When Prayers Don’t Get Answered

When Prayers

Sometimes when we pray, we receive answers the way we expect. Other times when we pray, we don’t. Paul the apostle prayed to God three times to remove the thorn in his flesh. We don’t know exactly what the thorn was or whether it was something physical or spiritual. God answered Paul’s cries by saying, “… My grace is sufficient for you …” (2 Cor. 12:9). Like Paul, there are others Read More

The Gift of Youth

The Gift of

There are seasons in our lives that all of us will go through and one if them is the season of youth. And then you will go into single adulthood, then for some, marriage and family, and then golden years. These are seasons and we will see that there is a season of youth that comes with a wonderful privilege, but it also comes with an assignment. Let’s look at how the Bible speaks of youth as a Read More

Discovering Your Success Potential

discovering your

The Bible says our dreams, hopes and potentials are God-given treasures. “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, so that the surpassing greatness of the power will be of God and not from ourselves” (2 Cor. 4:7). God is saying to us that He put the treasure of dreams, hopes, vision and a potential for success in each one of us. When we realize this, we should say, “This dream is not Read More

Waiting on the Promises

WAITING

Microwave ovens! Cell phones! E-mail! Fast food! We live in an age where we want things instantaneously. As it is with our culture, we have the same expectation in our relationship with God. We say, “I want it now, God! I want a fast God — not a slow God!” We want to take shortcuts; we think God is too slow! But God is not slow. He is patient! There is a purpose for waiting. “The Lord Read More

The Gift of Listening

The Gift of Listening

There are some things that are scarce and very valuable. These are things like respect, honesty and leadership. One of the things that is most scarce these days is listening. God says that listening is a very commendable thing and He talks about it often in the Bible. The Eyes of Our Heart Listening is something really commendable and God speaks about invisible ears that we need to develop. “… Read More

Setting Your Course

SETTING YOUR

God has plans for our future. Do you think He would like you to know those plans? Absolutely! He would not have plans and then not reveal them. So, if God has plans for our new year, do you think you should know them? Yes! How are you going to walk in faith if you do not know His plans? How are you going to be obedient? “‘I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans not Read More

Becoming a Leader in Your Own Home

Becoming a Leader in Your Own Home

As we delve into the topic of leadership, I’d like to introduce you to one of the very first young leaders in the Church. His name was Timothy. Timothy was one of the converts that came to know the Lord under Paul’s ministry. Timothy became not only a strong Christian, but he eventually became a pastor. Timothy must have written to Paul one day and asked, “Paul, if someone wants to be a Read More

The God of New Beginnings

The God of

God said, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy laden.” Still, many remain without His help because that requires a willing heart. The Lord extends an invitation to every one of us. It doesn’t matter if we feel like we are a thousand miles away from God. He will take every step toward us except for the last step. That step is ours! When we take that step, there is a partnership and a relationship Read More

A Season of Harvest

A Season of Harvest

We are called “a church without walls.” We don’t have the traditional church, a building with a steeple or stained glass. The common conception is that when people think of a church, they identify it with a building. But the church isn’t a building. This church—New Hope—is YOU! Church services are not the extent of our Christianity. As wonderful as the service might be, that is not the Read More

Worship Amidst Uncertainty

worship amidst uncertainty

What do we do in uncertain times? What does God expect of us when things are out of our control? We can’t control everything. But we spend a lot of our life trying to control what we can’t control. In doing so, we lose what we do have and what we should have stewarded — family, relationships, favor with God, our faith, our devotion and relationships with mankind. We lose these things that Read More