Author Archives: Marilyn

FILLED WITH HOPE – Intro to Lesson 1 – June 21 – 28

Remember the story about “Chicken Little”?  When one small acorn fell on his head, he immediately assumed that “the sky was falling” and that he was the one who should go to warn the king of the imminent disaster.  On his way to the palace, he warns his many friends – Goosey Poosey, Cocky Locky, and several others, that there was soon going to be a major calamity.  His feelings of despair and desperation were enormously contagious even though there were really no valid reasons for any of them to give up hope for survival.  Had any of those friends been able to stand back and evaluate the situation, perhaps all of them could have regained their equilibrium and realized that their friend’s hopelessness was not based on reality.

In some ways, the big world we live in today is similar to the small world of those feathered friends.  We listen to the news media, grow discontent with our national and local politics, and think about the tragic needs of people around the world. The feeling of hopelessness and despondency can easily creep into our minds and hearts.  There is a certain satisfaction that comes to some people to create the idea that “things are only going to get worse”.  While it is true that in the end times, the Bible does indicate that there will be enormous problems around the globe, it also makes it very clear that anyone who has put his/her faith in Jesus will always see these catastrophic conditions in light of eternity.  The difference that makes in how a believer thinks and talks and lives can be an amazing contrast to those who have no awareness of the promises that God has made to those who have put their trust in Him.

It is so easy to look at our present circumstances, the unexpected turns of events that we face, and the disappointments that come in life and find ourselves responding as if these things were a surprise to God, as well.  When in reality, He is the One that invites us to go quickly to Him, so that He can remind us of His truth, His perspective and His promises to us.  He is the One that offers to us the constant and unchangeable gift of HOPE – the confident expectation that He will provide everything you need in this life and is preparing a place for you so that you can be with Him for all eternity.  Those two things are enough to keep you from becoming like Chicken Little!

HOPE! or HOPE?

Would you agree that the word “hope” has an enormous range of meanings?  It can suggest anything from wishful thinking to an expectation that has a great degree of certainty.  For example, one might say, “I hope that my friend in India will be able to come and visit me some day”.  There is no…Continue Reading

THERE’S HOPE FOR YOU!

Discovering New Testament HOPE To View or Print It has been said that “we can live 40 days without food, 8 days without water, 4 minutes without air, but only a few seconds without hope.”   What is it about hope that makes it so essential to our lives?  Surely it is not simply the capacity…Continue Reading

HOW’S YOUR “Hope Quotient?”

You are invited to join with us this summer as we discover what the New Testament has to say about “HOPE”. What is it? Where does it come from? How can I experience it?             A new 7 week series beginning June 21, 2019. Study guides will be available early in June – www.westudytogether.comContinue Reading

SHARING A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT – Intro to Lesson 4 – May 24 – 31

Would you agree that good friends often extend a word of encouragement to each other?  For example, Piglet asked his friend, Winnie-the-Pooh, “Supposing a tree fell down when we were underneath it?”  After careful thought, Pooh answered, “Supposing it didn’t.”  It was just the word of comfort that Piglet needed.  It gave Piglet the courage…Continue Reading

ARE YOU WILLING TO TAKE A RISK? – Introduction to Lesson 3 – May 17 – 24

Are you an adventurous person?  Do you look for or participate in activities that will give you a thrill and cause your adrenaline to increase?  You know – hang gliding, zip lines, cat walks, sky bridges, giant swings, bungee jumping, hot air ballooning.  Adventure is defined as “undertaking a hazardous or risky enterprise or participation in an unusual event…Continue Reading

WHEN YOU WONDER WHY – Intro to Lesson 1 – May 3 – 10

Young children love to ask “why?”  They are curious and inquisitive. They have an internal drive to understand the world in which they live.  Adolescents ask “why?”  They want to gain independence, develop their own sense of values and beliefs, and some really still want to understand what is behind the decisions that others make…Continue Reading

WHEN YOU GIVE INSTRUCTIONS

There are many ways to give people instructions, aren’t there? You can simply give an order or a command and if you have enough authority, the job might be completed. You can be vague about your desires and simply hope that the other person(s) will understand what you are really saying. You can offer rewards…Continue Reading

AN EASTER BLESSING

May the realities of the death of Jesus on the cross keep you aware of who you were – Alone, Lost, Hopeless and Condemned. May the truths of the resurrection of Jesus fill your mind and heart with gratitude – Loved, Accepted, Justified, Forgiven and Redeemed. May the joys of His ascension and the coming…Continue Reading