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Where There is Despair... There is Hope

Romans 15:13. "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."

We are more unsure of peace and have less freedom than ever before. Some of these problems are; the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the war between the Palestinians and Israel, the world-wide recession causing people to lose their jobs by the thousands, the tragedies of tornadoes, hurricanes, accidents, school shootings, world hunger, people dying from cancer and heart attacks.

When everything seems so hopeless people look for an answer. All they are looking for can be found in Jesus Christ. We know we can seek refuge in Christ, and don't have that peace, that love, that comfort anywhere but in Him. Many are asking, "is there any hope for me?"

Yes, there is hope for you!

Ephesians 2:12-13 "At that time you were without Christ, being aliens from the common-wealth of Israel and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope and without God in the world." With JESUS and the Holy Spirit you will have the hope and assurance that this world cannot give.

As a pastor I have had to conduct many funerals. What a difference I have noticed in the funeral, if it is for a Christian, or that of an apparent unbeliever. Christians have the blessed hope that we will meet our loved ones in Heaven. For the unbeliever the death of relatives is marked by destruction and hopelessness.

Suppose you were to discover a cure for cancer. You wouldn't keep that information to yourself. You would take your discovery to the people who are terminally ill. We have a cure to something bigger than cancer. We have the hope of eternal life. We can't keep that hope to ourselves.

There is a cemetery in Indiana with an old tombstone bearing this epitaph:
"Pause stranger when you pass by.
As you are now so once was I.
As I am now you will be,
so prepare for death and follow me."

An unknown passer-by read those words and scratched underneath this reply: "To follow you I'm not content, until I know which way you went."

I trust you can sing with me, in a world that is increasingly hopeless, "On Christ the solid rock I stand."

- Frank Eidse

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