Posts with the tag “hope”

Not Synonymous
by Delman Coates on April 19th, 2023
“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” - 2 Corinthians 5:17  Over the last few days, we have considered what has happened to someone in their past that has made them how they are today. We have asked what happened to you and what happened to them.  If you have followed along with us, you know how much trauma affects us even to ...  Read More
It Can Get Better
by Ministry Support on April 10th, 2023
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” - 2 Corinthians 4:17-18  There is a song by Rev. Timothy Wright that highlights about Jesus, He “May not come when you want Him. But He's on time. In times of trouble,...  Read More
You Have Favor
by Delman Coates on March 14th, 2023
“And he came to her and said, ‘Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!’” - Luke 1:28  Do you know why you can have peace in knowing that God’s promises are sure in your life? Because as a child of God, you must understand something: you have favor on your life. In Luke 1:28 the angel said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!”  The Bible says so much about favor, which is defin...  Read More
Still Possible
by Delman Coates on March 12th, 2023
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” - Jeremiah 29:11  Does life have you down and discouraged? Are you anxious or worried about how your current circumstances are going to play out? If so, I want you to know something today: your problems, no matter how great, cannot cancel God’s promise. Your problems canno...  Read More
Waiting With Expectation
by Delman Coates on March 9th, 2023
“I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!” - Psalm 27:13  Over the last week, we have talked about HOPE. Hope is the lifeblood of our lives. There is a quote that says, “Man can live about forty days without food, about three days without water, about eight minutes without air, but you can’t live a second without HOPE.”  Without hope, what do we have? Wh...  Read More
Hope Gives Us Access
by Delman Coates on March 7th, 2023
“Through Him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.” - Romans 5:2  Godly hope is not just wishful thinking. It is not a groundless expectation. It is based upon the sure promises that God has given us in His Word; promises to be in us and promises to be for us. And when our lives are anchored in godly hope – in that whic...  Read More
Hope Anchors Our Lives
by Delman Coates on March 6th, 2023
“Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” - Romans 5:1  God wants us to have hope. In a world where everyone wants to “manage expectations,” God wants the opposite. He wants us to see our potential and our potential to effect change in the world. There are several benefits to choosing a life filled with hope that Paul talks about in R...  Read More
by Delman Coates on March 5th, 2023
“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” - Philippians 1:6  Are you still hopeful in the midst of your storm? Sometimes, life just hits hard. It doesn’t matter who you are, whether you are a believer or nonbeliever, life just comes out of nowhere and will knock you off your feet. There is a quote from the famous movie cha...  Read More
Anything is Possible
by Delman Coates on March 3rd, 2023
“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not be faint.” - Isaiah 40:31  While the world tells us not to get our hopes up too high, it seems that a careful and close examination of God’s Word suggests that God wants us to do just the opposite. He wants us to get our hopes up.  He says...  Read More
Impossible to Please
by Delman Coates on March 2nd, 2023
“And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” - Hebrews 11:6Did you know that without faith it is impossible to please God? Hebrews 11:6 tells us this when it says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He ...  Read More
A God of Hope
by Delman Coates on March 1st, 2023
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” - Romans 15:13  You’ve probably heard the phrase, “Don’t get your hopes up too high.” The point of the expression is to discourage people from becoming too confident in a particular outcome or else they run the risk of being very disappointed should things not turn ou...  Read More
He Can Handle It
by Delman Coates on February 21st, 2023
“O Lord, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughing stock all the day; everyone mocks me. For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, ‘Violence and destruction!’ For the word of the Lord has become for me a reproach and derision all day long.” - Jeremiah 20:7-8  Have you ever been frustrated with God? You prayed for something, ...  Read More
Reach Beyond The Risk
by Ministry Support on September 28th, 2022
“Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.” - Hebrews 11:1   If you want to seize your opportunity and do what God has called you to do, there will be moments where you are tested. And in these moments, you might have fear. But you must reach beyond the risk. We see this in Mark 5 when the woman who had suffered for 12 years reaches out to touch Jesus...  Read More
The Aftermath
by Ministry Support on August 26th, 2022
“In that day Judah will be saved, and Jerusalem will live in safety. And this will be its name: ‘The Lord is our Righteousness.’” - Jeremiah 33:16   In Jeremiah 33, the prophet tells us that our God is a God who is always ready to help. He promises us that He will help us, and we know His promises are sure. What Jeremiah does in this chapter is: assures us of God’s help, explains the application o...  Read More
Something New
by Ministry Support on August 12th, 2022
“For I am about to do something new. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness. I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:19   Yesterday, we saw a story of a young boy who had made a ceramic gift for his father. Unfortunately, the boy tripped and the gift broke and shattered into pieces. He was so heartbroken over what had happened wit...  Read More
It’s Just What I’m Used To
by Ministry Support on July 7th, 2022
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:19   Letting go is not easy, but it becomes possible when we understand why it is so necessary. The reason Lot’s wife and her family found themselves in the situation they were in, that is having to flee Sodom, is because their existing reality was...  Read More
Good Grief
by Ministry Support on February 21st, 2022
“My life is consumed by anguish and my years by groaning; my strength fails because of my affliction, and my bones grow weak.” - Psalm 31:10  Grief is an emotion no one desires to experience, but everyone inevitably faces. Grief is the child who struggles with the transition of a parent. It’s the parent who struggles with the departure of a child who is now away at college living on their own, dev...  Read More
Failure Is Not Final
by Ministry Support on January 23rd, 2022
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:18-19  It was 2008 at the Summer Olympics in Beijing. Expectations were high for the US track team. They earned 8 gold medals, 12 silver medals, and 5 bronze medals at the 2004 games in Athens. Ne...  Read More
Chosen By God
by Ministry Support on December 29th, 2021
