Tag: hope

The following excerpt, originally presented and written by my father Paul L. H. Olson for a Sunday School series for Advent, appears in While Bethlehem Sleeps: A Poetic Advent Devotional. Hope: An Anticipatory Lesson First Sunday of Advent Shortly after publishing While Bethlehem Sleeps, Penny posed this question to her family during an Advent season […]

On this first Sunday of Advent, I am reflecting on the tradition of Advent in my own life. The notion of celebrating Advent was introduced to me in my high school years. Each Sunday of Advent, candles were lit in our services to represent the themes of hope, peace, joy, and love. My family participated […]

My youngest son asked me yesterday what my 2017 resolution is. I told him I have a lot of goals. But, I didn’t tell him what they were or name my resolution. Honestly, I had to give it some more thought. I came to the conclusion that we get the word goal and resolution confused. […]

Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NKJV

“…why should He [God] not bruise you?” This question led to an interesting discussion with my children. We listed pros and cons for suffering and troubles. I read selections from my other readings today as they provided clarity and relevance. We, then, discussed the impact of the preceding phrase on the question. “If it was […]

Conviction of sin always brings a fearful, confining sense of the law. It makes a person hopeless…. I, a guilty sinner, can never work to get right with God— it is impossible. There is only one way by which I can get right with God, and that is through the death of Jesus Christ. I […]

Love taketh up no malign elements; its spirit prompteth it to cover in mercy all things that ought not to be exposed, to believe all of good that can be believed, to hope all things that a good God makes possible, and to endure all things that the hope may be made good. J. H. THOM

Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence. The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God […]