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Hope Spreads Further: From Crisis to New Life

Hope in Our Heroes

March 25, 2020

My husband, Trent, works as a pharmacy technician. Almost every day since things have begun to escalate, he has been braving the risk of exposure along with other healthcare workers. Whenever I see him put on his smock and watch him head out the door, I can’t help but think of the healthcare workers who are putting themselves in harm’s way for the benefit of others.

One of the most crucial ways to demonstrate love for God is to take action and help others. That’s what these brave individuals are doing every day. It's not just healthcare workers either.  People from everywhere are...



Interesting Times

March 24, 2020

“May you live in interesting times.”  An old English expression

Life seems better during uninteresting times, times of peace and tranquility when the road ahead is smooth, flat, and well lit. We are now faced with much angst and uncertainty. These are the times when we need God most. When we trust in ourselves, our...



Hope

March 23, 2020

When I think about “HOPE” the first thing that pops into my mind is rainbows! When Noah and his family were in the ark for all of those long days and nights, they longed for a sign from God that all was going to be well. Right now, our world is consumed with fear as is evidenced in this huge pause we’ve been asked to take from our normal lives. I don’t suspect we’ll get some sort of new sign from God blazing across the skies, but I truly believe that all will be well. This pause is allowing scientists to rush the...



Complete Trust in God

March 22, 2020

On August 29, 2005, my life in New Orleans came to a halt.  Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans that morning.  Fortunately, my mother and I had evacuated 24 hours before the storm hit.  We were in an American Red Cross Shelter in a Batesville, MS, Baptist church.  The Red Cross staff was...



Hope Smiles

March 18, 2020

The other day, while my almost 4-year-old son was taking a nap, my wife and I were taking an hour or so to watch a Netflix episode of a series that is strangely theological (long story, not 100% relevant) and just a little captivating. And to be honest, it's Stephen King-like content was already starting to creep me out a little.

And then it happened. I looked at my cell phone news feed and I saw this headline: "Illinois Governor Shuts Down All Restaurants and Bars to Help Stem the Coronavirus." I turned to Meredith and said something I can't repeat verbatim, which ended with "...This is serious."

We both took a moment to daydream in our surprise and shock. My son awoke from his nap, and I told him I had to stop by the church to pick up a few items for my sermon prep. As luck would have it, he



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