Regardless of your age, I am sure you have either seen or heard of â€œthe Lone Ranger.â€ It was a television show in the 1959â€™s about a masked man, his horse named Silver, and his faithful Indian companion, Tonto. The Lone Ranger would wander around the Wild West (actually an outdoor film stage near Santa Barbara) doing good for those who were oppressed. He...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......
This is our new sermon series starting 2013 describing our past, present and potential for the vision of Hope Covenant Church....Keep Reading
â€œSee what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!â€ (1 John 3:1)You are loved. You are accepted. You belong. You have been brought into Godâ€™s loving family. This is one of the most precious truths of the Christian faith....Keep Reading
What is the one word that is used most often at Christmas time? Itâ€™s the word â€œgift.â€ Please join us every Sunday for our Christmas series to help you give the perfect gift....Keep Reading
Enjoy this childhood book from Pastor Barb! We hope it will warm your heart and fun to share the real meaning of Christmas with the next generation. Enjoy and Merry Christmas!...Keep Reading
Have you reached a point where you sense that the only way to heal is to acknowledge your woundedness and courageously journey through the pain? Read to discover some difficult wisdom passed down from the ancients across all religions and cultures: to heal we must lean into our pain. ...Keep Reading
Did you know that God has a purpose for every season of your life? The lonely seasons, the sad seasons, the seasons of success, the seasons of waiting, the seasons of grief. Every season. Romans 8:28 says â€œWe know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.â€ This is a promise for those who love God and are ...Keep Reading
In February of this year I was in the Oâ€™Hare Airport in Chicago. And as I was walking through the airport a large group of people caught my eye. So I stopped for momentï¿½"there were babies, little boys and girls, and moms and dads. Some of them were holding signs and balloons. All of them were giddy with anticipation, like they were waiting for something....Keep Reading
If someone approached you and asked you this question, â€œWhat would you say being a Christian is all about?â€ How would you respond?...Keep Reading
It's Sunday evening and I'm sitting on my sofa still winding down from our fantastic chili cook off. If you missed it, we had about 150 people scarf up 17 kinds of homemade chili. ...Keep Reading