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New Hope | Romans 15:13

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Our hope is not just pie in the sky; it’s as sure as it can be!

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“May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

Christmas, as much as any other holiday of the year, is about a new hope. One baby, God incarnate, the hope of all mankind, reminds us that with all the changes we encounter in this life, what we see now, is not all there is.

With all the memories we make with family and friends during this season, we anticipate new experiences and hope for more good times to come. That has certainly been the case with my family, but this was the first in 44 years my mother-in-law hasn’t been an intricate part of our Christmas holiday. On October 30, she passed away and yesterday spent her first Christmas in heaven. She was a very good mom and grandma, loving her family well. I’ve taken care of her for the past 13 years. And we will miss her.

There are many families with an empty chair this year. Whether a sudden death or one you’re expecting, it’s still surreal. Last year, your loved one was there, and this year, they’re not.

My journey has taught me an important fact regarding the hope we celebrate on Christmas Day. It’s real! It isn’t just wishful thinking. Thanks to Jack Graham, I have a new definition of the “blessed hope” we have in Jesus. Our hope is an eager expectation based on a sure and imminent promise! Our hope is not just pie in the sky; it’s as sure as it can be!

As surely as that “blessed hope” came the first time as a baby in a manger, he is coming again to claim his own. That’s me! If you are trusting in Jesus alone to save you, that’s you too!  So, we have a double reason to celebrate hope!  We hope today because he came! And we hope tomorrow because he’s coming again! Hallelujah!

 

As we hope, God’s grace “instructs us to renounce ungodliness
and worldly passions, and to live sensible,
upright, and godly lives in the present age,
as we await the blessed hope and glorious
appearance of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ”

-Titus 2:12-13

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By Eva Maxwell

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New Hope | Romans 15:132019-01-23T22:45:34-07:00

Seek God For The City Day 38

I had a horrible dream a couple nights ago about losing someone very close to me.  You know how dreams are.  You go through the same emotions and it feels so real.  The grief…the loneliness…it all flooded over me as though I were really experiencing it.  It was awful.  When I woke up at 4 in the morning, I couldn’t go back to sleep.  I was grateful that it had only been a nightmare in my dreams and that my husband was sleeping soundly (and I do mean soundly) next to me.

Our prayer guide for today encouraged us to pray for Elderly People.    As I reflected on my dream and the fact that I have an elderly mother-in-law living with us, the feeling once again became real to me, and we get the best services from the industry leaders in home services to help us take care of her.  The loss of so much…youth, spouse, home, health, memory, independence, friends, family…the grief has to be huge.

“Today I pray for my mother-in-law, that God’s arms would envelope her, that He would make His presence known to her.  Take away her fear and anxiety.  Take away her loneliness.   Bring her comfort.  Bring her peace.  Bring her joy.  And in that joy, that she would be able to worship extravagantly.  I pray that in her last days, months and years that my family would honor and care for her well, that her aches and pains would be lifted, that her prayers would be answered and that she would reflect God’s glory well.  Amen”

Seek God For The City Day 382020-01-31T16:11:04-07:00

“Seeking God…to become famous for His works”

“But for this purpose I came to this hour.  Father, glorify Your name.”  Then a voice came out heaven:  “I have both glorified it, and will glorify it again.”

 A few years back I was listening to a pastor talk about God’s glory and how few people request to see it. I had never heard anyone suggest that we should pray to see God’s glory.  It was an interesting concept to me.  After exploring it in scripture I found that Moses asked to see God’s glory in Exodus 33:18.  Just seeing God’s back side caused Moses’ face to “glow” or be “radiant”, so much so that the people were afraid to come near him.  Moses was a “friend of God” and wanted everything God had to give him.  That included seeing His glory!  When we see His glory, we can’t help but shine and reflect Him!  His glory seen in us—what an awesome privilege!  This believer’s prayer now is, “O God, Show Me Your Glory!”

“Seeking God…to become famous for His works”2014-03-22T00:00:00-06:00

Day 11 “Seeking God to Manifest His Presence”

I am struck with the reality that there are times that I don’t recognize God’s presence.  Oh, I know He is always with us, but to actually acknowledge and recognize His presence is a step that I take for granted and I can miss the reality of it. Life is busy and I get preoccupied with the journey.  Looking at Luke 24:31-32 we see that the disciples took a while before they recognized the Lord.  They had been through the crucifixion and hadn’t yet seen the resurrected Lord.  While their minds were on Him, certainly they weren’t expecting Him to “walk” with them

The disciples were “walking” with Him. Although they had spent three years in his physical presence, it still took them a while to recognize Him.   Psalms 89:15 “…they walk in the light of Your countenance” also confirms how important it is for us to be walking with Him if we want to hear from Him.  I believe this is the “24/7 Life Style of Worship” that we, as believers, are called to “dwell” in.

Walking in His presence will bring us joy!  Notice that when the disciples recognized him their hearts “burned’ within them.  They knew that voice!  They recognized that voice especially when they were discussing the scripture.

So how do I “walk” in His presence?  By making Him my passion.  When I’m passionate about something it is constantly on my mind.  It consumes my time, my thoughts, my behavior.    TOTALLY CONSUMED from my devotional, “While You Recover”, says exactly how I feel:

So many things in the past

Have driven me to where I am now.

And while it may not be all that bad,

I can’t help but wonder where I’d be

If I had allowed God

To totally consume me with His passion.

 

His passion for loving others,

His passion for unity,

His passion for mercy,

His passion for the lost—

If I would be willing to give up my will, my time,

My cause—totally

For the passion of the cross,

What could God do with someone so totally consumed?

 

To be so close to Jesus

I can see every breath He breathes,

Every leaf he moves, Everything He desires.

And I hear His still small whisper as He bids me do

His will—and I do it

Because His cross has become my cause—my passion

And I’m totally consumed in its’ shadow.

 

May the fire that burns within me

Be the consuming desire to totally fulfill His purpose

And may it burn with such heat

That it spreads to those around me,

That when they look at me,

I’m so consumed that they don’t see the “ash of me”

But the consuming flame of God—

O to be totally consumed by that.

 

And when I come to the end of this earthly life,

And this shell that I live in is gone

May the legacy I leave behind

For my family, my friends—for the world—

Be a legacy that is totally consumed by the passion of my Lord.

So consumed that they do not see me at all,

But the reflection—the very image—

Of the One who totally consumed me,

My Lord and my God.

Day 11 “Seeking God to Manifest His Presence”2014-03-15T00:00:00-06:00

Lord I Bow

Today is the first day of our “Seek God For The City” prayer focus. We as a staff will try to contribute some reflections throught this season. Today Eva Maxwell wanted to share a song she wrote in the past that tied in very well with the first day of our prayer reading. This song is called “Lord I Bow.” Listen and be blessed

Lord I Bow2014-03-05T00:00:00-07:00
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