Resources relating to the topic of hope, a biblical concept completely rooted in the return of Jesus and the Day of the LORD.

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on December 18, 2014

In response to the continuing story of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration, the New Testament holds out a 3-fold standard of faith, hope, and love as the measuring rod of Christian maturity. The hope of the Gospel is an eager anticipation of the return of Jesus to raise the dead, reign from Jerusalem, and restore all creation. This session develops Biblical hope and covers common misunderstandings present in modern minds today.

This is Session 9, part 2 of the class...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on December 18, 2014

In response to the continuing story of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration, the New Testament holds out a 3-fold standard of faith, hope, and love as the measuring rod of Christian maturity. The hope of the Gospel is an eager anticipation of the return of Jesus to raise the dead, reign from Jerusalem, and restore all creation. This session develops Biblical hope and covers common misunderstandings present in modern minds today.

This is Session 9, part 1 of the class...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on December 18, 2014

In response to the continuing story of creation, fall, redemption, and restoration, the New Testament holds out a 3-fold standard of faith, hope, and love as the measuring rod of Christian maturity. The hope of the Gospel is an eager anticipation of the return of Jesus to raise the dead, reign from Jerusalem, and restore all creation. This session develops Biblical hope and covers common misunderstandings present in modern minds today.

This is Session 9 of the class...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on August 17, 2014

The blogosphere and social media world have recently been filled with news of atrocities taking place all over the Middle East (some of which are just rumors spread by social media). One of the affected cities is Mosul, Iraq where a Muslim group, ISIS, has taken control. Christians have been driven from their homes and forced to renounce Christ at the penalty of death. Syrian Christians have recently also been heavily oppressed by Muslims.

If we were Christians living in the Roman...

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Posted on November 21, 2013

Advent is a term originally derived from the Latin word adventus, meaning "coming" or "arrival". During Advent, the Christian church remembers Jesus' first coming and joyfully anticipates His second. From His lowly birth in a feed trough to His humble life among the people of Israel, Advent is a focused time to remember God's humility and faithfulness and to “fan the flame” of expectation for Jesus’ return to gloriously rule the earth from Jerusalem and to be worshipped as LORD by every living creature.

This year, Advent runs from Sunday, December 1st through Tuesday, December 24th...

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By Josh Hawkins Posted on September 27, 2013

“To them God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ.”
(Colossians 1:27–28 ESV)

"Christ in you, the hope of glory" is a phrase that is becoming increasingly misunderstood, especially in some Charismatic circles in the body of Christ today. It's important to have clarity on what this phrase means from the Bible,...

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By Stephen Venable Posted on August 25, 2013

Mention of the “end-times” can evoke many different ideas, ranging from images of charts with artists renderings of very odd apocalyptic creatures to doomsday nuclear scenarios. In these notes from a message at Forerunner Christian Fellowship in Kansas City in August 2013, Stephen first identifies what the biblical centerpiece of the end of the age truly is, and then how that defines the way we prepare for it. The glorious vision of Jesus returning leads to a very sobering peril but also a clear path of wisdom for our hearts to be fearless in that Day.

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By Stephen Venable Posted on August 25, 2013

Mention of the “end-times” can evoke many different ideas, ranging from images of charts with artists renderings of very odd apocalyptic creatures to doomsday nuclear scenarios. In this message from Forerunner Christian Fellowship in Kansas City in August 2013, Stephen first identifies what the biblical centerpiece of the end of the age truly is, and then how that defines the way we prepare for it. The glorious vision of Jesus returning leads to a very sobering peril but also a clear path of wisdom for our hearts to be fearless in that Day.

For a short video I recorded on this same...

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Posted on August 13, 2013

Acts 17:1-4 records a portion of Paul the Apostle's second missionary journey where he traveled to Thessalonica, a large Roman city in ancient Macedonia. While there, Paul preached in the synagogue and laid the foundations of the Thessalonian church. Though he was forced to leave after only three weeks because of violence from envious Jews, his words had persuaded many to put their faith in Jesus.

Paul visits the church again later (Acts 20:1-3) and subsequently writes them two letters of encouragement. In both of the letters, he opens by saying he and his companions continually...

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Posted on May 19, 2013

Pentecost Sunday marks the day when Jesus poured out the Holy Spirit on some of His followers after His ascension back into the heavens. The church celebrates Pentecost 10 days after the ascension and 50 days after Easter. Some call this day "the birthday of the church" because over 3,000 souls in Jerusalem put their faith in Jesus (Acts 2:41).

The two major events of Pentecost as recorded by Luke in Acts 2 are:

  1. The pouring out of the Holy Spirit on 120 Jews in the upper room
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