- Welcome to Hope Chapel on Faithlife. We are working on making sure that we have a way for us to communicate, learn, and interact throughout the week. We want to especially make prayer a major role for us in this avenue. Have a great week.
- There IS youth group tomorrow night! May 15, 5-7 : be there or be square 😉 Jonathan and I are out of town for a family vacation, but thankfully the Olayo’s are back! We will miss y’all! see you next week
- Annie Steffensmeier published a newsletterReadWelcome to Hope TalkMay 13, 2022
Distrust can be a good thing. What? What? Well, the reason we lock our doors at night is because we distrust individuals who would like to steal, harm, and invade our homes. We put on our seat belts because we distrust the driving of others. We do our taxes because we distrust others to do them for us, especially the government. The list is huge. Jesus distrusted what was in man. John 2:24,25 But Jesus did not commit Himself to them, because He knew all men, 25 and had no need that anyone should testify of man, for He knew what was in man. He did not commit Himself to man because He did not trust them. Part of training and teaching our children is to give them a balanced and sound understanding of who to trust and who not to trust. When a person comes to a new church, the question in their mind is can I trust this church to teach the Word of God accurately, consistently, and with authority. Distrust can also be a bad thing if we distrust a right person, or one we should trust. Be careful not to fall into a rut of distrust because you have been hurt or harmed so as to distrust everyone. Trust God! Yes. Know who is trustable and who is not. Don’t make people you have made commitments or covenants with earn your trust. “Trust is earned” can be very conflicted. Be careful to whom you give your trust. That also sounds conflicting… it is. It is never right to not trust God. That is the essence of Faith, saving Faith, sanctifying Faith, and securing Faith. Ask God for wisdom and grace to love.
- teen week meeting - TONIGHT All who are interested in volunteering in teen week, we would love to see you at the church fellowship hall tonight at 7:00 to discuss roles and responsibilities and answer any questions! If you are unable to attend, but want to help, please email me at email@example.com Or call/text 757.620.7105 Thank you!
- Annie Steffensmeier published a newsletterReadWelcome to Hope TalkMay 6, 2022
In the profound ending to the Narnia Chronicles, C.S. Lewis tries to share the absolute joy coming to all those who will come at the end of their earthly lives and be united with our God for all of eternity:
The things that began to happen after that were so great and beautiful that I cannot write them. And for us this is the end of all the stories, and we can most truly say that they all lived happily ever after. But for them it was only the beginning of the real story. All their life in this world had only been the cover and the title page: now at last they were beginning Chapter One of the Great Story which no one on earth has read: which goes on forever: in which every chapter is better than the one before. C. S. Lewis, The Last Battle, p.165.
This is a renewing of the mind. We are not home. We are just beginning the great eternal journey that will be our destiny. Remind yourself of this truth that we are not home, and this is not our home, but we are to live according to that truth, not living in this world, or loving this world, and even being influenced by this world. We are passing through to another place that Jesus is preparing for us. I go to prepare a place for you… I will come again… that where I am, there you may be also. (John 14:2,3) Remind yourself of this truth. We are made for another place so live like that.
- Glory!As Jesus closes His high priestly prayer in John 17, he caps His prayer with 4 profound truths that He gives to His Father. The first one is wanting those whom God has given to Him will be with Him WHERE HE IS which is in heaven. He wants His brothers and sisters to be with him in Heaven. Visit us at www.enjoyhope.orgsermons.faithlife.com