What Hope Is (Calvin’s Catechism)
Hope is nothing else than the expectation of the things that faith has believed to be promised by God. Faith believes God tells the truth; Hope expects God will demonstrate his truthfulness at the opportune time. Faith believes God to be our Father; Hope expects He will always act as such toward us. Faith believes eternal life to be given to us; Hope expects that it shall be revealed at some time. Faith is the foundation on which Hope rests; Hope nourishes and maintains Faith. Because no one can expect and hope anything from God, except he or she will have first believed his promises. On the other hand, it is necessary that our feeble faith be sustained (lest we grow weary and fail). So patient hope and expectation keep faith.
Wow, what a great place for me to live within the reality of what Calvin explains so well.
I thought that this was a good way to reboot… 🙂
First and second!
First and third brother… 🙂
Fifth! In fact, I’ll drink a fifth to the Phoenix Preacher being back online!!!! Bottoms up!
Thanks. Very timely. Have had a tough week and have clung to the God of Hope.
Excellent re entry Michael. I have missed your gleanings, quotes and exhortations.
Thank you…I hope we keep encouraging each other.
“I find I’m so excited I can barely sit or hold a thought in my head. I think it’s the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conclusion is uncertain. I hope I can make it across the border. I hope I can see my friend and shake his hand. I hope the Pacific is as blue as it is in my dreams. I hope.”
BD — I love that movie. Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins were both excellent.