Hope for Life 2009 Archives

Life, at Best, Is Transitory

Life, at Best, Is Transitory

This world is not our home

We are supposed to be in the world but not of the world. As followers of the Messiah, we are to be different, with our focus on heaven.

Finding Peace

Finding Peace

In the midst of the holiday maelstrom, there's hope for peace

In the maelstrom of emotion during this holiday season, let God surround you with his peace. Cast all of your worries on him and focus on the things that will truly bring you peace.

It's the People, Not the Presents ...

It's the People, Not the Presents ...

The best Christmas memories have nothing to do with what you get.

The best part of Christmas is not the presents, but the people.

Switching the Tags

Switching the Tags

Jesus says the world's values are all upside down

Jesus looks at a poor church in Revelation 2 and declares them rich. True riches aren't measured with dollar signs; they are found in the relationships that we build.

I'm Afraid I Can't Live Up To It ...

I'm Afraid I Can't Live Up To It ...

God knows you need help to remain committed.

God provides the Holy Spirit and a community of believers to help us fulfill our commitment to Him.

When a Church Stops Being a Church

When a Church Stops Being a Church

When does Jesus close a church's doors?

When a church forgets about love and focuses on rules and regulation, it ceases to be a church. The church of Jesus is an organism, not an organization.

I Love My Shredder

I Love My Shredder

The devil cannot find a record of my sins.

The record of my sins has been shredded by the blood of Jesus. Permanently.

God Knows

God Knows

When we need him most, God is close to us

Jesus has assured us that he is close to us in our most trying times

Which Way Does Your Name Tag Face?

Which Way Does Your Name Tag Face?

Christianity is not a secret commitment.

Christianity is a public commitment. It must not be hidden.

Jesus Holds the Keys

Jesus Holds the Keys

Don't worry about that scary door… Jesus holds the keys!

Christians need not fear death or what comes after. Jesus was dead and is now alive and can free us from the fear of death.

What Good Is One Puzzle Piece?

What Good Is One Puzzle Piece?

Puzzle pieces need each other to do what they are designed to do.

Christians are designed to live in community.

The God Who Cares

The God Who Cares

Our God will even cry for you

Jesus wept when he saw the pain and grieving caused by death. He still weeps with us when we are hurting.

I Never Dreamed It Could Be This Good ...

I Never Dreamed It Could Be This Good ...

Life in Christ is better than you can imagine.

There is a life so much richer and fuller than most people can even imagine.

YAY!

YAY!

What can make a dying boy say

A dying boy reminds us of the things we should celebrate

Save Your Fork!

Save Your Fork!

Save your fork ... the best is yet to come!

As Christians, we have hope because of what we are waiting, or more importantly, whom we are waiting for.

They Don't Know Me at My Gym...

They Don't Know Me at My Gym...

Some people treat church like they do their health club.

Not using a health club membership will not get you in shape. It is the same with church membership.

Throwing Stones

Throwing Stones

The church is not a rock-throwing society ...

The story of Jesus and the woman caught in adultery teaches us how the church should deal with sinful people ... because the church is full of sinful people.

Great Smokey Mountains and Tourists

Great Smokey Mountains and Tourists

When I am so busy with my life that I cannot see the life God created for me.

We often get so caught up in the world of our own making that we miss the life God created.

What For?

What For?

Most of us want to live longer. What for?

We don't just need more life. We need meaning in our lives.

I Thought I Was Right

I Thought I Was Right

Thinking you are right does not keep you from being wrong.

Right intentions, or mistaken ideas, do not make for a relationship with God.

Social Networking

Social Networking

Staying connected can keep us apart

Online social networking websites make a promise of community that they can't keep. We need interaction with real people. The church consists of those kinds of relationships

Real Family

Real Family

What happens when the crisis comes and you are 1000 miles from home?

Christianity is having a community of believers who care for you like family.

Come, Follow Me

Come, Follow Me

Here's your chance to change your life…

Jesus called his disciples to leave comfortable lives in order to receive lives of purpose and a chance to be a part of God's mission in this world

Are You Ready to Die?

Are You Ready to Die?

The response to Jesus is to die.

The decision to follow Jesus requires us to die with him so we can live forever.

The Andrew Factor

The Andrew Factor

Do you have the Andrew Factor?

The apostle Andrew shows us how to tell others about Jesus.