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Lasting Hope

Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.
Psalm 62:5


Our world today desperately hungers for hope. Some are ready to just give up. There is despair and hopelessness on every hand. Jesus Christ wants to give us hope for the future. You may be in what you feel is a hopeless situation today.

Because of what Jesus did for us through His death on the cross and His resurrection, we know we have hope for the future. Even though you may feel that you are beyond hope, you can stand on the promise of God found in Luke 1:37 and Matthew 19:26, For nothing is impossible with God.

Jesus Christ’s death and resurrection opened the door to heaven for us. In addition to eternal life, we have His peace, His joy, His comfort, His presence. That’s why it is possible for us to have lasting hope. Christ wants to give all of us hope for the future. He wants us to walk with Him every day.

Hope in the Christian’s life is confident expectation. Not only do we have lasting hope, but we also have a living hope. Even in the midst of a changing world, Jesus’ love and security are unchanging. I find the words in 1 Peter 1:3 very encouraging, Praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

You may be going through a trying time right now. Trials are a part of life and none of us is immune to them. We should not make the mistake of thinking we can handle every situation that comes our way. Just remember, trust in God, and in His timing you will be blessed. Christians have the assurance that things will be better.

If you aren’t certain that you have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ today, I pray that you will ask Him into your life right now. If you have questions, contact this website for assistance.

Today’s Challenge:  CLAIM THE HOPE THAT JESUS OFFERS. IT IS FOR CERTAIN, FOREVER, AND FOR YOU.

Georgia Andrus

Ambassadors for Christ

We are therefore ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.
2 Corinthians 5:20


Did you ever think of yourself as an ambassador? If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you are His ambassador. Paul reminds us of this in our passage for today.

Ambassadors represent a king or a nation and are chosen to communicate on behalf of that king or nation. Christians are representatives of Jesus Christ, King of Kings, appointed to communicate on His behalf.

Think about the role of ambassadors. First, they are chosen. Christ chose His believers to represent Him on this earth. Our aim should be to please Christ and to be faithful to the tasks He gives us.

Ambassadors must be citizens of the nation they represent. Believers are citizens of the Kingdom of God. We look forward to a home in Heaven. Paul reminds us of this in his letter to the Philippians: But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:20).

As God’s messengers we are driven by Christ’s love for the world He came to save. We are ambassadors with a message of reconciliation. God has made a way for sinful people to become His friends instead of His enemies. Our friends, families, neighbors need to know that God provides a pathway to peace, even in our rebellious world.

You may be saying, “I just can’t be God’s messenger. I don’t know what to say, and people may laugh at me.” We are not alone in this task. Jesus promises the power of the Holy Spirit to carry out this mission. We must be ready to go across the street and across the world.

Today’s challenge: BE GOD’S MESSENGER.


Georgia Andrus

Follow the Duck Commander

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:19-20


I grew up outside West Monroe, Louisiana. In fact, my home place is only a few miles from Phil Robertson and his wife, Miss Kay. Phil and his family have become quite famous from the exceedingly popular A&E Duck Dynasty TV program.

My brother lives in West Monroe and knows the Robertson family really well. One of Phil’s sons is my bother’s neighbor. Some of their shows were filmed in my brother’s pasture.

The Robertsons are to be admired for their stand for Jesus Christ. When the A&E producers told Phil that he couldn’t say grace before the family dinner, Phil’s reply was, “Then we won’t do the show.”

There have been several times when A&E wanted to leave out references to God, and Phil’s reply was always, “Then we won’t do the show.” We are all familiar with A&E’s canceling some of the episodes of Duck Dynasty because of Phil’s comments about homosexuals. We also know how the Robertsons stood up for their biblical beliefs. Because of public outcry, these episodes were reinstated.

The popularity and the high sale of their products just show how many support the wholesome Christian values the Robertsons exhibit, not only on the show but also in their daily lives off camera.

