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December 31, 2017: Christmas Eve Services - 9:00 & 10:45am
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    363 Stamm Rd, Milton, PA 17847, USA
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"And if someone asks about your hope as a believer, always be ready to explain it." 1 Peter 3:15
1. Hope is not just a kind of optimism.
2. Hope is not a wish for something better without a certainty of fulfillment.
3. Hope is not just a great desire with no real assurance of getting your desire.
“Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is not virtue at all…As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.
G.K. Chesterton
4. Hope is a strong and confident expectation dealing with future and what we can’t see or haven’t received, or both!
B. Biblical hope is generated by …
1. Past promises that God has given us.
2. Present help that He is demonstrating.
3. Future glory that we believe is coming.
C. God has provided us with hope…
1. With Christ in us, we no longer have to be without hope.
2. Hope is built in us by the power of the Holy Spirit.
3. Hope changes our focus and builds Christ-likeness in us!
4. His hope in us continues to renew us.
5. Hope is a choice that we put on, to protect our mind.
6. Hope is an anchor to our faith.
7. God is always faithful, so hold on to the hope promised!
1. Hope moves us forward.
2. Hope energizes the present.
3. Hope lightens our darkness.
4. Hope increases faith.
5. Hope is infectious.
6. Hope is healing.
7. Hope is practical.
8. Hope purifies.
9. Hope stabilizes in the storm.
10. Hope defends.
*David Murray
E. When you are feeling hopeless...remember...
"There are no hopeless situations; there are only people who have grown hopeless about them.” Clare Boothe Luce
1. The pain won't last forever.
2. Praise God, even when it’s hard.
4. When you are weak, God is strong.
10 Reasons to Hope (When All Seems Hopeless) - By David Murray
When discouraging and depressing news threatens to flood the nation, the church, and the soul, we need God’s help to lift up our heads, hearts, and hands. Posts like this encourage us not to fear. But once fear is cast out, we then have to build positive Christian hope in its place, a beautiful virtue and life-transforming grace that yields multiple benefits:

1. Hope moves us forward: Christian hope is a realistic expectation of and joyful longing for future good and glory based upon the reliable Word of God. The more we long for the future, the less we will yearn for the past. Hope deletes regrets and underlines expectation. It diminishes drag and increases momentum.

2. Hope energizes the present: It is worth living today because the eternal tomorrow is so much brighter. What’s doomsday for most, is coronation day for us. What most dread, we desire.

3. Hope lightens our darkness: Hope does not deny nor remove the reality of dark and painful providences. However; it does shine a bright light into these valleys and points to the sunrise at the end of them.

4. Hope increases faith: Faith fuels hope, but hope also fuels faith. As Hebrews 11 makes very clear, hope, and faith are very closely tied together, the one enlivening the other. Without faith, we cannot soar in hope, but without hope faith will limp home. The greatest believers are the greatest hopers…and vice versa.

5. Hope is infectious: Just as we can drag others down by our recriminations and moping, so we can inspire and motivate through our inspiring hoping. It not only encourages other sagging Christians but it also impacts depressed unbelievers who cannot but ask a reason for the hope they see in us (1 Pet. 3:15).

6. Hope is healing: When I counsel depressed people, one of the first things I do is try to give them hope. By definition, depression is a sense of hopelessness. Things cannot and will not get better. That’s why I want to give them the hope that in the vast majority of cases, they will get better, there is a way out, and there are things that they can do to help themselves in their felt helplessness. That hope itself is a huge step towards healing.

7. Hope is practical: Hope does not mean we just sit and wait for Utopia to appear. Not at all! Hope motivates action. When we hope for better days for the church, we serve the church. When we hope for the conversion of our children, we are motivated to share the Gospel with them. When we hope for God’s blessing on His Word, we listen to it much more avidly. Hope produces action.

8. Hope purifies: Whatever persecution we experience in this world, the day is coming when we will not be just called sons of God, we will be like the Son of God. This is what inspires and motivates the apostle to persevere to the end and to persevere in holiness. “And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure” (1 John 3:1-3).
9. Hope stabilizes in the storm: There are sixty-six drawings of anchors in the catacombs, the caves and tunnels that persecuted Christians hid in during the Roman persecutions. Hope was their anchor during those dark and stormy days (Heb. 6:19; 10:34). Like the anchor, hope grabs what is out of sight. As one puritan put it: “The cable of faith casts out the anchor of hope and lays hold of the steadfast rock of God’s promises.”
10. Hope defends: Paul also depicts hope as a defensive helmet (Eph. 6:17; 1 Thess. 5:8) that must not be taken off and laid aside until the battle is over. The helmet also points us to the area of greatest vulnerability and danger – our mind or thoughts. That’s where Satan usually works to present reasons to doubt and despair. And that’s why we need our minds daily renewed by the power of hope.

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