If youâ€™ve been around Hope for a year or two, you know that when the calendar reaches November, it means one thing Shoeboxes! For the past 8 years or so, Hope has teamed up with the Ministry Samaritan's Purse to help send over 100 million shoeboxes to hurt, abandoned, and war ravaged children around the world....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......
Abuse is something the church does not speak about enough. This is a major problem because abuse is so prevalent -- even in faith communities and Christian homes. Abuse has devastating effects on individuals, families, work places, friendships and marriages, sometimes for generations. ...Keep Reading
New Sermon Series for Christmas 2013. In this series, Pastor Duane will share what the Bible says about the true meaning of Christmas....Keep Reading
Perhaps youâ€™ve heard the phrase used around Hope lately. It is part of our vision and itâ€™s all about partnership with you, the staff, and the Holy Spirit. The idea of â€œInvest and Inviteâ€ is that each attender is a partner with the pastoral staff in reaching people for Christ. ...Keep Reading
As a student at North Park University in Chicago I had several friends who gave up their Friday night to work with the homeless ministry. They would make bags of food that they would take downtown and give to the homeless. Other friends would serve with the after school program once a week to help tutor kids from Cabrini Green, a public housing project on Chicago's north s...Keep Reading
In this weeks article we hear from Janice and Tom Kelly, the missionaries we support and pray for in Mexico City. In this update Janice gives us some photo highlights of how their ministry is going, as well as some important prayer requests....Keep Reading
I spend a lot of time with elderly people. Even if my visits weren't part of my work, I would still find a way to be with them. Everyday the elderly astound and inspire me with their stories of hardships overcome, of the ripple effects of wars fought abroad and in the homes down the street, of great loves lost or found, of building families and communities with hard work g...Keep Reading
It seemed like open season of Christians in the Middle East this past weekend. Our brothers and sisters in Pakistan, Egypt and other countries were especially targeted. And now, more than ever, they need our prayers. Learn more about what is going on in the Middle East and how you can lock arms with the global church in prayer. ...Keep Reading
Did you know that God has a purpose for every season of your life? The lonely seasons, the sad seasons, the seasons of success, the seasons of waiting, the seasons of grief....Keep Reading
Welcome to the Isaza family blog! We are a family of four preparing to serve the Evangelical Covenant Church in Colombia as project missionaries. We are so excited for how God is leading us to Colombia to support the church planting initiative and to help equip a new generation of leaders....Keep Reading