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Topic: Hope

God promises

Do You Expect More Than God Promises?

We sat in amazement, shocked by the unexpected blessing the Lord provided for our family right before Christmas. After going into this season with the hard reality of no income and the heavy weight of trials, we had accepted the fact that this Christmas would contain few gifts and activities, […]

grieving people

Where Grieving People Can Find Hope Today

Video Notes: What in the world could a person call to mind – when their soul has no peace, when they have forgotten what happiness is, when their endurance has perished, and their hope is gone – that would make it possible to say, “This I call to mind and […]

expect less

Hope More, Expect Less

What do you expect in the near future? In Chicago, we can expect winter to be cold, snowy and long, but we can also expect a warm summer and a beautiful fall. (Spring is non-existent.) I expect to attend two family weddings this summer, which I expect will be great fun, […]

grieving people

Change Always Begins with Hope

Video Notes: “Whoever drinks of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” (John 4:14) Notice where Jesus begins this conversation: There are great thirsts in […]

live in this world

Do You Have What It Takes to Live in This World?

Here’s the question: Do you have what it takes to live in this world? Do you have a hope in which you can rejoice? Do you have a patience with which you can endure? Do you know the help of God on whom you can call? Because all of this […]

hope in Christ

The Two Sides of Hope in Christ

I was talking with a young girl who is facing what could be the most difficult trial of her life. She expressed her biggest fear is that it will never come to an end, that she won’t get through it. In that moment, I wanted to be able to promise […]

Kinds of Hope

Could There Be Two Different Kinds of Hope?

“We have run out of options. Your ankle will continue to get worse and you may eventually be unable to walk on it. In order to prolong your use of it, you must avoid all running, jumping, and stress on your leg…to the best of your ability, even avoid gaining […]

Rock of Ages

Learning to Kiss the Wave, Trusting the Rock of Ages

I walked into a room filled with nearly 300 women, hungry, eager, craving to connect to each other and learn from God’s Word. I couldn’t believe my eyes – it was my greatest fantasy come true! We started off by going around the table and introducing ourselves. One by one, […]

feeling gray

When You’re Feeling Gray

The skies are gray today. Snow flurries blur the landscape outside the window. Temperatures hover in the mid-teens. The cold creeps through the soles of my shoes and my wool socks — the price I pay for working at my desk, which sits on the floor above our house’s crawl […]

all things new

Three Ways God Makes All Things New

New is great. New sounds like potential and opportunity…unless I think about it too much. Then it sounds like change and the unknown. As this new year begins, I’ve promised myself that instead of fearing the unknown I will choose to hope in the known. So what is known about […]

empty chair

The Empty Chair at the Table

This weekend was tragic for my community. If you’re a parent of a middle school child in my area, you are holding your kids just a little bit tighter and whispering “I love you” just a little more frequently. Late last Friday afternoon, my phone buzzed, indicating that I had […]

Unforgivable Sin

Bible Q&A: Have I Committed the Unforgivable Sin?

Question: Hello. I am 19. I have been struggling the past few months with terror of hell and God and hopelessness that I cannot know the Lord. I have seen my sins and realized how holy God is and how offensive I have been towards Him by living in sin. I […]

You Cannot Know the Meaning of Christmas Unless You Grasp This

On October 7, 2010, USA Today published an article entitled “How America Sees God.” This was based on the findings of two sociologists from Baylor University in Texas. The survey said that 28% of Americans see God as “engaged in history and meting out punishment to those who do not […]

Five Reasons You Should Have Hope

When anxiety or fear or discouragement or confusion abounds, the silent monologue within our hearts boils down to this one question: “What reason do I have for hope right now?” This is why Psalm 130 is so striking. The title says it all: My Soul Waits for the Lord. In […]

blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord

Hope in the Drought

Rough and harsh; dry and arid. Such is the season of the drought. And drought comes to everyone. We will all endure difficult “heat of life” circumstances. These are indeterminate of who we are or where we’re planted. We get flat tires. Our computers break. We struggle with the effects of aging. We […]

if God is for us who can be against us?

What Being “In Christ” Means

Here is a great reality that stands at the center of the Christian life. Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who was born in the manger, died on the cross, and rose from the dead, lives by his Spirit in the soul of every Christian believer. We call this being “in Christ.” If […]

patience waiting on God

Three Ways to Grow While You Wait

Waiting is not wasted time. Often, though, it seems to be! I am waiting for the train. I am waiting for my appointment. I am waiting in a long queue. Sound familiar? Waiting can seem futile, so we look for something to do while we are waiting. This is why […]

What the Bible Story Is Like

The Bible story is like a necklace in which many pearls are joined together on a string. Just as a necklace falls and rises, the Bible story shows us the magnificent sweep of God’s plan for history. The story begins at a high point in the Garden of Eden, where […]

Finding Forgiveness and Hope After an Abortion | Video

Pastor Colin Smith talks about what it will be like for mothers or fathers who made the choice to end the life of an unborn child, and have come to regret the choice they made.  He answers the question “Does God forgive abortion?” and provides hope for those who have […]