by Ernest Easley

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A Living Hope
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
1 Peter 1.1-3

If these are days of difficulty for you ... and if you are facing great trials and perhaps suffering for your faith ... I've got some wonderful news for you! YES .. THERE IS HOPE!
There is hope as you are going through that difficulty. There is hope in facing that trial. There is hope as you raise those teenagers. There is hope for every single parent. YES ... THERE IS HOPE!
You say, "Pastor, hope? I'm not seeing it!" Well .. you will see it! And not just see it .. but seize it and make it your very own!
That is what the book of 1st Peter is all about: Hope in facing the trials of life! And beginning tonight ... you are going to be greatly encouraged from the Big Fisherman. And of course I'm talking about Simon Peter.
Join me in the New Testament book of 1st Peter. First Peter is a letter written to saints who were facing all kinds of difficulty. Due to being persecuted for their faith in Jesus Christ .. they had scattered throughout Asia Minor (modern day Turkey).
Now it's easy to get discouraged when you're facing difficulty. I'm talking to some people here tonight just like that. You have grown discouraged and perhaps even to the point of feeling defeated. And you feel like throwing in the towel. Don't do it! You say, "Pastor, why not? I'm so discouraged and defeated tonight. Why go on? Why take another step? I've lost all hope." I'll tell you why! No .. better than me telling you why .. I think I'll just let the Big Fisherman tell you why!
As Peter begins his letter to these discouraged saints .. paragraph after paragraph he says: "YES ... THERE IS HOPE." And tonight .. you need to know that there is hope. In fact ... Peter calls it ...
A Living Hope
1 Peter 1.1-3
"Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, To the pilgrims (sojourners) of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, elect according to the foreknowledge of Go ...

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