A Hope Set In Christ Examines Self, By Karen Rowe

How do we know what is good? We walk by faith and honor God in all that we do! God is Good.

I have to praise God and say, that I was fighting a terrible headache from a head cold as I sit down to write this for you today!  BUT, I prayed, Jesus don’t let me push through something that you don’t ask me to do.  I held my head and my headache started to immediately ease!  It is gone now!!!  I could have taken the nap, but by my faith, this is the good, God asked me to do … and all I can say, is Thank you Jesus and I hope this is a blessing to you.  God is good!  We can trust in Jesus – no matter what it is God asks us to do.  Hallelujah to the Resurrected Lamb of God!  He’s Alive!!!  And, To God be the Glory!


A Hope Set In Christ Examines Self, By Karen Rowe


  1.  The World goes to the world for advise to do “self-pleasing ambitions”.
  2.  The Follower of Jesus goes to God for advise to do good.


The Scripture opens up with:

Don’t copy the behavior & customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think.

THEN you will learn to know GOD’S WILL FOR YOU, which is GOOD & pleasing & perfect.

Because of the privilege & authority God has given me (Paul), I give each of you this warning:

Don’t think you are better than you really are.

BE honest IN your evaluation OF yourselves, measuring yourselves BY the faith God has given us.

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing GOOD.
Romans 12:2‭-‬3‭, ‬21 NLT


Friends, in this world, a child of God goes to God for our answers. Christ Jesus makes a marked difference in our life! We may wrestle with the right thing to do, but once we know God’s thoughts, we will choose to honor God by our response to troubles.

Perhaps you need to hear this? There are those of this world that go to the world for advise to continue doing wrong; rather than to God for His thoughts to do good.


This is where our faith in God takes a strong faith to obey, because God’s word says show compassion & pray for those who persecute you. YES! Yet, the Bible also tells you when to shake the Dust off of your feet TO FOLLOW Christ & even to take your peace with you as you leave; UNLESS the PEACE you EXTEND is RECEIVED.

You may be thinking, I thought this Scripture was about conquering evil & doing good? WHAT DOES FAITH HAVE TO DO WITH DOING GOOD? ~everything!

By faith we please God & without faith it is impossible to please God.

The graces we have with fellow believers is amazing Grace, because believers get our information from the same source: The Ministries of Jesus; IF possible, we are to remain at peace with everyone.

YET, there are those who do not seek to get their wisdom from God, but rather SEEK their wisdom from the world. We are free, by faith, also in their system, because the law is set up for those who do wrong.

I share this with you, because, Jesus had to respond to the ways of the world. Whose head is on the coin? GO TO GOD & PAY! God did a miracle! He provided the coin to pay His tax & His disciple’s.

Good is anointed by God when faith is the action we choose.

As you read this Chapter in Romans 12 that surrounds & leads to this verse of Today, Romans 12:21, consider also this message from Matthew 17:27,

Jesus did not consider himself exempt from doing good, even though he was short a bit on cash!

But so that we may not cause offense, GO to the lake and throw out your line. Take the first fish you catch; open its mouth and you will find a four-drachma coin. Take it and give it to them for my tax and yours (Matthew 17:27).”

Faith in Christ is the only Way to do good!

Pray, establish faith & Respond with God.

What IS good? GOD IS GOOD!

Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing GOOD.
Romans 12:21 NLT


We are here for you if you are struggling with something God has brought you here to evaluate.  How can we pray for you?


Love in Christ,



The address for this Promise in the Bible is found in 2 Corinthians 1:2.

…& This is the NIV Today.




Hope in Today Ministries, Inc.

The Train Whistle, Sounding the call of God’s Love, by Karen Rowe [2012 Published for you]

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Personal Motto:  “I don’t have it all figured out, BUT GOD DOES … Follow JESUS!”

Thank you Jesus!  Personal Revelation Life Verse:  1 John 4:16

16 And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.  

This version Today is (HCSB)


Holy Spirit you are welcome here!

Blessings, Karen

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Meet Karen: Hi, I am blessed, by God's good grace and because I know Jesus, I am blessed. I choose to be blessed, because I have a choice set before me and I refuse to look down. I trust God and I know and believe in the love God has for us. I have overcome difficulties; and I am blessed by the grace of God alone. If I have written about it, then I have felt the pain of it in some way, and to some degree. Did you know that Jesus has felt your pain? This is why I write. By God's grace I can identify; and tell you honestly, yes there is hope in anything and everything that you are facing today! Jesus is our Hope! He is the Truth, the Way and the Life. I am married a wonderful man, Robert Rowe; I love my husband and he loves me; and we have been married for 28 years. Together, we have been blessed with a wonderful daughter, named Amanda who is college now; and a wonderful son, named Daniel who is growing up well and soon to graduate elementary school. We work together and by God's grace we run our own business called PSI. We have a pastor over our ministry and over our business and also we depend on him for advise in our family. We have 2 dogs, 4 horses, 2 cats and love to spend time outdoors by the water and by campfires ... that is it seems when we can find time away from life's busy schedule. I love to write because it helps me learn more about God. And, I am driven by a passion from a love that God has put in my heart to share from my experiences and struggles, as I gain understanding in God’s Word to know how effective and powerful God is over our every situation! I share with you so you can know that you are not alone in your struggles. The same God who helps me and my family, is your help and shield as well! Life is not always easy, but it is possible –I like to share the difference that following Jesus makes in my life. And, I love to share God's patience and mercy and love that is with me! I am not perfect, but am experiencing God sanctify me through and through with every mistake I make; and yes, overcome in Christ! Life is not just about the successes; life on this earth is also about the troubles we overcome to discover what God has hidden in our faith to find! Troubles are more a challenge to grow in our faith ... It is not easy, but in the end the grace of God we discover is worth experiencing God in the midst. By Grace, I have discovered Jesus is Peace and He is my Joy and Wisdom from Heaven. God is our Provider and Healer and Creator, who is our help and shield over all things. By grace, I have experienced a nearness to God through my faith in His Son! We are well forgiven by God; and well blessed when we know and believe the love that God has for us. To say, "all is well with my soul" is a powerful knowledge to understand and experience. I sense God's desire for you to know His love for you and how deep His love for you is that He has SO loved you; God gave you His Son. God loves you right now just as you are! There is so much to learn! I believe that as we learn from God, we are God’s gift to each other. It is all God’s story –and for His glory; and God has SO loved us. I love to paint the vision that God has given me about a Father’s love –that God wants you to dream again and visualize His love for you! In God’s eyes, there’s more to life than we see; and in a world that sometimes misrepresents and misunderstands God and love; God wants you to have the courage to dream His dream and see His vision of a Father’s love for you! Many years ago, I prayed to God, “How can I tell a million people what I know about Your Son?” God showed me I had a gift of a ministry about God's Love; and He called it Hope in Today! I write to please God and I write to encourage you; and I write to spend quiet time with God. All because of this love that God has first shown me! I need Jesus –and my life is about my relationship with God. And, every blessing begins with Him! Love in Christ, Karen Rowe, Director Hope in Today Ministries, Inc. The Train Whistle, Sounding the Call of God’s Love, by Karen Rowe For more information: Contact me by email: karen@hopeintoday.com or karen@thetrainwhistle.com to request your gift today. www.hopeintoday.com www.thetrainwhistle.com

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