THE POWER OF HOPE

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Romans 15:13

Now the God of hope

fill you with all joy and peace in believing,

that ye may abound in hope,

through the power of the Holy Ghost.

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Several years ago a teacher was working in a children’s hospital.

She received a call to visit a boy who was in a burn unit.

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His regular teacher had called her with the request.

“We’re studying nouns and adverbs in his class now.

I’d be grateful if you could help him with his homework

so he doesn’t fall too far behind the others.”

The teacher went.

It was her job.

She wasn’t, however, prepared for what she found.

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The boy was in a clean room, bandaged and in pain.

She said as softly as she could:

“I’m the hospital teacher.

Mrs. Barnes, your teacher at school,

asked me to help you with your nouns and adverbs.”

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The next day a nurse asked the substitute teacher:

” What did you do to that boy?”

Before the teacher could offer her apologies

for being uncomfortable and unprepared,

the nurse continued:

“We were worried about him.

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But ever since you saw him yesterday,

his entire outlook has changed.

For the first time since he came here,

he’s actually fighting.

He’s responding.

He’s got a new lease on life.”

What had happened?

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The boy eventually shared he had given up.

He felt hopeless and helpless.

But when he thought about the teacher

who had come to see him, he realized:

“The school wouldn’t waste its money, time, and concern

sending a teacher to work on nouns and adverbs

with a dying boy, would they?”

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Psalm 118:17

I shall not die,

but live,

and declare

the works of the Lord.

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Hope is an open door;

His name is Jesus.

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Colossians 1:27

…Christ in you the hope of glory…

 

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GOD’S WONDERFUL PLAN OF SALVATION

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Acts 16:30-31

”Sirs, what must I do to be saved?”

And they said,

“Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,

and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.”

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Romans 10:8-13

But what saith it?

The word is nigh thee,

even in thy mouth,

and in thy heart:

that is,

the word of faith, which we preach;

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth

the Lord Jesus,

and shalt believe in thine heart

that God hath raised Him from the dead,

thou shalt be saved.

For with the heart man believeth unto

righteousness;

and with the mouth confession is made unto

salvation.

For the scripture saith,

Whosoever

believeth on Him

shall not be ashamed.

For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek:

for the same Lord over

ALL

is rich unto

ALL

that call upon Him.

For whosoever shall CALL upon the NAME of the Lord

SHALL BE SAVED.

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The plan of salvation is simple.

Believe that the Lord Jesus Christ,

died for your sins and rose again from the dead.

Ask Him to forgive you of your sins.

Invite Him into your heart to be the Savior of your soul.

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When you’re crying yourself to sleep,

know that Jesus is lending His shoulder to you.

When you’re pushed to the ground,

know that Jesus is holding out His hands to you.

When you feel like dying,

know that Jesus died to let you live.

When you feel like no one loves you,

know that Jesus loves you more than you can imagine.

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