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How to Be Always Hopeful

How to Be Always Hopeful

Sometimes I am accused of being too joyful and hope-filled. But come on! Is there such a thing as being too hopeful? Not in my book because my hope is in Christ and there is not such a thing as having too much Christ. You see, my joy or hope is not based on circumstances, wishful thinking, or denial of pain. My hope is based on God and his Word telling me God will have the last word and not…

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Hope Everlasting

Hope Everlasting

What’s your takeaway from Easter celebrations? For me, it is the radical hope we are now offered for free. Because Jesus walked out of the tomb, we have hope everlasting. Eternal life is now open for all who believe in Jesus. This is radical, life-changing, and liberating. But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all…

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Live with Great Expectations

Live with Great Expectations

How on earth do I think we could still live with great expectations when the world is distressed for so many reasons? That is a million-dollar question, don’t you think? How can we live hope-filled lives when life as we know seems to be just a memory? Let’s find out the answer. Peter guides us this way: Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through…

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Hope for People Who Walk in Darkness

Hope for People Who Walk in Darkness

November is a hard month in the northern hemisphere. As days are getting shorter and shorter, it seems our moods are getting darker and darker. It feels like all the weight in the world is on our very own weak shoulders. Will this last forever or is there a way forward? We are in desperate need of hope. Is there any left? Actually, my friend, there is plenty of hope for people who walk in darkness. Nevertheless, that time of…

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This Too Shall Pass

This Too Shall Pass

This is just a sweet, little note to encourage you in the middle of your hardships. Believe me, this too shall pass. It might not feel like it and even not look like it but it’s true. Even the Bible tells us so: Nevertheless, that time of darkness and despair will not go on forever. (Isaiah 9:1, NLT,*) If we keep on seeking God and turning to him, this time of darkness will turn into light. This will not go…

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God Gives Hope upon Hope

God Gives Hope upon Hope

When we are low, we don’t need lectures. There’s no need to point out the obvious. Instead, we need help and, especially, hope. And that’s what God provides us no matter how badly we have messed up. With God, there’s always hope. And then some. God gives hope upon hope. We can’t say the same about our enemy. Because his goal is to kill and destroy. When we’ve messed up, our enemy is more than happy to tell us just…

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My Goals for Embracing More Fully the Promises of God

My Goals for Embracing More Fully the Promises of God

Did you make resolutions for 2011? I did not. Or, at least, I think they’re not resolutions but goals  to more fully embrace the promises of God. You see, we just come from celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ that was so wonderfully promised in the Old Testament. (Just see Isaiah 9:1-7.) I am fully convinced that everything else God has promised to us will happen in God’s time. So I am boldly stepping into 2011 trusting God to take…

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Dare to Choose Joy and Rejoice!

Dare to Choose Joy and Rejoice!

I just finished reading the historical books of the Old testament. What can I say? I am very glad for Christmas this year. What an awesome God! What a pitiful bunch of people we are! How dare we to be so selfish, sinful, and shameless! God, have mercy on us! Despite everything God sent his only son to the world.Despite everything God displays his love to us in Jesus.Despite of everything Jesus died and rose again to be in relationship…

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Hope – Light at the End of the Tunnel!

Hope – Light at the End of the Tunnel!

We all know times when we have felt like being in a cold, moldy, dark tunnel. It feels that in that place in time there is no way out. But “hope begins in the dark, the stubborn hope that if you just show up and try to do the right thing, the dawn will come. You wait and watch and work: You don’t give up.” (Anne Lamott) You don’t give up and you cling to the promises of the Bible….

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Hope Restored

Hope Restored

Today I am going to share with you six different quotes on hope. I hope and pray that your spirit will be lifted and your hope will be restored! Which one of the quotes is your favorite? Why? To live without Hope is to Cease to live. (Fyodor Dostoevsky)  Just as the sinner’s despair of any hope from himself is the first prerequisite of a sound conversion, so the loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in…

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