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    Weekly news from the Living Hope Community Church, January 21, 2022

    Worship Set Sunday, January 23


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      Weekly news from the Living Hope Community Church, January 10, 2022

      Prayer Request

      1. Kathy Lavigne scheduled surgury on Frinday, January 14.
      2. Continued healing from those with COVID in our church.
      3. Parents and schools who are dealing with many challenges that the pandemic creates.
      4. Health Care Workers.
      5. God's work in hearts in Pennacook.
      6. Our missionaries Joshua & Janelle Frederico who serve in Turkey.


      *If you have prayer request please send it to prayer@livinghopeconcord.com

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        Weekly news from the Living Hope Community Church, January 7, 2022

        READ THE BIBLE IN 2022 PLAN (CLICK PIC TO DOWNLOAD)

        Read the Bible


        In the 1997 film Contact, Jodie Foster’s character, Ellie Arroway, is passionately committed to the idea that we’re not alone in the universe. She dedicates her life to a SETI program (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence), listening for radio signals from space, hoping to detect signs of alien life.


        We’re not saying SETI is a waste of time and money. But we do find it ironic that Arroway would spend so much energy listening for something she could’ve found by simply opening a nightstand drawer in any hotel. Because that’s what the Bible is—a message from the heavens. The transcendent God speaking to us. On purpose. In words we can understand. Giving us a message that can make us “wise for salvation” (2 Tim. 3:16).


        What an exciting thing! We already have what some people search for their entire lives. We don’t have to search the heavens feverishly, or plumb the earth tirelessly, to know we’re not alone. The Word is already near us—in our pockets and on our coffee tables, like a love letter waiting to be perused or a feast waiting to be devoured. 

        Surely it says something about God’s desire to be known that he revealed himself in so many ways. Forget the Bible for a moment; if Ellie Arroway had eyes to see what the skies beheld, she would know the heavens already shout the glory of God (Ps. 19:1).


        But God wasn’t content with revealing himself through galaxies and other wonders of creation. He wanted to use words. And that’s fitting. For though he doesn’t have a tongue or a voice box, he’s a God who speaks (Gen. 1:3), and he created us in his image (Gen. 1:26). As human beings, we’re word-people. We can speak and be spoken to. We’re capable of reading other people’s minds and hearts, and of sharing ours, through the words we speak.

        We’re sure God had many reasons for designing us this way. But one reason is that he intended to give us his words in a book. For some, this seems almost as foolish as God becoming man and spending 30 years as a carpenter before dying on a cross. But both divine decisions—the decision to incarnate the Word in human form and the decision to inspire the Word in written form—have changed the world forever.


        Give Me That Book!


        If God has given us his Word in a book, how should we respond? The great 18th-century evangelist John Wesley provides a good answer:


        I want to know one thing, the way to heaven. . . . He hath written it down in a book. Give me that book! At any price give me the Book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be homo unius libri [a man of one book].


        Anyone who’s read Wesley’s sermons will know God answered that prayer. So filled are his sermons with Scripture quotations and allusions that little would be left if they were removed. It wasn’t because Wesley was provincial or narrow in his reading; it was that out of all the books he read, he knew where his true sustenance came from.


        Like Wesley, we’re blessed with an abundance of good books to help us in our understanding of Scripture. Here at The Gospel Coalition, we seek to provide material for that same purpose. But we must never allow ourselves to become distracted from the actual voice of God speaking to us in the Bible. There he spreads a feast for us. Other books and articles can help us savor and digest what we will find there—or even help us find things that are actually there but which our untrained eyes and palates might otherwise miss. But God forbid we should spend all our time in prep-work and never get down to the business of eating.

        Let us be men and women of one Book.


        Article written by Justin Dillehay & Ivan Mesa


        We invite you to join us in 2022 as we return, day after day, month after month, to this Book of books.


        Ellie Arroway was right: we’re not alone. God is there. He is not silent, and we have his voice at our fingertips. Let’s seek him anew by hearing his Word in 2022.


        Living Hope Bible Reading Plan


        Reading the Bible following Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s plan, which will take us through the entire Bible in a year (including the New Testament and Psalms twice). This is the main course. The rest are side dishes. Download the PDF reading plan, print out, and place it in your Bible.

