Category: Offering HOPE

Opening to Adventures in Prayer

This prayer relationship with God reminds me of the relationship I observe in my garden between the flowers and the bees. Deep calls to deep as God calls us to intimate prayer and contemplation with him. As we respond and allow him access, he searches our inner being and comes to know us more and more thoroughly. As we watch and pray that God will call forth cooperation from—and give shalom to—his people and all of creation, the prayers of a righteous person avail much! We are co-creators of the future with him! He delights in this.

An Early Lesson in Racial Reconciliation

  Children can feel the tensions, prejudices, and injustices that can exist around them. When my sister and I were about 6 and 7 Daddy pastored a church in a coastal town in Central California, where the parsonage was in a racially-mixed neighborhood. We thought nothing of the fact that we played with Black children.…

Better than Destruction and Despising

I’m starting a series of guest posts from authors. Today we hear from John Buzzard, whose first book, Storm Tossed, is a war memoir (of more than one kind of warfare). As John shows here, we humans have a tendency to embrace “us and them” attitudes. We point fingers and condemn, when Jesus says to…

Books Showing Up in Every Corner of the World

As a publisher, I love to hear stories of how our titles have found their way into every corner of the world and into the hands of readers. I occasionally hear from authors with stories like the following. From Judy Pex, author of Walk the Land : A Journey on Foot through Israel : “Last…

Eternal Snows and A Sacrifice of Love

Soon after we moved from California to Colorado, we had a blizzard during Easter week—a new experience for me. Pure white snow covered the ground when I wanted spring color to dot the landscape. But during that holy week, the pervasive, gleaming whiteness began taking on significance and speaking to my heart. The words of…

A Crown of Thorns

If a thorn bush could think, how might it have mourned to know its branches hurt the very One who made it?

Learning From Our Failures and Sins, So History Does Not Repeat Itself

Some historical events are so evil, shameful, tragic, we should pray and work to see they are never repeated. John’s novel about the Sand Creek Massacre reminds us not to allow fear, distrust, and anger to escalate to such an extent.

Finding Christmas Treasure

What are you looking for this Christmas? Just the right GIFT for a loved one? More MEANING in every part of the season’s celebrations? The same PEACE that the angels proclaimed to the Shepherds? Elusive JOY that Christmas seems to promise but that seems to get buried in the hustle and bustle? In Donna Westover’s…

Judy Pex on Caring for Sudanese Refugees

How are we to think about the Refugee Crises in the world? Here’s a good example of responding to an influx of refugees. This Christian couple living in Israel saw new people groups come and responded immediately with God’s love.

Joy in the Journey ~ Favorite Photos #1

Are you experiencing joy, even when your path may lead through trials, disappointments, and losses? This kind of joy is infectious. With this joy you can “brighten the corner where you are.” As a young teen in my father’s church I remember one old lady who stood in every testimony service to give an account…

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