New Hope UCC: Our Family of Faith

Embracing All in Christ’s Love

This Sunday’s Message

I felt it imperative to address the evil that manifested itself recently in Las Vegas.

I’ve turned to the famous prophet Amos for some thoughts to share with you this Sunday:

  1. In Amos 5:8 he reminds us that God “turns deep darkness into the morning”. Have you found this to be true in your personal journey?
  2. God was present on that dark night through the incredible bravery and courage of the emergency personnel and many, many strangers.
  3. Amos also reflects to “seek good and not evil; hate evil and love good”. Aside from the pathology of the shooter, most people agree with Amos’ wisdom.
  4. The apostle Paul also says, “Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

Evil is present in the world but with our faith we know that God is ultimately triumphant.


Rev. Jim

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