It seems like just yesterday that Pastor Mike and I were huddled together, ramping up to fight what we believe is one of the greatest battles this church has ever faced…
The world’s attack on the family unit.
Email after email was coming in of families reaching out – in crisis.
People stopping by “to chat” after worship…
My counseling calendar filling with marriages in crisis…
Mike asked me to jump in and build a vision for YOUR FAMILIES. I was all in.
The time is now. More now than any other time in our history because our families are under attack.
Marriages are hurting, people are walking away and families are in crisis. Not one of our families is ‘out of the woods’ – it takes one road bump to set us down a path we never thought we’d find ourselves.
It’s in this space that HOPE and LOVE can take shape to be in place today and for generations ahead of us – radically transforming families and marriages as we know them today. Not just in the walls here at Hope – but it’s our prayer that it will be in the hearts of each of you as well! From there – we will go out and help to bring HOPE and LOVE to hurting families wherever God takes us. If you can’t tell – we are fired up and so excited for this.
Here’s what I can tell you: my wife, Missy, and I, along with Mike, Sally, and the rest of the staff here at Hope, are ALL IN. Boxing gloves are on – and we are standing in your corner.
Our commitment to you and your families is that we will celebrate marriages and parents – equipped to be rooted, growing, and persevering – modeled in Christ Jesus.
Celebrate – Bringing couples and renewing families through worship, spiritual intimacy and recommitment.
“Didn’t the Lord make you one with your wife? In body and spirit you are his. And what does he want? Godly children from your union. So guard your heart; remain loyal to the wife of your youth.” Malachi 3:15
Rooted – Married couples have a biblical foundation for marriage and parenting, and are supported in Christian community.
“I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power; together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and deep is the love of Christ.” Ephesians 3:17-18
Growing – Training married couples and families how to develop relationships based on the experience of a living, intimate relationship with God.
“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest command. And the second is like it: Love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22: 37-38
Persevering – Equipping couples and families with love and endurance to endure the struggles and tough times by receiving God’s power, responding with God’s truth and grace, and serving each other selflessly.
“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side but not crushed; perplexed but not in despair, persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.” 2 Corinthians 4:7-8
Stay tuned to this blog to be challenged and fed as this ministry takes shape. We can’t wait to meet each of you and be your champions for what’s possible when we put God back into the family and build it his way! Watch for more information soon!
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