Message from Dr. Jack Gatlin
Hope Matters - Significance of the Rainbow and of Hope
Genesis 8:15 & 9:8-16
15 And God spake unto Noah, saying, Go forth of the ark, thou, and thy wife, and thy sons, and thy sons' wives and thee.
9:8 And God spake unto Noah, and to his sons with him, saying, 9 And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, 10 and with your seed after you; and with every living creature that is with yu, of the fowl, of the cattle, and of every beast of the earth with you; from all that go out of the ark, to every beast of the earth. 11 And I will establish my covenant with you; neither shall all flesh be cut off any more by the waters of a flood; neither shall there any more be a flood to destroy the earth. 12 And God said, This lis the token of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I do set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a token of a covenant between me and the earth. 14 And it shall come to pass, when I bring a cloud over the earth that the bow shall be seen in the cloud. 15 and I will remember my covenant, which is between me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and the waters shall no more become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 And the bow shall be in the cloud; and I will look upon it, that I may remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living of all flest that is upon the earth.
As we read these passages from Genesis, we are reminded of the significance of Hope is our lives. We need Hope-Our Hope-Christian Hope-Hope that is anchored in Christ. These passages assures us that God, the Creator of All, can offer us that Hope in our Lives. If we put our focus and trust in God, He will give you Hope, Hope that all the troubles of the world can be overcome if you will walk with him and seek his guidance.
Each of us go through peaks and valley is our lives, we face many troubling times; health, finances, and relationships, etc. Sometimes we may feel that Murphy's Law applies to our lives where "If anything can go wrong, it will." We know that in this world there will always be troubling times because of Satan's seduction in the garden, but we know that through Jesus we can overcome the world.
The Rainbow signifies God intent for us, it shows us that there will always be hope. When we read the story of Noah and the flood, we are reminded that God is in control of All. The everlasting covenant established between God and Man, and all living creatures upon the earth, promises us that He watches over us all and will shows us, with each rainbow, that he is there for us.
We have Hope because we know that God is Dependable, he keeps his promises to us. Our Hope in God will sustain us when our world seems to be falling apart. We know, because of God's Mercy and Love, that no matter what happens in our lives we are still covered by the blood of his son, Jesus Christ who died for us.
In today's world we need to remember that Hope is there for us if we confess our sins and allow Jesus to walk with us and to guide us each day. He is our Comforter and Friend.
If you do not have a relationship with Jesus today, just remember that He loves you and would like to walk with you and give you his guidance and strength as you face life's challenges.
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Thanks to all our congregation that have so generously given to the recovery efforts of hurricane Irma. We were spared, by the Grace of God, and will continue to pray for all those effected by both hurricane Harvey and hurricane Irma.
A heartfelt thanks to the women of the church for the tremendous feast they provided for our Fellowship Meal this past Sunday.
Verse of the Day
Psalm 27:1 "The Lord is the Strength of my Life. (KJV)