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UPDATE: Dec. 1

With Thanksgiving behind us, hopefully with pleasant memories, we now move into the Advent season when we prepare our hearts and minds for the birth of the Christ-child. The birth of Jesus brought hope to mankind.

Christianity Today,in a special Advent devotional series, asks the question: “What does it mean to have hope amid trying times? Hope is more than a feeling; it isn’t simply being perpetually optimistic or having a ‘hopeful’ attitude. Scripture offers us an understanding of hope that is much more robust. Christian hope has heft, endurance, and purpose—and God is its source.

God, ‘in His great mercy … has given us new birth into a living hope’ (1 Pet. 1:3). And it is our ‘God of hope’ who enables us to ‘overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit’ (Rom. 15:13). This reality isn’t true only in good times; in fact, it is in dark and difficult times when hope truly shows its mettle.

As Jay Y. Kim writes in ‘Hope: An Expectant Leap,’

This is what Christian hope looks like. It doesn’t ignore fear, anxiety, and doubt; it confronts them. It holds steady, clinging to peace in the midst of chaos. Through life’s many treacherous storms … Christian hope is buoyed by something greater that has happened and something greater that is going to happen again.

Hope Is an Expectant Leap

Advent reminds us that Christian hope is shaped by what has happened and what’s going to happen again.”

So, at this time of year we can reflect on the hope of God’s people in the Old Testament as they looked at prophecies that pointed to the first advent-the appearance of the Messiah. We think about the miracle of the incarnation when “the Word became flesh and dwelt/tented among us” (John 1:14) as a human baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in the manger.

And we rejoice that there will be a second Advent which we await, the coming of Christ for His church. Meantime, our hope gives us endurance, confidence and joy in our daily lives no matter what difficulties we face.

We have this “living hope” or, as the New Living Translation puts it, our “great expectation.” Our hope is animated by our confident expectation that the child who was born will one day come again in glory to make all wrong things right, and His kingdom will have no end.

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A reminder that all Wednesday activities are scheduled this week.

Please join us each Sunday at 10:50 a.m. If in-person, our Covid-19 protocols remain in place, so we ask that you practice social distancing, and wear a mask. If you cannot attend, please join us on-line via Facebook, YouTube or the FBC Elfers website.

You may place your offering in the baskets at each door as you enter or leave. We have plenty of hand-sanitizer at each entrance. We will continue to dismiss a row at a time to help ensure social distancing.

Thank you for your cooperation during these very different and trying times.

If you have specific needs, feel free to call the church office at 849-6352.

Blessings,

Jim West

Teaching Pastor 

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