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I had the privilege to share this message with the students and faculty on the first day of school. The attached video is a sample of some of the wonderful worship that occurred that morning.

Everyone looks so nice in your clean uniforms and full of hope for an excellent year. And, all of us in COCINA have hope for you. In fact, it is our mission to “Cultivate hope in Haiti, one life at a time.”

What does hope do for you and for me? That brings me to the verse I want to share with you this morning – 1 Thessalonians 1:3: “We give thanks to God always for you all, constantly mentioning you in our prayers, remembering before our God and Father your work of faith and labor of love and endurance of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” In this verse, Paul gives thanks to God that faith has produced work, love has produced labor, and hope has produced endurance.

When Paul speaks of faith giving rise to work, love giving rise to labor, and hope giving rise to endurance, he has in mind some very definite Christian, spiritual transactions between us and God. You see, the Thessalonians had only recently encountered the Gospel, received Christ, and became Christians when Paul had to leave them behind. Those who had accepted Christ were being persecuted for their faith. In spite of that, they were putting their newfound salvation into action and were totally dependent on the power of God: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • Their FAITH produced good works.
  • Their LOVE gave them the desire to labor for the Lord.
  • Their HOPE produced the endurance they so desperately needed under the pressure of persecution.

The question I want to ask you this morning is this: How do you keep on going in a path of obedience to Christ? How do you keep going week after week, month after month, and year after year, when there are emotional and relational and spiritual and financial obstacles and when the normal human encouragements evaporate and you feel forgotten? What does it take to hang on during the bad times? The answer is Endurance.

Absolutely indispensable in the ongoing life of the Christian is the power to keep going in the path of obedience. And for many of us, that will mean extended endurance…

  • Endurance to always do what is right in spite of the consequences
  • Endurance to work hard and always give our best
  • Endurance to survive the trials of school, family, and relationships

Without the endurance of hope, the work of faith, and the labor of love, anything we do will prove to be no real work of God. That is why COCINA even exists – to give you hope so that you can endure. When you endure and carry that same hope to your country, you each become an agent of change and agents of hope to this generation! What will your country look like to your children? It is this generation that will write that story! Will you be ready? Will you endure? Will you be the hope of this nation?

But that hope must be placed correctly. That hope is in Christ and what He has done for us. John 15:5 says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

If you desire the Hope to endure, then you must put your faith in Christ, His death and resurrection, and the hope of His promise – eternal life. If you have not done that won’t you do this today?