“Jesus said to her, ‘Your brother will rise again’” (John 11:23).

Hope was never intended to be a theological ideal; fodder for lofty sermons and bible studies; removed from the rhetoric of every day life. The hope to which we cling as believers is eternal only as it gets us faithfully through the pain and hardship of this day. A hope that sits only upon the distant horizon of a life that is to come isn’t really hopeful. The eternally hopeful have hope right now.

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