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Learn, Relearn, Repeat.

“.....Because one day, I believe, I’ll need to ask you for the same when my light goes out.” The deepest sense of growth is a willingness to learn, relearn, and learn again. This week I witnessed a beautiful conversation. One member’s “light” appeared out. After hearing a lot of bad news, we could all tell there was light missing from his face. Another member stepped in and said something and reminded him that the same advice she was giving him, she may need from him one day. Thank you Lord that growth doesn’t mean we arrive. Rather, we have the opportunity to learn what you have for us just for today. Thank you Father that our greatest hope is being pointed to you. Your truth is our hope an

What Does It Mean to Be A Member at Hope Street?

Being a member at Hope Street means to be loved unconditionally and to be met exactly where we are in our lives. Being a member at Hope Street means being restored to become molded by the hands of the potter through the clay and dirt God made us out of. To be made in the image of God. He brings the FUNCTION out of the dysfunction that at one point or another one of us has experienced. That’s what being a member here at Hope Street means. Self inflicting wounds no more, allowing every scar to tell a story behind them. To be open to vulnerability that we were once unwilling to be, whether it be with staff at Hope Street, other members, and especially our volunteers. From not knowing one

Community That Transcends Circumstance.

To be honest I am getting a little nervous to answer my phone these days. Bomb threat. Those were two new words that I had yet to experience in my time at Hope Street. Two words that quite frankly we don't have a "plan" for. Once again, our little neighborhood was on the news for something "not good" but what you didn't see was the good happening through a community that lives there. You didn't see Julian run through the building knocking on every door, helping babies out and making sure we had everyone. You didn't see members pile into cars and re-connect down at Walgreens. You didn't see staff pull into that parking lot ready and willing to comfort, be present and help problem solve. Here'

What Does It Mean to Be Good?

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him…” Romans 8:28 This weekend I was fortunate enough to hear Megan Marshman speak at Willow Creek Church on “Peace in Place of Anxiety”. This message spoke out to me for many different reasons. One because I think it is safe to say we have all experienced anxiety in some form or fashion. Some maybe more severe than others. However, the thing that stood out the most to me was when she dove into the verse above. In this verse, it mentions how God works for the GOOD of us. I have never doubted that God has good intentions for us all, but I think it is also safe to say that many times we have questioned the “goodness” in s

A Gift For You.

My name is Pride. I am a cheater. I cheat you of your God-given destiny… because you demand your own way. I cheat you of contentment… because you “deserve better than this.” I cheat you of knowledge… because you already know it all. I cheat you of healing… because you are too full of you to forgive. I cheat you of holiness… because you refuse to admit when you are wrong. I cheat you of vision… because you’d rather look in the mirror than out a window. I cheat you of genuine friendship… because nobody’s going to know the real you. I cheat you of love… because real romance demands sacrifice. I cheat you of greatness in heaven… because you refuse to wash another’s feet on earth. I cheat you of