Our Pastor is starting a new sermon series on HOPE. When you think about the word "hope" in our culture it means maybe. But biblical hope is not maybe. Hebrews 11:1 says "faith is being sure of what we HOPE for and certain of what we do not see". Biblical hope means we can be certain! This hope gives us the endurance to withstand anything that comes our way.
"In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, in order that we, who were the first to HOPE in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory". EPHESIANS 1:11-12This verse compliments ROMANS 8:28 where we are told that "in all things God works for the good of those who love him". We need to remember that God is good, that He works for our good, that He has a plan, a purpose, and a will for us. Our troubles and our sins have a purpose...to grow us, to teach us, to remind us that we need Him. "Good" is relative. In our pride we decide what is good and bad. We cannot always know why we are dealing with this or that. What we do know (and can see in these verses) is that God will work it out "for the praise of his glory." What is the "praise of his glory"? Well, it's kind of like God gets all the credit. When people share what God has done, the miracles, the redemption, the good, you cannot help but praise Him and thank Him for what He has done.
I am certain that God loves Ellie more than Adam or I can. I am certain that He will be present on Wednesday morning. Thank you God for the HOPE (no matter what happens) we have because of Jesus!
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