Articles Tagged 'Hope'

Through the Eyes of Jesus

Through the Eyes of Jesus

How differently might we respond to his call if we truly realized that we are far more precious to him than any son or daughter could be to a loving mommy or daddy?

Phil Ware begins a series of 13 messages on Vision by talking about his own son and daughter and how he had dreams for them as children.

Every Heart a Manger

Every Heart a Manger

Have you invited him in?

Max Lucado reminds us to make our heart a manger and every day Christmas.

Jesus Came to Be One of Us!

Jesus Came to Be One of Us!

We desperately need to push past the glitz of the season and remember the gritty grace of the manger and the glory of God incarnate in a helpless baby who came to be one of us!

James and Phil continue their series on The Story of Redemption by focusing on the birth of Jesus and what it means for us.

Jesus, Be Born in Me

Jesus, Be Born in Me

Like Mary, we don't know fully what we are committing to do, but we know that our ultimate destination is Jesus.

Phil Ware reminds us of the gritty reality of Jesus' birth and Mary choosing to accept the challenge of being Jesus' mother and reminds us of our need to commit to have Jesus born in our lives.

Christ our Hope!

Christ our Hope!

You offer the invitation, and Jesus brings the blessing!

Max Lucado reminds us that Christ is our hope and that we can invite him into our lives anew, and to stay, this Christmas.

Indescribable

Indescribable

Wow! What a precious addition to our Christmas with these boys. We hope to do something like this every year.

Phil Ware shares a quick thank you for all who have donated and then focuses on establishing a new tradition of teaching his grandchildren to share what they have with others.

A Thanksgiving Conversation

A Thanksgiving Conversation

What would a frank conversation between us and God about thankfulness look like?

Tom Norvell shares an imaginary but important conversation between himself and God.

God Has a Plan

God Has a Plan

Be assured, God has a pattern and plan for you!

Max Lucado reminds us that despite the work we have to do in the darkness, God is doing something special in us and with us.

Forever Friends!

Forever Friends!

As followers of Jesus, we are blessed to have forever friends from all over the world!

Phil Ware reminds us that in Jesus, we are friends, and our friendships reach around the world, across cultures, and unite us in one family.

Waiting to Be Ready

Waiting to Be Ready

Can any good thing come from having to wait?

Phil Ware turns to some key principles Jesus' lead apostle Peter shared with people in his day to help them be ready for both opportunity and trial.

Treasure

Treasure

How can such a discovery, no matter how badly dirt-encrusted and stained, not be seen as a genuine treasure?

Phil Ware tells us a simple story of a mother's love to remind how our Father sees us as his treasure.

Willing to Be Powerful

Willing to Be Powerful

Dear God in heaven, we’d sure like to have a little bit of power to alter our irrelevance, lighten the burdens of others, and heal the wounds of the broken and despairing.

Phil Ware writes out of the context of recent disasters and the loss of a mother and child to remind us that being a servant, offering ourselves in sacrificial love, is never a waste!

One of Us!

One of Us!

Jesus didn't come to earth to be protected from life's harshest realities, but entered into mortality to share it all with us — the good, the bad, the ugly, and the painful!

James and Phil continue their series on The Story of Redemption by focusing on the birth of Jesus and what it means for us.

This is Our Story, Too!

This is Our Story, Too!

We want our lives to be part of Jesus' story of redemption, and then we want to share that redemption with others!

Phil Ware and James Nored continue to share God's story of redemption and focus this week on Jesus as the fulfillment of God's promises to Abraham and David and the genealogy of Jesus that displays God's grace.

Anticipation!

Anticipation!

While we remember Jesus, let's also remember all those who love Jesus that make up our huge, worldwide, family.

Phil Ware continues his reflections on Holy Communion by reminding us of coming reunion that The Supper ensures will happen!

Legion No More!

Legion No More!

Jesus came to bring us freedom from bondage to Satan and his power.

Phil Ware reminds us the battle we are in with Satan with our lives and how Jesus can end our bondage to him.

Sharing Good News

Sharing Good News

There's nothing more natural than sharing good news

We forget that the story of Jesus is good news, something that should be naturally shared with people we know.

My Response to God's Call

My Response to God's Call

Will I follow on the journey, or will I choose to let where I am, where I'm comfortable, and what I have hold me in bondage?

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us of the call of the Lord to leave and follow no matter the cost.

Until...

Until...

We wait in eager expectation until we share in our reunion with Jesus in glory!

Phil Ware reminds us that The Lord's Supper is not a time to just look back, but also a time of great anticipation and eager expectation for the Lord's return.

The Struggle to Find Faith

The Struggle to Find Faith

I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!

James Nored and Phil Ware look at C.S. Lewis and his struggle to find faith and our own challenges in believing.

I Doubt It: World Changers

I Doubt It: World Changers

Despite early Jewish opposition and later Roman persecution and martyrdom, their passion, conviction, and impact could not be stopped.

Phil Ware continues his series called 'I Doubt It' and focuses today on Jesus' call and promise that his eleven apostles and those that followed them would turn the world upside down with their message of good news and hope and grace.

Noah, Violence, and Grace

Noah, Violence, and Grace

The story of Noah fascinates children, but the message of Noah also reminds us of the Creator's heart being broken by humanity's penchant for violence.

James Nored and Phil Ware remind us that violence is not God's plan, but humanity's corrupt and wicked propensity to injure and mar those created in the image of God.

I Doubt It: Jesus Is Risen from the Dead

I Doubt It: Jesus Is Risen from the Dead

Jesus is risen, and we believe because the first disciples had their doubts!

Phil Ware continues his series called 'I Doubt It' and focuses this week on Jesus having risen from death to never die again.

What Happens When You Die?

What Happens When You Die?

What Jesus' resurrection guarantees about our own.

Max Lucado shares insights from the Bible about what happens to us when we die and what Jesus' resurrection means to our hope.

God Still Cares

God Still Cares

When we have sinned, fallen short of God's plans for us, and have disappointed our heavenly Father, we assume he puts us into his “club for the unwanteds.”

James Nored and Phil Ware continue their messages on God's plan of redemption and how God longs to restore us to himself.