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          ReadLiving Hope Community Church of Penacook, NH, January 2, 2021
          Following Jesus our Shepherd King and Living Hope
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          Weekly news from the Living Hope Community Church, December 29, 2021

          READ THE BIBLE IN 2022 PLAN (CLICK PIC TO DOWNLOAD)

          Read the Bible


          In the 1997 film Contact, Jodie Foster’s character, Ellie Arroway, is passionately committed to the idea that we’re not alone in the universe. She dedicates her life to a SETI program (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence), listening for radio signals from space, hoping to detect signs of alien life.


          We’re not saying SETI is a waste of time and money. But we do find it ironic that Arroway would spend so much energy listening for something she could’ve found by simply opening a nightstand drawer in any hotel. Because that’s what the Bible is—a message from the heavens. The transcendent God speaking to us. On purpose. In words we can understand. Giving us a message that can make us “wise for salvation” (2 Tim. 3:16).


          What an exciting thing! We already have what some people search for their entire lives. We don’t have to search the heavens feverishly, or plumb the earth tirelessly, to know we’re not alone. The Word is already near us—in our pockets and on our coffee tables, like a love letter waiting to be perused or a feast waiting to be devoured. 

          Surely it says something about God’s desire to be known that he revealed himself in so many ways. Forget the Bible for a moment; if Ellie Arroway had eyes to see what the skies beheld, she would know the heavens already shout the glory of God (Ps. 19:1).


          But God wasn’t content with revealing himself through galaxies and other wonders of creation. He wanted to use words. And that’s fitting. For though he doesn’t have a tongue or a voice box, he’s a God who speaks (Gen. 1:3), and he created us in his image (Gen. 1:26). As human beings, we’re word-people. We can speak and be spoken to. We’re capable of reading other people’s minds and hearts, and of sharing ours, through the words we speak.

          We’re sure God had many reasons for designing us this way. But one reason is that he intended to give us his words in a book. For some, this seems almost as foolish as God becoming man and spending 30 years as a carpenter before dying on a cross. But both divine decisions—the decision to incarnate the Word in human form and the decision to inspire the Word in written form—have changed the world forever.


          Give Me That Book!


          If God has given us his Word in a book, how should we respond? The great 18th-century evangelist John Wesley provides a good answer:


          I want to know one thing, the way to heaven. . . . He hath written it down in a book. Give me that book! At any price give me the Book of God! I have it: here is knowledge enough for me. Let me be homo unius libri [a man of one book].


          Anyone who’s read Wesley’s sermons will know God answered that prayer. So filled are his sermons with Scripture quotations and allusions that little would be left if they were removed. It wasn’t because Wesley was provincial or narrow in his reading; it was that out of all the books he read, he knew where his true sustenance came from.


          Like Wesley, we’re blessed with an abundance of good books to help us in our understanding of Scripture. Here at The Gospel Coalition, we seek to provide material for that same purpose. But we must never allow ourselves to become distracted from the actual voice of God speaking to us in the Bible. There he spreads a feast for us. Other books and articles can help us savor and digest what we will find there—or even help us find things that are actually there but which our untrained eyes and palates might otherwise miss. But God forbid we should spend all our time in prep-work and never get down to the business of eating.

          Let us be men and women of one Book.


          Article written by Justin Dillehay & Ivan Mesa


          We invite you to join us in 2022 as we return, day after day, month after month, to this Book of books.


          Ellie Arroway was right: we’re not alone. God is there. He is not silent, and we have his voice at our fingertips. Let’s seek him anew by hearing his Word in 2022.


          Living Hope Bible Reading Plan


          Reading the Bible following Robert Murray M’Cheyne’s plan, which will take us through the entire Bible in a year (including the New Testament and Psalms twice). This is the main course. The rest are side dishes. Download the PDF reading plan, print out, and place it in your Bible.

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            Weekly news from the Living Hope Community Church, December 26, 2021

            Christmas Eve Service - 6:30pm

            Join us for a time of celebration and reflection in the incarnation of Jesus Christ.

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              Weekly news from the Living Hope Community Church, December 18, 2021

              Take Refuge from the Snow Zoom Sunday at Living Hope

              Because of huge snow storm coming and COVID-19 surge in our state we will be going remote tomorrow morning.


              Join in at 9:30am for some fellowship and we will begin at 10am.


              Join Zoom Meeting


              https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87194096970


              Meeting ID: 871 9409 6970