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“In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.”
1 Peter 1:3 NIV

 

 

 

 

“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil.”
Hebrews 6:19

 

 

 


Hope

‘Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.’
How’s that for a definition of hope? Courtesy of Wikipedia, and our thanks go out to them.

Every one of us experiences hope. We can get hope from a huge variety of situations, events, prospects, or news. In contrast, a huge variety of experiences can distort or destroy our hopes.
At this time of universal uncertainty, hope from our normal perspective is a very fragile thing. Truth is, life throughout human history has been plagued with uncertainties which have often made human hopes very fragile.

In contrast, the Bible’s use of the word ‘hope’ indicates certainty. The various writers used it in the sense of ‘a strong and confident expectation.’
Biblical hope is never passive. It is living, active, instructive and life sustaining.
It isn‘t an escape from reality and its problems. Neither does it leave us idle, wandering or just fiddling about and getting nowhere.

Because it is based on what God has said, Biblical hope is certainty!

One writer puts it like this:

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.”
       Hebrews 6:19

 

The Old and the New

A stack of timber had waited in our garden for too long, so I went out with my little hand saw. It was quite adequate to make the logs into firewood.
Not long after I began work, somewhere a chainsaw burst into life. It set me thinking about differences.

My saw was a thin steel blade which cut the logs with minimum effort. It gave me healthy exercise. And I had time to think.
It made no harmful noise, no poisonous exhaust fumes, no masses of wood chips, no disturbance to neighbours or wildlife, and it consumed no fossil fuel.
The simple handsaw has been around for 1000s of years, chainsaws for less than a 100.
Chainsaws certainly do have many benefits. In spite of that, I’m sure those simple handsaws will never become ‘surplus to requirements’.

My thinking then drifted to ‘church’.
In the last 30 years or so, modern systems and processes have impressed many people in the church. Yes, it’s true that some IT products and techniques have been a great help. For example, in God’s hands the Internet can be a powerful tool for good.
However, therein lies a great danger. Too much dependence on such ‘advancements’ can easily make prayer become ‘surplus to requirements’.
We need to remember that prayer has been around for 1000s of years, IT for less than 50.
The chainsaw can deprive a man of healthy exercise. Similarly, communication technology can deprive the church of the healthy exercise of prayer.

Gene Jackson, former preacher in the Assemblies of God, USA, once made this comment: “We have PowerPoint in our computers to enable us to get fancy in our singing and ‘current’ in our preaching. But let me tell you, if you don’t have power in your soul, PowerPoint in your projector is not going to be worth a hoot.”

Seventy years ago, a small church at Barvas in the Scottish Hebrides had no organ. It had no guitars, no music group, and no choir. It did not even have a hymnal. Barvas church had no organisations, no coffee mornings, and no special young people’s meetings. It had no church staff other than the minister, no seminars, and no elaborate programmes.
Apart from its Sunday services, there was the weekly prayer meeting and some prayer meetings in homes. Yet many people came to hear the preaching and many were converted.

It demonstrates that God knew perfectly how to begin a powerful work of revival and salvation. How?
He encouraged some of His children to pray.
And we can hope that he will do it again.
Returning to some of the old ways could be very good.
Yes, there is hope.

The comments about the church in Barvas are based on an account in, ‘Sounds from Heaven’ by Colin and Mary Peckham. It is published by Christian Focus.
Sounds from Heaven

 

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