Advent: Invitation to Wait with Hope

Sing out your thanks to the Lord;    sing praises to our God with a harp.He covers the heavens with clouds,    provides rain for the earth,    and makes the grass grow in mountain pastures.He gives food to the wild animals    and feeds the young ravens when they cry.He takes no pleasure in the strength of a horse    or in human might.No, the Lord’s…

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Romans 5:1-21: Justified! Our Benefits

When we arrive at Chapter 5 of Romans, it is as if Paul pauses and takes in a deep breath. I can see his hands waving, pointing backward, meaning that all that he has said so far is coming to a close, and he is transitioning to his next big thought. He says, “Therefore since…

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Abounding in Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 ESV Ponder the Stats Deaths of despair from suicide, alcohol-related liver disease, and drug overdose claim the lives of 160,000 Americans annually. (Psychology Today) The Centers…

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The “So That” Connection

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 ESV So that ———-> Those two little words are like an arrow connecting two clauses. They point to the purpose, the “why,” illustrating a cause and…

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In Believing

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope. Romans 15:13 ESV In this short prayer, Paul appeals to the source of our hope, the author and giver of hope, and he asks specifically that we would…

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May the God of Hope

The resurrection of Jesus secures our hope of eternal life. It’s a topic worthy of study this week. This verse from Romans is a favorite, and I’ve been thinking about what it means and how to apply it to my life: May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so…

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