Hope


YEAR END UPDATE
December 31, 2020 | Church, Growth, Healing, Hope


Kathy and I trust you are renewed in your spirit through the Christmas season…

And pray you’re invigorated in faith as we anticipate a brand new, start-from-scratch year in 2021.

Many find themselves starting over – in business, in employment, in finances, in living quarters, in family circumstances. All of these changes are challenges through which the Lord wants to show Himself strong in your life. In fact, the Scriptures tell us clearly, “the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, searching for those on whose behalf He can show Himself strong” (2 Chronicles 16:9). (more…)

Why Are You Here?
December 8, 2020 | Devotionals, Hope, Trials

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds” (James 1:2, esv).


Do you know why you’re here? On earth? Have you thought much about that lately?

At this point in history, it’s easy to just skim information, watch random video clips, or amuse ourselves with whatever’s trending. The Bible, however, speaks of inescapable realities that are much more important than whatever’s streaming on your device at the moment.

Such as, Why are you here? Do you know? Because that’s what matters. And that’s what God’s Word is here to show you.

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds.” This single verse, though perhaps not a direct answer to that question, gives us clues as to why we’re here. It indicates that we are not here just for laughs, to run a successful business, to become well-known or famous, or to earn a name for ourselves. We are here for purposes that require us to go through a lifetime of challenges and tight spots—“trials of various kinds”—so that we can display the superiority of life lived in God.

Mind if I say that one more time? We are here to display the superiority of the life lived in God. That’s a really important sentence. Because as you know, trials and troubles come to all people. They’re a part of everyone’s life. But in how many people do those same trials and troubles produce . . . “joy”?

Joy is not normal. Joy is supernatural. You can’t craft it in your basement or create it through an experience of hard work or pleasure. Joy is something you can only get from God. Therefore, unlike those who don’t know Him or don’t have a genuine faith in Him, believers in Christ are the only ones supernaturally equipped to walk through “trials of various kinds,” generating “joy” in the process.

  • Joy—a supernatural delight in the person of God, the purposes of God, and the people of God.
  • Joy—springing up from a genuine worship of His grace, perfection, beauty, love, power, and goodness.
  • Joy—born of realizing that He is doing something awesome around you all the time, even when you can’t see it or feel it.

That’s why even Christians get cancer. That’s why even Christians go bankrupt. That’s why even Christians can have prodigal kids, suffer chronic back pain, receive rejection letters in the mail, and get into accidents on the freeway. God allows us to face and feel the same things that people who don’t know Him experience, so that we can put on display the joyful distinction of what it means to be His child—what it means to live with hope and eternal perspective.

So press your mind down on that. Think about it hard today. In light of what’s happening to you right now, and in light of why you’re here, what can you do in this moment to best display the superiority of life with God?


Journal

  • Who has demonstrated more joy through trials than anyone else you know? How has their example impacted you?
  • What are your best opportunities today for displaying joy to others?

Pray
Lord, thank You for Your Word that helps me understand what’s often so hard to understand. Thank You for making joy an available option for me—at all times, in all situations. Use me today, through whatever pathway You know is best, to be a conduit of this joy to others. Make my life an invitation for them to draw near to You and experience what You alone can give. In Jesus’ name, amen.


 

We Love Without Condition
October 12, 2020 | Church, Compromise, Failure, God's character, God's love, Grace, Healing, Hope, Pride, Relationships, Series, Sermons, This Is What We Do, Unity

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God’s house should be a beacon of unconditional love. Get rid of love substitutes and discover how truly unconditional love supercharges relationships.

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With an Attitude of Contentment
July 18, 2020 | Faith, Hope, Humility, Lord Change My Attitude, Series, Sermons, Sincerity

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With an Attitude of Contentment
Numbers 11:4-35

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Let’s Get Specific
July 18, 2020 | Authenticity, Forgiveness, Hope, Humility, Lord Change Me, Repentance, Series, Sermons, Victory

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Let’s Get Specific
Various Scriptures

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We Bring Gifts to a King
July 18, 2020 | Faith, God's character, Hope, King Forever, Savior, Series, Sermons, Victory, Wisdom, Worship

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We Bring Gifts to a King
Various Scriptures

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More Biblical Evidences of the Holy Spirit
July 18, 2020 | Endurance, God's power, Holy Spirit, Holy Spirit Help (And How You Can Find it Everyday), Hope, Security, Series, Sermons, Spiritual warfare, Strength

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More Biblical Evidences of the Holy Spirit
John 14:16-18

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Protecting Your Hope
July 18, 2020 | Faith, Fear, Freedom, Healing, Hope, Hope Springs Eternal, Part 2, Series, Sermons

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Protecting Your Hope
2 Thessalonians 3:1-17

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Anchors That Hold
July 18, 2020 | Faith, Fear, Healing, Hope, Hope Springs Eternal, Part 2, Series, Sermons

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Anchors That Hold
2 Thessalonians 2:13-17

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When Will Christ Return?
July 18, 2020 | Faith, Hope, Hope Springs Eternal, Part 2, Series, Sermons

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When Will Christ Return?
2 Thessalonians 2:1-12

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