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Hope for your weekend

Paul says, Hope that is seen is no hope at all. (Romans 8:24)

Sometimes we catch a glimpse of hope. It’s like God pulls back the veil to enlarge our hope capacity.

May you be hope-filled as you recharge this weekend.

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And for your weekend listening.

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Another Side of Sunday: For your weekend listening

They lyrics of a song caught my attention yesterday. Hearing the word anchor reminded me of this week’s scripture.

We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.–Hebrews 6:19-20

Music can often inspire another look at God’s word. Enjoy!

 

 

 

December 24

[One more day. Don’t let the anticipation and love of God’s coming as a Babe get lost in the shuffle of the season. Read John Piper’s devotional for December 24, and if you have one more moment, read what follows.]

But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. Therefore he shall give them up until the time when she who is in labor has given birth; then the rest of the brothers shall return to the people of Israel. And he shall stand and shepherd his flock in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God.

Micah 5:2-4

Christ is the yes of all God’s promises, so if you trust him, they will all be your inheritance.

– John Piper, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy, page 73*

It’s Christmas Eve. An exciting time, especially for children anticipating whether their hearts’ desires will be fulfilled Christmas morning.

Think back to a time when you anticipated a great gift. Were your hopes fulfilled? or did you find yourself disappointed?

If you received what you desired, how long did the excitement of the greatly anticipated gift last? a week? a month? a year?

What about disappointment? did the heartache last a day? a week? has it left an unhealed wound on your heart?

This Christmas Eve, remember Baby Jesus is the Yes! to all God’s promises. He is the One gift whose joy will never dim and who will never disappoint.

And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Romans 5:5 NIV

Ask God to help you fully receive the gift of Indestructible Joy.

Father God, open my heart to all You have for me in Jesus.

[Feature Image Photo on blog by Arun Kuchibhotla on Unsplash]

*© 2014. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org.

December 10

[Let’s continue our journey through The Dawning of Indestructible Joy. Read the December 10 devotional and may what follows here enhance what’s there.]

The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil.

1John 3:8

Thus says the Lord: the meaning of Christmas is that what is good and precious in your life need never be lost, and what is evil and undesirable in your life can be changed. The fears that the few good things that make you happy are slipping through your fingers, and the frustrations that the bad things you hate about yourself or your situation can’t be changed – these fears and these frustrations are what Christmas came to destroy.

– John Piper, The Dawning of Indestructible Joy, page 38*

Restoration and redemption. That’s what Christmas is all about.

Consider all you feel is lost… slipping away… or will never change…

What are you afraid of losing? What frustrations do you face?

Today, take those things to Jesus in the manger. Lay them at His feet as the Magi laid down their gifts of frankincense, gold, and myrrh. Remember He came to take those things to the cross. There is where restoration began. Resolve to wait for Him to return, focusing on the joy set before you.

Lord Jesus, You defeated all that is wrong in the world. You are making all things new. Don’t let me forget what truly lies in the manger. Hope. Pure unadulterated hope.

[Feature Image Photo seen on blog by Wesley Tingey on Unsplash] 

*© 2014. Used by permission of Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers, Wheaton, IL 60187, www.crossway.org.