Word of Hope Podcasts
While you can still request CDs of the Word of Hope Sermon Series, you can now also listen to them through our Podcast service. It is our desire and hope that this service may be a blessing to you as you grow closer to our Lord and Savior.
08/08/2017 03:25 PM
170205 You Are the Salt of the Earth
Matthew 5:13-20 - What is the value of a beautiful cathedral that has no light in it, and is kept in darkness? Through the metaphor of salt and light Jesus points out who we are in Him and what our role in the body of Christ is. We have an amazing calling, and a beautiful opportunity to shine in and for Him. It is a call to reality our reality in Him, that will make a great difference not only for us, but for many others through us as well.
08/08/2017 03:04 PM
170219 Turning the Other Cheek
Very few words have been ridiculed, misunderstood, distorted and misinterpreted more than Jesus' statement to "turn the other cheek." What did Jesus mean with those words? Are we really called to be weak? Have we been commanded to let evil run wild while we just stand by passively? What is a correct understanding of the words of Jesus? The answers are clear and will amaze you!
03/01/2017 01:31 AM
170226 Worry and Anxiety
For decades, anxiety has been recorded to be the number one emotional problem in the US. Regarding worry, a study has revealed that 40% of the people worry about things that never happen, 30% worry about things of the past which are beyond the control of the individual, 12% worry about their health, even though their only illness is in their imagination, and 10% worry about family and friends who are quite capable of taking care of themselves. Only 8% of the people had genuine concerns for things that required their attention. Worry and anxiety, however, are certainly not a new problem, and this passage helps us understand the foundational nature of this common problem, and what can be done about it.
07/04/2016 02:21 PM
160703 Bearing One Another's Burdens
Galatians 6:1-16 - We can approach religion with the wrong motives, focusing on the physical and seeking appearances rather than the substances and losing heart in doing what is right and good. But as we walk by the Spirit, we can be moved by the love of God, which will manifest itself in gentleness and mutual service, clinging to Christ rather than material and physical things.
02/27/2016 02:20 PM
150412 Peace Be With You
John 20:19-31 - The Spring season is often a season of trials and tests. Interestingly, it is also the season when we remember the sacrifice of Jesus and His resurrection. Looking at the experience of the disciples as the Lord appeared to them we can learn to appreciate the blessing we have received: His peace, a peace that transcends all things, including the hardships, the sorrow and the pain of life. His peace is truly with us!
11/05/2015 02:19 PM
151101 The Greatest Commandment
Mark 12:28-34 - Why is it that Jesus clearly stated that loving God and our neighbor are the greatest possible commandments? Isn't all this talking about love just sentimentalism? This message will help you understand the love of God as the basis of our conversion and of our entire life, and it will bring a much needed hope and reassurance to our Christian life.
08/15/2015 02:18 PM
150802 Bread of Heaven
John 6:24-35 - Are you spiritually hungry, or thirsty? Do you go through your life dissatisfied, longing for something but not quite knowing what? Do you ever get the feeling that no matter what you do, it is never enough, or never right? If so, then you may want to listen to what Jesus said to the crowds who were seeking Him. Discover the reassuring meaning of His statement that the work of God is to believe in the One whom He has sent.
04/10/2015 02:18 PM
150405 He Is Risen
Matthew 28:1-10 - What is the meaning of Easter and of the resurrection of Jesus Christ? What is Christianity all about? These are some of the core questions that are answered as we look at Matthew's brief account of the most important event in human history.
04/10/2015 02:17 PM
150315 God So Loved the World
John 3:14-21 - Are we really under judgment like many people seem to say? Are we afraid of God because of the way we think He is going to judge us? A conversation with Niccodemus, a member of the Sanhedrin, led to the sharing of the gospel by the very One who made it all possible: Jesus. The famous statement that God loved the world so much that He gave His only begotten Son so that anyone who believes in Him will be saved was also part of that conversation. It was a powerful statement uttered by Jesus about the love of God, but it was also the prelude to His comments about judgment: comments that are vital for us to understand.
