Set Your Hope on His Grace

1 Peter 1:13 “Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” (1 Peter 1:13). We may hope to be saved, but this is not the kind of hope Peter talks about in the passage above. He invites us to set our hope on God’s grace. In God’s grace there is room for me. I am not perfect. I am a sinner. I deserve to be condemned and to die. God’s grace assures my salvation. I don’t deserve it, but I can have it because of Christ’s grace extended to me. This is the kind of hope that gives me peace.

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The Ooltewah Pathfinders had a wonderful time at Cohutta Springs last weekend. They were there for the spring camporee. On Sabbath one of our Pathfinders, Debbie Bee, was baptized by David Reynolds. Congratulations, Debbie!

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The Cancer Support Group had their first meeting on April 4. Seven people attended the session and had a nice time sharing their personal experiences. They hope to grow and get more participants from the community. They all believe it’s an important ministry. Everything said in the group is confidential. Heidy Pino is thankful for her husband Ed’s leadership in making this a healing environment for cancer patients, survivors and family members to process their emotions.

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The Light of Hope continues to actively support the suffering people in Ukraine. Every dollar contributed goes to feed and to provide shelter to thousands of displaced families. In the last few days I was contacted by two orphanages in Ukraine. They are overwhelmed with the number of children moved from the war zones to their facilities. I am so glad that we could help them buy food, fuel for the water heaters, basic hygiene items, and clothes.

Many students from Bucha Adventist seminary, who had to evacuate from the Russian invasion, are now helping these orphans in the newly established camps. They do their best to remain positive and to share hope with the children. Watch this short video sent to me by the director of the camp for the orphans.

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Don’t forget about the Vespers program at our church tonight. Students from Great Lakes Academy will lead at the Vespers program. Tomorrow the students will lead at both services. I am looking forward to a great spiritual feast.

PLEASE DO NOT FORGET ABOUT THE POTLUCK TOMORROW. BRING AN EXTRA DISH TO SHARE WITH THE STUDENTS. THANK YOU.

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Hugs and blessings,

Pastor Peter

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