Seize the Moment – Day 248

The Gift of Hope!

Ephesians 2


Good morning! This is Pastor Jerry Ingalls from New Castle First Baptist Church and today is Friday, November 20.

Early this morning, as I was spending time with the Lord, in His Word and in prayer, I received the sad news that our beloved sister in the Lord, Gay, passed away. Please join me in praying for her family and friends as we all grieve this loss. Also, please join me in praying for the family and friends of our beloved sister Vee Ann who passed away last week. I will be conducting her service tomorrow morning. While we grieve our losses, let us surround these families with faith, hope, and love.


We all need faith, hope, and love in these dark days so let us turn to God’s Word for the living hope—Jesus Christ.


Listen to Ephesians 2:4-9, “But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as a result of works, so that no one may boast.”


The only hope that will never disappoint us is our hope in God’s love to us through faith in Jesus Christ. “But God”, those two words in Scripture change everything. Never forget those two words, no matter how difficult your trials and tribulations, “but God”…


Death – but God

Disease – but God

Depression – but God

Disappointment – but God

COVID-19 – but God


Seize the moment and rest in the promises of God for your life and the lives of your loved ones. Whatever giant you may be facing today, “but God”… This is the gift of hope!


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