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Hope

Hello Friends,

At West Salem Foursquare the Christmas trees are up, lights are on, and the halls are decked with boughs of holly (well, not actually).

Welcome to Advent. This is when we commemorate “the coming” of Jesus as a baby. We encourage you to join us in our 31 Day Advent Devotional Guide found at wsfc.org/advent. Download it today!

This last weekend we launched into our Christmas Season called “The Thrill of Hope” by lighting the first Advent candle. This candle is known in Christian tradition as the “prophet” or “hope” candle. When the prophet Isaiah spoke of a coming Messiah, he declared that the child would be called “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” This person, called Jesus, would establish and uphold the Kingdom of God and bring about justice and righteousness. He would increase HOPE in the heart of humanity.

And humanity needs hope. These are dark times. I’m writing this the day after yet another mass shooting resulting in the loss of life. So tragic. So painful.

Friends, this hope we have is a real hope. Not fanciful or wishful thinking. It is weighty and life-giving.

It is a hope based upon God’s history.  God has an unchanging nature and He has established an unbroken oath to us.

His unchanging nature is one of love. God is love. Period.

His unbroken oath or covenant is backed by His stellar character.

So, today, if you are needing HOPE, I encourage you to look to the Father, through His Son Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Together, we can and will experience the Thrill of Hope.

Blessings,

John

1 Comment

  1. Felix Gonzales on December 4, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    Pastor,
    I must admit to some confusion
    About this word “hope” you’re usin’
    It seems a weighty thing to them
    What always seems to hear from Him…
    But what about all th’other of us
    Who live a life that’s just a bust…?
    Where’s the hope for us to see?
    It’s an inconvenient mystery

    Th’only fix for hope I’ve found
    Is hope from those I see around…
    You see the hope from up inside
    To which I think you are alluding
    Seems oft discovered being pried
    By other’s concern and soothing
    Bringing a comfort outside in
    Together, not just by oneself again

    God moves us in our inner life, its true
    But is that all that He can do?
    We hope that the sovereign Lord
    Gives to us from His hopeful hoard
    But perhaps in the distribution
    Instead get some other’s solution
    From God to share and meet their need
    And in giving hope, our hope is freed…