Friends in Christ


Weekly Messages About Us Spiritual Practice Handouts
Facebook logo Friends in Christ on Facebook

Site Map

Contact Us


Search this site

Friends in Christ Weekly Message
October 18, 2001

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 (NRSV*)

This message is written in loving memory of my mother, who died peacefully in her sleep Tuesday morning. On Monday, she told me she appreciated the weekly messages but thought I should write more about hope.

We face all sorts of difficulties, as well as times of sorrow, in this life. So did the Apostle Paul. With Paul, we need to allow the Holy Spirit to fill us with hope no matter what our particular circumstances or what is going on around us.

I have hope because I believe our loving God is ultimately the supreme power in the universe. I believe Jesus when he told his disciples to "have confidence, I have overcome the world." (John 16:33, Douay Rheims Version)

The hope that God gives is in an ultimate reality that is beyond what we know in this world. If our trust is in that ultimate reality, we can indeed abound in hope and be filled with all joy and peace.

So, dear reader, like Paul, I pray that the God of hope will fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Bill Samuel

* New Revised Standard Version © Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.

©2001 Friends in Christ, Inc.

Previous Message

Go to previous message
Chronological list of messages

List of messages by scriptural references
Next Message

Go to next message

Friends in Christ, Inc.
701 King Farm Blvd. #134
Rockville, MD 20850-6168

To subscribe to our weekly email messages, go to:!forum/fic-messages/join

Home . Weekly Message . Bible Study groups . Site Map
Values . Who We Are . What People Say About Us
Open Worship . Using the Bible. Silence
Jesus Prayer . St. Patrick's Breastplate
Contact Us . Support Us

Document last modified on Saturday, 27-Dec-2003 11:58:58 EST