Hope, Vision and Faith

Hope is closely allied with faith and vision. In Hebrews, the writer  tells us, faith is “the assurance of things hoped for” (Hebrews 11:1). Hope is the object upon which we direct our focus and energies.

As a Christian, hope is the knowledge, we are being changed for the better as we trust in God’s promises (Romans 8:28). You believe, no matter the circumstances, God’s plans for your life is “for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11b NLT).

Abraham also modeled hope. When he was 75, God promised him, a  blessing to give him many descendants, as numerous as the stars in the sky. Abraham heard these words and believed God (Genesis 15:6).

But despite his belief, Hebrews 6:15 explains, Abraham had to wait 25 years to see the fulfillment of his hope. Yet all the while, Abraham trusted in God. Abraham looked to God as “the Author of his hope” and he saw the promise come to pass.

Finishing Well

Beginning well is a Momentary thing: Finishing well is a Lifelong thing.” ~ Ravi Zacharias

Finishing Well:

2 Timothy 4:7 – “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.

Philippians 3:14 ~ “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

Hebrews 12:1 ~ “Since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us.

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Fun for your Family and Waffles third and final night! Food, fun and entertainment continues tonight… The last night! 59th annual Waffle Bake began feeding families 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm at the Angelina College Cafeteria.
Tickets are $5.00 for adults at the door and $3.00 for kids at the door. All proceeds are used for community projects.

“Believe in Christmas” Christmas Musical Benefiting CISC – Dec 6 @ 6:00 pm.
Lufkin’s First Baptist Church and New Beginnings Baptist Church will again join choirs and musical talent for this year’s Christmas music program.
This is the second annual collaboration of the churches benefiting Lufkin’s Christian Information and Service Center (CISC) with the collection of canned food donations.The combined talent and worship styles will make the performance a truly unique and memorable experience. Both churches invite the community to join them in supporting CISC and in commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ.
Admission is free, and canned goods will be collected at the door. Lufkin’s First Baptist Church Sanctuary.

Hebrews11_1Power Thought:
Faith in Action – Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

For hearing restored: Please Pray that Martha’s hearing is restored & that she is able to work at her new Job. Thanks!

Stories of Answered Prayer:
I have Hope and Joy Now! I grew up in a religious family and was abused by my mother for years. I had nightmares, was in depression, and suffered multiple physical ailments. Even though I was finally able to get out of that sphere of family abuse, I continued to live with guilt and condemnation as I believed I had been a bad person. God has rescued me! I immersed myself in the gospel of grace and learned that I am accepted and loved by God! I no longer have nightmares or depression, and I have been healed of my physical ailments. I am closer than ever to my husband & son and I now live life with so much joy and hope.

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True Rest

rest in GodAbide in His Rest!

True rest doesn’t depend on your ability to get your work done, to solve all your problems or to ignore them.

When you understand the fullness of what Jesus has accomplished for you through the finished work of the cross, you’ll realize He’s done it all!

All He’s asking you to do is trust in Him and receive it.

How well we walk depends on how well we sit and rest in Christ’s finished work.

A baby learns to sit first before he starts to stand and walk. The Christian life also begins with sitting. God “raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus”. (Ephesians 2:6) How well we walk after that depends on how well we sit and rest in the finished work of Christ.

Today, there are believers who still cannot believe that the work of Jesus is truly complete and finished. They are trying to complete a completed work, finish a finished work and defeat a defeated devil.

“… he who has entered His rest has himself also ceased from his works as God did from His. Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest…” ~ Hebrews 4:10–11

by Joseph Prince

Hold onto Hope

Hebrews 10:23“Let us hold fast to our confession of hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.” Hebrews 10:23

When something in life happens to you or you sin. Our normal reaction is a certain, fearful expectation of judgment. We expect something bad to happen to us.

However, Christ has not given us a spirit of fear. He tells us to hold on to Hope. This Hope is defined as a joyful, confident expectation of good.

When a servant makes mistake, you correct them. If they keep doing making a mistake, eventually you would replace them.

God says, “We are not servants (slaves).” We are His children.

As children of God, if His child makes mistake(s), he doesn’t replace you. He lovingly correct you and gives you hope. A Hope You can Hold on to…!