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S.O.A.P April 3, 2018

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April 3, 2018 

Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-18

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Scripture- 2 Corinthians 4:16-18- That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.

Observations- Yesterday I talked about Christ followers "living proleptically;" that is, living each day in the present while being assured of a glorious future, which means we face our worst days and most painful losses in the reality of our ultimate hope in Jesus Christ for eternal life.

Application- The future hope we anticipate affects how we approach each new day with whatever trials and troubles arise. Paul says, of course, things won't always go our way. In fact, we can count all kinds of troubles as we go through life. We don't ignore them or pretend they are of no significance whatsoever, but we look at them through the lens of God's abundant, eternal life giving future.   

Prayer- Dear God, I am grateful that we don't have to deny our problems and struggles as we go through life. We can bring them to Your throne of grace and to our brothers and sisters in Christ, and there we can be reminded that You are in charge here and now and forever. Today I bring You my problems and I receive Your perspective. Let You grace and truth abide. Amen.

"Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end." (Ecclesiastes 3:11),

Pastor Jamie

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S.O.A.P April 2, 2018

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April 2, 2018 

Read 1 Corinthians 15:42-58

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Scripture1 Corinthians 15:58- So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.

Observations- Paul spoke of the guarantee of the resurrection for believers on the basis of Jesus being the first fruits of the resurrection. In the midst of death one day eternal life will reign supremely and completely and we live each day here and now in anticipation of this being fulfilled. In the last verse of 1 Corinthians 15 Paul says, "So," which means based on all he has said about the reality of the resurrection do these things...be strong and immovable and always work enthusiastically for the Lord.

Application- There are always implications for the reality of the resurrection for how we live life here and now. The resurrection isn't merely a way for to look forward to that promised day in the future; rather the reality of the resurrection and the fact we can count on it everyday has practical applications here and now.  We live "proleptically;" that is, we believe a guaranteed future action from God affects not only what we do today, but the attitude we bring to our past and present. We are redeemed! I am saved, I am being saved even now, and I will be saved in the future.

Prayer- Lord, thank You for raising Jesus from the dead, which makes all the difference in how we do life and the importance of never giving up hope. Help us be strong and immovable in our faith in Jesus Christ. Help us always work enthusiastically for Your in the assurance that nothing we do with and for You is ever useless, in Jesus' precious and holy name. Amen.

"The apostles testified powerfully to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and God’s great blessing was upon them all." (Acts 4:33),

Pastor Jamie

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

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