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21 Days of Prayer Conclusion: A People of Hope

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On day three of our 21 Days of Prayer, Hurricane Harvey hit the shores of Texas. In the last week of our 21 days, Hurricane Irma left a path of destruction in the Caribbean, and on day nineteen, it hit the coastline of Florida. Earlier this week, the water and wind from this storm brought […]

Day 21: Hope is Standing Behind You

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In 1962, a young Air Force corporal named Dick Hoyt was thrilled to welcome his new son into the world. Like many new fathers, he was filled with hope about what his son might achieve and who his son might become. Those hopes were dashed however, when his son was diagnosed as a spastic quadriplegic […]

Day 20: Hope in the Human Experience

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The Christian life is not simply about living moments of blessing and praise. If we look to Scripture, we see moments of lament or grief (John 11:35), moments of panic or exile (Psalm 137), moments of doubt and tension with God (Job 7:17-21). I tell my students all the time that this is actually an […]

Day 19: Don’t Abandon Hope

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When I was a senior in college, I participated in the long-standing tradition of decorating the campus during what we called “Senior Night.” Meant to be a prank (but one that the entire college community knew about, of course), the seniors would leave their dormitories in the middle of the night and barricade the humanities […]

Day 18: Hope for the Anxious Spirit

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I have learned that sometimes, as a professor, my students assume I have it mostly together. Let me shatter that illusion with my real story: I am naturally a pessimist and a worrier, and I fight against anxiety daily. I fail to trust God or remember the beauty found in hoping in him far too […]

Day 17: Hope Takes Patience

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C.S. Lewis said, “You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.” What do you hope for? What do you wait for? What are your goals in life? If you’re younger, you may hope for graduation or for a future mate. If you’re middle aged, maybe you are waiting […]

Day 16: Get Busy Living

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If you’ve never seen the classic movie The Shawshank Redemption (1994), then you ought to–tonight. Earning seven Oscar nominations, it easily makes its way into my top five favorite movies of all time. (FYI: The movie does have an “R” rating for language and prison violence.) It’s the story of a young banker named Andy […]

Day 15: Bringing Hope through Unity

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“I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you.” -John 17:20–21 My wife Sarah and I were in Poland last Spring to help lead a retreat for sixty of our global partners […]

Day 14: Hope in Everyday Life

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“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead” 1 Peter 1:3 Think about how often we use the word hope daily. “I hope you have a good day,” “I […]

Day 13: God’s Promise for your Future

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Hope is defined as “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” Well, all of us are hoping for something, because all of us want something to happen. Right? But let’s be honest, our hopes do change over time, depending on our stage of life. As a senior in high school […]