Hope and God’s Promises

“So God has given both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” – Hebrews 6:18-19 NLT

Life Guide Bible study author, Jack Kuhatschek tells the story of seeing a tiny makeshift boat while on vacation in Florida. The boat was made from old oil drums, lashed together by ropes, with a few planks of old wood hammered together for a deck. A hand sewn old piece of cloth served as the sail. A plaque attached to the boat told the story of some Cuban refugees who had tried to reach the United States…but didn’t make it. Why would a family set sail in such a rickety raft? Probably because they hoped that the US would provide a better home. This voyage that ended in tragedy, began with hopeful expectation, the promise of a better life. But the voyage was not founded on a solid foundation or promise, and so hope was lost in the midst of a stormy sea.

The suicide rate in the US has increase 24% since 1999. Even though we are better educated, have more entertainment at our finger tips, more technology to keep us connected, it seems people are dying from lack of hope. Hope can be hard to come by these days. Maybe your hope has been shaken recently by difficult circumstances, day to day troubles that come like the winds and waves of a storm.

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Building our Lives on a Strong Foundation

Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. (Matthew 7:24-25)

It certainly has been a summer of storms. One day a tree looking tall and strong…and the next day it’s laying on the ground pulled out by the roots….due to too much rain and extreme winds, taking the tree down to the ground. As I was driving around Antigo after the “big” storm, looking at the aftermath, I was reminded of the story that Jesus told about a wise builder and a foolish builder. You remember the story.

The wise person built their house on the rock, the foolish person built their house on the sand. When the storms hit, they hit both houses. The house built on sand collapsed, while the house built on rock stood firm. The parable of course is not really about houses, rain and wind…it’s about building our lives on a strong foundation.

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Jesus is Greater Than >

“Long ago God spoke many times and in many ways to our ancestors through the prophets. And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son.” (Hebrews 1:1-2)

“Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.” (Corinthians 15:3-4)

Are You Ready to Celebrate the Wonderful Miracle of Easter? What miracle is that you ask? “Jesus Christ is risen!” This was the joyful news the angels shared with the women at the empty tomb. God has spoken forth proof of who Jesus is…through His resurrection from the dead!

The writer of Hebrews affirms “The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the very character of God, and he sustains everything by the mighty power of his command. When he had cleansed us from our sins, he sat down in the place of honor at the right hand of the majestic God in heaven.” (Hebrews 1:3-4) Jesus is Greater Than fear, sin, and death!. He completed His mission! Salvation is available to you and me!

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