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"And when I cannot stand; You are where I land."

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls." 1 Peter 1:3-9

Babel

"Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me?

"Why are you in despair, O my soul?
And why have you become disturbed within me?
Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him
For the help of His presence.
O my God, my soul is in despair within me;
Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan
And the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls;
All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime;
And His song will be with me in the night,
A prayer to the God of my life." Psalm 42:5-8

George Bailey Lassos Hope

A scene from the 1946 Christmas movie “It’s a Wonderful Life’ has run and rerun through my mind concerning this year’s election. I know it’s just a movie and 1946 was a long time ago, but when I fast forward to 2016, I consider how the vibe in America has changed. America now seems aggressively divided and fueled by an ideology that believes this division will make America great again! In one scene, our hero, George Bailey and his bride are leaving Bedford Falls to take a honeymoon, but while driving past his business, The Baily Brothers Building and Loan, he realizes there has been a run on the bank! Duty and honor compel him to forego his honeymoon and to intercede for the people. While George tries to gain control of his customers, Mary, his newlywed wife steps in to offer all of their honeymoon money! (George Bailey lassos money!) One by one, the customers request the amount they need. And they’re encouraged to take just enough to get by until the bank reopens. At one point, a cus…

Who will separate us from the love of Christ?

Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? Just as it is written, "FOR YOUR SAKE WE ARE BEING PUT TO DEATH ALL DAY LONG; WE WERE CONSIDERED AS SHEEP TO BE SLAUGHTERED." But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, "nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:35-39

Your steady, solid hope

"Your steady, solid hope [this morning] – and it is the only lasting hope – is that if you will trust Christ as your precious Savior and your supremely-valued King, then you will be folded into the love of God in a way that no terrorist, no torture, no demons, no disasters, no disease, no man, no microbe, no government, and no grave can destroy. That's the hope of this text. (Romans 8:35-39) That's the hope of the Christian life. It is not a political hope, or a military hope, or a financial hope, or a geographical hope, or a psychological hope, or an escapist hope. It is a blood-bought, Spirit-wrought, Christ-exalting, God-centered, fear-destroying, death-defeating hope." John Piper