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'Wherefore the LORD God of Israel saith, I said indeed that thy house, and the house of thy father, should walk before me for ever: but now the LORD saith, Be it far from me; for them that honor me I will honor, and they that despise me shall be lightly esteemed.' (I Samuel 2:30) -- "What are the differences between honoring God and honoring ourself? I. Honoring God Involves Presenting Our Best to the Lord; II. Honoring God Means That I Must Keep Him as the One I Please; III. Honoring God Involves an Acceptance of Life’s Challenges." (Dr. Jeff Redlin)

'And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment.' (John 16:8)

"Why are there so many disbelievers? I believe the answer lies in three principle areas: 1] Lack of knowledge; 2] A cultural world-view; 3] Acceptance of sin by our peers...'Sin, righteousness and judgment.' Two centuries have passed since Jesus spoke those words, but they remain as true today as they did then. Society may laugh them off, ignore them, or think they applied only to those of Jesus’ time. But the day is coming when far too many will wish they had paid attention." (Chaplain Grant Wolf)

Preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching. --II Timothy 4:2 ESV

"Much of today’s preaching is a lecture instead of a sermon. It is information without inspiration and facts without fire.

True preaching is Bible based and calls for a verdict. It is both exposition and exhortation. It is application oriented and helps the congregation take their next spiritual step to launch out for Christ." -- Dr. Tom Farrell

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations. --James 1:2

"Few of us have the privilege of enjoying problem-free lives. (If nothing else, we have to live with ourselves, and that might be our biggest problem!) Even if we could arrange to escape problems, we would probably be bored and experience little personal growth. 'All sunshine make a desert," states an Arabic proverb, and that statement rings true. Troubles and trials are a part of the furniture of life, no matter how you arrange the room." (Linzy Slayden)

 

'There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.  For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways.' (Psalms 91:10-11)

'How sad when people — even believers — lose contact with the presence of the Lord who is always with us. How tragic when they can no longer see the hand of God at work in their lives and are overwhelmed by despair. Thinking that nobody cares for them or is looking out for them, they try walking alone through the dark valleys of this world and are overwhelmed. The sad statistics reveal that more and more people are committing suicide, taking matters into their own hands.' (Rexella Van Impe)

Hope is the state, which promotes the belief in a good outcome related to events and circumstances in one's life. Hope is the "feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best" or the act of "looking forward to something with desire and reasonable confidence" or "feeling that something desired may happen".

Other definitions are "to cherish a desire with anticipation"; "to desire with expectation of obtainment"; or "to expect with confidence".  In the English language the word can be used as either a noun or a verb, although hope as a concept has a similar meaning in either use.

“O Lord, You alone are my hope.” Psalm 71:5