Lisa Harper's Back Porch Theology
Fund conversations that matter: donate.accessmore.com Vote HERE for Podcast of the Year During today's conversation on Back Porch Theology we're going to peruse a parable about 10 Bridesmaids that Jesus taught on the Mount of Olives – that beautiful hill overlooking Jerusalem - during a series of messages called The Olivet Discourse, which He preached just prior to the first Easter. And while this symbolic tale is set in the context of a wedding party, it's more of a warning than a warm and fuzzy love story so it's important to note that our Savior was only talking to His disciples when He shared this sober, eschatological story. This conversation takes place in an intimate family meeting Jesus has with the Twelve less than a week before His crucifixion and resurrection. Only a few days before Peter, James, and John will mirror the exact same unprepared posture depicted by the bevy of sleeping beauties when they fall asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane, even after Jesus implored them to stay awake for His sake. Remember, our Redeemer didn't just save us from, He saved us for. For sharing the Living Hope of the Gospel to the image-bearers we have the privilege of rubbing shoulders with because one day those precious people who don't yet have a real relationship with Jesus will run out of days to run into His outstretched arms. Today's podcast is about being both compassionate and ready for our divine Bridegroom's return, so please grab a ginormous cup of coffee and your Bible – unless you're cutting up potatoes for a crawfish boil, of course – and come hang out on the porch with us! Follow Us On Instagram! @BackPorchTheologyPodcast @LisaDHarper @AllisonAllen @Jim.Howard.Co Learn more about Convoy of Hope's Women's Empowerment program at Convoy.org/LisaHarper Scot McKnight's study can be found at ChurchSource.com/Scot
With family: Numbers 23; Psalms 64–65 Numbers 23 (Listen) Balaam's First Oracle 23 And Balaam said to Balak, “Build for me here seven altars, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.” 2 Balak did as Balaam had said. And Balak and Balaam offered on each altar a bull and a ram. 3 And Balaam said to Balak, “Stand beside your burnt offering, and I will go. Perhaps the LORD will come to meet me, and whatever he shows me I will tell you.” And he went to a bare height, 4 and God met Balaam. And Balaam said to him, “I have arranged the seven altars and I have offered on each altar a bull and a ram.” 5 And the LORD put a word in Balaam's mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and thus you shall speak.” 6 And he returned to him, and behold, he and all the princes of Moab were standing beside his burnt offering. 7 And Balaam took up his discourse and said, “From Aram Balak has brought me, the king of Moab from the eastern mountains: ‘Come, curse Jacob for me, and come, denounce Israel!'8 How can I curse whom God has not cursed? How can I denounce whom the LORD has not denounced?9 For from the top of the crags I see him, from the hills I behold him; behold, a people dwelling alone, and not counting itself among the nations!10 Who can count the dust of Jacob or number the fourth part1 of Israel? Let me die the death of the upright, and let my end be like his!” 11 And Balak said to Balaam, “What have you done to me? I took you to curse my enemies, and behold, you have done nothing but bless them.” 12 And he answered and said, “Must I not take care to speak what the LORD puts in my mouth?” Balaam's Second Oracle 13 And Balak said to him, “Please come with me to another place, from which you may see them. You shall see only a fraction of them and shall not see them all. Then curse them for me from there.” 14 And he took him to the field of Zophim, to the top of Pisgah, and built seven altars and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. 15 Balaam said to Balak, “Stand here beside your burnt offering, while I meet the LORD over there.” 16 And the LORD met Balaam and put a word in his mouth and said, “Return to Balak, and thus shall you speak.” 17 And he came to him, and behold, he was standing beside his burnt offering, and the princes of Moab with him. And Balak said to him, “What has the LORD spoken?” 18 And Balaam took up his discourse and said, “Rise, Balak, and hear; give ear to me, O son of Zippor:19 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?20 Behold, I received a command to bless: he has blessed, and I cannot revoke it.21 He has not beheld misfortune in Jacob, nor has he seen trouble in Israel. The LORD their God is with them, and the shout of a king is among them.22 God brings them out of Egypt and is for them like the horns of the wild ox.23 For there is no enchantment against Jacob, no divination against Israel; now it shall be said of Jacob and Israel, ‘What has God wrought!'24 Behold, a people! As a lioness it rises up and as a lion it lifts itself; it does not lie down until it has devoured the prey and drunk the blood of the slain.” 