by Ernest Easley

Born to Grow
Series: Yes - There Is Hope
Ernest Easley
1 Peter 2:1-3

Well tonight is our last Sunday night in the Vision Center for awhile. Next Sunday night we will be back in the worship center, but haven't you enjoyed being in here the last couple of months?

I want to again thank the Deacons along with our staff who have helped prepare this room for Sunday night worship. I also want to thank the Music staff that has helped with the sound and lights each week and our Kitchen staff and volunteers along with our Brazilian Fellowship for providing food. It's been a wonderful time for us to build community.

Now tonight, we are continuing our series of messages from the New Testament book of 1st Peter. It is the book of hope written to people that had been born again to a living hope! And having been scattered throughout Asia Minor due to persecution for their faith in Jesus, you can believe they needed this word of hope: Don't despair!

It's like that missionary that was sitting at her second-story window when she was handed a letter from home. As she opened the letter, a crisp, new, ten dollar bill fell out. She was so surprised, but as she read the letter her eyes were distracted by a shabbily dressed stranger down below, leaning against a post in front of the building.

She couldn't get him off her mind. Thinking that he might be in greater financial stress than she, she slipped the bill into an envelope on which she wrote "Don't Despair."

She threw it out the window. The stranger below picked it up, read it, looked up, smiled as he tipped his hat and went away.

The next day she was about to leave the house when a knock came at the door. She found the same shabbily dressed man smiling as he handed her a roll of bills. When she asked what they were for, he said, "That's the sixty bucks you won, lady. Don't Despair paid five to one."

Well, better than sixty bucks that would be spend and forever gone, those scattered saints possessed a lastin ...

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