PreachingSermonsToday.com order page for text of Jeremiah Wright's "Audacity of Hope"
sermon, cited at the end
of Barak Obama's Audacity of Hope book. Text was available for download on the
Google retrieval date of March 4, 2008, but was no longer available on March 13,
2008. The order link now goes to another sermon by a different pastor. As
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Text: 1 Samuel 1:1–18
Topic: Why we should continue to
Big Idea: No matter how bad things
seem we can
hope in God.
Keywords: Adversity; Circumstances
and Faith; Despair; Desperation; God, trustworthiness of; Help from
Hope; Perseverance; Prayer; Prayer, answers to; Prayer,
persistence in; Seen and Unseen; Spiritual Perception
- Illustration: A painting
pictures a tattered woman sitting on top of a troubled world.
- Many give the illusion of power, but live in a reality of pain.
hope because we live in a reality of pain
- Illustration: As a pastor,
Wright knows of those whose existence is a quiet hell.
- Hannah seemed to be on top of the world, but she despaired over
- Illustration: The
hope in the painting could only be seen in the vertical
dimension, in the notes of music the woman sent toward heaven.
The vertical dimension gives us the
- Romans 5:3–5
- The vertical dimension balances out the horizontal dimension.
- Despite her physical circumstances, Hannah poured out her heart
- Romans 8:24
- Isaiah 40:31
- Illustration: The slave song,
"Over my head I hear music in the air."
When there is no evidence of God's
love, we must have the
- Make music and praise God, even though you can't see what he's
going to do.
- Illustration: Wright's parents
sang, "Thank you Jesus," at the strangest times.
- Keep on hoping and praying, because God does answer prayer.
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