The Gift of Hope

“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12) The World’s “Common” Substitutes For Hope: Wishful thinkingBlind optimismAmbitious dreams For most people, hope is something they do, but the Bible talks about hope as something we can have. “I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you…

The Therapy Of Thankfulness

“14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this…

Counterculture Presence

“41 Every year His parents traveled to Jerusalem for the Passover Festival. 42 When He (Jesus) was 12 years old, they went up according to the custom of the festival. 43 After those days were over, as they were returning, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but His parents did not know it. 44…

Counterculture Community

“8 But now you must also put away all the following: anger, wrath, malice, slander, and filthy language from your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old self with its practices 10 and have put on the new self. You are being renewed in knowledge according to…

Counterculture Kindness

“Go into all the world, make disciples of all nations …” (Matthew 28:19) “Make sure you never pay back one wrong with another wrong. Instead, always try to be kind to each other and to everyone else.” (1 Thessalonians 5:15) [NIV] “Therefore, God’s chosen ones, holy and loved, put on heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience…

Your Guilt And God’s Love Bank

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me and delivered me from all my fears.” (Psalm 34:4) “Perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.” (1 John 4:18) What do we usually do with our guilt? We bury it.  “You will never succeed in life if you try to hide your sins.”…