Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 26, 2009
HOPE IN PERSECUTION
Hope is a strange thing. It will give you confidence in the bleakest of times. But hope is not any good unless you have your hope in someone that will not let you down. There are a lot of things that we hope for, and a lot of things that we wish for. The hope I am talking
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Feb 10, 2009
HOPE FOR A CHANGE
In the Peanuts comic strip, we find Snoopy thinking to himself: "Yesterday I was a dog. Today I’m a dog. Tomorrow I’ll probably still be a dog. Ohh...there’s so little hope for advancement."
Well, there is hope for those who have a dog’s life, but the change will require
Hope is faith in the immutable promise that miracles prevail when the darkness tries to win-out with cries of despair. Hope is a gift from God that helps us yearn, and live a life that believes and moves with the pledge of a better tomorrow. And what’s more, hope springs-forth
Contributed by Perry Greene on Sep 17, 2012
A group of students visited a psychiatric institution to observe a variety of mental illnesses. One of the individuals was a tragic case. He was referred to as “No hope Carter.”
He was a victim of a venereal disease and was going through its final stages when the brain is affected. Before he
Contributed by Tim Zingale on Dec 9, 2002
Carolyn Self tells how she and her husband Bill and son Bryan took advantage of a school holiday and went to a secluded spot in the North Georgia mountains. It started out as a beautiful weekend. Bill returned to Atlanta on Saturday night to preach in his church on Sunday. He would return
Contributed by Charles Salmon on Sep 24, 2004
Hope: Romans 8:24, 25
On a return trip from our vacation, we were stuck in Chicago. We hoped to get home. We didn’t know if we would ever make it, but we had hope. We weren’t disappointed. In the end, we arrived home. However, our suitcase didn’t arrive
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 8, 2008
Apart from God, there is no _HOPE_
Those of you who know me well, may know that before I was married, my closest and dearest friends were my parents and my brothers. As a result, some of the most painful times I have endured were when I went away to seminary. Living alone in a trailer in
In September 1988, Hurricane Gilbert hit the Louisiana coast. At that time it was considered the “Storm of the century.” It battered the shoreline, severely disrupting the shrimping business. Many shrimp boats were lost, causing great concern for several families dependent on shrimping for their
This idea of hope against hope means
to hope without
Contributed by Fred Schaeffer on Nov 20, 2008
A CHANGE IN HOPE
Ben was diagnosed with a brain tumor at the age of 16 years old. Hope is the one thing that kept his parents, Kevin and Laura moving forward. Hope is what kept them from giving up. His younger sister, Bethany, always kept her sights on the silver lining.
He went through a
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Dec 28, 2008
THE LIGHT OF HOPE
As Craig T. Kocher in his commentary on our text states, "Christian hope is fundamentally different from optimism. Christian hope locks its steely eyes on the devastation of the world around it, and readily acknowledges that things may not get better. Christian hope does not
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Jan 5, 2009
A Light of Hope
There is a story about how the caverns north of Yellowstone National Park were discovered. As the story goes, one of the original explorers was walking along the top of that mountain and fell through a hole, and he dropped down several hundred feet into this cavern and was stuck
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Apr 28, 2009
A passenger on an ocean liner was enduring a rough Atlantic crossing. As he leaned over the rail, his face a shade of green, a steward came along and tried to encourage him: "Don’t be discouraged, sir! No one’s ever died of seasickness yet!"
The nauseous passenger looked up at
Contributed by Richard Francis on May 10, 2009
HOPE IN ANGUISH
I remember times of betrayal that cut deep into my heart, pain beyond a flesh wound. These are the deepest cuts that never seem to heal, a soul wound like Frodo stabbed by the ring-wraith's sword, an ache that will not heal. I remember times of fear wondering how the money would
Contributed by Gary Birch on Dec 6, 2009
THE POWER OF HOPE
I read that a few years ago some researchers performed an experiment to see the affect hope has on those undergoing hardship. Two sets of laboratory rats were placed in separate tubs of water. The researchers left one set in the water, and found that within an hour they had all
HOPE FOR AN ORPHANAGE
Opening Video Illustration: Bluefishtv.com - "Making a wish for an orphanage."
The girl in the story shares how he she came down with cancer twice, and the second time the "Make a Wish Foundation" asked her what she wanted in life – a wish. Her wish was her hope – her
Contributed by Sermoncentral on Mar 22, 2010
THE HOPE IN THE TRANSFIGURATION
In the Winter of 1966, a voters registration card arrived in the mail at the home of Vernon Dahmer. On the surface, something like this is no big deal; it happens every day. But this was different, for a number of reasons. It was different because Vernon Dahmer
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 21, 2010
IS THERE ANY HOPE?
Years ago an S-4 submarine was rammed by a ship off the coast of Massachusetts. It sank immediately. The entire crew was trapped in a prison house of death. Every effort was made to rescue the crew, but all ultimately failed.
Near the end of the ordeal, a deep sea diver,
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 23, 2010
THE NEED FOR HOPE
Years ago an S-4 submarine was rammed by a ship off the coast of Massachusetts. It sank immediately. The entire crew was trapped in a prison house of death. Every effort was made to rescue the crew, but it ultimately failed.
Near the end of the ordeal, a deep sea diver, who
Contributed by Gordon Curley on Nov 23, 2010
A Mother was taking her four-year-old daughter to school. She was a doctor and had left her stethoscope on the car seat. Her little girl picked it up and very excited began to play with it. Excellent, thought the Doctor, My daughter wants to follow in my footsteps! Then the child