Messages on Hope

Hope

Last week, we were hopefully encouraged by this truth about God: Psalm 119:68 You are good, and what you do is good God’s goodness is so good that even when we face things that are not in and of themselves good, God can work them together for good.  Only God can bring life from death, beauty from ashes, comfort in mourning, and joy for despair. Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of…

Refuge

We’ve been learning quite a bit about hope recently; what hope is, what it looks like to maintain hope, what hope is able to accomplish for us, where our hope needs to be placed, how to hang onto hope through loss and betrayal, etc.  This week, God challenged me a bit, and I’m going to pass that challenge on to you. Usually when I think of hope, it is due to circumstances beyond my control.  Something happened to me or…

Hope

This morning, we’re going to be encouraged in how to receive and maintain hope in life.  Hope itself is a confident expectation; to hope is to, well, expect confidently.  ūüôā  Hope is an intangible substance and yet it is so real to those who truly possess it.  Hope is like a placeholder that fills the gaps of our lack until we receive that which we long for.  Though hope is intended to be a positive and encouraging thing, it does…

Hope Through Loss

Last week, we learned about the power of praise and were challenged to praise God no matter what circumstances we may find ourselves in.  You may have heard that you need to be careful what you pray or ask for because you just might get it.  The saying also seems to ring true to be careful what you preach because you just might get to live it. Well, I thought that our basement flooding and getting that cleaned up a…

Expecting

As we close out 2019 and enter into 2020, we’re reminded of a principle in God’s Kingdom. You reap what you sow. One does not sow corn and expect watermelons to grow. One does not sit around thinking about all of the bad things that has happened to them in the past and expect joy. One does not work day and night and expect to live in poverty. One does not drive their car like they stole it and expect…

Hope

Here we are, just a few days before Christmas. On that day, we celebrate the greatest gift ever given to mankind, God’s only Son! Luke 2:1-20 1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. 2 (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) 3 And everyone went to their own town to register. 4 So Joseph also went up from the town…

Hope in the Park

This morning, we come together because of one thing that we all desperately need: hope. ¬†Hope is a bit of a strange thing, though. ¬†It’s hard to define what it really is, but we know for certain when we have it and when we don’t! ¬†Is hope something that we possess or is it something that we do? ¬†Well, yes. ¬†Merriam-Webster defines hope very well as: 1: to desire with expectation of obtainment 2: to expect with confidence It’s foremost…

Giving Hope

This morning, were going to learn together how to give someone hope. ¬†Before we can give someone hope, we must first understand what it is. ¬†Merriam-Webster defines hope as: 1: to desire with expectation of obtainment 2: to expect with confidence It’s foremost synonym is: trust The amazing thing about hope is that the atmosphere in which hope can be the greatest is actually within the most desperate and impossible of circumstances. ¬†The darker and more painful that situations are,…

The Road To Hope

This morning, we’re going to take a fresh look at hope. ¬†God has given us a new revelation about receiving hope. ¬†Although many of us might think that hope is just something that we either possess or lack, God’s word teaches that there is actually a process through which we obtain and maintain hope until His promises are fulfilled. ¬†We’re going to learn this morning about the road to hope. Hope – elpis (el-pńď’s) – favorable and confident expectation Romans…

Hope in the Valley

This morning, we’ve gathered together to receive and to celebrate hope! Hope¬†– a feeling of expectation that something positive is about to happen Hope is what motivates us and keeps us moving from our current circumstances into a better and brighter future. ¬†It’s hope that motivates us to work hard and make the most of today knowing that good things await us tomorrow. Unfortunately, many of us have become hopeless regarding one thing or another in our lives. ¬†We’ve lost…