Hope When Life Is Difficult

“Unless the Lord had given me help, I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death. When I said, ‘My foot is slipping,’ your love, O Lord, supported me. When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul” (Psalm 94:17-19). Newscasts lately have focused on the awful flooding in Colorado. […]

Hope When You Are Having a Conflict With Someone

 “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen . . . Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate […]

The Hope You Need to Keep Going

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily hinders our progress. And let us run with endurance the race that God has set before us. We do this by keeping […]

Hope That Anchors Your Life

“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever” (Hebrews 6:19-20). My family physician recently prescribed a medication for aches and pains in my legs. […]

Hope When You Have That Sinking Feeling

“I call on the Lord in my distress, and he answers me” (Psalm 120:1) As I watched television news this morning I heard another report of a sinkhole in Florida. Sinkholes occur in areas where limestone dissolves bedrock and the overlying land surface collapses. Hundreds of sinkholes form in Florida each year because of the […]

The Hope That Comes from Contentment

“For I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11). I realized this week that I struggle with contentment sometimes. I don’t like the way my cell phone carrying case looks on my belt, so I just up and ordered a different one. The case I am wearing is not torn and functions […]

Hope When You Feel Discouraged

“The people worked with all their heart” (Nehemiah 4:6) . . . “The people of Judah said, ‘The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble, that we cannot rebuild the wall'”    (Nehemiah 4:10). Have you ever heard of Lawrence Hanratty? He was named the unluckiest man in New York […]

Hope When the Bottom Falls Out

“And Daniel remained (continued) there (Daniel 1:21). We’ve had unusual amounts of rain in our area the past few weeks. The other day I was in the back part of our house when another hard rain started falling. Linda, my wife, yelled out to me, “The bottom is falling out!” Daniel, an Old Testament character, […]

The Hope of Glory

“Christ lives in you, and He is your hope of sharing in God’s glory” (Colossians 1:27, Contemporary English Version of the Bible). God has been working in me recently to take me back to a truth I’ve known for many years, but I sometimes forget to practice in my daily living, and that is, I […]

Hope When Life Stuns and Shocks You

“But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31).  Two fishing buddies in New Jersey were stunned by an 8-foot, 300 pound Mako shark recently when the shark jumped into […]