Hope Weekly 7/11/2019

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Hope Weekly has a Story to Tell!
 
About a month ago Ralph Newton shared with Pastor Dan that he had an awesome story to tell, a miracle even, but due to vacations and schedules, they didn’t get to meet until this week. Well Ralph didn’t disappoint and now Hope Weekly can pass the story onto you.
 
A little while back, Ralph’s wife Loie, gave him one of the “Jesus Calling” devotionals. Ralph is dyslexic and longer readings are very difficult. The “Jesus Calling” devotional proved to be just the right length and became a meaningful part of Ralph’s life. Then Ralph got news that an old friend and band mate named Scott was in the hospital dealing with a second leg amputation due to diabetes. Ralph went to see him and quickly realized how discouraged Scott was. He decided to give Scott his “Jesus Calling” devotional telling him to simply read the page with the day’s date on it. A couple weeks later Scott thanked him for what a difference it had made in his life. That is a cool story all by itself, but there is more!
 
Scott has a daughter named Sarah who works with people who are trying to get out of addiction. In particular, she was working with two younger women who were trying to step away from cocaine, meth, and heroin. Well, the two women went missing. Sarah tried to find out where they were and finally was able to contact them. They had hitched a ride in an open car on a cargo train to Florida! While in Florida, the two women ran into members of a satanic church that wanted them to join in with them. Sarah urged them to leave immediately and come back to Michigan which they did. Through Sarah’s working with these women, Ralph’s friend Scott also became connected to them. One of the women had outstanding bench warrants in Michigan and he encouraged her to get that right as a part of getting right with God. As a part of his encouragement, Scott gave her a Bible and the “Jesus Calling” devotional. She had to go to court the next day and he told her to read the day’s date and trust God. It just so happened that one of the verses in the devotional was Revelation 2:10 which says:
 
“Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you life as your victor’s crown.”
 
The young woman went to her court date and the maximum sentence she could receive was 120 days in jail. Her defense lawyer argued for 90 days in jail saying that she was making efforts to turn her life around. The prosecuting attorneys asked for the maximum of 120 days because of her outstanding warrants. What would the judge do?
 
The judge gave her 10 days in jail.
 
The young woman was immediately escorted out to go to jail when they stopped and she said, “I want my Bible.” She also told Sarah to tell her Dad (Scott) that he was right. The ten days in jail were harder than what she thought they would be, but she made it through and now she is released and learning to beat cocaine, meth, and heroin while learning to love and follow Jesus. Ralph’s friend Scott called Ralph up and said “I was just a part of a miracle and it was all because of that devotional you gave me.” Ralph told him that it was all God and that he only played a small part.
 
Wow. Hope that story moved you. One small obedience bringing so much hope!
 
How is the Lord asking you to trust Him and take a step of obedience? Where and how is He calling you to bring hope to others? Listen for the Holy Spirit’s leading and join the fun! You never know what might happen through it.

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit!” Romans 15:13

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