Actions Of Hope

An action of hope means getting practical.  Working and doing things with trust in God’s plan even when the circumstances don’t reveal it.  Actions of hope are a way to live in faith and to put your trust in God.  In Jeremiah 32 there is a story of Jeremiah buying a field at a time when Babylon was coming to capture the city…this was not a logical action at the time rather an action of hope because God had said the people will return to buy fields, build houses and live in this land.  Destruction was coming yet Jeremiah bought a field.  Turn towards God in faith and ask for His guidance for opportunities for you to take actions of hope in your life.  Amen.

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“…being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 1:6

(This photo was taken in July of 2016 while traveling in North Dakota)

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God Is Love

Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.”

1 John 4:8-10

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We love because he first loved us. 20 Whoever claims to love God yet hates a brother or sister is a liar. For whoever does not love their brother and sister, whom they have seen, cannot love God, whom they have not seen. 21 And he has given us this command: Anyone who loves God must also love their brother and sister.”

1 John 4:19-21

(This photo was taken in October of 2014 at the Nakalele Blowhole on the island of Maui, Hawaii)

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The Word Planted In You

The Word of God will uphold you and sustain you…it will provide peace and calm in your mind and in your heart.  Take time to memorize some verses…whichever ones speak to you.  You will know them when you read them…then put them deep in your mind and in your heart where nothing and no one can reach them.  Then at anytime and in any situation you can remember them to lead you and guide you.  God’s Word is a gift and one of the ways He communicates with us.  Amen.

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But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
    whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
    that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
    its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
    and never fails to bear fruit.”

Jeremiah 17:7-8

(This photo was taken in July of 2018 on the shore of Lake Superior near Ashland, Wisconsin)

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Life According To The Spirit

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh[a]; rather, serve one another humbly in love. 14 For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 15 If you bite and devour each other, watch out or you will be destroyed by each other.”

Galatians 5:13-15

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.”

Galatians 5:22-23

(This photo was taken in March of 2018 while traveling in southern New Mexico)

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To Know Him And To Make Him Known

Our purpose…our ministry.  Amen.

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“This is what the Lord says:

“Let not the wise boast of their wisdom
    or the strong boast of their strength
    or the rich boast of their riches,
24 but let the one who boasts boast about this:
    that they have the understanding to know me,
that I am the Lord, who exercises kindness,
    justice and righteousness on earth,
    for in these I delight,”
declares the Lord.”

Jeremiah 9:23-24

(This photo was taken in August of 2016 in Glacier National Park in Montana)

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Our Good Father

God cares for each and every one of us.  As our good Father He is constantly giving us the opportunity to come to Him or come back to Him.  Take time to be with your heavenly Father.  Amen.

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called to one hope when you were called; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.”

Ephesians 4:2-6

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“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.”

1 John 3:1

(This photo was taken in September of 2016 at a lake in central Minnesota)

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Greater Is He

Make it a priority in your life to spend time with Jesus Christ your Savior and Lord.  He has conquered all things and nothing you are facing or will face in your life is greater then Him and His saving grace.  Amen.

“You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”

1 John 4:4

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“He must become greater; I must become less.”

John 3:30

(This photo was taken in September of 2020 at sunrise by a lake in northwestern Wisconsin)

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God’s Word Is A Light

The unfolding of your words gives light;
    it gives understanding to the simple.”

Psalm 119:130

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Your word is a lamp for my feet,
    a light on my path.”

Psalm 119:105

(This photo was taken in July of 2018 at a park near Bayfield, Wisconsin)

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Grace

Love and mercy from God, not because we have earned it, rather because He wants us to have it.  Amen.

Grace Wins by Matthew West

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For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”

Ephesians 2:8-9

(This photo was taken in August of 2016 at Sapphire Point near Dillon, Colorado)

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Let Faith Rise Up

Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith; be courageous; be strong. 14 Do everything in love.”

1 Corinthians 16:13-14

Peace Be Still by Hope Darst

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“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9

(This photo was taken this past weekend at sunrise at a lake in northwestern Wisconsin)

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