Posts Tagged ‘Hope’


Bruce Ray. Help! My Friend is Suicidal. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, December 3rd 2014. 64 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Amazon

Are you in a difficult situation in which someone you know is feeling suicidal?  Are you afraid of making the wrong moves, saying the wrong words and afraid of pushing your friend over the edge?  If so this resource is for you.  This sixty four page biblical counseling resource is a must-buy.  It is the third title that I read from Shepherd Press’ “Lifeline Mini-books” series.  As of right now this is the best booklet I would recommend on the topic of suicide because of the combination of this being biblical, practical and the author speaks from his experience as a pastor and chaplain for almost twenty five years to emergency services and first responder.


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Establish the need: We can go over many things that Christians are to do and to become that sometimes it can feel overwhelming.  One might wonder: Can I as a Christian really change?

Purpose: In this session we will consider five truths that should give Christians hope for godly change so that we would continue to fight sin and pursue the Christian life.

    1. Hope for change #1: You are a new creation
    2. Hope for change #2: You are given a new heart
    3. Hope for change #3: You are being sanctified by the Holy Spirit
    4. Hope for change #4: Your circumstances is being used by God to make you like Jesus
    5. Hope for change #5: You will be perfectly sanctified one day


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This was our Sunday series on our blog from a few weeks back.  It was an exposition on Romans 5:3-4.  The three part series was on the topic of suffering.

Here are the links:

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Hope in Suffering Part 2

Romans 5:3-5

And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; 5 and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Purpose: There are three truths we need to know in order that we might not be crushed during suffering in our lives so that we would have hope in our suffering.

  1. We need to know that we all will face tribulations (v.3a)
  2. We need to know that God is working within us (v.3b-4)
  3. We need to know that God loves us greatly (v.5) 

Last time we went over the first point, “We need to know that we all will face tribulations (v.3a)

Today we will look at the second point:


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