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Here is your Hope
December 02, 2008

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The Hope of Advent
Salt & Light Volume I, Issue 11 by D. Scott Prindle

""It all begins with a Jewish priest, Zechariah, who lived when Herod was king of Judea." Luke 1:5 NLT

With Advent season upon us we reflect again on the "Christmas Story". It has a lot to do with your story. It all begins when you least expect it.

Zachariah and Elizabeth hoped for a son from the day of their betrothment. But certainly not John, the forerunner of Jesus!

Now aged well beyond child bearing years they are found being faithful to their calling. Then the angel appears and the blessing of God is realized. Hope is fulfilled.

What are you hoping for? We guess you are a lot like us... hoping for opportunities to be blessed by God so you can bless others. Learn three things from Zachariah and Elizabeth's story that bring the hope of your promise to you.

First, they were descendants of Abraham. They were the Promised Ones living in the Promised Land. They were filled with hope based on a promise from God who does not break His promises.

Second, they were righteous and blameless before God.

Third, they were living the lives they were meant to live and being faithful in their calling.

You are no different. "And if you are Christ's, then you are Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 3:29).

You are God's Promised One!

"What then shall we say? That the Gentiles, who did not pursue righteousness, have obtained it, a righteousness that is by faith;" (Romans 9:30).

Your faith in Christ's work gives you direct access to the throne of grace.

The question that remains is this. "Am I living the life I was meant to live and am I being faithful?" True hope empowers you to continue to do the work you are called to do while you wait.

These three things are the evidence of things hoped for. While you wait expectantly for your desire to be fulfilled, "May the God of Hope fill you with all joy and peace." Romans 15:13

Love Never Fails,
Scott & Laurie Prindle

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