Today's Message


When the Presence of Hope Arose

1 Corinthians 15:12-26

Airs: April 16 - April 18

Are there any two more devastating words than no hope? No hope beyond a devastating diagnosis, no hope when we lose our job, no hope when our loved one dies, and ultimately no hope when we face our own mortality?

At some point in our lives, we will all endure the kind of loss that will knock us off our feet and tempt us to abandon hope. And what if there is no resurrection? Then our lack of hope applies not just to this life but to eternity. And if that’s the case, then there’s nothing left in life but to eat, drink, and live it up.

But thankfully, Jesus did rise from the dead! Easter reminds us that when everything seems bleak, Jesus Christ defeated death.

Are you without hope or have you forgotten why Jesus’ resurrection matters in your everyday life? Then this lesson is for you! It’s time to discover that Christ’s death and resurrection can transform your whole way of thinking and give you hope, not only in this life but in the life to come.

April 16, 2014
When the Presence of Hope Arose
When the Presence of Hope Arose


  • April 22 - April 24 Strengthening Your Grip on Encouragement

    Hebrews 10 commands Christians to “hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful” (Hebrews 10:23). But do you know what command follows it, written before the ink had dried on the first? “And let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds” (10:24).

  • April 25 - April 29 Strengthening Your Grip on Purity

    “Pleasure is supreme.”…“Follow your feelings.”…“Do whatever makes you happy.”…“Purity? That went out with the Puritans!”

    These tag lines of our pleasure-obsessed society pulse from the media like a strobe light, mesmerizing us into a state of moral apathy. Sitcoms depict abstinence as fit for only the undesirable or the immature. And advertisements blatantly seduce us into acquiring absolutely everything our hearts desire.

  • April 30 - May 2 Strengthening Your Grip on Money

    As we consider strengthening our grip on various things in this life, we certainly cannot overlook the issue of money. It can be difficult to bring up the subject of money. People get tense and clutch their wallets a little tighter. When the words tithing and stewardship come from the lips of a pastor, many people run. And we have the prosperity gospel preachers to thank for that. These false teachers have broken trust between the people and the pulpit.

  • May 5 - May 6 Strengthening Your Grip on Integrity

    Integrity is the opposite of hypocrisy. A person with integrity follows through on commitments and doesn’t back down when something better comes up. A person with integrity refuses to use others for personal benefit, doesn’t tend toward haughtiness, and has an accurate view of personal strengths and weaknesses. Integrity welcomes accountability, even when it comes through constructive criticism.

  • May 7 - May 9 Strengthening Your Grip on Discipleship

    Time for a pop quiz. What is a disciple?