No doubt you are familiar with the last verse of 1 Corinthians 13 which says, “And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love” (I Corinthians 13:13). Faith, hope and love are absolute essentials in our lives as Christians. They are the three qualities which always remain. They make us strong and, when the three join together—when we are full of faith, hope and love—we are balanced and ready to go forward with what God has planned for us to do.

Think about this: We hear and read a good deal about faith and love, but what about hope? It is mentioned more than 180 times in the Bible, so it must be very important! But why? Why do you and I need hope? What does hope do for us?

First we need to understand the difference between our casual use of the word “hope,” and the Bible’s meaning. We often talk about hope when something in the future is not certain. We say, I hope it won’t rain today or I hope I’ll get a raise. But when the Bible speaks of hope, it means that something in the future is certain. It means you can be confident because your hope in God is firm and secure. For example, when we are born from above through faith in Jesus Christ, we have the hope of eternal life. That hope is certain and sure; there’s no uncertainty in that hope for our future.

Because hope is so essential to our spiritual life, I have chosen Overflowing Hope as the theme for our 30th Annual Weekend Getaway, April 20-22, here in the Chicago area. Every part of our weekend program will focus on some aspect of this hope that we have as believers, and how hope makes a difference in your daily life—hope that overflows in you, even in tough times.

Damaris Carbaugh is with us again and she will focus on how hope purifies us. Sherry Harney will show us how our hope should be contagious—spilling over to everyone in our lives. We’ll talk about patient hope and powerful hope. You will leave with a new understanding and a new joy of the hope that Jesus gives!

It’s important that you register soon, because our early bird special ends March 1st. Save yourself some money by registering by March 1st. You’ll find all the details at, and you can register online. If you would prefer to give us a call, please do so at 630.462.0552, and we’ll be glad to answer your questions, send brochures, and register you by phone.