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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Hope (05/04/06)

TITLE: Two Kinds Of Hope
By John Huckstep
05/10/06


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A friend of mine has a twenty year old daughter who has made three serious attempts to take her own life. She has cut her wrist, taken pills, and has intense thoughts of shooting everyone in her family and then herself.
She has talked to many psychologist's who have attempted to sort out why this life is not good enough for her. She now sits heavily medicated in a mental health ward. So far everything she hoped would bring happiness in this life has failed her.

There are only two kinds of hope in this life. We can hope to find meaning and contentment in the world and it's system or we can place our hope in Christ and His way of life. Those who hope to find happiness in the world will always be searching for something or someone to make them happy. They will divorce, drink, party, try drugs, overeat, and try many different sexual partners just to satisfy their hopeless quest to find peace and happiness.

Satan dangles the pleasures of this world before us and many are drawn into his trap like a rat drawn to cheese. What the rat thought would bring happiness and contentment only brought sufferring and death. Sin always has conseqences.

The greatest need in the world today is the understanding that our hope for happiness does not come from the things in this world but from Christ. There is no hope outside of Christ. When it comes right down to it there are only two kinds of hope. We can hope to find happiness in the world or we can place our hope in Christ. The directions have been given to us in His word. If we follow the world we will always be wrong. If we follow Christ we will always be right. We can either give Satan and the world our hope and dreams or we can give them to Jesus.

In the end only Jesus will make all our dreams come true. Our only hope is in our relationship with the Lord. "Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord's unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him. Psalms 32


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SYLVIA KING05/13/06
Your article makes me thinks of the hopelessness of a lost world. The need for the Christian to be visible and being God's hand etended to that hurting world is a desperate need. We can't sit in our church pews and hope to reach them. We have to look at them through the eyes of God and reach out to them with the answer that brings life, Thanks
for your story. Good job.
Helen Paynter05/15/06
How true. Thank you for this.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/15/06
This was done very well. It is a good message.
Debbie OConnor05/15/06
Great message. I got saved on a message that said there were "two ways to get to Heaven" (believe and accept Jesus as savior or be absolutely perfect). I knew I had already blown the perfect thing...Jesus was my only hope! :)

Loved this line:

"The greatest need in the world today is the understanding that our hope for happiness does not come from the things in this world but from Christ." So true.
Rita Garcia05/15/06
Very strong message of hope.
WELL WRITTEN!