Love isn’t just for Valentines Day -- it’s what gets me up everyday. Love isn’t just for that one special someone -- it’s for everyone. The chance to care for and encourage those around me is an honor. Measure all things in your life by the “Rule of Love”. What would God have you do? What does love require? What breaks your heart, and what one thing can you do ...Keep Reading
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It‘s true we often suffer some great disappointments, some expectations or plans we might have not always materialized. We may even feel like God’s left us hanging and that an illness or injury has taken him away from us. But remember, He is faithful. And the real upside of this is if we remain faithful we will live eternally with Him someday. ...
Love isn’t just for Valentines Day -- it’s what gets me up everyday. Love isn’t just for that one special someone -- it’s for everyone. The chance to care for and encourage those around me is an honor. Measure all things in your life by the “Rule of Love”. What would God have you do? What does love require? What breaks your heart, and what one thing can you do to help?...
Truth be told, I am not an elite athlete. When I was in kindergarten, I flunked “skip” (not sure how my self-esteem survived that report card, but that is another story). While early on, I was too uncoordinated to skip, I did play baseball, soccer, real football, and basketball when I was growing up. However, I was never endowed with the physical gifts to become what I call an elite athlete. What I do know though, is that God equipped me with the gifts to enjoy those sports and become the best athlete I could ever be....
There are many differences between God, as the Bible describes Him, and the Force of Star Wars but there’s a line from Han Solo in the new movie that sums it up. One of the new characters talks about how he’s going to do something that seems impossible and Han asks him how. The young man says, “I’ll use the Force,” and runs off. Han yells after him, “That’s not how the Force works, kid!” That’s not how a personal, caring God works either....
The plans of man will always fail, but the plan of God has already won its battle. If Christians are to actually make an impact in the world then they must collectively turn to the truths found in scripture alone. They must become engulfed in the transformative power of God through His word provided in the bible......
I pray for Hope and all the other churches I have had the privilege of serving, that we would glow RED HOT with Christ's love. That the world might know just by looking we are about our Father’s work. I pray no one will ever wonder if I really believe in the work and the relationship God has called me to. Do you feel the same? Can the people around you feel the fire in y...Keep Reading
When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son... On the eighth day [her neighbors and relatives] came to circumcise the child, and they were going to name him after his father Zechariah, but his mother spoke up and said, “No! He is to be called John.”...Keep Reading
No matter what your Holiday plans are, big or small, my prayer is that you will take a minute and remember all the wonderful things God has provided for you... even if you're feeling like the man in my devotional......Keep Reading
Boldness in prayer is an uncomfortable thought for many. We think of speaking softly to God, humbling ourselves before God, or having a chat with God... but agonizing before God? Storming Heaven with prayers? Pounding on the door of the Most High? Wrestling with God? Isn’t such prayer irreverent? Presumptuous? It would be had God not invited us to pray as such....Keep Reading
Waiting may be the hardest single thing we are called to do. So it is frustrating when we turn to the Bible and find that God Himself, who is all-powerful and all-wise, keeps saying to his people, Wait....Keep Reading
When Jesus was physically here on earth, what would it have been like to be Mary or Martha or Lazarus or one of the disciples? What would it have been like to shoot the breeze with Jesus? To have a barbecue with Jesus? What would the conversations have been about?...Keep Reading
We persistently ask God through prayers and we sometimes wonder if He hears us, even when we know He does. Sometimes the answer to our prayers is No and you’ll never understand why. Our heavenly Father is far too wise and loves us far too much to give us everything we ask for. Someday we’ll thank God for the prayers He didn’t answer as much or more than the ones He d...Keep Reading
At my house we love to play games together so I’m always looking for ones that the boys can have fun and learn from. I came across this game the other day and thought you might be able to use it to teach children of any age a great lesson in giving....Keep Reading
