Hope for Life 2015 Archives

Shut Up or Cheer Up

Shut Up or Cheer Up

Listening to other people can be very confusing.

You cannot make a decision about Jesus based on what others think. Some will discourage and some will cheer. You have to decide.

Holy Land

Holy Land

Want to see God's temple? Look in the mirror

I am a temple of God because God lives in me. He comes to live in every person who is born again of water and Spirit.

I Did Not See That Happening

I Did Not See That Happening

Satan loves to convince you that sin has no bad consequences. He is lying.

There are consequences for sin. Satan just wants you not to think about them.

The Old Spy's Request

The Old Spy's Request

To wholly follow the holy God

While the lessons are numerous when studying the life of Caleb, the single ever present aspect is his commitment to following God whether on a secret mission, unsuccessfully arguing to take the land, waiting 40 years or finally defeating the enemy.

The God Who Loves a Party

The God Who Loves a Party

God loves parties!

When people come together to enjoy God's blessings and celebrate God's goodness, God not only approves; he comes to be a part.

Four Errors Do Not Make a Home Run

Four Errors Do Not Make a Home Run

Watching and listening to a Little League made me think about following Jesus

Running around the bases because of errors is not a home run. You cannot change the rules. You cannot change God's rules either.

He Chose Poorly

He Chose Poorly

His choice cost him billions

You can choose to get full value of God's gift, receiving eternal life. Or you can squander what you've been given, and you'll live forever with the consequences. Because, just like Ronald Wayne and just like Esau, you will reach a point where your poor c

Do You Believe in Jesus?

Do You Believe in Jesus?

Most people say they believe in Jesus. They are wrong.

Saving belief in Jesus is much more than believing a set of facts. Real belief is to follow Jesus.

Thinking about Heaven... Again

Thinking about Heaven... Again

Heaven's been on my mind again

I have fewer days ahead of me than behind me, and I recently have been reminded by those with fewer things than I, about having family and friends in Heaven with you.

Dressing Down for God

Dressing Down for God

How should you present yourself before God?

You may be rich or powerful or beautiful or famous or extremely talented. But when you come to God, you take all that off. You humble yourself and say to him, “Have mercy on me, a sinner.”

Revisionist History

Revisionist History

There is only person who can truely revise your history.

Revisionist history makes us look better but changes nothing about our past. Jesus does.

The Elephant Is Still an Elephant

The Elephant Is Still an Elephant

Truth doesn't stop being truth

There are many opinions, many theories, and many philosophies. But there is an absolute truth: there is only one God and the only way to Him is through Jesus Christ.

You Have To Decide Who Jesus Is

You Have To Decide Who Jesus Is

It does not matter what everyone else thinks about Jesus. Who do you believe he is?

Even when Jesus was here, people discussed who he really was. They still do. You have to decide who he is. What you decide will make all the difference.

They Ran!

They Ran!

He is risent! What do we do with that news?

In "church" there is talk about "sharing the Gospel", almost as an academic exercise. Yet, it wasn't an analytical exercise for those who first faced a risen Jesus, and maybe it shouldn't be for us. The example is very clear. He is Risen! and we need

Surprising Service

Surprising Service

You never know who will give you a ride

When the Creator of everything came to this world, he came as a servant. And he came to die on a cross so that we could have life.

Do I Have to Go to Church if I Become a Christian?

Do I Have to Go to Church if I Become a Christian?

Why are so afraid to tell someone they have to go to church?

There are really good reasons why Christians need to go to church. We just do not often explain them.

The One with the Power

The One with the Power

The winds and the waves obey Him!

The next time you see a wonder of nature, don't just wonder at nature. Wonder at the One who created it all. The One with the power to stop wind and waves with just a word. For he is the same One with the power to change your life. He is the One wit

Setting Up Your Family for the Future

Setting Up Your Family for the Future

What if there really was a way to secure my family's future for generations to come?

It is possible to provide a spiritual legacy for your family that never ends. It starts with you.

Reunion

Reunion

When you get to Heaven who do you want to see?

I believe that we will recognize our family members who get to Heaven before us. While we will have a different body, a name God gives us on our forehead, and be in a place where there is no night or time, I think we will have a reunion with those we know

The Least of These

The Least of These

Have you fed Jesus lately?

You will probably never get the chance to give pizza to a famous actor. But you can reach out and help Jesus today. You can serve the hungry, the thirsty, the lonely, the naked, or the prisoner. You can help "the least of these" and really be doing it for

How Can I Read Them All?

How Can I Read Them All?

How do you decide which books to read? Start with the one written to you.

There are lots of books you might like to read. There is one you must read.

Have You Seen The Grand Canyon?

Have You Seen The Grand Canyon?

The difference between seeing and SEEING.

It seems to me that some people interact with Jesus in the same way. They take a moment out of their busy lives and give it to him. Just a moment. He is a stop on the way, an interruption to a more important routine. And they never really see him. Othe

I Am Begging You to Do One Thing

I Am Begging You to Do One Thing

There is only one thing I really want my non-beleiving friends to do

We are not asking you to adopt a moral code, go to church, or even "become a Christian." We are begging you to get back together with God.

A Call from God

A Call from God

Has God called you?

God's calls today may be different in the way He sends them, but I believe there is still: illumination of understanding, hearing God's voice through scripture and thoughts, a physical reaction of doing what he says do or stop doing things you know are ev

God Wants Everybody To Be Saved

God Wants Everybody To Be Saved

So what does God really want?

God wants everyone to be saved. Not everyone will be saved, at least not according to the Bible. But that's not because God wants anyone to be lost. It's just that some will refuse to believe.