How to Honor Those Who Have Gone Before

Remembering is important, but more important is remembering correctly.

God put people in your past to inspire you, instruct you and give you wisdom. There are also things in your past that will betray you; memories that will give you hurt and pain. Remembering is important, but more important is remembering correctly. Memory is a gift you must steward. You can remember wrong things or you can remember right things. Often, we remember what we should forget and we forget Read More

The Truth About Money

The word “greed” is simply defined as keeping everything we get. When greed begins to obsess or control us, there is no flow through. Even though we do not use certain things, we become greedy and begin to accumulate them because the accumulation is an end in itself. Then our value, our identity and everything is wrapped up in possessions and the devil has got us. The Bible says, “For the Read More

The Cross

The cross was rugged — a place of offense where blood was shed. It’s where Christ died for your sins and mine and for the rest of the world. In 1 Corinthians 1:23, Paul says, “But we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness.” To hang on the cross was horrid enough. However, historians say that Jesus was left with not even as much as a loincloth. The Read More

The Power of Words

How we relate to one another with words is vital. Words can be powerful and deliver death or life. Words can heal or words can kill. We experience the power of words when we have been dealt a death blow by someone’s misfired words. Conversely, we experience that same power when we have been encouraged, motivated or ignited again by someone’s words. “… See how great a forest is set aflame Read More

A Season of Remembering

We must never, ever forget the miracles, the times God provided and the times when God brought something impossible to pass. Throughout the Old Testament, God told the Israelites to remember. He delivered them out of slavery in Egypt by working many miracles. Then He moved them into a new land that would be strange to them. And God knew that they would need to reflect back and remember just how Read More

We Should Be Amazed

Grace, sometimes juxtaposed against wrath or judgment, makes you realize how precious it really is. Because we have all sinned, the Bible says that God legally doesn’t have to bless you. But if God were legalistic, we would all perish. We would not make it through one day. We would all be finished. So God came and did something that was so outrageous that even today, the angels are amazed — Read More

Overcoming the Giant of Depression

Today, depression is known as the “common cold” of emotional ills. One out of every four people in America suffers chronic depression. The leading medications sold in America have to do with stress reduction and depression reduction. Some people struggle with depression because of a chemical imbalance or a physiological problem, but for most people, it is really more of an emotional ill. As Read More

The Reason for Our Faith

God met with Abraham and said, “I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars of the night and you will become a nation of faith.” Abraham said, “I will enter into that agreement.” “So He said to him, ‘Bring Me a three year old heifer and a three year old female goat, and a three year old ram, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.’ Then he brought all these to Him and cut Read More

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

Taking Time to Enjoy Life

“You will make known to me the path of life, in thy presence is fullness of joy, in thy right hand are pleasures forever” (Ps. 16:11). God is saying to have a life filled with joy is not a distasteful thing. It is something that is pleasurable in a right, godly and spiritual way. It is one of the ingredients to balance out our lives. The Sweet Spot We all know what the sweet spot is. If Read More