Reborn into a Living Hope

Over this last week, I’ve been reflecting on Peter’s letter to the refugees of his day. Many of his readers had lost their homes, livelihoods, and loved ones for the sake of Christ. They were well acquainted with ‘fiery trials’ and seemingly endless suffering. Yet the apostle reminds them in 1 Peter 1:3 that they’d been ‘given new birth into…

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4 Injections of Hope from Psalm 99

Psalm 99 is loaded with good news. As I was reading it this morning and praying for you, my readers, I realized that tucked in this worship song are four injections of hope! Are you ready? You might write them down as reminders for this new week! The LORD Reigns (Psalm 99:1). It might feel like…

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Our Hope is in the God of Hope

This Christmas week, I’ve been memorizing Romans 15:13: “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” It’s been a rough year in too many ways to count: political instability, the pandemic, social…

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You Can’t Drink Grapes

We are called to be broken bread and poured out wine. Oswald Chambers made this observation: “If we are ever going to be made into wine, we will have to be crushed–you cannot drink grapes. Grapes become wine only when they have been squeezed” (Sept. 30th devotional). I am not a wine drinker, but I get…

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