25 And Balak said to Balaam, “Do not curse them at all, and do not bless them at all.” 26 But Balaam answered Balak, “Did I not tell you, ‘All that the LORD says, that I must do'?” 27 And Balak said to Balaam, “Come now, I will take you to another place. Perhaps it will please God that you may curse them for me from there.” 28 So Balak took Balaam to the top of Peor, which overlooks the desert.2 29 And Balaam said to Balak, “Build for me here seven altars and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.” 30 And Balak did as Balaam had said, and offered a bull and a ram on each altar. Footnotes  23:10 Or dust clouds  23:28 Or Jeshimon (ESV) Psalms 64–65 (Listen) Hide Me from the Wicked To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. 64 Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint; preserve my life from dread of the enemy.2 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked, from the throng of evildoers,3 who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows,4 shooting from ambush at the blameless, shooting at him suddenly and without fear.5 They hold fast to their evil purpose; they talk of laying snares secretly, thinking, “Who can see them?”6 They search out injustice, saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.” For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep. 7 But God shoots his arrow at them; they are wounded suddenly.8 They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them; all who see them will wag their heads.9 Then all mankind fears; they tell what God has brought about and ponder what he has done. 10 Let the righteous one rejoice in the LORD and take refuge in him! Let all the upright in heart exult! O God of Our Salvation To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song. 65 Praise is due to you,1 O God, in Zion, and to you shall vows be performed.2 O you who hear prayer, to you shall all flesh come.3 When iniquities prevail against me, you atone for our transgressions.4 Blessed is the one you choose and bring near, to dwell in your courts! We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house, the holiness of your temple! 5 By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness, O God of our salvation, the hope of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest seas;6 the one who by his strength established the mountains, being girded with might;7 who stills the roaring of the seas, the roaring of their waves, the tumult of the peoples,8 so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs. You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy. 9 You visit the earth and water it;2 you greatly enrich it; the river of God is full of water; you provide their grain, for so you have prepared it.10 You water its furrows abundantly, settling its ridges, softening it with showers, and blessing its growth.11 You crown the year with your bounty; your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy,13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy. Footnotes  65:1 Or Praise waits for you in silence  65:9 Or and make it overflow (ESV) In private: Isaiah 13; 1 Peter 1 Isaiah 13 (Listen) The Judgment of Babylon 13 The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw. 2 On a bare hill raise a signal; cry aloud to them; wave the hand for them to enter the gates of the nobles.3 I myself have commanded my consecrated ones, and have summoned my mighty men to execute my anger, my proudly exulting ones.1 4 The sound of a tumult is on the mountains as of a great multitude! The sound of an uproar of kingdoms, of nations gathering together! The LORD of hosts is mustering a host for battle.5 They come from a distant land, from the end of the heavens, the LORD and the weapons of his indignation, to destroy the whole land.2 6 Wail, for the day of the LORD is near; as destruction from the Almighty3 it will come!7 Therefore all hands will be feeble, and every human heart will melt.8 They will be dismayed: pangs and agony will seize them; they will be in anguish like a woman in labor. They will look aghast at one another; their faces will be aflame. 9 Behold, the day of the LORD comes, cruel, with wrath and fierce anger, to make the land a desolation and to destroy its sinners from it.10 For the stars of the heavens and their constellations will not give their light; the sun will be dark at its rising, and the moon will not shed its light.11 I will punish the world for its evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; I will put an end to the pomp of the arrogant, and lay low the pompous pride of the ruthless.12 I will make people more rare than fine gold, and mankind than the gold of Ophir.13 Therefore I will make the heavens tremble, and the earth will be shaken out of its place, at the wrath of the LORD of hosts in the day of his fierce anger.14 And like a hunted gazelle, or like sheep with none to gather them, each will turn to his own people, and each will flee to his own land.15 Whoever is found will be thrust through, and whoever is caught will fall by the sword.16 Their infants will be dashed in pieces before their eyes; their houses will be plundered and their wives ravished. 