Hope Is Not Empty Fantasy: It is Founded on the Substantial Belief in Christ (Wed. July 21)

The word of the day is ”hope.”  We live in an age whose cynicism borders on hopelessness.  Many are skeptical of everything.  They question everything but their own opinions, notions based on their own self-interest.  In this ocean of doubt, some treat our hope in Christ as a wish that we cast into the future like a message-in-a-bottle is thrown into the sea. But in today’s reading of Romans 15:7-16, Paul closes the body of his letter with a benediction.  In this beautiful sentence, Paul prays for the greatest of  blessings—that the believers in Rome would “abound in peace.”  He writes, “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound…

How to Fill Spiritual Emptiness (Thurs. May 13)

The word of the day is “filled.”  Most believers go through times of spiritual emptiness.  They feel that they are in a spiritual “black hole.”  Their heart feels hollow.  They keep going but they are running on an empty tank.  Today in our reading of Acts 4:23-31, we read that the new community of believers gathered after the religious authorities had released Peter and John.  Luke then reports, “And when they had prayed… they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness” (NKJV vs. 3).  Today in our study of Scripture, we find a way to fill an empty heart. A Prayer for Spiritual Fullness St. Paul prays that God would grant…