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Happy Thanksgiving Hope Family!

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. ...

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Reclaiming Christmas

Another Christmas season is upon us, and we are embarking upon a new journey to discover what it could look like to prepare for Christmas differently. How often do we actually think about HOW we prepare for Christmas, and WHY we do what we do? Why lights â€" malls â€" trees â€" and shopping?...

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Reaching Churchless America

Churches and demographics are constantly changing. This article in Leadership Magazine gives some interesting insights into cultural dynamics. Enjoy....

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Lessons from Lois

On Sunday, Bruce and Stacey Heimkes shared with us about Paul Carlson, a Covenant medical missionary who was martyred in DR Congo 50 years ago. In today's article Gary Walter shares with us several lessons he has learned from Paul's widow, Lois. Click here to read the article:...

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When Science Trumps Faith:

Over the past few days I have been trying to keep tabs on the story of Brittany Maynard. Many are aware that this 29-year-old woman with brain cancer said she would end her life through physician-assisted suicide on November 1. Sadly she did....

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Lord, I Need Help

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, ‘work, work, work, ‘til you get it’, right? I loved what Max Lucado says about Mary: "She has identified the problem, brought i...

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Kids Matter Most

Question: Who should be Hope’s #1 ministry priority? Adults? Teens? Children? The politician in me wants to give equal emphasis to all the different age groups. It seems only fair to divide up the resource pie into three equal slices. But after reading pollster George Barna’s book, Transforming Children Into Spiritual Champions, I have to change my answer. W...

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Life-changing Vistas from a Far-away Land

2009 was off the charts! In August, my oldest daughter Adeline was born. Then, several months before that I went on the trip of a lifetime. I visited Jordan, Syria, Israel, Egypt and Greece with 30 seminary students, 10 lay women and men, and 3 top-notch bible scholars and archeologist. After returning home, I published an article about this trip called, "Life-Changing V...

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The Power of Empathy

Recently, I came across this short video on empathy. It served as an excellent reminder of the differences between empathy and sympathy. Watching this video convicted me how often my ministry with youth has often been sympathetic instead of empathetic. ...

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Women to Women - It's Relational

God has built a relational need into each of us. So He also provides opportunities for personal interaction. Consider Mary, the mother of Jesus. A young virgin, who suddenly finds herself unmarried and pregnant with a miracle baby, is clued in by the angel that her cousin, Elizabeth, is six months into her own miracle pregnancy. What better place for a young girl to go for...

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