04/10/2015 02:16 PM
150222 I Am Willing
Mark 1:40-45 - How do we look at God in our times of need? Do we regard Him as unwilling, needing to be coerced into coming to help us? Do we expect Him to do our bid, and fulfill every desire of ours? Or do we see Him for who He really is, the Creator and Sustainer of all things, who loves us and gives Himself for us, even now? His words, "I am willing" will challenge your perspective of our Lord and of what Christianity really means.
04/10/2015 02:15 PM
140525 If You Love Me...
John 14:15-21 - Jesus clearly stated that if we love Him we keep His commandments. Is this a legalistic statement, implying that we must first keep His commandments in of=rder to demonstrate our love for the Lord? How does this statement reconcile with the two great commandments, upon which rests the whole law? The issue at hand is not merely academical but profoundly practical and important. A correct understanding of this key statement guides us to the depth of God's love, and how His love is at work in us.
12/05/2014 02:14 PM
140105 Before the Foundation of the World
Ephesians 1:3-14 - All too often we hear people questioning the purpose of their lives because what they expected did not happen. Our modern culture seems to have conditioned us to think in terms of material purposes which are destined to disappoint us. What is the real purpose of life? Are we a cosmic accident or the product of a will that has chosen us to share with us an eternal future?
03/04/2014 02:13 PM
070304 Motives of the Heart
Matthew 4:1-11 - Why do we do the things we do? What are our deepest motives? These questions are just as important as they are difficult to answer, because we tend to have a distorted view of ourselves. A look at Jesus' temptations will reveal much about His motives and His heart, and through Him we can learn a great deal about our own hearts and our deepest motives. Are you willing to take a look?
01/24/2014 02:13 PM
120122 Showing God's Grace
Ephesians 4:29-32 Words are very powerful, and they can grieve the Holy Spirit. Scripture teaches us to set aside all talk that would grieve the Holy Spirit and replace it with words that are like a balm to the heart of the listener. Are we kind, tenderhearted and forgiving in the way we communicate with others?
01/24/2014 02:12 PM
120101 Our Warfare
Reading: 2 Corinthians 10:3-7 Like it or not, every one of us is engaged in a war. It is a spiritual war, fought with spiritual weapons. But what is it all about? How should we fight this war? The answers are of vital importance.
01/24/2014 02:11 PM
110313 The Test of Love
Reading: 1 John 3:11-24 How often do you say that you love someone? What do you mean with it? Do you demonstrate that love with your actions? How? Too many people say they love something or someone, just to express their feelings, but that is not really love! Love, as John points out in this passage, is action, and is manifested not in good intentions, but in loving and selfless deeds.
01/24/2014 02:10 PM
060729 The Lord Our Shepherd
Reading: Psalm 23 Psalm 23 is perhaps one of the most favorite passages from the Bible. As we journey through our Christian life, from the cross to green pastures, from green pastures to the paths of righteousness, from the paths of righteousness through our darkest hours, and through all our battles against the enemy, we can always rest in the comfort of Christ's protection and guidance, and the hope of glory in the Father's house.
01/18/2014 02:10 PM
130616 Lying: Do You Really Think You Can Fool God?
Reading: Hebrews 4:13; Ephesians 4:15 We all know what it is like. We are late, so we pick up the phone and find some excuse so we would not come across as being lazy. We want some attention, so we dramatize our situation to buy some pity from others. We really want to make a sale, so we inflate the merits of the product we sell. Our society seems to even reward lying, it regards it as funny, or smart. But is it really? What does it mean to lie? What are the real consequences?
01/18/2014 02:09 PM
130602 Learning to Control our Habits
Reading: Luke 16:13; Romans 13:14 Did you now that your habits show what your true character is like? They are the result of repeated decisions and reinforced beliefs. They can be good or sinful, but they can be changed as well. So, how can we be sure we will be able to overcome our bad or sinful habits?
