January 9, 2010

Discover Hope

Posted in Vision tagged , , , , , , at 4:58 pm by Steve

Faith makes things possible ~ Love makes them easy!

I believe that once you have hope, everything become possible. But I also believe that real hope begins with God. There simply is no true, lasting hope in this world without God. God is the great artist who made us and the world in which we live. God is the Father who loves His children and will never give up on them. The God is the teacher who wants to give our lives meaning and purpose. Until we accept this reality, nothing else will really make sense.

If you’ve tried to make it without God, to do it all on your own, then you probably know how frustrating it can be. Living up to someone else’s standards, always comparing yourself and your life to others is an act of futility with no possible end. Without God’s power, we have no hope of overcoming our struggles. Without God’s mercy, we have no hope of overcoming our past. Without the meaning that God offers, without the sense of purpose that he provides, we have no hope of overcoming the emptiness that a godless life becomes.

While we certainly don’t know everything about God, we can learn a lot about God by looking at what he has done, what others have experienced and learned, and by what He has chosen to reveal about Himself. He created this world and everything in it, which shows us that he is creative, life-giving, and powerful beyond anything we can imagine. God revealed himself, His character and purpose through the patriarchs, prophets and saints that encountered God and developed a relationship with Him.  The Bible reminds us that He is not an aloof God, but one who desires to interact with His creation. God has told us the things that are necessary to know Him and live as we were originally created to live.  These are not arbitrary rules and regulations, but things that actually restore healthy living and meaning to us.

We also see in the Bible that God made promises, and God always kept his promises. Some of those promises concern things that are still to come, and we believe that one day they will be fulfilled. He has promised to do things for us in this life, and he has promised that when this life is over, he will provide a life for us that will have no end.

Our belief in God and our trust in his promises fill our lives with hope. God wants to be in a relationship with us. Today. He wants us to talk with him every day. He wants to provide what we need for this life and eventually provide us with a life that doesn’t end. What better hope could there be than that?

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Desiring God

Posted in Uncategorized, Vision tagged , , , , at 3:20 pm by Steve

A Global Bible Study? Does this make sense? What’s the point of working together on this year long Bible Study and why have contributors from around the world?  For me the answer was simple –

A Desire for God

a hunger to know Him better and to share the journey with others.

Each of the contributors I’ve asked brings to the study a different perspective based on their location, culture, life experiences and mission. The people that I have contacted thus far have a real heart for God and want to share their story with others. It seemed to me to be a natural fit.

It is my hope that the contributors will share the new study idea with others, pray for one another and keep each other accountable throughout the year to stay in the Scriptures.

Someone once told me that John Wesley read through the Bible four times each year for most of his life. As people who are called by God, surely we can make time to do it once a year. So let’s get started. Invite your friends and family to join the discussion for a Global Bible Study Adventure.