Everyone wants to be â€œblessedâ€. But what does it mean to be blessed? Is it about being rich, sexually active, popular, funny, good-looking, or having a large family? Is the blessed life about a fun-filled Americanized â€œpursuit of happinessâ€? Or is real blessing something else entirely?...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......
I have a confession to make. There was a small piece of me that was buried deep down that used to believe that if I was a believer in Jesus Christ; life would be a â€œfull of roses.â€ I am not for sure where that belief came from. I am not for certain where that belief originated. It certainly didnâ€™t come from the teachings from the pulpit at Hope Covena...Keep Reading
Pastor Duane said many important things yesterday about how we should approach relationships, especially dating and marriage. He shared with us the startling statistic that unmarried adults in America now outnumber those who are married. Itâ€™s difficult to believe that is reality if we spend a lot of time in fellowship with other Christians. Singleness still seems to...Keep Reading
Grant Buchholtz, an Evangelical Covenant Church short-term missionary to Japan who is home on assignment, wrote this firsthand article about running in the Boston Marathon....Keep Reading
This bend toward individualism is an ongoing battle within every church, including ours. Are we going through the motions of "doing church" or are we committed to actively "be the body of Christ"? Do we forgo opportunities to be involved and serve? Do we have a tendency toward personal comfort and convenience or a commitment to foster authentic Christian community? Do ...Keep Reading
Is global missions a waste of time? After all, why worry about Colombia when there is so much need in Chandler? Why spend ourselves on people we donâ€™t know, when there are so many people without Christ we do know? In this weeks article Pastor Brandon tackles these important questions and gives a fresh insight into the heart and strategy of our Missionary God. ...Keep Reading
Picture Jesus swollen and tattooed with bruises, stripped of his clothes, adorned with a crown of thorns, with pieces of metal pounded through his hands and feet. He hangs vulnerable and in pain in front of enemies and followers and his mother Mary. In the midst of this great suffering, Jesus looks down at his mother and says, â€œWoman, behold your son.â€...Keep Reading
How many of you could easily make two columns and file your life experiences under either the header â€œMountaintopâ€ or â€œBattleground?â€ Both are common metaphors we use to speak about our spiritual journey. The mountaintop is a prevalent faith metaphor for those sublime times in which we acknowledge that life with God is good. A mountaintop vista m...Keep Reading
New sermon series teaching through the principles from God's word for our relationships to last a lifetime. ...Keep Reading
I know. Itâ€™s too late to dream of a white Christmas. Quite honestly, snow never occurs in my dreams (just my nightmares). No, Iâ€™m dreaming about the â€œdream churchâ€ these days â€" the kind of church that changes lives and makes an impact. The kind of church that makes God smile. Iâ€™m seeing glimpses of it here at Hope these days. Allow me ...Keep Reading