One of the keys to our relationship with the Lord is the daily time we have pursuing the Lord and growing from His Word. There are some online resources I use a few times every week in my own personal devotional time, with my family, in my discipleship group, or in my home group.
https://www.biblegateway.com. Bible Gateway is a wonderful website and app that has almost every modern English translation of the Bible available to you, along with several commentaries. Personally, I use the daily reading plan on my Bible Gateway app while on my exercise bike. It helps me complete the read-through-the-Bible in a year program. I have also used the audio Bible on the app while walking.
https://www.gotquestions.org. Let’s say you are reading John 7 and it tells us that Jesus went to the Feast of the Tabernacles and you wonder, “What is the Feast of the Tabernacles?” Just go to this website (or the app) and type in “What is the Feast of the Tabernacles?” and it will have an article explaining whatever question you ask. There are over 600,000 articles on this website, and every article I have read has been spot on theologically.
https://bibleproject.com. Before starting to read through a new book of the Bible, stop in at this website/app and watch an animated overview of that specific book. Or, just go on the website and explore the videos on different themes and important doctrines of the Bible. The animation of these videos is a great way to engage your home-group, family, or understand the larger theme of any book in the Bible.
A few more that I don’t use as often, but I definitely recommend:
www.desiringgod.org. Great articles/podcasts. My favorite are the videos “Look at the Book”.
https://www.thegospelcoalition.org. So many good articles. I even willingly sign up to get emails from them and I usually do not like getting emails.
www.blueletterbible.org. Great for studying Scripture and even exploring original languages.
I hope this is a blessing to you as you work at being able to correctly handle God’s Word (2 Timothy 2:15)
~ Pastor Randy
Suzi King, Director
A huge thank you to Barb Frislie who hosted the Women’s Breakfast in February. The women had a great time!
The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6 and Luke 11)
How rarely I have thought on and truly studied what Christ taught us through the Lord’s prayer. Sure, I have spoken it hundreds, even thousands of times. But so many times, to my shame, I have done so without really thinking on what He said, what He taught, what it all means (not that I understand it fully, but … it’s getting better!)
Worship, Faith, Sovereignty, Provision, Forgiveness, Community, Holiness, Protection
All of these things are in this short and simple prayer. It’s incredible.
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name”
It all starts with God, with who He is, with His name, His holy and sacred name. It is the name and person of God that is most at question in this life. Who do you say He is? Be careful of the answer! It will change your life.
“Your kingdom come”
How often Christ spoke of the Kingdom of God. It was on His mind and heart constantly. He crafted picture after picture after picture to get us to see what it is like. It is the reality, the true and real life that He opens our eyes to see. It is the eyes of faith and belief that see His kingdom at hand.
“Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
He is. He is eternal. He is almighty. He is sovereign. There is no other. His will – it will be accomplished. And there is no power in heaven, nor on earth, nor in all of the internet that can stop it!
“Give us today our daily bread.”
Today. What we need today, may You provide that. May our reliance be upon You. Not upon a job, nor a 401k, nor a family, nor a country. You and You alone.
FORGIVENESS + COMMUNITY
“And forgive our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”
How simple and beautiful is the healthy community that God created. Forgive one another. Realize … you have your own sin. Repent from it. Acknowledge it before God and others. And how interesting that the request for forgiveness from God is directly tied to us forgiving those that have hurt and sinned against us. How often have I asked God to purify my life and my heart, without truly examining the relationships around me to make sure I have forgiven those that have wounded our relationship. We must not let pride and the awkwardness of difficult conversations get in the way of peace amongst the family of God. Someone once said, “awkward is awesome” after all. Have the difficult conversation. The unity of the body of Christ depends on it.
HOLINESS + PROTECTION
“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
‘For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.’ Ephesians 6:12
As we pursue God, He provides His path, His light, His very will that leads us away from sin, away from selfishness, away from fear, away from all temptation. He is the way, the truth, and the life. We find life, life to its fullest, in Him. Amen!
Wait, Matt, but what does this have to do with agape love? 🙂 I’m glad you asked. (Forgive the joking transition to get you on to one of my favorite topics!)
The heart of agape is not obedience or service in order that we might receive simple pleasures in this life. I’ve often said, the heart of agape is that we might give without expectation … and that is true, OF MEN. To give, serve, submit, and pursue those around us with His agape love is to do so without any measure of expectation of return, that we might draw them to Him and His way. It is in this selfless service that we truly do find joy and fulfillment. But! That is not the full story regarding our agape to the King. Of Him, and only of Him, does agape love have a true and worthy expectation. And that expectation, backed up by His promises and faithfulness, is trustworthy and sure. But what is it? What did He promise? Right after the Lord’s prayer, what did He say He would give to His people? Wealth? No, for that, He said He would give us “enough”. Health? No. He told us these bodies aren’t going to live forever. Perfect purity? No, not here. Not yet. It’s obvious from the Lord’s prayer that we’d sin and need forgiveness. Perfect community? Again, No! Not here, not yet. We will need to forgive each other.
