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Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. Each one of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself.

Romans 15:1-3
 

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For I have endured insults because of you, and shame has covered my face. I have become a stranger to my brothers and a foreigner to my mother’s sons because zeal for your house has consumed me, and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me. I mourned and fasted, but it brought me insults. I wore sackcloth as my clothing, and I was a joke to them. Those who sit at the city gate talk about me, and drunkards make up songs about me.

Psalm 69:7-12
 

For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures. Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one mind and one voice. Therefore welcome one another, just as Christ also welcomed you, to the glory of God. For I say that Christ became a servant of the circumcised on behalf of God’s truth, to confirm the promises to the fathers, and so that Gentiles may glorify God for his mercy. As it is written, Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles, and I will sing praise to your name. Again it says, Rejoice, you Gentiles, with his people! And again, Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles; let all the peoples praise him! And again, Isaiah says, The root of Jesse will appear, the one who rises to rule the Gentiles; the Gentiles will hope in him. Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:4-13
 

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Now we who are strong have an obligation to bear the weaknesses of those without strength, and not to please ourselves. Each one of us is to please his neighbor for his good, to build him up. For even Christ did not please himself. On the contrary, as it is written, The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me. For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures.

Romans 15:1-4
 

If I find in myself desires which nothing in this world can satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made for another world. – CS Lewis
 

If I find myself hoping for earthly things, none of which seem to satisfy, the only logical explanation is that I was made to find my hope in another world.
 

The Christian hope is not a cheap hope. It is not the immature hope which is optimistic because it does not see the difficulties and has not encountered the experience of life. It might be thought that hope is the prerogative of the young; but the great artists did not think that. When Watts painted “Hope” he drew her as a battered and bowed figure with one string left upon her lyre. The Christian hope…is not hope in the human spirit, in human goodness, in human achievement; it is hope in the power of God. – William Barclay
 

For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater to swear by, he swore by himself: I will indeed bless you, and I will greatly multiply you. And so, after waiting patiently, Abraham obtained the promise. For people swear by something greater than themselves, and for them a confirming oath ends every dispute. Because God wanted to show his unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

Hebrews 6:13-19
 

Now may the God who gives endurance and encouragement grant you to live in harmony with one another, according to Christ Jesus, so that you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one mind and one voice.

Romans 15:5-6
 

The world’s hope is the pursuit of comfort in this life while the Christian’s hope is in joy for eternity, the for glory of God.
 

Therefore welcome one another, just as Christ also welcomed you, to the glory of God.

Romans 15:7
 

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Take a breather from your schoolwork and hangout with us at Riv’s Westside Venue on November 12. Our overnight is a 24 hour event filled with eating together, playing games, and workshops tackling different topics around life, spirituality, and being a Christ follower. Click below to check it out and if you have any questions, DM us @rivmsu or email us at [email protected]

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You’re invited to join us for a week-long social media break from November 14 to November 21! If you’re interested and want to sign up for daily encouragement throughout the week, click the button below to sign up.

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We’ll be having Parent Child Dedications during Weekend Service at our Holt, REO Town, and Westside Venues on December 5. If you’d like to take this opportunity to dedicate your child(ren), we’d love to talk with you! Please click your venue below to sign up.

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