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Living Hope

February 10

DAY 10
Topic: Living Hope
Text: 1 Peter 1:3-9
Memorize: In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. — 1 Peter 1:3
Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 1:1-25; Romans 12:12;Romans 15:13; Titus 3:7; Colossians 1:27
Most often we celebrate our birthday, we can also think about the other end of the life spectrum, remembering that we will eventually die.

This is a frightening thought to many people, so we often try to avoid even saying the word death. Instead we often say that someone “passed away.”
But for Christians, death does not have to be frightening, because it does not get the last word. We might be frightened of the pain that can come before death, and we may grieve the deaths of our loved ones while we are still living. But death itself does not have to be frightening, because we have hope in the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.
When God raised Jesus from the dead, he promised that we too will be raised from death to eternal life. We have hope that even though our earthly lives will end, our lives with the Lord will never end.
Some Christian traditions refer to a funeral as “a service of witness to the resurrection.” That is a good reminder of the hope that Christians have in the face of death. Death does not have the last word; God does, and his Word is life!
God of life, thank you that in the resurrection of Jesus you have promised us the gift of eternal life with you. Give us hope in the face of death. In the name of our resurrected Lord we pray. Amen.

1. Oh, glorious hope of perfect love !
It lifts me up to things above ;
It bears on eagle’s wings ;
It gives my ravished soul a taste,
And makes me for some moments
With Jesus’ priests and kings, [feast

2. Rejoicing now in earnest hope,
I stand, and from the mountain-top
See all the land below :
Rivers of milk and honey rise,
And all the fruits of paradise
In endless plenty grow.

3 A land of corn, and wine, and oil.
Favoured with God’s peculiar smile,
With every blessing blest; [ness,
There dwells the Lord our Righteous-
And keeps His own in perfect peace
And everlasting rest.

4. Oh, that at once I might go up !
No more on this side Jordan stop,
But now the land possess :
This moment end my legal years,
Sorrows, and sins, and doubts, and fears,
A howling wilderness.

5. Now, O my Joshua, bring me in !
Cast out Thy foes ; the inward sin,
The stony heart remove ;
The purchase of Thy death divide ;
And oh, with all the sanctified,
Give me Thy perfect love


1. The God of Abraham praise!
Who reigns enthroned above,
Ancient of everlasting days,
And God of love !
Jehovah,great I AM !
By earth and Heaven confest !
I bow, and bless the sacred name,
For ever blest !

2. The God of Abraham praise !
At whose supreme command
From earth I rise, and seek the joys
At His right hand :
I all on earth forsake,
Its wisdom, fame, and power,
And Him my only portion make,
My Shield and Tower.

3. The God of Abraham praise !
Whose all-sufficient grace
Shall guide me all my happy days
In all my ways :He calls a worm His friend !
He calls Himself my God !
And He shall save me to the end
Through Jesus’ blood !

4. He by Himself hath sworn,
I on His oath depend ;
I shall, on eagles’ wings up borne,
To heaven ascend :
I shall behold His face,
I shall His power adore,
And sing the wonders of His grace
For evermore !

5. The whole triumphant host
Give thanks to God on high:
“Hail ! Father, Son, and Holy
They ever cry : [Ghost !
Hail ! Abraham’s God and mine !
I join the heavenly lays;
All might and majesty are Thine,
And endless praise!


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