This past weekend’s message pointed us toward Thomas. Although he was a pessimist, he broke free from those doubting chains, at least for a moment, and hopefully for a lot longer.
Two stories from the Gospels where Thomas shows us his true colors.
- John 11:1-16
- John 20:19-28 …then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here, and look at my hands. Put your hand into the wound in my side. Stop doubting and believe!” Thomas exclaimed, “My Lord and my God!”
For the first time, we hear a positive, hopeful, faith-affirming statement from Thomas.
Because Jesus Christ is alive and in us…our perspective on life ought to be laced with hope, faith and optimism! It’s not a matter of our personality; it is a matter of our Christian faith. One of the defining words for our lives should be “HOPE”.
To help you practice living a life defined by hope…
1. Try to follow a negative comment with a positive one. If you offer a negative comment, follow it up with a “but” and then something positive. ie: “I don’t like Mondays; but, I’m grateful for the awesome Sunday service to prepare me for the week.
2. Start and end the day on a positive note.
- Start the day with “This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24
- End the day by identifying three good things that happened that day or three things for which you can be thankful.
3. Read hope-giving portions of Scripture.
- Romans 5:1-5,
- Romans 8:35-39
- Romans 15: 13
4. Feed your mind with hope-giving materials.
1 Peter 3:15, “If someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.”
Be positive in your approach to problems and difficulties, acting like Jesus really is alive and involved in the lives of his people…because he is!
Sometimes hope can also be found by spending time with others who are “energy-givers” in your life. And sometimes, hope can be found by serving others. We would like to help you engage in opportunities for both. Take a moment to visit our website and see the various opportunities to either engage or to serve others at www.riveroaks.org. See the registration buttons on the bottom of the home page including:
- Men’s Breakfast: Law & Order
- Women’s Event: Cravings of the Heart
- College Student Care Packages
- Spring Hill Volunteers
- Additional volunteers to help deliver Easter cards for the inmates.
If we can offer help or assistance to you in your life, please get in touch with us so we can support you as needed.
Choosing a life where “Hope Prevails” this week!
Scott Tilley / Adult Ministries Pastor / 574.875.1152×103 / email@example.com