Did Jesus Really Say That? Qualified.

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.” 

Interest rates have been at historic lows lately, so you might see a billboard advertising an amazingly low rate.  But often, if you look at the fine print, it will say “For qualified borrowers” – the rate is not available to everyone, just a select few.  That won’t shock many of us, because we quickly learn that the world works on qualifications:

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Hope and a Future: Contagious Hope

2 Kings 7:9  “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves.” 

When most of us think of something that is contagious our first instinct is to retreat.  A friend of mine this week was planning on coming over for a visit but found out that one of his daughter’s play partners tested positive for COVID-19.   We decided that it would be best to connect over videoconference just in case he was contagious. 

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A Hope and a Future: Hope while you wait

Hebrews 6:19  “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”

At Niagara Falls, the Niagara River takes a thunderous drop – 180 Feet to the bottom of Horseshoe Falls. You definitely don’t want to let your boat drift over the edge. I’ve never seen it, but I’m told that there is a warning sign posted upstream for boaters: "Do you have an anchor?" followed by another sign which says, "Do you know how to use it?"

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Hope and a Future: What Could this Become?

Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.”

I love to see when people find creative ways to repurpose old things, in creative ways.  One of my favorites is a company called modpools.com who take old shipping containers and turn them into swimming pools!  (If you have one let me know, I’d love to take a dip!)

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A Hope and a Future: What did you Expect?

Jeremiah 29:12 “Then you will call on me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you.”

There is an old saying, “you get what you expect!” In many ways, what I do today depends on what I expect tomorrow. If I knew I would never lose weight, why would I pass up a cupcake today?  Why would I take the risk to reach out to repair a friendship if I had already been told they would be rejected?  Why would I scrape to make a payment on a loan I knew I could never pay off?

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A Hope and a Future: Hope When You Are Surrounded

Ephesians 1:18-19  “I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in His holy people, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.” 

Right now there are signs that many Americans are running low on hope.  Since March: alcohol and drug use are up, pornography use is up, anxiety is up, and marriage problems are up too.  This is not the life that God intends for us!

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A Hope & A Future

A Hope and a Future

Jeremiah 29:11  “’For I know the plans I have for you’, declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.’”

In 2020 we can begin to wonder: Where is hope?  Sarah Lipson, a public researcher at Boston University writes, “The pandemic has unearthed so much uncertainty, and that is what anxiety is all about.  Likewise, students in the COVID-19 era might find it especially hard to think about the future, one of the hallmarks of depression.  There is a sense of hopelessness among young people.” 

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I Know A Ghost: Part II

John 14:16  “And I will ask the Father and He will give you another advocate to help you and be with you forever-the Spirit of Truth.” 

Many of us struggle with understanding who the Holy Spirit is.  We may know that He is the third person of the Trinity but how often do we pray to the Holy Spirit?  That is ok, even the disciples didn’t understand the Holy Spirit when they learned about Him from Jesus!  God gave us the Holy Spirit to help us walk closely with Christ in all arenas of life.  Here are three ways the Holy Spirit helps us: 

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