HOPE-notes 26

HOPE-note 26

“Every flower blooms in its own time.” -Ken Petti “But who do you say I am?’ -Matt 16:25 TAKE HEART! It’s a pretty yellow flower. Its leaves are bright green. It grows easily. It is used to make salads and wine in some countries. You would think we would have gardens of these and yet … Read more

Hope-note 25

HOPE-note 25

“Hope is best expressed as a verb.” -TT “When you reach the banks of the Jordan take a few steps into the river and stop.” -Joshua 3:8 TAKE HEART! You can read about Hope. But like the best things we know, the best way to understand hope is to see it lived out by another. … Read more

Hope-note 24

HOPE-note 24

What does the Boston Marathon teach about failure? 40,000 start and at the end there is only one winner! Really? “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize, for which God through Christ Jesus is calling us.” -Phil … Read more

Hope-note 23

HOPE-note 23

“Then Hope comes along and puts wind in our sails of faith.” -Bishop M. Curry “I am losing all hope. I am paralyzed with fear.” -Psalm 143:4 TAKE HEART! A raft adrift at sea is not the inspiring picture we put on our walls. A sailing ship at full speed, powering through the waves with … Read more

Hope-note 22

HOPE-note 22

“Generosity breaks the power of greed!” -A Barnhart “Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for the orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.” -James 1:27 TAKE HEART! Why are some people generous? Maybe they were there in need once themselves and … Read more

Hope-note 21

HOPE-note 21

“Are you talking to me?” -Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver) “Then Samuel said, ‘Speak for your servant is listening.” -1 Samuel 3:9 TAKE HEART! The same question asked two different ways tells us something. The question asked by Robert DeNiro intimidates. It became well known and often imitated usually in a New York accent. It’s a … Read more

Hope-note 20

HOPE-note 20

“We have an eternal debt we can never pay. We are spiritually bankrupt. No matter how hard we work, our bank account reads Insufficient Funds! “ -D. Gray “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.”  -Matthew 5:3 TAKE HEART! The goal of a debt free financial life is often … Read more

Hope-note 19

HOPE-note 19

“YES and NO” Mary responded, “ I am the Lord’s servant, and I am willing to say yes to whatever He wants.” -Luke 1:36 TAKE HEART! They are one syllable words, yet they are powerful. We say yes to this and no to that. We go this way to yes or that way to no. … Read more

Hope-note 18

HOPE-note 18

“Knock, knock! Who’s there?” “And to anyone who knocks, the door will be open.” -Matthew 7:8 TAKE HEART! The children’s “knock, Knock” joke is well known, easily told and usually brings a quick smile or groan, followed by a smile. I am thinking about that joke today as we start a new year. I see … Read more

Hope-note 17

HOPE-note 17

“If you want to build a relationship with God you have to slow down and be quiet.” -R. Warren “I waited patiently for the Lord and He inclined towards me and heard my cry for help.” -Psalm 40 TAKE HEART! Hope needs to be nourished. It requires patience. Growing Hope is consistent work. As counter … Read more