The conundrum of hope

The Conundrum of Hope

Recent Reads: Hope Prevails by Dr. Michelle Bengtson

What the book’s about: As the subtitle says, Hope Prevails shares “insights from a Doctor’s Personal Journey through Depression.” It emphasizes the spiritual nature of depression.

Hope Prevails

Why I read this book:  As a youth worker, I always want to be aware of and sensitive to families that are dealing with mental illness. I am constantly searching for books that might be a resource for my ministry OR for families dealing with these situations.

My favorite quotes from the book:

Encouraging Bible Quotes To Give You Hope For Your Future

Until Then – Wintley Phipps

4 Things believer’s hope in

“I’ve read the last page of the Bible. It’s all going to turn out all right.”

– Billy Graham


There is an old hymn that speaks of the day when we’ll be saved to sin no more. I love that idea…saved to sin no more! That’s not possible this side of the kingdom, but that doesn’t mean we don’t try, but that is the hope of the believer that will come to pass someday (in Revelation 21 and 22)…a time for us when sin will be no more.

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by Dion Todd

If He comes suddenly, do not let Him find you sleeping. Mark 13:36 NIV

There was a time in our life when our business started failing and our income got less, and less, and then stopped. As the bills started piling up, we tried everything, but nothing seemed to help. We gave more, prayed more, fasted more, served more, tried to find any job possible and then as the last straw, we prepared to move out of our home.

After months of this, I no longer had the energy or will power to pray anymore. One morning during the week that we were preparing to move, I went into my prayer room and just sat there, mostly contemplating how much I would miss it. The Lord spoke to me that morning, and within twenty-four hours our life had completely changed for the better. That is how I became a pastor.

God closed the old out and brought in something new. It hurt to see the old go, but the new was so much better. God moves suddenly at what we often think is the very last minute. It is not to Him. He knew the day that the transition would take place and He was right on time. Our fear and worry were for nothing.

God knows where you are and He has the day marked on His calendar when your circumstance will suddenly change. Don’t give up yet. We don’t know the day or the hour, but the Father does and He will not be late, nor early. The change will come suddenly.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that you meet my needs and move in my life. Draw me into a deeper relationship with You and give me a fresh zeal today, in the name of Jesus.

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They Will See His Face, Rev 22:4


by Bill Fiess

And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads (Rev 22:3-4).

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