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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Hope (05/04/06)

TITLE: My Hope Is Built on Faith in Christ
By Anne Harrell


My Hope Is Built on Faith in Christ

In the spring of the year annually, a beautiful home is raffled off for the St. Jude’s Children Hospital. It’s donation per ticket is one hundred dollars and hopefully your name is drawn at the end. I can only dream and hope for such a gorgeous home. My income here on earth is not in the income bracket that would afford me such fine-looking home. I can only hopefully buy a ticket for the house that will be the only way of a possibility that I would ever get the house. I have just as much a chance as anyone else has of getting the home.

While here on earth we have many things that we desire to have such as: money, a new car, a home large enough to put the children in different rooms when they are a problem. My aspiration here on this planet is to be a professional Christian writer. Yet, none of these things here on earth guarantee that I would get to Heaven. I want that home that St. Jude’s is raffling off but there is no hope in getting it unless I ever buy a ticket which is in its self is a small chance. When it comes to getting to Heaven my hope is built on faith in Christ which will get me to Heaven.

My anticipation of seeing Christ is by FAITH in His almighty WORD. That will be the ONLY thing that WILL get me to Heaven at the end of my time here. Placing my TRUST in Christ, I will see His awesome face someday when He calls me home. Without any HOPE and FAITH in Christ when my time here on earth draws to a close, there is nothing to look forward to when I die except for hell. Just looking into Christ beautiful face knowing that He went to the cross for me; I long to look into the face of my sweet Savior. He took my place and paid the price for me!

My hope turns into fact when the lamb’s book of life is open and my name is written in it. Christ will stand up for me when God brings up all the sin I have done at the judgment. My hope is for Christ to say “but Father, I died for her.” How awesome that will be. My prospect is proven to be true, when I know what His word says and believe His WORD to be nothing but the truth.

After seeking the face of my sweet Savior, my hope is to see my daughter who has gone on before me. My longing to see her and hold her will come about one day. My dreams are to see her walk and to speak. Things she could not do here on earth all that good. I hold on to the promises of our Lord that she will be next in line for me to hug. I have a longing to see my father in-law who I know by his actions at the end of his life is with the Lord. God tells us we will see our love ones again “if” we have accepted Christ and if they did accept Him too.

Without hope we will never have any ambitious dreams to carry on in our life here on earth, much less if any kind of hope or anything else after we are gone. Putting your hope and faith in Christ will carry us to our highest dreams.

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dub W05/11/06
The second person reference in the second sentence detracted from an otherwise powerful statement of faith.
Brandi Roberts05/13/06
Amen to that! And I'm with dub on the 2nd person thing. Something to watch out for in your POVs.
Jessica Schmit05/13/06
Awesome. That's the only sure thing in this life. Great sermon on hope.
Dr. Sharon Schuetz05/13/06
You have a great message here, but watch the repetition of using the same words and phrases in the same sentence. It makes it flow better when you use “house” one time and “home” or “dwelling” another. Good job.