Happy Summer Hope family! I hope everyone is ready for VBS! Please pray for God to do great things with this event. I would love to meet the children of people you know that don’t know what they are missing – not having a relationship with Christ and a church family to love them. No pre-sign up needed. Just bring the kids a bit before 6:30pm so we can get them ...Keep Reading
This month I would like to share a video from the Children’s Pastor Conference I attended this past February. Beth Guckenberger of Back2Back Ministries was one of our speakers. I find her very inspiring and hope you will, too. In this video she talks about those very close to God moments that change our lives....Keep Reading
As we prepare our hearts to celebrate Easter, take a look at how Jesus prepared the disciples the night before his death. Max Lucado uses his gifts to tells us this story of Christ's great love and mercy not just for them then, but for us today, too. I pray you are refreshed and moved....Keep Reading
Hi Hope Family, I spent this last week in California at the Children’s Pastor Conference. It was a wonderful time of learning and worshipping. I was again reminded of how important it is to reach children for Christ. Children learn so quickly. Research has told us that the greatest window of opportunity for children to learn is before they reach the age of 1...Keep Reading
You love others best when you love God most. Love prompted the King of Kings to humble Himself and wash the disciples’ dirty feet. Love led our Lord to the cross. Love is what we need to serve others. ...Keep Reading
Thank you Hope family for the wonderful Christmas gift! I am blessed to lead the children of Hope, and grateful for your love and support. Happy 2015! Love, Pastor Barb...Keep Reading
Merry Christmas Hope Family! This is an old favorite story I came across many years ago but the message is timeless. Please be ready, He sent His Son to make the way. Get on the list early so you can enjoy the wait until He returns. I’m praying you all have a wonderful Christmas, filled with Christ’s love. Love U, Pastor Barb --------------- ‘Twas the n...Keep Reading
As we prepare for Thanksgiving, let's prepare our hearts too. Are you truly thankful? Are you even thankful for the bad? If you're like me it's easy to be thankful for at the good but harder for the tough stuff. ...Keep Reading
I came across this wonderful devotional by Max Lucado the other day. It just spoke to me and I wanted to pass it on to all of you. Most of you knew me well enough that I struggle with what I call the "Martha syndrome." You know, â€˜work, work, work, â€˜til you get itâ€™, right? I loved what Max Lucado says about Mary: "She has identified the problem, brought i...Keep Reading
As part of the Church staff I had the privilege of attending a Leadership summit last month. All the speakers were wonderful so, I thought I'd share one of my take aways with you. One of the speakers challenged us to look at what we are measuring as leaders. The idea is that "What you measure grows!"...Keep Reading
This article is by Craig Jutila, author of several great books one being "Faith and the Modern Family." He has a wonderful funny way of helping us see what we are missing....Keep Reading
How are you feeling? Are you healthy? Have you ever sat next to someone coughing and sneezing and worried, "Oh I hope I don't catch that!" I have been suffering with Valley Fever for the past 6 months, so I know what it's like to be the person coughing and the looks people give are so strange. I know they think it's a cold or flu and wish I'd go home. They never stop to th...Keep Reading
I know here in Arizona we don't do daylight savings time, but I want to encourage you to Spring Forward this week anyway! I don't mean change your clocks, I mean try something new! Step out in faith and see what God can do! As God makes all things new this spring, I know He has a plan for you! Maybe make a list of your top 5 goals and then ask God to give you a clear path....Keep Reading
I wanted to share some great ideas I've found over the years for helping children (and everyone else)to stay focused on Jesus. The ideas below are from a great book, â€œ101 ways to have a Christian Christmas.â€ If you prefer to watch videos, the DVD "Buck Denver asks... Why do we call it Christmas?" is full of great facts about customs and the real Christmas de...Keep Reading
Pastor Barb announces on July 3rd, Nate and Lucio will become part of the Ellis' family. Congrats! Today Pastor Barb shares a tip to other parents on "Helping Children Take Responsibility."...Keep Reading
Spring is in the air and Easter eggs are everywhere! It's my favorite time of the year. I can't wait for my yard to start to grow and bloom again. People say we don't have seasons here in Phoenix but I think we do. ...Keep Reading
Enjoy this childhood book from Pastor Barb! We hope it will warm your heart and fun to share the real meaning of Christmas with the next generation. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!...Keep Reading
Parents need to teach their children how to be a Christian, along with their school subjects....Keep Reading