For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God's truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs, and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,We have hope because Jesus Christ was born, grew up a sinless man, took our punishment for our sins through His death on the cross, and rose again victorious to be our King - our Savior!
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
and sing to your name.”
And again it is said,
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples extol him.”
And again Isaiah says,
“The root of Jesse will come,
even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;
in him will the Gentiles hope.”
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
(Romans 15:8-13 ESV)
As we reflect over the events of this past year, we realize that it is our HOPE in Christ that has brought us through a very dark and difficult year. A hope in God as our deliverer through the shadows of death, the miry pits, and the deep trials of our souls. We have been made to "Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer" (Romans 12:12 ESV).
"Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live, and let me not be put to shame in my hope!" (Psalm 119:116 ESV)
My soul longs for your salvation; I hope in your word. (Psalm 119:81 ESV)
You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. (Psalm 119:114 ESV)
Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you. (Psalm 33:22 ESV)
As we look to the future we resolve with the psalmist: "But I will hope continually and will praise you yet more and more." (Psalm 71:14 ESV)
We encourage you to reflect on the hope we have in Christ. If you don't know about this hope, please ask us. We would be happy to share this blessed hope with you. If you already know this hope, don't lose hope! Cling to the unfailing promises of God!
May this always be true of you: “'The LORD is my portion,' says my soul, 'therefore I will hope in him'.” (Lamentations 3:24 ESV).