"Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ."  Titus 2:13

This page is dedicated to a monthly message which will focus on the Blessed Hope and Saviour Jesus Christ.  As you read each message of hope, written by the featured guest, it is our sincere desire that you will come to a better understanding of what the Bible has to say concerning difficult questions of life and that Jesus Christ is the only One who can offer the true Promise of Hope.


Featured Guest

Dr. Layton Talbert

"First-time" sufferers often don’t know what to do or where to turn. They are overwhelmed, confused, exhausted. They want to find some sense and direction from the Lord and His Word. But meaningful personal Bible study can be virtually impossible—mentally, emotionally. This is kind of like doing all the research to diagnose and treat your own spiritual malady—while you have this horrendous affliction consuming all your time and attention and thoughts.  Read more...

 


Other Messages of Hope

 

Kerry Baggett

It is important as sacred music vocalists that we seek to do all we can to honor the Lord in our music.  These three simple areas are simply the "tip of the proverbial iceberg."  Each of these areas can be further developed and magnified, and much more could be added to the list.  However, as a guideline for singing, they are necessary, and they can provide a framework for any sacred music vocalist.  Read more...

 

Dr. Jim Berg

The things that worry you are the things that are the most important to you.  Our anxieties reveal our priorities.  We never worry about things that are important to us.  Make a list of your worries and ask yourself."  Are the things I worry about priorities to God?"  For example, most of us worry about what we will wear from our priority to be accepted by others.  Read more...

 

Pastor Bob Crawford

Often, as you talk with these individuals trying to comfort them, you yourself are the one encouraged by their confident responses and submissive faith.On the other hand, some people are devastated by personal hardships.  They experience no hope, peace, grace, or consolation.  They certainly are in no position to help others because they are so overwhelmed by their own personal loss and grief.  Read more...

 

Pastor Tim Fisher

Maybe it is time for us to consider seeking some medicine for our spirits. How many times during the week do we live in frustration and stress. Society puts us in the shackles of schedules, finances and high job expectations--all of which contribute to anxiety and a troubled spirit. It is high time for us to step back from this rigid pace and give ourselves something to help our worried inner man. Allow me to offer you the cure of music.  Read more...

 

Pastor Brian Harr

Rather than trusting in the safety of the Savior’s arms, we seek after the amusements of this world, rummaging through the trash heaps of sin, wondering why we’re never filled! But great joy and peace await those who obediently put their complete trust in God and look only to Him for their daily provision. So why is such trust so hard to give? Why do we grope in the darkness trying to find our own way when God is able to lead us in the pleasant pastures of His blessings?  Read more...

 

Chris Hartwick

Our culture is teaching us to believe in ourselves; we create our own destinies, we are going to get better, we don’t need God because we are gods in our own way. Really? If I had listened to the culture that told me " you won’t make it; you’re handicapped: you can’t do it; you’ll get hurt," I wouldn’t be where I am today. I thank the Lord for giving me a can do spirit and a caring, Godly family that taught me to trust not in myself, peers, or those around me but my Creator.  Read more...

 

Rick Huntress

The loss of a loved one. A terminal illness. Divorce. A disabling accident. This list could go on, seemingly without end. Many of us have already had our lives touched by a tragedy, and for those of you that have not, you will. My point is not to show that I have a defeatist attitude; however, each of us must face reality. Eventually, all of us will be touched with pain.  Read more...

 

Dr. Bob Jones III

Have you ever noticed that you tend to be much more aware of traffic conditions after having an accident or a near-miss? You can injure a knee or an ankle and then find yourself favoring that limb when crossing a slick surface or playing some sport. It doesn’t take too many bounced checks to (hopefully) remind you to balance your checkbook with a little more care. Suffering is no different.  Read more...

 

Dr. Bill Maher

In our work we see various types of afflicted people. Some people are born with an affliction and still others become afflicted later in life. Before one can claim the promise mentioned in 1 John 3:2, and if one is to receive a new body, a person needs to become one of God's children, through the new birth in Christ Jesus, as found in John 3:16.  Read more...

