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Preserving Hope: Examine your walk

“I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.” (Ephesians 4:1–3, ESV) I love the image of “walking” for the Christian life in Ephesians 4:1. Paul ...

 
 

Preserving Hope: Don’t lose heart

Whenever we suffer in life, whether it is our own suffering or coming alongside someone else in the midst of suffering, we’re tempted to be discouraged or lose heart. And that’s why, in the Bible, the Apostle Paul says, “So I ask you not to lose heart over what I am suffering for you, which is your glory” (Ephesians 3:13, ESV). We know from verse 1 of this chapter ...

 

Preserving Hope: Praying for other believers

“For this reason, because I have heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love toward all the saints, I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers, that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you ...

 

Exploring Hope: Why many versions of the Bible?

If you go into a bookstore and make your way to the Bible section, you'll see countless English translations: ESV, NASB, KJV, NKJV, NIV, CSV, NEB, NLT, etc. But why are there so many versions of the Bible? First, it's important to know that the 66 books of the Bible were originally written in Hebrew, Aramaic, and koine Greek. Therefore, translations seek to bring ...

 

Exploring Hope: A news consumption challenge

Coronavirus. China and Taiwan. Russia and Ukraine. Inflation and recession.  Headlines in the modern world are scary and cause a lot of fear and anxiety in the human heart. But how many hours a day do you consume news media? How many news podcasts do you listen to? How many hours a day do you find yourself watching cable news? I’m not proposing complete abstinence ...

 

Exploring Hope: Are emotions good or bad?

There are some in our culture who say that emotions are bad. “They get in the way of true, intellectual rationality. They cloud our judgment.” Think of Spock from Star Trek, who always sought to be logical rather than emotional. He sees logic as the opposite of emotion. But in our culture today, I think the dominant voice says that emotions are ultimate. “If it feels ...

 

Exploring Hope: Two biographies on First Great Awakening

I encourage every Christian to read and study church history because it is helpful to see the successes and failures of past generations. This fall, in particular, I would encourage you to pick up two biographies about two men during a remarkable period called the First Great Awakening, which was a revival of true gospel Christianity between 1720 and 1750. The first ...

 

Exploring Hope: Consumer or missionary?

There is a spiritual disease in modern America called “consumer Christianity.” This disease is rampant among evangelical and reformed believers, especially in wealthy suburbs like Garnet Valley and Chadds Ford. But at its root, consumer Christianity is an unbiblical mindset that turns Christians into consumers and churches into businesses. So here’s my question: Are ...

 

Exploring Hope: Why we pray before meals

Why do we pray before meals? Is it simply a valuable practice of mindfulness, as Emily Heil seems to indicate in a recent Washington Post article? Is it merely a quaint ritual or a man-made tradition? And most importantly, what does the Bible teach us? First and foremost, we pray before meals because of the example of Jesus. In Matthew 14:19, Jesus “looked up to ...

 

Exploring Hope: Jesus was interrupted too

We all hate interruptions. But as a parent of two small children, interruptions are a way of life. I finally lay down to sleep after a long day, and—interruption—a toddler burst into my room. I think I have my baby down for a nap, and I settle down to read a book until — interruption— cries ring from the bedroom. But interruptions can come from other sources as well. ...

 

Exploring Hope: Goodness and mercy

Psalm 23 is a beautiful piece of ancient Hebrew poetry that countless believers have sung and prayed for generations. Therefore, taking a verse a month, we have walked through this Psalm verse by verse. And today, we find ourselves in the final verse—verse 6: “Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD ...