Paul David Tripp NMM :: January 20th

Where is hope to be found? In five life-altering words: “I am with you always.”

You and I are on a constant quest for hope. We all want a reason to get up in the morning and motivation to continue. Here are some things you have to know about hope ::

1. God hardwired human beings for hope. We don’t live by instinct; we all find our identity, meaning, purpose, and inner sense of well-being in something.

2. What you place your hope in will set the direction of your life. Whether you know it or not, your life path is directed by hope. Whether it’s hope in a philosophy, a person, a dream, a location, or whatever, your life will be shaped by what you place your hope in.

3. Hope always includes an expectation and an object. I am hoping for something and hoping that someone or something will deliver it.

4. Hope, to be hope, has to fix what is broken. Hope that does not address your needs isn’t very hopeful. You place your hope in your mechanic only if he has the ability to fix what’s broken on your car.

5. You always preach to yourself a gospel of some kind of hope. You’re always reaching for hope and preaching to yourself the validity of what you reach for.

But here is the radical truth of the gospel. Hope is not a situation. Hope is not a location. Hope is not a possession. Hope is not an experience. Hope is more than an insight or a truism. Hope is a person, and his name is Jesus! He comes to you and makes a commitment of hope: “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt. 28:20). Now, there’s hope. You have something profoundly deeper to hold on to than the hope that people will be nice to you, that your job will work out, that you will make good choices when tempted, that you’ll be smart enough to make good decisions, that you’ll be able to avoid poverty or sickness, or that you’ll have a good place to live and enough to eat. No, this is eternal and deeply personal hope. It rests in the truth that Jesus has wrapped his powerful arms around you and he will never, ever let you go. If nothing you envisioned ever works out and all the bad things that you’ve dreaded come your way, you still have hope, because he is with you in power and grace.

For further study and encouragement :: Haggai 1:12–15

Here We Stand! …I Can Do No Other!

There is indeed…The Supreme Decision Maker…For the Supreme Justice of All is the Supreme Savior to all who would trust in Him.  By trusting in Him, His direction, and His Word, I do not preach or teach hate.  My heart is burdened for this nation even more so today.  This burden does not rest on the church alone, but for both believers and unbelievers.  My prayer and hope is for a Great Awakening in the love, truth, & grace that is found in Jesus Christ alone.  To the Church that trusts in Jesus Christ…the time is not to overreact, but to be steadfast in all the Jesus is, all that Jesus says, and all that Jesus does…Take Heart!

33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33 [nkjv]

The following response to the #SCOTUS decision was written by the ERLC that declare the conviction of many evangelical followers of Christ…myself included. Continue reading