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This  is a word from Chaplain Timothy Burdick, Minister of Abilities for Friday Study Ministries:

THE HOPE TO COPE

We have just completed what many in the world call “Easter.” It’s not about "Easter eggs and bunnies, for it is really about the resurrection of Christ, which in the Bible speaks of many different things. For example, it can speak of the believer’s joy they can have through Christ which brings an overcoming life.

But before I get to that, I want to speak about hope, for when the Bible talks about hope, it is not referring to a wishful attitude, like: “I hope this will happen,” but rather it is a confident expectation that God will deliver you. Job expressed his confident expectation this way - “I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end He will stand upon the earth” (Job 19:25).

In other words, we can have confidence and stand in our darkest times because Someone Wonderful is standing with us. That is what the resurrection of Christ is all about. God provides us with the confident expectation that in whatever we are going through now, He will Have the final word.

A hope like this will change our perspective, letting us know that what we are going through, although hard, is only temporary, with joy being the result in our lives. This is the kind of joy that Christ gives to His followers, which in turn produces strength to face life’s challenges.

You can live the overcoming life that we spoke about and you can have it today - this strength produces endurance to hang in there for the long haul. I want to invite you to live the life that God has for you, but doing so requires a personal choice on your part. In another place the Bible says, that “if God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31).

Now let me get down to what I call “brass tacks.” In my life as a blind person, I have faced many challenges as have you. But I have also found that when I know that God walks with me, He and I can overcome these setbacks together.  And so can you. Trust in Jesus Christ and place your hope in Him. Just remember, it takes hope to cope.

You can join a discussion/prayer/Bible study with Pastor Timothy on the telephone each week on Thursday evenings at 6 PM Arizona time for his Bible study, by dialing 1.218.936.7979 (US) and entering access code number 139535.

You can also telephone Pastor Timothy at 602-652-2179.  Leave a message and he will get back to you.

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