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#98 – Air Date 11/22/2020
A Vision of Hope
This Weekend – As a “habitual” story teller, I notice how stories impact listeners. This is a story that had an impact on those I was speaking in a particular message about hope. You and I cannot live without hope! Someone has said that “hope is the parent of faith”. If that is true, that is especially true for the Christian. Jesus is called “the Hope of Glory” for a reason. You and I need the source of hope in this life!
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“A Totally New Life… In Christ“
United or Divided?
Message #7 in the Series
Airing Week of 11/22/2020
This Week – We read out loud six verses from Ephesians. One of these verses is so powerful; we made the claim that if we practiced this verse, it could do dramatic things in a marriage, a family, and in a career! When you hear the passage read, try to guess which verse it is! It’s a passage about unity in the body of Christ. Unity is something that is not just “nice”; it’s absolutely vital to the church of Jesus Christ! We are under orders to be unified.
Monday (11/22) – We begin with the story of a Las Vegas minister who was the father of several sons, including an eventual pitcher for the Houston Astros. He tells a story about his wife’s gift for making French toast. His sons always pushed and shove to be first in line to get breakfast. What he says next will make you laugh and give you pause at the same time!
Tuesday (11/23) – Remember the “Andy Griffith Show”? We tell the story of an episode where Andy refers to a meeting down at the local church where the people are voting on the color of new choir robes. He laments, “I reckon they’ll be fighting about it all night!” Perhaps you have memories of church meetings where people “fought all night”. We laugh but it is sad as well! It’s all so true!
Wednesday (11/24) – Paul exhorts the folks at the church in Ephesus to practice patience. Everyone has someone in his or her life that manifests impatience. It takes patience to be a parent, a teacher, a spouse, and a member of the body of Christ. Do you manifest patience in the lives of other people? If not, why not? Patience is a gift of the Spirt of God!
Thursday (11/26) – We talk about what “gifts” that cause disunity in churches. You and I just may possess one of the qualities that lead to disunity. If you agree with that, would you be willing to admit it? We talk about a 3,000 member church in Detroit that experienced 2 years of peace. Why? Two little boys in the church family were dying of leukemia. It’s a sad story that may convict you and me!
Friday (11/27) – We close with a powerful story told by Tim Keller of New York City. It illustrates the gospel of Christ by a supervisor who defends an employee, and prevents her dismissal. Many people will be able to relate to the incident. It demonstrates what the Lord has done for all of us. He took our sin to the cross and paid the price for that sin! Have you ever demonstrated the “cross” in the life of someone you know or love?