17 Behold, I am stirring up the Medes against them, who have no regard for silver and do not delight in gold.18 Their bows will slaughter4 the young men; they will have no mercy on the fruit of the womb; their eyes will not pity children.19 And Babylon, the glory of kingdoms, the splendor and pomp of the Chaldeans, will be like Sodom and Gomorrah when God overthrew them.20 It will never be inhabited or lived in for all generations; no Arab will pitch his tent there; no shepherds will make their flocks lie down there.21 But wild animals will lie down there, and their houses will be full of howling creatures; there ostriches5 will dwell, and there wild goats will dance.22 Hyenas6 will cry in its towers, and jackals in the pleasant palaces; its time is close at hand and its days will not be prolonged. Footnotes  13:3 Or those who exult in my majesty  13:5 Or earth; also verse 9  13:6 The Hebrew words for destruction and almighty sound alike  13:18 Hebrew dash in pieces  13:21 Or owls  13:22 Or foxes (ESV) 1 Peter 1 (Listen) Greeting 1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. Born Again to a Living Hope 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, 9 obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls. 10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, 11 inquiring what person or time1 the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. 12 It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. Called to Be Holy 13 Therefore, preparing your minds for action,2 and being sober-minded, set your hope fully on the grace that will be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the passions of your former ignorance, 15 but as he who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 since it is written, “You shall be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on him as Father who judges impartially according to each one's deeds, conduct yourselves with fear throughout the time of your exile, 18 knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot. 20 He was foreknown before the foundation of the world but was made manifest in the last times for the sake of you 21 who through him are believers in God, who raised him from the dead and gave him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. 22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God; 24 for “All flesh is like grass and all its glory like the flower of grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls,25 but the word of the Lord remains forever.” And this word is the good news that was preached to you. Footnotes  1:11 Or what time or circumstances  1:13 Greek girding up the loins of your mind (ESV)
1 Peter 1:13-16
Bible Insights with Wayne Conrad
Through the resurrection of Jesus Christ we who have faith in him have been born again to a living hope! What is Christian hope? What exactly is this living hope?Christians have an expectation of a wonderful future when Jesus Christ returns to earth. We have a living hope that can not disappoint because it is founded on the atoning work of Jesus, his victorious resurrection and ascension into heaven Our hope is a sure anchor already in heaven where Christ has entered as our forerunner. We are even now receiving the salvation of our souls and then we will receive the fullness of eternal through our resurrection in immortal bodies. We have the future hope of full redemption - body soul--spirit.Bible Insights with Wayne ConradContact: 8441 Hunnicut Rd Dallas, Texas 75228email: Att. Bible Insights Wayne Conradgsccdallas@gmail.com (Good Shepherd Church) Donationhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJTZX6qasIrPmC1wQpben9ghttps://www.facebook.com/waconrad or gscchttps://www.sermonaudio.com/gsccSpirit, Truth and Grace MinistriesPhone # 214-324-9915 leave message with number for call backPsalms 119:105 Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
John 20:1; Luke 24:44-45; Psalm 16:10 NKJV; Hosea 6:2; 1 Corinthians 15; Romans 1:4 Romans 14:9; Romans 4:25; Romans 8:11; 1 Corinthians 15:20; 1 Peter 1: 3- -4 NIVRevelation 21:3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God's dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God. 4 ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death' or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
1 Peter. 1:17-23 Peter urges us to guard our minds because the work that God has called us to do also involves our entire being.Support the show
Speaker: Brian TurneyScripture: 1 Peter 1:3-9Summary: Through the resurrection of Jesus we have a hope not just for eternity, but for the trials of today as well. Support the show
1 Peter 1:10-12
Greater Title: Our Living Hope Preacher: Noah Soistmann Hebrews 6:13-7:10 Main idea: God keeps His promises through His High Priest.
