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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, ...

His Kingdom is Forever – Interview with Erik Potter

Watch a reply of our interview with counselor Erik Potter.  

A Prayer from Psalm 46

I read Psalm 46 recently, and it was a helpful reminder to me. I penned the following prayer reflecting on the psalm. Ruling, reigning, sovereign Father: Psalm 46 is such a helpful reminder this morning that you are God. As I write this, a vicious winter storm has wreaked havoc on Texas. The COVID-19 pandemic rages on. ...

Interview with Vaneetha Risner

Watch a reply of our interview with author Vaneetha Risner. Vaneetha’s new book Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption was recently published. The experiences of post-polio syndrome, childhood bullying, the death of a child, and a husband who walked away are never easy. While our suffering might look different, we’ve all felt the sorrow ...

Seeing as Jesus Sees, Loving as Jesus Loves

Have you ever considered what Jesus’ body language was like, as he ministered to the weak, helpless, and hurting? If Jesus Christ was standing before you right now, what would his face communicate? When I’ve asked folks this question, I’ve heard a variety of different responses: “Disappointed… Frustrated… Ashamed… I think he’d look away…” Oftentimes ...

Lessons from 2020

For many of us, 2020 was a year that will reverberate for the rest of our lives. Many have already written their postmortems on the year. But as I have reflected this new year, I have also been considering the things I learned in 2020. For example, I learned a whole new vocabulary. This includes: ...

Gifts of Hope

This has been a trying year for so many, including many of us at Hope Counseling Services. Yet it has been a blessed year in many ways as well. And God has continued to expand our ministry at Hope, and provide more opportunities to bring Hope to Life. Donors play a crucial role in our ...

Lamenting in Hope

Last year I read a book called Lament for a Son written by Nicholas Wolterstorff, a Christian philosopher. He wrote it in response to the sudden death of his son who died of a skiing accident at age 25. Wolterstorff paints a devastating picture of the pain a parent suffers losing a child. At times ...