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This Coming Weekend: How to Have Hope Every Day

Easter offers us hope for the forgiveness of sin and for eternal life. But there is more! God offers us some huge reasons to have hope every single day! In part two of Why We Hope, coming up this Sunday at Grace Hills, we’ll look at the three big gifts Jesus gives today to help us live with hope every day no matter what:

  • His Word (the Bible)
  • His Spirit (the Holy Spirit)
  • His People (the Church)

We’ll define and discover how to take full advantage of each.

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Easter Means Healing Now, Hope Forever

Let me focus in for a moment on Simon Peter, one of the key disciples surrounding Jesus. You may know the story by heart in which Peter asserted that He would never dessert the Lord Jesus, to which Jesus replied, “Before the cock crows, you will have denied me three times.” Sure enough, Peter forsook his allegiance to the Lord Jesus and denied Him, even cursing, to distance Himself from the cross.

For Peter, the story didn’t end there. There was a time of restoration and healing. Two elements would dominate Peter’s life for the rest of his existence. First, healing now. Second, hope forever!

Let’s listen to the heart of one man who was radically changed by the first Easter… one man who would never be the same again…

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This Mess Called Marriage

SchützenfestAre you happily married? If you’re smart (and you’ve been married more than two years), you’ll realize that’s a question that depends on how things are going in the moment. Am I happily married? I am today – not sure about tomorrow. But I am securely and joyfully married.

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Christmas Sermon Series: GOOD TIMES

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Good Times Christmas Sermon SeriesThese are tough times in many respects, but for the believer, they are also really good times in terms of some of the great opportunities God has brought our way. With our entering the holiday season, approaching the celebration of the birth of Christ, I wanted to present the really good news of Christmas in the midst of a world of scrooges. While most people are saying “Bah! Humbug!,” Christians ought to be saying, “Thank you God for being so good!”

So here is the series…

 

Christmas is a Good Time for Family.

We emphasize gathering with our relatives, but we also belong in God’s family. We believe the truth together, behave in holiness together, and belong together for all eternity. (1 Peter 1:18-25)

Christmas is a Good Time for Giving.

Christmas usually brings out the giving nature in us. Jesus said it’s “more blessed to give than to receive” and the New Testament is full of examples of churches that were enduring poverty and persecution, yet dug deep into their pockets to support the family of God across the Mediterranean.

Christmas is a Good Time for Hope.

All of the Jews placed their hopes in the coming of Messiah. Jesus’ mother Mary said about His birth, “He has fulfilled the hope of His people.” And today, we hope still. Part of our hope (of forgiveness) is fulfilled in Jesus’ death and resurrection, but we still hope for His second coming and final deliverance of His people.

Christmas is a Good Time for Receiving.

Is it not interesting that while giving a gift brings us joy, receiving a gift forces humility? It’s almost awkward to open a gift because of our feeling of unworthiness. Jesus said when He came to earth the first time – God’s Son wrapped in flesh – His own people did not receive Him. But as many as received Him, “to them gave He power to become the children of God.” Why not receive the greatest gift of all – the gift of eternal life?

My hope and prayer, for this and every sermon series I ever preach, is that God will use it to draw people into a relationship with Himself and into a church family. May God bless these weeks together!

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