Psalm 42:5 Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.
Prayer: Lord God, we release our despair and choose to place our hope in you.
Thought for the day: Despair is like a mud puddle. If you step into it, you will track it into your house.
Psalm 118: 7, 8 The Lord is with me: he is my helper. I will look in triumph on my enemies. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man.
Prayer: Almighty God, you are our helper, you are our refuge in troubled times.
Thought for the day: The faith of Corrie Ten Boom was a hiding place that no enemy could penetrate.
Proverbs 10:28,29 The prospects of the righteous is joy, but the hopes of the wicked come to nothing. The way of the Lord is a refuge for the righteous, but it is the ruin of those who do evil.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for providing a pathway of hope to God, the Father.
Thought for the day: Warning: scratch-off lottery tickets are hazardous to most persons’ retirement accounts.
Ecclesiastes 11:6 Sow your seed in the morning, and at evening let not your hands be idle, for you do not know which will succeed, whether this or that, or whether both will do equally well.
Prayer: Lord God, in hope we serve and worship you without ceasing.
Thought for the day: Children demonstrate an amazing capacity for hope during the Christmas season.
Romans 5:1, 2 Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God though our Lord Jesus Christ, though whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.
Prayer: Lord God, the very thought of entering in the heavenly glory you share with Christ thrills us today.
Thought for the day: Good angels never want to run away from home.
I Peter 3:15 But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, we would tell anyone you are our reason to hope.
Thought for the day: Someone you know wants to know the Jesus you know.
Acts 23:6 Then Paul, knowing that some of them were Sadducees and that others Pharisees, called out in the Sanhedrin, “My Brothers, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee. I stand on trial because of my hope in the resurrection of the dead.”
Prayer: Lord God, we thank you for the hope we find in Jesus of the resurrection from the dead.
Thought for the day: Believers in Christ Jesus are on trial daily for the hope of the resurrection.
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