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Knock, Knock!

I love the time of the year from Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Lots of invitations sent and received to gather together and celebrate. Lots of time spent with friends and family. Then the holidays pass and January hits. Excitement dies down, and I find myself feeling lonely and sad – filling up my time with tedious “to do” lists. However, recently, I heard someone speak about their daily quiet time, and was really moved by their passion to know Jesus.  This reminded me there is an invitation that is always there, one I want to accept but often rush or decline when life gets busy. The invitation to really spend time with Jesus. I read devotionals and listen to podcasts almost daily, but somethi

You are the Beloved

Welcome, you are the Beloved. We don’t spent a ton of time hammering people over the head with information at Hope Street. However, we do want truth to sink deep into people’s souls so they can be set free, renewed and transformed. The truth of our belovedness is quite simply unfathomable. The idea that a perfect God could love imperfect people, perfectly is hard to grasp. We listen to story after story of “stuff” our members regret. Things that have happened to them or by them. Often love seems to be out of the question. The desire is there, but each unsure of how to give it or receive it. A few years ago at our Family Reunion you heard Judy’s story. How Judy was stuck in addiction, abusive

My Friend

"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty. This I declare about the Lord: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I trust him."Isaiah 91: 1-2 NLT My dear Lord Jesus Christ you were the word then the word became flesh. There's no beginning to you nor end. You told us we are your friends you proved that by telling us your secrets. We believe in you and all you have said and done. My friend, my great GOD I ask that you open the windows of heaven and look at us, pour down the power of the Holy Spirit right NOW on all our suffering and all the homeless, the forgotten, and the unworthy. You are such a faithful and loyal friend

And the Answer is...

As I look back on 2019, there have been numerous situations that have left members, staff, and just myself personally to wonder why? This could be in relation to a death, bomb threat, or even just some choice that was made. As a kid, we were always encouraged to not be afraid to raise our hand and ask a question. More specifically to not be afraid to ask why when we did not understand something. This word why seemed to be a common theme while growing up and there always seemed to be some answer to it. This is where I have noticed myself struggle over the years as I have begun to grow up and realize that not everything can be answered with a why. Which then leads me to ask why is that? Or why