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Colossians 1:1-8
We live in a society that doesn't readily accept Christian values.
People grow older. Birthdays stay the same.
Don't believe it.
With God in your life, you don't have to give in to despair.
With God there is always reason to hope.
1. A Reason to be Optimistic
"Hope".
  • Our hope gives us the assurance that God is going to take care of all the details of our life.
  • God doesn't always give us a blueprint of what He plans to do next.
  • Springs from the hope
  • They believed that Christ could change their daughter's life.
  • God gives us a reason to be optimistic.
2. A Handle on the Truth
  • "Absolute truth"
  • "What's true for you may not be true for me."
  • In their eyes, truth doesn't exist, only opinions.
  • Some things are always right and some things are always wrong.
  • Life is filled with shades of gray, and choosing right from wrong isn't always easy.
  • When someone tries to persuade you to bend the rules, God's word gives you clear direction.
3. The Ability to get Results.
  • When you choose to follow Jesus, you don't waste your life in futility.
  • That your efforts to serve Him will produce results.
  • God promises that His word will not return void, and your efforts to serve Him will not be in vain.
  • It is the power of God to change people's lives forever.
  • When you reach out to others in His name you are doing the work of the gospel.
  • Following Christ makes despair obsolete.