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Faith and Hope 10/25/09

KJV Hebrews 11:1-3 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Faith means to trust God, believing God for our future. We are trusting our life in the hands of God, for the future that He has in store for us.

Hope we think of as our desire, something we would like to see happen, but in biblical language hope refers to the future promises of God, which have not yet taken place, but will most certainly happen. Our hope is like the anchor of the soul, for we believe God for our future

Hope is the certainty of the future promises of God. Hope is faith looking forward. Do we believe that Abraham Lincoln was our President during the civil war? Yes, we do, for we believe in those things that have already taken place, and we trust that those events happened. In this sense, we tend to think about faith in the sense of looking backward and hope as trusting in the future. Even though faith and hope may be distinguished from each other, yet they are very closely related. Faith is what gives substance to our hope.
How do we know that the future promises of God will come to pass? Because we trust God, for people of faith are those who trust God. It is because of the faithfulness of God that we have assurance for the future. Because we have faith, there is hope. Without faith, there is no hope. People have hope today, but not all are putting their hope in God, which means they have a hope that is not biblical and it is a hope that will leave them disappointed.

When we succumb to unbelief, it causes us to fear the future, by making assumptions about the future. Here are two examples of our forefathers who looked to the future, one lacked faith and the other possessed faith. David thought he knew the future, but did he? He knew that Samuel had anointed him to be king of Israel, but fear caused him to lose sight of God's promise.

KJV 1 Samuel 27:1 And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul: there is nothing better for me than that I should speedily escape into the land of the Philistines; and Saul shall despair of me, to seek me any more in any coast of Israel: so shall I escape out of his hand.

And Apostle Paul's faith
KJV 2 Timothy 1:12 For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.

Is tomorrow seen by us? No, we are finite humans and cannot see tomorrow. We don't know about tomorrow, but we know who holds the future. Many things about tomorrow, we don't understand, but we know who holds our hand.

Recently when I asked a brother as to how I could pray for him, this is what he said: "Pray that I would trust in God who is unseen and that I would not fear the seen circumstances!"

May that be our prayer for one another today.

Bound together by faith and hope for the future,

Pastor Orval Wirkkala

Posted on 25 Oct 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
Segment #8 Pastor Steve Wuori

"But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. So here we are now involving more than just two people. We are involving three or four. That be two or three witnesses, to what is being said. And here we see that relentless pursuit of that truth, don't we, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. Sometimes we are not sure that we want our side or our responsibility to come out and we're hoping that maybe maybe that part won't really matter so much, we are focusing on them after all. But I think that here, is meant everyword. And this means that there is a discussion of the offence, what has taken place, and that every word will be established with witnesses, so that if you are in error, if there is a shared error, he has certainly trespassed against you, we've been told that, but all of those things will come out. And it becomes even harder to imagine, then, that if the truth is known completely and openly on both sides, nothing hidden, it's hard to believe we would ever go beyond this point. But Jesus is prepared for that too because He knows human nature. And he knows the resistance to the Word of God. He knows how stiff necked we are, how proud we are and how sometimes we will not yield no matter what somebody says to us. So he has prepared the third step and that is if he neglect to hear these witnesses, then tell it to the church, unto the church. But if he neglect to hear the church, something else happens. And with is the church? It is the body of believers, and there, I guess the heart will need to judge. Do you involve a church board, do you involve the pastor? Do you involve the entire congregation? Again, thinking of the little children, sometimes there are matters that no one in an assembly like this need hear talked about. Those should be dealt with in another way. And so the judgment of the Spirit must apply here, as far as what the church is, who to involve within the church. Now we have a stiff necked man here, for sure, that we are dealing with as Jesus decribes him to us. And now we think well, here is the point where they are kicked out. This is the point of the whole church law! But it's not! It kind of ends with a flop~Because it says after all of that, if he neglects to hear now the church, we wait for what Jesus will say, and all He says is, "let him be unto thee as a heathen man and a publican. And what do you do with heathen men and publicans? You love them. There is no authority contained in this church law to not love. We heard from the earlier message as brother Gene spoke about loving one another. Bind us together in love is the theme of this convention. And I guess we must conclude from the words of Jesus, we never have the authority not to love. And sometimes when are are angry, we are seeking such authority, aren't we? We are looking for some means by with the authority of the Scripture, we might be able to come to a point where we can cut someone off. All this says is, you have lost a brother. That's all. Because if after all of this, they are so stubborn that they simply will not hear, that which is brought before them, then it says: You just don't have a brother anymore. They're a heathen man and publican. Unbelievers.

Pastor Steve Wuori

Posted on 23 Oct 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala

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Faith and Hope 10/25/09
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