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Hope For Life to point the way for a better life

on Tuesday, 10 October 2017. Posted in News, Local News

Hope For Life to point the way for a better life

Next week, Pee Dee area residents will have their first-ever opportunity to hear encouraging messages about “HOPE FOR (a better) LIFE” at the Florence Civic Center, beginning at 7 p.m. on three successive nights – Tuesday-Thursday, Oct. 17-19 – in an event co-hosted by eight different regional congregations of the Churches of Christ.

Steve Ridgell, director of the HOPE FOR LIFE ministry from Abilene, TX will be the featured speaker.

Each evening’s lesson will be different, but all of them will simply and powerfully highlight the hope…for a better life that’s possible through obedient faith in Jesus.

“Come one, come all,” said Jim Yarian, minister for the Gregg Ave. Church of Christ in Florence, one of the hosting congregations. “Since every-one truly wants a better life, there’s no situation or circumstance in a person’s experience – good or bad – for which these lessons won’t be thought-provoking, soul-searching and hopeful.”

Attendance is free, but seating is limited; those planning to come need to be registered online ASAP at More details and FAQ will be responded to by calling (843) 496-0509.

Co-hosting congregations include the Florence, Gregg Ave. and West John Paul Jones Rd. Churches of Christ in Florence; the Timmonsville, Mullins, Hartsville and Bishopville Churches of Christ; and the Plaza Church of Christ in Sumter.

Ridgell is an effective storyteller, able to accurately recount scriptural incidents from Jesus’ life and draw fresh, relevant application for folks in an increasingly troubled world. His down-to-earth, often humorous illustrations enable people to see themselves in a different light from God’s perspective.

Not a seminar nor a revival, neither “high-brow” nor “rah-rah,” the hour-long nightly experience will re-examine how Jesus interacted with all kinds of people in healing, helpful and hopeful ways. Whether an avid Bible student or a first-time spiritual-seeker, Ridgell’s message not only poses the question, “Who is Jesus?” but also “What difference can He make in my life?”

• Tuesday night, Oct. 17’s lesson will be “Healers in a Hurting World”; if you have a negative reaction to religious rules and primarily want to just help other people…you may have more in common with Jesus than you thought!

• “Demons, Pigs, Jesus and You” is the curious title of Wednesday evening, Oct. 18’s talk; Ridgell will address the all-too-common feeling of “my life is so messed up” and powerfully demonstrate how change is possible when a person genuinely experiences the love of Christ.

• The concluding Thursday night, Oct. 19’s message, “I Just Don’t Get It” will confront widespread confusion about unfamiliar religious jargon, worship practices and Bible teaching – “Is this stuff ‘real’…and what does Jesus want from me, anyway?”

“HOPE FOR LIFE” is a ministry overseen by the Herald of Truth, a 65 year-old international religious organization that specializes in mass media (radio, TV, print, campaigns, seminars and films) and is affiliated with the non-denominational Churches of Christ.

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