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June 26th, 2015

The Enduring Hope of Christ

“Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them.” Ecclesiastes 4:1 ESV

In the middle of The Preacher of Ecclesiastes’ musings about the emptiness of this world, he directs his attention briefly to the reality of those who are oppressed and without any comfort.  He wonders why the Lord allowed them to ever be born at all, suggesting that non-existence would have been better than this existence.  Certainly, many of us in our time on this earth have seen oppression like that described here and likely thought the same thing.  All the hunger, disease, abuse, and abandonment in the world can be overwhelming and lead to questions like: Why would God allow such a thing as this?  Has He forgotten these people?

You and I know, however, that God has not forgotten these people.  In fact, setting free those who are oppressed is one of the expressed reasons the Son of God stepped out of heaven and into our seemingly hopeless world:

  • “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19 ESV)

Because of the work of Christ, we no longer have to look upon the sad reality of this world as hopeless.  Because of the gospel, the good news of Jesus, these people who are oppressed, poor, captive, and sick (both spiritually and physically) have a future of hope! Our responsibility is to tell them about the work of Christ, so that they can be saved spiritually and, then, continue the work of Christ by taking care of them in their hour of need.  Who do you know that needs to hear this message of hope today?

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Pastor of Mobilization & Young Adults (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Friday, June 26th, 2015 at 1:00 am
Category Evangelism, Evil, Hope.
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June 26th, 2012

The Enduring Hope of Christ

“Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them.” Ecclesiastes 4:1 ESV

In the middle of The Preacher of Ecclesiastes’ musings about the emptiness of this world, he directs his attention briefly to the reality of those who are oppressed and without any comfort.  He wonders why the Lord allowed them to ever be born at all, suggesting that non-existence would have been better than this existence.  Certainly, many of us in our time on this earth have seen oppression like that described here and likely thought the same thing.  All the hunger, disease, abuse, and abandonment in the world can be overwhelming and lead to questions like: Why would God allow such a thing as this?  Has He forgotten these people?

You and I know, however, that God has not forgotten these people.  In fact, setting free those who are oppressed is one of the expressed reasons the Son of God stepped out of heaven and into our seemingly hopeless world:

  • “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19 ESV)

Because of the work of Christ, we no longer have to look upon the sad reality of this world as hopeless.  Because of the gospel, the good news of Jesus, these people who are oppressed, poor, captive, and sick (both spiritually and physically) have a future of hope! Our responsibility is to tell them about the work of Christ, so that they can be saved spiritually and, then, continue the work of Christ by taking care of them in their hour of need.  Who do you know that needs to hear this message of hope today?

 

Chronological Bible Reading Plan: (Day 170:  Ecclesiastes 1-6)

Grace and peace,

Jared Richard
Associate Pastor (Online Devotional Guest Author)
Follow me on twitter at: http://twitter.com/jaredrichard

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, June 26th, 2012 at 1:00 am
Category Evangelism, Evil, Hope.
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February 19th, 2008

Bridger Generation (1)

“After that whole generation had been gathered to their fathers, another generation grew up, who knew neither the LORD nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the LORD and served the Baals.” Judges 2:10-11 (NIV)

All it takes is one generation.

It is difficult to fathom how one generation can witness the mighty works of God such as water from a rock, manna from heaven, and crossing the Red Sea on dry ground and fail to pass down the faith. From generation to generation, the faith of our fathers can erode or explode, evaporate or emanate. All it takes is one generation. 

In our modern context, the younger generation known as the Bridger generation, are those born between 1984 and 2002. They comprise 27 percent of the United States population. They are also known as Mosaics, Millennials, and Generation 9-11. The Bridger generation has a desire for authentic faith and acceptance of others. Will the faith be handed down to them?

  • “Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.” Prov 7:2 (NIV)
  • “Do you still not understand? Don’t you remember the five loaves for the five thousand, and how many basketfuls you gathered?” Matt 16:9 (NIV)
  • “We must pay more careful attention, therefore, to what we have heard, so that we do not drift away.” Heb 2:1 (NIV)

God has called us to reach and disciple every generation for His glory. Will you live in such a way that those who know you, but don’t know God, will come to know God because they know you? As Dr. Johnny Hunt says, “The people in your community may not read the Bible, but they will read the gospel according to your life.”

Pursuing God,

Stephen Trammell
Executive Pastor

Author Stephen Trammell
Posted Tuesday, February 19th, 2008 at 1:00 am
Category Bridger Generation, Evil, Legacy.
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