Topic: Hope

Through the wisdom of Ecclesiastes, Pastor Philip De Courcy will explore the human heart’s restless nature and how it can only find true rest in God.

Dr. R.T. Kendall followed in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Lloyd Jones as the pastor of Westminster Chapel from 1977 to 2002. In his autobiography entitled In Pursuit of His Glory, he tells of how the great American Baptist theologian Carl Henry became a favorite summer preacher at the chapel.

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In a sermon on the blessing of a godly mother, Spurgeon tells the story of his mother’s consternation at him becoming a Baptist. Spurgeon belonged to a Congregational family, was saved in a Methodist church, but later became a Baptist by conviction.

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In The Parables, Gary Inrig writes that when Henry David Thoreau, the American writer, was on his deathbed, he was visited by a minister. The pastor urged his dying friend to be ready for death, and he queried, “Do you know where you are going in the next life?” Thoreau waved him away with the words, “One world at a time.”

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The inimitable and inspiring C. H. Spurgeon once said, “Oftentimes when I have been travelling on the Continent I have been obliged to put up at an hotel that was full, where the room was so inconvenient, that it scarcely furnished any accommodation at all. But we have said, ‘Oh, never mind: we are off in the morning! What matters it for one night?’ So, as we are soon to be gone, and the time of our departure is at hand, let us not be ruffling our tempers about trifles, nor raise evil spirits around us by cavilling and finding fault. Take things as you find them, for we shall soon be up and away.”

In 1856, Andrew Bonar—brother of the hymnwriter Horatius Bonar and the close friend of Robert Murray McCheyne—became pastor of a new church on Finnieston Street in a needy area of Glasgow. God multiplied his efforts and blessed the work. Before long, what had begun as a small and struggling work had mushroomed to a congregation of more than a thousand members, with a burgeoning Sunday school program and local outreach into the city. When a friend asked one day how things were going, Bonar replied, “Oh, we are looking for great things!” When his friend cautioned him not to expect too much, Bonar replied, “We can never hope for too much!”

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In his book 100 Bible Verses, Robert Morgan chronicles how Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once told of riding the bus across town every weekday to attend high school. This was the era of segregation, and so blacks were required to sit at the back of the bus, while white people sat in the front. Even if there was an absence of whites riding the bus, the blacks were still relegated to the back and forbidden to sit up front. Adding insult to injury, even if all the “black seats” were occupied, riders had to stand over the empty seats reserved for whites. King said of that time, “I would end up having to go to the back of that bus with my body, but every time I got on that bus I left my mind up on the front seat. And I said to myself, ‘One of these days, I’m going to put my body up there where my mind is.’”

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