To Hope Again by Jim Henry

To Hope Again
Rev. Jim Henry, Pastor
1 Peter 1:3-5
04/20/03

We are going to read 1 Peter 1:3-5 and that will be the strength and the hope that we will be drawing from this message, from the Apostle Peter, about the resurrection.

1 Peter 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade--kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God's power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice.

Would you pray with me? Dear Father, our hearts are quickening this morning because of the reality of all that we see and hear. The good news is He is alive! We come to celebrate Your presence here this morning. Holy Spirit, You are welcome here. Father, as we look at Your Words that You inspired through that well-known and unique servant and disciple of Yours, Simon Peter, I pray that what he wrote and the realities of what he experienced as a real human being, just like us, will bring hope to all who hear this morning. Let the words of my mouth and the meditations of my heart be acceptable in Your sight O, Lord, my Strength and my Redeemer, and dear Lord Jesus, Holy Spirit, bring hope again to every heart in this room this morning, in Jesus' name. Amen.

Many of you are familiar with the "WWJD" wrist bands, What Would Jesus Do? Are you familiar with the one that says "DNR"? It is not a radio station. It is something you find in the hospitals. A pastor friend of mine wrote about his experience with that. He didn't know what it was. His mother had been in the hospital and he had talked to the doctors and they said, "We have done everything we can for your mother and we want to know if you want to put a "DNR" bracelet on her arm. He said, "What do you mean?" The doctor said, "Do ...


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