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 [...]

The Hope That Comes from the “L” Word

At a time in my life when I did not know better I bought a new car, and horror of horrors, I financed it. Immediately I become a debtor to the company that financed my car. Every month I owed a car payment. When hardships, troubles, suffering, heartache, and serious illness come our way, many [...]

9 Promises from God Guaranteed to Bring Hope–Part 3

When my wife and I visit our oldest granddaughter, she pleads with us to take her to get ice cream at a popular drug store in her town. A “we’ll think about it” isn’t enough for her. She presses until we “promise” to take her. (Actually, we enjoy taking her to get ice cream. We [...]

9 Promises from God Guaranteed to Bring Hope – Part 2

My wife and I have promised our 4 grandchildren we will take them on a trip this summer. We look forward to spending quality time and having fun with them. You have made promises before to your family, friends, coworkers, and others. God also makes promises. His are found in the pages of the Bible. [...]

9 Promises from God Guaranteed to Give You Hope – Part 1

Some weeks back I ordered some signs for a church event. The sign company promised to have the signs delivered by a certain date. Three days before the delivery date I received an email from the sign company informing me that the company would not meet the original delivery date, and my signs would arrive [...]

The Two Personal Finance Decisions That Bring the Greatest Hope

I read a news article this week that left me with mixed feelings. The nation’s 3 largest banks raked in $4.6 billion last year from ATM and overdraft fees. When I first read this article I felt intense anger at the monster banks in our country. I thought, These big banks are stealing Americans’ hard-earned [...]