Sermon Title: Our Living Hope Sermon Series: Living Hope for Elect Exiles Sermon Text: 1 Peter 1:3-12
Join us for the third and final week of A Living Hope as we wrap up our time of discovering the fullness of the resurrected life in Christ. This week, Amanda and Raechel are joined by Lori Wilhite, who is an author, ministry founder, and Bible teacher. Together, they discuss the richness of life in Christ, and what it means to fully know Him. Join us as we celebrate the hope we have in Jesus and the reality of living life in the upside-down kingdom that He has ushered in. Read with Us: This episode corresponds to Week 3 of the She Reads Truth A Living Hope reading plan found on the She Reads Truth app and SheReadsTruth.com. Shop the A Living Hope collection at ShopSheReadsTruth.com. Show notes can be found at shereadstruth.com/podcast/_______________________
Christ Presbyterian | Location 3
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1 Peter 1:3-9
SERMON | 1 Peter 1:17-23 | A LIVING HOPE - 2. "Loosening the Bonds" by Rev. Joseph Sanford at Sellersburg United Methodist Church in Sellersburg, Indiana. Do you know you are loved? Our full display of LOVE is God coming to us in Jesus Christ… to tell our story in a new way… to bring healing to our very hearts, minds, souls, and bodies… to face and embody our rejection… to suffer at the hands of our sinful pride and need to judge and control… and to not condemn us. to not respond with resentment. to not respond in kind. But to pray for us… to forgive us… to call out to us… to wash our feet and kick in those prison doors anyway… to dust us off and restore us to our original beauty… to offer us LIFE… to LOVE us. Because that's what God did through Jesus Christ. That's our trust and hope—in resurrection. And, as people freed, we are to go and LOVE in response. Not because we are supposed to, but because that's all we know to do when we have arrived at the place of trusting and hoping in God alone. ___________________________________________________________________ Friends, Jesus Christ has freed us and continues to lead us into that freedom. Embrace the full reality of freedom, leave your cell, and walk the path of discovering how valuable and loved you truly are. Live in such a way that reflects this truth…that others in prisons around you may know of the fullness of joy that lies beyond the walls of their prisons. Let us live, as freed people, committed to dismantling the prisons all around us so that everyone may live and walk as free as anyone and everyone else. Let us continue to leave our prisons of judgment and condemnation behind us so that we may live into the true freedom of LOVE as revealed in Jesus Christ. Live in such a way that reveals to people the truth you have come to know… that we all are beautiful, priceless, and LOVED works of art formed in the image of God. Christ IS Risen!
Your freddom is in the living hope of Jesus!
First Baptist Church of Shallotte
Because of God's mercy, we know these things are true: I. We Know We Have A Living Hope II. We Know We Have An Eternal Inheritance III. We Know We Will Receive a Ready Salvation
1 Peter 1:1–12 Greeting  Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,  according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood: May grace and peace be multiplied to you. Born Again to a Living Hope  Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,  to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you,  who by God's power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials,  so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.  Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory,  obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.  Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully,  inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories.  It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look. (ESV)
Truth for Today with Terry Fant
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St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran's Church Sermons
Recorded Sunday, April 16, 2023 at St. Paul's Ev. Lutheran Church in Bangor, Wisconsin. "Like" us on Facebook!! Follow us on Twitter @StPaulsBangor!
Truth for Today with Terry Fant
How do those who follow Jesus live out the hope we have in the midst of hard times? This message explains and encourages living hope in difficult times.
What struggles have you faced in your life...
Pastor Jamie continues the theme of the Resurrection this week with a sermon on our Living Hope, Jesus Christ. He preaches from 1 Peter 1:3-9. Check it out!
Truth for Today with Terry Fant
We as humans turn to all manner of things to give us hope. All of them with one exceptions will in fact let us down. This message informs us as to where we can rest our HOPE.
What struggles have you faced in your life...
