Hope for Life

Contentment

Contentment

Godliness with contentment is enough

Christians can be rich. Rich people can be Christians. But we need to remember that material things can often get in the way of our faith. Godliness with contentment. That should be our goal.

God Is Watching You... and That Is a Good Thing

God Is Watching You... and That Is a Good Thing

What does God think when he watches your life?

God does not watch your life looking for a reason to condemn you. He watches to see how he can help you.

No God Could Forgive Me!

No God Could Forgive Me!

I'm bad and no god could forgive me!

There is a God who can forgive all the heinous acts anyone can perform. There is a God who allowed His only Son to save all of us by paying the price none of us deserved. There is a God who can take the worst sinner and transfer him or her into a forgiven

Trash or Treasure?

Trash or Treasure?

Can you tell the difference between trash and treasure?

God sent his son Jesus to die for us. He sent him to die so that we could live. The offer of salvation is a precious treasure, yet some won't recognize that. They'll "despise" God's offer, discarding this gift like yesterday's trash.

I May Know Why You Are Reading This

I May Know Why You Are Reading This

What if you are reading this article because God planned it?

God has always found a way to connect his followers with those seeking him.

Can I Be Forgiven?

Can I Be Forgiven?

How do you deal with those feelings of remorse?

It doesn't matter what you have done. Your sins can be washed away. You can start over. God will cleanse you and give you a new life.

Old Clothes and New Life

Old Clothes and New Life

Do not get so used to the old that you fail to experience the new.

Old clothes are comfortable and you get so used to them you do not realize how good new clothes are. Life is like that too.

Been Thinkin’ About Heaven

Been Thinkin’ About Heaven

Have you thought about heaven?

I've been thinkin' about Heaven, a lot, lately. And I've decided that I don't care what it looks like, or if we have to wait a 1000 years, or if everything I know will be made new. Heaven is where God and Jesus are and that's where I want to be.

When Your Hero Falls

When Your Hero Falls

What do you do when your hero makes a big mistake?

Just as Isaiah had to overcome Uzziah's failure, we have to deal with the failures of others. We need to learn to turn to God at times like that.

Time to Throw Away the Old Calendar

Time to Throw Away the Old Calendar

Love it or hate it... it is sure easy to live in the past.

Do not stay rooted in your past successes or failures. Instead, embrace the future God has planned for you.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is good for you!

Forgiveness is good for you. Resentment is harmful. The choice should be easy, yet we often find ourselves keeping a record of the wrongs done against us.

Tattletales, the Devil, and You

Tattletales, the Devil, and You

Satan wants to make sure you get what's coming to you. Not God.

Satan wants to tattle on us to God so we get what we deserve. God will not let him. Instead, he forgives our sin.

The NEW of New Years

The NEW of New Years

The year is new… are you?

Being a follower of Jesus makes one's life NEW and notice the words that said old things have passed away. When you make that decision to follow Jesus and are baptized, then your "old things" do not matter to God anymore; you are NEW.

The Year of Our Lord

The Year of Our Lord

His coming divided the history of the world into two parts

Every man's life is divided into "Before Christ" and "After Christ." We come to know of him, we learn about him, then we decide. We decide to reject him and all that he stands for. Or we believe in him, and receive all that he has to offer.

A Son Was Born to Us

A Son Was Born to Us

It was the birth announcement from everyone to everyone.

When God sent his Son to earth, the birth announcement was given twice: once generations before his birth and then when it happened.

Is There a Dragon in Your Nativity Set?

Is There a Dragon in Your Nativity Set?

Why every nativity set needs a dragon

The red dragon has a place in the nativity story. The dragon reminds us why we needed a Savior in the first place. John tells us that the dragon is the ancient serpent that deceives the whole world (Revelation 12:9). He is the tempter that brought about t

They Got a Medal for Finishing the Race

They Got a Medal for Finishing the Race

Watching a Road Race taught me a lot about my life as a Christian

The Christian life is much like a race. If you finish, you get a medal. If you don't finish... no medal.

The Beginning of Our Salvation Story

The Beginning of Our Salvation Story

What does Christmas have to do with salvation?

As you remember the Christmas story this December, amid the buying of presents, gathering with family and no doubt overeating, take some time to remember your own Salvation story. Then share it with your friends and loved ones.

One Out of Ten

One Out of Ten

Time to stop and say thanks

When Jesus healed ten lepers, only one of them came back to give thanks. We need to follow his example, stopping to thank God for what he has done for us.

Do You Know Who I Am?

Do You Know Who I Am?

People of power and influence want others to know it. Not Jesus.

Jesus does not look down on us from a position above us. Instead, he came to live among us.

Security

Security

Is your treasure safe?

Treasure in this world can be stolen or lost. Treasure with God is safe forever.

Where Am I on the List?

Where Am I on the List?

We all want to know where we rank compared to everyone else. So what about God? Does he have a list?

The problem with making a list of who is most likely to get to heaven is that we compare ourselves to other men and not to God.

Remember When?

Remember When?

Remember when you were baptized?

Remembering the joy of our conversion can help us to live better today

Who Are You Trying to Impress?

Who Are You Trying to Impress?

Why do you do the things you do?

People look at the outside; God examines the heart. Rather than trying to impress those around you, put your time and effort into doing the things that God would have you do. Don't do it to try and get something in return; make pleasing God your goal.

Life Is Hard and Then You Die

Life Is Hard and Then You Die

Our world thinks this is tough news. We think it is good news.

We live in a hard world and then we die. The world sees this as bad news getting worse. The Christian sees it as bad news getting better.