by Jerry Vines

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Where There's Jesus There's Hope (1 of 16)
Series: There's Hope
Jerry Vines
1 Peter 1:1-2

I wonder how many of you have seen our T.V. commercials ''Come Home''? We've had a lot of wonderful and positive response from these commercials. We have had a number of people who said, having seen those commercials, that it's time for them to come home and they did. We thank God for it.

Picking up on that theme in this new series of studies which I'm calling ''Come Home, There's Hope,'' we're going to be talking about hope from this book of hope in the New Testament, I Peter.

I'm sure most of you have followed this week the hostage situation here in the Riverplace Towers. We can certainly commend our law enforcement, the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office, and we can commend our mayor for the way they handled that so that a tragedy was avoided.

In reading the article and some of the things that were said around that particular situation, it was interesting to me to read that the hostage who was taken, a lawyer in our city, is also a Christian and is a Sunday School teacher. In reading the article, I thought it was very interesting that he talked to the man who had taken him hostage, not only about sparing his life but into not committing suicide. Then he said that ''we were talking about earnest things, life and death, faith and God''; those are the deeper things. Then he said to the man, ''Did you ever think that this may have been no coincidence, but maybe a means of my giving a message to you and that is that you can have hope in your life? It's not as bleak as you think.''

They tell me that one of the common themes in suicide notes which people leave is the theme of hopelessness, that people who commit suicide have come to the point in their life where they do not see any hope. There is a sense of hopelessness in them.

I was walking through a place of business this week and just in passing I heard a young lady, surely just in her early 20's, who said ...

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