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Our True Hope Day 24: Good News and Great Joy

Our True Hope Day 24: Good News and Great Joy Bible Reading: Luke 2:8-20 I'll never forget my first mission trip to South America when I was in college.  We met some beautiful people and did some exciting work.  But the lack of American comforts was a shock to us.  Sleeping under mosquito nets, taking cold showers, eating spicy fish for breakfast, and being packed in a van like a sardine to travel (seriously, I know how a sardine in a can feels now).  I remember thinking about all the blessings I had back home that I took [...]

December 24th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Our True Hope Day 23: God’s Unconventional but Perfect Plan

Our True Hope Day 23: God’s Unconventional but Perfect Plan Bible Reading: Luke 2:1-7 There are many miracles in the Bible that are difficult for the human mind to understand.  Yet there is no greater miracle than our Creator, the Alpha and Omega, the One who always existed……to come in the form of a baby!  This has become a more common passage that is often read at Christmas time, but it is truly far from common! It is unusual and unconventional according to man’s standards.  Let’s look at three very unconventional aspects of this miracle. God’s Perfect Timing [...]

December 23rd, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , |

Our True Hope Day 22: God’s Plan Is Better

Our True Hope Day 22: God's Plan Is Better Bible Reading: Matthew 1:18-25 I am the kind of person who likes to be planned and organized.  It's how God has wired me.  It helps me to be able to accomplish more, and not allow too many responsibilities to overwhelm me (usually).  When a curveball is thrown into my schedule, it can quickly throw me for a loop. The Man With a Plan. From what I read about him, I believe Joseph was a young man who had a plan.  He was trying to take responsibility and establish himself [...]

December 22nd, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Our True Hope Day 21: A Humble Beginning

Our True Hope Day 21: A Humble Beginning Bible Reading; Micah 5:2-5 Do you have a few questions you’d like to ask God when you get to heaven? I have some things I wonder about as well. After reading today's passage, I’d love to ask God, “why Bethlehem?” O Little Town of Bethlehem “Beth” “lehem" means in Hebrew "house of bread”. It was the village King David came from (John 7:42).  However, it was a very small, unimportant town compared to many of the other thousands of towns in Judah.  Nothing significant happened in this little [...]

December 21st, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , |

Our True Hope Day 20: Come and See the Light

Our True Hope Day 20: Come and See the Light Bible Reading: John 1:1-9 There is one central theme throughout all of scripture, and it's not right and wrongs, its Jesus. God's rescue plan for humanity through his beloved Son. As we read John 1 today, and celebrate the coming of Jesus, let us remember these extraordinary truths. Jesus always existed. (John 1:2) As we picture Jesus, lying in a manger, or in the loving arms of Mary and Joseph, we struggle to understand that Jesus always existed. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy [...]

December 20th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , |

Our True Hope Day 19: Excited to Give the Gift

Our True Hope Day 19: Excited to Give the Gift Bible Reading: Isaiah 9:1-7 As we are only six days away from Christmas, the wrapping paper and bows have most likely been strewn about.  Some of you might be just as excited to give your gifts to loved ones as you are to receive a gift.   There is such a joyful excitement when you know you have a special gift for someone, and you just can’t wait to give it!  In my house, my children are almost bursting waiting to give the gifts they have chosen for [...]

December 19th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Our True Hope Day 18: When Faith Brings Freedom

Our True Hope Day 18: When Faith Brings Freedom Bible Reading: Luke 1:57-67 Zechariah was used by God to prophesy of the coming savior, but he had to learn a valuable lesson first. Because he doubted and questioned the angel about the miraculous birth of his son (Luke 1:18), God made Zechariah unable to speak for the full nine months of his wife’s pregnancy! One week after his son was born, all the friends and family gathered to celebrate and assumed the baby would be named after his father as was Jewish tradition. Zechariah used a [...]

December 18th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Our True Hope Day 16: Let Us Sing

Our True Hope Day 16: Let Us Sing Bible Reading: Luke 1:46-56 Music is a gift from God, and almost everyone at some point will sing.  Some might sing along at a concert, while others might sing while they are driving in the car, or in the shower.  Or maybe one might hum when they are in a store and know a familiar song that is playing in the background. We read that when Mary hears the prophetic word from Elizabeth about the son she was carrying, she burst forth in song.  This song was a response to [...]