01/18/2014 02:08 PM
130526 Looking for New Heavens and a New Earth
Reading: 2 Peter 3:3-18 Far for providing yet another key to unveil the mysteries of prophecy, 2 Peter 3:3-18 warns us against becoming attached to this world, which is destined to pass away. Rather, we are to grow in our relationship with Jesus Christ.
01/18/2014 02:07 PM
130519 Our Pentecost Mission
Reading: Acts 2:1-21 The Day of Pentecost just following Jesus' sacrifice and resurrection was an extremely meaningful day. That meaning, however, is far from being historical, as it still echoes through the ages in our calling to carry on the same glorious mission the Lord gave His disciples then.
01/18/2014 02:06 PM
130512 Our Sure Hope
Reading: 2 Peter 1:2-11 Sanctification is a process, not just an event. But in this process God has given us an amazing, reassuring hope: the knowledge that He is in control even of our growth.
01/17/2014 02:05 PM
130120 Anger Pt 2: Quenching the Fire Within
Reading: 2 Kings 5:10-15; James 1:19-20 Anger is something we all share. It is a powerful emotion all too often unleashed in destructive ways. Now that we understand the nature of anger, we need to learn how to process our anger biblically and constructively, for the glory of God, rather than in sinful and destructive ways. Scripture guides us in this process.
01/17/2014 02:04 PM
130113 Anger Pt 1: Understanding Anger
Reading: Proverbs 29:22; Ephesians 4:26-32 Anger is something we all all familiar with. It is a powerful emotion with a great deal of potential for good as well as for harm. Unfortunately, this powerful emotion is just as misunderstood as it is common. It is vital, then, that we shed light on this important topic, and understand our anger.
01/17/2014 02:03 PM
121223 Alive in the Light of Christ
Reading: John 1:1-5, 14; Ephesians 5:1-2, 6-14 What is the true meaning of Christmas? What difference does the birth of Jesus make for us and for the world? How should we understand the incarnation of God, and how does that affect the way we live?
01/17/2014 02:02 PM
121216 Oneness of the Body of Christ
Reading: Ephesians 4:1-16 In a season like Christmas, many look for fulfillment in the things of this world. But that peace is elusive and unreal. True peace and fulfillment can only found in Christ, who is calling us to be one with Him and with one another as members of His body, the Church.
01/17/2014 02:01 PM
120219 Heirs to the Promise
Reading: Galatians 3:15-18; 4:1-7 Where do we find our identity? Do we define who we are by what we do, or rather what we do based on who we are? Scripture shows us that we are heirs of the promises of God. We are His children and as such we are called to behave accordingly.
01/17/2014 02:00 PM
070701 The Five Great Triggers of Temptation
Reading: Proverbs 7:1-27 It's like sweet honey, glittering, inviting, promising, and appealing, but as soon as you welcome it in, it will kill you! That is the nature of temptation, a nature that Scripture does not ignore but warns us about, giving us important clues to come out of temptation's deadly grip and resist it. Embedded in the ageless wisdom of Proverbs we can find exposed the five great triggers of temptation, as well as tips to effectively defuse them.
01/17/2014 01:59 PM
051112 Dealing With Difficult People
Reading: Matthew 5:43-48 What do you do if someone always rubs you the wrong way? Is there anything in the Bible that tells us how we should handle difficult people? How should we respond? Should we be assertive, defensive, avoiding? Jesus gave us some very simple, yet profound instructions which are general enough to embrace just about every situation.
01/17/2014 12:28 PM
051009 Bring the Children to Jesus
Reading: Mark 10:13-16 Good parents today have become and endangered species. Children, that used to be regarded as a blessing from God, are all to often considered a burden, an unwanted trouble, a distraction from the "real" goals parents have in life. How does Jesus look at this? What do you suppose He would say to our generation? What makes us good parents in His eyes?
01/16/2014 04:34 AM
050827 Lessons From a Samaritan Woman
Reading: John 4:1-26 It's unmistakably familiar: we are tired, drained, desperately looking for something that may satisfy. It's like being in the middle of a desert, begging for something that may quench our thirst. Then, someone comes to us, and offers us crystal, clean, fresh and life-giving water....