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Solomon was the son of David who presided as king over a time of great peace and prosperity in Israel. Though he was famous for his wisdom and discernment, pride and power got the best of him and led to total corruption. What about God's promise for a son of David to sit on the throne forever? His ultimate answer is Jesus, the better Solomon. His k…
 
Though an unexpected choice, David was empowered by the Spirit and killed the giant. God promised him an eternal throne and reign of peace and prosperity. David's story is not just triumph though, its equal parts prideful tragedy. For their to be an eternal reign of peace, Israel would need a new David. Jesus is the ultimate David who killed the ul…
 
The story of Ruth and Boaz is a story of unexpected kindness. Kindness that lays down one's life for another to protect and preserve them. In all, this kindness finds its source in God himself who is providentially meeting his people. And Jesus is the ultimate Boaz who not only lays down his life for us, but marries us into the family of God.…
 
As two spies blow their cover, they are surprisingly protected by a Canaanite woman named Rahab. Why? Because she had experienced a transformation and her faith was now in the God of Israel. As a result, her house would be marked by God and she wold be preserved. Rahab appears in the genealogy of Jesus because he is the ultimate fulfillment of this…
 
Isaac arrived as an unexpected joy to his parents and the world. But at the climax of his story, in faith he willingly laid down his life. God supernaturally intervened to provide a sacrifice. Isaac story foretells the story of Jesus - an unexpected to joy to his parents and the world who willingly laid down his life and was supernaturally raised f…
 
At Hope we believe it should not be hard to meet Jesus, but it is hard to stay with him. So, we are guided by a key priority we call casual depth. That means we want to create environments were everyone is welcome without expectation. But when we gather, we also intend to to go deep in the gospel and in relationships to find the true life that Jesu…
 
The psalmist says that one day in God's presence is better than a thousand elsewhere. Why? Because in God's presence we find strength. The presence of God is our true home where we experience his genuine care, are restored by his grace and are redirected to worship. In God's presence we are immersed in his goodness and even the valleys of weeping b…
 
The psalmists love to remind us that God is our refuge. That amidst the darkness of the night and terror of the day, God is our shield and protector. However, this is not simply a call to hide in fear, but rather an assurance to keep moving forward. And as we engage the world around us, we do so with God as our refuge when we trust, love and call o…
 
When David says that God is compassionate, he is reminding his forgetful soul of what God has done and who God is - his character and his covenant. This is the God who forgives and restores us. The God who redeems and rescues us. The God who crowns us with his love and adorns us with his goodness. This is a God to be feared and praised.…
 
In the course of life, just like David, we run into fears, pain, loneliness, guilt and uncertainty. Often beneath these feelings are deep questions in our soul. David asked those same questions. Will I be ashamed? Can I trust God? Is God good? But he knew the Lord was good because he had experienced his guidance, his forgiveness, his protection and…
 
The holiness of God represented by the ark of the covenant was an anchor for the people of God. No matter their circumstances or the powers that threatened them, the holiness of God meant that his just and equitable reign not only existed but would prevail. How do we live in a broken, unjust and inequitable world today? The resurrection of Jesus is…
 
Paul tells the church at Ephesus to walk in the way of love. What does this mean and how can we do it? Perhaps the best answer comes from another letter of Paul to the church at Corinth. In his famous poem on love, Paul shows us the volitional and active nature of love that we have experience from God and that we are called to exhibit in our lives.…
 
Central to loving another person is listening to them. When we genuinely listen to each other, we affirm our shared humanity. In an age of shouting over each other and the polarization that brings, Christians ought to lead the way in loving by listening. We listen to understand. And we listen to prepare ourselves to speak well if prompted. In so do…
 
As Christians we are people who have been radically changed by love. God's love, ultimately displayed in the gospel, is transforming us. We cannot manufacture love on our own. Instead, we love others because we know God and have an ever deepening understanding of the gospel. And when we step out in love toward others, we join in God's transforming …
 
How should Christians engage in politics, especially in this season of utter divisiveness? For us at Hope, it means the church is necessarily apolitical, while individual believers engage as best as they can following their consciences. But as a church and as individuals, we are governed by our mission to make disciples, our message - the gospel, o…
 
Humanity tends to react to our polarized world by building towers. Whether by fear or pride, we build towers around what we believe to be true and right in order to separate ourselves from the world. Towers have never been God's design. Instead, following Jesus and his calling on our lives, believers are called to be temples - bringing God close to…
 
As part of God's new family in Jesus, we have been given a new identity. On the basis of this identity, we are called to live a different way. Paul uses the analogy of putting on new clothes - compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. This is the ethos of our new family. And we've been given the vocation of revealing God's character …
 
Jesus is clear with his followers: if they want to be his disciples then they need to give him their highest love and loyalty. This always means reordering priorities as well as leaving behind our past ways of doing things. To fully embrace the new family of God in Jesus means to necessarily leave behind our family of origin.…
 
A big part of the Christian life is patience, derived from an expectation of the imminent return of Jesus and the very character of God. On the basis of this, James reminds us to be people who wait expectantly and persevere. In order to do so, James reminds us to strengthen our hearts and be careful to groan properly. In so doing we walk the way of…
 
Slander damages the identity and value of another person while trying to defend or regain identity and value for ourself. And when we act in this way, we are positioning ourselves not only as a judge of that person, but also over the law of God and God himself. As we are transformed by the gospel our tendency toward slander becomes a tendency towar…
 
As James turns to address the hearts of his readers, he does so with a piercing accusation of spiritual adultery. They, like us, have hearts that share their affection with other gods. The result is we look just like the world around us and actually work against God. God's response to our idolatry is more grace. And the way we embrace that grace is…
 
The small, the tongue has great power for good or for evil. So how do we grow in using it for good? You can't tame it. James reminds us it's never been done. Instead he calls us to look deeper into the source from which the tongue draws, namely the heart. And to engage in the battle to draw not from our broken human heart, but from the new creation…
 
Is there a such thing as false faith? With Jesus as his teacher, James reminds his readers the answer is a resounding "yes." Justification comes by grace through faith, but genuine faith always produces works of the kingdom. Faith that only hears and depends upon creeds and cultures, but fails to produce works ought to make us shutter.…
 
Why do people tend to be partial against those with less means? Largely because we are looking for our own glory. But the glory of God is on display in Jesus, who was rich but became poor that we might be welcomed into God's family. When we embrace this gospel we realize that we are poor and yet rich and we start to do the work of loving our neighb…
 
If we are going to grow and mature in our faith, then the gospel must be central. And we must not only hear it, but we also have to do it - live by faith on the basis of it. But James understands there is an often overlooked reality that makes this possible. We must embrace the gospel - literally welcome it in. Pulling on Jesus' parable of the sowe…
 
While life is certainly filled with external trials, it is even more full of internal trials. James calls these temptations and warns us that they only lead to death. Our only hope in the face of this death is the good gift of new birth that God offers through the gospel. It is the joy of this salvation that sustains us when we meet trials (externa…
 
The reality of trials and struggle in life is a "when" not "if" reality. And James tells us that only way to sustain ourselves in them is to fight for a stabilizing joy that comes from our hope in the gospel. Single-minded maturity is the product of seeking and acting on God's wisdom. And in this race of life, single-minded means to fix our eyes on…
 
Sometimes the idyllic nature of the Christmas story, distracts us from seeing what is actually happening. A king is arriving to inaugurate his kingdom and that is a threat to many. When we see Jesus for who he really is, we are left with two choices: either we kill him or we crown him. Herod shows us what those gripping to power are inclined to do,…
 
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