NCFI Cares: Hope’s Not Dead!


Hope’s not Dead!

As I was thinking of our living hope (1 Peter 1:3), I was reminded of a modern Christian song and movie entitled God’s Not Dead. I wanted to replace the word of the song with “Hope’s not dead, it is surely alive.” For, sometimes we live as if our hope is dead.  Is your hope breathing independently with a strong pulse? Some of us are in desperate need of hope CPR (cardiac pulmonary resuscitation). These lifesaving procedures have a healthy, skilled person breath and provide chest compression for a patient who is technically dead.  And at times, we need assistance with our breathing and pulse so we can keep our hope alive.

How do we know if our hope is dead—let’s check our breathing and our pulse.  Here are a few questions to think about: Are you a hopeful person? In other words, do you look forward to what Jesus will do in your life today? Are you excited about how the Holy Spirit is moving in your ministry, job, or community? OR Are you feeling dragged down by the concerns and stress of today? Does the thought of tomorrow bring more stress upon your life? These questions are based on the biblical meaning of the word hope—“anticipation or confident expectation.”

I encourage you this week to take time in prayer and check if your hope is breathing and has a pulse.  Next time we will look at hope saving procedures to jump-start our living hope!



Therefore my heart was glad and my tongue rejoiced; my body also will live in hope. Acts 2:26

p.s. Please pray for our brothers and sisters in Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Nigeria fighting the Ebola virus. May the Lord protect the health care providers and bring healing to the patients and families. (Ephesians 6:18) This is the YouTube video of God’s Not Dead! by Newsboys.


NCFI Cares: Heavenly Promises

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Our seal of the Holy Spirit not only secures us as God’s own possession, it is also a deposit or down payment for our future inheritance (Ephesians 1:11-14). Our inheritance is eternal life or heaven as described in Revelation 21:1-4 and other scriptures. Even though, we are heavenly bound and hope for our eternity with Jesus Christ, it is hard to stay eternally focused. We can become weighed down by current troubles. Conflicts with coworkers, overwhelming workload of patient care and administrative duties are combined with the daily grind of caring for families and managing a household. Instead of having a spring in our step from the promised joy of eternity, we collapse into bed at night from exhaustion. We can also become distracted by the Lord’s abundant provisions and not really look longingly for an eternity with Jesus.

Billy Graham in his book, Death and the Afterlife shares his personal thoughts on living today while in expectation of our future:  “I’m not afraid to die, for I know the joys of heaven are waiting. My greatest desire is to live today in anticipation of tomorrow and be ready to be welcomed into His home for all eternity. Will you be making the journey with me?” (p. 192)

May this heartfelt insight and rich wisdom guide our hearts and minds in fixing our hope on the Lord’s heavenly promise.

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