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Hope Anchors

“But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” – 1 Peter 3:15 As Christians, we should never take hope for granted, because it’s the incredible force that inspires us to move ahead when everything around us says to quit. The dictionary defines it as a “feeling of expectation,” but the beauty of living in Jesus is that hope is more than just an emotion or a desire — it’s a fact. The Bible says that we can anchor our soul in it, because we know for certain that there is always more goodness ahead than what we see. When the storms of life swirl around us and we fear for our safety and wellbeing, hope keeps us rooted in the unchanging

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God’s Covenant Bearer

“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” – Genesis 12:2-4 4,000 years ago in the Ancient East, the world was a dangerous place, full of sickness, plague, famine, and drought. Struggling humanity survived through the enactment of covenants, or permanent promises made between two tribes that combined their strengths, assets, and property. The idea was that when both groups came together, they were stronger, wealthier, and wiser than they were on their own. Such agreements were typically made during a ceremony wherein two tribes faced each other, sang songs, and performed sacrificial rites. The tribal chiefs would exchange coats as a sign of honor and then they would

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