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Hope Made Visible – One Church’s Story

As a pastor and minister of the gospel for 22 years, I have never seen such a diverse number of challenging circumstances facing the members I am called to shepherd. Even those who have been a rock in times of trial in the past often feel especially vulnerable as 2020 draws to a close. Never has ...

Hope Made Visible – Cherda’s Story

When I started counseling at Hope, I knew I would once again be focusing on all my pain and suffering. Over the last few years the fabric of my family began to fray and unravel. I was already dealing with addiction, separation, financial ruin, and the loss of a close companion to cancer (to name a ...

Happy Thanksgiving

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We Are Thankful

2020 has been a difficult year for many. We have experienced challenges and disruptions the likes of which many of us have never before encountered. At Hope, we too have felt the impact, as our offices closed in March, and all our teaching and counseling moved online where it continues today. Yet we have so ...

How Are You Doing…TODAY?

Recently I was waiting in a (socially distanced) line—something that has become a norm during COVID-19. Just ahead of me was a friend I had not seen in a while. We began to talk, when she asked me, “How are you and your family doing?” But then she quickly re-asked the question, adding a very ...

Living Faithfully in Troublesome Times

These are troublesome times. COVID-19 rages on, with no end in sight. Parents are having to make difficult decisions about school and caring for kids at home this fall. College students are facing the reality that they may not return to campus for the foreseeable future. Many of us have not been able to gather ...

Strengthening Marriages Through Counseling, Training, and Teaching

This year, Hope Counseling Services has been focused on strengthening marriages through a variety of ministry activities. On Friday January 31, Hope sponsored a marriage counseling training seminar with guest speaker Jonathan Holmes. This equipping seminar drew 55 pastors, counselors, and lay leaders–a group of people on the frontlines of marriage counseling for couples in ...

Help and Hope for Marriages

My wife and I celebrated our seventh year of marriage in 2019. This past year has yielded the most relational growth we have experienced yet as a married couple. One example in particular stands out. Last summer, a helpful friend highlighted a communication dynamic that has tripped us up since we got married. Interestingly, what ...

Be Still, My Soul: Understanding and Addressing Anxiety

I watch a lot of movies—not the kind playing on the big screen down the street or on the little screen inside my home, but the kind playing daily in the theatre of my mind. Certain themes play repeatedly, I’ve noticed. For example: The eyes of my heart look forward rather than backward, and I ...

What Do We Know in Suffering?

Every week at Hope Counseling Services, we walk alongside people who are in the midst of intense suffering. The causes of suffering are many: broken relationships, the death of a loved one, unfulfilled desires, health issues, and other forms of loss just to name a few. Regardless of the root cause, one of the common ...