The Proper Function of Hope

     In the Christian’s armor, hope is the helmet (1 Thessalonians 5:6).  Its purpose, therefore, is to protect your mind.  Whether or not your helmet is on your head is determined by you.  A helmet does not automatically or magically crown a soldier’s head; it…

Hope When Life’s Storms Come–Part 2

       The fact “God has not promised us smooth sailing, just safe passage” is clearly demonstrated in Psalm 35.  David is engulfed in stormy waters.  His initial response is to pray for Jehovah’s deliverance (vv. 1-8) and to anticipate his joyous response to God’s…

Hope When Life’s Storms Come (Part 1)

       No psalm better illustrates the observation that “God has not promised us smooth sailing, just safe passage” than does Psalm 35.  David is in stormy waters up to his eyes.  His ship of faith is sailing among those who: strive with him (v….

The Hope of the Gospel

       One of the many distinguishing, non-replicable, infallible truths about the gospel is its fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies.  According to the Scriptures, Christ died for our sins and was raised the third day (1st Corinthians 15:3-4).  The gospel of God was promised beforehand…

The God of Hope

       The setting of Psalm 12 is David’s observation of the cessation of godliness in his fellow citizens; the faithful have disappeared from David’s view (v. 1).  Rather than despairing in such bleak circumstances, David’s focuses upon Jehovah, the God of hope.  Because…