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In the New Year, looking forward (4)

In the New Year, looking forward… we all wish to have a better year than last year.

“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” - Jeremiah 29:11

Hope in a better year, a brighter future will help people live happily and give people the will and strength to move forward. Hopelessness or despair leads to an unhappy life, destructive behaviors and ultimately suicide because the pains are too much to bear.

God creates people, God knows what people need and told us in Jer 29: 11, John 10:10 and John 3:16… If we believe in Jesus and remain in Him, we will have:

- Hope and a future (Jer 29:11) – a good gift

- A full and abundant life (John 10:10) – a better gift

- Eternal life (John 3:16) – the best gift

What has kept you from believing in Jesus?

Other selected quotes about Hope:

“Though no one can backtrack and create a new start, everyone is capable of taking their life in a brand new direction” – Germany Kent

“Only you can decide the person you want to be” – Rehan Khan

“If I’m going to have hope, I’m going to have to learn to endure disappointments” – Sharon Weil

“Remember to look up at the stars and not look down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. And however difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. It matters that you don’t just give up” – Stephen Hawking

Prayer this week:

Father in heaven, the corona virus is quickly spreading from Wuhan, China to many cities and countries around the world. Hundreds and perhaps thousands of people have died and more will die... Please help doctors and nurses to take care of the patients and drug companies to find a cure soon. Please protect your children. In Jesus, I find hope in this life and in eternity… In Jesus, I can make sense of it all... In Jesus, I find my resting place… In Jesus’ name, I pray. Amen.

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