SERMON | 1 Peter 1:3-9 | A LIVING HOPE - 1. "Fullness of Joy" by Rev. Dr. Gary Schaar at Sellersburg United Methodist Church in Sellersburg, Indiana. Yes, of course, rejoice. And there are times when I can rejoice. Times when things are going well, and I can contemplate the fullness of the promise of eternity. Then, yes, I can look inward and rejoice; feel good about what has been given, content. Satisfied. “Uh, no,” says Peter, grinning in his beard. “You rejoice, even if now for a little while you suffer.” Wait, what? Rejoice while suffering? That doesn't compute. “I know, right?” says Peter. “But yeah, it really does. Here's the thing, you're alive.” I know, and I'd like to stay that way. “No, alive. Not just living. You're alive, which means that anything that happens is just a moment in eternity. Just a blip on the screen. So, all those things that terrify you don't mean anything. They can't diminish you; they can't break you. You're alive. I didn't get that then. I get it now. All there is is love.” Peter laughs at his own thoughts. “Sounds like a pop song, doesn't it? But it's the truth. The deep truth. Love that starts with him, the one I turned my back on, but who never turned his back on me. Love of him who loves so deeply it shakes you to the core. Love so profound we are remade. Made alive. Call it salvation; that's the only word that fits. We are being saved by his love; saved to love as he loves. Saved to live as he lived. Does that sound like a party or what?” His teeth gleam through that tangle of a beard, weathered face wrinkling around his eyes as he reaches out with those big fisherman hands to slap you on the back. “Welcome to the party,” he shouts a little too loudly. “Rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy.” Amen, Peter, amen.
Jesus is our Living Hope! We look to Jesus and Jesus alone as our hope for today and bright hope for tomorrow. Acts 5:29–42 1 Peter 1:3–9 John 20:19–31
To start Week 2 of A Living Hope, Raechel, Amanda, and special guest Rebekah Lyons talk about how our hope in a resurrected Jesus affects every part of our lives. Together they discuss how, through Christ's resurrection, our identity turns from bondage in sin to belovedness in Christ. Rebekah, Raechel, and Amanda also share ways we can approach the joys and hardships in our lives with our hope firmly rooted in Jesus' resurrection.Read with Us: This episode corresponds to Week 2 of the She Reads Truth A Living Hope reading plan found on the She Reads Truth app and SheReadsTruth.com. Shop the A Living Hope collection at ShopSheReadsTruth.com. Show notes can be found at shereadstruth.com/podcast/a-living-hope-week-2-with-rebekah-lyons
"A Living Hope through the Resurrection of Jesus Christ" | Carlos Emilio Ham preaching | Second Sunday of Easter | April 16, 2023
1 Peter 1:3-9 Even after Easter, our story continues. Our new life in Christ is not a one time thing, but an ongoing journey.Support the show
St. James Lutheran Podcast (LCMS), Grand Rapids, MI
Jesus: New Birth into a Living Hope! Scriptures to read before Sunday.... Acts 2:14a, 22-32 Risen Jesus: New Birth into a Living Hope. Peter preached to the crowds 50 days after Easter, "We are not abandoned to the grave; God has raised Jesus from the dead!" I Peter 1:3-9 (sermon verses) Risen Jesus: New Birth into a Living Hope. New birth. Living Hope. Divine inheritance. Shielded by God's power. These are yours because of God's great mercy! John 20:19-31 Risen Jesus: New Birth into a Living Hope Easter evening, Jesus appeared to his disciples. He drove away their fears! He appeared again one week later, this time with “Doubting Thomas” present. Thomas also saw and believed. Psalm 16 Martin Luther said, “The sixteenth psalm is a prophecy of the suffering and resurrection of the Christ. It clearly shows that he would cast off the old law with its sacrifices as idolatry, and has chosen believers for a beautiful inheritance.” We hope you enjoy this message! If you have any questions you can email us at: email@example.com Instagram: @votlchurch Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/votl.org/ YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCbssSY_GyJMabh9W-sSVQpQ Online: https://votl.org
Jesus is our living hope for the future.
