What A SuperBowl Game!

We are so  honored to be with you each day sharing hope. Our outreach has grown at a tremendous pace. We just past 95,500 in followers. That’s because people are searching for hope and we provide it.

We have a promotion going with prizes. The person who was our 95,000 follower will receive two nice prizes, which we will not name. (This is called a hook in writing.)

WE HAVE A WINNER!! We will be notifying the winner by email, if they put in the right email address. I will also let you know about when the winner subscription happened, so you can know that it may be yours. 

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Doug Bolton, the founder of Signs of Hope, is writing  a new book, “Signs of Hope for the Military: In and Out of the Trenches of Life.” It will be reaching out the many military and veterans who may be battling anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, rejections, PTSD, and the many other usual suspects. There are 22 military connected suicides every day. That is almost one every hour. Doug wants to help stop those statistics. Be looking for more details about the new book. Doug Is also seeking military who would be willing to do an interview. It will be part of the book. Sharing by actual soldiers will help many others. Doug just interviewed a WWII veteran. Fascinating! Look for updates here.

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It is time again for Taylor Wilkens to do his guest post. He always inspires us, and tonight he is talking about the Super Bowl.  Thank you Taylor for your insight, and wisdom.

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Super Bowl Champions 

Today is Superbowl Sunday and right now you, like most Americans, are probably getting together with a bunch of junk food to party with friends and family to watch the big game! I love the super bowl for many reasons— but the ultimate reason for me to watch is because I love good competition. After tonight one team will be crowned champion and the other will fall to second place. This level of game elevates the competition because the stakes are so high. Both of these teams have battled over the past year in the weight room, training, and competition to get to this point and now only one can be the champion. The crowning moment is hugely rewarding because of the effort put into a great victory.

Leading up to Super Bowl Sunday one thing has been ringing in my mind on a daily basis— “run in such a way as to win the prize…” It’s the summarizing verse out of 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 where Paul is encouraging the Corinthian people to walk out their faith with the highest level of excellence because at the end of this race there will be an imperishable prize for those who did not give up.  How much are you willing to fight for the prize? Super Bowl Sunday is amazing and the glory at the end of the day will be great, but temporary. All the time, energy, and effort going into only a moment of glory! I have so much respect for the coaches and athletes commitment to train and exert so much energy into becoming the best at what they do. We all have stuff in our lives that we put an exceptional amount of work into— yet at the end of all your endeavors, where will you end up? Where will your reward take you? What will be the prize of your life taken into eternity? 

“Never again will they hunger; never again will they thirst. The sun will not beat down on them; nor any scorching heat. For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd; ‘he will lead them to springs of living water.’ And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.” Revelation 7:16-17

The conviction on my heart is to follow Jesus with my whole heart. I have pushed all my chips into the middle, and I have found no reward greater than eternal life in the kingdom of heaven with the God who loves me so much that he offered up His life as a sacrifice for mine. Not only did he take away my sin and guilt but he is preparing a place for me in his kingdom. 

I believe Jesus is calling you to himself today, you are the prize he has been fighting for and pursuing— you are never alone, and you are always loved.

Today this is a Sign of Hope, that no matter the circumstance you are in, or the breakthrough you need, God is near to you and He has “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” 

* New England Patriots won over Atlanta Falcons in overtime 34-28. 

 

Taylor Wilkins
twilkins@fca.org
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Nurtured

Your love, LORD, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies. Your righteousness is like the highest mountains, your justice like the great deep. You, LORD, preserve both people and animals.” Psalm 36:5-6

The Lord’s creation is able to comfort the soul. The blazing hot sun is a reminder of the security that glows from His faithfulness. The light of God’s love cuts into the innermost crevices of the heart and offers a warm embrace. Christ’s boundless love bounces off of creation’s canopy and reflects back onto the beauty of His children. His nature nurtures.

Like a rock, His righteousness scales the highest mountains and stands in triumph, bearing the flag of truth. A gaze over the rugged, cloud-covered pinnacles pronounce the Lord’s power in silent and worshipful majesty. It’s hard for the mind to conceive such sovereign supremacy—for it puts man’s pride in a place of awe—reserved only for humble praise.

“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).

