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Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Set Your Hope On Christ

September 29, 2020 - LISTEN HERE - with special Guest David Block

1 Peter 1:13 

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep a sober spirit, and fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at His coming.

The Bible records two letters written by Peter to encourage the early Christians who were scattered across what is now mostly modern-day Turkey. They were discouraged and they were being persecuted for their faith (v6). He wrote to remind them how God had blessed them through the gift of his Son and the Word of the Lord, which endures forever.

Recall the word hope, when used in the Bible, means to have confidence, to have security, to expect, and to anticipate.

The word grace, mentioned more than 150 times in the Bible, means the unmerited, unearned love and favor of God.

Let’s read that verse again:

Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep a sober spirit and fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed.

.....And then, let’s read it with the definitions:

Therefore, with your minds readied for action, be serious, and set your confidence and security on the unearned love and favor of God, which was brought to you with great anticipation.

How powerfully encouraging is that!  

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, our confidence and trust is in You. We learn more about the magnificent gift of Your son and our Salvation each time we dig deeply into Your Word. We marvel at the stories and lessons that were given to Your early church – 2000 years ago – that are as relevant today as they were every day over the last 730,000 days. Help us to fix our gaze on Christ Jesus, no matter what worries or circumstances we have that are trying to distract us. Let us be confident that His ways will fulfill the purpose He has for us in our life. Thy will be done. In Jesus Name, Amen.


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Monday, September 28, 2020

The Real Meaning of Hope

September 28, 2020 - LISTEN HERE

Psalms 39:7
Now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You.

In the English language, the word ‘hope’ has an element of doubt. For instance, “I hope it won't rain tomorrow” or “I hope I win the lottery.” 

However, that is not the meaning of hope from the Bible.

  • In the Old Testament, hope comes from the Hebrew word batah which means confidence and security. 
  • In the New Testament, hope is usually translated from the Greek words, elipis or elipizo, which originate from the world elpomai, which means to expect or to anticipate. 

How different is the meaning of HOPE when we know it means confidence, security, expectation, and anticipation!

When we say, “My hope is in the Lord” – it’s not a sense of desperation or the feeling of “crossed fingers.” We stand on a sure foundation with joyful confidence and solid anticipation.

As we explore various passages of the Bible about hope, keep these definitions in mind. I think you will be reading these verses with a whole new sense of interpretation!

Today’s Prayer:
Dear Lord, our hope – our confidence and security - is in You and Your unlimited power, knowledge, and dominion. We have confidence that all things will come to pass that are aligned with Your purpose for our life. Make Your plan, Your will for our lives clear, Dear Lord, so our hope in the future becomes clear. We know that no matter what, we have hope in You. We live in expectation of Your blessings for our life, for our country, for our world. Your purpose will not be defeated. May Your plan fulfilled in a timely manner, according to Earth time. May Thy will be done in our lives according to Your riches in glory. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.