“For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the people on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession.” - Deuteronomy 14:2  As a follower of Christ, you have been chosen by God. When you make the decision to put your hope and faith in Jesus Christ, repent of your sins, and trust Him with your life forever, you belong to Him. And when you belong to ...  Read More
Faith Is God’s Love Language
by Ministry Support on November 20th, 2021
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” - Hebrews 11:6  Throughout the Bible, God illustrates that what happens for us, in us, and through us is a result of standing on our faith when times get tough. Faith, sincere faith, sparks the delight of God.   What communicates to God t...  Read More
The Faith Factor
by Ministry Support on November 19th, 2021
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” - Hebrews 11:1    Over the last week, we have talked about the challenges of waiting on God. We examined the frustration Abram felt with knowing there was a promise on his life. But after 10 years, he was struggling with the fact that it hadn’t happened yet. Genesis 15:6 states that after everything Abram endured...  Read More
Agents of Healing and Hope
by Ministry Support on October 15th, 2021
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.” - Matthew 5:16  In a world where so many people are struggling, a world in which so many people are trying to make their way, we need to be agents of hope for people, rather than agents of judgment. Rather than spending our time criticizing folks, we need to be there as a lig...  Read More
God Is Getting Ready To Change Your Life
by Ministry Support on August 31st, 2021
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” - Ecclesiastes 3:1 If you are going through a difficult period in life, struggling with trials and tribulations, wondering when its difficulty will end, then today you need to hear that God is getting ready to change your life. God is up to something in your life, and He is working on your behalf. You might not se...  Read More
God The Healer
by Ministry Support on August 13th, 2021
“So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” - Isaiah 41:10  Over the last couple of days, we have discussed the things God wants to give you when you open the door for Him in your life. God wants to give you help for the small and large things. He also wants to give you hope—hope for...  Read More
God The Giver of Hope
by Jared West on August 12th, 2021
"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.” - Romans 15:13When God stands at the door knocking, He not only wants to give His help, but He also wants to give His hope. As we mentioned yesterday, we are all in need of God’s help. But for some, it is not a physical need of help, but instead the need of...  Read More
Spreading The Good News
by Ministry Support on May 9th, 2021
At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regularly. One day at about three in the afternoon he had a vision. He distinctly saw an angel of God, who came to him and said, “Cornelius!” Cornelius stared at him in fear. “What is it, Lord?” ...  Read More
by Ministry Support on May 8th, 2021
You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives. (Genesis 50:20) I’ve been thinking recently about this question: What are the lessons God wants us to learn after this pandemic is over? What tips, what takeaways, and what keys to advancing God’s will and mission are we to derive from this season in which we’ve had to completely a...  Read More
The Underdog
by Ministry Support on May 7th, 2021
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5) I learned a lot about sports from my father. He was my baseball coach when I was younger. It afforded me an opportunity to be tutored and trained in the game by the man who was my first role model and teacher in life.   My father was not just my coach in baseball; he was, and is, an avid sports fan. He...  Read More
Hope For The Imperfect
by Ministry Support on April 26th, 2021
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. (Matthew 16:17-18)What stands out to me about today’s key passage is that because Peter knew who Jesus was, Jesus revealed something to Peter. Je...  Read More
Love One Another
by Ministry Support on April 5th, 2021
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35)I read an article recently about a few retired and well-off Americans who spent their retirement traveling to needy parts of the world to work as volunteers. The woman writing the article had spent two weeks a...  Read More
Do I Have To Follow All The Rules?
by Ministry Support on February 1st, 2021
It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Mark my words! I, Paul, tell you that if you let yourselves be circumcised, Christ will be of no value to you at all. Again I declare to every man who lets himself be circumcised that he is obligated to obey the whole law. You who are trying to be justified by the law ...  Read More
Just Keep Driving
by Ministry Support on December 19th, 2020
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. (Romans 12:12)  I once heard a story about a young man who was driving his grandfather someplace during a storm. As they were driving along the highway, the rain started to get heavier and heavier, to the point where the storm was making the young man’s vision blurry.   Worried about the storm, he asked his grandfather if he should...  Read More
God Uses Leftovers
by Ministry Support on October 24th, 2020
David was in great danger; for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in spirit for their sons and daughters. But David strengthened himself in the Lord his God. David said to the priest Abiathar son of Ahimelech, “Bring me the ephod.” So Abiathar brought the ephod to David. – 1 Samuel 30:6-7  In verse 7 of today’s key passage, David asked the priest Abiathar to bring ...  Read More
Where Is Your Hope?
by Ministry Support on October 10th, 2020
“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” – Psalm 39:7  A pastor friend of mine once told me a story of him visiting one of his church members in the hospital. As he was on the elevator going to visit the member, he and a hospital worker started to make small talk. He speaks and she speaks back.   Out of curiosity, he asks her what she does in the hospital. She says “I am a heart spe...  Read More
Where Is Your Hope?
by Ministry Support on October 10th, 2020
“But now, Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.” – Psalm 39:7  A pastor friend of mine once told me a story of him visiting one of his church members in the hospital. As he was on the elevator going to visit the member, he and a hospital worker started to make small talk. He speaks and she speaks back.   Out of curiosity, he asks her what she does in the hospital. She says “I am a heart spe...  Read More
Reaching the Unreached
by Ministry Support on September 29th, 2020
He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.” Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it. (Mark 16:15, 20)  One of the many frustrating consequences of the pandemic our country and world is facing is that we aren’t able to have church services the way we used to. We can...  Read More
Living Hope
by Ministry Support on June 14th, 2020
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. (1 Peter 1:3) When we feel burdened by our sin, when we are overwhelmed with guilt and shame from our mistakes, it can be so easy to fall into feeling hopeless. We lose sight of what good could come from our terrible circu...  Read More

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