Phil describes his early adult years as “romping, stomping, and ripping.” Then he met Jesus Christ at age 28, and his life was turned around. He now travels all over the country spreading the good news of Jesus Christ. Phil’s sins were washed away, he was taught a better way to live, and he is guaranteed an eternal inheritance.

Would you be willing to stand up for Jesus Christ even if it meant a loss of fame and money? Are you afraid or embarrassed to share your faith and to tell others about Jesus?

Today’s Challenge:  SHARE JESUS CHRIST WITH SOMEONE TODAY.

Georgia Andrus

He Is Risen!

As they entered the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe sitting on the right side, and they were alarmed. "Don't be alarmed," he said. "You are looking for Jesus the Nazarene, who was crucified. He has risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him. 
Mark 16:5-6


After Jesus had died, a follower of Jesus, Joseph of Arimathea, asked Pilate for his body. Joseph and the others took Jesus to a new tomb in a nearby garden. They rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and left. The religious leaders persuaded Pilate to place guards at the tomb. 

At dawn on the first day of the week, an angel rolled the stone away from the tomb. The guards were paralyzed with fear, and eventually ran away. The women had come to the tomb to anoint Jesus' body with spices, but he was not there. Mary Magdalene immediately ran to tell Peter and John. After she left, angels appeared to the other women to tell them that JESUS IS RISEN! Those women were instructed to tell the other disciples the good news. 

Mary Magdalene found Peter and John, and told them that Jesus body was gone. They ran to the tomb as well. They found only strips of linen grave clothes and then headed back home. 

Mary Magdalene stayed outside the tomb weeping. She peered inside the tomb and saw two angels, who asked her why she was crying. Unaware that she was speaking to angels she replied, "They have taken my Lord away," she said, "and I don't know where they have put him" (John 20:13). 

Just then Jesus appeared to her, but Mary was so full of grief that she thought he was the gardener. Only when he said her name did she realize he was Jesus. Jesus said to her, "Mary." She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, "Rabboni!"(which means Teacher) (John 20:16). Imagine her emotions as her grief tuned into celebration!

On that first Easter morning, just as today, Jesus is alive! The King who defeated death and hell also calls each of us by name. We serve a Risen Savior!

Thank you, Jesus, that You save, You live, and You reign! Hallelujah!

Julie Smith

The Trial to the Cross

They all asked, "Are you then the Son of God?" He replied, "You are right in saying I am."
Luke 22:70


After Jesus was arrested, he was taken to Caiaphas, the Jewish High Priest. All along, the religious leaders were frightened by Jesus, and worked to get him out of the way.

Jesus walked with his accusers through the valley, up a set of stairs that still exists today, toward Caiaphas’ house. When Jesus testified that he was Messiah, the evidence was formulated to punish him to death. On a cross.

Under this house was an old cistern where prisoners were held. Jesus could have been held for hours. Alone. Waiting for the sentence to be carried out. The pain had already begun.

The religious leaders needed the help of the Romans to carry out their plan. Pilate, the Roman governor, washed his hands of the situation by allowing the crowd to choose the prisoner to be set free. The crowd did not choose Jesus. They were ready to see Jesus crucified. The same crowd who waved palm leaves, shouting, “Hosanna,” were the ones desiring his death.

Jesus, convicted unto death, then was beaten within an inch of his life. He was mocked; a crown of thorns was placed on his head. He carried his cross to the place of the skull. He was nailed to that cross. He felt the weight of every sin, past, present, and future. He suffered more mocking. He knew what it was to be separated from the Father because of sin. Again, alone.

When he had received the drink, Jesus said, "It is finished." With that, he bowed his head and gave up his spirit (John 19:30). When Jesus died, the curtain which separated the place in the Temple where God dwelt was torn in two, symbolizing that the way to the Father was made available to all who put their faith in Christ Jesus. There is now no separation. We are redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.

God knew the plan of salvation. He knew how redemption would be made possible, through the death of his son. Jesus willingly chose to allow himself to be the Passover Lamb so that he could be our Savior.

Thank you, Jesus.

Julie Smith