Pastor Chris preaches from 1 Peter Sermon Title: Pastor Peter's Living Hope Sermon Series: Living Hope for Elect Exiles Sermon Text: 1 Peter 1:1-2 Prayer request or Question? Send us a message @ firstname.lastname@example.org
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A sermon by Matt Zrust on 1 Peter 1:3-9
Covenant Presbyterian Church, Ledyard, CT
1 Peter 1:3-9 Rev. Rodney Henderson
The Second Sunday of Easter April 15, 2023 He Lives to Give Me Trust and Peace Sermon based on 1 Peter 1:3-9 https://stpeterchurchmodesto.org
A Living Hope by Door of Hope PDX
In God's great wisdom, He always knew what his children were worth & was always willing to pay the price. This Easter may we remember that God willingly sent & crushed His Son to redeem us, but death could not hold Him–He has overcome the grave to heal the sick & give us all Living Hope!
Let's celebrate Easter together! In addition to this week's episode on celebration, enjoy the devotional and reflection questions.Easter Devotional on CelebrationBy Kacey Williamson If you're like me, there's nothing quite like the thrill of an Easter egg hunt. Whether they're strewn across an open field or carefully sprinkled throughout your backyard, there's something thrilling about spotting brightly colored plastic nestled in dewy grass and hard-to-reach places. This was especially true for me one Easter morning when I was about five years old. In previous years, I was the only one searching for eggs, but that year, my younger brother joined in the search. I was so excited to share the joy of Easter egg hunts with him that I deposited every egg I came across into his basket rather than my own. My parents had to tell me to start putting eggs in my own basket so I'd have some of my own! My excitement filled me with so much joy that I couldn't help but share that with my brother.In this podcast episode, Kate and Olivia share about the beauty of celebration as a Christian. Both on Easter and year-round, we get to celebrate Christ's resurrection—He is our Living Hope!This truth is so beautiful, so profound, that we can't help but share this Good News with others, just as I couldn't help but share the Easter eggs I found with my brother that special Easter morning. In Acts 4:20, after being reprimanded for sharing the gospel, the apostles Peter and John say, “we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” As Christians, our celebration is contagious, and it's meant to be shared.Today's podcast also reminds us that service and celebration don't have to be separate—they can be one in the same. In heartfelt response to what Christ has already accomplished for us on the cross, service allows us to celebrate His goodness, His mercy, and His love. Service both prompts us to celebrate and gives us an opportunity to celebrate. In Romans 12:1, Paul writes, “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.” Both Easter and year-round, we get to be women who celebrate God's goodness through our service, all the while “looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2). May we be women who constantly celebrate and remember all that the Lord has done. May we celebrate and serve in a way that points others to the cross. May we live a life of celebration as we look ahead to the biggest thrill of all, more so than any Easter egg hunt—eternity with Him. Reflection QuestionsRead and consider Acts 4:13-22. What was noticeable about Peter and John? How had the good news impacted not only them, but the crowd of people around them? How has the Good News of Jesus' resurrection changed your life? How can you celebrate this joy and hope in the coming week? Share with one person this week how the resurrection has changed your life. Considering Romans 12:1, what is one step you can take in humility to serve others? To find out more about our community or how to get involved in the Fort Worth area (Tarrant, Parker, & Johnson County locations), visit us online at www.ccbcfamily.org/women or find us on Instagram @christchapelwomen.
Living Hope | Easter | Cross Timbers Church | Josiah Anthony
Raechel, Amanda, and special guest Naomi Raine open Week 1 of our new study, A Living Hope, and discover the power of the resurrection in our lives today. They discuss the days immediately following the resurrection and what we can learn about Jesus, God's promises, and our calling as believers through his interactions with His disciples. Open your Bibles and listen along as we start a three-week conversation on the present and eternal hope we have in a risen Jesus. Read with Us: This episode corresponds to Week 1 of the She Reads Truth A Living Hope reading plan found on the She Reads Truth app and SheReadsTruth.com. Shop the A Living Hope collection at ShopSheReadsTruth.com. Show notes can be found at https://shereadstruth.com/podcast/a-living-hope-week-1-with-naomi-raine/
Palm Valley Church Weekend Podcast
Worship Setlist:Because He Lives by Lakewood WorshipNever Lost by Elevation WorshipLiving Hope by Bethel MusicHow Great Thou Art (Hymn)O' Praise The Name by Hillsong Worship What He's Done by PassionGoodness of God by Bethel Music