Hope Dangerously

Edie Dutton Romans 8:18-25 The New Testament in Modern English paraphrases verse 19 as “the whole creation is on tiptoe to see the wonderful sight of the people of God coming into their own.” What an exciting image!  But too often I forget that sometimes the hope these verses describe is produced by persevering through…

Plans for Shalom

Lance Mayes Jeremiah 29:11-13 Have you ever thought something will never happen? You can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel? You have hope, but it is becoming wishful thinking? We were in the system to adopt for a long time (years) before we adopted Nicholas. Seeing our friends having babies and adopting…

God is Our Hope

Daniel Zamora Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel.” This ancient prophecy was given to Ahaz, king of Judah, while Jerusalem was surrounded by the armies of Aram and Israel, its ally, commanded by their bullying…

A Lot of Hope

The Week of Hope You are our living hope, Lord, as we celebrate your promises for our present and our future on your birthday. We are your grateful people.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By Ken Williams Romans 8:18-25 My New Testament of the Jerusalem Bible entitles chapter 8 as “The life…

Look Everywhere

The Week of Hope You are our living hope, Lord, as we celebrate your promises for our present and our future on your birthday. We are your grateful people.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By David Goree Jeremiah 29:11-13 “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all…

God With Us

The Week of Hope You are our living hope, Lord, as we celebrate your promises for our present and our future on your birthday. We are your grateful people.  Amen Weekly Advent Prayers by Betty Claire Jackson By Lisa Shinkins Isaiah 7:14 “Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, a virgin will…

Gifts of Light

By Daniel Zamora Isaiah 9:2-3 Increase your Joy and Rejoice! Have you ever tried to walk in the darkness, at least a few steps to reach the closest light switch or perhaps when the power is out during a big storm, and are trying to reach your cell phone or any other source of light? We…

We are a People of Hope

By Lance Mayes Psalm 62:1-2, 5-7 I really love our mission statement: “We are a people of hope seeking to proclaim the love of Christ.” Hope is one of my favorite words. I’ve known too many people who had no hope. They felt they had nowhere to turn, nowhere to go. They thought that no…

Hoping and Waiting

By Lee Weems Romans 8:18-25 The typical scenario at the Malls for many families is to stand in the long line with children and/or grandchildren. There each person waits, seemingly forever, for a child to sit on the lap of a white-bearded Santa. Then, in a deep voice, Santa asks THE question, “What do you…