November 13, 2016 – “HOPE THAT LIVES” – Pastor Joe

November 13,2016 –

As I sat and considered the events of this past week, I couldn’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed by the condition of the world around us.  It isn’t anything new or unexpected. The world around us is lost, hurting, and hopeless.  The overwhelming part was the fear, anger, and unrest posted daily on Facebook, highlighted in the news, and shared through email and internet discussions.  There was a constant barrage of negative reactions to the Presidential Election and of fear for the future.  The church isn’t supposed to live like this.

We are a people of hope.  We’re not supposed to live our lives like the world does.  We aren’t supposed to be easily moved or manipulated by the ranting of pundits or talking heads.  We aren’t supposed to be so wrapped up in the world’s affairs that our faith gets shaken or our hope diminished.  We’re to be the light that illuminates the darkness around us so that the overcoming power of God is illuminated to those lost in a dark world.

The world worries because they don’t know what to expect from man.  They are concerned that the new president won’t make them happy.  They are concerned that they will not be able to live how they want.  The world pursues happiness and they rage against anything that threatens their ability to “be happy.”  They put their confidence in man by putting their trust in human ability and human goodness.

David encourages us in Psalm 33:20-22, “We put our hope in the Lord. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, Lord, for our hope is in you alone.”

Hope is a powerful thing and it will keep you going when everything around you is telling you to quit.  Hope inspires, motivates, and encourages.  We are people of hope!  Not a hope based on human ability but one that has its roots firmly planted in God.

Let’s get into today’s message and learn more about the living hope we have.