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 […]

The Hope in Small Things

“The kingdom of heaven is like what happens when a farmer plants a mustard seed in a field. Although it is the smallest of all seeds, it grows larger than any garden plant and becomes a tree . . .The kingdom of heaven is like what happens when a woman mixes a little yeast into […]

Giving People Hope Through Your Compassion

“When Jesus saw a large crowd, he had compassion on them” (Matthew 14:14). My wife and I just returned from a trip to Walt Disney World with my youngest daughter and her family. One of the parks offered some time with the Disney character, Tigger. Kids could get his autograph and have a picture made […]

Hope for Becoming the Person God Wants You to Be

“Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave and strong.’ (! Corinthians 16:13-14). Did you hear about the hopeless student? He said to his English teacher, “I’m not good in English. In fact, I’m hopeless. I try to learn everything you say but it goes in both ears and out the other.” The teacher […]

Hope for the Regrets of the Past

“But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). A little boy listened to his Sunday School teacher as she told the story of Lot’s wife (Lot […]

Speaking Words That Give People Hope

“Your words have steadied the one who was stumbling, and braced the knees that were buckling” Job 4:4). I enjoy watching the Food Network TV show, “Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives” featuring Guy Fieri, a chef and restaurant owner. Guy drives across the country looking for some of the best local places to eat, and features […]