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.
Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm. Proverbs 13:20
I am not sure when I first learned this; perhaps my late teens or early 20s. I had a friend or two that would ask me to go to the bars with them. Knowing that I did not drink, it was just to get together and chat. But in doing so, I soon learned that a bar was n
We tend to equate "Happiness" with "Joy", but they are surprisingly different things. Much of what we do is driven by a deep (and very human) desire for happiness. The very word "happiness" evokes memories of unwrapping gifts on Christmas morning, strolling hand-in-hand with the one you love, being surprised on your birthday, a comedian that makes you laugh so hard that you cry, or a long-awaited vacation in some exotic location. But happiness is also elusive and te
Do you know what I like about the Hallmark TV channel: the towns, decorations, shops, the people and a kiss under the mistletoe. I miss that part of Christmas; the laughter of the kids and the anticipation of the big day.
In church what I love most about Christmas is remembering that Christ died for us on the cross, celebrating Christ’s birth starting with advent songs and special music
So you've it from the pulpit I don't know how many times (and will continue to do) but we are called to do life together! You know it, I know it...but it just doesn't seem to happen like it should. Well I got an email to an article this morning that is worth your time, and instead of trying to capture what it says, I figured I just would just give in to you. Read it, Pray about it, Reflect on it & Pick one and DO IT!!!
On October 6th Pastor Todd delivered a sermon titled "Now. Here. This." Nope, it's not a typo - the "here" in this refers to the place you're at right now, as in the "here and now". There's a great message in this sermon that bears revisiting, so here goes...
We are all, to some degree, controlled by our calendars. It helps us plan and organize the things we need to do by a certain time. It also provides us with things
I recently shared a verse from Jeremiah about "finding God" and establishing a personal relationship with Him through OUR seeking. I'd like to expand on that a little bit through the concept of "exercising our faith".
I could never get myself to exercise regularly during my working years - even when there were nice workout facilities at Kellogg or in all those hotels I seemed to live in for oh-so-many years. I understoo
As a church, we talk a lot about the act of SEEKING God (hence our stated mission of "Bringing people into a closer relationship with Jesus")
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will li
I’m not sure you could call it a legitimate prayer. It was just a quick utterance, “Dear Lord, please let there be a lamp that works for mom.”
That day when I arrived at her room, mom was sitting mostly in the dark, with just a small table lamp lit. When she saw the confused look on my face, she explained that the cleaning lady had cleaned the top of her torchiere light with a feather duster and the halogen bulb caug
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
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