This week we have the privilege of having guest speaker, Natalie Frisk, share with us a timely and critical message on hope. Natalie is the curriculum pastor at The Meeting House, the Lead Pastor at The Meeting House (Brantford), and author of the book “Raising Disciples – How to Make Faith Matter For Our Kids.” She is married to Sam, and mom to Erin. She loves Jesus a whole lot, too.
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THE DISCIPLINE OF HOPE
Message by Natalie Frisk – July 26, 2020
SCRAPPING THE NEW YEAR’S RESOLUTION
“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu
Romans 5:1-5 NLT
Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory.
We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.
“Hope is a discipline.” – Mariame Kaba, activist and organizer
1 Peter 1:3-9 NLT “… A living hope … into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade.”
1 Peter 3:13-19 NIV “… be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have…”
A CHALLENGE AND AN EXPERIENCE
- Make a gratitude list; use it to thank God (“Praise be!”) and be reminded of the hope you have in Him
- Sit in a dark room and light a candle; notice how the light permeates the darkness; be reminded of the Hope that Christ brings the world