'hope' tagged posts

Hope in God

I know this may sound morbid, but I was thinking last week about what I wanted on my grave marker. You see, I wanted it to communicate what I felt was important, both as a reflection of my life but also something that would provoke a response from whoever was reading it. As I opened…

Six Reasons for Christmas

Almost 30 years ago, our family suffered one of the most difficult tragedies that can occur… the loss of a child. During that time and even today, people often ask, “How did you handle that?” My answer, “We couldn’t… at least not without hope.” I have attended and done many funerals where there wasn’t that…

Recovering Hope

Christmas is a time where we gather with family and friends, and if we are Christians, celebrate the Incarnation, the time in history when God became a man and walked among us. The Incarnation was an important moment in history as it gave a face to God and in turn, God gave demonstrated to us…

Parenting Without Fear

“Jeremiah, slow down… watch where you are going!” This is a phrase that I use quite often when I am out with our grandchildren. Like most kids, our grandson tends to focus on the things around him and not what is in front of him. As a parent and now grandparent, I know that children…

From Casual to Careless

Many years ago, Pastor Charles Stanley wrote a small provocative book called, “Confronting Casual Christianity.” In the book, he addresses what I think many Christians are experiencing today – a lack of commitment and passion for God and the Church. In my own experience it is usually evidenced by a lack of attendance on Sundays,…