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“Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”  Titus 2:13 Praying and asking the Lord what He wanted me to share in my writing today, the word “Hope” kept coming back to me. Wikipedia describes it as follows:  Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large. As a verb, its definitions include: “expect with confidence” and “to cherish a desire with anticipation.” What are we hoping for today? …

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven and do not return there but water the earth, making it bring forth and sprout, giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater.” (Isaiah 55:10, ESV) As I look out my window this morning, the snow is falling, and the temperature hovers lower on the thermometer than I like. It is winter. Although some enjoy cold and snow, this is not my favorite season of the year. I prefer the warmth of spring and the new life that comes to the earth as temperatures rise. Yet, I…

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33. Oftentimes during the Christmas season, I meditate on the reason Jesus came to earth, more often than focusing on how He came. I love the birth story of Jesus; it is powerful and a fulfilled prophecy. However, I try to reflect on Jesus’ purpose for robing Himself in flesh to dwell among us (John 1:1, 2, 14). He came to save His people from their sins, to…