Then what did He promise?? The Spirit.
“If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will Your Father in heaven give THE HOLY SPIRIT to those who ask Him!” Luke 10:13
We ought to pray the Lord’s prayer. We ought to know the community that Christ was attempting to grow, strengthen and encourage through this prayer. And when we ask, we ought to expect, with full confidence, the blessing of nothing less than the very Spirit of God. ~Matt Poling, Worship Pastor
Directors, Brett Adler, Manny Corral & Jim Zimmer
There was great food, great fellowship and a great message from Josh Alexander at the Men’s Dinner in February.
We have some amazing Home Groups at Hope that meet on a regular basis. At each Home Group, we have HG leaders that are regularly hosting, praying and leading these groups. Those leaders are doing an amazing job in helping to create community, grow spiritually and serve. Last month we took our HG leaders out to an evening of fun and fellowship at the Gaslight Theater…it was so fun. These leaders are pouring out on a regular basis and we just wanted to say, “Thank you!”. Below are some photos of our time together.
Go get ‘em! Pastor Dave
Thanks to all of you who helped put together bags on Super Bowl Sunday for the homeless and the La Paloma Women’s Shelter. Click on the video below for a message from the Shelter!
Susan Woodford - Director
The Gospel Project Key Passage:
“The Lord is my strength and my defense; He has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise Him, my father’s God, and I will exalt Him.” Exodus 15:2
Big Picture Question and Answer:
What is worship? Worship is celebrating the greatness of God.
Ignite Tucson Children’s Conference
Ignite Tucson is an annual children’s ministry conference to equip and encourage those serving in children’s ministry across Tucson. We had 15 members of our HopeKids Ministry Team attend the conference this year! A huge THANK YOU to those who spent their Saturday learning and sharpening their kid’s ministry skills!
Spring is on the horizon and there are many fun things going on at Awana. In addition to our weekly Wednesday evening meetings, some of the Truth and Training boys and girls are going to compete in the city-wide Bible Quiz. Again this year, Mountain View Baptist Church has invited us to participate in their Awana Grand Prix model car race! Some of the racers will also be going on to the city-wide Grand Prix the beginning of April.
We can’t wait to see how creative you are with our next two Awana theme nights! In March we will wear green and on April Fool’s Day we’ll have “Fake Injury Night”!
March 7 – Bible Quiz at Grace Pointe Church
March 18 – “Wear Green for St. Patrick’s Day”
March 28 – Awana Grand Prix at Mountain View Baptist Church
April 1 – “Fake Injury Night”
April 4 – City-wide Grand Prix at First Southern Baptist Church
Hope’s Awana ministry is for children 4 years old through 6th grade. We meet Wednesday evenings at Summit Ridge Community Church. Come on out and join the fun.
3/5 Adrianna Martinez
3/6 Lizzie Austin
3/9 Bennett Burcham
3/9 Cason Kollasch
3/10 Aireonahh Kuntz
3/12 Simon Braeutigam
3/14 Toby Carlson
3/14 Emilia Reddoch
3/15 Ava Brock
3/15 Marshall Williamson
3/17 Asher Amante
3/17 Zoe Carlson
3/19 Quinn Manis
3/20 Chayton Hodges
3/24 Aryanna Kollasch
3/28 Nancy Catania
February was such a blessing; being at the park, Night to Shine, and being able to partner with Corazon Ministries to work on a couple of churches. So thankful that God gave us these opportunities to serve. It is so great when we come together and serve.
Praying that March will be a time of growth for our students. I know there is so much going on in our students’ lives as we move closer to the end of the year. It is our heart that we help students center their life around Jesus as they navigate through all that busyness. So please pray for our Bible studies. We have a passion to help train up students to pursue Christ and encourage them to be more like Him in all that they do.
All of March we are back at Summit Ridge Community Church. We will meet from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. every Sunday night.
Semester Bible Studies will be starting up soon. We will email out details soon.
Middle School Sunday School:
We are continuing to walk through the Gospel Project.
We gather together during 2nd service after Worship.
Watch your emails about a March get togehter!
If you would like to get involved by leading, providing snacks, hosting dinners etc., or need more information on the above events please contact me at email@example.com.
Jim and Carol Almeroth hosted a Valentine’s Lunch for the Hope Seniors serving the renowned Italian Beef from Portillos in Chicago. They had the seniors bring a Valentine’s card and write a message in the card. The cards were blindly drawn and the message read to everyone. This yielded bright smiles, laughter and joy in receiving a personal message. We have all received a personal message from God. John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
Hope Seniors extends an invitation to new or old Hope Seniors to join us in our various Hope Seniors events. Please contact Bob 904-887-7019 or Merrillee 520-304-6773 Whren.
Our next outing will be at the Anderson’s. Watch the bulletin for date and time.
2114 W. Grant Road, PMB 87
Tucson, Arizona 85745