There Is Hope

Hope (Come Hope With Us)

Job 14:7-9
7 For there is hope of a tree, if it be cut down, that it will sprout again, and that the tender branch thereof will not cease.
8 Though the root thereof wax old in the earth, and the stock thereof die in the ground;
9 Yet through the scent of water it will bud, and bring forth boughs like a plant.

Hope has been defined as the longing or desire for something accompanied by the belief in the possibility of its occurrence. Hope is a powerful force in our lives. Hope will carry you when you don’t have anything else. It will sustain you through the storms of life. Hope will cause people to take dreadful treatments for terminal medical conditions, in hope that they will get better. Hope causes some to stay in relationships that are less than desirable, believing that things will improve in time.

Winston Churchill was once asked by a reporter what his country’s greatest weapon was against Hitler’s Nazi regime. Without pausing for a moment, he said: “It is what England’s greatest weapon has always been – Hope.” Hope is a powerful weapon for you today as well.

We have been studying about Abraham and Scripture says of him; “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be (Rom. 4:18). When it looks impossible, don’t give up on hope. When the odds are against you, hold on to hope.

In our Scripture setting, Job was in a tough situation. A situation that looked hopeless. He uses a tree to illustrate his point and says in essence; Even a tree that’s been cut down has hope. He awakens that hope a few verses later when he says; “If a man die, shall he live again? all the days of my appointed time will I wait, till my change come (Job 14:14). His change did come too. Did he ever more see hope realized in Job chapter 42. Read the chapter again and see if it doesn’t give you hope. The book of Job is becoming one of my favorite books and it’s mainly because of the final chapter. I love good endings. (You can have one too!).

The Bible has much to say about hope. As a matter of fact, the Bible is a book of hope. Romans 15:4 states it on this wise; “For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.” The comfort of the Scriptures gives us hope.

Here are some other Bible verses dealing with hope:
1. A good hope (2 Thessalonians 2:16).
2. A blessed hope (Titus 2:13).
3. A joyful hope (Hebrews 3:6; Romans 5:3).
4. A sure, firm hope (Hebrews 6:18).
5. A living or lively hope (1 Peter 1:3).
6. A saving hope (Romans 8:24).
7. A glorious hope (Colossians 1:27).
8. A purifying hope (1 John 3:3).

Allow me to encourage you today to put your hope in God. Read the verses below that give the same advice:

  • Psalms 42:11
    Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
  • Psalms 78:7
    That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

If you’re struggling with situations today, uncertain about your future, at a loss for the direction you need; get involved with Bible reading. Join us for Bible preaching and find the hope you need.

Come hope with us Sunday at 2:00 P.M. We are conveniently located between Abingdon and Bristol and just off of I-81 (Exit 10) at 15540 Lee Highway. The church is between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin and Jewelry. Both of these neighbors encourage you to park in their adjoining paved lots if our parking lot is full. We look forward to seeing you!

 

Independence Day and Watermelon

Watermelon July 4

Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
– 2 Cor. 3:17

Some things just go together. Like July 4th and watermelon. Let me try that again; July 4th and watermelon and church. That’s right! We are having Bible Study on Independence Day and we are excited about it!

We’d love for you to include us in your Independence Day celebrations. Check that! We’d love for you to include God and us in your celebration plans. You can stop by for Bible Study prior to going to the fireworks (God really should be first anyway, and He really is the reason for true freedom. Oops! I just got a little preachy on you). You will still have plenty of time after Bible Study to enjoy the area festivities (or enjoy a good night’s rest).

Look, I’ve already checked the itinerary and there’s nothing happening during the time from 7:30 to 8:30 that’s gonna be any better than what will be happening at 15540 Lee Highway so you might as well come on and join us. About the best thing that will happen besides the fireworks at the Bristol celebration will be free watermelon and we are giving that away too after Bible Study. They will also be recognizing our veterans which I think is a very nice and suitable thing to do. We can do that too!

So join us at 7:30 P.M. for a great time of fellowship, worship, and Bible Study. Better yet, doors will open at 7:00 for those who can come early for pre-service prayer. At the close of the lesson, you can grab a slice of watermelon on your way to watch the fireworks (or on your way to watch the back of your eyelids).

Celebrate Freedom

Bomb Pop PopsicleIf the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.
– John 8:36

Independence Day is this Tuesday, but we don’t have to wait until then to celebrate our freedom. It’s more than our national freedom that we are celebrating, but our spiritual freedom. Please join us Sunday at 2:00 P.M. when we will enjoy the liberty that has been granted to us as children of God. Also, if you are looking for that spiritual freedom, you can find it here.

This will also be Missions Sunday and we are looking forward to that as well. Bring a friend and join us for this very special day. Popsicles will be given out at the end of service to all the children present (some big kids will enjoy them as well). We look forward to seeing you!