Category Archives: Real Hope

November 16: The Restart Button

John 8:1-11  Michael Tait and The Newsboys recently sang a wonderful Christian song called “Restart”. They sang, “I was lost, falling apart, but You came along, and You hit the restart.” It is about recharging, regrouping and starting over. Have … Continue reading

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November 15: Eternal Hope

Read John 5:1-15 To what extent did the man at the Pool of Bethesda experience real hope? That is a good question. The answer is unclear. This is one of the few biblical accounts where Jesus seemed to have initiated … Continue reading

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November 14: Nicodemus

Read John 3:1-21 It’s been a rough year. My St. Louis Cardinals put together a very lack luster year that was capped off by missing the playoffs. Over the years, the Cardinals have been known for their elite play, regularly … Continue reading

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November 13: Hope beyond Hope

Read Luke 24:1-53 You have probably heard some great stories of rescue through resuscitation.  Some people that flat lined were brought back by CPR.  In other instances, a defibrillator jump started life all over again.  Time is critical when that … Continue reading

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November 11: Hope for the Lost

Read Luke 15:1-32 To what lengths would you go for the sake of money? Years ago, we accidentally threw a bank envelope with five $100 bill in it into the trash. Yes, it made it all the way to the … Continue reading

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November 10: Jairus

Read Luke 8:40-56 I was raised in a Christian household. I have always been told there is nothing God cannot do. Sure, when I was little that was easy to believe. However when you grow up and get a few … Continue reading

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November 9: Faith, Hope, and Outcomes

Read Luke 7:1-10 The hope experienced by the Roman centurion and his slave becomes even more obvious when it is placed against the backdrop of realities within the text you just read. Let’s explore some seeming points of irony that … Continue reading

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November 8: Why Do You Do What You Do

Read Luke 5:18-26 and Colossians 3:23 (NIV) Why do you do what you do?” It’s a question Joe the Janitor asks of a high school basketball coach in the book Lead for God’s Sake. It is a question for all of us. … Continue reading

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November 7: Peter’s Hope

Read Matthew 14:22-36 Have you ever thought about how someone could walk on water? In the original languages of the Bible, the word walk is translated in different ways. In the New Testament it is mostly refers to the whole manner of … Continue reading

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November 6: Hope…in what?

Read Mark 12:41-44 and 1 Timothy 6:17-19 Today’s reading included words like “rich” and “poor.” Those are comparative words, aren’t they? If you were to place yourself on a continuum of wealth, you would likely not place yourself at either … Continue reading

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