Words of Hope (Nov 5)

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November 5

Words of Hope 

Today’s Scripture Readings: Psalm 119:113-120 | Ezekiel 12:1-14:11 | Hebrews 7:1-17 | Proverbs 27:3

Today’s Scripture Focus: Psalm 119:113-120

“You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word” (Psalm 119:114 NIV).

We serve a God of Hope (Rom 15:13). His word is a message of hope. Whatever our circumstance, we can always run to God’s word and find shelter, comfort and encouragement.

A few years ago, I heard David Bryant at the College of Prayer encourage us to be messengers of hope. He repeatedly reminded us to “preach the pink passages.” He explained that he had Bible, in which he had marked all the verses that should cause us to hope with a pink highlighter. He paged through his Bible for us and it was obvious that nearly every page of his Bible had verses highlighted in pink. Many pages were almost completely pink. Indeed the Bible is a book of hope.

We live in a world in need of hope. We find ourselves daily in need of hope. That very fact is a reminder that we need daily time in God’s word. We need time for our hope to be renewed and our hearts to be refreshed. Then we are able to become messengers of hope that impact the world.

May you find the LORD to be your hiding place and your shield. May his word bring you hope daily.

God of Hope, fill me with joy and peace today as I trust in you that I might overflow with hope by the power of your Holy Spirit. Be my hiding place and my shield. Help me to find hope in your word and enable me to become a messenger of hope today. Amen.

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About pastorjeffsneighborhood

Born and raised in Minnesota, I have served in churches in Minnesota, Ohio, Oregon and California. I am a graduate of Crown College (MN) and George Fox Evangelical Seminary (OR). I have also done additional graduate studies in New Testament Studies at the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary (CA). I am also a graduate of the College of Prayer. Having served as the Academic Dean and Program Director at Horizon Institute of Los Angeles for several years, I have returned to the pastorate and serve as Pastor of Big Trees Community Bible Church in Arnold, CA.
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