for August 11th, 2022
Hope doesn’t disappoint according to ROMANS 5:5-10. There are many things in life that disappoint: our jobs, friends, spouse, children and so on; but our Lord never disappoints, never lets down and never forsakes. Most often the let downs in life typically occur when we are at our worst, or lowest times in our lives. In reading ROMANS chapter 5 we find it was at our lowest and ugliest time in our life that our Lord demonstrated how much He loves and cares for us. When we were ungodly, Christ died for us.
God demonstrated His love for us by allowing His Son to die for us while we were still sinners. To think of this great love certainly should renew our hope. When you get to verse 10, notice the reading in the verse, “For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life.” Imagine what would have happened to hope if Christ had never resurrected from the dead! There would be no hope. And because hope would be gone then certainly there would be no chance of Heaven. Friends, we place our hope in too many wordly things which perish (MATT. 6:19). Today may we place our hope where it truly belongs and where hope will not disappoint. According to HEBREWS 11:1 our faith is defined as “the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.” In 1 PETER 1:3 we read, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His abundant mercy has begotten us again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
Hope can be and should be alive and well within us, but it all depends on where place our hope. Hope doesn’t disappoint through God, but always will through man.
May we remember the the words of the familiar song of praise to our God: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.
Take care my friends, and don’t let your hope disappoint you any longer.
for the Week of July 21st, 2022
Veterans Day has passed. The day brought about memories of past wars and thanks were given to past heroes who served this country. Not all individuals who serve in the military see combat or escalated conflicts, but all who serve are willing to face any enemies foreign or domestic. It is a great honor to pay tribute to those who serve our country and protect our freedom.
There is another hero who many times is unheard of, and who fades into the shadows of everyday life. This individual is more than a hero, greater than any president or ruler of this world, yet He was not esteemed (Isaiah 53). While the world continued in its corrupted state, He tried to bring about peace and love, wanting only to unify people and give them hope. For many today, a remembrance of the greatest love ever shown (John 3:16) is daily laid to rest or put away much like Christmas decorations waiting to be pulled out and adored for a short period of time.
In Romans 5:8 we read, “God commendeth His love toward us, in that, which we were yet sinners, Christ died for us,” He died for the ungodly (Romans 5:6). We should give honor to whom honor is due and certainly Christ Jesus is worthy of the highest honor from not only this country, but the whole world! His sacrifice was to give us life everlasting, a hope to be free from the fire of hell, and to grant us the undue honor of being children of the Almighty God.
As we think back on all the tribute paid to our soldiers, how many remembered the greatest sacrifice of all from Christ? I pray that we may all be more remembering of the pain and agony of our Lord, and the horrible death of crucifixion which He endured in our stead. When our ways grow drear, may our Lord linger near; when we are tired, weak, and worn, may He take our hand to lead us home. What a sacrifice from our Lord?
Tommy O’Kelley, Minister
the Subligna Road church of Christ.
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