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“The Hope” Part 2

Posted in Assurance with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 7, 2010 by powerbehindu

It is clear throughout God’s Word that hope is offered. God is a God of hope and not despair. He offers more in a moment than the world can offer in a lifetime. We must remember that the things which we see are not eternal. The Scripture says in 2 Corinthians 4:18, “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.” God offers a hope beyond the grave knowing that this world and the things of it are passing away. This notion leaves many people disheartened because their affections are rooted in worldly ways and actions. For the believer in Jesus Christ, this world is not our home. We are strangers and pilgrims sojourning through this land. God, thorough the Lord Jesus Christ, has prepared a place in heaven for all who believe. It is here that Romans 5:5 tells us that we have a hope that does not disappoint.


The Death of a Friend and Elder

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2010 by powerbehindu

I am deeply sadden by the loss of my friend and elder, Paul Tyler. Paul was one of those rare individuals who you run across that truly had the Word of God hidden in his heart. God’s Word was Paul’s joy and he spent over the last 35 years memorizing huge portions of Scripture. He was like a walking Strong’s concordance. You could give him a few words and he could quote the entire passage and give you chapter and verse. Not only was this Word hidden in his heart, it was reflected in his daily life. He lived, as best as he could as the grace of God would allow, what he had read from God’s Holy Word. Paul was not arrogant in what he knew, but loving and caring of peoples’ souls. He was a simple man; A waterman, who loved the outdoors. Great solace was found as he reflected on the creative power of his God and King. One wonders sometimes about the perfect will of God and his ultimate plan of working everything for good to those that love him and are called according to his purpose. What good was the death of a man who had so much to offer? Paul died saving his wife after their house caught on fire. He got her out with just singed hair. Elder Paul died moments later after returning inside the house to retrieve personal articles. He was 74. I was his pastor.

The Hope

Posted in Assurance with tags , , , , , , , on April 14, 2010 by powerbehindu

“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:” 1 Peter 3:15

What is the hope that we have within as a born again believer in Jesus Christ? This hope is not a “hoping so” like a child at Christmas hoping that he may get the wished for present. The hope of the Christian is an internal knowing of what God has promised shall come to pass. Hebrews 6:18  States, “That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:.” What God has promised must come to pass because God can only speak truth. However, our hope goes further and deeper. Our hope is an anchor and it enters behind the veil into the presence of God.  And who is that… that enters behind the veil? The great, all sufficient Son of God, Jesus Christ.

To Be Continued…