Author Archives: Marilyn

ENCOURAGED THROUGH HOPE – Intro to Lesson 5 – July 19 – 26

Promises.  Promises.  It is often said that “they are only as good as the people who make them”.  While that may be true, there are certainly other reasons that a promise may be broken.  There are circumstantial and unexpected events that can make it hard or even impossible for people with the best intentions to keep a commitment.   What may be a promise to one person could be far less of a commitment to the other.  If a promise is made out of obligation or under duress, the fulfillment becomes very unpredictable.  However, when promises are made by a person with honorable intentions and the ability and willingness to keep the vow, it can enhance a relationship, make difficult challenges possible, and be a great and wonderful encouragement to everyone.  At times, a kind and or helpful promise can even turn sadness to joy or despair to hope.

When the writer to the Hebrews wanted to encourage the faith of his readers, he reminded them more than once of   the promises which God Himself made to all those who would put their trust in Him.  Unlike us, God will never forget.  He will never be too busy.  He will never be unreliable.  He cannot lie.  “He bound Himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that He would never change His mind – Hebrews 6: 17 NLT.  No circumstances are beyond his control.  Hope is the settled confidence that looks to the future, knowing that God will someday keep all His promises.  “It is an anchor for our soul, firm and secure because of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, the One Who guarantees it” – Hebrews 7:22. 

One of the kindest things that a friend can do for you is to remind you of God’s unfailing promises.  One of the most loving things that you can do for someone else is help them to hold on to what they know to be the solid truth that is found in God’s Word.  We need each other for encouragement and hope!

SECURE IN HOPE – Intro to Lesson 4 – July 12 – 19

What makes you feel safe and secure?  We have bank accounts, IRA’s, insurance policies, and retirement plans in the hopes that there will be enough money for our retirement years.   We have medical tests, pills, and regular checkups with doctors and dentists so that we can avoid at least some health problems and take care…Continue Reading

BLESSED BY HOPE – Intro to Lesson 3 – July 5 – 12

Remember what Eeyore said to Winnie-the-Pooh when it was snowing outside?  First, he observed in his gloomy voice, “And it’s freezing.”  And then he just couldn’t help himself and added, “However, we haven’t had an earthquake lately”.  Why is it that some people choose to see problems where others see possibilities, criticize where others express…Continue Reading

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