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My Pregnant Belly

My Pregnant Belly

This is an edited version of a blog that was originally written during a hard season. It is something I return to from time-to-time and seems relevant as I journey through another difficult season. I pray that it will be a blessing to you. When my wife was nine months...

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From Fear to Faith

From Fear to Faith

Several years ago, we added a new element to our bedtime routine with our kids. Our kids would ask us to “pray for the storm.” Every. Night. It all started with a particularly bad thunderstorm. For the first few nights, we tried to reason with them. “Girls, there is...

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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...