Category Archives: God our Hope

Where’s the Hope?

Guest Blogger: Karen Foster Today we get to hear from author and speaker, Karen Foster, as she shares some timely perspective on what living hope looks like amidst the pain with which our world is dealing this week. “I’m not a very religious person,” said a young man who was interviewed on the street after the horrific shooting in Orlando, Florida. “But whatever religion you are, no matter what you believe—send it whatever—our way.” He sighed as he tried to articulate his thoughts. “We all need it. We all need something. We all need that…hope. So just keep praying for us.” What is hope? In the world’s vernacular, hope is “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.” I hope our baseball team wins. I hope it rains. I hope you … Continue reading

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Steady in the Storm: In Every Season

A New Season The leaves on the Japanese Maple outside my office twitched under the falling raindrops. I pulled on a sweatshirt and peered through the mini-blinds. It sure doesn’t look like May, I thought. A thick grey veil lay across the sky threatening a full day of rain. I didn’t mind. No rush for summer to arrive. Summer meant change. And change is difficult. It makes me melancholy. Irritable. And this year, the changes are going to be big: my daughter will graduate from high school, spread her wings, and fly off on her own; my parents will be forced to swallow a higher dose of the grief that age and illness have prescribed; a friend pinned by unexpected pain will face an uncertain future; and this year all my … Continue reading

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Hope: Finding Mercy Amidst Judgment

Hope and mercy show up in the darkest places. Have you ever studied the book of Revelation? It gets heavy, doesn’t it? Like birth pains, God’s judgment rolls in waves. Warning after warning, contraction after contraction. So this week, as I waded through the final bowl judgment,¹ in Revelation, I was encouraged to find the heartbeat of hope still alive amidst the boils, and blood, and fire. See if you can find it: “Men . . . cursed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, but they refused to repent of what they had done.” Revelation 16:10-11 (Emphasis mine) “. . . they refused to repent . . .” Did you catch that? It implies God had offered yet another chance to turn to Him, despite their hatred and refusal to receive His love. Up to the last possible moment, even as they shook … Continue reading

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