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January 15, 2019

Read John 15

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+15&version=NLT

 

ScriptureJohn 15:18-19- “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you."


Observations- Jesus wanted to prepare His disciples to face the worst the world could possibly throw at them in the knowledge that things were not only about to get tragic for Him, but also for His followers. John 3:16 declares that "God so loved the world," but God never said the world would return the favor. As a system, the world was getting ready to put Jesus on the cross and He knew His disciples would face difficult times and persecution as well.


Application- When we do our best to live out the truth with grace in this world, we should never think the world is going to be particularly grateful for our efforts. Those not interested in knowing or living out the truth won't want to hear about it from us. Jesus wanted His best friends, His disciples in every generation, to be prepared for whatever difficulty the world might want to send our way. We trust Him through it all.

 

Prayer- (by St. Francis of Assisi- 1182-1226) Lord make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred let me sow love Where there is injury, pardon Where there is doubt, faith Where there is despair, hope Where there is darkness, light And where there is sadness, joy O divine master grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console to be understood as to understand To be loved as to love For it is in giving that we receive it is in pardoning that we are pardoned And it's in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.

 

Please pray for Jesus' Church in China- pastors are being imprisoned, they are under police surveillance, crosses are being forcibly removed, there are raids on Sunday schools, online Bible sales are banned, and there are plans to re-translate Bible in more "culturally friendly" ways,


Pastor Jamie

​​​​​​​To contact me: reply to this email...it only comes to me.

 

To connect with the New Hope website: www.findnewhope.com

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January 14, 2019

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Read John 14

 

To read this text go to: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+14&version=NLT

 

Scripture- John 14:26-27- But when the Father sends the Advocate as my representative- that is, the Holy Spirit- he will teach you everything and will remind you of everything I have told you. I am leaving you with a gift- peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.


Observations- Here Jesus begins in earnest to prepare His disciples for His death on the cross. He had really been doing that all along in His public ministry, but now Jesus longs for them to know without a shadow of doubt the promise of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, to help them remember His life and teachings and receive true peace.


Application- We celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit in a new way on Pentecost. In the Old Testament the Spirit was present in people's lives, but could be revoked or only inhabit someone for a season of ministry. Now- when we welcome Jesus into our lives as Lord and Savior- the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, makes a permanent home in our lives to help us remember everything Jesus taught us and to do battle with our tendency to be troubled and afraid. What a gift to celebrate! 

Prayer- Lord, thank You for making a home in me in the power of the Holy Spirit! I am grateful to have an Advocate, who is there to help me discern the truth, guide me in the right paths, and give me genuine peace. May Your Holy Spirit flood New Hope, so that Your church moves forward in ways that lead people to a life saving and life changing relationship with Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

"The Lord gives his people strength. The Lord blesses them with peace." (Psalm 29:11),


Pastor Jamie

​​​​​​​To contact me: reply to this email...it only comes to me.

 

To connect with the New Hope website: www.findnewhope.com

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