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Hope Notes 12/13/17

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Dear Friends of Hope,
Not so long ago, I read a devotion by Rachael Olsen that struck a chord with me.  She said, “God gives gifts that are eternal.  He gave the gift of love by sending us a baby in a manger.  He gave the gift of truth by giving us our teacher, Jesus. He gave the gift of eternal life through the crucified and risen Christ.”  We, of course, can never give any gift that would compare to those.  We can never out-give God! Nor will we ever receive any gift that means more or has more impact on our lives. But as I began to mull this over, I realized something.  These gifts that God has given us are meant to be shared.  In fact, we are actually commanded to share the gift of love.  In John 15:12 Jesus says, “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.”  As I’m …

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Staff Picks: Jesus Untangled

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Note: Throughout this series one of our staff members will be giving you a recommendation and/or a brief review from the world of music, movies, TV or literature. Hopefully this will serve as a way to see inside the head of our staff members and direct you towards some listening, viewing or reading material for your own personal growth and enjoyment. Today’s post is from our youth pastor, Dave Hallahan.

 

Right before the presidential election heated up in 2015, I declared myself a “political atheist.” In telling my wife this I expressed that I did not believe the government actually had the power to enact meaningful, lasting change – not to mention the divisive nature of American politics. I decided that I was no longer going to invest – with my time, emotions, money, or even my vote – to something that …

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MMP: The Idol of Comfort

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Note: Each week we will have a guest writer who will share a few of their personal thoughts on Sunday’s sermon. Unlike Monday Morning Quarterbacking, from which this series gets its name, we aren’t looking to critique so much as share how we have been personally impacted. This week’s post comes from Dave Hallahan.

Today’s sermon was entitled Safe Under Attack and Pastor Mark took us through Psalm 3. This is a Psalm David wrote while under siege from his son, Absalom. Surely, David was under great distress and when the problem he was currently facing is traced back it is clear that David is the cause. Despite this, David’s focus remains on the Lord.

What struck me most was something Mark said while praying before the sermon really started. “We tend to make an idol out of smooth sailing.” So much of our lives are spent worshiping at the altar of comfort. …

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