Born Again Into A Living Hope

Photo: Nancy Byrne/Columbus, GA/August 2014

Photo: Nancy Byrne/Columbus, GA/August 2014

BORN AGAIN INTO A LIVING HOPE

Just as the roaring waters refresh,

produce life,

and though turbulent…

we are being born again into a living hope.

Though painful,

to worship God is most meaningful in the midst of…

grief, disappointment, suffering and trial!

1 Peter 1:1-7

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, 5 who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Romans 5:2-5

Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we[b] rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

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