A happy, holy, and hope-filled New Year to all who bless me by reading this blog. I appreciate every one of you and thank you with all my heart for your interest, your comments, your “likes,” your “Tweets,” your corrections, and your encouragement. You’ve become a big part of my spiritual life and I’m grateful for your sanctifying influence upon me. It’s been wonderful to meet some of you here and there as I travel around, and hope I can bump into a few more of you in 2013.
In an hour or so, I’ll be preaching a New Years Day sermon on 1 Peter 3v15 with the title, Reasons for a Hope-filled 2013. So let me start the New Year with my definition of Christian hope:
Christian hope is (1) a realistic expectation of (2) and joyful longing for (3) future grace and glory (4) based upon God’s reliable Word.
You’ve got 60 minutes to improve on that and get a mention in my sermon!