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Day 12: In Christ Alone

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When I thought of the word hope, a verse from the song In Christ Alone quickly came to mind. In Christ Alone, my hope is found. He is my light my strength my song. This cornerstone, this solid ground, firm through the fiercest drought and storm. What height of love, what depths of peace.  When […]

Day 11: Talking about our Hope

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There is a distinctiveness to our hope, namely, God. Our faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 2:21). That means that our hope is not simply a disposition but is based in the timeless truths of the living God. Our hope does not rise up from within but is based on and grows out […]

Day 10: Living in the Light of the Future

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I used to think hope was all about the future, but I now realize hope looks at the present in light of the future. Riding the bus from West Hollywood to Santa Monica, I quickly came face-to-face with the disparity of Los Angeles. My first encounter was with a beautiful middle-aged woman. Her story was […]

Day 9: My Hope is in You

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“Hope is our anchor!” (Hebrews 6:19) This is the mantra of Lanier Christian Church where David and I have had the blessing of serving since 1976. The promise of hope is our “touch stone,” our “true north,” our “anchor,” because of our Lord Jesus Christ and what He has done for all of us. Often, […]

Day 8: Believing the Promises of God

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Two characters in the Bible that I love are Joshua and Caleb. The Israelites had just come out of Egypt. They were heading for the land of Canaan, and God gave them a promise. Here it is: “See, I am sending an angel ahead of you to guard you along the way and to bring […]

Day 7: Resurrection

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“….born again to a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” -1 Peter 1:3 I tried to think of a story that told of a living hope. I live a pretty boring life, but the stars aligned about 10 years ago, and a friendship with a dentist from church gave me the opportunity to […]

Day 6: Hope Revealed

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“I know how great this makes you feel, even though you have to put up with every kind of aggravation in the meantime. Pure gold put in the fire comes out of it proved pure; genuine faith put through this suffering comes out proved genuine. When Jesus wraps this all up, it’s your faith, not […]

Day 5: Abound in Hope

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“For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.” -Romans 15:4 I love knowing that I can find hope in the Scriptures. This hope is needed in the most trying of circumstances and is […]

Day 4: A Life that Expresses Hope

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With each new school year, new questions may arise, as well as dreams and goals that we want to achieve. And sometimes, without thinking, we slowly begin to map out what the ideal year can look like for us. I had the opportunity to spend this past January through June in Nottingham, England, with a […]

Day 3: Hope for a Hopeless World

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To a world which Paul described as “having no hope and without God” (Ephesians 2:2), came the church with a bold affirmation: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has given us birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.” -1 Peter 1:3 There is nothing […]