• Do you remember July 4, 1976? I remember it well. Our nation was celebrating its Bicentennial—200 years of freedom. It was a day to celebrate! Even though I was only 12 years old at the time, I understood very well what we were celebrating—and the cost involved. Many had sacrificed so that I might live free. 

     

    In another part of the world, a celebration was also occurring on July 4, 1976. It was another celebration of freedom, but for a different reason.


  • Last month, David shared Jude 21 with us in one of his devotions. This week, I wanted to follow that up with Jude 22, which is one of my favorite verses in the Bible. “Be merciful to those who doubt” (Jude 22). 

     

    We all know people who have doubts. Some of our friends may even doubt God. I once had a co-worker who doubted God so much that she was always downing Christians and the church.


  • I just had a conversation with someone yesterday and in response to his positive comment, I responded back with: “I hope so.” It was said with doubt in my mind and in my voice. There was no real hope there. It was false hope. I was filled with doubt.  Perhaps I should have used that classic expression, “Lord willing, and the creek don’t rise!” That phrase might have been more supportive.  

     

    In reality, we, as believers, are called to be filled with hope.