Infusion Bible eStudies are downloadable small group studies that can be read online, printed, or emailed. Each study includes a leader guide and a study guide and is suitable for a one-hour group Bible study.
Listen...to the words of the Scripture, and in them discover God's message for you today.
Look...at a brief verbal snapshot from the scrapbook of contemporary life and discover its connection both to you and to the Scripture passage.
Live...inside the Scripture to discover its context and message; then allow the Scripture to come alive in you and cause you to live out your faith in new and more-effective ways.
Read an excerpt from this study below.
For as long as I can remember, I have known the saying, “While there’s life, there’s hope.” I have just checked it out in The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations and found that the saying is a familiar proverb from the mid-sixteenth century. Of course, this proverb is older than that; that date simply indicates the oldest written record available. I venture the proverb is as old as the human race. When human medical knowledge was so primitive that people hardly knew how to measure the end of life, they nevertheless knew how to hold on to hope.
This proverb has become a figure of speech for almost every human enterprise. Sports fans keep hoping as the time clock winds down at a football or basketball game. We hear these words when the television cameras visit campaign headquarters on election night. We hear them most poignantly in the intensive care units of hospitals. When we are holding to the last shred of life and hope, we resent those who give up too soon. How dare they, while there is still life?
What hope is there, however, when life is really gone? What kind of person refuses to leave her or his seat when the game is over or the last ballot has been counted? A person, I suspect, like the prophet Ezekiel, who found his hope in a valley of dry bones.