Cheer Up!

This is a message of hope, so if you need some, listen in.  I can assure you the sun is still shining, even if the clouds are blocking your view.  You can be sure that if the sun weren’t there, we’d be flung out of orbit and die instantly.  Don’t despair, God is there, too. (Recorded March 14, 1999)

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Message Notes

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

2 Corinthians 4:18

So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

1 Peter 1:7-9

These have come so that your faith– of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire– may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed.  Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

1 John 3:2

Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is.

Outline

1. “I’ve seen the sun” story.

2. Our faith will become sight.

1 Corinthians 13:12, 1 John 3:2, 1 John 5:13

3. Hold onto your faith — it’s worth far more than gold.

Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 13:8, 1 Peter 1:7

Closing and Prayer

2 Corinthians 4:18

A quote worth remembering: “It’s the set of the sail and not the gale that determines the way we go.”

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