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Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Advent--Week 1--Hope

Hope for the Advent Season is about Expectation and Anticipation—Biblical Hope is knowing that God is about to do something special and wanting to have a front row seat for when it does. Just as the world Mocked Noah for building the Ark before the flood waters came, so others mocked faithful & hopeful Jews like Simeon and Anna—who waited in expectation in the Temple for the arrival of the Messiah—so too do some scoff at our Hope in the Return of Christ—but our hope is based on Who God is and His Promise—not on what we see.

Hebrews 11:1-- Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

John 8:56-58—“ Your father Abraham rejoiced at the thought of seeing my day; he saw it and was glad." JN 8:57 "You are not yet fifty years old," the Jews said to him, "and you have seen Abraham!" JN 8:58 "I tell you the truth," Jesus answered, "before Abraham was born, I am!"

Romans 15:4-- For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.

Romans 15:13-- May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

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