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His Hope for Hard Days

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As a Christ Follower, we need not face hard days without hope. Whether we are facing the threat of the coronavirus, isolation, or a financial crisis, we have a living hope from a loving God. His hope is available and abundant.
Here are Three Reasons why we have Hope on Hard days:
We have hope because of the character of God. Though we may not understand the hurt, evil, or loss around us, God's character remains true. He is holy and good. (1 Peter 1:16, 1 Chronicles 16:34) Therefore, we can trust His character. God is for you, not against you. Romans 8:31b (ESV) reads, "If God is for us, who can be against us?" We serve a good God who loves people deeply. He has proven His love on the cruel cross of Calvary. He would literally die for you, which in fact, He did. "But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Romans 5:8 (ESV) When life is difficult remember we have hope because we serve a holy and good God. 
We have hope because of His promises. He promises an unshakable, unfailing love. (Isaiah 54:10) He promises never to leave you or forsake you. (Joshua 1:9) He promises to give wisdom. (James 1:5) He promises to meet our needs. (Philippians 4:19) He promises to give grace. (2 Corinthians 12:9) He promises to turn ashes into beauty. (Isaiah 61:3) We have hope because of His good promises.
We can hope because of God's track record. A glance at God's recorded actions throughout Scripture reminds us of His power, love, and goodness. For example, He made Abraham the Father of many nations. He gave a way of escape for Noah. He guided the Israelites into the promised land. He destroyed the walls of Jericho. He gifted Ruth a kinsmen redeemer. He empowered Nehemiah to re-build a wall. He protected Daniel in a lions’ den. He turned a shepherd boy into a King. He sent His son to provide for our salvation. If our good God can do these miraculous acts and so much more, imagine what He wants to do for you. Even on our hard days He’s got this. He is bigger than your problem. He is stronger than your enemy. His track record speaks for itself. 
Our God changes everything. He is our living hope, therefore we can live with confidence today and into the unknown future. Trust His character, believe in His promises and remember His track record because He gives hope on hard days. 
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Hospitality, what is it and why should we engage?

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“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’ Then the righteous will answer him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? And when did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? And when did we see you sick or in prison and visit you?’  And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’ ”

Often our culture depicts hospitality as a large immaculate house, a perfect dining table with stately centerpieces and a long tempting spread of endless delights. The picture is impeccable, but for many, unrealistic and intimidating. Christian hospitality is quite different from this unrealistic view. Christian hospitality is simply serving others well. It is using what we have to meet the needs of others.

Christian hospitality is an act of worship. Our gifts of service to the hurting, sick, and imprisoned on this earth is a demonstration of our love for our heavenly Father. As we learn to lay aside our selfishness and choose to minister for His glory, it becomes a beautiful gift to our King Jesus.

Christian hospitality is a step of obedience that brings blessings to others. God tells his people to “Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13 (NIV) As we are obedient, the world sees the love of the Father. “They will know we are Christians by our Love.” John 13:35 (NIV) We become His hands and feet in a hurting world. He uses us to give encouragement, comfort, and spread His love. Christ demonstrated His love for us. We must share His love with others. It is a joy to worship and obey the King of Kings through being hospitable.

There are many ways to show hospitality. It can be helping to show a newcomer at church where to park their car, showing someone to the correct building, a smiling face, or simply saying "hello!" Whatever the expression of hospitality may be, the Lord is glorified in our worship.