Category Archives: Hope?

Short, but great reminder!

A powerful reminder about the loss of focus on the gospel. Continue reading

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You will be resurrected

How final is death? Should we expect to be resurrected? Continue reading

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Search for meaning and satisfaction

“Why do I have three Super Bowl rings and still there’s something greater out there for me?” Continue reading

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Remedy for a heavy heart

A heavy heart finds comfort and relief when we turn to the worship of praise. We have a great example of this from the disciple whom Jesus loved. Continue reading

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Desiring Heaven – now…

God’s Spirit in me is the cause of my desire for a world filled with the presence of God and absent the things his presence will remove. Continue reading

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The science of hope

Intriguing look at hope and science. Hope is real, proven by science, and willpower is the switch (The right stimulus) that triggers this amazing ability to change for the better… Continue reading

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Four servants of God who battled fierce despair

Four servants of God. Each one reached an extremely low point in life. All of them felt that life was no longer worth living. Continue reading

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Security, peace, and safety

Where to look when you feel vulnerable or anxious, or when you feel misunderstood or misrepresented… Continue reading

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Never give up on prayer

Why does God allow perseverance in prayer to be part of our experience? Prayer is an appeal to one who can do what I cannot do and what others won’t do.

Consider two people from opposite ends of the continuum of power and privilege: a corrupt Judge and a persistent widow.
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My first funeral (a suicide)

There was standing room only at the funeral parlor as I faced some rather austere men and women dressed in the old black garb common to conservative Mennonites. Continue reading

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