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!

Father’s Day

Father and child handI will be a Father unto you….
2 Cor. 6:18

Please join us this Sunday as we celebrate Father’s Day together. While we want to take the time to honor the fathers among us, we will ultimately come together and worship our Heavenly Father on this special day.

We will enjoy fellowship one with another, hear a message that will be applicable to all, pray together, and worship our Creator.

Service begins at 2:00, but doors will open at 1:30 P.M. for pre-service prayer and we encourage you to come pray with us. We look forward to being with you.

Teach Us To Pray

Praying-Hands-over-BibleMaybe you know all there is to know about prayer. Possibly you never struggle with your prayer life. You do as the Bible says; you “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17). You are consistent in your regular prayer life. You get all your prayers answered just as you request. If that be the case, you are probably among the minority, and IF that is the case, you may be excused from Tuesday night’s study. On second thought, maybe you need to come so that you can contribute to the rest of us. On third thought, maybe you need to come and “pray through” until you can be honest with the rest of us :-)

The fact is there are times in all of our lives when we struggle with our praying. Even one of the disciples asked the Lord to “teach us to pray” (Luke 11:1). That alone is a good prayer to pray. Especially as we approach this series we are involved in regarding prayer.

Why not join us this Tuesday evening at 7:30 as we continue this series on prayer? We will be so glad to have you with us and we think you will enjoy a time of study and fellowship with others of various backgrounds who are desiring to draw closer to God.

We are conveniently located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Economy Inn and Skyland Coin and Jewelry. If our parking lot is full, these kind neighbors encourage you to park in their paved lots next door.

We look forward to seeing each of you. We also encourage you to share this post with a friend and invite them to join you.

Bible Study

Bible Study people

 We hope you are making plans to join us for Bible Study this evening at 7:30. We are expecting a wonderful time in the study of the Bible and enjoying the fellowship of the saints.

Along with your Bible, please bring pen and paper to take notes as I am working from my “mobile office” this week and unable to print a handout as I would have liked. Also, consider inviting a friend to join you. – Pastor Fox

Hurting?

Lady Crying #2 (Suffering Series)Are you hurting? Do you know someone who is? If so, we encourage you to come and bring someone with you this Sunday. There is help and healing for the hurting in God’s house. Whether someone has inflicted pain on you, be it emotional or otherwise, or life has dealt you some tough blows, we believe God is able to heal the hurts inside.

Come expecting God to touch you this Sunday at 2:00 P.M. You are also welcome to come early for pre-service prayer. Door open at 1:30 for that purpose.

We are conveniently located at 15540 Lee Highway in between Skyland Coin and Jewelry and Economy Inn. If our parking lot is full, either of these neighbors welcome you to park in their paved parking lots. We look forward to seeing you!

 

We Sailed On

Ship at seaI’ve read before concerning the story of Christopher Columbus. It was stated that each new day, as he faced the trials and challenges, he pressed forward, and at the end of each day he paused to record in his journal. At one point, he wrote day after day a simple line. That single line, however, has inspired men to dream of unknown lands, reach for greater heights, and cross unchartered waters. That line is simply; “Today we sailed on.” On those days, there were no oceans crossed. No great feats accomplished. They just simply, “sailed on.”

There certainly are days like that. The fact is, there may be more of those days than the extraordinary days. Someone has said that “variety is the spice of life, but monotony pays the bills.”

Monotony. According to The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language it means, “tedious sameness or repetitiousness.” The Collins English Dictionary gives the following definition, “wearisome routine; dullness.”

It’s the monotony of life that can cause us to be weary. It’s the same ole, same ole. It’s the alarm clock going off every day at the same time. The same challenges for the same pay. It’s the bills. The cooking. The ironing. The mowing. The maintenance. The same disagreements with the same people.

Apostle Paul used the phrase, “the things that come upon me daily.” It’s the daily routine or the “daily grind” as it has been referred to that can wear us down. One philosopher said, “the thing about life is, it is so daily.”

If we allow it to, life can simply cause us to be weary. People get weary with their children. Weary with their spouse. Weary with their job. Weary with life.

Weary. Let’s talk about that. It comes from a Greek word, ekkakeo which means “to be utterly spiritless, to be wearied out; exhausted.” Vines Bible Dictionary gives it a synonymous word; “faint” which means “to lack courage; lose heart to be fainthearted, to be weary in anything.”

We are admonished in Scripture to “be not weary in well doing” (2 Thess. 3:13). To the Galatians Paul wrote, “let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not” (Gal. 6:9). Let us remember that there is a day of reckoning. There is coming a day of rewarding the things that seemingly go unnoticed today. There will be that time of acknowledging what is done in secret. We don’t do it for that cause, but I will tell you whatever accolades could be given in this life pale in comparison to the rewards that heaven will give you instead.

So dear reader in closing, be faithful. Be encouraged. Keep doing the right thing even when it’s tough. There are days when we feel like we didn’t get much accomplished. There are even church services like that too (at least from this preacher’s honest perspective). Days when we feel like a failure because we just didn’t quite hit the target. The fact is progress was made. Some days more than others, but always headed in the right direction.

Don’t quit. Sail on. Keep on keeping on and before you know it, you’ll get to shore. You will reach your intended (God’s intended) destination. You’ll get those kids raised. You will get those bills paid. You will improve your marriage with God’s help. You will get through the storm. Be not weary in well doing. Just keep doing well because it’s all contingent upon that. The Scripture did say we shall reap “IF” we faint not (Gal. 6:9). If we don’t quit.

Thanks for reading!

Life Can Be Tough

Boy doing Math

Life sure can be tough! Some days can seem overwhelming. Some challenges are a bit much. We just need a little help sometimes.

If you are facing problems that you need help with, why not join us this Tuesday evening? We will enjoy the company of others who have faced some pretty big situations and found grace to help. You will have opportunity to hear from God’s Word and receive direction that might just be pertinent to your situation (“a word in due season” Prov. 15:23). We will take time to pray, and we know that prayer changes things (see James 5:16).

We believe it will be well worth the little time you spend in coming and will also have eternal benefits. Bible Study begins at 7:30, but doors will open at 7:00 P.M. for those who can come early to pray. We look forward to seeing you!

Send thee help from the sanctuary. – Psalm 20:2

Recharge

ReChargeSometimes life can just drain you if you allow it to. There’s nothing like a Tuesday night Bible Study to recharge your battery and renew your faith!

Tuesdays are inspiring, encouraging, and enlightening as we are uplifted by the Word of God, renewed by the Spirit of the Lord, and refreshed by the fellowship of the saints.

Won’t you join us this Tuesday evening at 7:30 P.M. for a time of prayer, Bible study, and fellowship? We believe you will be blessed to be a part and we know that we will be blessed by your attendance.

Below are some Scriptures for your consideration:

  • Ephesians 4:23  “Be renewed in the spirit of your mind.”
  • Psalm 23:3 “He restoreth my soul.”
  • 2 Corinthians 4:16 “Though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
  • Jeremiah 31:25 “For I have satiated the weary soul, and I have replenished every sorrowful soul.”

Thank you for reading and we look forward to seeing you!