No Greater Love

December marks the beginning of the season of gifts. One of the greatest gifts is the gift of love. This is not just any kind of love; it is a special love. We must make sure that we tap into the right level of love. God is going to teach us about the greatest love of all. “This is My …

The Good and the Bad: Lessons from Both Sides

There are two basic kinds of mentors in the Bible. Most of them, like Abraham, Daniel, and James, are godly mentors. They teach us how to live wisely, how to please the heart of Almighty God. But the Bible also features many mentors who, through their examples of foolish or even evil living, teach us how not to live. God …

Walk the Talk (Be The Example)

A Pastor’s Devotion from the New Hope Team.  SCRIPTURE Set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. . . Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers. 1 Timothy 4:12  & 16 OBSERVATION The effectiveness of my preaching is …

A Class, or a Tutor?

This student basically held up the progress and speed of our class. I really could have felt impatient about the whole situation, except for one fact.

I was that student.

Slipped Treasures

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all. (Psalm 34: 19)

OBSERVATION

It would have been much better, in my estimation anyway, if that verse read: ‘‘ The righteous will have zero afflictions; they will each be given a ‘Smooth Riding’ guarantee.’’ But it doesn’t. David wrote this psalm, and his life was not a leisure ride— it was replete with challenges and scored by struggles. Yet his life emerges as the quintessence of Israel’s best.

Cultivate a Culture

In our recent book Culture Shift, we speak about every church having a culture. It may not be the one we want, but every church has one. In order to develop the right environment, that culture must first be identified and agreed upon. Early on at New Hope, we decided that one distinctive of our church’s culture would be an undying devotion to God and His Word.

4 Principles for Growing Closer to God (Part 3)

So far this week, we’ve shared 3 principles for growing closer to God from. Today, we bring you a third principle .

4. Regularly Take Time for Reflection

We don’t learn from experiences. We learn from reflecting on those experiences. The key is reconsidering the responses you had to an event. Reflection is not rehashing old mistakes. It’s meditating on what God has taught you through those mistakes.