful to Him.  Thank you so much.


I do realize that many of you have faced much greater trials in the past year(s).  The loss of a spouse, much more difficult medical issues etc .  May the Lord bless you and keep you in a very special way this year and in the years to come.   May His grace be sufficient for you and meet all your needs.

Also, let me quickly say, I am so thankful for my wife, Eva, seeing how the Lord has worked in her heart to comfort her and strengthen her through both of these issues that we have faced.  In spite of all she has been through, she remains faithful to the Lord and a constant help for me.  I do not know what I would do without her.  May the Lord continue to bless her as she seeks to please Him and care for me.


To those who follow my blog on the ChristianBlessings website and the Christian Gazette…

Lord willing, temporarily, I will be suspending my posts on these sites.  As soon as my health improves, I have every intention of beginning my postings once again.  (My thanks to both Evelyn and Patricia for their understanding about this leave of absence).  I will also be putting my video postings on my youtube site on hold as well.

However, I have every intention, as the Lord permits, to continue with my postings on my main Settled In Heaven site…. www.settledinheaven.wordpress.com  For the time being,  please continue to follow my postings there.



As I look to 2017, I have much to be hopeful for.  Physical healing, continuing growth in grace and strength, the starting of a new series on SIH, and an anticipation of our Lord’s soon return all keep me hopeful and encouraged in Him.

Just think, it is possible that our Lord could come back anytime and take us home to be with Him and, once again, see our loved ones who have passed on before us!  What a day that will be!

No matter what issues we have all faced in this past year(s), may we all keep our eyes on our coming Lord and realize that these trials are only temporal and soon, we will be home with our Lord enjoying eternal fellowship with Him…


2Co 4:17-18 KJV – For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;  While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

About Rob Barkman

A retired pastor, Bible teacher and author of 20 years, he is currently ministering through Settled In Heaven Ministries. SIH Ministries is an on-line Bible teaching ministry that was founded by Bro Barkman in 2010. Settled In Heaven’s mission is to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ by fulfilling two different roles... rendering encouragement and Biblical knowledge to the saints in an effort to enhance their service to Christ; and proclaiming the gospel message to those who are in need of salvation, explaining to them their urgent need to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.
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7 Responses to “Past Sorrows, Future Hope”

  1. Praying for you Pastor Rob. Your writing has been and continues to be a blessing to me. Praying for good health and speedy recovery

  2. rickroehm says:

    Let Jesus Christ be first in your heart every minute, hour, and every day. By doing such – nothing else really matters. We love you and appreciate your service for a living Christ in a cold dark world. You know you always have an open door at CB. Keep the Devil on the run my Brother.. May your life and family ever continue to taste of the Heavenly gift granted in Christ Jesus. From a fellow laborer in Ohio…if you ever need anything you know how to reach me.

  3. Rob Barkman says:

    Thank you both for your kind words and prayers. May the Lord bless you.

  4. Many blessings to you! I will be keeping you in prayer. I happily look forward to your return.

  5. ptl2010 says:

    Amen and amen,
    We will be Praying for your complete healing.

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