Easter Encouragement

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead”          (1 Peter 1:3). I love the Easter season because of the encouragement it gives our lives. Do you need [...]

Hope When You Feel Like Quitting

“Do not be deceived; God cannot be mocked. For you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for [...]

Hope When Life Kicks You Hard

 “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed” (2 Corinthians 4:8-9). You don’t see many free-standing cafeteria-style restaurants today. They’ve pretty much gone the way of cassette and VHS tapes. Occasionally you’ll find cafeterias on college campuses or in [...]

Hope When You Face Uncertainty

“But Jesus ignored their comments and said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid. Just trust me”                     (Mark 5:36, New Living Translation).  Linda and I enjoy watching HGTV programs, and one of our favorites is Property Brothers. In this show, Jonathan, and his brother, Drew, specialize in purchasing and remodeling older homes and turning them into showcases. [...]

Hope When You Need to Give It to God

“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7). While I attended seminary in Fort Worth, Texas, I worked part-time for a small wholesale company. I worked alongside a man named Sam who was much bigger and more muscular than me. I mention this because on several occasions Sam and [...]

3 Choices That Are Guaranteed to Bring Some Hope Into Your Life

“Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).  Each time I think of Bobby McFerrin’s popular song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” my body starts to move. The song featured a kind of Reggae beat, and was a happy song to [...]

Finding Some Hope When You Feel Lonely

“Turn to me and be gracious to me, for I am lonely and afflicted” (Psalm 25:16, NIV).  “I lie awake; lonely as a solitary bird on a roof” (Psalm 102:7, NLT). When I was in high school, the Beatles were the popular music group at the time. They had a song, Eleanor Rigby. A line [...]

THE Place to Go

“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from Him. He alone is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 62:5-6)  On Sundays after church we usually eat lunch at the same restaurant. For us this restaurant is “the place to go” for Sunday [...]

4 Blessings That Overflow In You When You Trust God

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13). We went to the movie theater last weekend. I’m one of those movie watchers who think you can’t enjoy a good movie [...]

The Cure for Heart Sickness

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life” (Proverbs 13:12).  A young couple, we know and love, recently went through an exciting, sometimes agonizing, process of adopting 2 young preschool children. Some days the adoption procedures appeared to be going well, but on other days Roger and Jenny [...]