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WHAT DOES “HOPE” LOOK LIKE? – Introduction Lesson 2 – January 21 – 28

Who is your favorite character in the stories about Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends?  While most of us would likely name that friendly bear or Christopher Robin himself, there’s something about Eeyore that draws us to him, isn’t there?  Could it be that we identify with his outlook on life all too often?  On a scale of 1 to 10, with 1 being very optimistic and 10 being pessimistic, how would your family and friends rate your predominant disposition?  If #1 means you are cheerful, energized, and positive and 10 means you are grumpy, dissatisfied and often negative, how would you describe yourself?  Perhaps you should make a list of all the synonyms and antonyms which come to your mind to help you grasp what it looks like to be hope-filled person.  How does it manifest itself in your attitudes and the messages you preach to yourself?  How is it evident in your conversations, choices and actions?

As Paul wrote his letters to believers through a very wide geographical area, he wanted them to understand that God’s gifts of peace and joy, which come through trusting Him, will produce in you and me genuine and confident HOPE not only for eternity but for today.  In I Corinthians 13, he described 3 things which will last forever.   Do you remember what they are?   Faith, hope and love.  Why do you suppose hope is included with the obvious components of faith and love?  It has been said, “hope is the fuel which energizes our faith and our desire to love God and to love others.”  It’s one of the reasons we pray, we ask, we acknowledge our complete dependence on our Savior and Redeemer, our Almighty God.

Are you willing to acknowledge one area of your life where you feel discouraged, defeated, or hope-less?  Perhaps this is the day to let God reassure you of His greatness and His love for you and let the “God of Hope” fill those empty places in your heart with His joy and peace as you choose to trust in Him.  What do you think?

“May the God of HOPE . . .”

To View or Print Study Guides Would you agree 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…Continue Reading

When You Pray . . .

To View or Print Study Guides Have you ever thought of prayer as both a window and a mirror?  As Max Lucado said, “Prayer is the window that God has placed in the walls of our world.  Leave it shut and the world is a cold, dark house, but throw back the curtains and see…Continue Reading

“Because of HIS Great Love”

A Bible Study focused on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians To View or Print Study Guides – Do you have a box of treasured letters in the attic or in a special drawer somewhere in your house? Perhaps you have saved them because they are part of your family history or your own romantic story…Continue Reading

FINDING JOY and DELIGHT IN THE LORD

To View or Print Study Guides When you hear the words “joy” or “delight”, what images come to your mind?  Perhaps you remember a very special celebration or reunion.  Maybe it is visualizing a stroll along the ocean front with a good friend or relaxing for a few minutes in a hot tub. It could…Continue Reading

PORTRAITS of JESUS

Discovering how Jesus described Himself in the Gospel of John To View or Print Study Guides Did you know that there are many ways to have a portrait made?  Most often we think of a painting or a photograph that captures a very close likeness of an individual.  Usually, a portrait features simply the face…Continue Reading

“I LOVE YOU, O LORD”

A study based on David’s Song of Praise and Trust – Psalm 18 To View or Print Study Guides “I LOVE YOU, O LORD” If someone asked you to list ten or more reasons why you love God, how would you respond? Why don’t you try it? Then you’ll have your answer ready just in…Continue Reading

I’M PRAYING FOR YOU

What do the New Testament Epistles Teach about Prayer?

Before you actually decide to do this particular Bible study you might want to think about it carefully! It has the potential to be very encouraging and comforting, but it could also be quite convicting and challenging. In either case, if it is taken seriously, then it will be life changing. You just might find that God will touch your heart and teach you more than you even imagined about how much He desires to have you, His beloved child, choose to spend time in His presence.
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FINDING DELIGHT IN THE LORD

TO VIEW OR PRINT STUDY GUIDES When you hear the word “delight” or “delightful”, what images come to your mind?  Perhaps you see a tea party or a particularly happy event.  Maybe it is visualizing a stroll along the ocean front with a good friend or relaxing for a few minutes in a hot tub. …Continue Reading

FROM BETHLEHEM TO CALVARY

Meeting Jesus through His story in the Gospel of Luke To View or Print Study Guides Have you ever said to someone, “I would really like to get to know you”?  What would be some of the reasons that would make you feel that way about another person?  What are the ingredients that are intrinsic…Continue Reading