For several years, I battled an eating disorder that consumed my days. I was dieting or binging, and always hating who I was. One day, I promised a friend that I would come and serve the homeless with her, since I’ve always had a desire to help the homeless. Instead of going with her, I... Read more

Finding Hope in Times of Crisis – Girlfriends in God – October 16, 2020

October 16, 2020Finding Hope in Times of CrisisMary SoutherlandTodays TruthNow faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see(Hebrews 11:1, NIV)Friend to FriendAll of us are familiar with crisis. If 2020 has taught us anything, it has given us a chance to grow through difficult times. Our country... Read more

TWR provides hope to those displaced by terrorist attacks in Mozambique – Mission Network News

Mozambique (MNN) — As terrorist attacks in Mozambique displace even more people, TWRs Hope in the Hard Times program helps victims find peace in Jesus and connects them with much-needed resources. Hardship and Heartache Spiwe, TWR ministry director for Mozambique, explains that the situation in the country continues to get worse. Over the past three... Read more

Holding on to Hope – Encouragement for Today – October 7, 2020

October 7, 2020Holding on to HopeJONI EARECKSON TADA Lee en espaolSo be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the LORD! Psalm 31:24 (NLT) I once felt as though life wasnt worth living. As a teenage quadriplegic, I looked down at my useless legs and limp hands and wanted to give up. Without... Read more

Help and Hope for Couples and Families – Tim Challies

This week the blog is sponsored by Baker Books, who on September 15, 2020, released a new two-book equipping series by Dr. Bob Kellemen. Dr. Kellemen, a pastor, professor, counselor, and author of over 20 books, had several specific audiences in mind as he penned each book. First, as I crafted these two books, I... Read more

Hope in the Middle of Despair | by Ashlea Massie

“In my distress I called upon the LORD;to my God I cried for help.From his temple he heard my voice,and my cry to him reached his ears. Psalm 18:6 Sometimes our circumstances seem overwhelming. We may feel like we will never get out of the particularly bothersome situation we are in. Perhaps it’s a season... Read more

Church must offer hope as UK faces second wave, say Archbishops

(Photo: Facebook/Church of England)As the UK grapples with a second wave of coronavirus, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have called on the Church to play a vital role in offering hope and comfort to the nation.  In a joint letter to bishops of the Church of England, Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell admitted... Read more

Unwavering Hope – Beloved Women – September 23, 2020

Unwavering Hope Beloved Women September 23, 2020READ: Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23 ESV)TODAYS ENCOURAGEMENT: Hope is a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.  So often we run into people who have stopped expecting something to happen.... Read more

“He is not Here for He is Risen How to Find Everyday Hope in an Empty Tomb.

He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay. Matthew 28:6Jesus death and resurrection are not only celebrated at Easter. Long before Jesus walked to the cross, Scripture tells of the hope we find in Him. His resurrection story began in the first notes of... Read more

The Mayflower and the enduring hope of freedom

Pilgrims John Carver, William Bradford and Miles Standish at prayer during their voyage to North America in the 1844 painting by Robert Walter Weir, Embarcation of the Pilgrims.(Photo: Architect of the Capitol)The summer of 1620 saw months of frustrating delays to the sailing of the Mayflower, but as they finally set sail from Plymouth on... Read more

When Hope is Poisoned by Despair

One of the supreme gifts of youth is the seemingly unlimited amount of hope. The young have not yet spent years pushing against immobile walls of oppression, repression, and suppression. They still believe that good is something that can be talked into a person. They believe in their yet unchallenged selves and their hope drives... Read more

Beirut churches sew hope as resilient Lebanese recover – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — Six weeks after a massive explosion obliterated downtown Beirut, parts of Lebanons capital city are starting to recover. Its proof once again that the Lebanese people are resilient, Heart for Lebanons Tom Atema says. Atema returned from Beirut shortly before speaking with MNN. There [are] some parts where you would not know... Read more

10 Things I Hope Never Go Back to Normal after COVID-19

Pre-COVID-19, if you asked people what hindered them from spending quality and quantity time in Bible reading and prayer, youd hear the word busyness a lot. For many, COVID-19-induced limitations have become an invitation to spiritual renewal.Without a lengthy commute, they have time to linger with the Scriptures, start that Bible study theyve always wanted to... Read more

Optimism Is Temporary. Hope Is Eternal. | RELEVANT

Four years ago, this strange micro-trend appeared: A handful of Dallas-area megachurch pastors were diagnosed with cancer within the span of about 12 months. Now, we’ve don’t exactly have a shortage of large churches here in Dallas, but still, it was weird and disturbing. It hit closer to home because my pastor was one of... Read more

Why Doubt Can Give You Hope | RELEVANT

I know Ive gone through bouts of doubt that felt like they could be lethal to my faith. How about you? Perhaps youve questioned whether God has really forgiven you or whether He can keep forgiving you when, as a Christian, youve failed to do what you knew He was telling you to do. Or... Read more

