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A Place of Hope (4 of 5)
Series: Missing in Action: God's Church in the Real World
Pastor Jeff Schreve
What do you think of when you think of the word hopeless, hopeless, where a person tells you, "This situation in my life is hopelesses, hopeless; not one shred of hope?" Did you know lots of people live in a state of hopelessness? It's horrible and it's awful. Bernard Baruch, the financier of the early and middle 1900s, he was called "The Lone Wolf on Wall Street." He worked with President Woodrow Wilson and Franklin Delano Roosevelt on economic matters, a very wise guy. He said, "Hopelessness is the saddest word in the English language, to be hopeless." It's terrible to get to a place in your life where the hopelessness come in, but a lot of people live with.
Maybe you're here today and you have hopelessness in your life. Maybe not in your whole life, but in areas of life. Maybe in your marriage. You say, "Well, my marriage is hopeless. You know, I've been hoping and hoping that it would get better, that he would change, that she would change, but I've given up. It's hopeless!" Maybe in your career. 'I've passed that point of being able to change careers, and I'm just stuck in this dead-end job, and my career is hopeless!" Maybe your finances seem hopeless. Maybe you struggle with an addiction in your life to alcohol or drugs or pornography, some type of sexual immorality, and you say, 'You know, I've tried and tried and tried and I can't whip this thing, and I throw up my hands. It's hopeless!"
Maybe the hopelessness has come into you so heavy that you just feel like your future is hopeless. Maybe you lost a loved one. Maybe you lost your spouse. You just say, „My life is over! It's hopeless, and there's never going to be joy and gladness and happiness again in my life!" It's a terrible way to live when you lose hope.
But listen. It is so wonderful that you're here today, because God's house is a place of hope. And because Jesus Chri ...
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