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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God’s Faithfulness Does Not Change

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God’s faithfulness and love toward us is more steadfast than anything we could imagine; it does not waver or change or falter.Rest in that confidence.

For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!   Psalm 117:2