by Hugh Fulford
We are only a few days into a new year and already we are seeing that many of the old ways are still with us. The recent senseless shooting in Tucson of U. S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, in which six innocent people were killed, is evidence that evil is still with us.
Is there any hope for us?
This past Sunday I preached on “Eleven Sure Predictions For 2011.” It was not expository preaching at its best. It was not expository preaching at all.
It was an effort to bring composure and confidence and comfort and courage to the Christians of a small congregation, many of whom are struggling with the infirmities of age, with both acute and on-going health problems, with job loss, with family problems, and with challenges to their faith.
In the midst of these challenges and struggles, what can the people of God be sure of in 2011?
1. God will still be on His throne.
2. Christ will still live to make intercession for us.
3. The Bible will still have the answer to our most important questions.
4. Prayer will still be the most powerful “tool” at our disposal.
5. The blood of Christ will still cleanse us of our sins.
6. God will still be praised and honored by His people.
7. God will still pour out His blessings on His people.
8. There will still be faithful gospel preaching.
9. Jesus will still love us.
10. There will still be room at the cross.
11. Jesus will still save those who come to Him.
Of course, as we made these “predictions,” we worked various scripture passages into them, showing that, regardless of what life may bring to us this year, we can be sure of the above.
We need to be often reminded that — as the ancient prophet stated and as the New Testament apostle quoted him — “All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, but the word of the Lord endures forever” (Isaiah 40:6-8; 1 Peter 1:24-25).
Hugh is a long-time gospel preaching in Tennessee and gave us permission to publish his article from “Hugh’s News and Views.”
by Hugh Fulford