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An important part of our journey of faith is to share with others what God is teaching us and showing us. The Leadership of Living Hope invites you into this process as we share with you devotionals, God moments and faith experiences. It is our prayer that the few short moments you spend reflecting on these words will encourage and help you in your pursuit of God.

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October 17th 2019
    Jan and I have been doing a lot of soul searching and hand-wringing lately regarding our retirement investment accounts. And then (as usually happens) I get a word from God about His will and priorities that fit perfectly into what I need at the moment as I'm reading my bible in the middle of all this...   The Book of Matthew is in many regards a teaching manual directly from Jesus and God's will for us regar
October 8th 2019
  I am currently enjoying a study with Living Hope men as we watch Love Like That by Dr.Les Parrot.  Dr. Parrot outlines six steps to work on to be more loving like Jesus.  First we are taught that we need to be more mindful of people around us.  I know it’s easy for me to be wrapped up in my own thoughts and my own agenda which causes me to miss what is right in front of me.  How many times have I missed what the Lord ha
October 1st 2019
  Ephesians 4: 31-32 31 Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.  32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.   Philippians 3:12-14 12 Not that I have al
September 24th 2019
  2 Samuel 22:33  For who is God except the Lord? Who but our God is a solid rock? God is my strong fortress, and he makes my way perfect. Recently, I’ve realized I’ve fallen into a trap of engaging with God as if He’s a genie, rather than the all powerful creator of the
September 19th 2019
  Todd's sermon on July 21st was titled "Tune-in" about listening for God. Interesting stuff, you can hear it at the link below if you missed it. It struck me this past week that one of the ways God "talks to us" is through music. Jan was practicing a Praise Team song one evening and one verse got STUCK IN MY HEAD!  Here's the verse:   We will not go back We have been forgiven! We will not go back
September 11th 2019
When I was a child going to church every Sunday, I never thought about all the things that happen “behind the scenes” to keep a church going. Only in the last five years have I experienced first-hand what is required. There are a lot of people doing a lot of work that is never seen by many members. Many people may ask, “How do I get more involved and what can I do?” The first thing is to take stock of you
September 3rd 2019
  I was reading from the book of Micah this week and ran across chapter 6:1-8 which has a couple of interesting messages. But some of the back story first - the prophet Micah is reminding the house of Israel who God really is - the almighty Lord who hates sin but loves the sinner. This message has been watered down for us however, bec
August 28th 2019
  Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion. For the Lord God loves a cheerful giver. II Corinthians 9:7    I’m one of those people you would call a ‘hand raiser’.  If there is a job that needs to be done and a volunteer is needed I likely will be one of the ones raising my hand to accept. I enjoy volunteering. I enjoy helping out and being involved in
August 20th 2019
  Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. Proverbs 22:6 We helped move my second child, Joe, to his new home at GVSU yesterday. I would have thought this move would have been easier because we have already done this once with our first child Katie. I was not prepared for the sinking feeling I had when we made it home to an empty driveway. Where there had been 4 vehicles, there were now jus
August 15th 2019
  It sure seems like it is very easy to end up feeling overwhelmed by all the negativity in the world, to end up feeling down and helpless to make any difference.  I don’t think that is what God wants for His people. Slow down for a moment, smile and relax, remembering God is with us at all times.  We are each designed as His children to know Him and