What to Do With Fear

“For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control” (2 Timothy 1:7). “There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love” (1 John 4:18). I have served in ministry […]

God Is Love; and That’s Hopeful!

Nine years ago Justin and Margaret Mussel of New Jersey lost a diamond engagement ring. The Mussels married in 2006. In the summer of 2008 they visited San Marco dei Cavoti, an Italian town where Margaret’s family owns a home. The engagement ring slipped off Margaret’s finger, but she did not realize it was gone […]

God Has Amazing Power; and That’s Hopeful!

“Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm” (Jeremiah 32:17). After Hurricane Irma struck Florida in recent days, a news headline read, “8 million Floridians without power.” Can you even imagine being without electrical power for several days, maybe even weeks? No electricity to power […]

God Is Faithful; and That’s Hopeful!

“I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever . . . I will make your faithfulness known through all generations . . . you established your faithfulness in heaven itself (Psalm 89:1-2). When a guy went off to college, his girlfriend gave him a framed photo of herself. But one day, the guy took […]

God Never Changes; and That’s Hopeful!

“In the beginning, Lord, you laid the earth’s foundation and created the heavens. They will all disappear and wear out like clothes. You change them, as you would a coat, but you last forever. You are always the same.          Years cannot change you” (Psalm 102:26-27). When I was a teenager, the […]

A Prayerful Person Is a Hopeful Person

“God is our mighty fortress, always ready to help in times of trouble”            (Psalm 46:1). The Barna Group just released their study of religious faith in cities across America. One interesting category was “the most prayerful city.” This category measured faith engagement through personal prayer. The survey asked whether the […]

Your Leadership Can Bring Hope to People

“Deborah . . . was a leader” (Judges 4:4) Because I live in Alabama, I especially enjoyed reading a news story in the July 12 issue of the Birmingham News. Two Birmingham area natives, Jessica and Derek Simmons, were spending time with their family near the M.B. Miller County Pier in Panama City, Florida. The […]

The Comparison Game: A Hope Killer

“Do your best and don’t compare yourself with others”(Galatians 6:4). Have you ever compared yourself with someone and felt like you did not measure up? Maybe you thought, Why are they more blessed than us? Why is she married and I am still single? Why can’t I have her body shape? Why did he get […]

What to Do When You Are “in the Dark”

“I am the light for the world! Follow me, and you won’t be walking in the dark. You will have the light that gives life” [Jesus] John 8:12. Get your super-dark eye protection ready because in August a total solar eclipse will cross the United States, the first since one was visible in Hawaii back […]

Is There Any Hope for Me?

“Where then is my hope—who can see any hope for me?” (Job 17:15). I can remember my grandmother saying, “He is as poor as Job’s turkey.” Maybe you’ve heard this expression, too. Where does this saying come from, and what does it mean? This expression was common in the 1850s. Novelist Matthew Pearl used the […]