As we begin the season of advent that leads up to the celebration of the
birth of Christ I wonder what is on your Christmas List. What do you hope
for? Greetings in the name of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
So what does a race team hope for? What do they need to take the next
step? It is different for each one. Some know exactly what they need and
others are still searching for the answer.
What do you hope for? Peter, one of the Apostles, knew what it was to
have hope in Christ. You see Peter knew what it was to be hopeless, he
denied knowing Christ. He experienced both extremes, being a close companion
of Jesus and being totally separated from him.
Peter understood the difference that having Christ in your life makes. He
knew that without Christ life was not worth living. Without Christ the
blessing of God would not be on your life. Without Christ we have no hope.
Peter took the time to encourage us to tell people of the hope we have in
Christ. He knew that it was important for everyone to know that life is
different when we have hope in Christ. For those of us who have accepted
Christ as our Lord and Savior Peter gave us some instructions on how we
should share that hope.
1Peter 3:8-10; Finally, all of you, live in
harmony with one another;
be sympathetic, love as brothers, be compassionate and humble.
Do not repay evil with evil or insult with insult, but with blessing,
because to this you were called so that you may inherit a blessing.
If we have a hope in Christ we will live like
it, we will be humble, show compassion and sympathy. We will value what God
values and be focused on the things of God. Let me ask you, how has your
life changed because you have hope in Christ?
Each of our lives has a story, we have a history. When we come to a
saving knowledge of Jesus Christ our lives direction changes, we do an about
face and head down the road that leads to God.
We have three aspects of our lives that tell the story of hope. We have
the person we were, when we lived by our own rules, when we directed our own
path, when we determined what was best for us.
The next step along the journey is our encounter with Christ, someone,
some place, some how we are introduced to Jesus. We come to understand the
hope, forgiveness and the life he offers. Our heart is led to accept the
gift of His grace and we become a child of God.
Life begins anew, we are born-again. The life that God has for us begins
and now we let God direct our path and determine what is best for us. We
grow to understand that this is a life worth living; this is a life full of
The preparation for the coming Savior begins with hope, hope that comes
with a fresh start. The world only has hope when we take Christ to them. We
need to share that hope with others. We can set them free in Christ. We can
give them hope for the forgiveness of their sins.
We can do this only if we respond to the hope we have received. In this
season of hope the hearts of men are tuned to receive the gift of life that
comes from knowing Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Take this
opportunity to proclaim the good news of great joy! Take this time and be
prepared to give an answer to everyone the reason for the hope that we have.
1Peter 3:15; But in your hearts revere Christ
Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the
reason for the hope that you have.
THOUGHTS FROM THE ROAD
TURKEY DERBY 2015 - Bob Menschner did the invocation and said a
beautiful prayer. We are proud of his efforts. Wall Stadium is in good hands
with Bob as our representative. It was great that Rev. Dan was able to be
there with the pace car and help minister. We look forward to this event and
always are encouraged by the support we receive, thank you.
ON THE HIGH SEAS - As I write this our ship gently rolls back and
forth, we are doing 10 knots, steaming north back to Miami in 8’ seas. The
deep blue azure waters of the Caribbean sparkle in the sunshine. Our first
cruise is coming to a close. I am amazed as I look out on the water and
realize how small we really are. It is truly the small things in life that
make a difference. Make a note to do something big this holiday season by
touching the life of someone, anyone.
I’ll be back on the mainland soon and we’ll wrap up 2015 looking forward
to bigger and better opportunities to share the Good News.
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Numbers 6:24-26 "The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord
make his face shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face
toward you and give you peace."
May God always Bless you, everyday in everyway. Rev. Don
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