Hope - 2021 Theme
Article from Pathfinder (1/3/2021)
What Does Jeremiah 29:11 Mean for Us Today?
Indeed, Jeremiah 29:11 is a great reminder that amidst the longevity of suffering, God has a plan for us to prosper and hope for our future. We should not give up. We may be experiencing different situations such as the pandemic or a financial crisis or a family relationship on the brink of being torn apart, the verse tells us that these things are in passing and God has a plan.
Just as what happened in the past with the Jews in Babylon, we may experience false prophets like Hananiah. The verse also reminds us not to believe in things that are too good to be true and instead, trust God and His process. For it is only in His process that we can be assured of hope for the future.
Lastly, the verse also reminds us that if we seek God in our hearts, we will never be weary even if we experience suffering in our lives.
Source: www.christianity.com - Glory Dy (content creator)
1 Peter 1:3 - Praise to God for a Living Hope Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…
Article from Pathfinder (1/10/2021)
We are all hoping for a better year in 2021. We are hoping for the return to a normal life. We are hoping to return to a measure of good health.
HOPE is defined as a verb: to desire with expectation of obtainment; to expect with confidence. Some words that mean the same as hope are trust, expectation, longing, dream, optimism, and desire. This life can beat us down with trials, sorrows, and debilitating worries. When it seems hopeless, especially during the current events of our nation, God’s messages about our future hope can deeply encourage us. Last week we talked about seven Resolutions for 2021. Today we will review three of these, Relationships, Review and Record. My prayer today is that we have a better understanding of HOPE. With the blessings from HOPE and the resolutions that we make, we can all have a better 2021.
Hebrews 6: 17-18 - 17Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.
Article from Pathfinder (1/17/2021)
“Want to Bake a Cake?” by Jim Bill McInteer
There is no reason to suggest to an intelligent reader that the Bible is not a book devoted to mathematics. Neither is it a study of science. Many illustrations and eternal truths are found there as they relate to the work of farming, but still it is not the text book of the Agronomist. Certainly it is not necessary to state that neither did God give the scriptures that they might be a cook book. Its purpose is “to reveal the righteousness of God” (Romans 1:16,17), that sinful men might know how God will redeem his soul.
But, it also stands to reason that sinful man must be led to have an interest in things divine. Consequently, through various ways, speakers and authors have employed honorable devices to stimulate that interest. Men have commanded various ingenious suggestions calculated to interest the “uninterested” in spiritual matters.
One of the most unique devices came from a clipping reported to have appeared earlier in the Miami Herald. Of all things, it is a recipe for “The Bible Cake.” Would you like to bake one? Here’s how….
Cream together 1 cup of Judges 5:25 (last clause) and 2 cups of Jeremiah 6:20
2 teaspoons of 1 Samuel 14:25 (last clause)
Then beat until frothy what you find in Jeremiah 17:11, using six of them
Add to this 1/2 cup Judges 4:19 (last clause)
Afterward - blend all the above together.
Sifting together 4 1/2 cups of 1 Kings 4:22 and 2 heaping teaspoons of Amos 4:5
You soon will have another mixture to add your “Bible Cake”
Chop 1 cup of 1 Samuel 30:12 (second phrase) and 1 cup of Nahum 3:12, and the cooks say flour these before adding.
Lastly, add about four teaspoons of 2 Chronicle 9:9 (second phrase) or whatever amount best suits your taste.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30 minutes
Whether you bake the cake or not, did you read the Bible? Mission Accomplished!!!
Closing Thought: “The man who samples the Word of God only occasionally never acquires much of a taste for it.” The devil is not afraid of the Bible that has dust on it.