When it Hurts to Hope: A Guide to Dealing With Life

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Link to article written by Dr. Bryan McNally at the bottom of the page.
What is HOPE?
Believing in a positive outcome.
Romans 8:25Contemporary English Version (CEV)
25 However, we hope for something we have not yet seen, and we patiently wait for it.

How Do You find out about it?
Colossians 1:5Contemporary English Version (CEV)
5 because what you hope for is kept safe for you in heaven. You first heard about this hope when you believed the true message, which is the good news.

A Life Without Hope:
1 Thessalonians 4:13Contemporary English Version (CEV)
13 My friends, we want you to understand how it will be for those followers who have already died. Then you won’t grieve over them and be like people who don’t have any hope.
Living without hope
Proverbs 31:6Contemporary English Version (CEV)
6 Beer and wine are only
for the dying
or for those
who have lost all hope.

Where does hope come from?
Psalm 65:5Contemporary English Version (CEV)
5 Our God, you save us,
and your fearsome deeds
answer our prayers for justice!
You give hope to people
everywhere on earth,
even those across the sea.

From each other
1 Timothy 1:1Contemporary English Version (CEV)
1 From Paul.
God our Savior and Christ Jesus commanded me to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, who gives us hope.

Hope can last a life time
Ecclesiastes 9:4Contemporary English Version (CEV)
4 As long as we are alive, we still have hope, just as a live dog is better off than a dead lion.

What does Hope Do?
Hebrews 6:19 Contemporary English Version (CEV)
19 This hope is like a firm and steady anchor for our souls. In fact, hope reaches behind the curtain[a] and into the most holy place.

Romans 12:12Contemporary English Version (CEV)
12 Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying.

2 Corinthians 3:12Contemporary English Version (CEV)
12 This wonderful hope makes us feel like speaking freely.

Romans 8:24Contemporary English Version (CEV)
23 The Spirit makes us sure about what we will be in the future. But now we groan silently, while we wait for God to show that we are his children.[c] This means that our bodies will also be set free. 24 And this hope is what saves us. But if we already have what we hope for, there is no need to keep on hoping. 25 However, we hope for something we have not yet seen, and we patiently wait for it.

Changes behavior
Romans 2:7Contemporary English Version (CEV)
7 He will give eternal life to everyone who has patiently done what is good in the hope of receiving glory, honor, and life that lasts forever.

What helps us to hope?
Psalm 22:26Contemporary English Version (CEV)
26 The poor will eat and be full,
and all who worship you
will be thankful
and live in hope.

Why Does Hope Hurt?
1 Timothy 4:10Contemporary English Version (CEV)
10 We have put our hope in the living God, who is the Savior of everyone, but especially of those who have faith. That’s why we work and struggle so hard.[a]

Hurt Gives Hope
Romans 5:4Contemporary English Version (CEV)
4 And endurance builds character, which gives us a hope

How to lose hope: Prolonged Trials
Acts 27:20Contemporary English Version (CEV)
20 For several days we could not see either the sun or the stars. A strong wind kept blowing, and we finally gave up all hope of being saved.

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