Hope for the Outcast

Duane T. Loynes Sr.

Read: Romans 8:31-39 We are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (v. 37) Napoleon Bonaparte was the emperor of France and a feared military leader. One day, Napoleon’s beloved horse got loose and ran away from the army camp. One of the soldiers, a private, immediately took off and chased after it. The soldier eventually caught up to the horse, guided it back to the camp, bathed it, and then returned it to Napoleon. Engrossed in other matters, …

Hope for the Undeserving

Duane T. Loynes Sr.

Read: Luke 18:9-14 God, be merciful to me, a sinner! (v. 13) One of my guilty pleasures in high school was going to a fast food restaurant where a few friends worked. Often, when I would show up, these friends would add some extra food to my bag without charging me. One time, I ordered a basic combo, only to leave with an overflowing bag. I received extra food because of the people I knew who worked there. Now, it …

Hope for the Overlooked

Duane T. Loynes Sr.

Read: Joshua 6:17-25 But Rahab the prostitute and her father’s household and all who belonged to her, Joshua saved alive. (v. 25) The story is told about the time that legendary jazz musician Thelonious Monk had a friend over to his home and was listening to music on the radio. The friend, obviously unimpressed with the quality of the performers, asked Monk if he liked it. Monk remained quiet for a while, and then replied: “Listen to the drummer. Check …

Hope for the Rejected

Duane T. Loynes Sr.

Read: Matthew 21:33-42 The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone. (v. 42) On a recent trip to Cape Town, South Africa, my family and I toured the prison on Robben Island where Nelson Mandela spent time in captivity. Mandela spent almost three decades in prison for fighting against the inhumane apartheid system. Released in 1990, Mandela helped usher in the formal end of apartheid and, in the first democratic election in the nation’s history, became president of …

Hope for Our Sinful Debt

Duane T. Loynes Sr.

Read: Colossians 2:8-15 And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses. (v. 13) When I first went to college in 1992, I did a lot of dumb things. One of them was getting a credit card within weeks of arriving on campus. And I didn’t even want the credit card. I wanted the free gift that came when you signed up for …

Hope for Our Failures

Duane T. Loynes Sr.

Read: Colossians 4:1-11 Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas. (v. 10) I love a good redemption story. I love a story where someone makes a comeback and is able to redeem the wrongs they’ve done. I’ll tell you a secret. In 2006, Disney released an animated movie called Cars. I can still remember taking my young son to that movie and getting the DVD when it came out. And, here’s the secret: I cried …