Working with Teens

Video: Today we talk about teens and the struggle they experience. Don’t miss the upcoming opportunity of Hope Rising.

An Easter Awakening

20140420-173002.jpgHappy Easter everyone.

I don’t think a friend I saw the other night would mind me sharing this.

He told me he had AIDS and asked me to pray for him, so we did right then as my son stood behind me watching the exchange. I prayed for healing and that he would know that God’s not done with him and to encourage him and we hugged. He told me he’s on disability from some other problems and cannot work. Life has worn him down. I asked him how old he was and he said, 45.

I’m 45. To me, it was a clear example of what my life would have become if I’d not turned my life over to Jesus and repeatedly used the confessional with friends and my wife to keep my life in the light. I told Jesus this morning that it hasn’t been easy but oh SO rewarding serving Him the last 23 years.

Over these years I’ve seen so many fall away from the faith, so many loose hope, so many rationalize God’s Word for comfort.  I don’t have a glowing white record to point to, only the righteousness of Christ to claim over me.  But He’s ALWAYS faithful! He’s the Lifter of my head. He’s the Lover of my soul.

People hurt, and I hurt for and with them.  We should not set our goal for our struggles to go away, but to be thankful for what we have in Him.  He’s enough! Today, I think of ALL the countless blessings I have, my wife, two great kids, friends, a growing ministry of hope and encouragement.

For me, it’s not an easy life, but OH SO WORTH IT. Others have it much worse. I just have to keep turning to Jesus. He paid the price, owns it all, and has ALL the power to save. He’s ALIVE, in me. When I said “yes,” He came in.

Have you given Jesus control? He will save you too.

Hope Rising Summer National Conference -

Hope Rising Summer National Conference – Spread the Word! – We’re 7 Weeks Out!

Excited to announce that we’ve invited

Excited to announce that we’ve invited Donna Cole to join her husband, Tom Cole, as a speaker to our upcoming June conference, Hope Rising. After watching this, how could I not?

Under Pressure

Video: Part 2 of us sharing our devotional time. What do we do, where do we go when life seems too hard, when we’ve just had a fall?

Don’t miss out on the upcoming conference!

Hope through Discouragement

Eight weeks out from Hope Rising. This morning we share a vulnerable time with our staff devotional, sharing and prayer time.

Hope Rising Promo

Video Promo: A DYNAMIC experience is coming June 5-8 that you do NOT want to miss!

Hurting Families and Gay Marriage

Video: We’re concerned for hurting families and counsel them on how to deal with relationships with their gay children, and their own pain they’re going through. We’ll be having a special focus on families at our upcoming conference Hope Rising. Today I share about a request for guidance on an invitation to a gay wedding.

Dealing with Discouragement?

Video: I hope this message encourages you as much as it did me in sharing it. We all get down and get our focus off of God from time to time.

Clear and Present Danger

Let this be a clear warning to us all. Whom shall we serve? Ourselves or The Lord. I believe Matthew 7:21 speaks of these who profess to be believers. There is great power in the community of the church. Vulnerability and submission to others authority and inviting truth to be spoken into our lives is crucial to our staying or getting back on the path to purity/right living. Indulgences are enjoyable for a brief period but always lead us away from fellowship with The Lord. He hasn’t left but we have grown distant to His sweet spirit. Vulnerability to friends and the conviction of the truth will lead us back.

Be sure to read this devotional from our website by Loy Loften.


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