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09/18/2017

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The Foundation Of Hope


"Therefore, prepare your minds for action, keep sober in spirit, fix your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ" (1 Pet.1:13).

No matter what religion one is dealing with, hope is a key ingredient. Great writers of all ages have "waxed poetic" over a definition or description of hope... British philosopher, statesman, scientist and orator, Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1526) wrote this; "Hope is a good breakfast, but a bad supper." I think he meant that when one builds his life on the sand, all he has left for supper is dying hopes... Let me use this quasi-definition, and see if you agree; Hope is a settled conviction that problems can be overcome and tomorrow can be better than today. Not too bad, don't you think? It is a particularly human quality, and to live life without hope is to live on the level of a toad or squirrel. I firmly believe that without God, time smothers the hopes of youth, and life becomes dreary... If we are not firmly convicted to the Lord, hope dies with age. The word hope is not exceedingly common in 1 Peter, (4 times) when we compare it to the apostle Paul's writings. By comparison, the word is found six (6) times in Romans 8:20-25, and five (5) times in Romans 15 alone.... That not withstanding, the importance of hope runs much, much deeper that the "word count" indicates. How is a Christian to cope with slander or ridicule from family or friends about the depth of their faith despite the good deeds they do? "Keep you behavior excellent among the Gentiles, so that in the thing in which they slander you as evildoers, they may because of your good deeds, as they observe them, glorify God in the day of visitation" (1 Pet.2:12). Lets even take this a step forward... In a very gentle and respectful way, this is what a Christian is to do in the midst of doubt about their faith; "But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give a answer to everyone who asks you to give a reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect...." (1 Pet.3:15). This week we will look at the basis for faith and hope that is presented to us in the book of 1 Peter. I hope we are all encouraged by it....

Have a great start to your week.... Begin it with a RAK or two.... Love mark Phil.4:11

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