Praise be to the Lord! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ!
How wonderful last Sunday was! How great to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus! This Sunday, we continue that celebration as we follow Jesus Easter evening and the week that followed.
In two weeks, April 30, we will hold our last Sunday Funday. It will be a special water day. It will also be a time to invite parents with kids who might be interested in our school. There is a $50 credit toward next year’s registration for any referrals. (The family must be introduced to Mr. C.) April 30 will also be our third quarter voters meeting, the budget/election meeting.
In three weeks, May 7, it will be Confirmation Day. Four of our young people: Brandon Elam, Ben Hess, Antonio Rivera and Maddie Rudolph will take their solemn vow of faithfulness to the Lord.
Finally, the South Atlantic District’s summer youth camps deadlines are quickly approaching, April 30. The Amazing Race Teen Challenge is June 27-30 ($355/) in Kissimmee, FL and includes the Race at Epcot. (Amazing Race All Forms) Camp South—Soul Survivor is July 24-28 ($285/) in Covington, GA and includes, bowling, low ropes and the mudder course. (Camp South All Forms) Contact Pastor if you have any questions. You can watch promo videos forCamp South and Amazing Race here.
Now, here is today’s devotion:
We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, because we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and of the love you have for all the saints—the faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven and that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel that has come to you.
There was a song in an old movie that spoke of ant with high hopes. Everyone knows “an ant can’t,” the song tells the story, “move a rubber tree plant.” Then comes the refrain, “But he had high hopes.” The audience is then left with the picture of a hope-filled ant really moving a rubber tree plant, rather than being frustrated by an immovable object, or being crushed by the weight on its back. “Can’t” is quickly erased from our minds. Hope is seen overcoming the impossible.
Writing to Christians, the apostle Paul expresses unending thanks to God for the “faith and love that spring from the hope that is stored up for you in heaven that you have already heard about in the word of truth, the gospel.”
Faith, hope and love! These three go together. Faith and love in the hearts of Christians spring up from the hope of heaven promised us in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The despairing gloom of sin’s dark clouds that overshadow this world in which we live are swept away to let in the light of the Son, because he has given us hope. He endured the punishment for our sins. He rose victorious over death. He defeated Satan, and opened heaven’s gates for us. Now, nothing, not even death, can darken our bright future, because our hope is stored up for us already in heaven.
Maybe an ant can’t move a rubber tree plant, but our Lord Jesus still does the impossible! In him, we have received the highest of hopes!
Dear Savior, cause my faith and love to spring up from hope in the glorious good news of all that you have done for me on earth and have prepared for me in heaven. Amen.