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21 Aug, 2023

Courage for Tomorrow, Faith for Today, & Hope for a Future

By |2023-08-21T16:42:50-05:00August 21st, 2023|Recent Articles|0 Comments

[This article is the Foreword by Kris Vallotton for James W. Goll’s book, Tell Your Heart to Sing Again.] Historically, the church has not always excelled at walking with people through their pain. We know how to rejoice with those who rejoice, yet we often fall short of Christ’s standard when it comes to mourning with those who mourn. Our Savior wept with his bereaved friends at the tomb of Lazarus, yet many Christians today are more likely to respond to tragedy with poorly reasoned explanations, weak attempts to cheer, or dark hints that the mourners should have had more [...]

4 Jun, 2020

Running to the Anchor of Hope in Uncertain Times

By |2020-06-04T14:44:13-05:00June 4th, 2020|Recent Articles|9 Comments

We are living in crazy and uncertain times. Perilous. Unpredictable. Fearful. Everything that can be shaken is being shaken. The bigger the storm, the bigger the anchor that is needed to keep the ship secure. Hope is the anchor that holds in the midst of any situation, trial or storm—no matter how severe it gets. “For I know the plans that I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” Jeremiah 29:11 NASB I am personally convinced that all of the hills and valleys I have [...]

21 May, 2020

Transitioning with Hope Brings Transformation

By |2020-05-29T22:07:58-05:00May 21st, 2020|Recent Articles|5 Comments

When you find yourself in any kind of transition, especially a prolonged one—like the one we are currently experiencing from the COVID-19 virus—it can seem too hard to bear. You just do not think you will make it. You wish you could go back to the way things used to be before all of this pain started. The pressure can be intense, and you feel squeezed from every side, stripped, unprepared. Yet a time of transition is taking you somewhere. Although the passage is narrow, it is taking you from a place of confinement to a place of enlargement. [...]

18 May, 2020

Has Hardship Ever Struck Your House?

By |2020-05-18T12:16:39-05:00May 18th, 2020|Recent Articles|3 Comments

Has hardship ever struck your house? “The Long and Winding Road” was a popular hit song years ago. I loved the haunting melody, but as a disciple in Jesus, I was sure that my path would be smooth and easy. Was I ever wrong! My life has not circled a cul de sac, but it seems to have steered off the primary highway and onto a trail leading to who knows where. It was a road I was unfamiliar with and one that I was not expecting. Twelve or more years were filled with winding roads and an unfair share [...]

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