A Season of Steadfastness

We all go through seasons and it’s important for us to recognize these seasons so we can cooperate with God’s instructions for that time. If you don’t, you can be in the right season and operate in the wrong way. Then, you’ll miss out on a rich and growing season for your life. There is one season that every single one of us will go through. It’s called “a season of steadfastness” Read More

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 commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that one Read More

Living in His Presence

God is always with us, but if we don’t recognize His Presence, then there’s something that goes away, something that ends up in a dead end. How do we get reminded of the fact that we are in His Presence? How do we learn to live in His Presence? Let me give you three measuring sticks as to how you can determine how we’re doing in that. Three Measurements: Genuine and Healthy Relationships “And Read More

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 includes the stories of Cain, Esau, Ahab, Jezebel, Herod, and Judas, allowing Read More

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 better caught then taught. Scripture Read More

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.