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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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August 20th 2019
  Proverbs 22:6 Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it 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 ju
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
August 6th 2019
Frank Lloyd Wright, the well-known architect once said, “The devil is in the details.” He was commenting on how even the most basic architectural design relies on the things behind the scenes… the details.   I recently thought of this saying after returning from a medical mission trip to Romania. The fact that I am not a medical person by any stretch of the imagination did not deter me from going. After all, our ultimate goa
July 29th 2019
  As most of you know, Jan and I recently returned from Romania where we participated in a medical mission. If you missed our discussion about this from a few Sundays ago, it's posted on-line as a sermon at the link below (and yes, you can skip right through any parts of it you choose!). There's one aspect of the trip that I'd like to highlight however, and that's my discovery that the mission trip continues
July 22nd 2019
  For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not die but have eternal life.  John 3:16   We recently experienced a tragedy at my place of work.  A young man was killed in a car accident due to no fault of his own.  It was one of those situations
July 16th 2019
  When things go wrong where do you turn?  It seems like lately I am asking myself that all the time.   I find myself talking with Jesus as I would to you, but I don’t always wait for an answer.  Then when things go wrong I remember we talked about it, but I don’t remember getting an answer back. It then feels more like a one way conversation.   When I’m in prayer for my family and friends
July 2nd 2019
This is a question I had in early 2017 when our family dog Yuki died. I was referred to a book called “Heaven” by Randy Alcorn. In searching for my answer, I ended up reading the entire book, and have since given it as a gift to other people. The book is one of the best I have ever read on any subject. Our dog Yuki came to us in 2008 after my wife and our current exch
June 25th 2019
I was reading a blog by a Christian author about her personal revelation after her dog’s death; he was killed by a coyote and she was totally blindsided by the loss. Dog lovers will understand. Her heart was broken and, even though she was in the midst of receiving major blessings in the rest of her life, her heart became a little hard. She quieted her prayer life and refused to sing during worship in church. She w
June 18th 2019
To most people, when they think about family, they think of their biological family. However, I think there are extensions to this definition that are just as meaningful.In my own case, my wife and I have hosted many foreign exchange students over the years, and those kids and their biological families are considered part of our family. We have always treated them as such and will always do so. Our Korean daught
June 11th 2019
  This past week, my dear friend Stephanie was visiting from south Texas. I was looking forward to showing her the beauty of Michigan’s spring greens, bright blue skies and plethora of flowering trees and critters busily preparing for the warm days of summer.  Although we experienced more rain, clouds, haze and cool temperatures than I had hoped, we saw some spectacular sights. A pair of robins had built a nest on our downspout