Christ’s creation of the world reveals His divine qualities to a Holy Spirit enlightened conscience. The created is without excuse for their Creator makes eternal matters known in the world around them. Those who pay attention to the Almighty’s canvas of creation see the need for salvation from His divine directive. Jesus Christ in all His glory is the ultimate revelation of the Lord. When we embrace Jesus—we embrace our Abba Father.

So, as you stand on the sea shore look over the vast body of water and picture the justice of God ebbing and flowing to free the souls of men and women. And understand that fairness in this life may have to flow into the next, before what’s right prevails. The Lord preserves His saints under His shadow. Nature is His jurisdiction to nurture hope in the human psyche—so replace anxious activity with His calming creation.

A life encumbered by the noisy concrete jungle created by man, misses out on the reassuring voice of Christ waiting to communicate in the countryside. Your mission in the city is eternally enhanced when you take the time to recalibrate your mind and rest your body in quiet reflection by the riverside, a quaint cottage or overlooking green pastures from a hillside. Pace yourself by receiving God’s grace from His grandeur.

“Let the sea resound, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it. Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; let them sing before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity” (Psalm 98:7-9)

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God May Allow Afflictions to Help Others

I have done some reading and my latest book I have am working on is  “The Case for Faith,” by Lee Strobel.

 Strobel was once an atheist, until his wife became a Christian and he searched for answers as to why she did. He eventually became a Christian himself.

In his book he meets with experts on the subject of faith in God.

Here are some of my thoughts on what I have read so far.

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In a world full of scientists, it is interesting to see that many of them have no conflict, between their job and the conclusion that there is a miracles working God who is responsible for creating and sustaining the Universe.

Yes, there are some scientist who still cling to the old Darwin theory, but that theory is slowly being torn apart by facts.

Speaking of miracles, this is one area that the scientists attack.

They say that there is no way a bay could be born to a virgin. Well, it is happening all the time now. Women can be planted with the embryo in their womb and eventually give birth. If man can create a child this way, don’t you think God could? HELLO!

The question arises, how do we prove a miracle?

  • There has to be something that can’t be accounted for in terms of natural forces.
  • Did Jesus perform Miracles? Rudolf Bultmann, who is recognized as one of the most skeptical New Testament critics of this century said, ” It is doubtless he healed the sick and cast out demons.”
  • Miracles happen all around us. We aren’t aware of many of them.

If you believe that God exists, then there is no good reason to be skeptical about the miracles Jesus performed, and any that we hear of today.

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I also read in this book about people with afflictions. I really got into this part of the book, because IApostle Paul,  am well know as the king of having afflictions in my neighborhood. 🙂

Going back to the Apostle Paul we learn that he asked god to rid him of a thorn he had in his side. All the scholars have many different ideas as to what affliction he had. All the way from crippled feet to to bad back, etc.

Paul did ask God to take it away from him THREE TIMES, to remove it. God finally said, “My grace is sufficient. Your strength is made perfect in your weakness.”

Did you catch that? God is saying it is good to have afflictions. We grow stronger from them.

One of the people that Strobel interviewed was William Lane Craig PHD. He was afflicted with congenital neuromuscular disease.  He  couldn’t participate in sports when he was a young man because of it. He loved sports.

However God used Craig by  making him one of the top scholars in his field of theology. God had a different direction for him.

Craig is quoted of saying, ” My affliction gave e a tremendous desire to succeed. It caused me to have an achievement and goal orientation, which has helped me to do a lot in life…God even uses the bad things of life to bring out His ultimate purposes and ends.”

WE need to have faith that our heavenly Father knows what is best for us.

The definition of faith? ” Trust or commitment to what you think is true.”

We have to have faith through our own afflictions that God has a plan because of them. My afflictions have allowed me to write a book on the subject, and I have helped many through it.

I just talked to a person who gave her father one of my books today. She said that he was suicidal before he started reading the book, and now is slowly getting back the the father she loved before.

My afflictions are laid out for all to see in the book, and I wouldn’t have been able to use them for God’s glory if they hadn’t happened to me.

So, if you are going through some hard times with an affliction such as, anxiety, fear, depression, addictions, self-doubt, low self-esteem, etc. Don’t be discouraged. Use these hardships to help others through your own witness.

God bless you if you do have trials each day. God loves you and He is there to hold your hand if you reach out to him and let Him hold it.

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