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H Is for Hope

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I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13   We tend to think of hope as a thought-wish, something we want to believe could happen. This “wishful thinking” weakens the value of hope because the source of our hope is more certain than a mere wish. God is the source of hope. Whenever I keep my eyes on my circumstances, I begin to feel hopeless. When I remember to look to God, He restores my hope. God is able to do all the things He promises to do. There is no wishful thinking involved. God’s promises are secure and I can hope they will come true because they will. They may not come true in the way I expect. They may not even come true in my lifetime. But I can die in faith believing they will come true because God never fails.    ...

Squeezing Good Out of Bad by James N. Watkins

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For many years I have been a fan of the wit and wisdom of James N. Watkins. He weaves his natural sense of humor into serious subjects with seamless ease. And trust me, his sense of humor is warped like mine! Check out this “stand up” routine Moses could have given with his back against the Red Sea: “Hey, how’s everybody tonight? Well ‘shofar,’ so good (rim shot). So, how ‘bout that Passover meal? Great menu if you have to be on the lamb (rim shot). Tough room. I’m dying like a firstborn in Egypt (rim shot).” -James N. Watkins, Squeezing Good Out of Bad   Having lived through many “lemons” in life, his words are also rich with the wisdom of personal experience and the compassion that grows out of it. “But we often ask, “How could a God of love and compassion let one of His children experience such sinful actions?” Perhaps in the same way He let His one and only Son experience such...

Bags of Hope for the Homeless

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I want to make a difference and I bet you do, too. So when I find meaningful ways to take simple actions that make a difference, I want to share them with you. I recently read about a young girl who wanted to make a difference and her story impressed me so much, I’ve followed up on her ministry and decided to follow her lead:   There are all sorts of ways to begin this lifestyle of reckless generosity and living with open hands. My niece Clara made a decision to be a person who shares, and she did this in a big way when she was only seven years old. Sometimes she would see people living on the streets, in need or begging for change. She wanted to do something to help. Her compassionate little mind began to ponder her options, and she came up with “Bags of Hope.” Clara made these little bags that contain the following items: a dollar, a lifesaver mint, a granola bar, and a little note...

Gregory L. Jantz (@GregoryJantzPHD) Speaks to Those Who Have Been Wounded by Hope

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We’ve all experienced a hope that was unfulfilled. Waiting is never easy. Hope begins to wane as we realize our hopes will not be realized. But for some people, unrealized hopes have become a wound and a prison that keeps them from hoping in God. The worst kind of pain comes from being afraid to hope in God because He seems to have disappointed us in the past. Dr. Gregory L. Jantz wants to speak to those who have been wounded by hope and feel they can no longer trust God. His book, Gotta Have It!: Freedom from Wanting Everything Right Here, Right Now, deals with our excessities—the things, even necessities like food, that we turn to in excess (excess + necessities = excessities) to help us cope with the various voids in our lives. One of these voids people can try to fill is the loss of hope. If that’s you, check out the message Dr. Jantz has for you. Book Excerpt Prisoners of Hope I...

John Eldredge (@johneldredge) on Hopeless Christianity

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Have you ever wished it was easier to share your faith? Wouldn’t it be nice if you didn’t have to muster the courage to approach someone? Wouldn’t it be great if people just walked up to you to ask about what makes you different or what happened that changed your life so much? Actually, the Bible says that’s exactly what we should expect. People should be asking us to explain why we have so much hope. But no one is asking. Perhaps it’s because we are living hopeless lives. John Eldredge, in his book, The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life We Always Dreamed of, explains why. Book Excerpt A curious warning is given to us in Peter’s first epistle. There he tells us to be ready to give the reason for the hope that lies within us to everyone who asks (3:15). Now, what’s strange about that passage is this: no one ever asks. When was the last time someone stopped you to inquire about...