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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 11:1instructs us that “faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (KJ) In Greek, the word translated as 'substance' literally means "underlying reality' or 'underlying truth upon which something is built".' Hope is built on an underlying truth that we know by faith. Therefore, without faith, true hope doesn't exist.
In Psalm 27:13, David tells us “I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the LORD In the land of the living.”

If we can’t believe that we will see the goodness of the Lord (by faith) we will despair. Therefore, despair is the result of having no hope - and hope is dependent on what? Faith.
The only thing that keeps us from despair, depression, negativity and fear is believing – having faith.

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Happy Passover! (Easter, Resurrection Day)

Belief in Jesus as Lord and Savior (justification) is the elementary foundation of a life-long process. 1 Peter 1:3-4 speaks of the imperishable inheritance reserved for believers in heaven. Ephesians 1:18 tells us that Jesus has an inheritance - in believers. It is our maturiting in Christ through the ongoing process of sanctification that brings His inheritance in glorification:
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints”
This Easter I also pray that all believers continue in Christ, always seeking more of Him, that He may be further glorified in us... "moving beyond the elementary..."


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