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Hope: Expecting God’s Future Grace

Do your kids ever ask the same questions over and over? One day, I remember my children continually asking me if we were going to the park in the afternoon. I had already told them during breakfast that we were going. But they kept asking me. “Are we going to the park today?” We had […]

Hope Abides

As my friend and I sat in her living room enjoying a late “mom’s night” time of fellowship, spinach dip, and savory foccacia crackers, we were interrupted by the giddy giggles of her little girls followed by a few moments of silence while another—whom I had not yet met—made her entrance. As she sleepily sauntered […]

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Never Lose Hope

This month our study is on Hope. What is it? How to we make sure we never lose hope? It is something that we can really claim to understand? When I was younger I thought hope was along the same line as a wish. I hoped for this or that to happen. I hoped (wished) […]

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Hope in the Battle

None of us really want to think about it but it has been brewing for quite some time. The issues are real, the people are real. This is serious. Now everyone has to choose sides, and not just with their words but also with their actions. Some believe that the whole situation is being blown […]

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Hopeful Expectancy

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the men of old gained approval.  Hebrews 11:1-2 Not all hope is created equal. I’ve used a phrase or two that sounded like, “Oh, I hope that _____ happens.” or “It would be nice.” Those phrases are wishful thinking, not […]

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Hope for the Hopeless

Before we can understand hope, we must look at hopelessness. Many of us have felt the sting of rejection and the heartache of sadness. We have even felt despondent at times. But hopelessness? It encompasses pain on deeper levels. It is dark. And helpless. There is no way out. Hopelessness is true despair with no […]

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Hope In Jesus

 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11 Shew! October seemed to sneak right up on us didn’t it? Fall is now in the air and that means the holidays will soon be approaching! With […]

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Hope in God Alone

Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD. – Psalm 31:24 Where is your confidence? Where do you place your hope? Although I’ve been a Christian since I was seven years old, I often unconsciously placed my confidence in myself and my circumstances rather than in God. I’ve […]

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When Hope Wears Thin

We had a bad week. Our air conditioner was leaking water onto the floor. Our gas stove was leaking gas into the house. We had air in the pipes that sounded like a ship leaving port every time a toilet flushed. Our septic system backed up.  We couldn’t use our bathrooms, wash clothes, or wash […]

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Hope in Light of Darkness

Like a threatening rain cloud on a bright day, the darkness of life creeps in slowly. Before we know it, the sky is completely dark. Our souls seem to be smothered in darkness, grasping for hope. We fight it. Squirming and kicking like we are engulfed in a blanket that we’ve accidentally rolled up in during […]