Faith From the Front Row: How to Cultivate Hope in Dark Times

Faith From the Front Row: How to Cultivate Hope in Dark Times

Good morning, Church Family!

“It is winter in Narnia,” said Mr. Tumnus, “and has been for ever so long…always winter, but never Christmas.”

Now they were steadily racing on again. And soon Edmund noticed that the snow which splashed against them as they rushed through it was much wetter than it had been last night....

After a few moments Edmund realizes that the White Witch’s spell has been broken.

All around them, though out of sight, there were streams chattering, bubbling, splashing and even (in the distance) roaring. And his heart gave a great leap (though he hardly knew why) when he realized that the frost was over.

Winter vs. Spring. What a contrast! There’s a reason C.S. Lewis chose this vivid imagery to depict the difference between life under the curse in the “kingdom of this world” and the victory of Aslan (Jesus) in the coming Kingdom of Heaven.

From cold, dark, bound, lifeless, destructive…to warm, bright, free, teeming, life-giving.

A tale of two kingdoms. Just like in Esther. (Be sure to check out Pastor Josh's sermon on the app if you missed it!)

So, a question: Where does your heart or life need to “melt”? Where do you need less of Winter and more of Spring? 

Be encouraged, Church! Springtime is in fact here. The kingdom of God is at hand. Your freedom has already been secured. You can walk out of Winter and into Spring.

“For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.” - Colossians 1:13-14

Enjoy the warmth of the Son today.

From the Front Row,

Pastor Adam

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