Suicide spike strikes Pine Ridge; Native believers speak hope to sorrow – Mission Network News

USA (MNN) — Leaders on South Dakotas Pine Ridge Reservation recently issued a state of emergency after four youth suicides in two weeks. Authorities reported 177 suicide attempts among 14- to 32-year olds between January and mid-August, and nine deaths by suicide. Between 2017 and 2019, the Oglala Sioux tribe saw 458 suicide attempts and... Read more

A Better Hope, A Better Way – Girlfriends in God – September 4, 2020

September 4, 2020A Better Hope, A Better WayElisa PulliamTodays TruthFor the law never made anything perfect. But now we have confidence in a better hope, through which we draw near to God. . . Because of this oath, Jesus is the one who guarantees this better covenant with God. Hebrews 7:19, 22 (NLT)Friend to FriendDo... Read more

COVID-19 turns bad to worse in Syria, but hope remains – Mission Network News

Syria (MNN) — Encouraging updates from believers in Syria contrast the latest grim headlines. First, the good news: churches are starting to recover. Through Redemptive Stories, Samuel* works closely with Syrian believers. We are seeing churches doing some rebuilding projects; there are new buildings [being constructed] in communities that have seen peace arrive. That has... Read more

Christians provide hope for Belarus – Mission Network News

Belarus (MNN) — Belarus saw the largest protest in its history as citizens congregated in Minsk over the weekend. Some have estimated as many as 200,000 people took part in the demonstrations. Most were expressing displeasure about how the recent election was handled and calling for the resignation of sitting president Alexander Lukashenko. Read more... Read more

FARMS offers hope as hunger pains grow – Mission Network News

International (MNN) — In 2019, nearly 690 million people were undernourished. As the world continues to feel the effects of COVID-19, some say that number could jump by 83-130 million more people in 2020. For FARMS International, strengthening the Church and helping Christians develop reliable income is crucial, now more than ever. For years FARMS... Read more

Lessons from Covid-19 have shone a light on city slums giving hope to India’s poor

Ulcer care kits are distributed by the Karuna ambulance team to people affected by leprosy living in the Mumbai slums(Photo: Leprosy Mission)'Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Psalm 82: 3 (NLT) India's coronavirus crisis is reported to have reached a critical level this week.... Read more

Finding life and hope at times of death and grief

(Photo: Unsplash/Prateek Gautam)This Shabbat, the focus was Devarim 11:26-16:17, known as Parshat Re'eh, which means simply 'see!' or even better, 'take a good look and digest ...' As I mentioned in my last article, in this parsha of Re'eh, G-d talks about grief, death and dying, and He prohibits self-mutilation or overdoing grief in mourning the dead because... Read more

4 Reasons for Hope in Suffering

God Has a Purpose for Suffering Even though the Bible doesnt answer your specific why questionsthe kind of questions every sufferer asksit does unveil why God allows hardship into the lives of his children. There is tremendous comfort in the purpose of God revealed in Scripture. God lovingly clues us into his purpose so that... Read more

Boys State: Reason to Fear, and Hope, for the Future of Politics

As a father of two boys, Im grateful they are too young to track with the dumpster fire that is 2020. Im glad they have no knowledge of all that has been lost, destroyed, closed, canceled, and humbled by this pandemic-crippled, politics-poisoned year. And yet the chaotic wreckage of this world is what they will... Read more

TGC Podcast: Nol Piper on Hope for All Life Stages

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Nol Piper: I’m Nol Piper. I’m 70 years old. I’m a mother, a grandmother. I’ve been the wife of a seminary student, a college professor, a pastor, a writer, a speaker, a blogger,... Read more

You can provide Gospel hope in Lebanon – Mission Network News

Lebanon (MNN) — Its been just over a week since a massive explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, destroyed thousands of lives. A new report claims security officials warned Lebanese authorities two weeks before the blast. NASA released satellite imagery of the disasters extensive damage yesterday. Read our ongoing coverage here. Pain is devastating and tangible, especially... Read more

Should Christians Hope in Civic Engagement?

Three politically left-of-center evangelicals have written Compassion (&) Conviction: The AND Campaign’s Guide to Faithful Civic Engagement as a primer on Christian political engagement. Justin Giboney is an Atlanta political consultant. Michael Wear is a former Obama staffer. Chris Butler is a Chicago pastor and community activist. The book is instructive for all Christians, but... Read more

How Do I Find Hope in Suffering? – The Gospel Coalition

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Paul Tripp: Hi, you’re listening to The Gospel Coalition question and answer podcast, and this is a biblical counseling series, featuring hopeful answers to your questions on navigating fear, anxiety, ministry, and marriage,... Read more