He Is Risen!

Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died–more than that, who was raised–who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  Romans 8:34

…if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  Romans 10:9

For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve.  Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.  Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles.  1 Corinthians 15:3-7

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!  According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.  1 Peter 1:3-5

Sanctification: Oswald Chambers

Sanctification, the Apostle Paul tells us, is God’s will for our lives (1 Thessalonians 4:3).  Abstaining from sexual immorality, pursuing purity of heart, and loving rather than objectifying others are fruits of sanctification.  Fruits, however, not of a life well-lived, but of the life of Jesus Christ flowing through us.

Oswald Chambers said that sanctification is “His patience, His love, His holiness, His faith, His purity, His godliness…manifested in and through” a person.  It is Christ in us that purifies (Colossians 1:27) and produces pure thoughts and deeds.  Nobody, Chambers tells us, “can make himself pure by obeying laws.”

As we rejoice and celebrate this weekend, recalling the atonement of our sins through Jesus’ shed blood and the promise of new life, focus on letting go of striving and grasping and embrace some R&R–repentance and rest (Isaiah 30:15) in what Jesus has done for us on the cross, trusting in the power of His resurrection.  It’s God’s will for you, after all.

2011 Banquet and Silent Auction

pureHOPE’s annual banquet and silent auction will be held on Thursday, November 10th at the Manor House in Mason, OH.  The silent auction and reception will begin at 5:30 pm, with dinner commencing at 6:30 pm.  For more information, contact Joanne Samad at joanne@purehope.net or 513.521.6227.

Our featured speaker this year is Shelley Lubben, president of the Pink Cross Foundation.  Shelley will share her story of redemption from the pornography industry and her tireless work to free other porn performers through the love of Christ.  You can hear some of Shelley’s testimony in the video below from her presentation at the CONVERGENCE Summit pureHOPE sponsored in Baltimore this past April.

We hope you can join us for this special evening!