Hope Blog

Learning to Ask

"Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full." (John 16:24) Why do I need to keep learning to ask? As I write, I am on retreat in northern Minnesota...

Crossover Buddies

I grew up with the two-table system. For our holiday gatherings, there was an adult table and a kid table. It was easier. Adults had decent conversations while the kids...

#aSLANTlife

Slow down. Breathe. Relax. God’s got this. Now, get out there! The world seems to have gone all reality TV on us; loneliness, violence, inequality, bigotry, struggle and anxiety to name...

Sharing Hearts and Home

by Nancy Walstrom and KJ Madison Nancy and KJ served together as overnight hosts last summer when Hope Church hosted temporarily homeless families with the Families Moving Forward (FMF) program. We...

Be Still and Know

Psalm 46: 10   “Be still and know that I am God.”  Wrapping up my last thoughts on “the blog I’m not writing…” It came out of being laid up this fall...

But It’s Worth It

  My favorite Cub Foods in Apple Valley is changing. They are rearranging things. The eggs are not where I usually find them. The milk section has moved to the other side...

Serving Together

While the church at Antioch was worshipping, fasting, and praying, they responded to the Holy Spirit’s promptings to set apart Barnabas and Paul for the work to which God had...

Off the Map

One of the most compelling and challenging verses of the Bible is found in Genesis 12:1. “Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and...

Easter Buzz

I can’t explain it. I always feel a distinct inner buzz on Easter. (You know what I’m talking about, don’t you?) The fact that we’ve been given the same Spirit...