Day FOUR: Dec 7-12

Advent 2020: The Bethlehem Candle: FAITH

On Sunday, we stood in allegiance to Jesus as King. Our allegiance means so many things: what we hope for, what we live for—how we live, how we engage with the world around us.

Paul wrote to the Corinthians :

“For I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ, and Him crucified.”

1 Corinthians 2:2

As we head towards the end of the year, 2020 is a cautionary tale for us indeed. If we began the year resolving to know Christ and him crucified, then we do not end the year in disappointment or being blown off course. Yes, various trials have come our way—trials that illumine what is truly the vision of our lives.

I am more resolved than ever before to pursue Jesus alone. For when I pursue Jesus (through him)

“… we also boast in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”‭‭

Romans‬ ‭5:3-5‬

My New Year’s resolution: “I resolve to know nothing while among you, but Christ and him crucified.”

How about you? This week take some time to examine your disappointments. Our disappointments show where our hope lies.

Isaac Hovet
Isaac Hovet

Isaac has been the Lead Pastor at New Hope since 2016. He graduated from Life Pacific University and has served in numerous roles including his previous role as Lead Pastor at Cottage Grove Faith Center in Cottage Grove Oregon. Isaac is married to Donia, and together they have three children.

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