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Lurking behind its making is the soul-chilling suspicion, and perhaps a full-scale belief, that made-up hope is the only kind there is.
Or, the belief is that if we just hope hard enough, or if large enough numbers of us are hoping together, that it will sprinkle its pixie-dust on our lives, and it will somehow just 'become' real. But if you think about it, you'll realize that such hopism is a shell game and a spiritual charade, a supposedly 'good lie' which, like all so-called 'good lies', ends at a cruel smash-up into the wall at the dead end of that road - a crash you didn't see coming.
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Hoping in hope itself is like having faith in faith; it is a circle that goes nowhere and ultimately does nothing. Isn't all this talk about God just something we made up as a way to keep us going? Didn't we humans create 'God' to manufacture for ourselves a hope beyond ourselves?
I can't prove God to you, not through logical deduction or quantum physics. I can't take you back to years ago so you could meet Jeremiah, nor years ago for David, and show you what God did or didn't do. I can't transport you to Galilee of years ago, and have you speak to Jesus of Nazareth, nor even to Paul of Tarsus. I can't claim I know what the next chapter of human life is.
I can , however, testify to my own experiences, about how my life draws its strength from what is beyond me and very much Other than me. I can testify that life pretty well matches what the Bible says life is like. I can share with you how Jesus' kind of God is the only kind that makes sense. I can say that what I believe is not something I made up, but is rather something that has successfully sustained the hearts of billions over the course of two millenia, in spite of the evil work of those who abused in this God's name.
I can even speak of a loving relationship with this God, an intimate back-and-forth exchange of an admittedly strange sort, which guides my life, or at least as far as my mulish mind lets it. God affirms us as people, even if our actions aren't at all affirmable. I didn't 'manufacture' any part of this; it is a response to the reality that I live in. This gives me cause for a very strong hope, for myself and for the species I belong to, and even the planet I live on. I believe that it is a much firmer basis for hope than what most people base their lives on.
I hope that you too can discover Who I hope in. Most of the ancient world was governed by fixity. It was in the stars, said the Babylonians; it is as it is by fate, said the Greeks; if it is anything at all, it just is, said the Chinese. But it was different within the Jewish part of the world which Christianity came from.
There, a powerful God gave human creatures the powers of inventiveness, identity, complex choice, and responsibility. With that came the ability to envision a future and pursue it, not knowing how it would come out. We shape the journey in very real ways, both for ourselves and for others.
But the future is God's, and that gives us the reason behind hope. Thus, hope is the effect of God's future on the present. Hope is a gift of the Spirit, too. Not a 'charism' in the sense Paul was speaking of, but it is given by God. The evidence: one of the few things one can say across-the-board about those with a vigorous view of the Spirit is that virtually all of them are full of hope.
The Spirit tells them about Christ. Christ makes forgiveness happen. Our relationship with God becomes one of being God's child, not one of a rebel. And nothing the world dishes out can get rid of this gift. When we meet someone living out an honest faith, a hope is stirred up inside.
The hope of the Gospel has changed our priorities for life. Jesus has become everything to us. As a result, we want to spend our lives helping others come to know Jesus, too. So we are building Gospel community to reach our community with the good news of Jesus. The church of Jesus Christ exists to glorify God by making followers of Jesus all around the world.
Trinity Church is part of that movement. Our mission is to make more and stronger disciples of Jesus. Everything we do as a church is designed to flow out of this mission. That means that we are striving to bring new people into the family of God through faith in Jesus Christ, and it means that we are striving to help Christians develop into mature believers who are more and more like Christ see more on the Vision page.
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The years since then have brought many changes: in , services in English rather than Swedish; in , a name change; and in , a new building. In Pastor Gary took on the role of senior pastor and in Pastor Travis began his role as the pastor of family ministries. In we welcomed Pastor Nolan as worship pastor and completed renovations to the sanctuary.
A church with such a long history is not without its scars.
TODAY'S WORD from the Pastor
Trinity has suffered from difficult, divisive periods in its history, even within the last fifteen years. But alongside such hard times, God has given encouraging times of growth. We believe that God is moving among us and calling us to a new time of faithfulness. We are being challenged by God to follow Him with a bold faith that holds nothing back in its pursuit of Christ and His Kingdom. May God be glorified in a great way in our time! The EFCA is an association of autonomous churches united around these theological convictions:. We believe in one God, Creator of all things, holy, infinitely perfect, and eternally existing in a loving unity of three equally divine Persons: the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.
Having limitless knowledge and sovereign power, God has graciously purposed from eternity to redeem a people for Himself and to make all things new for His own glory.
We believe that God has spoken in the Scriptures, both Old and New Testaments, through the words of human authors. As the verbally inspired Word of God, the Bible is without error in the original writings, the complete revelation of His will for salvation, and the ultimate authority by which every realm of human knowledge and endeavor should be judged. Therefore, it is to be believed in all that it teaches, obeyed in all that it requires, and trusted in all that it promises.
In union with Adam, human beings are sinners by nature and by choice, alienated from God, and under His wrath. He lived a sinless life, was crucified under Pontius Pilate, arose bodily from the dead, ascended into heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father as our High Priest and Advocate.