 

Dr. Tim Mahler

Early one morning about 5:30 am, during the second week of employment I again rode with Jay to the job site. Along the way I fell asleep. Then He dozed off and lost control of the vehicle. Consequently I was thrown through the windshield sustaining the injuries that I now have. Fortunately, though the vehicle was totaled, Jay was not hurt in the incident. Does our security in life hinge on having our daily schedules pre-planned for a year in advance?  Read more...

 

Dr. John McCormick

The obvious conclusion is that the needs of many Christian young people, who may desire a Christian education, are not being met through Christian schools. Is this to say that the Christian school does not have compassion for Christian young people with disabilities? I don’t think so. It is a personally held opinion that many in leadership positions of Christian schools do not understand why it is necessary to provide for the needs of disabled young people.  Read more...

 

Bobby McCoy

It is always frustrating to realize that you do not have what you need to complete a task. Sometimes the same thing happens spiritually. In an effort to serve God, you feel that you do not have what you need. This describes perfectly the way I felt after my automobile accident. As a result of my accident, I was paralyzed from the chest down. I went from being very independent physically to being completely dependent. As I began to undergo the different aspects of rehabilitation, I began to question how I could ever serve God with my life.  Read more...

 

Dr. David Shumate

Suffering is not the exception; it is the norm. Those of us who live in an affluent, technological society have lost sight of this essential truth. Even as you are reading these words many millions of people in the world are suffering oppression, hunger, pain and hardship. Others are physically and financially flourishing, but they labor under the emotional grief and loneliness of shattered relationships, heavy weight of guilt or shame for their past failures, or a the suffocating sense that there is nothing to live for.  Read more...

 

Chaplain Mike Smith- U.S.M.C.

The mental health of soldiers and Marines has been a growing issue as the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have required more troops to return to the combat zones multiple times.  In May, the Pentagon released a study that found one-third of soldiers and Marines had reported mental health problems, including anxiety and depression, after returning from combat.

Maybe you are reading this right now and I have just described you.  Perhaps you are currently on active duty or even in the reserves.  Maybe you have recently separated from the military, or maybe you are a war veteran of Korea, Vietnam, or the First Gulf War.  Maybe you have written a similar email or letter crying out for help.  If so, it is no accident that you find yourself reading this article.  I encourage you to finish it to the end for I believe the answer you and many others have been searching for is only a few words away.  If you are not in the military but find yourself reading this article, I also encourage you to continue to the end for you may know a veteran that could use the help that is found in this article. Read more...

 

Dr. John C. Vaughn

Sometimes the humor about failing memories is not as funny as it used to be. When it becomes personal, it can become painful. But God will still bless his Word, and we can still claim His promises. I once heard a lady say, I don't have a very good memory any more, but I still have some very good memories. Good memories are some of the greatest blessings we carry with us into the winter of our lives.  Read more...

 

Pastor Scott Wendal

I don't have a formula that will work for every trial. I don't even have a formula that will work for my trial. It has been hard. Some people say, "I can't imagine what you're going through." I believe that's true - you can't imagine the trial of losing your mate, but there's something else that you can't imagine and that is God's grace. As Carole and I talked of her homegoing we both experienced a peace that God gave to us at the very end. But it didn't fully come till the last week.  Read more...

 

Dr. Tom Williams

After eight weeks in two different hospitals, I took Mrs. Williams home in my arms. She was down to 84 pounds, her arms in the fetal position, and her legs turning in toward each other. Her feet turned down off her legs, her toes curled under her feet, and her hands were deformed. One side of her face appeared like a stroke victim's face, her eyes and neck were locked. It was a very trying time, but I felt that I had to take her home and nurse her there.  Read more...

 

Dr. Bob Wood

Bitterness is indeed the poison that guarantees spiritual death. Maybe you are carrying some physical defects that have made you angry or hostile; maybe you have been hurt very deeply by someone; maybe you don’t like where God has put you; maybe you don’t like the family God has put you in -- but I promise you that God can deliver you from your bitterness.  Read more...

 

Pastor David Yearick

As we consider our circle of acquaintances or read the daily news, we see that sorrow is indeed a part of life. Sometimes, from our viewpoint, we may even think that some people have more than their share of sorrows. and we cannot help but wonder about its purpose. God does not allow sorrow to come into our lives just for sorrow’s sake. Sorrow is not an end in itself. If it were, we could not bear it. We would become hopeless, broken, and bitter.  Read more...

 


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