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Why You Can Sleep in Peace Tonight

Monsters in the closet, the boogie man, and creepy crawly things under my bed—as a little girl, both real and imagined fears dominated my thinking at bedtime. Like many children, I was afraid of going to sleep in the dark. To combat these fears, I would pull the covers over my head, stick my hand ...

New Year’s Reflections

I hope that as 2022 has begun, you have experienced the nearness and faithfulness of our great God. Personally, the start of this year is mixed with excitement and uncertainty. Excitement over what God is doing at Hope, excitement that we have a new Associate Director who has joined our team, excitement that God’s kingdom will ...

Thankful

Yesterday was Thanksgiving. Most of us have so many things we are thankful for. Family. Friends. Jobs. Graduations. Weddings. What are you thankful for this holiday season? All of those things are on my list. However, if you asked me what I’m most thankful for I would tell you, I’m thankful to work with a ...

Three Outward Turns

Our struggles tempt us to turn in on ourselves. Luther referred to this as incurvatus in se, or a life lived turned inward. Whether it is a struggle such as depression or anxiety, a battle with an ongoing sin or a difficult relationship, we are often tempted to turn inwards on ourselves. This inward curving ...

How Do You Pray in Your Present Circumstances?

Faith is not a leap into darkness and unreason in spite of cold hard facts. Faith is the honest and reasonable step in the direction of the person who can help you, given all the facts. David Powlison, Good and Angry What does a psalm-like faith look like in the midst of life’s hardships? We ...

Who Knew…Who Knows?

Who Knew? A little more than five years ago a small group from Christ Community Church in Chapel Hill met in prayer and lively discussion to launch what became Hope Counseling Services (HCS). For a small church this was a BIG initiative. We felt led to launch this ministry because we had personally experienced the ...

Who is God and How Does He Help?

Because situations and persons come unscripted, fluid, and unpredictable, Jesus engages each person and situation in a personalized way. It is no truism to say that Jesus really does meet you where you are. Always. -David Powlison How Does Sanctification Work? This Summer, we’ve been exploring how we can engage God in the midst of ...

How Are You Responding?

This Summer, we’ve been exploring how we can engage God in the midst of the struggles and sufferings of life. In June, Wes asked “what are you facing today?” As exiles living in a broken world, we should expect that we will face hardships and things that are not the way they’re supposed to be. ...

What are you facing today?

Faith is not a leap into darkness and unreason in spite of cold hard facts. Faith is the honest and reasonable step in the direction of the person who can help you, given all the facts.  David Powlison, Good and Angry What does faithfulness to God look like in the midst of your disappointments? We ...

Engaging God in Life’s Hardships

Faith is not a leap into darkness and unreason in spite of cold hard facts. Faith is the honest and reasonable step in the direction of the person who can help you, given all the facts.  David Powlison, Good and Angry The Christian life is about moment-by-moment engagement with the Living God who sees, cares, ...