December 16th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , |

Our True Hope Day 15 – A Spirit Empowered Greeting

Our True Hope Day 15 - A Spirit Empowered Greeting Bible Reading: Luke 1:39-45 Think of the times you visited relatives for the holidays and all the warm greetings that ensued to grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, some of whom you hadn’t seen since the last holiday gathering.  Those reunions usually began with hugs, warm welcomes, and lots of questions to catch up with our loved ones. This passage recounts a reunion of two relatives that was nothing like the typical holiday visits we remember.  The angel Gabriel told Mary the very surprising news that her aged relative Elizabeth [...]

December 15th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Our True Hope Day 14 – Let It Be According To Your Word

Our True Hope Day 14 - Let It Be According To Your Word Bible Reading: Luke 1:26-38 As I read this story about the Angel Gabrial telling Mary the plan of God for her life,  I am once again amazed at the work of God.  This story is not a fairy tale that we hear each Christmas.  This story portrays the kindness of God to foretell his marvelous works to Mary!  My heart longs to be one like Mary,  whom God chooses to use according to his will.  Here are three things to learn about being used by [...]

December 14th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , , |

Our True Hope Day 13: A Sign Given

Bible Reading: Isaiah 7:10–16 Today we read another prophecy of the coming Messiah from Isaiah Chapter 7.   The context for this passage was the king of Judah, Ahaz, was being threatened by the kings of Syria and Isreal.  They were going to come and invade Judah and cause trouble in Jerusalem.  God spoke to Isaiah to give a message to King Ahaz.  God was going to protect Judah and even give Ahaz a sign that Syria and Isreal would be thwarted.  Yet in his sinful pride, Ahaz rejected the sign.  It sounded righteous to say "I will [...]

December 13th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Tonya Wharton Perry – Set Free Ministries

Set Free was formed in January 1990 in response to a need in the lives of several individuals who desired to serve God more fully, yet found their sexual feelings or activities in conflict with that desire. Set Free specializes in areas of identity, whether you're struggling with unwanted Same Sex attraction, depression, alcohol/drug addiction, all types of sexual addiction, pornography, abuse, problems in marriage, general unhealthy relationships, or no direction and feel stuck! God has anointed and equipped us to train and help facilitate God's healing and freedom in these specifics areas. We desire to apply the truth [...]

December 12th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog, Missions, Missions Spotlight|

Our True Hope Day 12: God’s Will is Accomplished

Our True Hope Day 12: God's Will is Accomplished Bible Reading: Luke 1:5-25 As we have been reading all of the prophecies and declarations that were spoken hundreds of years before Jesus, we are reminded that the celebration of the coming of Christ is also a celebration of the accomplishment of God's will.  The last two daily readings (Isaiah 40:3 & Malachi 3:1, Malachi 4:5) speak of one to come who will to "prepare the way" for the Lord’s coming.  In today's reading, we see this come to pass as an Angel tells Zechariah the priest that [...]

December 12th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Our True Hope Day 11 – Who Can Stand

Our True Hope Day 11 - Who Can Stand Bible Reading: Malachi 3:1-4, 4:4-5 Malachi is the fifth prophet we have read about who foretold of the coming of Christ.  Malachi, like Isaiah, told not only of the Messiah to come but of the messenger God would send before Him to prepare the way.  That messenger was John the Baptizer who proclaimed the coming of the Lord Jesus before Jesus’ public ministry began. God spoke a challenging word through Malachi, "But who can endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears?"(Malachi 3:2). This [...]

December 11th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , |

Our True Hope Day 9 – We All Need Comfort

Our True Hope Day 9 - We All Need Comfort Bible Reading: Isaiah 40:1-11 For some, Christmas is a time of joy, happiness and fond memories.  But for others, Christmas is a time of pain and sorrow.  Maybe you lost someone dear to you at Christmas, or the holidays are simply a painful reminder of past abuse or trauma. For those who struggle with depression, the festivities and gatherings of Christmas can magnify your loneliness. Isaiah is ordered by God to take a word of comfort to the people of Israel who were going through a challenging period. [...]

December 9th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|Tags: , , , , |

Our True Hope Day 8 – Someone Get Excited!

Bible Reading - Zephaniah 3:14-20 Zephaniah is another prophet of God who joined the other prophets in bringing a message of the coming Messiah!  What was one of the primary purposes of Jesus coming?  He was coming to "take away our judgments." (Zephaniah 3:15)  That truth should get us excited! I'll never forget when I had to go and be a character witness in a Philadephia court on behalf of a young man who I knew from my youth program.  He made some poor decisions and was expecting to receive minor sentencing.  However, the officers destroyed video proof of [...]

December 8th, 2017|Categories: Abundant Life Blog|