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Why I Have Hope...

[fa icon="calendar'] Sun, Nov 11, 2012 @ 12:39 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in hope, Bible, truth, daily devotional

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1 Timothy 4:10 says, “That is why we labor and strive, because we have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of all people, and especially of those who believe.”  In our world, people seek to find hope in many things.  For some it is their job and the race to the top of their profession.  Others find hope in the possibility of luck; that one day their life will be turned upside down by a chance encounter.  Still others find hope in their money and possessions.  Yet, everything this world has to offer will not satisfy the desires that God has placed within us. 

As Christ-followers, our hope is placed in the living God!  It is based on who God is and all that God has done.  When times are good, God is the same.  When times are bad, God remains unchanged.  Whereas people fail, God never fails.  God has revealed who he is through Scripture, and most fully in the person and work of Jesus Christ.  God loves us so much, that He is willing to do pretty much anything and everything to be in relationship with us – even send His only Son to die on our behalf!

 What’s more, God always keeps His promises.  We can trust that He will be faithful.  He has promised many things – including that a day is coming when it will get better.  A great reversal is going to happen.  The first will be last, and the last will be first.  The wicked will be judged, and the righteous rewarded.  Those who are suffering – physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually – will be comforted.  I believe these things are true.  Why?  Because my hope is in the living God!  A God who keeps His promises.  A God of love.  A faithful God.  This gives me reason to hope no matter how desperate a situation I’m facing.  This gives me reason to labor and strive – to keep on going and to hang in there no matter the circumstances.  I’m so thankful that the hope I have is not based on who I am, but rather on who God is!

Jordan Lee
Senior Associate Pastor

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Glory Days

[fa icon="calendar'] Wed, Jun 27, 2012 @ 01:51 PM / by Timberlake Church posted in Timberlake Church, following God, hope, Everyone, community, daily devotional, direction, honoring God

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This past weekend my wife and I and a bunch of our friends from college went to a wedding. Events like these are often so fun-- old friends, acquaintances you haven't seen in a while, and leaning over and asking your wife the name of a person you can't remember as they walk up to you. This wedding was especially great, since a group of awesome guys I lived with for two years were all coming into town for the wedding. I was reminded seeing them all again how important it is to surround yourself with people who challenge you, encourage, and make you laugh (Prov 13:20). But, that's not what this post is about.  

The wedding was in Spokane, and so on the four hour drive over, we had nothing but time to reminisce as we drove over the pass, through the metropolis of Ellensburg, and through Adams County (in case you didn't know, the nations' leading potato producing county). 

It was amazing how for almost the entire car ride there, our full car was filled with conversations about what life was like when we didn't have much responsibility, and the possibilities were limitless. And as we were laughing til we couldn't breathe and munching gas station snacks, I couldn't help but reflect on how often my spirituality and faith in Jesus Christ leans this way. How so often, I look back on a few years ago, and think, "Those were the days!" 

Something Krissa (my awesome wife) and I have always talked about, is the idea that we never want our best days spiritually to be in the past, how we always want to look toward to future and ask, "What is the Lord challenging us to do?" For those of you reading this post, whatever stage of life you're at, I would encourage you to ask the same question. Maybe you're reading this and you're a young family, and you think there's absolutely no way we have time for God to use us. I'm confident God can. Or maybe you're retired, enjoying life, and figuring out where you're going to have dinner over breakfast-- I'm confident your best days aren't in the past. And maybe you're somewhere in the middle, caught somewhere between "things could not be any better" and "things didn't work out quite like I planned". I hope you'd be open to the idea that God wants to use you, that you can be closer to Jesus than you've ever been, and that God might be challenging you to do something great for His Kingdom in this season. 

Nick

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