A Message from Dr. Buckley
During these strategic months of preparation, as we seek a full time
pastor and a youth director, God desires to give our congregation hope
for the future. The Greek word translated “hope” means a confident
assurance in the future based upon the promises of God. In the Bible,
hope is never a static or passive thing. Hope is dynamic, active, and
Take a concordance,
look up the word “hope” and you will find reference after reference
pointing out the results of hope in the lives of those who truly have a
Romans 15:13 (NASB) says "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!
In Lamentations 3:21-24 (NLT), Jeremiah wrote, “Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing: The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The Lord is all I have, and so in him I put my hope.”
has never been a time in our lives and the life of our church when
God’s people need to affirm Biblical hope. The truth is God is all we
have and because of the promises of God each of us can have hope for His
future. Listen as God’s Word speaks of hope.
Job 17:15 Where now is my hope?
Psalm 39:7 And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.
Jeremiah 31:17 There is hope for your future,” declares the Lord.
In 1927 one of our U.S Navy submarines, S4, sank off the eastern coast after being stuck by a destroyer. The New York Times headline read: “Submarine S-4 Sinks With 40 Aboard in Deep Water Off Provincetown.”
Divers made contact with the crew by tapping out messages in Morse code
on the hull. After an initial exchange of how many were on board, what
is your condition, the divers received the message from the trapped
crew, “Is there any hope?”
Those aboard the Submarine S4
did not survive. Contact was maintained over a couple of days and even
up to just a few hours before rescuers finally were able to attach an
air-line to their boat. But it was too late. When the submarine was
brought to the surface and entered by salvage crews, an amazing
discovery was made. On a rack near the command bridge, apparently
untouched, was a tank containing a considerable amount of oxygen. The
crew apparently gave up too soon!
God has a wonderful future
planned for our church. Let us not give up hope because our future is as
bright as the promises of God.
Dr. Andy Buckley
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