Hope

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 “In this world you will have trouble. But be encouraged! I have won the battle over the world.”
John 16:33b, NIrV

Hope. It’s a word we hear thrown around from time to time.

“I hope you have a great day.”

“I hope you’re feeling better.”

“Hope that meeting with the boss goes well”.

We hope for things all the time, big and small. But when you really look at the idea of HOPE, you start to notice the weight of it all. Hope in its truest and most life-giving form is something that God has uniquely offered the world.

Throughout history, God has been revealing himself as the one, true God who always keeps His promises. God is working out all the details of this life for the good of those who love him and are called according to His purpose. His faithfulness is eternal. His mercies are new every morning.

The hope that God offers can bring light into the darkest of circumstances.
That’s why we’ve chosen to define hope like this: believing that something good can come out of something bad.

From the beginning, God offered hope to His creation. He promised a Savior and way of rescue for Adam and Eve when they first sinned in the garden. God sent Jesus to fulfill that promise. And through Jesus’ life, death, and resurrection God continues to offer hope through the eternal life we can experience through faith in Jesus.

As human beings we are limited in what we can see and understand. Often when we’re facing a difficult time, it’s like we’re wondering around in the dark grasping for some sort of light to get us through the night. Our life is going to feel like that sometimes, like our life just doesn’t make sense. Our world will be dark and confusing and down right scary. For our kids, this might be difficult to understand.

But here’s the thing, we get to speak into the hearts of kids and families, reminding them that even in the dark, God is still in control. God still loves them. God is powerful enough to make something good come out of something bad. And God will faithfully carry them through the darkness into His marvelous light.

The four bottom lines to remember this month are:

Whatever happens, remember how powerful God is.

Whatever happens, remember what Jesus promised.

Whatever happens, remember God is still at work. 

Whatever happens, remember God loves you

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