Monthly Archives: December 2011

Hope for the New Year

2011 saw a series of some of the worst natural disasters to afflict our nation. The January D.C. snowstorm left some evening commuters stranded more than 10 hours. With two feet of snow and 60 mph winds, the Groundhog Blizzard … Continue reading

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The Hope of Christmas

If we lived in Judea during the time of Jesus’ birth, we’d have felt little hope.¬†Syrian successors to Alexander had imposed Greek culture on our Jewish people, including holding games with naked athletes in Jerusalem. Antiocus IV in 168 B.C. … Continue reading

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Hope in Self, or God? (III)

Given our human make-up, it takes a lot to break us of our hope in our Self. We think we can handle life, avoid disaster, and that we deserve blessing. Only when Job loses it all, does he come to … Continue reading

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Hope in Self, or God? (II)

Even if we believe strongly in Him, when we experience severe loss, one of our first responses is to blame God. Sometimes, like Job, our closeness with God gives us that right; we feel secure enough in our relationship. Job’s … Continue reading

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Hope in Self, or in God? (I)

Job expresses ruthless honesty. As a result of his massive losses, life loses all meaning. He therefore desires for God to take his life (chapter 3).¬†He also expresses intense anger with God (7). In a confrontation, like a ravenous lion … Continue reading

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