Hope Fellowship Blog

Facing Life's Trials with Courage


Do you ever wonder why this world is so broken? Why bad things happen to “good” people? Undoubtedly, we can all agree that our world is not as it should be. Often, it’s hard to make sense of the troubles in the big world “out there,” let alone those trials “in here,” which come to us without warning. 

God’s Word always speaks to the reality of the world. He never hides the truth from us. In Sunday’s preaching passage (John 16:16-33), Jesus says it straight: “In this world, you will have tribulation” (v.33b). That is true for all people. Each one of us will experience hardships, trials, difficulties, and disappointments in this life. Without exception. If you’ve lived long enough, you don’t need to be convinced of this. And yet, for the believer in Jesus, the next sentence gives us incredible hope: “But take heart; I have overcome the world” (v.33c).

In two sentences Jesus describes the reality of our world, and He gives hope that can never be taken away. Oh, what a Savior. Come on Sunday as we seek to be transformed by Him.

In Christ,

Pastor Eric


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